The Man With The Worlds Best Business Card Cares About The Environment.

The Most Awesome Business Card Ever Belongs To Guangbiao Chen

Guangbiao Chen’s business card looks much better than my resume. Here’s what Mr. Chen brings to the table:

  • Most Influential Person of China
  • Most Prominent Philanthropist of China
  • China Moral Leader
  • China Earthquake Rescue Hero
  • Most Well-known and Beloved Chinese Role Model
  • China Top Ten Most Honorable Volunteer
  • Most Charismatic Philanthropist of China
  • China Low Carbon Emission
  • Environmental Protection Top Advocate
  • China’s Foremost Environmental Preservation Demolition Expert

Remember that face… because if you’re trying to close a deal on a project that negatively impacts the environment and you spot Mr. Chen – just walk out the door. You don’t have a chance.

Mr. Chen – I’ve got one more for you:

  • Bearer of the Largest Balls of China

[BoingBoing]

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Jubbling Shouldn’t Be A Crime: Starbucks Barista Eats Food Out Of The Trash. Gets Fired.

Coulson Loptmann - former Starbucks barista who ate food out of the trash.

Former Starbucks barista, Coulson Loptmann, was fired for eating food out of the trash.

A Starbucks barista, who’s on food stamps, ate some food from the trash and got fired. Here’s the story (Consumerist):

“A 21-year-old barista who worked at a downtown Seattle Starbucks claims he was fired for taking a sandwich out of the trash and eating it. He argues that since his employers were going to toss it anyway, why should he be punished for pulling it out of the garbage, especially when he hasn’t been working enough hours to pay his bills?

The former employee tells The Stranger that he hadn’t eaten all day and was on a seven-hour shift, so when a coworker threw out some breakfast sandwiches that were out of stock, he figured it’d be fine and dandy to grab one for himself.

‘She said, ‘What a waste, huh?’’ he explained. ‘And she tossed it in the garbage. I figured, it’s in plastic, it’s fine. So I reached in and grabbed it.’

It wasn’t fine, according to what he says his manager told him a week later: She’d heard of the sandwich incident and spoken to HR, and ‘they consider it stealing, and it’s against policy. So I’m sorry, but I have to terminate you.’

A Starbucks spokesman says he can’t comment on an individual employee because ‘it is a violation of our policy to consume marked-out products.’ It’s not about stealing, either he adds: ‘We do not want our partners to consume potentially spoiled products and get sick.’

So could you get fired for breaking that policy? Not usually, said the spokesman, unless it was the culmination of a ‘broader, ongoing performance issue.’

The worker insists there were no such issues, and that he doesn’t believe the policy against eating out of the trash is about his own health, and not stealing.”

What I read: a hungry Starbucks barista was fired for Jubblingly eating some good food that shouldn’t have been tossed in the trash. Probably a misunderstanding similar to what George Costanza experienced in the Seinfeld episode where he ate an eclair out of the trash.

So please Starbucks, reconsider and give this kid his job back. Jubbling isn’t a crime but the unnecessary waste of throwing out perfectly good food should be. [The Stranger and Consumerist]


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Reduce: Offloading Three Tons Of Bamboo In 30 Seconds Without A Forklift.

Televisions, your next. [RocketNews 24]


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Office Desk That Transforms Into A Bed From Studio NL.

Tranformer desk to bed from Studio NL
Transformer desk bed from Studio NL Athanasia LeivaditouA desk that transforms into a bed – why not? It allows people to take naps at work and be more productive without requiring more space. The transformer desk / bed was designed by Athanasia Leivaditou of Studio NL.

The only thing Ms. Leivaditou might need to worry about is an angry George Costanza looking for royalties for the transformer desk /bed. [Treehugger]


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BEEBOX Is The Mobile Workspace You Probably Don’t Need.

The BEEBOX Mobile WorkspaceDesigned by Buro Beehive, the BEEBOX is a mobile workspace that requires no construction and can be quickly setup when the need arises. Mobile crisis management solution? Probably and its designers go further by describing the BEEBOX as a:

“… way to make investments in working environment sustainable. Instead of investing in the building you are investing in furniture that is mobile.”

I’m not so sure about the BEEBOX mobile workspace solution mostly because there’s nothing minimal about it. My idea of a mobile workspace is more like the empty-box desk (picture below) and not a 92 sq. ft. container that should only be moved by roadies. [Core77]

John Ruble's MacGyver'd empty box desk.

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Suitable Technologies $16,000 Beam Video Robot Lets A ‘Virtual’ You Lurk Around The Office And Attend Meetings.

Suitable Technologies BeamThe goal of Suitable Technologies $16,000 Beam is to connect people separated by distance. And to Jubbling, cutting back on air travel is a good thing.

But could a robot rolling around a remote office really be that effective? Probably not. Like the other remotely controlled video camera & screen robot, I see the unnecessary Beam getting teased, laughed at and eventually put on a treadmill in the remote office’s supply closet. Just sayin. [Wired]

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