Bits and Pieces
Here are a few interesting bits and pieces I have come across recently:
- Check out the “Gestión de Operaciones” website. It is a blog on operations management and operations research in Spanish, written by Francisco Yuraszeck, professor in Operational Research at the Universidad Santa Maria in Viña del Mar, Chile. The purpose of the site is to expose students from Spanish speaking countries to the basics and most important topics in these fields.
- A while back I posted a bit about “The Toaster Project” in which Thomas Thwaites attempted to build a toaster from scratch … literally. He went around England’s abandoned mines to extract the metal ore, and so on. The project is now completed and Thwaites has a book about it. See the website. He was on the Colbert Report to talk about it. Thwaites explains how a conventional toaster consists of “400 bits”. The exchange with Colbert was very funny. Colbert: “He even hunted his own bread.” and “Two questions: Why? … and … Why?”
- On this blog I have often harped about the importance of repair of products in sustainability. I have been doing a lot more repair myself recently and have found the resources on the web are very helpful. YouTube has a huge set of videos on repairing all kinds of items. And there is the ifixit site, a big proponent of repair. Their “Repair Jobs Revolution” page is right on the mark: “It’s Time for a Repair Jobs Revolution: Fostering repair will give people access to affordable products, make a huge dent in the e-waste problem, and create jobs.” The .com side of ifixit has repair guides, especially for computers, phones and tablets, and parts and tools for sale.
- The journal OMEGA has a Special Issue on “New Research Frontiers in Sustainability”. The dealine for submission is December 30, 2014. Omega has come up a lot on this blog before. Here is an excerpt from the call for papers:
The aim of this special issue is to publish state-of-the-art research papers which address sustainability problems and challenges on the interface between the three TBL dimensions (profit, people, and planet). Analytical models, empirical studies, and case-based studies are all welcomed as long as an article provides new insights and implications to the practice of management science concerning sustainability.