April 13th, 2004

Captain Forehead

Links and buses

Why cellphones are annoying (a study)
Rejected iPod Engravings and The iPod Engraving Utility. (I find it strange that "Lick My Shiny Metal Ass" was rejected but "Bite My Shiny Metal Ass" was accepatable.)

It looks like the bus strike is almost over. I've been somewhat split on the issue. On the one hand I like the idea of public transportation and it seems like it could be much more efficient than individual cars. On the other it was occasionally reported that the bus strike was saving the state over two hundred thousand dollars a day which seems like a lot of money for a bus system with which I was never that impressed.

I haven't ridden buses regularly since college. My main annoyance with the bus strike was its delay of the opening of the Hiawatha Light Rail line. I've also been annoyed at some of the complaints I've read from people inconvenienced by the bus strike. While there are plenty of people who actually depend on the buses, I don't have a lot of sympathy for someone who lives in Saint Paul and works in Minnetonka and is inconvenienced by the bus strike. Living near where you work is a good idea, especially if you don't want to deal with transportation hassles like that. That was one of many reasons I lived on campus during college, I didn't want transportation problems to get in the way of school.