Now this is clever. From Nissan:
The Smart rearview mirror is housed within the structure of the rear-view mirror, with a built-in LCD monitor that can be activated in place of the conventional mirror. A high-resolution camera mounted on the rear of the vehicle provides the driver with a clear unobstructed view of the rear flanks, allowing the ability to check blind spots and other traffic conditions. The camera projects a clear image onto the monitor to provide the driver with a better view for a more comfortable driving experience.
HDT's Jim Park continues to pump out great copy. Check out his blog post on the forces that conspire to put truckers on the wrong end of the scale when it comes to general health, nutrition, and fitness.
Robert De Niro’s intro to the best screenplay award last night was spot-on:
“The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing. Isolated, neurotic, caffeine-addled, crippled by procrastination and consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, and soul-crushing inadequacy. And that’s on a good day.”
All the more reason to read Leo Babuata's essay on what he's learned as a writer. Lesson No. 13 is the best of the bunch:
When you put something with good intention out in the world, you have no idea what kind of impact it might have on others. It might do nothing, but it could have a profound effect on someone’s life. That’s truly powerful. That’s truly a reason to get up and write.
The potential for life-changing writing is enormous in the B2B world, especially in trucking.
I don't know if gestures are practical, but at least someone is working on a better user interface. Personally, I'll take manual controls or really reliable voice commands.
Want to know what it's like to shoot the Olympic Games? In a fascinating blog post, photographer Jeff Cable says it takes a crazy mix of speed and urgency:
When I first shot the Olympics, my contract allowed me 12 hours to go through the photos and get them back to the team. When I photographed the Summer Olympics in London, my deadline was shortened to two hours. ... Now, they want me posting images at each break. When the buzzer sounds at the end of the first period of hockey, I have 14 minutes to download my photos (I shoot full RAW), go through them, edit, resize them and upload to Team USA. And I need to do this so that I am ready to start shooting again at the start of the next period.
Click through to read more about his workflow.
Mitch Mac Donald of DC Velocity has an interview with former Walmart CEO Lee Scott on how logistics helped turn the company's fortunes. Scott points to Walmart's logistics operations post-Hurricane Katrina as an example:
Around the time the disaster struck, Walmart was just being creamed in the press with ongoing attacks, mostly from organized labor. We were in a very defensive mode. Then Katrina hit. We had people who did things that were just extraordinary. There's one picture I recall of all these Walmart trucks lined up outside New Orleans, all of them carrying water, boots, first aid supplies, and other necessities. This happened within hours—before FEMA or anybody else got there.
So the question became, how can we be that Walmart? The Walmart we were during Katrina. How can we be that Walmart all the time? Where can we use size and scale as an advantage, rather than have it always feel like a disadvantage? And that was the mindset that changed our approach to the environment, to social responsibility.
The guy wraps up the interview with some great advice for logistics pros—or anyone, for that matter.
With CNN reporting that "the Southeast is preparing to be swaddled in a paralyzing blanket of ice and snow that could leave huge chunks of the region cold, slick, and in the dark," I can't think of a better way to greet morning traffic than with Ivan the Terra Bus.
Built by Foremost Industries, the Terra Bus can handle up to 56 passengers or 30 tons of payload. It can be found shuttling tourists on the Columbia Ice Field in Canada's Jasper National Park, transporting scientific personnel in the Antarctic, and, perhaps, making a run for beer, TP, and ammo on I-75. Photo: Gordon Werner