links for 2009-08-06

  • We used a Flip HD camera to do the subway shots. The Flip is really small and inconspicuous–It almost looks like a cell phone. A lady cop even got on the train at one point during filming, but she had no idea what we were doing. We rode the G train after rush hour, so the crowd wouldn't be too thick. We didn't get much attention from the crowd–in typical NYC fashion, everyone was so concerned about getting to their next destination, that they didn't pay any attention to us. That doesn't mean we didn't feel awkward at times, though. Lipsynching on the subway is definitely a surreal experience.
  • Heaphone type: looking for closed cans. Preferably something that completley covers my ears but is not huge like some of the high end cans. Comfort is also a big factor in my decision.
    Useage: At work, on the commute to and from work on the subway. I will be listening via a non amped ipod or iphone or laptop. Not really interested in going down the amp route.
    Music: Mainly listen to hip-hop so bass is important, also some rock and drum and bass.
    Price: Max about £130 ($200US)
  • Anyway, on our way back to my apartment to crash, we were in the subway station when we realized that only three of us had metrocards, so we brainstormed a quick, and cheap way to deal with this situation - two people would go through the turnstile at once. Brilliant! However, little did we know that two police officers with nothing better to do, were hiding, and listening, on the other side. As soon as my two friends crossed to the other side, Dick and Prick Policeman were waiting for them with tickets, and none of my sweet-talk or fake threats would change their minds. After I finished my drunken, incoherent verbal beating, my friends dragged me off and we went on our way.
  • NEW YORK — The U.S. government needs to do more to educate and engage the public, so that everyday Americans can be part of a multi-layered strategy to prevent terrorism, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

    “For too long, we’ve treated the public as a liability to be protected rather than asset in our nation’s collective security,” Napolitano said Wednesday during a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations. “This approach, unfortunately, has allowed confusion, anxiety and fear to linger.”

  • Here’s another example. Before I get on the N-R-W at 59th St. every morning, I have to ride the 6 train from my apartment at 96th Street, and of course back again every afternoon. Three times now in less than three months I have seen the beep-boxing, smile encouraging, Da-doo-run-running duo of old homeless men singing, dancing and asking for money on the 6 train. They must target a certain demographic with their oldies tunes, but I always find them entertaining. Of course I realize they go out of their way to be heard and recognized (unlike my button girl), but still what are the chances that I end up on the same train and the same car as this duo? I’m not going to find out the math, but I’d say slim.

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