Give pees a chance

Officials in Amsterdam have installed 12 hemp-filled urinals around the city’s notorious red-light district in an attempt to control if not eliminate late-night public urination, or “wild peeing.”  The boxes, called GreenPees, resemble planters, according to CNN, and the hemp filters inside turn urine into an organic fertilizer and water that feed the plantings on top.  During initial trials in 2018, inventor Richard de Vries said, “there was a 50% reduction in wild peeing.  It was a great success.”  For his next project, de Vries is researching how electricity can be generated whenever someone pees into one of his GreenPees.

NEWS OF THE WEIRD, Star-Tribune, 2020-09-12

Cleveland Indians

I was so happy to see that Major League Baseball has finally grown a spine and told the Cleveland Indians that they need to get rid of their racist mascot, Chief Wahoo.  There was an art exhibition in 2000 at the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies that I remembered seeing covered in the newspaper and I found it at the University of Minnesota Media Archive here: Oscar Arredondo: Welcome to Cleveland, Home of the… which casts many different groups in the same light as Chief Wahoo.  Well worth a look.

He had it all…

I talked to a homeless man this morning and asked him how he ended up this way.

He said, “Up until last week, I still had it all.  I had plenty to eat, my clothes were washed and pressed, I had a roof over my head, I had HDTV and Internet, and I went to the gym, the pool, and the library.”

“I was working on my MBA on-line.  I had no bills and no debt.  I even had Full medical coverage.”

I felt sorry for him, so I asked, “What happened?  Drugs?  Alcohol?  Divorce?”

“Oh no, nothing like that,” he said. “No, no… I was paroled.”

via email from D. Kimball Lord, Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:31:19 -0700

Ten things you (probably) do that your co-workers hate

  1. Being the drama queen
    Do you tend to get too upset or even angry over trivial things?  No one likes to have a drama queen or king around.  If you make a big deal of all sorts of things and your mood shifts drastically from day to day, be sure your co-workers hate this about you.
  2. Over-sharing on personal matters
    Do you get in too much detail when talking about your love life, aging parents, teenage son or daughter’s disturbing behavior?  That’s over-sharing.  When it comes to discussing things concerning someone’s personal life, there are boundaries we shouldn’t cross.  No need to bore your co-workers.  It is alright to share things of your concern, personal or professional, but do it gently.  Don’t share too much personal details than people can take.
  3. Brag about your achievements
    Braggarts are bores; don’t be a bore.
  4. Bring smelly food for lunch
    And that goes for burning your popcorn in the microwave too, not just the thing that you love that smells like broccoli farts when you reheat it at work.
  5. Body odor issues
    No one likes to smell the bacteria decomposing on your body, wear deodorant/anti-perspirant and take a shower once in a while for God’s sake.  Old farts don’t say, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness for nothing,” you know.
  6. Never attend gatherings, nor participate in team buildings
    Being a team player is very important part of the game.  If you are the one who never goes to co-worker gatherings, nor engages in any team building activities, well, the odds are you may have already become the lone wolf in the pack.
  7. The over competitive type of person
    So you pretend to be a jack-of-all trades in front of the management staff?  It is not a bad thing to have a competitive mindset as long as you restrain from applying mean practices like backstabbing or telling on your co-workers to upper management.  Tattling rarely guarantees promotion but you will lose your credibility for sure.
  8. Whistling and talking loudly
    You whistle while working or talk loudly over the phone.  Although it sounds harmless to you, your co-workers don’t feel the same way.  In fact whistling and loud talks can be really annoying, mainly because they are absolute concentration-breakers.  If your lips are constantly humming tunes, pop melodies or theme songs, be sure that more than few people around you get distracted and irritated.
  9. Never pull your weight
    No one likes to have someone in the team who would hardly take a fair share of the work amount.  If you don’t do you part, someone else has to do extra work because of you and he won’t be pleased.  That is the opposite of teamwork.  Don’t be selfish. Showing some fellow-feeling by offering extra help won’t hurt at all.
  10. Constant complaining
    It is human nature to complain about things.  However, if you complain about all kinds of things — the job, the co-workers, the salary, the management, the company — that will be going too far.  Those who complain about anything and everything at the office, put everyone’s patience to the test.  It never ends well.
OMG What?


Teach your children what we have taught our children — that the earth is our mother.  Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.  If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.

Chief Seattle


Missed my regular 74 bus this morning by about 30 seconds and had to wait for the next one twelve minutes later.  I think I will work harder to get to the 7:13 bus, as the later one was packed.  I have a meeting on University Avenue in the early evening, so I’m going to take the Green Line for the first time and check that out, should be interesting.

Riding the Bus

Monday’s ride to and from work was uneventful.

Tuesday during the day I had to attend a retirement party for a guy that I worked with at MDE, so I drove to work.  I’m keeping a paper diary of my commutes which will summarize every month.