‘Society’

Two videos, two governments

In an interesting contrast of perspectives on governments’ takes on environmental issues, these two videos highlight air pollution in Hong Kong and electronic waste in Toronto. The first is a comedic public service announcement (PSA) put out by the Clean Air Network (CAN), which is a nonprofit advocating for more action to control air pollution in Hong Kong. I first saw this as part of… Read More

Connecting the path to energy savings with “No on Prop 23″ funding

Today I started reading news in Google Reader, and came across 2 topics that I wish could just find a way to meet up. They have to do with getting widespread behavior and mentality change to happen and funding for political campaigns/issues. That may not sound like they can be connected, but just read on! The first article is titled “Misperceived Paths to Energy Savings”… Read More

Depression-era color photos and 2 cool blogs to read

This entry has a common thread that everything is about different, thought-provoking visual stimuli. The Denver Post posted this gallery by photographers from the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information. These color slides were recovered from the 1939-1943 and show glimpses into what life was like for Americans during harsh times. The data nerd in me really loves the blog Information is Beautiful for its… Read More

And irrational behavior reigns again!

I’ve just started reading the book Sway: The Irresistable Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman. They are two brothers who got into seemingly different fields of business and psychology, but found that there are really interesting ideas that tie the two together. I haven’t gotten that far in the book yet so I can’t give a full review yet, but I… Read More