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MTA Routes Lost to Time

MTA Routes Lost to Time
As the V and W train routes are phased out AM New York takes a look back at the numerous changes and reorganization of routes.

Changing demographics, budget issues and big construction jobs force planners to perpetually tinker with the subway routes, said Lunden, an MTA veteran. The train names have always been a work in progress. Back in the 1930s, NYC Transit first start assigning letters to the lines, picking roughly in alphabetical order. Local routes were given double letters and an express a single one, like the “A” and “AA” running along Eighth Avenue. The numbers were first added in the 1940s, but it took 20 years to fully phase them in, Lunden said.
At its peak in 1967, the MTA was home to 34 different routes, including such confusing lines as the MJ, QJ and six different “SS” shuttles.

I thought these were especially interesting tid-bits:

Recycling: Letters have sometimes been recycled. The K was introduced twice into the system, only to bow out. The T was used before, and could come back for the Second Avenue Subway.
Diamonds: Were used for some express routes during rush hour, but by 2004 no one understood them anymore and they were eliminated except on the No. 6 and 7 lines.
I, O: Looks too much like numbers to use.
P, U, Y: Also no-no’s, as they sound like words.
X: Has been used as a placeholder for lines under development. Was considered for a line from Sixth Avenue to the World Trade Center, but the route never surfaced.

Via Second Ave. Sagas | Image via NYC Subway Historical Maps

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A Message from the Galaxy!

Happy Towel Day
Perfect (ha!) timing since I’m currently rereading the first book! Don’t forget your towel today and remember, don’t panic!
Image by Lette McNamara | Thanks to Boing Boing for reminding me

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Neat Links From My Father, 8

Neat Links From My Father, 8
- A 3-D desktop for the Mac.
- Scroll down for the humerous 404 ornament.
- Get your monitor spotless!
- Evidently there are some nice things to see in Staten Island, who knew. ;P
- A Twitter feed worth following!
- This city’s not a concrete jungle, it’s a human zoo.
- NY Time on Savannah, GA.
- Spike Jonze’s “I’m Here” trailer.
- Washiongton State: Periodic Table of Wine.
- Brilliant subway performance of “Sweet Dreams” on the flute and chello.
- All 120 Crayon Names, Color Codes and Fun Facts.
- The Times on fugal Paris in the summer.
- What Kevin Smith means for the future of PR.
- Waking Sleeping Beauty trailer, the story of the Disney Renaissance.
- He just wants to give you a kiss!
- My new favorite club, and I don’t even know where it is.
- “The Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” to be removed from Hulu… lame-o. At least full episodes will still be on each programs’ offical sites.
- As if I don’t eat at Chiptole enough!

Image via pipnstuff

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Olympic Pictograms Through the Ages

Very cool study on the numerous interpretations of pictograms during the Olympics, by designer Steven Heller for the NY Times.
Via Neatorama

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Around the World in Record Time

Around the World in Record Time
It took Kashi Samaddar nearly seven years and £350,000 to visit all 218 nations on Earth, setting the world record. Sadly, his photographs of such an achievement are a bit lack-luster.

The idea for the trip began in 2003 when Calcutta-born Mr Samaddar was left stranded in Johannesburg, South Africa for two days because of visa problems due to his nationality.

As an act of defiance, the businessman promised himself he would travel to all the countries in the world, using his life savings to do so.

According to Guinness World Records, any person attempting the trip must take public transport such as scheduled flights, buses, trains and ferries to arrive in countries.

The record-breaking authority also defines visiting a country as ‘setting foot within its border’.

It is not necessary to remain in any country for any length of time – perhaps this could go some way to explain Mr Samaddar’s opportunistic photos.

As a result of his trip, the Indian national has set up the Travel, Tourism and Peace Initiative, which provides travellers with advice on what documentation they need to enter different countries.

The Daily Mail | Via Neatorama

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Parisian Trouser Ban

Parisian Trouser Ban
Funny law that’s still, surprisingly, on the Parisian books!

The rule banning women from dressing like men – namely by wearing trousers – was first introduced in 1800 by Paris’ police chief and has survived repeated attempts to repeal it.

As Evelyne Pisier, a law professor whose book Le Droit des Femmes (The Rights of Women) unearthed the curious decree points out, given that trousers are compulsory for Parisian policewoman, they are all breaking the law.

Via Nothing To Do With Arbroath

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Neat Links From My Father, 6

Neat Links From My Father, 6
That time again!

- OKtrends helps out with online dating introductions.
- Showtime gives TriBeCa apartments a TV make-over.
- Because I’m cheap and love fashion.
- Fantastic party for Takashi Murakami @ the Standard Hotel.
- Video of the San Diego Zoo’s new baby panda first checkup.
- Microsoft’s secret tablet.
- That hilarious Windows 7 Launch Party video.
- Where The Wild Things Will Be On Halloween.
- A reminder of how wily beagles are.
- For the first time in 6000 years, a new creation from God – a bird.
- Are Psychopaths Fearless?
- Google Voice Lite.
- Why you should never buy black luggage.

Image via FFFFOUND!

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Neat Links From My Father, 5

Neat Links From My Father, 5
It’s been a while, and now is a good time… (Some of these have been sitting in my inbox for quite some time and are old, but cool, none-the-less.)
- Typographica’s list of its Favorite Typefaces of 2008.
- Computer program to compete against human “Jeopardy!” contestants.
- Stripped down aesthetic at the Milan Furniture Fair.
- These birds like to move it, move it!
- Bklyn Designs draw attention to the design scene in Brooklyn.
- A video on The Secret History of Fonts.
- Written by a cosmologist, and he explains the rules of time travel, if it might exist.
- NYtimes look at the history of The Guggenheim, as it turns 50.
- Finds at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
- Reveiw of Danger Mouse and Mark Linkous (with involvement from David Lynch), ‘Dark Night Of The Soul’.
- New Yorker cover drawn on iPhone Application.
- Coke is the official drink at the Creation Museum in Kentucky.
- ‘Take Five’ also turned 50.
- Video of Banksy’s recent Bristol exhibition.
- New York’s section of “Where’s Cool?’.
- John Hodgman: I Hear They’re Going to Make Evolution Legal.
- Statue Of Liberty’s Crown has reopened.
- Patents may be harming our ability to innovate. (Great addition to my post about copyright law!)
- Spellcheck This: Microsoft Office 2010, The Movie.
- Wired’s article about New Rules for Highly Evolved Humans, with very bad advice from Brad Pitt.
- The ultimate in hipster slummin’ it: dumpster pools.
- Mural by Brazilian graffiti artists, Os Gêmeos, on Houston and Bowery, that Dad really enjoyed last time they were in town.
- Spelling bee for grown-ups.
- Inside the Cafe at Facebook Headquarters.
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History of Modern Camouflage

History of Modern Camouflage
History of Modern Camouflage by Design Boom

In 1898, Thayer and another artist, George de Forest Brush (september 28, 1855 – april 24, 1941), proposed using camouflage patterns (they called it “counter-shading”) to protect ships during the Spanish-American war. The war ended before the proposal could be acted on. But by the outbreak of World War I in 1914, many countries were experimenting with camouflage for use on land, sea and air.

The French were the first to establish an official camouflage unit, the Service de Camouflage, in 1915. They were followed by the British, Italians, Germans and Americans. Since then, of course, camouflage has moved off the battlefield and into mainstream culture.

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Kiss Me a Lot

Kisses in Mexico
Way to go Mexico!

Mexico City puckered up to set a new record Saturday as nearly 40,000 people locked lips in the city center for the world’s largest group kiss.

Carlos Martinez of Guinness World Records verified the record of 39,897 people who entered the gated kissing area of the city’s Zocalo main square on Valentine’s Day, besting Weston-super-Mare, an English town that set the previous kissing record in 2007.

The Valentine’s Day kiss was meant to show love at a time when a crackdown against drug traffickers has led to widespread violence across the country.

From SF Gate | Via Neatorama

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