On Dundas Street, I saw 14 snow plows in groups of 2-3 within 15 minutes. Luckily, they were going in the opposite direction. There were also five police cars on my route. Probably a coincidence.
Here's what's really odd. The plows weren't plowing. The snow was already removed. I'm guessing they were en route to plow side streets. The plows were were inadvertently affecting three groups
- folks waiting in side streets
- the traffic snailing behind them
- the inquisitive (bloggers?!?) wondering what was going on
The Science Projects
We visited a grade 6-8 Science Fair at my son's school in the evening. With so many projects beside one another, patterns became easy to spot:
- text fonts too small to read from a distance: with PowerPoint what looks big on a computer screen looks small when projected
- weird colour combinations: too much creativity reduced readability
- too much content: difficult to grasp the main message instantly
- sea of sameness: looking for interesting differences
- seeking out winners: endorsement by judges made those projects seem better than they perhaps were (placebo effect)
- research done online: can your clients find you online?
- varying attention to detail: some did/didn't put their heart into their work
- conclusions hard to find: the conclusions didn't stand out even though they were generally where expected --- the bottom right hand quadrant