One day I realized that the last 10% of the shampoo bottle lasted at least as long as the first 90%. I suspected this was because most of the time I was using too much shampoo but as I neared the end of the bottle I used a more appropriate amount. How could I trick my brain to always use the appropriate amount?
Recently, I had the opportunity to work with some elementary students on their math fast facts (i.e. single-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). I noticed that I was able to keep the students much more engaged with one simple change.
When I’m ordering food (e.g. french fries), I often find myself doing the math. For 30% more money, I can double the amount of fries I get (i.e. 100% more fries). Clearly, this significantly reduces my cost per fry, which results in me buying the larger fry. However the problem is the cost per fry […]
Building a mini-marshmallow blow gun was a lot of fun and quite affordable. With some PVC pieces and an inexpensive cutter, you can craft one of these beauties.
When dealing with distances in space, I’ve found that I don’t have a good conceptual framework for understanding these large distances. I’ve found reframing these distances in terms of “Car Years” (and “Car Days”) to be helpful. What is a Car Year? A car year (cy) is the distance covered by traveling at 60 miles […]
I live on the East Coast of the United States, in the Eastern Time Zone. Because I often work with people in other time zones, I’ve become very conscious of the impact of timezones on scheduling. In fact, it is likely I’ve sent you this link in regards to scheduling. Previously, when sending a scheduling […]
Unfortunately, recently our garage was a little too narrow when pulling the car into it. The side panel scraped the wall and some of the paint scraped off the wall and transferred onto the car. Before Equipment WD-40 Paper Towels Magic Eraser Rag Soapy Water Car Wax & Towel Instructions Step 1: Remove the Paint […]
In working with other consultants, I’ve often heard the lament, “I’m too nice.” This is wrong. Nice is never the problem. I’m going to explain why I believe, “Nice is never the problem,” and I’m going to talk about how a failure to be firm is often confused with being too nice. Being Nice is […]
I have two young sons. I can’t believe how quickly their childhoods are passing before my eyes. In an attempt to savor this time I decided to begin writing down things about the boys everyday. I have been doing this consistently for one year. Some of the reasons I think I’ve been successful at this […]
My Wife is a Genius – The Bathroom Clock Every morning as I got ready for work, I’d bring my watch into the bathroom to make sure I was ready on time. Every once in a while I’d forget my watch and have to go get it. Despite this constant use, I wasn’t smart enough […]