Friday, February 3, 2012

Signs of the times

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed. ~ Irene Peter
• Climate change has forced the U.S Department of Agriculture to revise its map of planting zones, the official guide to what will grow where, based on average minimum temperatures.

• A new gizmo, E la Carte, aims to replace wait staff in restaurants by putting tablets on tables so patrons can order at any time, customize their orders, play fun games, and pay from their seats without having to wait. The video claims it's faster and more fun for customers, and more profitable for the business.

• To reduce fuel consumption, container ships have slowed their speed to record lows, close to the speeds of the old sailing ships.

• In a recession that shrinks GDP by 2%, consumers increase their charitable expenses by 32%, about the same proportion by which they reduce their expenditures on jewelry and watches (35%).

• People lie more in eMail messages than in face-to-face conversation.

• Microsoft is the most influential brand in Canada, followed by Google, President’s Choice, Apple, Walmart, and CBC.
Looking for change? Check the sofa.

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