Dangerous Sign with Sharp Edges

Some signs are useless. In addition, this one is dangerous too and it says so…

Sign with Shape Edges
Photo credit: Me-Liss-A on flick

This sign says “CAUTION: This sign has sharp edges.  Do not touch the edges of this sign.”  Well, if the sign wasn’t there, then there wouldn’t be any sharp edges for us to touch.  And there wouldn’t be a need for such a Caution.

Actually, I think the sign is about “no smoking”.  See tiny icon in lower right.  Not sure what is the icon on lower left indicate.

And the bottom text says “Also, the bridge is out ahead.”  I guess, they thought the sharp edges of the sign is more important the a bridge being out.

This sign reminds me of another ironic sign linked here.

Comparison between Tokyo Tower and Eiffel Tower

This is Tokyo Tower located in Tokyo, Japan.

Tokyo Tower in Japan
Tokyo Tower in Japan

And below is Eiffel Tower in Paris, France…

Eiffel Tower in France
Photo Credit: Joel Kabahit on Flickr

Notice how both of them are iron lattice tower and looks very similar.

They are essentially about the same height too.   Although to be precise, Tokyo Tower has a total height of 333 meters (including lightening rod at the top) which is taller than the Eiffel Tower by only 9 meters.  (Eiffel is 324 meters).

Eiffel Tower is much heavier at 7000 tons; whereas Tokyo Tower is only 4000 tons.

More about Tokoyo Tower

The Tokyo Tower has two observation decks: (1) the two story main observatory at the height of 150 meters, (2) and the special observatory at the height of 250 meters.

You can see views and video of what it looks like from the main observation deck via the Flash application at the Tokyo Tower’s main website.

More about Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is the most visited paid monument in the world.  It was designed by Gustave Eiffel and completed in 1930 which was the tallest man-made structure in the world at the time of completion.   But obviously by today standards, there are many other buildings that have been constructed taller.  Tokyo Tower was built later at 1958 an was probably inspired by Eiffel Tower.

Its has three levels for visitors with a restaurants on them.  No wonder it is heavier than Tokyo Tower which has no restaurants in its lattice structures.  Although Tokyo Tower has a four-story building at its base known as FootTown which contain restaurant and shops.


Wikipedia on Eiffel Tower

Wikipedia on Tokyo Tower

Sign to Rica Hell Hotel

This picture by Aleksander Dragnes on Flickr was taken in Trondheim Vaernes Airport in Norway.

Sign to Rica Hell Hotel
Photo Credit: Aleksander Dragnes on Flickr

In English, the name of the hotel is not too complimentary.  However, maybe it sounds better in Norwegian.

Actually, on Rica Hotels website, it says “Rica Hell Hotel is one of Norway’s largest course and conference hotels, offering an ideal venue for business travellers, for those looking for somewhere to stay before going off on holiday…”

Symbol for Post Office in Japan

That symbol with the two red horizontal lines and a vertical line below it is the symbol for a post office in Japan.  This photo was taken in the port city of Otura, on the north island Hokkaido of Japan.  Otura happens to be a famous tourist destination in Japan.  So this is where you can mail your postcards.

Post Office in Japan
Post Office in Japan

This photo happens to be taken in Otura, Japan.

Books on Bahavioral Psychology

Why Do People Do the Things They Do?

Why do people do the things they do? That is the subject of “behavioral psychology” which can be quite an interesting subject. If you didn’t get a chance to take such classes in college, there are numerous books out for the general public about this subject. A few are listed below…

Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

By Ori and Rom Brafman, this book explains some of the psychological forces that are in play that sometimes cause us to make irrational decisions. Written by two brothers, Ari and Rom Brafman, the book gives many real-life historical examples of how people had made irrational decisions — sometimes leading to terrible consequences.

One striking example is that of an experienced pilot who took the plane off without clearance at Tenerife causing one of the worst airline accident. Another is how doctors failed to perform the necessary tests causing the death of a child. How can experienced professional who normally would know better had made this mistakes? This book examines that situational and psychological forces are at play (some of which are quite strong) that causes people to sometimes make irrational mistakes.

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely.

MIT professor Dan Ariely studies behavioral economics. He says that there are situations where it is very predictable that people will behave irrationality. Watch video of him explaining how we are fooled by an optical illusion.

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less

Author Barry Schwartz explains the paradox of why sometimes having more choice actually makes us less likely to be able to make a decision. And when we do, we are less happy about it.

Blind Spots: Why Smart People Do Dumb Things by Madeleine Van Hecke

Clinical psychologist Van Hecke says that we all have psychological blind spots. He devotes each chapter to discussing one blind spot such as “Jumping to Conclusions”, “Missing the Big Picture”, “Fuzzy Evidence”, and more.

Books About Jobs

There seem to be no shortage of books about jobs – about how one hates their job, how one loves their job, and even how one is married to their job, and so on

Here are just some of the books about jobs and careers…

You Want Fries with That: A White-Collar Burnout Experiences Life at Minimum Wage

From the back cover: “Ever fantasize about quitting your successful job and starting over from the bottom up? Prioleau Alexander did just that”

The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed and Overworked

From the back cover: “The Joy of Not Working could change your view of the world forever. Ernie Zelinkski, “creatively unemployed” for 14 years, believes we work so hard — and overvalue work so much — that we have forgotten how to just live!”

Punching In: The Unauthorized Adventures of a Front-Line Employee

From the back cover: “Curious to know just what happens behind the “employees only” doors of big companies, journalist Alex Frankel embarked on an undercover reporting project to find out…”

Married to the Job

Why We Live to Work and What We Can Do About It – author and clinical psychologist Ilene Philipson has a self-quiz at the back of the book that asks the question “Are You Married to Your Job?”

Your Money Or Your Life

From the back cover: “Does making a living feel more like making a dying? Do you feel stuck in a job you can’t afford to leave? … They both gave up successful — and stressful — careers in order to live more deliberately and meaningfully.”

What Should I Do with My Life? The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question

Fascinating stories of real people who struggled to find their true calling in their work and life.

Working With You is Killing Me: Freeing Yourself from Emotional Traps at Work

A national best-seller, this book contain chapters with titles such as “Change Your Reaction, Change Your Life”, “Difficult and Extreme Bosses”, “Corporate Culture – Is This the Right Place for You?”, and more.

Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It: No Schedules, No Meetings, No Joke–the Simple Change That Can Make Your Job Terrific

In this book, the authors Ressler and Thompson introduces us to the concept of ROWE, “Results-Only Work Environment”.

The Joy of Burnout: How the End of the World Can Be a New Beginning

Burnout is our soul trying to tell us something and to give us a warning that we should not continue on this path. If we listen, then we can change and have a new better beginning with joy. If we don’t listen, we risk our health and possibly more.

Escape from Corporate America: A Practical Guide to Creating the Career of Your Dreams

Author, Pamela Skillings, talked about how after 12 years of climbing the corporate ladder to VP, she was burned out and escaped from corporate America to start her own company. This book talks about both the bad side of corporate as in Chapter 2 “The Trouble with the Rat Race” as well as the good side of corporate as in Chapter 5 “Corporate Jobs that Don’t Suck”. But if you do decide to escape corporate, there are advice in the various directions that one can go. For example, chapter 6 “Take a Break” talks about part-time, telecommuting, and leaves of absensces. Chapter 7 “Swim in a Smaller Pond” talks about working in a start-up. Chapter 8 “Going Solo” talks about becoming self-employed and freelancing. Chapter 9 talks about building a business. And more other chapters. Interspersed throughout the book are inspirational stories of those who have escaped from corporate America. On page 209 is one such story of Marie Elena who says “Having your own business is probably the most secure thing that you can do because no one is going to watch out for your best interests better than you are.”