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Recession Ready? Interview with Wisconsin Plant Manager

With the waning economy and the deteriorating US Auto Industry, The Urban Country interviewed Wisconsin Plant Manager Barry Schwartz to see how average Americans are dealing with the recession. What is your job title and your role? Plant Manager. We are a small plant so I do all production scheduling as well being involved in ...

Hand Washing vs. Dishwashers 5

The other day I was challenged by my buddy George about whether Dishwashers are more harmful to the environment than washing dishes by hand. My first instinct was that a full dishwasher would use less water than washing by hand because washing by hand seems inefficient since most people leave the water running and clean ...

Being Dutch = Being Green? 2

Growing up with a Dutch Mother explains a lot about my principles of simple living and reducing waste. We knew how to make the most out of everything and throw away very little. A recent e-mail forward from my Mom helps explain a lot about what living “green” is all about. I’ve extracted out all ...

Taxi Honk Calculator 3

A recent statistically inaccurate and socially irrelevant Urban Country study has found that clothing affects the number of honks received by a taxi driver on a typical 20-minute walk to work by a typical male urban professional. Among other important findings, the Urban Country study concluded the following: While wearing jeans, the urban professional will ...

The Low-Salt Diet 1

I love winter in Canada. It’s my second favourite season of the year (next to the spring/summer/fall season that is). I love hockey, I love the snow, and nothing beats relaxing in a nice warm home with an ice cold beer on a cold winter day. Winter helps me appreciate warm weather. If I didn’t ...

Youth Gangs

After dropping off my “Big Brothers” brother Quenelle off at the subway station this evening, I was riding home on a bus when I came across a group of 6 kids who all appeared to be aged between 9 and 12 years old. Based on their attire, conversations and lingo, an observer would conclude that ...

Dear President Bush… 2

As the end of your term in office approaches, you are now beginning to reflect on your leadership through one of the most controversial presidencies of all time. The last 8 years will forever change the world and the future of the United States. In your bid to win the Presidency back in 2000, you ...

Most Bizarre Google Searches: 2008 edition 1

Back in December 2004 I posted a list of the top 10 most bizarre Google searches that led to my site. I thought I would post another list for 2008′s most bizarre searches. Here’s the top 20 as chosen by yours truly: chubby asian kid best crotch rocket what the total pages and ads in ...

Technology: The Good and the Bad 1

Last night we rented a movie. When returning the movie this morning on my way to see the dentist, I was reminded how technology has helped us avoid mundane time-consuming tasks. Just one decade ago, I might have been late for my dentist appointment if I realized that the previous night I had forgotten to ...

My Utopian Career 1

Everyone around me knows how much I love my career. It’s challenging, I’m constantly problem-solving, it’s rewarding to see something I’ve built come to fruition, the jobs are relatively plentiful, and the industry pays well. But what if I could have any job in the world? What would I choose to do? Well I’ve put ...