Con Ed transformer explosion in Manhattan

A transformer exploded at the Con Edison plant on 14th Street in Lower Manhattan.

Music for Sleeping Children (Video)

I have long been a fan of Charlie White's photography. His new project is called Music for Sleeping Children.

Boing Boing Daily Digest 004 10/29/2012

Commentary on a few of my favorite Boing Boing posts of the day, plus what I did over the weekend. Please let me know what you think of these (criticism is welcome). Read the rest

NYC Mayor Bloomberg's ASL interpreter Lydia Callis has her own fan-tumblr

A woman identified by NY Mag as Lydia Callis, the ASL interpreter at New York mayor Mike Bloomberg's side during tonight's Sandy update, was like a human emoticon for one of the nation's most expressionless mayors. Now she has internet fans, animated tribute GIFs, and her very own fan-tumblr. (Update: Her name is misspelled on the Tumblr and in the NY Mag report, according to NYC City Hall Bureau Chief @davidwchen.) Read the rest

Exploding electrical wires sparking fires in NYC

Power lines downed from Sandy's storm sparking electrical fires, endangering people in the water and structures nearby.

Apps for Kids 32: Cobypic

In this episode of Apps for Kids, we talk about a coloring book app for iPhone called Cobypic.

Rescue video: Sandy sinks tall ship HMS Bounty replica off NC; 14 saved, 2 missing (updated)

A 180-foot, 3-mast replica of the 18th century tall ship HMS Bounty sank on Monday, Oct. 29 during the epic surf and winds from Hurricane Sandy.

Gawker, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post experience Sandy downtime after power knockout

As others have quipped, if you're a celebrity, now is the time to do something stupid. Hurricane Sandy has achieved what Anonymous could not: the ultimate pop culture publishing blackout trifecta. . From tweets by those affected, looks like the culprit was a Sandy-caused power outage in Lower Manhattan, where Buzzfeed, HuffPo, and the Gawker network of sites all have data centers. Read the rest

Monkey rides on a goat walking a tightrope

As you can see in this detail from a larger photo, the monkey looks concerned. But the goat appears to know what he's doing. And here's a related post. Read the rest

Dying old satellites jeopardize future storm coverage

In the NYT, a story about "endangered satellites" that orbit the earth and provide essential data for tracking storms like Hurricane Sandy. But because of "years of mismanagement, lack of financing and delays in launching replacements," they could begin falling apart—with no functional plan in sight to maintain those resources. Read the rest

Man steals phone on subway

It's a good idea to keep your wits about you when you are riding the subway in Budapest.

Sandy's getting bad

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Halloween greetings from Antarctica

Henry Kaiser is kind of our man on the inside in Antarctica. He works there every year as a film maker, turning science into movies. He sent this awesome Halloween greeting from underneath the sea ice.

Bonus: He also sent us a video taken at the same spot — only this has 100% fewer wacky masks and 100% more sea anemones. Read the rest

How Adrian Tomine came up with his first New Yorker cover

Optic Nerve cartoonist Adrian Tomine wrote a great piece for The Thought Fox about how he came up with his popular (and first) cover for The New Yorker. It includes a lot of preliminary sketches.

If you’ve lived here your whole life, you probably just think of the subway as a way of getting from point A to point B. But to me it was fascinating the way subway cars sometimes run alongside each other, just inches apart, and occasionally line up at the same speed. Sometimes you make eye contact with someone in the other train, which is usually more awkward than anything else, but I turned it into something kind of romantic or wistful.

Françoise saw some potential in this one, and I have to give her credit for one crucial addition. You’ll notice in this original sketch that the books are just blank, like they’re just generic, random props. She made the suggestion of putting some detail on the books so it would be clear that the two people are reading the same book, and that ended up being the most important, memorable part of the finished image. It would probably be better for my career if claimed this idea as my own, but it’s too late now.

(This cover was used as the cover image for Adrian's book, New York Drawings. Listen to my interview with Adrian on Gweek, and take a look at a gallery of images from New York Drawings.)

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All the Bonds, fighting themselves

Who would win in a battle between Bond and Bond... James Bond?

Wingsuit flight documentary

Beautiful new mini-documentary on wing suit champ Espen Fadnes.

Ye olde hurricane analysis

The above is an excerpt from the entry on hurricanes in A New and Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, published in 1763 by the delightfully named "A Society of Gentlemen".

The entry contains information on how natives of the Caribbean were said to be able to predict hurricanes — portents that center around the color of the sky and the phases of the Moon. I'm curious whether any meteorology fans and experts out there can offer insight on that. Read the full entry. (It's short.) And let me know. Does this sound like stuff that would line up with what we know about hurricanes today?

Also: Helpful tip. "F" is pronounced "S" here.

I got this from someone on Twitter, but managed to lose my notation of who during today's ridiculous airport runaround. So, anyway, thank you! If this is you, let me know and I'll get your name on it.

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