Ankura, Ancor, Or Something Else?

Ankura, Ancor, Or Something Else?

The ancient Greeks called it “Ankura”. The English used the term “Ancor”. You’ve probably come to know the word as “Anchor”. The Greeks made anchors by filling baskets with stones and dropping them overboard. The English used heavy metal objects to hold their ships in place. But, as with everything else, anchors evolved.

Cowboys, Cityboys and Silver Bullets

Cowboys, Cityboys and Silver Bullets

Have you ever seen the movie City Slickers?  Mitch Robbins (Billy Crystal) was smack in the middle of a mid-life crisis.  And his best friends, Phil (Daniel Stern) and Ed (Bruno Kirby) were having their own problems too.  Ed decided everyone needed a break and...
Let’s Play Dominos

Let’s Play Dominos

Let me share a story about Lorne Whitehead, a physics professor at the University of British Colombia.  In 1983, he published a paper that proved how a childhood game – we’ve all played – is capable of creating complete and utter chaos.  Matter of fact, this game is...
Lagniappe

Lagniappe

Lagnippe is one of those words that just rolls of your tongue … but its meaning is even more intriguing.  Let me explain. A lagniappe (lan-yap) is a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase.  It could be as simple as a thirteenth doughnut...
No Value … Good Value

No Value … Good Value

Value applies to many things and can be defined in many ways.  There’s absolute, relative and ethical value.  Then there’s product, trade and personal value – all which relate to “little value” and “good value”.  Value is everywhere, yet sometimes...
“Beating A Dead Horse”

“Beating A Dead Horse”

Somewhere around 1859 an idiom was born.  Someone, somewhere close to horse racing, asked their jockey why they were “Beating A Dead Horse”.  Of course, they were referring to beating the horse to get it to go faster. The horse was tired, and no amount...