Show notes from the WHO Radio Wise Guys - July 19, 2008
Golden tickets to space...high gas prices change the auto industry...cell phones become CCTV cameras
Problems with FEMA trailers cause new headaches in Cedar Rapids
The emergency housing, which turned out to be a colossal source of hassle for people trying to get back to normal life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, are now turning into a source of hassle in Cedar Rapids as well. It's been argued that we get into these problems because we don't reward imagination well enough anymore. It could also be argued that we're too fixated on short-term solutions -- like trailers which are intended for future removal -- rather than on permanent solutions that may be more modest to start with but are intended to provide a long-term solution, like Katrina Cottages. The concept has been around for over two years, and yet it doeesn't sound like it's the method of choice for getting people in Cedar Rapids back to their home turf. Related: The National Weather Service has some extensive notes on how the Parkersburg tornado and this summer's flooding looked from their standpoint.
Babies on a TV tower
It doesn't seem to take a lot to turn the mundane -- like a TV tower -- into something much more aesthetically appealing
Charlie Munger disassembles what made Coca-Cola a brilliant investment
Michael Bay's rejected script for the latest Batman film
Bay produced "Pearl Harbor" and "Armageddon". There's a formula at work, and a satirist with a good sense of humor decided to take a swing at it.
Tropical storm makes its way up the Atlantic coast