Saturday, February 5, 2011

Link roundup

1. Rose George:

We have always used the sea for transport. But shipping has changed dramatically in half a century, and not always for the better. With containerisation, the days of romantic shore leave are long gone. In the dizzying pace of a highly competitive industry, a vast container ship can be loaded and unloaded in 24 hours. Before, an officer told me, he would wonder whether he had time for dinner. Now he doesn’t know if he has time to get a newspaper.
2. Lewis & Clark Law School has a job board that's password protected so only its alumni can make use of its listings. The school changes its password regularly. Alumni weren't amused when the most recent password was "fail8ure."

3. How to use humor to defuse difficult situations.