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Month: June, 2012

Problem Statement / Solution

by Domantas Stukas

This joke is as old as the internet itself, but I find the problem solving approach quite hilarious. Enjoy:

After every flight, pilots fill out a form, called a gripe sheet which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight. Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are some maintenance complaints submitted by pilots and the solutions recorded by maintenance engineers. By the way, the airline these came from is the only major airline that has never, ever, had an accident.

Pilot: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
Engineers: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

Pilot: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
Engineers: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

Pilot: Something loose in cockpit.
Engineers: Something tightened in cockpit.

Pilot: Dead bugs on windshield.
Engineers: Live bugs on back-order.

Pilot: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
Engineers: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

Pilot: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
Engineers: Evidence removed.

Pilot: DME volume unbelievably loud.
Engineers: DME volume set to more believable level.

Pilot: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
Engineers: That’s what friction locks are for.

Pilot: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
Engineers: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

Pilot: Suspected crack in windshield.
Engineers: Suspect you’re right.

Pilot: Number 3 engine missing.
Engineers: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

Pilot: Aircraft handles funny.
Engineers: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

Pilot: Target radar hums.
Engineers: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

Pilot: Mouse in cockpit.
Engineers: Cat installed.

Pilot: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
Engineers: Took hammer away from midget



by vytasvulgaris

Next to a meditative reality of Our Daily Bread,  one of the beautiful short documentaries by Christian Remde  LOCAL which “discusses the rise of the local food movement, the challenges of sourcing locally and how it’s become a growing part of the Austin, Texas food scene” (http://vimeo.com/32845880#).

Our daily bread

by hugolerho

A documentary movie worth to see about the food industry on our planet. There are no comments at all but the pictures speak for themselves.

shocking? a movie to meditate on…

Platform for fixing the city

by gailiute

One of the most interesting and most difficult challenges that we are constantly willing to take is how to make cities vibrant, liveable, prosperous, attractive, etc., etc. There are already many attempts made indeed. Some of them more successful, some less. Since it is better to learn from other mistakes than from your own, IDEO, Michigan-based iconic design firm, (steelcase producer) created an open platform called  OpenIDEO to foster the best sustainability solutions and to apply them to revitalize city of Detroit (or any other city).

The idea (and possibly success of this platform) is  to engage a diverse group of individuals (ecologists, designers, writers, sociologists, economists, etc) for a design challenge. Issuing  challenge invites anyone and anywhere to submit ideas. But it is not simply community voting or judging that makes the crowd-sourcing work. It is a multi-step process of collectively winnowing down the ideas while simultaneously improving them.

But OpenIDEO is more than that. Beyond its obvious do-good nature it has real business benefits to both IDEO and, in this instance, Steelcase.

Through selection, 11 winning ideas were selected from almost 900 inspirations. Here are  all 11 of the winners. I suggest to check it out and be inspired !

Official page of OpenIDEO : http://www.openideo.com/

Found in: greenbiz.com

The iPod Index

by gailiute

Some interesting fact about cities/urbanisation/slums. Worth to know that cities started being ranked by iPod index :) (Ranking by burgers still valid, or not?)


“The iPod index: An average wage-earner in New York City or Zurich, Switzerland can buy an 8 GB Apple iPod Nano after nine hours of work. In contrast, it takes an average wage-earner in Mumbai, India 177 hours – nearly a month’s salary – to buy the same iPod (CityMayors)”

“Most expensive: Luanda, Angola is the most expensive big city in the world, according to Mercer’s Cost of Living Survey for 2010. Tokyo, Japan and Ndjamena, Chad rank second. This year’s survey of the world’s most expensive cities includes ten from Africa (CityMayors)”


“The urban population of the world’s two poorest regions, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, is expected to double over the next 20 years.”

“Rural-to-urban migration is just one of the three drivers of urbanisation, accounting for about 25 per cent of urban population growth. The other two factors are natural population increases and the reclassification of rural areas into urban ones (Commission of Growth and Development, 2009)”

(Source: The World Bank’s World Development Report 2009)


“Slums are often economically vibrant: today, about 85 per cent of all new employment opportunities around the world occur in the informal economy.”

“There is one toilet for every 500 people in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.”

(Source: UN-HABITAT State of the World’s Cities Report 2010-2011)

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