NYC Subway Gets Modern (Someday)

July 30, 2015

The NYC Subway system is amazing. We have the most stations of any system in the world. Other systems cover more distance (NYC is very compact) and have more riders (China, Tokyo). And a few are older (London).

But none of them are 24/7.

That is a huge deal both in terms of the fact that you can always get home and in terms of maintenance. The NYC Subway system has no maintenance window. You shut something down, you piss someone off.

So this video is fascinating in terms of the challenges of modernizing a system that you can never shut down.

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Tom Brady – Cheater

July 30, 2015

At least in the eyes of Jets fans…

A plane flying above Patriots practice:


Tabloid Fun With Brady

July 29, 2015

I had high hopes for the NY Daily News and NY Post today after Brady’s suspension was upheld, but smashing a phone just isn’t as funny as talking about his balls.

The Daily News was pretty conventional with bad puns:

Front:

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Back:

The NY Post ignored it on the back cover and had this strange hybrid Gisele/Tom front cover.

Can’t say I understand it, but if it sells papers…


Yankees?

July 23, 2015

I think all Yankee fans approached this season with great trepidation. If the bullpen was as good as we thought, the starting pitching stayed healthy and a bunch of old guys returned to form we had a shot.

I listed those in decreasing order of likelihood at the beginning of the season. A-Rod and Teixeira playing like All Stars? Who saw that coming?

We’re all still holding our breath when Tanaka pitches, hoping his arm holds. CC Sabathia looks washed up. But the bullpen is everything we hoped and more. Betances/Miller covering the 8th and 9th with ERAs of 1.40 and 1.62 respectively and WHIP of  0.82 and 0.69 (Mariano who?).

So I’m slowing getting enthusiastic. Perhaps there will be September baseball this year…


How To Destroy Your Cell Phone

July 22, 2015

I’m not a Sen. Lindsey Graham fan, but after Trump yells out your cell phone number at a political stump speech, this is pretty amusing.

Though someone needs to point out to him that phone numbers aren’t tied to physical phones anymore…


I Hate Uber

July 21, 2015

There is a proposal in NYC to cap “for hire vehicles” (Uber, Lyft and black car services) growth to 1% for a year while they study traffic congestion.

Congestion in NYC is a real concern. But 1% for a year is pretty stupid, surely you can study this in a month or two. And while NYC taxis are probably better than most places in the world, a little competition is a good thing.

But Uber has robo-called me every single day for a week on this issue. Robo-calls are evil.

Annoying, annoying, annoying, annoying, annoying, annoying, annoying, annoying, annoying, annoying, annoying.

So I’m signing up for Lyft…


Pluto

July 14, 2015

xkcd has Pluto nailed today:

And, What if the New Horizons Hits My Car? One of the best lines is:

How fast is 14 kilometers per second? Here’s my favorite comparison for putting that speed in perspective: If you were standing at one end of a football field and fired a gun toward the other end, right while New Horizons flew past you, the spacecraft would reach the far end zone before the bullet made it to the 10-yard line

If you aren’t following xkcd you have zero nerd credentials…