Archives for: June 2005


Permalink 07:31:42 am, Categories: Engineering, null, 19 words   English (US)

Classic SOM Design

Now this is an excellent design. Clean lines, tall, elegant. (Contrast with the previous Superman II Ice-fortress design).



Permalink 03:46:48 pm, Categories: Economics, null, 29 words   English (US)

The secret word is "Asinine"

Apparently this group pickets the funerals of soldiers (chosen at random?) in protest of the tolerance of homosexuality (that is tolerance by American culture, not the particular dead soldier).

Permalink 03:46:09 pm, Categories: Economics, 29 words   English (US)

The secret word is "Asinine"

Apparently this group pickets the funerals of soldiers (chosen at random?) in protest of the tolerance of homosexuality (that is tolerance by American culture, not the particular dead soldier).


Permalink 07:27:05 am, Categories: Engineering, null, 48 words   English (US)

What Underemployed Engineers do for fun...

(Shamelessly stolen from boingboing)

Sunnyvale traffic signal prankster on the loose

Police in Sunnyvale are keeping an eye out for a highly skilled and frustratingly elusive prankster who has been tampering with the city's traffic lights...


Permalink 12:28:19 pm, Categories: Engineering, null, 19 words   English (US)

Industry Standards

I went to see the office pranks page and noticed sadly that all office cube farms are identical, everywhere.


Permalink 06:12:58 am, Categories: Economics, null, 12 words   English (US)

I don't need no stinkin' gubmint.

...because I pulled myself up by my bootstraps (all by myself).



Permalink 09:16:00 am, Categories: Economics, null, 70 words   English (US)

...but some do it better than others

After $1.3 billion in subsidies, about 160,000 homes have solar power systems. Solar power remains two to three times as expensive as the electricity supplied to households. But homeowners say that with time, the "free" electricity pays for the high installation costs. And the government is willing to devote taxes to the effort, preferring to spur rural employment through solar power installations to help reduce payments for foreign oil, coal and gas.


Permalink 08:36:17 am, Categories: Economics, null, 158 words   English (US)

Governments shape behavior

This is exactly the kind of forward thinking civic policy we need in today's world! Oil is plentiful, energy is cheap, and no link has been found to prove human activity influences large scale climate change. w00t!

Shanghai, home to about 9m ordinary bikes, aroused a flurry of media criticism last year by banning them from main roads in the centre. But they are less and less used these days.

Since the late 1990s, however, housing has been largely privatised. Many state-owned factories have closed down or been shifted to suburban areas to reduce pollution in the cities and make way for new development. The economic boom has been spurred by a building frenzy, which itself has been fuelled by reckless bank lending and by the government's readiness to allow developers to bulldoze the inner cities. Close-knit communities have been scattered, often to the suburbs, to places ill-served by public transport and far from places of work.


Permalink 07:33:17 am, Categories: Economics, politics, 186 words   English (US)

If Burns Ran an airline...(with Federal Money)

US Airways Managers

Well, that's odd ... I've just robbed a man of his livelihood, and yet I feel strangely empty. Tell you what, Smithers - have him beaten to a pulp.

When the airline needed about $1 billion annually in labor cuts, the AFA filing said, the airline had argued that "in light of management's sacrifices, it would be 'inequitable' for labor not to take commensurate reductions."

The objections they have raised in bankruptcy court surround the company's request for up to $55 million to hand out in bonuses and severance pay to executives, managers and salaried workers.

The money essentially would wipe out the $56 million in concessions given by management and salaried employees, according to an objection filed in bankruptcy court Wednesday by the Association of Flight Attendants, which represents mainline and regional workers in the airline.

Smithers, for attempting to kill me, I'm giving you a five percent pay cut!

The AFA filing pointed to the different treatment in union workers, who were saddled with court-imposed 21 percent pay cuts for four months, while management saw only a 5 percent pay cut, "on the heels of a nearly commensurate prebankruptcy pay increase."


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