Posted on: May 30th, 2007 OTR
Links to a lot of Old Time Radio downloads through Retro Thing
From the New York Times: In India, Grandma Cooks, They Deliver
In India, where many traditions are being rapidly overturned as a result of globalization, the practice of eating a home-cooked meal for lunch lives on.To achieve that in this sprawling urban amalgamation of an estimated 25 million people, where long commutes by train and bus are routine, Mumbai residents rely on an intricately organized, labor-intensive operation that puts some automated high-tech systems to shame. It manages to deliver tens of thousands of meals to workplaces all over the city with near-clockwork precision.
At the heart of this unusual network is a chain of delivery men called dabbawallas.
The word comes from tiffin dabba, a colonial reference to a box containing a light meal, and walla, the man who carries. The precision and efficiency of the dabbawallas have been likened to the Internet, where packets identified by unique markers are ferried to their destination by means of a complex network.
“There is a service called FedEx that is similar to ours — but they don’t deliver lunch,” said one dabbawalla, Dhondu Kondaji Chowdhury.
I love Dirty Martinis, and I don’t mind eating more olives than I can fit in the glass (I usually go for a triple) to get all that savory, savory brine. But it sure seems like a waist and I have better things to ruin my belly with. Like more Martinis. So scoped out the internets and found Dirty Sue.
All the brine, none of the olives. Endorsed by John Corbett and a flock of spokesmodels, which says quality to me.
Had been thinking about something like this for my nephew for a long time. Looks like someone beat me to it: Little Capers
via Boing Boing
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Chris Wallas makes incredible Steampunk trains and figures, using stock chasis, household items and sculpy. Like this one:
And even shows you how to make some of these items, although I’m particuarly interested in the figure making, without a single artistic bone in my body: