April 28, 2005

Subway Surveillance

Filed under: Uncategorized — Twin A @ 11:52 am

I learned something exciting today!

So, they’re installing this newfangled computer monitoring/train-driving system on the L, so the MTA can spend more money on technology and less money on labor, and we can hear stupid-ass computer voices tell us to stand clear of the closing door instead of hearing highly-accented immigrant voices Living The American Dream and actually making mass transit a human experience. Right. The exciting part of the newfangled system is these two 2001-looking monoliths that stand at each end of the platform. I’ve been interested in what the hell these do ever since they put them into my station, but it was only today that I noticed… they have screens in them. And each one shows the output of a camera not only at your end of the platform (showing you), but at the other end of the platform, showing that cute girl who’s picking her nose, or that skanky guy with his hands down his pants, or whatever exciting thing is going on in the subway corners where people think you’re not looking.

So, beware.

Sorry I haven’t been posting a lot, Dear Polenblog Readers, but I’ve been crazy busy. I’m project managing and monkeying on a large-scale blinky for Leo, working on my Seder, and helping out on an upcoming party called First Warm, which is going to rock. I am in the midst of writing a review of Haruki Murakami’s Kafka On The Shore, which was so good my brain exploded, and I missed getting off the train at Little Neck.

2 Comments »

  1. I better stop peeing in the subways.

    Comment by Twin C — April 28, 2005 @ 5:11 pm

  2. And Dima just got busted—and muthaphukin ticketed—for smoking on the Smith-9th Street platform. Beware!

    Comment by Daniel — April 29, 2005 @ 10:21 am

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