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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Six Things

1. Subway to Tessellate Cheese?
Can it be true?!
"For years, people have complained about the way that Subway places the cheese wedges on their sandwiches."
"As we suspected, it was a policy designed to encourage customers to order extra cheese. However, what looks to be an internal memo from Subway Down Under hints that this policy might be changed effective July first."
(Neatorama)


2. Google Maps Made Me Walk Onto the Highway, Woman Claims

"In my opinion, mapping software paired with GPS technology is one of the more remarkable developments of the modern age, but you know what? You do still need to look where you're going occasionally. Please remember this if you are out for a walk this fine Memorial Day.

Lauren Rosenberg was not aware of, or forgot, this important detail, and so when Google Maps offered her these directions --
- she tootled right along, on foot, onto and along the highway, where she alleges she was hit by a car.
Rosenberg's lawsuit names the driver of the car that hit her as a defendant, which makes sense, but also names Google, alleging it was negligent in steering her onto said road and failed to warn her of the dangers that might be encountered there, to wit, cars."

"What was Plaintiff Lauren Rosenberg to do?

Google should not have to warn people to use common sense when using its maps, but it does, telling people to "use caution" because certain routes "may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths." According to the report, however, this warning does not appear on maps reached from a BlackBerry, which Rosenberg was apparently using, because the screen is too small.

I expect to see an amended complaint shortly naming Research In Motion as an additional defendant."
(Lowering the Bar)


3. Purchase Fail
I am absolutely against that Arizona law, but I wouldn't cry racism if the police looked into this one...
(failblog)

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4. The Oil Plume
David Brooks does it again. Clearly stating what we are all thinking (well, what I'm thinking at least).
When will Obama make him an adviser of.... everything?

Picture of David Brooks for those of
you who get bored without pictures

"The failure of the top-kill technique in the Gulf of Mexico represents an interesting turning point on the Obama presidency. It symbolizes the end of the period of lightning advance and the beginning of the period of nasty stasis.

President Obama swept into office having aroused the messianic hopes of his supporters. For the past 16 months he has been on nearly permanent offense, instigating action with the stimulus bill, Afghan policy, health care reform and the nearly complete financial reform. Whether you approve or not, this has been an era of bold movement.

But now the troops are exhausted, the country is anxious, the money is spent and the Democratic majorities are teetering. The remaining pieces of legislation, on immigration and energy, are going nowhere. (The decision to do health care before energy is now looking extremely unfortunate.)

Meanwhile, the biggest problems are intractable. There’s no sign we will be successful in preventing a nuclear Iran. Especially after Monday’s events, there’s no chance of creating a breakthrough in the Arab-Israeli dispute. Unemployment will not be coming down soon. The long-term fiscal crisis won’t be addressed soon either."

Definitely read the rest of the article! While it doesn't really have any solutions, it's nice to know at least one other person is able to see things clearly down the aisle without being swayed too far left or right.
(NYTimes)


5. Parents who shouldn't be allowed on planes
Yes, another op-ed. But doesn't it worry you that it's actually refreshing to read pieces on things we think should be common sense?


"During a recent 2-1/2-hour flight from Portland, Maine, to Charlotte, North Carolina, Tom Meador heard nothing but crying.

"The baby in the back row screamed bloody murder," he remembers. "Its mother did everything she could think of to quiet the baby. She actually was dripping with sweat because you could tell she worried about what it was doing to the other passengers. I think she had reason to worry, too, because there were some very sour fellow passengers."

The problem is as old as air travel itself: Adults seated next to misbehaving kids while confined to a pressurized aluminum tube. But it seemed like until now, at least, we knew whose side the parents were on. Like the mom on Meador's flight, they did everything they could to keep their offspring from driving the rest of the passengers quietly mad.

Today, you can't be so sure.

Take Pamela Root, who recently became the poster child for permissive parents after she and her 2-year-old son were kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight. Apparently the child's demands ("Go! Plane! Go!" and "I want Daddy!") were so loud that the other passengers couldn't hear the in-flight announcements. Southwest apologized for ejecting them and offered Root a $300 voucher, incurring the wrath of the commenting classes."

""Today's parents have a different view of children's behavior," says Renee Mosiman, a marriage and family therapist and co-author of "The Smarter Preschooler: Unlocking Your Child's Intellectual Potential." "Parents are more permissive, which can result in children who are more unruly in public, especially during plane travel.""

Read on for Elliot's "telltale signs that you're dealing with parental incompetence"
(CNN)


And finally...
6. The Secret Behind Nike Air

Well, that might explain why they're so expensive...

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