Friday, May 31, 2013

Book on Corporate Social Responsibility

I just started reading the Market for Virtue, which is a book on corporate social responsbility (CSR) by David Vogel, a prominent professor at the UC Berkeley business school (Haas).

It basically is an overview of CSR and an analysis of its strengths as well as shortcomings. important shortcoming of CSR is its failure to appreciate the critical role of public policy in promoting more responsible corporate behavior

In contrast, it cites examples of several prominent companies who have supported public policies that would apply to all firms so that the large companies wouldn't be at a competitive disadvantage or always be bearing the brunt of activism.

1. Starbucks supporting national health care
2. Wal-Mart backing raising minimum wage
3. Nike supporting internationally binding labor standards

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Double Sums

I used this identity today.  It was sooo fun.  Now that I know it I can show they're equivalent, but I was kinda sad I couldn't think of it myself.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Oscar the Homeless Grouch

I went to a party themed "Sesame St. Apocalypse" this weekend.  

I went as Oscar after he has to sell the trashcan after running out of money.  

It's probably because there are separate recycling bins for cans and bottles now so Oscar lost a major source of revenue.  Maybe he should get into the e-waste business.  

Also, wearing tights over slippers is fun and make for the perfect muppet feet!  Your feet get sweaty, though.  

Friday, May 3, 2013

Frank the Frankentable

I made a table out of some scrap wood from a shelf and an ikea table top that has two heights - coffee table and dinner table height.

I used hinges and then window sash locks.

It was really fun!  Window sash locks aren't the most structurally sound, though.  If we changed heights frequently, they might break.  But oh well, they look cool.

 ratcheting screw drivers are awesome!

so are clamps, magnets, and glue!

it LIVES!!!
as a dinner table

as a coffee table

New Hat

Yeah, I'm finally tired of sun in my eyes + baked forehead.  This way I don't have to wear sunglasses, sunscreen or worry about getting a glasses tan.