It’s not all-inclusive, but definitely interesting. There were many more takeaways from the researcher’s work including demographic trends and budgeting for tips; here are some that weren’t included in the chart that I found interesting about other professions:
- Apparently no one tips flight attendants, and if you do, you’ll probably receive free drinks thereafter.
- Golf caddies say that golfers tip better when they play better, but they always tip the best when it’s happening in front of clients.
- Tattoo artists expect $10-20 on a $100 job and $40-60 on a $400 job, but they get nothing from 30% of people.
- A massage therapist expects a $15-20 tip and receives one 95% of the time—about half of a massage therapist’s income is tips.
- A whitewater rafting guide said he always got the best tips after a raft flipped over or something happened where people felt in danger.
- Strippers not only usually receive no salary, they often receive a negative salary—i.e. they need to pay the club a fee in order to work there.
The pneumatic system for transporting mail, active in NYC from 1897-1953. Very neat. Systems like this are still in use at many banks, with trash management, and some research libraries.
Photographer Rosie Holtom took pictures of homeless people from London, dressed as they’d like the world to see them. Not only are they beautiful portraits, but there is such light and confidence that comes through in these. As communities, we need to be better about inspiring that in those who are homeless for whatever reason; there are incredible people shrouded in bold asks for money and curled up with a blanket on the streets.
via a New York Times slideshow and article about yoga in Israel among (un)Orthodox Jews.
I actually think about stock photography a little bit too much. Who do photographers look to cast, and why? What tone and feel do they ask each subject to strike, in hopes that it creates a stock image so appealing that it will resonate broadly with an unknown audience?
Stock photos everywhere build on stereotypes, especially those of gender. We see “traditional” roles tied to emotions, stature, clothing, race, and status symbols that don’t strike us as surprising, because it’s how we “normally” picture representations of circumstance. But, these boxes are false, because the false feels safe and comforting in a way. These photos represent certain stock image “risks” that we can only hope become mainstream and equally boring in the future.
This is very helpful for my mysterious bottles of ketchup and mayonnaise that have been hanging out for who knows how long…
The New York Public Library is training computers to recognize building shapes and other information from old city maps, and they need your help! Take a few minutes to help hone the data; no experience or knowledge required! This is a very neat experiment in crowdsourcing data aggregation for use to improve civic society.
Neat maps used to tell New York stories that come from tax data. All my favorite things!