Thursday, July 19, 2007

How Stupid are Atlantans?

This stupid. Atlantans voted Imperial Fez, a Moroccan restaurant, the best Indian restaurant in a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll. Nevermind that Morocco is a mid-sized Arab and Berber country in the northwest corner of Africa, and India is a large multi-ethnic country that comprises most of South Asia. They're all brown, I guess.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

TED: Not the Airline

What is TED?
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

TED spreads interesting, earth-shaking and challenging ideas far and wide. And it is one of the most compelling things I've seen on the web.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Most Surprising Headline of the Day

Especially if you're as cynical about Atlanta and Atlantans' transport choices as I am.  

That Flexcar, which rents cars and trucks by the hour, is expanding in Atlanta and not retreating from it is a pleasant surprise.  According to the AJC, the company has seen solid usership here in Atlanta, where 80% of workers commute to work alone.  
Flexcar, a short-term, low-cost car rental service, has proven it can be popular in dense cities where commuters tend to bike to work, like Portland, or use mass transit, like Washington, D.C. But in sprawling Atlanta, where the U.S. Census reported about 80 percent of commuters drive to work alone, the Seattle-based company has taken a gamble— one that, at least in the short term, seems to be paying off.

Now with about 80 vehicles stationed in spots such as Buckhead and Decatur, the company expects to add 20 more cars in the next two months, said Liz Wattenberg, Flexcar's general manager for Atlanta.

Good for Flexcar and good for Atlanta.