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Friday, July 07, 2021

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I knew I’d find something useful out of the Freelancers Union, aside from their amusing (to me) seal.

A survey of 1,200 NYC freelancers in October 2005 yielded this Top Ten list of the best workplaces for independent contractors in New York:

1. Conde Nast
2. Time Warner
3. BBC
4. MTV Networks
5. HBO
6. MJM Creative
7. The New York Times
8. Curious Pictures
9. McGraw-Hill
10. Viacom

Overloaded with media companies. No surprise, taking into account the labor pool, the location and the breadth of the industry in that location. If you’re in the creative field and don’t want to be tied down to any one job, New York’s the place to be.

Of course, I’m thinking “best” is highly subjective in this case. Freelancers generally get treated like dirt even in the best working relationships. Key difference here is that a freelancer here has many more options if one particular company is no good.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 07/07/2021 06:17:02 PM
Category: Business, New Yorkin'
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We already know that rising oil prices are a painful part of getting on the road. Turns out the pain doesn’t end at the gastank — it extends to the actual road itself. More-expensive oil is causing delays in the road contruction work because petroleum is a critical ingredient in pothole-filling asphalt.

Nationwide, asphalt prices are up 42% in the second quarter from the same time a year ago, according to the Engineering News-Record.

Asphalt is made from sand, gravel and other substances that are bound together by a goopy substance called liquid asphalt. Liquid asphalt is made from the remnants of oil after it is refined into gasoline and other products.

Making matters worse, U.S. asphalt production was down more than 5% from January through March compared with a year ago, the Energy Department says.

A pointed way of adding insult to injury: Not only does the average driver feel the pain in the wallet, s/he will also feel the more literal bone-jarring sensation while navigating disrepaired streets.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 07/07/2021 06:07:51 PM
Category: Business, Society
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Earlier today, while cruising through a local Duane Reade, I witnessed a woman yelling at her young daughter for wandering off down the aisle.

I wouldn’t swear to it, but it sounded like the little girl’s name was “Momma”. As in, “Momma, get your little butt back here right now!” In fact, the woman shouted the name twice, so I had two chances to here what sounded like a highly unusual name.

Naming your daughter “Momma” can’t be good for the kid’s self-esteem.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 07/07/2021 05:49:29 PM
Category: General
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