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Interesting tid bits…

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Learned a few things today

  • “If Verizon’s 70 million customers leave or check messages twice a weekday, Verizon rakes in about $620 million a year.” – From NYTimes via Matt
  • “the creation of the modern police force came about in london following the creation of mass-produced cheap gin, which produced so much violence in the streets and homes that a professional force to keep order had to be created.” – via List Serve
  • 1/8 of all APSR, AJPS, and JOP (political science journals) articles misuse the term multivariate regression – via Grad Student Friend

Interesting little nuggets of knowledge…


Friday, May 22nd, 2009

He is a pretty special player…

Efficiency One Gallon at a Time

Monday, June 30th, 2008


You can now buy Boardwalk with paper or plastic.

Monday, July 24th, 2006

It is a sad day… I love technology but don’t mess with Monopoly.

Passing Go is no where near as fun now.

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Brown Trucks Making Right Turns

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

Source – Fuel Conservation No Idle Matter at UPS

You wouldn’t think of something as benign as avoiding a left-hand turn could conserve fuel, but Atlanta-based United Parcel Service (UPS) swears by it. In fact, the parcel carrier has technology in its systems that help map this out routes that minimize the number of left turns the driver has to make. According to spokesperson Steve Holmes, avoiding left turns at intersections reduces idling which in turn lowers fuel consumption. “It seems small, but when you multiply it across 88,0000 vehicles making nearly 15 million deliveries every day during the course of a year, it adds up.”

And at stop lights, making a right turn at an intersection tends to be faster than at a left turn, since you have only to wait for an opportunity to turn in one lane of traffic. You also have the option of “right on red” in most jurisdictions, unless otherwise indicated by traffic signs. “So even if you didn’t save fuel, you’re going to move more quickly through a route.”

“Because 98% of our packages are processed electronically by shippers, we know what’s entering our system each day, what’s still in our system each day, when each package is going to arrive at a center, when the package is scheduled for delivery — including time of day — and where it will be delivered,” Holmes says.

What’s more, Holmes says, UPS drivers are trained to always turn off their package cars when they stop for a delivery, never idling at the curb or in a driveway. “Even if the driver is out of the truck for a few seconds, the vehicle is always turned off.”