Friday, January 3, 2014


It's a bitterly cold winter day in New York today with about 8 inches of snow on the ground and the high temperature today to be only 17F.  The winds are gusting to 20mph.  A serious winter day, but hardly the worst I've seen in 23 years living in New York, and but a normal March day in Michigan.  As usual, the teevee is giving the snowfall hyperventilating wall to wall coverage as if it's the Apocalypse.

Most of the airports are closed, and those that aren't are full of cancelled flights and stranded travelers.  There are subway delays due to electrical shorts in the signal system.  Schools are closed.  Most people are staying home from work.

It's days like this that remind me of the great trade-off of technology:  with greater capability comes greater vulnerability.  I doubt a winter day like this would have meant much in old New York before electricity and the internal combustion engine.  But, no Luddite here!  No way am I trading away painless dentistry, flush toilets, or my 6 year old Mac for some pre-technological Strawberry Fields.

From Canada (where else?), a working truck made of ice.

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