Assorted links

by on September 29, 2010 at 2:57 pm in Web/Tech | Permalink

1. Cliches about Pakistan.

2. Good photos of trade (Hamburg port).

3. An airplane in front of the moon.

4. How might real dogs treat robot dogs?

5. The Simpsons predict the next Nobel Laureate in economics.

6. In Thailand, the reception of the "Korean Wave."

Buzzcut September 29, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I thought that maybe the Korean Wave was North Korean refugees making the long journey through China, Laos, to Thailand. Nothing so serious, sadly.

Rich Berger September 29, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Message to robot dogs – don’t f**k with my food!

Bartman September 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Rahul:

There are a few studies on this, and the data are pretty noisy. However, global GDP grew on average 2.8% from 1980-2002, and global container traffic grew by 8.5% over the same period, which gives a 3:1 ratio, more or less. So the reporter probably isn’t pulling the number out of his ass.

DesiAvenger September 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Oh, yeah–Pakistan’s real problem is the cliches about it–if the reality were only more accurately portrayed, people would love it.

/sarc off

stuhlmann September 30, 2010 at 5:43 am

A harbor tour of Hamburg is really interesting – all those containers and cranes and ships. One thing these photos didn’t show, in addition to the ship building and repair works, was a giant mountain of scarp metals. The metals come from all over Europe and then get shipped to China and the rest of Asia to be recycled into consumer products, many of which end up back in Europe. It’s the circle of life.

Andrew September 30, 2010 at 7:21 am

My dream is to buy a container and fix it up, Extreme Makeover Redneck Edition. I made the mistake of doing one search for shipping containers back during the Haiti hoopla and now every popup I get is someone wanting to sell me a container.

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