Month: February 2012

Love Dumpling

The company I work at has a new Chief Executive Officer. This week I accompanied him and the Chairman of our Board on a two-day road-show in Beijing, China. The purpose was to introduce the new CEO to our local Chinese partners in various gas projects, as well […]

The Salon Standard

The Economist magazine recently published the 2012 Big Mac Index, a quick and often quoted yardstick of purchasing power parity between currencies, first invented by the Economist in the mid 1980s and updated several times each year. The idea behind the Big Mac Index is that McDonalds’ flagship […]

Uliel’s Law

I last wrote on the Law of Unintended Consequences, and how I had experienced that law in action in the traffic jams of downtown Jakarta. I got a number of comments and responses, some of which cited other famous Laws; for example the most famous of them all, […]

The Land of Unintended Consequences

I read in the newspaper that Spirit, a US low-cost airline, has decided to add a $2 “Unintended Consequences Fee” to the price of each ticket. What the …..? Apparently, this is in response to a new regulation introduced by the US Department of Transport that mandates that […]