The little girl, not more than 4 or 5 years old, was lying motionless in a
fetal position, discarded like trash, on a ramp leading to the Sarinah
station on TransJakarta‘s Route 1. Passersby displayed only one emotion –
annoyance they had to step over, or step around the little body. A little
body that had never known the joy of a birthday party, the warmth of a
nurturing family, or a family picnic in the park.
Two stops down the road, at the Tosari Station, sits Plaza Indonesia, an icon
to opulence with customers slurping iced lattes and munching scones at a
Starbucks, taking a much needed break from power shopping at Christian Dior
The TransJakarta is Jakarta’s attempt at building a mass transit system
within the capital city. With 7 major routes, it rivals cities such as Los
Angeles in the ability to serve large numbers of people needing to get around... (more)
The headlines say it all… "Further commitment needed to break negotiation
deadlock." The rich nations vs. the poor nations. Industrialists vs.
environmentalists. And at the end of the day, looking out over the Pacific
Ocean towards Catalina Island from Long Beach, the dense brown sludge of
polluted air is a constant reminder we are dumping horrifying amounts of
human waste into the oceans and air.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says "world policymakers do not
have to choose between a clean environment and economic growth."
Schwarzenegger believes people worried about ... (more)
Cloud Expo New York
A cloud spot market allows commercial cloud service providers the ability to
announce surplus or idle processing and storage capacity to a cloud exchange.
The exchange allows buyers to locate available cloud processing capacity,
negotiate prices (within milliseconds), and deliver the commodity to
Cloud processing and storage spot markets can be privately operated,
controlled by industry organizations, or potentially government agencies.
Spot markets frequently attract speculators, as cloud capacity prices are
known to the public immediate... (more)
2009 was a horrible year for job seekers, and even those holding on to
existing jobs. No bonuses, no promotions, layoffs, and nobody hiring. And
SoCal successfully beat most of the United States in unemployment claims, by
several percentage points, attaching painful and empirical fact to the grim
But that does appear to be changing. Slowly changing, but it is looking
better for job seekers in the region. A recent scrape of job openings for Los
Angeles and Orange Counties yielded some pretty strong job titles:
Director of Engineering – Marina Del Rey Chief Integration E... (more)
Citizen Journalists come in two major categories. The first is an
accidental journalist, or a person who just happens to be at the scene of an
event. This person will record the event, or portions of the event, for
later analysis by potentially a global audience. The second are those who
intentionally seek out events, and provide their own analysis (along with raw
source materials) of events. This person will often act as a
“non-credentialed” alternative to “professional” journalists.
Let’s call them “Enthusiast Citizen Journalists.”
Through the magic of an Internet-connect... (more)