I wonder how many of you know that I love old watches, not just new ones? I thought I'd put together a video and photo gallery for one of my pocket watches, my biggest one in terms of size and weight: an 1899 Elgin pocket watch. Here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWKxb-9s7dI This particular watch was bought … Continue reading My 1899 Elgin Pocket Watch
It's snowing outside as I write this. It's been a wacky winter season so far. One day it feels like spring, the next it's winter, the next is autumn and it's raining and then it all freezes and winter moves back in. I've been going through some old photos, taken back in 1998, when I … Continue reading The winter of 1998 in Romania
This video is an epiphany. It explains how people's conceptions of time affect their lives and societies -- and vice-versa. My jaw kept dropping as I watched it. If you're a sentient human being, you will think it's the best 10 minutes you've spent in a long time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3oIiH7BLmg RSA Animate - The Secret Powers … Continue reading The Secret Powers of Time by Philip Zimbardo
I've recently written about how to respond effectively to stressful situations, and now it's time to write about how to respond effectively to anger. One thing most of us do battle with each and every day is our temper. We encounter a situation that pushes our buttons just the right way, and wouldn't you know … Continue reading Anger is just not worth the trouble
It's easy to decry TV, movies and sports as nothing more than a time suck, as a constant push toward looser morals and a consumer culture, but they also provide a benefit that's not often discussed -- that of giving people something acceptable to do with their time. Among other things, they redirect energy that … Continue reading Gotta give them something to do
Sorry for the baited title. This post is really about how web users interact with written content on the Internet, and how people in general interact with the news these days. But read on anyway, you might find this useful, and there's even another cute kitty photo at the end. I've been sitting on the … Continue reading Meet Buttons, the cutest kitteh ever
It got panned by the critics. Val Kilmer's acting was indulgent at times. It was somewhat cliché. What was up with those knee-high socks that Elizabeth Shue's character wore throughout the movie? Those are some of the things that come to mind when I think of "The Saint" (1997). But it struck a chord with … Continue reading I like "The Saint"