This screencap from Flickr comes from Nate Koechley, who reposted this photo after its posting — as the first picture published of the downed US Airways jet, before the press had gotten there — took down twitpic.
The person who took the photo, according to AlleyInsider.com, is Janis Krums of Sarasota Florida. Janis was (is?) a passenger on the ferry hurrying to pick up these passengers. Janis owns the photo, but whoever posted this nasty comment on it owns bragging rights on completely inappropriate bathroom humor. High five!
The following is from Fangoria… oh, how I wish I lived in NYC sometimes.
Halloween kicks off early this year on the New York City stage scene when 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues) premieres THE H.G. WELLS SCIENCE FICTION FESTIVAL, featuring adaptations of four of Wells’ classic novels. The performances run for a limited engagement beginning Thursday, October 11 and ending Sunday, November 4 (the official opening night is Wednesday, October 17).
The four plays being performed are (predictably enough) the Big 4: The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The Invisible Man. All are directed by a fellow named Dan Bianchi, who “has written and directed over 50 plays and musicals and has been nominated for numerous awards, both for stage and screen work,” whatever the hell that means.
I care not: it’s H.G. Wells; it rocks. You can visit the group’s site to spend your valuable time poring over some not very helpful marketing information about how great some abstractly-named theatre foundation is, or you can go straight to Ticket Central to buy tix to individual shows (by performance name).
Image of H.G. Wells via Wikipedia.
I can’t imagine how traumatic this must have been for New Yorkers.
A steam pipe explosion beneath a street near Grand Central Terminal this evening propelled a giant scalding jet of brownish steam toward the sky, sending commuters who had been heading home stampeding to safety.
New York City officials said one person was killed and more than 20 were injured, two of them critically.
Inkling Magazine has an article up right now about east coast geek drink-and-learn gatherings called Nerd Nite — and even though worldwide Dorkbots are tagged as “people doing strange things with electricity”, both events sound very much alike. Except, you know, dorks are hotter. (Disclosure: I am a 2-time Dorkbot presenter and have had “intimate” relations with another Dorkbot presenter.) In the article, we discover that Nerd Nites combine booze and science presentations — eerily, just like a Dorkbot. Coincidence? I think not. And they want to go global — just like Dorkbot.
Oh, it’s on.
Nerds Just Wanna Have Fun (inklingmagazine.com)
Now upper crust clothes horses can have an even more unrealistic idea about what that fugly dress will look like on — when they visit Bloomie’s in NYC to test out designer Nanette Lepore‘s freshly-installed three-part, high-resolution digital screens that project fashions over the reflected image of customers who are too impatient, high or weakened by Botox-atrophied muscles and their Daisani-and-tissues diet to actually take their own clothes off. Josh Spear continues, “The resulting image is then forwarded to a special webpage, where logged-in friends can post their opinions about the ensemble. Lepore plans to install these mirrors in her New York, Tokyo and Las Vegas boutiques, apparently in hopes that her shoppers will utilize this new technology to further develop their dependent personalities.” w3rd.
Vitrual Mirrors (video, today.reuters.com, via Josh Spear)
…aaand Richard Pryor just did a roll in his grave. Good thing they waited until the word eased its way into pop culture, films, music, stand-up comedy… Snip from BBC Americas:
The city council of New York has voted to ban the use of the word “nigger”.
The resolution to ban the so-called “N-word” is largely symbolic as it carries no weight in law and those who use the word would face no punishment.
But it reflects a growing unease that the racial slur is now part of everyday conversation and that the taboo against its usage has been swept away.
The word is in common usage among sections of the younger generation in the United States.
Also: Watch Richard Pryor on “the N-word” on YouTube.
Speaking of my favorite East Coast city, Gridskipper has a great post about Overstated’s helpful San Francisco-New York neighborhood translation tool, where those of us who totally get that Marina is a bad word can learn to navigate NYC by our own prejudices about people who populate neighborhoods wearing shirts with foreign phrases like “phi beta” on them and when slumming it in the Mission, act as though they excrete swarovski-encrusted turds that smell like parfum. Oh, snap!
New Francity? San FranYorksco? (gridskipper.com)
Gridskipper has a hyooge collection of museums and galleries to visit in New York where one can see all the naked flesh one can handle — in an ostensibly non-sexual context. Which is sometimes hot and sometimes not. Snip:
The human body is a wondrous strange thing. That and narcissism go along way in explaining to totality of Western Art. And though we have no desire to sleep with chubby middle-aged women or old men, it is true, their bodies are fun to look at. They remind us that someday we too will be dribble castles of adiposal tissue, our youth transformed into a wrinkle in time, or rather many many wrinkles. Here in New York, ample chances abound to surreptitiously observe the human form and some of those chances aren’t necessarily pervy. What follows is Gridskipper’s Expert List of where to appreciate the human form divorced (mostly) from its essential sexual function.
After the jump expect live model drawing, Bernini’s sculpture of a supple and very naked Bacchus, and some locker room genitalia.