Category: Effective Writing

3 Ways You Are Better Than A.I.

I’ve been reading a book called, “The Armchair Economist,” by Steven E. Landsburg. It kind of reads like a slightly more academic prequel to Freakonomics, having been published a decade earlier in 1993, but still using economic principles to explain different things about the world, many of them counterintuitive. Things like… Why celebrity endorsements increase sales, even when the endorsements convey no information about the product. (p. 14) Why a world where paper is recycled results in a world with fewer trees. (p. 98) Why believing that Amazon’s (or any large […] Click to read more…

The World According to You

The time on my bedside clock is four hours and 45 minutes behind the actual time. Is it because I am trying to trick myself into staying up late so I can binge-watch old episodes of Derry Girls? No, but now that you mention it, that’s not a bad idea. The real reason is that we had a power outage about four months ago. Only my wife, Linda, knows how to change the clock time, and since I only need it if I get up in the middle of the night, the fix just […] Click to read more…

Stand-Up, and Be Counted

As I write this, I am enrolled in a four-session stand-up comedy class at the esteemed (I guess) American Comedy Institute. I did this once before, pre-Covid, and found it so valuable and enjoyable, that I decided to jump in again. Unlike my first experience, my fellow students are (mostly) either professionals or wannabees, which makes the whole thing way more intimidating and scary. But, since these days, straying out of my comfort zone happens rarely – and when it does, it’s usually something like buying an item at the grocery […] Click to read more…

Insight Beats Information

Alert readers may recall that last fall, I had rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder. All went well and while it’s been quite some time, you will be pleased to learn that the window for sending get well gifts is still open (mailing address below). Unfortunately, my left shoulder has now been acting up. And so yesterday, as a follow-up to an MRI earlier in the month, I went to see my orthopedic surgeon. He didn’t waste any time. He walked in, shook my hand, and said, “Well, your left shoulder is in […] Click to read more…

What a Difference a Difference Makes

Yesterday, I stumbled across an AI-powered service called Portrait Studio. The concept is simple… Upload a bunch of selfies of your head from the neck up and Portrait Studio will create professional style, high-definition photos of you in a variety of outfits, in a variety of settings. The perfect alternative to an expensive, time-consuming, in-person photo shoot. It was just $24 to try it out, so in the name of science (I never stop working for you), I gave it a spin. The results were … interesting. I was amazed, frankly, at […] Click to read more…