In February of this year, Philip Welsh of Silver Spring, Maryland, was murdered. His murder remains unsolved, largely because he didn’t use the internet, and left no digital trail. TLDR talked to Philip’s family and reporter Dan Morse about the case.
Because its editors are mostly male, an open-source map that provides data to companies like Foursquare and Craigslist may contain more strip clubs than day care centers.
5-Foot-Tall Kacy Catanzaro Is The First Woman To Finish The ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Course.
Actually, totally, amazing and worth watching the whole way through.
-Jody, BL Show-
Early 70’s behind the scenes of Sesame Street with the Muppets.
THIS IS THE BEST PHOTO SET I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.
So, we’re trying an experiment on the Brian Lehrer Show this morning… Please spread the word (and don’t tell your boss).
-Jody, BL Show-
Four Drone Questions, Answered
(from Tuesday’s Brian Lehrer Show)
Is it legal to fly my drones in New York City?
Gregory McNeal, a law professor at Pepperdine University School of Law and frequent contributor about drones for Forbes, says he’s dug through the New York City ordinances and hasn’t found any specific language outlawing drones. But if the cops think you’re creating a public risk by flying your drone, you could be hit with a Reckless Endangerment charge, which can carry a penalty of up to seven years in prison. You may win your case if you challenge it in court, but you’d rack up lots of legal fees.
Where can I buy a drone, and how much does one cost?
You can buy a drone at everyday electronics stores like Amazon and B&H. Some models go for as little as $65.
Where’s the best place to fly my drones?
Flying your drones on crowded city streets could be dangerous, and might bring you a Reckless Endangerment charge. But there are several specifically designated model aircraft fields in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Floyd Bennett Field is another possibility for drone pilots. There are also drone clubs, like New York City Drone User Group.
How can I prove that my drone doesn’t need to be used for evil purposes?
There are several potential ways of doing good with your drone. Texas Equusearch, which recently sued the FAA, uses their drones to search for missing children. McNeal came up with this example for New York City: “Let’s say that you’re worried about pollution in the Hudson River,” said McNeal. “Normally what you’d have to do is try and go out and take a bunch of water samples from a few different places. So you’d need a bunch of city workers to go out and do that over a period of time. They have drones now that can fly out, land on the water, pick up the water sample, fly to the next place, pick up the water sample, and in two hours, you could do what would take people three or four days.”
Lots more on the ins and outs of drones (the recreational kind) on today’s Brian Lehrer Show.
-Jody, BL Show-
Fandom works precisely because it has no leaders. People feed off one another’s creativity and energy, and you don’t need anyone’s permission to squirrel your own stories away on your Tumblr. They are yours and they are everyone’s. No one’s asking permission, no one’s organizing them beyond a few hashtags, and no one is “responsible” with keeping the fandom running smoothly.
But to create an event, one that exists in the world, and requires transactions (both socially and monetarily), well, fandom doesn’t necessarily equip one to be able to pull that off. It feels like the DashCon organizers were faced with an event that they willed into being, and then required maintenance, follow-through, and organization. And it fell apart.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have invaded NYC’s Times Square Shuttle.
Barton Gellman discusses his reporting on NSA surveillance operations.
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tells the story of a crusading attorney who stumbles on one of the US Navy’s best-kept secrets: a submarine detection system that floods entire ocean basins with high-intensity sound—and drives whales to strand themselves on beaches.
Meet the Composer (MTC) Kick-off Party in The Greene Space. Vicky Chow, piano; Ashley Bathgate, cello; Todd Reynolds, violin performing Donnacha Dennehy’s ‘Bulb.’ Subscribe to actual MTC podcast: http://bit.ly/1wtFC9U