Grouping PivotTable Data by Week

I must admit, my Excel use has declined significantly since returning to school full-time. But, I still find plenty of uses – and, because they are not my routine office tasks, sometimes they are more interesting and I have more to write about. This one comes from a project I am helping a family member […]

The Great Bottle Deposit Financial Model

I have loved Seinfeld ever since college, when as an RA on duty I spent many a Southern Michigan weekend night watching the show with my fellow on-duty RAs. The Bottle Deposit held particular interest for me, both culturally and economically. As a Northern Ohioan, the mythical Michigan Deposit Run loomed near. Like Newman and Kramer, many Ohioans […]

Survey Says: Big Data, We Have Some Work to Do.

I recently read, per the tweeted recommendation of Secret Life of Pronouns author James Pennebaker, Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are, by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz.  See Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s book Everybody Lies. Best #bigdata/#language book in years. Must read for #socialpsychology #economics — James W Pennebaker (@jwpennebaker) June 2, […]

What The Story of Polaroid Taught Me About Innovation

It’s been quiet on the blog — I have been hard at work in graduate school.  Fortunately, my program emphasizes topics like innovation and design thinking, ideas that are rife with applications to everyday life. And, over my 4th of July break I ran into a wonderful case study of design and innovation in Christopher Bonanos’s Instant: […]

Lessons Learned at Wordcamp Kent

I spent this weekend at Wordcamp in beautiful Kent, Ohio. I really enjoy Wordcamps: the lessons learned, the cheery demeanors, and the motivation to keep growing the blog. After each Wordcamp I like to share a few notes from some of the sessions. It helps me solidify some thoughts from the weekend. It’s also my […]