Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Episode 5 - Rick Rolled

More adventures at CyberMeme Enterprises. Click the pic!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Episode 4 - Shorthand

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Episode 3 - Duh Event

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Episode ß - Pilot

Enjoy the Pilot episode of The Netheredge of Reality! Click on the pic for a better view. More to come!!!


Big news coming soon!

What could it be?

Stay "Tooned"...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Reasons even a non-pot smoker should vote for Proposition 19

This Tuesday, we Americans will be witnessing an historic event: The revelation about why we use 'an' in front of the word historic. No, actually, I'm talking about the legalization of marijuana through public referendum... That's right, Proposition 19. Pot will be voted legal in California for recreational use. That is, assuming it passes...

Different polls show close calls in either direction, so lets call it about even. For the many people who are on the fence, this is for you. You probably don't smoke, and may not even have anything to do with the culture of marijuana. Even if you see it as just some drug, there are many reasons why I feel you will agree it should not be illegal. The fact it is illegal creates problems you may not have realized.

I'm not going to give you some whole "anti-Reefer Madness" rant because you've probably heard it already. What I am doing is giving some rational statements about why legalizing pot will be in the best interest of people not even remotely interested or involved with its consumption. Hopefully these will give you reason to vote to legalize it for those who do...

When making your decision, consider these points:

- 850-900,000 people are arrested every year in the US for pot. It is a nonviolent, victimless crime.

- People smoke pot, regardless of its legal state. In other words, people are forced to go through illegal sources to obtain pot. Knowing that users are not deterred by the fact it is illegal, keeping it illegal is supporting crime...

- There are no rules in the illegal black market of pot. Kids can get pot because it is illegal. It's not like alcohol or cigarettes that have measures that prevent minors from buying. Dealers come in all ages. Your 13 year old currently can get illegal pot easier than legal alcohol. Legalizing it, and erasing the black market, will subject minors to constant preventive measures and nuisances like ID-ing.

- Growers, suppliers, and dealers come in all types. There are indeed criminal controlled elements in drug trafficking... you know... the type that kill people. But many others are entrepreneurs who see a need to fill for a product that is in demand. These are businesspeople who are otherwise upstanding citizens. Shouldn't the forum to sell the product be given to those who plan to do it safely and professionally? Or should we keep the market open for those people who kill, steal, rape, sell weapons, etc to keep their enterprise going?

- Many people will argue that if pot is legal, crime will increase from people trying to pay for it. While this isn't true, and would still go on if illegal, lets just follow this logic... Stats have shown that about 20% of drug sales are paid for by 'barter'. Some of these 'barter' items include sex and stolen merchandise. A street dealer will accept these forms of payment. Your legal pot dispensary will not.

- People are afraid we'll see a surge in the amount of people who smoke. This may be true at first, people curious about it and all. But that will level off very quickly. Like with any vice product, some will accept it and some wont. Not everybody drinks, not everybody smokes, and those are legal.

- Arresting people for pot takes up time and resources (and tax dollars) that police could be using to prevent dangerous crime.

- It also slows down our courts and occupies our prosecutors, as there needs to be a trial for every single person arrested.

- The American taxpayer covers the bill for people arrested and imprisoned for pot. You have your own rent, food, utilities to pay for... With the amount of people arrested, given the nonviolent and victimless nature of the crime, is it financially worth it?

- Pot users in prison take up room that more severe offenders should be occupying. Some 60% of people through the legal system are there for drugs, 80-90% of them being for pot possession. Prisons are currently overcrowded, and violent criminals are released early just because there is no room for them. I say keep them in longer by putting them where a nonviolent pot user once stayed.

- Most importantly, WE SPEND A BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR as a nation on the enforcement and punishment of marijuana laws. Think about what we could do with that money? Improve our schools? Tax cuts? Why spend that on efforts that have not been working.

- Legalizing pot will eliminate much of the social stigma of the plant, which can help drive research and acceptance of its medicinal purposes.

- Currently, a conviction for pot can end your career. Most corporations will not hire someone with a drug arrest on their record, even for pot. Did you also know that someone with a drug conviction can not get a student loan for college? How does that improve society? Can't even improve yourself to become employable...

- As legal entities, pot dispensaries will operate in a similar fashion to pharmacies and bars. ID will be needed for purchase to make sure the person is of age. And governments will actually make money off taxes levied from pot sales, similar to alcohol and tobacco (with some figures having us raking in hundreds of millions a year in taxes). Not to mention the small business opportunities involved in the pot industry, such as for legal growing, clubs/bars that cater to the pot crowd, and the vibrant market for smoking devices and other paraphernalia.

- Mostly, its about freedom. We can speak, vote, and pray how we like... does it make sense then that we can be told what we can and can not put in own bodies? You don't have to love pot to vote for Proposition 19, you just have to love America.

(more to be added?...)

As you see, it is in the best interest of everyone for pot to be legal. Californians, you have the opportunity. Stand up for your freedom, even if it is a specific one you do not choose to partake in. Yes on 19!!!


Monday, October 18, 2010

The Corn Syrup Addendum...

In my last blog, I forgot to tackle the issues of what people are calling the most evil thing since Hitler... High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Remember growing up and baking a cake, you would use Karo syrup or some other sticky sweet liquid? Now people want to destroy that childhood memory and take away our corn syrup!

Problem is, corn syrup is full of sugar - let me rephrase, IS ALL SUGAR. And we all know sugar is evil.

But lets think about why we use it. Corn syrup is cheap. It's plentiful, especially in the corn-rich USA. It's versatile. It tastes good.

But yes, it is bad for you. Like all sugar.

Shouldn't we just be calling a moratorium on all sugar then? Nope. Just corn syrup. Because it's in EVERYTHING now and it scares us.

But like with pesticides vs organics, there are tradeoffs:

Corn Syrup is cheaper than cane sugar. Which makes food made with corn syrup cheaper than food with cane sugar. So can you blame a business for using it? And since we associate cheap food with bad-for-you food, corn syrup gets a bad rep.

But more importantly, we use corn syrup because it is a good substitute for additives that are worse for you. Corn syrup acts as an agglutinator in both baked and processed foods. It's sticky, so why not. You know what this replaces in these dishes? LARD!!! Yes, it replaces shortenings and fat that used to be added to keep food together.

Nowadays people want to watch their calories and eat low-fat. So its a switch from lard to corn syrup. So you can say this all boils down to... wait for it... consumer demand!

People need to realize that you can not have things at 100%. It just doesn't work in society. Remove the fat, you add sugar. Remove the sugar, you lose texture and more importantly, taste. Instead of complaining and blaming corn syrup, watch what you eat and don't go overboard on junky food.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My Chemical Romance aka The McDonalds Experiment

Today the results of a scientific experiment were revealed. According to the experiment’s “artist”, a burger from McDonalds lasted six months on a shelf with no signs of decay

Well, I call shenanigans on that…

Trust me, as someone who has thrown out plenty of fast-food leftovers, I know it can’t last that long. A McBurger left in the fridge for two weeks WILL go rancid. Never fun having to clean that up…

So now, regardless of whether this is true or false, people are all up in arms about how bad preservatives are for you… which is funny because…

Years ago, if you said you could make a hamburger last for six months, you woulda won the Nobel Prize or something for solving issues relating to hunger and food shortages. Now, people are freaked out by these preservatives.

This is the weird trend in food these days. People panic about making sure their food is all-natural and organic… and are often willing to pay a high premium for it. You know what though? It’s basically the same exact thing. There are tradeoffs, people!

Yes, non-organic food is treated with chemicals for optimal growth. Usually, these are no worse for you than the detergent residue left over when you use your dishwasher. They keep plants clean and bug free. You know what you get when you don’t use these pesticides? You get BUG SHIT on your fruits and veggies. Sometimes even inside your fruits and veggies. Yes, bugs burrow inside and poop all over your food. Not to mention bacteria and mold that could kill you. Now which option sounds worse…

Now as long as these substances aren’t toxic (All chemicals and supplements should be thoroughly tested to make sure they are completely harmless to humans, including testing for long-term effects) then why are we complaining? They say preservatives are the reason we as a species are living longer. Now sometimes that’s a joke about the preservatives we eat preserving US, but think about it:

If food rots quickly, people may unknowingly eat spoiled food. Which can get them sick... or worse. If you’ve ever had food poisoning, you know what I mean.

Also, these chemicals help bring about an abundance of some of the most nutritious foods out there. Less food lost through bugs and blight mean more the farmers can sell. Which makes it cheaper for everybody. In a world where they say that nutritious food is more expensive than crap food, a lower price will incentivize people to eat healthier.

Not to mention what these processes can do in agrarian societies and areas dealing with hunger. Bigger portions may be the difference in whether your entire family eats that night.

I remember an old Simpsons episode where Lisa dreams of the scientific praise she will get for creating a giant tomato that could feed an entire impoverished family by using growth hormones. That was like 15 years ago. These days, people like Lisa are the ones who complain about how bad hormones are for us.

So don’t fret over the whole organic debate. And for the love of god, don’t leave a McBurger out for six months…


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Darwinsville aka What to do about the Homeless

So it has been reported in Nashville that the biggest problem we face is the homeless epidemic. And with good cause. Walk through midtown or downtown at nearly any time of the day and you can’t go more than one building without somebody bugging you for change. The nice ones only ask… some scream at you… Hell, the other day some bum came up to me holding a beer and had the balls to ask for money. Not the right time…

This brings up the question about what we should do about this problem. Compared to many other cities, Nashville isn’t even that bad. Most of our homeless are deputized into selling newspapers on the street corner… they still bug you for the money and yell at you when you don’t give them anything but at least its somewhat of a job. But go to a place like Memphis and you’ll wish you were back in your own city. Just kidding, there’s no reason to ever go to Memphis… it’s like a 1930s shantytown meets a 1980s crack den…

Obviously this is a sensitive issue, since these people are still human. Droves of dirty people huddled in alleys next to cluttered shopping carts make our cities look disgusting, and statistically are elements in high crime rates. Rather than throwing them in prisons or worse, we need to do something constructive.

So here is the Netheredge plan… the out of the box idea…

Every city has some sort of budget to deal with homeless issue. Instead of putting these people in lockup, or some bureaucratic nightmare of a breadline, each city chips in and buys every bum a one-way Greyhound bus ticket to bumfuck Wyoming… There’s plenty of space there, so a city of bums will be established.

I call it Darwinsville because it employs the principle of Survival of the Fittest… those who want to work for it prosper while those who don’t, perish… It’s how society naturally works, except in this country we have so many rules and handouts that we can’t let nature run its course.

With the funds that used to go to these social programs, we buy tools, wood, drywall, nails, etc… all the elements to build houses. Each bum is given all the materials they need to build a house… Seriously, with labor costs factored out, a house could be built for a few hundred dollars. Might require an outhouse instead of a bathroom, but hey, better than an alley or inside an unlocked car.

And there will be professionals on hand to assist (emphasize ASSIST) those with no construction experience or those physically unable to do so. I’d even say bring Ty Pennington in with his crew and make this an entire season of Extreme Makeover Home Edition… I think the charity and non-profit sectors would jump at the chance to work at this…

Everyone has the chance to build a house with the materials and help they are given. If they do so, they get to keep the house free of charge. If they earn their keep, they deserve it. If not, well, at this point its ok to say they can starve or freeze to death. We gave them the chance to help themselves and they refused, so let Darwinism run its course.

Once there’s a population in these areas, it’s a near guarantee corporations will move in to cater to the needs of the population. I’d expect Walmart to move in immediately, which will provide hundreds of unskilled jobs for this new city (not to mention affordable household products), and soon many businesses will follow. An area like this could even be a beacon for manufacturing. If these bums wish to work, they make money to eat and buy things and improve their lives… if not, well, they starve. No social programs in this new town.

So this idea will clean up our existing cities and allow those bums who wish to contribute to society a fair chance. I can’t think of a more humane way to do this… house the homeless while letting them earn their keep and avoid giving handouts to those looking for a free ride.

Obviously this will never happen, but think about it for a minute…


Thursday, September 23, 2010

"The 72-Hour Rule" aka "Reply to E-Mail You Bags..."

As a student, entrepreneur, and social media psycho, there is one thing that gets to me bad... the lack of courtesy, respect, professionalism, and general status quo of NOT RETURNING e-mails.

Really, people... What the fuck. How hard is it to acknowledge someone’s question? For the most part, I’m talking about e-mails to those people you have an existing rapport with. Often with specific questions that only that person can answer. Or those whose best interest it is in to respond, like when you inquire about a product or service you may purchase. Don’t even get me started on job application e-mails… that’s for a different rant.

Among the people who are guilty, or should I say, have been guilty of this in just the last two weeks of my life, are: Banks, Real Estate Agents, Investors, Vendors / Suppliers, Professors, Alumni, and so-called friends.

Regardless of the lack of courtesy, the big problem with this is that often I can’t go about my work until I get a response. Like getting a list of figures from a business partner, or a contact link from a professor, or asking an alum to who in their company I should address a letter... Simple things that seriously take a minute to look up and copy back. Is this really that hard?

And if they’re expecting my e-mail, or it’s their responsibility to respond, it is even worse. Really, how can you not get back to someone if you tell them to e-mail you with a question. What kind of person does that make you…

I’d try the phone route, but I may not have your phone number… not everyone is anxious to give that out these days. I find phone calls are even easier to ignore. Especially for those who don’t check their messages. (I personally tell people to e-mail me since voicemail sucks) But often I am requesting information, something I want to keep documented. Or something along the lines of an e-mail address, hyperlink, attached file, spreadsheet, catalog, etc. that can’t be delivered in a phone call. I prefer e-mail for simple Q&A conversations because I can take my time and plan out a response, as well as reference what was said. Elite businessmen like Mark Cuban have already accepted this as policy, which should at least show that e-mail is no joking matter.

And what makes matters worse, when I don’t get a response, I also have to paranoidally contemplate if they even got my e-mail. Sucks having to wonder if it’s my mail server that is down of if it’s just them being an arrogant asshole. I’m gonna sound like a psycho if I call up Comcast wondering why I didn’t get your e-mail when it’s just that person not sending it in the first place. Really, tell me you’re not going to respond so I can confirm the problem is with you and not me.

Typically, I’ll try to follow up with someone if I don’t get a response within a few days. I can understand if you missed the first e-mail… it happens and I’ve done it too. But not responding to the follow-up request is just a kick in the nuts. It’s like saying, “Yes, I know you’re trying to contact me, and apparently my response is very important to you. But fuck you, you’re not important enough to take two minutes out of my day for.”

Seriously, in my old line of work, if I EVER pulled this bullshit, I would have been out of the job. I remember losing out on gigs simply because I didn’t respond to someone WITHIN MINUTES. Not hours, days, weeks. Minutes. I don’t expect everyone to be on this spontaneous time frame, but it goes to show that people take e-mail seriously.

So what I’m gonna do: I am going to institute a personal policy where if they don't respond to (or acknowledge) my e-mail within 72 hours, I resend it. Hourly. Until they do. At the speed of business, three days is more than enough time to wait. Figure if they don't respond, they're purposely ignoring me, so might as well piss them off too... (Worked in The Shawshank Redemption!). It’s an unprofessional “eye-for-an-eye” but people really need to up their courtesy... They took the first step towards douchebaggery, and it’s either I be the victim, or I teach ‘em the error of your ways.

This is one of my biggest pet peeves. It’s really not that hard to fix. Even if all you say is 'let me get back to you' at least acknowledge that you got the e-mail. I understand you might not have the information readily available, or maybe you are truly busy. But have enough respect for someone to not put their life on hold for your response, only to never get it.


PS – I don’t look at the gmail account linked to this blog, so don’t try anything funny. :P

Additional Sidenote: Excuses don’t cut it. If you’re on vacation or otherwise know you will not read your e-mail over a few days, send an auto-response. Don’t try telling me you’ve been busy and have your Facebook or Twitter page filled with updates. Yep, I caught you. If you are the type of person who is seriously SO busy that they can’t respond to a quick one-line e-mail, you obviously have a secretary or make enough money to go out and hire one. If you got in a car accident and are in a coma… well I’ll give you that one ;)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I wanna...

Starting a new thread on Twitter using the tag #iwanna. Use this tag to gripe about things that we want that we just can't have. And i'm talking things that we are all supposed to have, not like "#Iwanna million bucks, a yacht, and two asian hookers." Win the lotto first for that. These are things any adult can and should have if they want them in our every day lives, but may not be able to because of work, friends, family, apartment rules, etc.

For example:

#Iwanna live each day like I’m on vacation, even when I’m home and working. Cuz you always do crazy shit on vacation and it's all ok...

#Iwanna get a dog. They’re momentum builders. Gotta walk ‘em and play with em. Which means I actually need to put pants on that day. And they’re good for picking up chicks.

#Iwanna organize a weekly poker game with friends. Cause rituals keep us focused and healthy. And I like poker.

Catch what I'm saying? Post them to @TNOReality on Twitter using the #iwanna tag. Make sure you say why you 'wanna'. I'll post the best ones in a follow-up post.


Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day is Bullshit

Ah Labor Day, the time where we sit back and relax and celebrate the American worker. It's great. take the day off, your company got this one. Or do they? While millions of people get to enjoy a nice bbq with family and friends, millions more wonder how they will make ends meet this week being forced to take a day of paid work off.

You see, not everyone in the country makes a salary. Many are the hourly wage jockeys who work as much as they can just to make ends meet. We have our business owners, many of them being regular middle class people, who are the root of our economy. Sadly, these people are forced to lose income by this mandatory day off. Not much you can do if the place you work is going to be closed, or the people you do business with aren't available because they have the day off.

This has been my personal situation for the past eight years. As an independent consultant, I've been forced to take this day off against my will simply because my clients do not work today. If I had employees, they wouldn't have any work either. So I get to sit on my ass the whole day doing nothing. Just like what I had to do on Friday since my clients close early for the 4-day vacation.

And in this economy, who know who else gets screwed? The unemployed. To them, every day is a day off. So why be forced to take this one off too. Jobs aren't being posted today, people aren't being interviewed today, and you won't even get your mail today to see if you got that offer. Just another day to sit around the house doing nothing, or burning through what little cash you have just to do something to keep your sanity.

So who really does 'win' on labor day? Big Business of course. Staffing is VERY expensive. If they can take a day off from paying their employees, why not! Corporate cash flow will always be going on in the background, so being closed a single day will have little effect on their bottom line. But for the mother trying to feed her kids and makes just enough to do so, this day represents 1/20 of their monthly income GONE.

And its funny to think how this 'holiday' got started. That's right kids, Labor Unions. They started this as a way to stick it to their corporate masters. They probably have in their contract that they get a paid day off today. But for organizations that say they stick up for the little guy, they sure are screwing a ton of them over elsewhere. I'll save my anti-union rant for another blog, but it'll suffice for now to say that unnecessary days off in America are one of the many reasons China and India are stealing all our labor.

So enjoy your day off. Hopefully many of you will use this time to fix things up around the house or bbq with the family. But for the rest of us brave underemployed apartment-dwelling unmarried citizens, I wish you all luck.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Top 10 Reasons why Twitter is Unsustainable

What up Twitheads!

I remember when Twitter first came out and I was thinking, "What, another social networking site. Pass." When I started working in Marketing it was a bit harder to avoid - you need to have a twitter presence if for nothing else than to say you have one. Asking friends about if they were on it, they just laughed and pointed out the fad nature of the site. (interestingly enough these were the same people who told me to get off Myspace and join Facebook). And considered, at the time it wasn't much more than a tool for Ashton Kutcher to tell his fans every time he goes out to Starbucks.

But has Twitter evolved? Or is it just a fad that wont die. Two years after first signing up, I actually use it consistently, but for not much more than to announce my blog or some TNOR-related quip. And I actually enjoy what some people do say... mostly others with blogs I'm interested in, or someone tweeting breaking news in the two seconds I don't have my Yahoo window open.

The problem is, there's just too much of it. That one thing I want to read is trapped and obscured by the rest of the crap out there. The casual Tweeter, like that indie band that announces last-second shows or that politician who commented on his progress in congress, is going to get his announcement lost in the glut of bullshit.

There is just too much going on in Twitter, and it is going to collapse under it's own weight. Here are the big problems:

- Too Many People...
Everyone has the right to speak their mind, but there are thousands of people for each topic of discussion, all equally accessible. So follow them all... and get swamped with thousands of tweets. Or don't follow them and miss something. The "suggested follows" option makes overfollowing especially tempting and easy.
- with too much to say
Seriously, every action or observation you make doesn't need to be discussed. Every website you like doesn't need to be promoed. You don't have to tweet an item from your massive sales catalog every minute on the minute. If you're so important that we need to know what you're doing every five minutes from 8am to 2am then you might wanna reevaluate how you use your time
- Who are you?
Some tweeters have an identity. But please stick with it. If you're repping a business-related page, I really don't care what you had for breakfast. If it was on sale, maybe, but seriously, keep your private life out of your theme-related blog. Or create another one for personal info so I don't have to follow it.
- ...Or nothing to say at all
like people who post nothing but links. not talking about those who have outside blogs they refer to or comment about something specific, but people who do nothing more than post whatever youtube video/news story/blog/porn site/money making scheme they're reading on the internet. Seriously if you can't come up with your own content, you're clogging my timeline. Especially when a million others are going to send me the same link (probably each encoded in their own web-shortened address).
- Retweets
In my opinion, the dumbest thing Twitter has done. I may like the thing I get from you the first time, but does my timeline really need to be cluttered with everybody else reposting it? Retweeting makes this too easy. I followed you because I want to know what you say, not someone else. If its so important, just copy and paste it... Why can't I shut these off!!!
- Promo Tweet Spam (ie Trains)
Goes without saying. No shame in marketing yourself, but wow my timeline gets cluttered with these. I mean I do promos and shoutouts at times but I keep it controlled... some people post 10 "please follow me"s in the time between two other followers tweet.
- Speedy access to the internet
Why go to your computer and think about what you're going to say when you can tweet anything on your mind on the go using your cell phone... Foursquare, you're public enemy number one. The only thing these apps are good for is knowing when your friends aren't home so you can throw a party in their apartment.

Not all problems are 'too much info' related... what we can say is limited. Other sites like Wave (but not Wave since no one uses it) will take over because they increase our power of communication

- No two way conversation
This key element is what Twitter is lacking as a form of communication. Message board conversations should be moved offline (ie onto your blog site) but you can't respond to anyone's tweet. Ok, you can do one of those silly @ things but they have no clue what you are referring to (especially if they're the aforementioned idiot who posts something every ten seconds). You should be able to send a single response to the tweeter. Just so sustain conversation. Making it a truly social network.
- character limits
Twitter isn't a place to run your mouth off, but sometimes 140 characters is too small. It's not even a text message. So you gotta post it in two tweets. Which then show up backwards. And get interupted by someone promoting themselves. Give us a few more letters and give us the option after 140...

So good luck Twitter. Try not to get so big that you're no fun to play with.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Facebook Birthdays

I used to never bother with facebook birthday greetings. Just because there were too many to keep up with. but back in school, you pretty much have to, you see these people every day. now that i'm out, i remember why i didn't do it in the first place.

1- if its a good friend, i probably said happy birthday to them in person
1a - or at least through facebook chat...
2-there are too many of them. it looks like spam if you send a whole bunch in a row... if not spam, then just meaningless
3-if you leave anyone out, its insulting. they can see that you said it to others. yay fb privacy!
4- this includes days where you just don't check facebook. how dare you. or is it those people just don't deserve birthdays...

So I just don't do it anymore. Sorry. But i'll say it right to you. This includes everyone who i never talk to normally but is on my buddy list anyway so i see their birthdays... ;)

And don't forget, you can hack into a lot of fun things with your friends' birthdays... wanna see how much is in their bank account? but that will be for another post....


Friday, July 16, 2010

Why We Can't Get Shit Done as a Country: A Metaphor

A metaphor for why healthcare or immigration will never be properly reformed in this country:

From an article off of GOOD about replacing trucks with pneumatic tubes:
“What Would Happen if You Removed All Delivery Trucks From the Streets?

That’s the primary conceit of Urban Mole, a conceptual project by designer Phillip Hermes. He suggests using the existing sewer infrastructure to transport all manner of packages via robotic messenger—a series of tubes, if you will (reminds me of pneu-mail). The sudden lack of street-clogging delivery trucks could have a profound effect on congestion, both in terms of traffic and air quality. You can see a similar project called UNITX, including an actual prototype, here."

Sounds awesome, right? We all hate traffic, especially that caused by trucks in cities with poor transportation and road systems. And why not lower shipping costs and reduce pollution incurred by gas-guzzling trucks. But here is a reply written by a reader:

“I can’t help but wonder how this system would economically affect the millions of workers who drive delivery trucks today. Would truck drivers’ job duties simply change, or would drivers be displaced from their jobs? Furthermore, if displacement results, where would they go, and how would this affect the demand and supply of workers in other industries in the U.S.? Would a system like this stimulate or impair the economy? Creating underground robotic messengers may improve the environmental well-being of our country and of our planet, but establishing procedures to make the transition to this proposed tunnel system as economically smooth as possible (ie. making sure delivery truck driver employment is retained, careful supervision of construction funds, etc.) is essential to maximizing the potential benefits that this innovation may produce.”

Well, the reader technically isn't wrong, but way to kill progress. No matter what system you choose, and no matter what benefit it has to society, there’s ALWAYS people who will find ways in which it won’t work. And they probably have more expensive lawyers than you.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Blog Comin' Soon, folks...

blog coming soon. until then, follow us at @TNOReality on twitter