This past weekend I listened to a really fascinating episode of the Radiolab podcast about stochasticity (which is a fancy word for randomness) and finding patterns. One part of the episode explored the story of Ann Klinestiver, a teacher who
On Being a Draftsperson
I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands, and in college I took classes in jewelry and metals. I was taught by a Professor named David Peterson who is an extremely talented (albeit tough) teacher. After studying with David for two
Follow up on Taxes and Distrust for the Government
It’s been about a month since the article about my family appeared in the New York Times and a lot of folks have been reaching out to ask if we ended up pre-paying our taxes. The answer is yes! But,
In Lieu of Blogging: Sliding Barn Doors
I took the first few weeks of the year off from writing to work on a birthday present for my wife: sliding barn doors for our living room. They came out pretty well! Back to writing next weekend.
My Picture in the New York Times and My First Significant Encounter with the Government
Yesterday (Saturday December 23rd), a picture of my family appeared in the New York Times. For those of you who still have a print copy laying around, turn to page A19. Alternatively check out this link. It all started 12
A Roaring Economy, Easy Money, and a Bunch of Restaurants that are Going to Go Out of Business.
In the morning before work I go to the gym on the corner of 38th street and Broadway. Here’s the intersection (above) – courtesy of Google Street View (at the very left of the picture above, on the second floor,
Lessons from the First Year of Being a Parent – and Almost Electrocuting Myself
Earlier today I was rushing to finish a small home project: re-locating the basement refrigerator. We were expecting company in the afternoon and I had to finish moving the fridge so I could watch our son Jack while my wife
Facebook, Twitter, and Google – Media Outlets or Just the Newsstand?
Pulling out of my driveway to head to the train station last week, I was surprised to hear a somewhat familiar voice came on the radio – hey wait a minute – that’s Randall Rothenberg’s voice. I know that guy! Randall
The Power of Google: My Story of Being Blacklisted
On or around April 22nd 2017, this blog (andreweifler.com) was removed from the Google search index. The impact was devastating. (Daily sessions driven by Google Search to andreweifler.com between October ’16 and October ’17) As you can see, some days
Whistling Vivaldi and Stereotype Threat
I’ve recently started reading Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M. Steele, a book about how stereotypes impact our identities and our lives. The story is told from the perspective of Steele, a university professor and social psychologist studying (among other things)