For the past few days, my father (late 70s) and my aunt (early 80s) have been stuck without power, light, running water, 12-13 stories up in NYC apartment buildings with pitch-black stairwells. They're pretty able, fortunately. In any case, my dad just abandoned ship and left the city today. My aunt is staying put, with help from the building management. But this is really a major problem that I haven't seen covered. When people outside of the big city think of power out, it seems like a minor inconvenience. Not so when you're living on the 14th floor—or the 28th. I suggested to our NYC-based multimedia producer James West and editorial fellow Tim McDonnell that they pick a building and suss out the situation. They came back yesterday with this heartrending video.
Across the US, 31 communities have joined forces to make the dream of fast, affordable, and reliable gigabit-speed broadband a local reality. The Next Century Cities program, launched this week, hopes to defeat the forces holding broadband back. The 31 inaugural signatories are:
Jonathan M. Katz reported on the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake for the AP. What he saw there ran contrary to the prevailing narrative of violence, looting and lawlessness in the streets. Instead, what he found was another example of “Elite Panic”, the UN’s “relief” forces landing heavily armed people all around the island who […]
Back in November, I blogged the Tsarina of Tsock’s wonderful shark socks, noting that they were not yet articles of commerce and hoping that they would become such soon. Now, Tsarina writes and says, You asked me to let you know when my Shark Week sock was released to the general public, so I thought […]
These knitted gloves are here to save the day (and your hands) with an ultra-comfy, double-layer that will allow you to stay warm and use your phone. Now you can take photos on the fly, text, Tinder, and more without letting freezing temperatures get in your way. Plus they work with all touchscreens, so no […]
Carrying this EDC card is like slinging around a handheld toolbox wherever you go. Its minimal design is small enough to fit in your wallet’s billfold, and it’s TSA-compliant so you’ll never leave it behind. It’s got hex wrenches, metric and imperial rulers, flathead and Phillip’s screwdrivers, and a bottle opener so that you’re ready […]