October 31, 2002 

Overlay Area Codes

US PHONE SYSTEM: Here's a simple question - let's say you had to institute an unpopular change upon society. You can do something that annoys half the population temporarily, or something that annoys everyone permanently. What do you choose? Well,... [read on...]

Posted at 07:33 PM

 October 30, 2002 

Daylight Savings

YOUR CLOCK: In the interest of keeping this site updated at least weekly, I'll have to jump a bit outside my intended scope of coverage to decry something that I have honestly never heard anyone say anything good about: Daylight... [read on...]

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 October 23, 2002 

Microsoft tries to help #1

THE INTERNET: Amidst a fit of optimism, I was worried I wouldn't be able to find anything stupid to write about this week, and then I remembered the bottomless pit of annoyance that Microsoft can produce. This screen appears when... [read on...]

Posted at 05:12 PM

 October 21, 2002 

Crossing the Street

LONDON: I'm gonna get flamed here, but I can't help myself: The system of rights of way in London is beyond stupidity. Let's say you're strolling along the sidewalk and come to a minor intersection with no traffic light. (see... [read on...]

Posted at 06:48 PM
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 October 17, 2002 

Pointless Graffiti

BUDAPEST: To be honest, I think graffiti has it's place. I actually thought the New York Subway was much more interesting when the trains were covered in color. But there's a big difference between graffiti-art, and destructive drivel. In Budapest,... [read on...]

Posted at 01:35 PM
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 October 16, 2002 

Recycling in Britain

LONDON: Sorry to sound like a preacher here, but the state of recycling in this country has left my mouth agape in shock. Maybe I've been in California too long. Aluminum cans, that's 5 syllables, go in the trash, period.... [read on...]

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 October 15, 2002 

The Peotone Airport Proposal

CHICAGO: The Background: Chicago's two airports are way overcrowded. So much so, in fact, that the slightest inclemental weather in Chicago can cripple air traffic throughout the entire continent for days at a time. The largely Democratic city of Chicago,... [read on...]

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