[source] The perfect new logo for NBC after its fracas with Conan O’Brien. Conan’s last Tonight Show airs tonight. Here’s hoping he finds a home on another network (Fox?). And yes, Jay Leno, the oh-so-unfunny erstwhile host of The Tonight Show sucks.
Although the Dow might be creeping up, the rate unemployment is getting worse indicating the much-talked about gap between Wall Street and Main Street. This time-lapse map showing the worsening conditions across the nation is scary. Although joblessness claims are declining, that may indicate people giving up on looking for a job and trying to ride out the recession incurring debt in the process. No ideas yet on the turnaround mark.
Although I believe in Charles Kuralt’s words that “thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything”, the highway system in the U.S. is pretty darn efficient and is primarily responsible for keeping costs low for consumers. It may be the single-best investment by the government although it had several sociological impacts on the form of the city. The beauty of the interstate system is that it is simple as envisioned by Sensex Prime in the style of H.C. Beck’s London Underground Diagram (via Kottke). It however doesn’t include the ring roads around each major city that are numbered in a three-digit code with the last two-digits marking the highway it splits. Did you also know that odd-numbered interstate highways go north-south and even-numbered go east-west? There is order in what may seem like chaos.
Ever since Bhutan quantified Gross National Happiness, people around the world have evinced an interest in raising their happiness levels instead of wealth levels. Of course, increasing your wealth still remains popular and one of man’s favorite activities. UK ‘analytic social psychologist’ Adrian White at University of Leichester has mapped the world map of happiness:
The more red the countries are, the more happy they seem to consider themselves [click on the map for a closer look]. As you can see, North America and the Scandanavian countries seem to be pretty chirpy; so does Australia down under. China is relatively happier than India but I guess with more economic growth, we’ll get there. Strangely autocratic or democratic rule doesn’t seem to make any difference as Saudi Arabia seems to be as happy as Spain, Mexico, Germany, and Argentina but maybe not as happy as their neighbors to the east. A little quirky observation, Ireland seems to be more content than England. Better to have not played instead of played and lost, eh? World Cup-wise I mean.Any other earth-shattering conjectures you like to add?