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5.25.2011 ‎… sometimes PT hurts …

music: Friend pointed this artist out … I kinda like them.  YouTube – The Apache Relay “Live at Grimey’s_American Nomad with State Trooper bonus”.

products, consumers, Made in the USA, lists:  I enjoyed this list .. I only own two … Weber grills and a few pieces of fiesta ware … Made in USA: 10 Great Products Still Made Here (Slide 1 of 10) – CBS MoneyWatch.com.

technology, smart phones:  I still don’t use those funny squares … but it appears it is the next way.

About eight months ago, the three-store chain started putting these “quick response” codes in its train ads. When customers scan the little squares with their smartphone cameras, a coffee menu pops up on their screens. Then they can order a cup of coffee on the train—and have it waiting when they arrive at one of Ethical Bean’s shops.

Business has doubled since then, says Chief Executive Lloyd Bernhardt. “We catch people who are on the go and don’t have a lot of time,” he says.

via Quick-response codes aim to capitalize on the boom in smartphones – WSJ.com.

cars, compact cars, history, design, quotes: “Gorgeous design costs no more than boring design,” says Mr. Krafcik.

Today, however, cars such as the new Elantra are giving Honda a tough challenge. Hyundai has designed all versions of the Elantra—not just one low-volume variant—to achieve a 40-mpg highway rating from the government. Where Honda offers a five-speed automatic, the Elantra has six speeds, which helps improve efficiency. The Hyundai’s interior appointments, materials and design match up well against the new Civic, which suffers from cheap-looking, black, plastic panels in the dash.

The Elantra’s exterior styling was designed in Hyundai’s California studios and uses tricks familiar to German luxury brands, such as bold creases along the sides and well-defined wheel arches to give the car a “fast” look.

“Gorgeous design costs no more than boring design,” says Mr. Krafcik.

Evidently, auto shoppers agree. Elantra sales more than doubled in April.

via Auto Makers Sweeten the Recipe for Small Cars – WSJ.com.

blog posts, bucket lists, lists, Chicago:  This is a pretty good list of things to do in Chicago … My New Year’s Resolution: A Chicago Bucket List | She’sWrite.

blog posts, superlatives, Paris, public restrooms, Magnificent Mile, Chicago, The Fountain on Locust, St. Louis:  Another good one from friend Cary …

One of my themes in life (cause it’s straight from the good old B-I-B-L-E from which I like to take all my themes in life) is that “the truth shall set you free.” And on the streets of Paris the particular truth that humans do need bathrooms from time to time did indeed set me free — to pursue more culture, more croissants, more adventure.

And in five days’ time it only cost me a couple of Euros.  Money well spent.

via Parisian Restrooms Not for Customers Only « Holy Vernacular.

… and this reminded me of an article in the Tribune years ago which listed the best public restrooms on the Magnificent Mile … it was Ralph Lauren … I searched but could not find the old article , but found this … What’s America’s best restroom? – USATODAY.com.  Seems Cary isn’t the only one who likes nice , clean, free restrooms.

It’s in The Fountain on Locust, a vintage ice cream parlor in St. Louis, according to an annual vote.

A beautifully appointed, clean bathroom is a treat when traveling. And there are several good ways to find them. Check out thebathroomdiaries.com (which helps travelers flush out nice lavs and also honors best restrooms with its “Golden Plunger” awards) or sitorsquat.com, which points you toward the nearest bathrooms when you’re out and about and even has an iPhone app.

Anyone care to recommend a favorite pit stop?

via What’s America’s best restroom? – USATODAY.com.

E. Rivers Elementary School, Atlanta, places, Edward Lindsey, kith/kin, Yoda:  My brothers first graduation speech!  At our public elementary school.  I think he did a great job … Sounds a little like Yoda!

Returning now to the question I posed a few minutes ago — how will this community look in 40 years? The answer is that I HAVE NO IDEA.  What I do know is that in the not too distant future it will be in your hands.  Therefore, the lessons you have learned and will learn in the next few years will give you the tools to deal with the challenges our community faces.

So, in conclusion, remember, show passion, try something new and unique, dare to fail, and take an interest and give back to your community.  If you do these things, I know that Atlanta and Buckhead will be in safe hands in the next forty years when you stand where I am standing.

via Graduation Speech to E. Rivers Elementary School May 24, 2011.


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