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September 2009

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Street Cleaning in Paris

The Paris city government spends a lot of time and effort to keep the streets clean.  I’m not sure if it’s due to the fact that quite a few Parisians don’t pick up dog poop, but the street cleaning really makes a difference compared to U.S. cities.  Sidewalks and plazas are hosed down by trucks, but many streets have water sources built in to flush debris into the sewer system.

I wondered how environmentally friendly this is, but I read that it’s a closed system for recycling non drinkable water.  Paris has two water lines, one for drinkable water and one not.

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Reuters.com: Body Worlds plans cadaver show dedicated to sex

Reuters.com: Body Worlds plans cadaver show dedicated to sex

German anatomists plan a new show dedicated solely to dead bodies having sex as part of the Body Worlds exhibitions.

I think people should realize now, that these cadaver shows aren’t about education, but are modern day freak shows designed to shock and entertain.

I wrote about this extensively last year when a different show, Bodies the Exhibition was here in Cincinnati.

Travel

Street Dancers in Paris

 

We saw these street dancers in Paris on the the Champs-Élysées near the Arc de Triomphe.  We were walking around and caught the tail end of a performance from the back of a crowd and decided to wait around for their next performance.

The dancers saw that I was shooting video with my iPhone 3GS and definitely played it up for the camera.  It’s four dancers, each with their own unique style.  It was a great performance.

The video, especially the sound is pretty amazing for being shot on a cell phone!

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Yahoo News: Ex-CEO backs limit on leaving passengers on tarmac

From Yahoo News: Ex-CEO backs limit on leaving passengers on tarmac

 A former CEO of American Airlines on Tuesday backed imposition of a three-hour time limit on how long airlines can strand passengers on airport tarmacs, but he also warned of unintended consequences.

Even three hours waiting on a tarmac seems too long.  But, at least this would prevent those horror stories of people being kept on planes with no food and overflowing toilets.

Travel

Photo: Paris Street Crossing Walk Button

One thing about taking a vacation is that there’s always a pile of work waiting for you when you return.  Makes it a little difficult to get back on schedule.

I took a ton of pictures while in London and Paris and I’ll be posting them over the next couple of days.  I was a little rushed to to get to the airport and left the two cameras I was planning to bring at my office.  I ended up using a slightly older digital camera that I borrowed from my sister who dropped me off at the airport and my trusty iPhone 3GS.

First picture up, a walk button to press when crossing the street in Paris.  I love that the guy has a cane!
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Site Update

Sorry for the lack of posts these last two weeks.  I was on vacation in Europe, visiting London and Paris.  I had my iPhone and was planning to blog, but long days of walking and sightseeing combined with the relative lack of free WiFi made me change my mind.  Sometimes it’s good just to get away and stay unplugged.  So, what’s going on in the world?

Books

NYTimes.com: The Write Stuff

NYTimes.com: The Write Stuff

This article brings up an interesting point.  Why do they teach cursive in school?  It’s something that most people never use in the real world.  The authors suggest an italic as an alternative and show how to use it.