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Price of Gasoline Over Time

The following graph summarizes the price per gallon of 87 octane gasoline purchased in quantities of approximately 30 gallons to fuel my full-size passenger van over the period January 2006 to March 2012 (click to enlarge):

California High Speed Rail

Discussion continues three-and-a-half years after California Proposition 1A was approved by voters in most of the counties that would be served by high speed rail service. Pro The decision to go forward with high speed rail in California was made back in 2008 when Proposition 1A was passed by a 52.6% to 47.4% margin.  All […]

Mr. Wemmick, on Loaning Money to Friends

“Mr. Wemmick,” said I, “I want to ask your opinion. I am very desirous to serve a friend.” Wemmick tightened his [lips] and shook his head, as if his opinion were dead against any fatal weakness of that sort. “This friend,” I pursued, “is trying to get on in commercial life, but has no money, […]

World’s Greatest Employee

I came across this list of “essential duties” in a job posting; I wonder if they ever found this person: QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be […]

Sloan Career Cornerstone Center

The Sloan Career Cornerstone Center is an ever-expanding resource for anyone interested in exploring career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, and healthcare.  Explore over 185 degree fields and find out about education requirements, salaries, networking, pre-college ideas, and career planning resources.  Browse interviews with hundreds of professionals who offer candid insight into their […]

Got Motivation?

I think this set of three thigh MRI cross sections speaks for itself: source

Mumbai was Bombay

Mumbai, known prior to 1996 as Bombay, is most populous city in India and the fourth most populous city in the world, with a total metropolitan area population of about 20.5 million. Mumbai is also the richest city in India. Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbor.

What is Your Conceptual Continuity?

My question in the car yesterday was not so much which is the correct word to use, but, given that Christopher Hitchens said “may not,” was he denying permission or offering a choice. In this alleged transcript, he uses both “can not” (can’t) and “may not” in consecutive sentences discussing the same topic.  Clearly, what […]

Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges

The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges profiles 308 institutions of higher education in the United States and 3 in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. The 220-page guide is the only free, comprehensive, annually-updated guide to green colleges.  A PDF of […]

Perpendicular Grammar

When a company’s marketing department puts out junk like this, can the company’s product or service be much better?: “This is accomplished by winning and managing work, developing and mentoring staff, focusing on continuous process improvement and to embrace the established record of excellence to stay first in the minds of our competition.”