I was walking home from work, crossing 3rd Ave. at St. Marks and saw something strange. An NYC Taxi had pulled someone over. I’ve become numb to sirens, flashing lights, loud noises or other city static but there was something odd about this situation. There were several guys in between the two cars, but none of them appeared to be cops. Had this taxi driver modded his cab to give people who cut him off a scare? I went into a Starbucks to get a closer look. The guys were actually under cover cops…like in the movies. They were dressed in street clothes but had their badges on a chain around their neck (visible in the video). They gave the guy a ticket and that was that. You can see them drive off in the video, note the lack of Taxi ID/Duty light on the roof.
I renewed my membership to the MOMA. My mom got me a membership to the Met, which is awesome (thanks mom!) except that the Met is a “suggested donation” of $20 aka $1 per visit. I’m going to go to the Moma at least once a month, perhaps for their Monday cocktail, open til 8:45pm nights.
Here’s Pipilotti Rist’s Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Meters):
I visited the California Academy of Science while I was in the Bay Area. I also have been shooting a lot of video with the new 5D MkII. I like that video is more engaging–you’re forced to stare at it for a significant period of time, where as photos only require a quick glance.
Like a bull in a way-too-small cage, bored, sitting on some hay, on display–people wondering if it’ll do anything. This guy was out in front of the stock exchange yesterday.
Gizmodo has a exhibit/hangout set up in some gallery space in the Lower East Side showcasing awesome gadgets and technology, both old and new. Some of the highlights include a 103 inch Panasonic plasma TV (I had the chance to see it at CES, PMA and NAB in Vegas this past year), a working time machine and beer.
However, the highlight of our visit was a live, probably unsactioned, iPhone “Will it Blend” demonstration. The phone, limonata and bananas blended just fine, until something in the phone violently exploded and misted everyone with iphone flavored smoothie. That was the end of that.
I was mildly worried about whatever we were misted with, after having chemically burned my face in an o-chem lab accident many years ago. Greenpeace says that the phone contains some environmentally harmful stuff, but nothing about the immediate harzards of skin contact or inhalation (of the phone). Maybe the iPhone needs a MSDS.
Here’s the video:
With all the death and destruction in the tuna backbone post, I thought I’d do a bit of the opposite.
This video is from a recent trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium: quite possibly the most awesome aquarium on the planet. These bluefin are in the aquarium’s ‘outer bay’ exhibit, a jaw dropping multi-story, 1 million gallon goldfish bowl.
Here’s a photo from a visit in 2004. (photo is with the original digital rebel)
A coworker once counseled me, that if confronted or frustrated by a situation where someone is of questionable competence, the best thing to do is to let the person’s own incompetence shine through. Set up some pins and let the person knock em down.
Here’s Couric setting up some pins for Palin and Paling not even able to tie her bowling shoes.