9.27.2012 /

When you need to know how to do something, there are several ways to find out what to do and how to do it.  You can read instructions, you can ask someone to explain it to you, or you can have someone show you how to do it.  Each of these methods can be effective, and depending on your needs, each one may work for the specific task in mind.  However, your mileage may vary, and often, the best method allows for a combination of instructional strategies. 

9.14.2012 /

When something matters to us, we tend to rely on professionals to make sure it is done right.  If you have a toothache, you are going to call a dentist.  I mean, sure, your neighbor has a mouth and teeth and knows the basics of oral hygiene, but I doubt you are willing to hand him a drill and trust him as your oral surgeon--no matter how low the price he offers. 

9.10.2012 /

Why is it that the famous movie introductions are so creepy?  From Jack Nicholson’s “Heeere’s Johnny!” as Jack Torrance in The Shining to Heather O’Rourke’s “They’re heeere!” as Carol Anne Freeling in Poltergeist.  Apparently, all memorable introductions should drag out the “here” into as many syllables as possible.