Category Archives: It’s Just Business

Bike Messengers: First Person POV

Lucas Brunelle’s trailer for his film on bike messenger races and culture. I never participated in races, but the in-traffic riding in here captures my experience exactly. What you see in here was me, a quarter century ago–I’ve done all … Continue reading

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Time to Find a New Doctor

I like my doctor. She listens well, doesn’t talk down to me, and is no nonsense. If something isn’t worth doing anything about, she’ll say so. If something needs doing, she does it. But I’m dumping her and looking for … Continue reading

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Germany’s Economic Anti-Miracle

The Financial Times suggests Germany is losing its edge as an economic powerhouse. The facts they give are a bit disconcerting. Germany‚Äôs path to competitiveness: cutting the cost of labour. Make no mistake; that has been the basis of the … Continue reading

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$1 Billion for Free Tuition?

Two days ago USA Today had an article on colleges that are cutting tuition to lure more students in. This is mostly among private colleges that have struggled in recent years to lure students in, as their tuition prices have … Continue reading

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Autonomy Now! Driverless Car Update

Mercedes-Benz has now experimented with a driverless car, sending it on a 100 km journey that included passing through towns, stopping at red lights, and negotiating traffic circles. Apparently this was all done with off-the-shelf technology, and they hope to … Continue reading

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PPACA Followup

I recently pointed to reductions in full-time adjunct instructor employment as a consequence of PPACA’s requirement that employers pay for health care for full-time employees. So if it’s happening in the non-profit groves of academe, what would we expect to … Continue reading

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At last, a Deal!

No, not the fiscal cliff. The NHL. But at this point their alternatives seem to be playing only 30 games or having the Stanley Cup finals in July.

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Burrito Drones

The world is a weird and wonderful place. Coming soon–pending FAA permission–home delivery of Mexican food via drone aircraft. The good folks at Darwin Aerospace have figured out how to use drones to parachute burritos directly onto your property. They … Continue reading

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New San Francisco Bay Bridge

For the engineering-minded reader, here is an interesting article on the new San Francisco Bay Bridge that is being built (a new Eastern portion that is, between Yerba Buena Island and Oakland). You may remember that the last one had … Continue reading

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Solve for “t”

Looking up a book in Amazon.com, I paused for a second after typing in the first letter of the title, “t.” Can you even begin to imagine how many book titles start with “t”? I assume that the titles that … Continue reading

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