My passport has seen better days. It’s fraying at the edges, there’s a wavy bend to the pages from being exposed to too much rain or humidity, and there’s an ugly circle-shaped yellow sticker on the back with foreign writing I believe to be Vietnamese, but can’t be too sure. I’d remove the sticker, but then I’d be left with the gooey, dirt-attracting residue which will look even worse than the sticker itself. I figure it adds to my passport’s character, anyway. [Read more…]
Amazon warehouses have more square footage than 700 Madison Square Gardens put together. The company does so many sales that in 2012, when its homepage went offline for 49 minutes, it lost approximately $5.7 million. Today that number would be higher: roughly $8.2 million for missing less than an hour of sales as a 24/7 e-commerce store. [Read more…]
“I cannot fiddle but I can make a great state from a little city.” -Themistocles (524 BC – 459 BC).
The various nations and geo-cultural territories that make up the Middle East have been denigrated, sometimes rightfully so, as “tribes with flags.” It is a region that has undoubtedly devolved into an archaic patchwork of peoples divided against each other in centuries old blood feuds and modern resource claims. Someone who endeavors to even begin to understand the cultural, religious, and historical features of the many tribes who make up that region would be embarking on a lifelong journey that could scarcely be completed in 100 years. [Read more…]
Think about all the products and services we use all the time. TVs, phones, computers, cars, cameras, fast-food restaurants, coffee shops. How have they changed over the past 10 years or more? A lot or a little? You’d probably say a lot. And you’d be right. Flat screen TVs that hang like picture frames, touchscreen phones that work like mini computers, actual computers that are smaller and more powerful than the ones that put man on the Moon, cars that run on a mixture of gasoline and electricity, and cameras the size of a fingernail to name several. [Read more…]
Take a trip down memory lane and try to recall the last time you had a great experience in a taxi…and were sober. Maybe the seats were unusually comfortable and the interior impeccably clean. Perhaps you were offered a chilled bottle of water or provided a generous selection of reading material to pass the time. Maybe, a bad experience was turned into a great one–your driver got a little lost along the way, making you late to your destination, so he waived the charge and said “This one’s on me.” [Read more…]