Friday, February 29, 2008

Occassional Dimes

  • From Geeks to Greens: The Economist on Silicon Valley's fascination with green technologies.

  • A World of Bananas: An expert weighs in on the best tasting banana in the world. His choice? The lakatan from the Philippines.

  • Made In Italy: Italy's leading brands are increasingly relying on Chinese workers toiling in sweatshop conditions. What happened to the famed EU labor laws?

  • Hydroelectric Power Without Dams: Freestanding underwater turbines are starting to get deployed in the U.S. and Canada.

  • Was it a good idea to move to lead-free solder joints?: Robert Cringley raises some interesting points.

  • Biofuel Stations in California: The lack of fueling stations gets Sacramento's attention. Why don't they promote recharging stations for electric vehicles instead.

  • The EU and the ASEAN: The EU is closely following the ASEAN's attempts at integration.

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    Thursday, February 14, 2008

    Occassional Dimes

  • Needing to (anonymously) share files or communicate with your friends or the world? Check out this new site that is popular among "democracy movement" types overseas.

  • Tufte on the iPhone: Visualization guru weighs in on what's cool and what needs work. The QuickTime file is large and may require a few minutes to download.

  • Dow Jones Meets Dharma: Socially-responsible investing gains a small foothold in India.

  • Homeless Shelters In San Francisco: Reporters from the SF Bay Guardian go undercover and give an inside peek into how shelters in the city operate. Having worked as an overnight volunteer manager for a homeless shelter in the past, I am glad to say that not all shelters in California are as badly run as the ones covered in the article.

  • Health Care and U.S. Presidential Politics: Listen to this excellent overview from UNC political scientist Jonathan Oberlander. Of the remaining candidates, only Hillary Clinton's plan provides universal coverage.

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