Small Actions

Bob Hughes · June 16, 2016
Pendulum in Action, community in action, coming to the rescue

The world has shown how hard life is recently, with tragedy everywhere, senseless killings, political demonization.

But recently a tragic event was avoided thanks to quick-thinking New Yorkers.

It was a sure sign of community in action. At, of all places, a subway station.

A few days ago, a man waiting for a train somehow lost consciousness, and fell to the tracks of the subway. The train he was waiting for was just minutes away – and in addition to an injurious fall, he could […]

Bob Hughes · June 10, 2016
Pendulum in Action, small actions, WE Cycle, social media

It’s now full election season, and the dread has come upon us: relentless pro and anti posts on social media.

These have become the scourge of Facebook, among other sites.

The thing is: I don’t want to know whom you’re voting for. It’s your right to vote, but in this divisive election year, adding a divisive opinion to the mix doesn’t really help clarify anything. And at the national level, most people are already pretty clear on the person they’ve chosen. Your Facebook rant or your […]

Bob Hughes · June 03, 2016
Pendulum in Action, small actions, housing for the homeless

Although customers love Amazon, booksellers, literary agents and many people who do business with them don’t. For people other than consumers, Amazon’s the bad guy.

But even those who are on the wrong end of Amazon’s competitive tactics might want to applaud what the giant retailer has done. It has bought a Seattle motel that has been scheduled for […]

Bob Hughes · May 27, 2016
Pendulum in Action, small actions, healthcare system, healthcare program

Everyone knows that the U.S. healthcare system is a mess, despite more people having health insurance. A lot of health plans are increasing rates, and a lot of medical providers don’t take insurance associated with the Affordable Care Act. Too many drugs are too expensive, and too many treatments are out of reach for too many people. And many people are increasingly frustrated that the richest nation in the world makes it so hard to stay healthy.

Now, many doctors are weighing in on the […]

Bob Hughes · May 20, 2016
Pendulum in Action, small actions, technology, stay connected

Old phone booths are being put to good use in Manhattan and the four other boroughs of New York City, as New York has converted many of them to hubs for high-speed internet service. They also serve as charging hubs and informational kiosks.

Each of the kiosks offers speed of a gigabit, with encrypted wi-fi connection with a range of 150 feet (or about 50 meters). The kiosks include USB charging stations and free calling, through a partnership with Vonage, the […]

Bob Hughes · May 13, 2016
Pendulum in Action, small actions, technological savvy

If you ever find yourself losing hope about where we’re headed – as a race, as a country – then turn to Indiegogo and look for some of the most heavily funded campaigns that are going on. You’ll be inspired by the generosity and the inventiveness of people who simply want to make the world a better place.

Indiegogo, as you probably know, is a crowdfunding site. Its most famous campaigns have included one to send […]

Bob Hughes · April 29, 2016
Pendulum in Action, texting while driving, small actions

This might not seem something you need to be reminded of, but it’s dangerous to text and drive. Yet people continue to do it, believing, erroneously, that it’s less hazardous than, say, driving under the influence of alcohol.

Actually it’s probably worse – you’re a lot more distracted by a text.

And the figures shows it. Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate motor vehicle deaths were 8% higher in 2015 than they were in 2014 – the largest year-over-year […]

Bob Hughes · April 15, 2016
Pendulum in Action, physical independence, technology, small actions

Science is on the brink of helping the paralyzed move. At least a little bit.

The New York Times just reported on the case of a young man who had lost feeling in his hands and legs after a freak diving accident. Thanks to new chip technology, the Times […]

Bob Hughes · April 08, 2016
Pendulum in Action, small actions, feed the hungry

Food waste is a big problem everywhere in the world. And hunger is also a problem for the homeless all over.

A restaurateur in India has found a way to prevent waste and to feed the hungry. She offers leftovers to the people who need it most, free. She’s installed a refrigerator outside his restaurant, and people are encouraged to take what they need, and to leave what they don’t need (as long as it’s labeled as to freshness).

It’s been quite a success.

Minu Pauline, the owner […]

Bob Hughes · March 04, 2016
Pendulum in Action, small action, ad blocker

The internet, for all of its wonderful fluidity, can still be remarkably irritating. Case in point: those pop-up ads that you need to click through to see an article someone has recommended. Let me see the content, then ask me either for my opinion or request whether I’d like to sign up. I simply click away and let the site, and the article, go.

Of course, advertising supports the efforts of news sites. But aggressive pop-ups are a turnoff. So are ad trackers – those little online […]