Yesterday was the 10-year anniversary of the largest blackout to ever hit North America — aka, the day some untrimmed trees in Ohio took out most of the Northeast. Last night, I went on The Rachel Maddow Show to talk about why a few woody plants were able to bring us to our knees, what we've done to shore up the North American electric grid in the years since the blackout, and what we still have left to fix.
If you're interested in learning more about how the electric grid works behind-the-scenes and how it affects our ability to deal with problems like climate change, check out my book Before the Lights Go Out.
Bonus: Watch the background of the video clip for a map of the US electric grid, where you can see how this vital infrastructure is divided into three districts — Everything East of the Rocky Mountains, Everything West of the Rocky Mountains ... and Texas. Because of course.
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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