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How Digital Maps Have Changed What It Means to Be Lost
I was curious if others felt the same way, so I set about collecting more of these moments—memories of the last times people felt really, truly lost.

“I can sympathize with that romantic notion that wandering in an unfamiliar place is great because you never know what you might stumble on,” Mathis says. “But in practical terms, as a woman who often is out walking alone, I do have my guard up. I have my city face on. And the technology that we have now does make me feel like I can be self-sufficient almost anywhere. And that’s something I value.”

There are many ways to be lost. Some have declined due to technology; others are newly born. But in every situation, to be lost is to be vulnerable. Vulnerability is frightening, often dangerous, but it also breeds connection—with people, and with places. The maps people carry in their pockets can be a barrier to that connection, but they are also safety nets. And it’s easier to take a leap if you know there’s something at the bottom to catch you.
russia  story  travel  GPS  discovery  safety  street  city  night  lost  female  stranger 
february 2018 by aries1988
First for Chicago's skyline: Open floor to cope with wind, keep residents from getting queasy - Chicago Tribune
The engineers for Chicago's future third-tallest skyscraper had issued a warning: Wind tunnel tests showed that the plan for the building, three thin, interconnected high-rises designed by star architect Jeanne Gang, had a flaw: High winds would push it around, making people inside feel like they were on a storm-tossed ship.
engineering  building  wind  safety 
august 2017 by aries1988
Hazard lines
Exposure to any potential hazard involves a certain risk. It’s where we draw the line between high risk and low risk that defines what is safe and what is not. This gives rise to an interesting set of questions. Would everyone draw that line in the same place? Would we draw the same line for ourselves as we would for others? And, would we allow others to draw the line for us?

it’s well-documented that people have difficulty conceptualising ratios and fractions because they focus on numerators to the detriment of denominators, there’s been little movement away from using ratio metrics when presenting risk to the public.
nuclear  safety  science  people  perception  history  regulation  law  future  self 
june 2016 by aries1988
Dutch Firm Trains Eagles to Take Down High-Tech Prey: Drones
When small, off-the-shelf models pose security or other threats, birds have the advantage of grounding them without a potentially dangerous crash.
animal  bird  drone  solution  airplane  airport  safety 
may 2016 by aries1988
I never imagined a nuclear plant’s control system being online
John Matherly's search engine can find every single thing connected to the internet, and he's alarmed at how much infrastructure is open to online attack
internet  safety 
may 2016 by aries1988
The Visit: What aliens would really mean for us as humans
The most frightening aspect for me was Beaver’s sense of how public panic would cause society to break down. I thought panic leading to Armageddon was just a Hollywood cliché, but the MoD officials I spoke to had seen this process under way during the Bosnian conflicts of the mid-1990s. Their assumption – that society tips into anarchy very quickly – was deadly serious and sincere. Beaver and Sheriff told me, more or less, that the varnish of society is very thin: fear cuts through it quickly.

And there’s hope in the fact that we conjure up aliens in the first place. We long to be seen by something other than ourselves, because then our own existence is strengthened. Alongside it is this suspicion that perhaps the alien is resting inside ourselves: that while we’re alone in the universe, we don’t truly know who we are.
alien  opinion  howto  safety  space 
january 2016 by aries1988
Oriental Star Accident Highlights Increase in Safety Problems on Yangtze Cruises

The primary reason was low pay, with a captain earning just 7000 yuan a month, or about $1,100.
accident  river  china  safety 
august 2015 by aries1988
Les pompiers manquent à l'appel
« Parfois, des hommes sont appelés pour une intervention auprès d'un malade, raconte Patrice Beunard, 56 ans, responsable du Syndicat national des sapeurs-pompiers professionnels. Ils découvrent une personne en bas de chez elle avec sa valise, qui attend qu'on la conduise à l'hôpital. Il y a également une judiciarisation grandissante. Des pompiers sont attaqués pour avoir brisé une porte. Aider quelqu'un à 2 heures du matin et se retrouver devant un juge, ça passe mal. »

Mais cette ingratitude est avant tout citadine. « En milieu rural, nous recevons toujours un bon accueil, explique Laurent Rosse, 38 ans, un expert technique dans le secteur automobile, pompier depuis 1995 à La Ferté-Vidame (Eure-et-Loir). Nous avons toujours un merci ou une tape dans le dos. » Et pourtant, dans les campagnes aussi se constate une relative désaffection. Pour le colonel Eric Faure, 53 ans, président de la Fédération nationale des sapeurs-pompiers, les raisons sont à rechercher dans la société et ses évolutions. « Le volontariat implique une attache forte à un territoire. Or ce lien de proximité diminue. On change plus souvent de lieu de résidence, on travaille loin de son domicile. » La fonction est en outre devenue plus technique. « Avant, on arrivait et on enfilait la tenue. Les anciens indiquaient la marche à suivre dans une logique de compagnonnage. Aujourd'hui, il faut suivre des formations, apprendre les normes. »
story  france  safety  metier 
october 2014 by aries1988
opinion  train  china  future  accident  safety 
july 2013 by aries1988
 《吃的真相》内容简介:矿泉水致癌是传说还是事实?豆浆和鸡蛋同吃导致可怕的后果吗?大家热捧的犬豆蛋白有没有传说中的保健功效? 全天然的食品添加剂能否让我们不再担心安全问题?阿胶是营养丰富的美容圣品,还是品质很差的蛋白质?
作者:云无心 出版:清华大学出版社
food  safety  china  reading  googlereader 
october 2012 by aries1988
南方周末 - 【飞行问答】氧气面罩是怎么工作的?
safety  info  airplane 
august 2012 by aries1988
作者:少个螺丝 近日,网友爆料,动车盒饭号称不含防腐剂,常温保质期长达半年。没有添加防腐剂,怎么能让保质期长达半年呢。当记者向生产厂家咨询这一问题时,其工作人员却以涉及机密为由而拒绝进一步解释[1]。
china  tgv  food  safety 
august 2012 by aries1988
china  food  safety  government 
august 2012 by aries1988
safety  moi  debate  driving  instapaper_favs  death 
august 2012 by aries1988
china  infrastructure  safety 
august 2012 by aries1988
china  tgv  safety 
july 2011 by aries1988
sncf  tgv  safety  china  france  comparison 
july 2011 by aries1988
china  food  safety 
june 2011 by aries1988
nuclear  map  china  safety 
april 2011 by aries1988

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