The ride companies, all of which are based in San Francisco, said any clampdown would hurt an emerging industry that is creating new economic opportunities, and decried it as a protectionist response to competition. Uber and Lyft said they may cease operations in Seattle if the ordinance becomes law. (via Seattle clamps down on UberX, Lyft, Sidecar - The Technology Chronicles)
Tree rings (at Exploratorium)
Ferry days (at Ferry Building)
"The least important attribute they look for is “expertise.” Said Bock: “If you take somebody who has high cognitive ability, is innately curious, willing to learn and has emergent leadership skills, and you hire them as an H.R. person or finance person, and they have no content knowledge, and you compare them with someone who’s been doing just one thing and is a world expert, the expert will go: ‘I’ve seen this 100 times before; here’s what you do.’ ” Most of the time the nonexpert will come up with the same answer, added Bock, “because most of the time it’s not that hard.” Sure, once in a while they will mess it up, he said, but once in a while they’ll also come up with an answer that is totally new. And there is huge value in that."
I’ve got my own corner up here. (at Park City Mountain Resort)
Sunday quiet time (at The Residence)
Enjoying a quiet Sunday. (at The Residence)
A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy across the American West. (via Huge US thermal plant opens as industry grows - Business - The Boston Globe)
A painful mosquito-borne virus common in Africa and Asia has advanced quickly throughout the eastern Caribbean in the past two months, raising the prospect that a once-distant illness will become entrenched throughout the region, public health experts say. (via Virus Advances Through East Caribbean - NYTimes.com)
"Health officials said that anyone riding on BART between Feb. 4 and Feb. 7 during the morning commute or late evening was potentially exposed to the virus. The virus, which can stay in the air for up to two hours, was probably present on trains that moved throughout the Bay Area, they said."
If you live in America in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It’s become the default response when you ask anyone how they’re doing: “Busy!” “So busy.” “Crazy busy.” It is, pretty obviously, a boast disguised as a complaint. And the stock response is a kind of congratulation: “That’s a good problem to have,” or “Better than the opposite.” (via The ‘Busy’ Trap - NYTimes.com)