Monday, November 21, 2011

Tops for global connections, shale gas, new map, regs vs. density, and more

Since it's a short week where people usually don't have a whole lot going on in the office, I thought it'd make sense to do a misc items post this week since people might have more time to follow the links.  So here they are:
From the Houston Digital Ambassador emails:
Finally, to end on a lighter note, here are my favorites from the Houston Press' "50 Reasons Texas is the Best State in America"
42. No state income tax, suckaz. 
39. "Failure is not an option." Yeah, it was never actually said by Gene Kranz, but it summed up generations of work at NASA that hopefully will not end with the shuttle era. 
37. Tex-Mex. Comfort food, hangover cure, drunken latenight scarfing: It has many purposes, all of them delicious. 
34. When you say you're from Texas, no one in the world needs to ask where that is. 
26. If there's an ethnic food that's not available in Houston, it involves a very, very small ethnicity. 
14. Few states have legislatures that meet less often than Texas's, and we like to keep it that way.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I'll see ya next week.

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At 2:12 AM, November 24, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tory, Re: World Cities, is anybody working to get our beloved Houston up a notch in to the Beta World City Category?

I think we are currently a Gamma World City but being a global leader in several industries, I think we deserve an upgrade from Gamma to Beta.

Alpha World Cities are reserved only for the mainly for the world greatest cities like London, Paris, NY, Tokyo etc. even though a few questionable cities sneak up to that level.

There is a university in the UK which does the rankings every year.

I don't think were an Alpha but a Beta, yes, it's time.


At 7:37 AM, November 24, 2011, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

I totally agree. I thought that was a one-time ranking a while back - didn't know they did it annually. Looks like we're Beta+ now, but should be in one of the Alpha categories. Of course, no matter what, they're picking some arbitrary set of traits and then blending them into some hybrid score using an arbitrary algorithm, so I don't give it much credence. After checking out the Wikipedia article here I'm even less impressed given the list of cities just above us. I'm sure they're excessively weighting tourism and rail transit. In fact, it looks like they look for high cost of living as evidence of a global city! How obnoxious is that? There is no doubt in my mind that there are now six serious, major global cities in America: NYC, DC, Chicago, LA, SF, and Houston. 7 if you count Miami (essentially the hub/"capital" of Latin America).


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