Looks like the Lights Out SF event last night was a big success. Here are some photos. Above, the Golden Gate Bridge, before and then during the event, which encouraged people (and municipalities) to turn off their lights for an hour as an exercise in power consumption awareness.
Organizer/spokeshottie Nathan Tyler is a former Google PR rep, and Google "turned out the lights" for Bay Area users for an hour. Incidentally, when Nate suggests people "party in the dark" as an eco-lifestyle action -- have dinner parties with no lights on, for example -- coming from him, it doesn't sound like a bad idea.
Californiah govahnatah Arnold Schwarzeneggah said the event was "an illuminating example to all Californians." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed, and Craigslist pitched in. Flickr snaps here.
The group also encourages people to swap at least one bulb in their home or office to compact fluorescent bulbs, which can help reduce your overall electricity use.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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