Friday, April 12, 2013

Signs of the times

In news from south of the border:
• The majority of Americans now favour legalizing marijuana.

• A new study found that, in 42% of companies, low performers actually report being more motivated and more likely to enjoy working at their organization than middle and high performers.

A non-profit group plans to hand out free shotguns to residents in crime-ridden neighbourhoods of Tucson, Arizona.

• As recently as 2009, it was the world's fastest computer. It cost $120 million, covered 6,000 sq. ft., and used 55 miles of fiber optic cable. It was shut down last week, out-gunned by faster supercomputers.

• The New York City police are attempting to prevent youth from leading a life of crime by making them "radioactive." Joanne Jaffe, the department’s Housing Bureau chief, says “And we are going to learn about every bad friend you have. And you’re going to get alienated from those friends because we are going to be all over you."

• The first cellphone call was made 40 years ago, on April 3, 1973. Now, according to Pew Research, 87% of American adults have a cell phone, along with 78% of American teenagers ages 12 to 17. 44% of adult cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed; 67% find themselves checking their phone for messages, alerts, or calls even when they don’t notice it ringing or vibrating; and 29% describe their cell phone as “something they can’t imagine living without.”


  1. Pretty scary that society has become so addicted to cellphones. I refuse to become part of that world and be plugged in at all times. We lived without these phones for so long, and did just fine.

  2. Gotta get me one of them new-fangled cellphones one of these days.