Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Before you step foot in a car, the city officials should give you a specialized pamphlet about driving in Monterrey. I imagine it would contain some of the following rules: stop signs mean slow down a bit, yield signs might as well not even exist, speed limit signs are less of a limit and more of a suggestion.
The driving here is indeed a bit dangerous, but one method of survival I've adopted is the frequent use of my hazard lights. Hazard lights will save your life. Let me repeat that with more emphasis.
Hazard lights will save your life.
Just a few days ago I was driving through a tunnel (Tunnel Loma Larga) when the car in front of me came to a rapid halt and turned on its hazard lights. Instinctively I did the same as I slammed on the break. Behind me was the screech of burning rubber and more flashing lights. In Monterrey the break light doesn't mean that you're stopping, it just means you're slowing down. Hazard lights are a way of saying, "HEY THERE IS SOMETHING IN FRONT OF ME AND I HAVE TO STOP!"
But let me assure you of something. You are probably going to be in a car accident if you drive here. There are hundreds of reported car accidents in the city every day (make sure to note the word reported). It's become something of a daily ritual to ogle at the pair of cars smashed into each other on the highway; and they are always on the highway. Drivers are not allowed (by law) to move their cars after a car accident. This leads to some pretty tricky situation.
|Believe me this happens every day in Monterrey, there are hundreds car accidents a day.
Getting used to traffic in Monterrey is one thing, but the police in Monterrey are another thing altogether. I remember the first time I got pulled over. I was driving, minding my own business when a police officers lights turned on and I pulled over to the side of the road. This was the wrong decision.
Police lights in Monterrey don't mean pull over. They mean we want to make you feel nervous so we can pull you over.
I was reprimanded by my South American friends for the amateur decision as the officer strode up beside my car and took my license and registration. Soon the officer was telling me I had a "problem" (note the quotation marks). This was one of my fluent friends took over and after some fast exchanges we were off and driving back home. That is until we were stopped a second time at a police barricade.
|Looks like it's this guys birthday!
While I've painted a negative picture so far, driving in Monterrey is not without its charm. Once, as I drove to the grocery store, I witnessed a car changing lanes and almost sideswiping another car. I saw an arm raise out of the assaulted car's window and instead of the middle finger I was expecting the hand had the middle and ring fingers pressed down by the thumb, the rock on sign.
There are good and bad parts about driving in Monterrey, but that's how driving anywhere is, whether it's in Mexico, Idaho, or China. Really the only important thing is that you get from point A to point B!
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
1. The flow of communication and knowledge is important in an organization. When workers know the company’s strategy and what the other sections of the company are working on, synergies can be created.
(A functionally based company is one that (like above) has different business segments, and in each of those segments, a separate departments to support it Marketing in Widgets is a completely different segment than Marketing in Greek Yogurt, they work separately and have different goals than the other).
3. This flow of communication and knowledge is facilitated by the forming of social groups. A social group is a group of people who exchange information with each other (business or personal) due to some bond or trust. The bigger and more diverse the group the better because facilitates the flow of knowledge in the company. It is best if some members have access to multiple social groups and exchange information from one to another (IE two people from Marketing, one from Finance, two from Accounting, and all from different segments of the company).
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Does he cast his line for the nth time wishing for one more bite?
Does he leave the watery lover he’s known all his life?
Does he beg and cry to god for some miracle?
Or does he slump at the bow of his boat, watching the sunset, knowing that he was the author of his own fate.”
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Have you ever run into a terrible, horrible, no good very bad person? Chances are you probably have, and most of the time, there’s an easy way to avoid them, but what about those times that you can’t? What about circumstances that force you to be side by side a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad person? Perhaps you’ve entered into a rental deal with someone who you thought was a nice person, but after the agreement was signed they turned into the roommate from hell. Or what if your company has to source a part from someone you can’t tolerate in the slightest, a person who seemingly dedicates their existence to making you miserable? When words and actions in no way solve the problem, what do you do?
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Like any other street performers the goal of these clowns is to draw an audience and for that audience to give money. This is the source of the performers' income so they have a strong incentive to not only attract a big crowd, but also find methods to get this crowd to give them money.
While one may think the talent of the clown is the main driver of revenue I would have to respectfully disagree. Carefully thought out, and practiced techniques are the key to these clowns earnings.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
The goal is to beat your friends, and the only way to do that is increasing your score. The items on the left provide you with a means of drastically increasing that score and this is what drew my interest.
The only way to the coins you need to buy the items on the left is to play the game (or pay). When you get a powerup it is automatically used in the following game.
You have to buy several of the "Mystic Bombs" and "Time Bonuses" to unlock the "Color Splash" (the game gives you five "Color Splashes" when it is unlocked). Chances are by the time you unlock the "Color Splash" you no longer have enough coins to buy the the other two power ups. As the game uses up your "Color Splashes" you soon realize that you could get a significantly higher score if you combined the "Color Splash" with the other two. But without the coins to buy the items you can only imagine it.
This is the point where they gain the most of their customers. The desire to show superiority over one's peers can be fulfilled with the payment of a few dollars. But what happens when one's peers start paying too?
The game is fun, but I think I'll be uninstalling it pretty soon. Wasting money to beat people in a pointless game? Not my cup of tea.