A part of Max Headroom I wish had not come true.

"An off switch?! She'll get twenty years for that!"

"Why is taxi advertising so effective", it asked me. Why indeed.

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The HVAC Matrix Has You, or, Always Mount a Scratch Ramp

Hey look, it's what's under 4th and Bryant right now.

I read that book when I was little, and man, was five-year-old me pissed off by the ending. I hadn't thought of it in years but I wandered through the SF Railway Museum a few weeks ago and they had a copy of it for sale, which brought all the childhood "WTF" flooding back.

Spoiler alert: after doing the John Henry thing, in a robot-on-robot kind of way, the fellow and his shovel dig a basement but forget to dig a ramp, so they can't get out. So what do they do? Do they dig a ramp, then fill it back in?

No.

They cut off the anthropomorphic shovel's legs and turn it into a furnace. Human Boss gets to stick around as the building's new janitor. Presumably they lower him a ladder at some point.

I mean really, W the F.

Anyway, as you can see above, the Central Subway crew did not make this mistake. No furnaces will be harmed. I'm not sure if they plan a rescue op for the tunnel boring machines, though, or if they're gonna do a Mars Rover on them.

Previously.

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China's Toxic Sky


"A bright video screen shows images of blue sky on Tiananmen Square during a time of dangerous levels of air pollution, on January 23."


"A couple wearing protective masks poses for a self portrait in thick haze on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, on January 29."

Previously, previously.

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DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein we have heat, and bands tonight.
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