- Writing on the Wall: While I was trying to verify the price of silk at the South Bund Fabric Market in Shanghai, I came across the excellent blog Mad About Shanghai, and this funny sign taken on the Great Wall.
- More Bang for Your Buck: The L.A. Times and the Washington Post ran stories recently about which countries give you more for your devalued dollar (hint: avoid the EU). The Post highlighted Croatia, giving me another reason to love the kuna.
- Greening Antarctica: WorldChanging blog reports on plans to build wind turbines in Antarctica, the world's windiest continent, to replace/augment the generators using dirty aviation fuel. Josie Howitt of WorldChanging explains:
Antarctica is one of the most vulnerable parts of our planet to environmental change. And yet, paradoxically, electricity at New Zealand’s Scott Base is produced by two fossil-fuel powered generators, using 380,000 litres of aviation fuel annually. Hardly an ideal choice for sustaining the needs of scientists studying pristine natural systems and climate change impacts.
- Getting Things Done in Vegas: Scott Adams' Dilbert blog suggests how casinos can make things a lot easier for their customers.
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Photo: David Tan, Mad About Shanghai