We lost power yesterday evening, so a stockpile of links & info that I'd put together got lost - mostly recovered now.
1. Yesterday was a big mess in Miami - between the unexplained power failure at about 815 all over the beach, the tragedy with the crane
that crashed into the house from Something About Mary, killing two, and the motorcycle accident
on Macarthur Causeway that closed one of four main routes to the Beach and created major traffic tie-ups.
Hopefully today, things will be calmer and less catastrophic.
2. ( If you're interested in vidding *Heroes*... )
2a. Even if you don't vid yourself, you can suggest a song here
3. Crowded House is coming back to the states! SQUEE! And I am (probably) going in NYC with jlh
on April 30 - see more ticket info here
! : flails with finnloveETA
Tickets are purchased and jlh
and I will be going, yay! General admission so if anyone wants to join us, we'd love to see you there. But just after I squee-ed about the ticket purchase going through, jlh
said, "but heidi, where are you going to eat? didn't you hear that DTUT closed?"
me: : wails jlh
: we were like, where will heidi go in new york?
me: WHY WHY WHY? !?!?!?!?!? jlh
: with older places like that, it's either (1) the owners are kinda done or (2) there's a lease problem
me: BUT STILL
I had my bachelorette there! jlh
: I know darlin
things fall apart
the center cannot hold
mere anarchy is loosed upon the world
maybe we can get you out to brooklyn.
me: um, we could go to the cheese place? I have a wild and crazy love for fondue. [/ETA]
4. If you follow otw_news
, you've seen that membership in the Organization for Transformative Works is now open, squee! To reiterate what others have said, of course you don't and won't have to pay to use the archive as a reader or as a writer, but becoming a member gives you a formal way to support and be a part of the organization. Read more about membership here
, check out the fantastic roadmap
and if you're ready to contribute $10 or more, you can join here
5. There's only a few days left to bid in this spring's Sweet Charity auction
- I'm up for auction in the Vidding category - and there's a bunch of really talented people whose "prices" are still pretty un-pricey, so give it a look, bid and support R.A.I.N.N.
6. Very amusing article
from Mechanix Illustrated's November, 1968 issue (in other words, three years before I was born, this is what people thought would be; huh). An excerpt:
[...C]onveniences ease kitchenwork. The housewife simply determines in advance her menus for the week, then slips prepackaged meals into the freezer and lets the automatic food utility do the rest. At preset times, each meal slides into the microwave oven and is cooked or thawed. The meal then is served on disposable plastic plates. These plates, as well as knives, forks and spoons of the same material, are so inexpensive they can be discarded after use.
The single most important item in 2008 households is the computer. These electronic brains govern everything from meal preparation and waking up the household to assembling shopping lists and keeping track of the bank balance. Sensors in kitchen appliances, climatizing units, communicators, power supply and other household utilities warn the computer when the item is likely to fail. A repairman will show up even before any obvious breakdown occurs.
It's cute. What I love about futurist articles from pre-1980 is that they never look at the social implications of all the futurey changes they're suggesting, or the environmental implications. It's as if those concepts didn't exist at all - which I know is not true because "Silent Spring" was already out - maybe the concerns of what would happen to all those disposable plastic plates and plastic roads hadn't permeated certain corners of the scientific community?
7. ( Vidding meme - I was tagged )