Some things with which to busy yourself today if you’re looking for a diversion:
- RoHS Directives: This topic came up last night in conversation (yes, you know you’re in a strange crowd when electronics environmental regulatory regulations come up in conversation). As an IT professional, I’ve had some experience with the “RoHS” labeling, but had no idea about the details of the specification. Check it out, there are some interesting things there. Particularly the bits about lead-free solder and potential long-term impacts on equipment durability and quality. Is this just the price we have to pay for the future of our environment? I don’t know, but it’s food for thought. Irregardless, I don’t think anyone will argue against restrictions of hexavalent chromium or polybrominated biphenyls in our electronic equipment, and thus in our landfills and in our drinking water.
- Paul Levy’s Blog: Not only is Paul Levy the president and CEO of my wife’s employer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he was also a professor of mine at MIT. The actual name of the class escapes me at the moment, but it was an Urban Studies class (course 11, which I eventually got a minor in) involving infrastructure management and planning. We took all sorts of neat field trips to the Deer Island treatment plant and the under-construction new water aqueduct into boston, and we got to check out a jet-cleaning and robotic examination of a 100-year-old hand-built sewer main underneath Cambridge. As the executive director of the MWRA, which was in charge of the so-far-successful Boston Harbor cleanup project, he had a whole lot of interesting stories. From there he went on to be a dean at Harvard Medical School, and then was hired on at Beth Israel. I guess everybody’s got a blog these days, eh? His is kind of interesting (although maybe I’m just saying that because I work in a hospital?), and he’s got a good sense of humor. His entry on a recent paper-towel-dispenser-change debacle is a real gem. We actually have the same dispensers in our hospital’s main corridor, and they pretty much suck. Kristy concurs.
- xkcd: A webcomic of romance,
sarcasm, math, and language. Go on, read through the comics, all of them. I promise you’ll like it.