May 31, 2013 |
You could call it being stuck in a rut. Or, as the authors of a new book put it, you could say that effort follows the law of diminishing returns, eventually causing people and companies to reach a point of stagnation where marginal returns disappear. In "The Plateau Effect: Getting From Stock to Success," Bob Sullivan, an NBC News columnist, and Hugh Thompson, a math professor and IT security expert, argue that they have found a cure for this condition. They call it "constant recalibration," or always rethinking your approach to problems.
February 25, 2013 |
The aerial crash that killed three people working on a Discovery Channel reality TV production occurred when the helicopter collided into the base of a valley wall in Acton while preparing to shoot a scene for a military-themed show, federal aviation investigators said in a preliminary report issued Monday. The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the cause of the Feb. 10 accident, but a preliminary report by the board provides new details on the circumstances surrounding the most serious film set accident in three decades in California.
January 26, 2009 |
An avalanche slammed into a group of 17 Turkish hikers on a trip to a remote mountain plateau, dragging them more than 1,640 feet into a valley and fatally burying 10. The members of a skiing and mountaineering club were taking part in an annual winter sports celebration on 7,200-foot Mt. Zigana. "We looked up and there was nowhere to run," survivor Kasim Keles told reporters from his hospital bed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2000
Re "Council Approves Land Swap Deal to Save Open Space," Oct. 26. The Thousand Oaks City Council's conceptual approval of a deal with developers allowing more development in Dos Vientos Ranch was unnecessary to save the western plateau. The council has options for saving the plateau from proposed development without this complex deal that creates a boon for developers. Unfortunately, there are many losers as a result of this deal. Dos Vientos Ranch homeowners get more development and higher density population than they bargained for. Seniors lost the affordable housing that was scrapped in order to give Shappell Industries a place to build.
August 28, 1987 |
The Newport Beach Arts Commission has selected a project by Santa Barbara landscape architects Cunningham Design Inc. and artists Helen Mayer, Newton Harrison, Paul Hobson and Marcello Petrocelli as the winner of the city's Inspiration Point Design Competition. "Disappearing Path" is intended to revitalize the appearance of the erosion-prone coastal lookout point in Corona del Mar. The first phase of the project is estimated to cost $150,000.
August 1, 1993
The article "Jewel of the Normandy Coast" (July 18), otherwise fascinating, has two errors: 1. "Overlooking the Seine's headwaters . . . " The Seine's headwaters "arise in the Cote d'Or (southeast of Paris), on the Langres plateau, 471 meters high." (Reference: Dictionnaire Geographique de la France.) 2. "The Greniers a Sel . . . built in 1670 to store tax revenues . . . which at the time were collected in salt." The farmers paid a price for the right to sell the salt, and in some areas people were required to buy more than they needed.