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Tuesday 25 August 2009

Really cool slide show of alternative mass-transit maps via the Economist's Gulliver blog. One, for example shows North American systems to scale.

I know I should be studying financial accounting, but this stuff is distracting.

Tuesday 25 August 2009 21:49:00 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Geography | Cool links#

The U.S. Postal Service finally plans to sell the Old Post Office building in Chicago, which they abandoned more than 10 years ago:

One of the biggest real estate auctions in the city’s history is slated for Thursday, when the U.S. Postal Service is to sell the Old Main Post Office.

And even though the postal service is planning an "absolute auction" — meaning the building is to be sold regardless of price, with a suggested opening bid of just $300,000 — the question remains who will step up for the roughly 279,000 m² building at 433 W. Van Buren St., which straddles the Congress Parkway and has been vacant for more than a decade.

This is the same building into which the Postmaster for Chicago ploughed $1 million to renovate his own office—about 6 months before the USPS moved out.

Tuesday 25 August 2009 09:42:31 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Chicago | Politics#
Monday 24 August 2009

Will someone please tell me what this means, and whether the pelican survived?

More photos from London to follow later this week.

Monday 24 August 2009 19:40:33 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Duke | Geography#

We got our official team MBTI profile back this morning. It turns out, I was wrong on one person's Sensing-iNtuitive axis; we're really ESTJ ESTJ ESTJ ESTP ENTP INTP. The balance of Ps and Js is good; the unanimity of Ts is not; and we're acutely aware of the issues surrounding the 5:1 E:I ratio.

But that's all for tonight, when we work out our "team charter," the list of expectations and guidelines for how we'll work together from now until April, when Duke recomposes all the teams. Now, half of the class are taking a cruise up the Thames while the other half go on corporate tours. Photos to follow this evening.

Monday 24 August 2009 12:49:18 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Duke | Kitchen Sink#
Sunday 23 August 2009

We go in and out of classrooms all day, every day, and along the way have watched the Thames' noticable tides. We're just a couple days past the New Moon, meaning it's spring tide. Today the BBC weather centre predicted a 7-meter (22-foot) spread at London Bridge, just upriver from our hotel.

Here's low tide, around 10 this morning, from the hotel:

(Comparison after the jump.)

Sunday 23 August 2009 18:57:25 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Duke | Geography#
Saturday 22 August 2009

I walked across the Thames for dinner tonight—my first time out of the hotel in almost two days—and had a lovely risotto al fresco. On the way back I snapped a photo of the hotel where we've been imprisoned stayed for the past week:

For good measure I also took another gratuitous photo of the Tower Bridge (after the jump)...

(Note: because The Daily Parker cross-posts to Facebook, if you're reading this on my profile you're only seeing the top part of each blog posting. To see what lies "after the jump," visit the blog itself.)

Saturday 22 August 2009 19:07:27 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Duke | Geography#

As sleep deprivation and other physical assaults continue here in London, and as we begin a five-day sprint through all of Financial Accounting, I pause to note one of the bigger news stories from back home in Chicago. No, not the Cubs sale to the Ricketts family or United's and American's shared panic; I mean the alligator in the Chicago river:

A 3-foot-long alligator was caught in the Chicago River last night and is en route to a more suitable home, according to a spokesman for the Chicago Commission on Animal Care and Control.

Animal Care and Control called the Chicago Herpetological Society, which sent two people in a canoe last night to set traps for the reptile.

All right. I can deal with that. Moving on...

Saturday 22 August 2009 07:06:09 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Aviation | Chicago | Cubs | Kitchen Sink#
Thursday 20 August 2009

It's 1:10 am London time, meaning I will enjoy no more than six hours of sleep tonight (including thirty minutes drooling on the breakfast table). Because I'm running on fumes, and therefore no longer playing with a full deck on the top floor, I have decided to post the assignment that kept me up so late.

(The essay that follows refers to the InterCultural Edge, an experimental tool for evaluating cross-cultural interactions out of Duke's business school. Otherwise I hope it stands on its own.)

(Essay after the jump.)

Thursday 20 August 2009 01:16:53 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Duke#
Wednesday 19 August 2009

They put this out for us every single day:

And this is what happens when it's 29°C in Trafalgar Square (after the jump)...

Wednesday 19 August 2009 20:21:48 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Duke | Geography | Weather#
Tuesday 18 August 2009

I haven't known the day of the week for a few days now, and after today I'm even less sure. My laptop tells me Tuesday.

Since I have about an hour of reading yet, then a class at 8:00 (it's 23:15 now), I will simply post this photo and write about building a raft and climbing a wall sometime later.

Full size after the jump.

Tuesday 18 August 2009 23:18:28 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Duke | Geography#
Monday 17 August 2009

The results are in, and for the fifth or sixth time in 15 years I've gotten the same result on a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. As expected, this result had some movement at the edges—I'm closer to the center on both Introversion-Extraversion and Thinking-Feeling than on my last test—but my overall type hasn't changed.

Notice, however, that I'm in business school, which is overwhelmingly Extraverted. I am not. This, believe it or not, is one of the reasons I'm here.

More after the jump.

Monday 17 August 2009 18:45:11 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Duke#
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