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Sunday, June 10, 2021

If you’ve spent any time in Manhattan, you know what a pedicab is.

And as Mr. Rickshaw is happy to point out, on the house ad displayed on at least one of carts in the company’s fleet: The bicycle-powered vehicle is, in fact, a carbon-free conveyance. (I’d have gotten a picture of that sign, but I wasn’t quick enough to capture it when I saw it the other day.)

I thought that was a masterful way of positioning the service. With the concept of carbon-offsetting all the rage, what better way to make this goofy mode of transport more palatable?

So put aside any reluctance you have to looking silly while being pulled down Sixth Avenue, and climb aboard. You’re probably aiding the exploitation of the driver, but at least you’re making up for your other eco-sins.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 06/10/2021 10:54:09 PM
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I’ve attended and support-planned enough business conferences to formulate the opinion that, unless you’re presenting at them, they’re largely a waste of time to attend. You can get presentation materials separately, and the face-time with colleagues doesn’t necessarily need the backdrop of an event.

In the spirit of reigniting the collaborative purpose of such a gathering, maybe the unconference, a spontaneous techie gathering which sports such free-form sessions as “Speed Geeking”, is the answer:

“Unconferences are peer-to-peer learning,” says [unconference organizer Kaliya] Hamlin. “Invitation is the most important element: Why do you want people to come together, and what do you want to talk about? People who share a passion create the day.”

This would mean the time spent out of the office would be devoted to actual creative-intensive work, instead of general glad-handing and endless meetings. So I don’t see this concept extending beyond the programmer circles. Maybe into other creative fields, though.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 06/10/2021 10:00:48 PM
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at the centers
Allow me to get in an extended dig at the Islanders over their buy-out of the remaining four years of Alexei Yashin’s 10-year contract:

They’d better remember the procedure. Because they’ll be doing it again in a few short years, with Rick DiPietro’s ridiculous 15-year pact.

Okay then, with that out of the way:

I’m crossing my fingers that the Rangers don’t start sniffing around the newly-freed Yashin. True, in my opinion, they’ve been thin at center for the past two years. No offense to Michael Nylander, who clicks with Jaromir Jagr nicely enough. But Nylander would be better as a second-line pivot. More of a dominator on the first line would really bring out Jagr’s best. And as far as physical skills, Yashin better fits that mold.

But maybe my fears are unfounded. After all, Yashin’s days as a top-liner may be behind him. He was relegated to fourth-line duty during his last days with the Isles. If that’s the best he can do, there’s no reason for the Rangers to bring him aboard. If the Blueshirts wind up landing the biggest free-agent catch at center — Scott Gomez — then Yashin will definitely be out of the picture for Madison Square Garden.

A new team could take a chance on Yashin, figuring a change of scenery would rouse his competitiveness. He would probably come pretty cheap and short-term, considering his money situation is settled with the buyout money.

In that vein, a possibility: The Buffalo Sabres. With their top two centers likely to bolt due to cap restrictions in Buffalo, the Sabres could take a flyer on Yashin. He might be motivated just from the shift from a borderline playoff team to a Conference finalist, as well as the opportunity to prove he can still play at a high level.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 06/10/2021 09:33:03 PM
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