VICE featured a story yesterday about two guys who bought a few of those reflective vests that construction and maintenance workers wear, and used them to get into random places they wouldn’t otherwise be allowed. I’m genuinely impressed with how effective the vests were.
It’s both entertaining and sad how few companies are prepared for a service provider’s outage, like those suffering through Slack’s downtime today.
Automattic, fortunately, wasn’t so shortsighted, so we continue to function without significant disruption.
The Guardian reviewed a new study that shows that those in Western countries have no idea what percentage of their populations are Muslim. In every country examined, the population’s estimates were many times higher than reality.
For example, respondents assumed that one in six individuals living in the US is Muslim, while in reality, it’s closer to one in 100.
In 1938, Ella Fitzgerald sang her first big hit, “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” for a national audience on CBS Radio. Now, a global audience has access to this performance again — thanks to the discovery and restoration of the Savory Collection, a legendary private trove of nearly 1,000 recordings that haven’t been heard by the general public since the 1930s. The National Jazz Museum in Harlem acquired them in 2010, and today they’re beginning to make their way to a new generation of jazz fans.
The collection is an incredible treat for jazz fans. It’s only available on iTunes, though.
We haven’t checked our own mail in over a month, but we’ve been regularly checking a friend’s mail during that time. This is the unfortunate effect of using a PO box; with the busyness of the Christmas holiday, we really only receive mail for eleven months out of the year. I can’t think of a single other downside to relying on a post office box, though.