Red Hook’s Cutting-Edge Wireless Network
Robert Smith, a 19-year-old in a gray T-shirt and camouflage pants, climbed the stairwell of the Joseph Miccio Community Center in Red Hook, scaled a ladder at the top floor and jumped onto the roof. He soon found what he was looking for: bright, white plastic boxes, each about the size of a brick, some with little antennas sticking out. Mr. Smith pulled a laptop from his backpack and got to work, tending to the nodes of the Red Hook mesh, an ambitious plan to link up a local wireless digital network across the neighborhood.
With the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway just ahead and the Lower Manhattan skyline in the distance, Mr. Smith worked on keeping the digital conversation going. He was examining two devices on the roof while wirelessly conversing with a minicomputer a few hundred feet away on the roof of a school that had a high-speed Internet connection.
Full Story: NYT
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPcarcorners
Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.
This weekend’s tag takes its inspiration from the #carcorners series by Melbourne mechanical engineer Ben James (@bajerdesign), who began photographing cars in unusual ways to capture their design through unique details.
As he explains, “Although there is nothing new about the angle, the hashtag was a great way to give this type of car picture its own identity. I love the challenge of capturing the design signature of a car with only the tip of a corner. It is amazing how distinctive they are: there is usually enough detail to name the make and model!”
With that in mind, the goal this weekend is to take creative automobile photos of your own. Some tips to get you started:
- When you’re looking for cars to photograph, seek them out as you would interesting people to photograph on the street. Search for ones that stand out and look like they might have a story to them.
- As Ben suggests, try to get a high angle as you compose your photo. This will let you capture more details like the shape of the hood, design of the headlights or even a hood ornament in your shot.
- Finally, keep an eye out for unexpected details. Reflections in the chrome, shadows, decals or even dew can provide an interesting twist to your shot.
PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPcarcorners hashtag to photos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs to the project. Any tagged image taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured Monday morning.
Suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have risen sharply in the past decade, prompting concern that a generation of baby boomers who have faced years of economic worry and easy access to prescription painkillers may be particularly vulnerable to self-inflicted harm.
Normally we don’t get involved with private affairs, but the continued outpouring of grief, praise, remembrance, and love for Robin Williams we’ve seen on Tumblr has been staggering. He gave his gifts selflessly, and was a beacon of sorts to those of us who had a weird time figuring out how our energies and talents fit into the world.
Remember, if you’re struggling, there’s help. We love ya, Tumblr.
And goodbye, Robin. We love you, too.