Thursday, November 06, 2014

Running Water @ Starbucks

The next time you pick up coffee at a Starbucks, lean in by the counter from where you pick up your coffee. You will notice a small stainless steel well, with a few utensils, and running a tap.

This tap is never shut. I spoke to the manager at this store, and she explained that "it is our policy". Our being Starbucks. It is the corporate Starbucks policy to keep this tap running constantly. The water is wasted, as it simply runs down into a drain.

I observed this for the first time a year or two ago. I also noticed that some stores (i dont quite recall now, it may even have been that one store where i saw it ), do shut off this tap. So maybe a store is also violating this policy. Starbucks, you may want to look into that !

I think this makes for a good physics or math problem for students. To compute the volume of water that can run thru a pipe that is about 5" cm wide.

On a more serious note, some idiot at Starbucks need a whack at the back of his or her head. What the fsck were you thinking ?

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Swachh Bharat - Amma in Jail, K Company to follow ?

Amma is in jail now. While all the crocodile tears are being shed by her sycophants, its clear that these creatures are probably the most happiest to see her in a confined space. As part of the Swachh Bharat, it would be nice if the cleanup continued and threw the K-Company crew also into jail soon.

Between the two, my sympathies and support are with Jaya. However, that is no excuse to diminish the punishment. If anything at all, it is far delayed, and far too small a deterrence for the people in high places.
I wish the law would know turn its wheels much faster and quickly wrap up the 2G, BSNL & Aircel-Maxis scams. All said and done, we are so quick to turn politicians into demi-gods (like Modi now), and then soon let them fry in boiling oil in hell, but the money-men and industrialists who fund and finance these are never touched and almost always get away scot-free. Why ? The 2G scam reeks from the foul smell of Reliance, Tata and Airtel, all now dissolved and mostly forgotten in the gray matter we call 'broadcast news'. The Nira Radia tapes also show a conspiracy to appoint a Communications Ministers of someone's liking. Nira is in and out of prison, but others who were talking to her; life goes on.
Praying and hoping for a Swachh Bharat !