June 24, 2008

Kewet Buddy EVRyan just saw a post for this new electronic vehicle from Norway: the Kewet Buddy EV. Here’s a cute little youtube vid of some brits test driving it.


June 24, 2008

I love love love this You Tube video. I love the accented English. I love the explanation that this is a barn kitten’s first contact with humans. I love how he’s frozen, how he hisses quietly and how he moves his head slowly and deliberately.


June 24, 2008

The lost tribe.


June 24, 2008

Just read this interesting article by John Staddon in The Atlantic.  It’s about traffic and the difference between the signage in the UK and the signage in the US (and their negatively correlated traffic death statistics).  But it’s more potently about how Americans prefer to be able to drive the speed they want around a blind curve at night in the rain without consequence.  It’s about how this society craves freedom but expects rules and restrictions.  And about how when rules are lifted and we’re expected to use our own judgment, we fear our own inadequacies and the inadequacies of others.  We are reluctant to expect ourselves and our neighbours to make effective decisions.  And so, despite our desire for freedom, we crave the signage that John argues is making our roads less safe and our traffic-related deaths higher.  Strange.


June 19, 2008

I once went into an Apple store solely to look at their bags.  As I strode through the center aisle of birch tables, at least 5 employees said hello to me.  I responded to the first and was so startled by the rest I failed to respond.  It would have been like a bad Three Stooges episode.  “Hi. Hello. Hey! Wassah!”

After spending 15 minutes looking at bags (with 2 employees asking if we needed help finding anything), I again passed through the hall of birch.  The same girl that had first said hello saw me and said, “Thanks,” I expected for her to continue with, “for coming in.”  But instead she continued with, “for saying hi to me.”  Hm.  Thanks for saying hi to me.  Sad comment on her life or the state of her apple store?  or passive aggressive attack for my reaction to being bombarded by salutations?

ORU LAWSUIT: Lawsuit to be Amended

June 18, 2008

According to this Tulsa World page of briefs, the lawsuit from student Cornell Cross, that he filed in November, has been dismissed by a Tulsa county judge today.  Here’s some quotes:

ORU and other defendants argued that Cross essentially was alleging educational malpractice, which cannot be the basis for a lawsuit under Oklahoma law, defense attorney John Tucker said.

…one of Cross’ attorneys said he plans to file a new version of the lawsuit with more details about the allegations.  Cross has until early July to amend his lawsuit.

Cornell graduated from ORU last month with a bachelor’s degree.  Among other things, Cornell was arguing that his degree has been devalued by the events at ORU last fall.

What do readers of this blog think?

Does a student’s degree become devalued by events such as these?  Take the events at Texas Southern University.  Priscilla Slade, the ex-president, and three aids, were charged with misusing university funds.  Slade was accused of spending more than $500,000 of the financially strapped school’s money on personal expenses, such as furnishing and landscaping her home.  Does that mean that the education acquired by students from Texas Southern University during her tenure is less valuable because she misused their money?

Here’s an update on Slade from this Houston Chronicle story:

Slade, after her first trial ended with a hung jury, pleaded no contest to the charges and promised to repay $130,000 to avoid jail time. Prosecutors also required her to read a letter of apology in court.


June 18, 2008

Are you Google-stupid?  Has the way you think been changed by your internet-surfing patterns?  Nicholas Carr thinks so.  In his recent article on The Atlantic he asks the question and provides profound answers from history.  Our cultural evolution, affects the evolution of our collective intelligence.  Worth reading.