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Je M’appelle KESSLER Jeff

Comment vous appelez-vous? Quel est votre nom? If you ask someone their name in French, you might expect a reply with a typical first and last name. But what about in written works? For someone like me, you might see it listed as KESSLER Jeff. Why the different layout...

People & Places

We end this week with a relatively quick but useful tidbit: What do Americans, Californians, New Yorkers, Texans, Europeans, Canadians, Mexicans, and "Massholes" alike have in common? They're all demonyms! Demonyms are words used to identify the people associated with...

Gridded Intuition

Everyone knows Boston’s roads are somewhat nonsensical. Curving through the city, intersecting at odd angles, and having crazy conventions where Winter Street becomes Summer Street, navigating Boston without a GPS is nearly impossible. Contrast that with Philadelphia,...

Driving Me Crazy

Consider a map of North America… but don’t look at one! Instead, think about the United States and how a typical North American map would appear. With that in mind, consider the following facts: Washington, DC is further north of San Fransisco New York is closer to...

Tiny Tax Exempts

Find anyone who works for a large nonprofit, and they’ll likely be familiar with that organization’s IRS acceptance letter (approving the organization’s tax-exempt status). However, tiny nonprofits often don’t know they’re entitled to the same tax-exempt status...

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Je M’appelle KESSLER Jeff

Comment vous appelez-vous? Quel est votre nom? If you ask someone their name in French, you might expect a reply with a typical first and last name. But what about in written works? For someone like me, you might see it listed as KESSLER Jeff. Why the different layout...

People & Places

We end this week with a relatively quick but useful tidbit: What do Americans, Californians, New Yorkers, Texans, Europeans, Canadians, Mexicans, and "Massholes" alike have in common? They're all demonyms! Demonyms are words used to identify the people associated with...

Gridded Intuition

Everyone knows Boston’s roads are somewhat nonsensical. Curving through the city, intersecting at odd angles, and having crazy conventions where Winter Street becomes Summer Street, navigating Boston without a GPS is nearly impossible. Contrast that with Philadelphia,...

Driving Me Crazy

Consider a map of North America… but don’t look at one! Instead, think about the United States and how a typical North American map would appear. With that in mind, consider the following facts: Washington, DC is further north of San Fransisco New York is closer to...

Tiny Tax Exempts

Find anyone who works for a large nonprofit, and they’ll likely be familiar with that organization’s IRS acceptance letter (approving the organization’s tax-exempt status). However, tiny nonprofits often don’t know they’re entitled to the same tax-exempt status...

An FYI on Acronyms

When you see initials forming a word, do you automatically call it an acronym? If so, FYI, you might be mistaken. Take the example of the following transit systems (of course): BART, MARTA, MARC, SEPTA, METRA, MBTA, LIRR, CTA, TTC, and SFRTA. Would you be surprised to...

Just the Earnings

Perhaps the most central component to business is the ability, nay, the obligation, for private enterprises to seek financial profits for shareholders. However, profitability is often skewed by a number of factors including taxes, financing, and asset depreciation....

Finally Connecting the Entire East Coast

I-95. One of the most infamous highways in the nation. Known for connecting the major cities of the US East Coast — and for the traffic that comes with it — it’s a vital link that drives the epicenter of the US economy. And prior to last Monday, the existence of an...

APIs Sound Scary! But they’re not…

Every once in a while, people encounter a term that makes them think something is so far above their head, they’ll never understand it. APIs are often one of these things… and the belief is often baseless. Application Programming Interfaces, or, APIs, are the primary...

Pedestrian Crimes

Ever wonder about crimes that are officially the law but seldom enforced? How about the crime of jaywalking? Largely the norm until the advent of the car, the criminalization of walking in the street was a more modern development. However, its importance as a crime...

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