The tale behind the term ‘horsepower’ 🐎

The terms ‘horsepower’ and ‘10,000 steps’ were both marketing gimmicks. In the 1770s, James Watt wanted to demonstrate that his steam engine invention was more powerful than the work of multiple horses. By watching horses circle a London brewery mill, he calculated that one horse could push 33,000 pounds one foot in a minute. He […]

‘I wish I was a little bit smaller’

Nicholas Kulish is 6 foot 8 inches. Towering about the average American height of 5 foot 8, society is simply not built for him. As if a tight plane seat isn’t burdensome enough, “Why do we bob and weave around the New York City subway in a strange dance?,” Kulish writes, “Are we performing for […]

Are you an egg person or an onion person?

Introverts are egg people. They’re not hiding anything (per say), they are mostly reserved. And once they start to get comfortable, they are as open and talkative as anybody else. “Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured,” writes Susan Cain in her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World […]

Newsletter: ‘If you can wait and not be tired by waiting’

I was reminded this week to ‘keep the patience’ by rereading Rudyard Kipling’s poem entitled “If”. Good things take time. In the meantime, below are some articles and some other digs I stumbled upon this week that I think you’ll find interesting. Interesting Digs Francis Bacon: A Brush with Violence. Francis Bacon was a mystery man […]

Who will curate the curators?

Who will curate the curators, influence the influencers, or teach the teachers? Those who marinate the world with their point of view assume their rightness. But the signaler too must too look back in the mirror and reimagine themselves. The true expert sees reality at arm’s length, merely touching what they know, always learning from […]

Why some children struggle to hold pencils

According to doctors, you can blame tech for children’s inability to hold pencils. Apparently all that screen time is doing nothing to strengthen their thumb, index, and middle fingers which work together to form one’s basic writing technique. Generation thumbs Having grown up with perpetual swiping and speaking in images and emoji, the next generation is […]