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Rainbow over SF... lasted but a minute. By the time my ancient PC was able to merge and post this, it was gone.
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Remember the Mayor of Vilnius Lithuania, who used a tank to run over luxury vehicles blocking bicycle lanes? He won the Ig Nobel Peace Prize! (There were some other pretty good winners of Ig Nobels too.)
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Hehe, Zuokas has a talent for guerilla marketing and public relations. And he got a lot more publicity than he initially expected this time. In case anybody wants to repeat it: they bought an old Mercedes for peanuts, borrowed an APC from army museum and took advantage of an early sunrise - it was enough daylight to shoot, but no people or traffic at all in a street that is usually pretty busy. Then they uploaded the video to Youtube, Facebook and it momentarily has become viral.
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Kind of a fun article that's sure to raise hackles. Lately what I've been thinking about mode choice issues is that so much of the choice is made way before leaving the house. Most of it is made when you first decide where to live.

Since it's a pain to move, this can reinforce the monomodal fixation, since you've already "placed your bets" on one mode. (Unfortunately for them, I think people that have bet on auto-accessible exurban locations are gonna be in trouble soon.)
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Helping people get to their jobs more cheaply and easily.
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Nice work! : "It is my love letter to both the MBTA and Super Mario World."
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The fastest way to run a bus line is to not have it make any stops. I think this is a metaphor for Google's continuous increases in white space in all their products.
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Haha, glad someone agrees!
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Last link: can NYC turn its abandoned subway stations into parks, a la the successful High Line?
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Houses built on, into, and around giant boulders.
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like living in a giant zen garden
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Justin and Chris, re: previous discussions, here's an article by that same author that splits the difference. He explains in a bit more depth why productivity increases are not the cause of our current unemployment rates, and then takes the discussion to the questions you guys have been talking about.
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Is not the ever-increasing complexity of the projects evidence that people are, in fact, improving on their ability to collaborate? I mean, no one person could make a computer from scratch. The materials, the design and manufacture of every component, fitting it all together in one unit, the operating system, the applications... It takes lots of people, working together. Some of them work together directly, some of them indirectly. Some of them actually design and build stuff, some of them mine the natural resources, finance the stuff, bring people together, communicate between groups, set up standards, market the results. All this happens fractally, for individual components as well as the end product.

Incidentally, self-checkout machine usage peaked a few years ago and is now down, since supermarkets found it didn't reduce their expenses that much because many people wanted or needed human assistance. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/26/supermarkets-self-checkout_n_980848.html Maybe they just need to hire some more user experience engineers to help figure out the problems.
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"But if you look back at American history and the economy as a whole, you’ll see that it’s simply not the case that slow productivity growth has been good for workers. Quite the contrary."
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Dammit, I accidentally deleted my comment.

Summarized version: I don't agree that you can assume more people having college degrees implies that they needed them to be productive. Looking back on the places that I've worked, almost everyone had a degree and almost no one needed it for their job. I don't see a compelling reason to strongly correlate increasing education times with skill demand in the work place, I believe it is a cultural and competitive phenomenon.
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Multi-modal transit?: imgur.com/H8M1T
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