Nov 21 2011

A Few Good Reads (11/21/11): Bangkok Recovery Begins

This week: The recovery begins in Bangkok, a possible new Bangkok super floodway, a TED talk on motivation, deficient bridges shown in Google, and dealing with being laid off.

Bangkok Begins Post-Flood Clean Up (WSJ)

It will likely be quite some time before life gets back to normal for the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the disaster. The floods brought debris, sediment and pollutants rolling into people’s homes and businesses. Nationwide, over 600 people were killed by the floods since late July, mostly by drowning but there also have been a handful of electrocutions, and the country’s manufacturing base has also been badly affected.

Experts urge ‘super waterway’ (Bangkok Post)

The floodway will link existing natural canals to drain runoff, starting from the 134km Chai Nat-Pasak canal stretching from Manorom district of Chai Nat to Tha Rua district of Ayutthaya, the 32km Rapeepat canal from Ha Rua district of Ayutthaya to Rangsit of Pathum Thani and the 30km Phra Ong Chaiyanuchit canal from Rangsit to the sea in Samut Prakan.

Here is a great video of a TED talk given by Daniel Pink on what studies are showing actually motivates us. Hint: it’s not money.


Structurally deficient bridge database in Google Maps (Between the Poles)

Transportation for America has put the National Bridge Inventory of 604,474 bridges on line with Google Maps so you can zoom to any area in the U.S. and see which bridges are structurally deficient and the daily traffic on them.

Civil Engineers: Laid Off? Now What? (civilengineeringcentral.com)?

While taking a bike ride on a crisp and colorful autumn morning with our children along the Schuylkill River Trail I was talking to a friend of mine who has been in technology sales with AT&T for over 15 years;  he mentioned that he would love to try something new. His job has become stagnant, the company has really changed, there is a lot of red tape, and he is beginning to yearn for something new; the thought of trying something new is a hard pill to swallow though since he has been at it for so long now. What he said was this,

I almost wish I would get laid off so my hand would be forced to do something different.

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