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The Tracks by My House - A Story about Growing Up at the Metro Tracks

I grew up one block from the just christened Metro Expo line train in West Los Angeles. It was from the days of my earliest memories until we moved away in 1984. Exposition Blvd was a short walk northbound, on my BMX bike perhaps 30 seconds or less, and the sets of tracks were just another 5 or 10 seconds. As a child I remember hearing the train horn blare at 6:30am on most weekdays unless I slept through it. The high pitched sound was the signal of a new day and hopefully a great one for the neighborhood.  The freight cars were the dirty brick red type that had a layer of dirt, dust, and grime from traveling across...

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China Train Crash Blamed on Jailed and Dead

  Trains are an amazing technology. China just tested a train that broke the 300mph barrier. Pictured below is the new train that is said to go up to 310 mph. Earlier this year, a bullet train accident occurred killing 40 and injuring 200. It’s definitely no surprise that big train crash in China earlier this year gets blamed on mostly a jailed guy and a dead guy. There was a lightning strike supposedly that caused problems, but why the quick cover up? The clean up happened near instantly and it has taken nearly a year to get word out as to who to blame. Truly, it’s of no consequence as who get the blame, but in the end, an accident...

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China’s High Speed Trains – Great but Are They Ready?

The dream is to connect China, and to do it quick is important, yet why is it that a crash happened so fast? The bullet trains of China are infamous, but so is the big July wreck. It happened during a lightning storm, but really what happened? The word isn’t out. They say human error, but at the same time, this WSJ report mentions that the technology is so new, that the foreign components and pieces aren’t all understood. “…that local engineers couldn’t fully understand…” This is a good look into the system and technology. (WSJ – China Trains)

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Salarymen to Dress Lighter, Vomit and Ride Quieter!

Super Cool “Daylight Savings” in Tokyo “Under Japan’s corporate culture many workers feel obligated to work until it is dark outside—no matter what their starting time.” Last week we reported on the Japanese government’s “Super Cool Biz” business clothing campaign, which encourages office workers to dress in cooler business attire for summer instead of the traditional heavy suits and skirts which have become the symbols of salarypeople in Japan. This week, Tokyo’s city government is taking things a step further by establishing summer hours, under which some employees report for work an hour earlier to take advantage of cooler morning working conditions, and to save costs related to air conditioning. And, of course, these workers get to leave an hour...

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Giant Robot Newsbot June 1, 2011

Takashi Miike to Direct Film Based on Nintendo DS game – Phoenix Wright Miike’s next film following his 13 Assassins and Ninja Kids… This man keeps busy, and it’s striking that anyone will make a film based on a DS game. That’s how strong DS is in Japan. “In a typical “Ace Attorney” game, you’d hunt for clues in various locations and talk to persons of interest who might info on a case. Then, like a “Law & Order” episode, the action shifts to a courtroom where you put witnesses on the stand and whip out evidence that shatters their alibis.” (IFC - Miike Phoenix Wright) After the Quake: Sake Returns! Takahiro Hirai says, “I thought the fermentation had gone too far...

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