The experience paradox

From Mind Hacks: Experienced drivers perceive the road differently Experience drivers have more peripheral vision than novice drivers … and thus are more likely to perceive and anticipate danger and adapt to changing circumstances on the road.
The problem is if we don’t let drivers on the road until they are experienced, no one can get experience, unless we have really good simulators the way they do for pilots, or better yet, like in Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game.

Will it draw hot chicks?

“Will it draw hot chicks?” is the opening line from the Strib article (via Greater Greater Washington) For new rapid bus lines, much is riding on image
The article contains a good discussion of branding BRT vs. LRT, and the “attractive young female” factor. The key of course is investing enough in buses that people (attractive and ugly, female and male, young and old) have some confidence in the system, like for instance, knowing which buses stop (and when, and where they are going, and how much it costs) at a bus stop (still a mystery in the Twin Cities if you don’t have a printed schedule with you or internet access).
No one will try transit without some introductory information. Bus stops are ideal places to provide that information, but the transit agency does not prioritize this. The example of London’s buses should be reviewed.

US News College rankings

Continuing on the game of rankings: US News has posted its rankings, Minnesota schools are here: Minnesota college rankings
It shows, among national universities, The U ranks 61, but 22 among public universities.
This is considerably worse than Academic Ranking of World Universities posted yesterday which placed us 28th in the world (though arguably 7th among North American university systems).
It is however much better than than this news: University ranked 524th by Forbes.
I wonder if these guys really have a methodology, or just a roulette wheel.