Thursday, March 10, 2005
- Chicago's "el" of the Future? Gapers Block's intriguing article on CTA service 2055
- Smile, Yoshi, you've got meds: Japanese psychiatric medication ads, 1956-2003 [via MeFi]
- Surprise, surprise. A database the government uses to spy on people has been hacked. [via Techdirt]
- Zapped: Police use Taser™ guns when a suspect refuses to pee into a cup [FL], and when confronting someone stealing from a Chuck E. Cheese salad bar [CO]. [NBC5.com]
- Every afternoon, when I take the Red Line home from the Lake stop, the same guitar-strumming busker is perpetually playing one of two songs, Ben E. King's "Stand By Me," or the Herman's Hermits tune, "Don't Know Much." Maybe he thinks he's always getting a fresh crowd who are delighted to hear his rendition for the first time ever, but when you walk down to the platform and hear the same song at the same time every day, you start to feel like an extra in Groundhog Day. Which is why I love this post from Exhibit 5a:
"Dear Subway Pan Flute Guy,
I would like that thank you, sir, for serenading us this morning with your music. As you know, on the rainy days the subway is always a bit more hectic and tempers are more frayed which is why your music is so important to all of us. Your exotic and easy-listening arrangements of 80s songs certainly do have an appeal to a certain type of people. These people are the ones who clearly didn’t wake up late for work and who didn’t just get elbowed in the face by that giant pear shaped man next to them. Yes, your music draws these easy going folk to stand in big circles around you in the bustling train stations, blocking entrances, passageways and in general all means of egress. [continue reading]"