The Electric Commentary

Monday, December 27, 2004

Still in the great white north

until Wednesday. It's gettin' rough up here, ya you betcha. Lookin forward to bein' home soon. This here hoser language gets into your system dern quick, eh?

I wish I was in Colombia:

Another innovative idea was to use mimes to improve both traffic and citizens' behavior. Initially 20 professional mimes shadowed pedestrians who didn't follow crossing rules: A pedestrian running across the road would be tracked by a mime who mocked his every move. Mimes also poked fun at reckless drivers. The program was so popular that another 400 people were trained as mimes.

Now that's making the most of a useless resource. It gets better. Read the whole thing.

After you're finished there, check out this TCS article by Glenn Reynolds:

With this, as with much else, it's better to be rich. Inattention is partly the result of poverty -- rich nations can worry about threats like asteroid impacts, while poor nations can't even worry about tsunamis. And, in fact, inattention played a role here:

"None of the countries most severely affected - including India, Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka - had a tsunami warning mechanism or tidal gauges to alert people to the wall of water that followed a massive earthquake, said Waverly Person of the USGS National Earthquake Information Centre.

"'Most of those people could have been saved if they had had a tsunami warning system in place or tide gauges,' he said yesterday.

"'And I think this will be a lesson to them,' he said, referring to the governments of the devastated countries.

"Person also said that because large tsunamis, or seismic sea waves, are extremely rare in the Indian Ocean, people were never taught to flee inland after they felt the tremors of an earthquake."


If you're coming back from fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan, and you need a job, check out Maytag:

Maytag Corp., for example, has an aggressive recruiting program turning recently discharged soldiers into repair technicians. Home Depot Inc. began Operation Career Front and Toyota North America started its Hire A Hero program in the past few years.
Companies say it's a win for them because they get high-quality workers.
“They have great discipline. They have great technical skills. They understand how to follow orders and follow procedures,” said Art Learmonth, president of Maytag Services.


And this is interesting too.

Enjoy!

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