Sunday, June 01, 2014

Things I learned lately - 1 June

  • Message to Calgary: NYC has bike lanes. Dedicated ones. Lots of them. In one of the most congested roadway networks in the world. Yet they work. Hmmm.
  • Krakow, Poland; Stockholm, Sweden; Munich, Germany; Davos/St. Moritz, Switzerland. What do they have in common? They all walked away from their bids for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Why? Because their citizens no longer believe the Olympics are financially sustainable. The only cities left bidding are Olso, Norway; Lviv, Ukraine; Almaty, Kazakhstan; and Beijing, China. A decision is needed by 31 July 2015.
  • Uber drivers have been known to earn up to $90k per year. An average cab driver (US) typically earns $30k.
  • I hope you weren't hoping that anyone was going to win the debate against fracking. It's over and the frackers won.
  • One reason the Mediterranean diet works is the chemical interaction between olive oil and vegetables.
  • The latest resume tips suggest summarizing your most valuable qualifications at the top of the resume instead of a career objective. That way, employers can instantly find what you're good at.
  • Google ever-so-slightly re-positioned the second 'g' and the 'l' in their logo.
  • There are 5 oceans now. The 'southern ocean' was added in 2000 and is the area surrounding Antarctica.
  • A new study has come up with a slightly smaller radius for the proton. This has scientists baffled because they don't know if the first tests were wrong, the new test is wrong or they're wrong about pretty much everything related to quantum electrodynamics. There - now you have something to talk about at your next meeting at the coffee shop.
  • The Solar Roadways indigogo crowd-source campaign has raised over $1.4 million.
  • If you are angry at the person in front of you who's driving like a relative ... Pretend it is your relative — it will significantly reduce your road rage

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