"They say that you’re supposed to stand up to bullies, but there’s not much you can do when the whole class is like that."
“Why do they make fun of you?”
“Let’s see. My weight, obviously. The fact that I read for fun. Mostly sci-fi and fantasy. I watch Nova. I don’t like sports. You know those loud, obnoxious kids you see hanging out in groups, screaming at people? That’s my whole school.”
“So what do they do to you?”
“Just yell at me and throw stuff at me. But I am proud of one thing. Most kids who get picked on completely spaz out at some point, and get violent. That hasn’t happened to me yet.”
Last year, Andrew Paulson bought the marketing rights to chess, and he hopes to transform it into a global powerhouse.
Some companies cash in on their brand value by licensing their name to other companies. So, for example, if you run a little-known company that makes toaster ovens, you can pay Black & Decker a fee and they’ll let you sell your toaster oven as a Black & Decker. (Black & Decker appliances are now made by a company called Spectrum.)
At this point, learning to code is simply about understanding how the world functions.
Census figures show surging population growth along rail lines in Chicago, especially those leading to the suburbs.
"It’s an opportunity, but it also presents a big challenge for the transit market," says Leanne Redden, who oversees planning for the Regional Transportation Authority of Chicago. Redden says the challenge is getting reverse commuters the last couple of miles from suburban stations to the sprawling corporate campuses and office parks along the highways.
One solution: the Shuttle Bug program. Big employers in one suburban corridor, including Walgreens and Allstate, help underwrite shuttle buses that take employees between their offices and the train stations. Redden is hoping to replicate the program in other areas.
Other ideas to improve “last mile” connections could include express bus routes, more van pools and even car and bike sharing in the suburbs.
Prior to the crash Air France Flight 4590 in 2000 that killed 113 passengers, the Concorde suffered no crashes, and was considered to be one of the safest planes ever built. In fact, the crash was caused when debris from another plane struck the flight.