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Seven-Eleven's Night Shift

I often work at 7-11 in the nighttime. In Taipei, a number of 7-11 stores have some nice tables. There's free WiFi, and while it's somewhat limited (you need to get a login that expires after 30 minutes, and you can log on only 3 times in a day), my phone has infinite 3G internet and tethers to my computer.

There's a 7-11 a few blocks from my place, so it's my de facto go-to place after the cafes in this sleepy little area are closed at 1AM.

After being here on and off for a few weeks, I've come to be impressed by the industriousness of the nighttime clerk here.

7-11 has managed to have one man cover the majority of the general service of customers who come in, preparing microwaved food or other things that need preparation when customers order them, stocking the shelves when the delivery trucks arrive sometime between midnight and 5AM, doing general maintenance and keeping the store clean (sweeping, mopping), and -- and this was the part that struck with the need to write this -- make repairs and maintenance of long-term fixtures like the fans, appliances, and refrigerators.

Tonight, he disassembled all the fans that are embedded into the ceiling, and the genius of the system became apparent. The fans were made to be assembled and disassembled with no tools at all. They're made of some lightweight material, and easy to logically take apart. They're held together by some sturdy plastic screw-like things that can be easily hand-cranked on or off while using the other hand to support the main weight of the fan. 

8 Quick Tips on Writing a Great Economics Essay

On Econoception

Struggling to write an economics essay? I have compiled a list of 8 to-dos that will help you make your essay writing more focused. If you are aspiring to write a great economics essay, you should consider paying close attention to the following 8 suggestions.

Most of the times, the preamble has a treasure trove of information available. As a student, your job is to dig out that information.

This is usually characterised by a particular date, a major event, some factual information on firms or a series of economic policies. Keep in mind the context when you tackle the essay, as you are almost always required to come back to it.

Frequently, the preamble is a very general statement which is followed by a 'discuss' question asking you to comment on the validity of the statement. Such questions require you to sieve out the exceptions to the claim and often that forms the anti-thesis part of the answer.

Broadly speaking, there are three main types of question words that require three different types of structure in answering the question.

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