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I Do It For My Aunt Ethel

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.30.2016 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

I started to reflect on how I ended up in the mess -- this personal journey about my love and obsession with, well, telecommunications (though you may call it broadband, Internet, cable, wireless, etc).

R5 Hits #1: Chats with Ross Lynch, 311's Nick Hexum and Ben Lee, Plus Saint Asonia, Patternist and Kat Reinhert Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.29.2016 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

According to Ross Lynch: So the Lynch gang is touring behind its new #1 album, Sometime Last Night. Is being in a band with your family awesome? "Totally! Sometimes that can get a tiny bit annoying, but for the most part, it's all really good. We all get along really well."

Japanese Photographers React To The Tragic Aftermath Of Japan's 'Triple Disaster'

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.24.2015 | Arts

On March 11, 2011, at 2:46 p.m., two tectonic plates at the bottom of the Japanese Trench slipped. The bump was like nothing the area had felt before....

Chats With Nick Hexum, Chris Thile and Cage The Elephant's Matt Shultz, Plus Exclusives from NCIS's Michael Weatherly, Stükenberg and Geoffrey The Giant

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.22.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"This is my first solo album. I've guest spotted on a couple of bands, I sang songs with the bands The Urge and Sugar Ray a really long time ago, so this is the first solo outing of my own."

Bike Share or Bike Scare?

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 07.28.2013 | New York
Randee Mia Berman

I know Bloomberg's into cheap, healthy transportation alternatives, and I'm all for fitness, but this just doesn't seem to be quite the right fit. Let's look at the facts.

Did Hurricane Sandy Destroy Your Trees?

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.31.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- While D.C. was spared from devastating damage like that experienced by New York and New Jersey, there are signs of destruction throughou...

Writing After Disaster: The Great East Japan Earthquake

Ann Tashi Slater | Posted 12.10.2012 | Books
Ann Tashi Slater

At 2:46 p.m. I felt the ground start to shake. Tremors are common in Tokyo, but this time was different: the shaking just kept getting stronger and stronger.

Welcome to [Your City's] Customer Service Center

Angel Kittiyachavalit | Posted 09.16.2012 | Impact
Angel Kittiyachavalit

Do you ever think about how the city keeps track of potholes? How they know when street lights need to be fixed? Cities are extremely complex. So how do they manage it all?

Bloomberg Compares Smoking To Suicide, Tix For Smoking Cost $300

Posted 04.19.2012 | New York

At a press conference Wednesday, Mayor Bloomberg clarified new legislation requiring building owners to tell tenants where they can and can't smoke, d...

Bloomberg's New Anti-Smoking Bill

Posted 04.19.2012 | New York

Former smoker Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing legislation which will clarify where residents can and cannot smoke inside residential buildings. ...

3/11 Japanese Earthquake - The Untold Stories Of Spiritual Response

Katherine Marshall | Posted 05.10.2012 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

In the tsunami's immediate aftermath the practical sides of religion came into play. Places of worship in Japan are said to outnumber convenience stores by a factor of four and community centers by a factor of nine.

Opportunities and Dangers, One Year After Japan's 3/11 Crisis

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 05.10.2012 | World
Joshua W. Walker

In spite of the 3/11 disaster, and amidst economic and political upheaval in many parts of the world, the fact is that Japan remains remarkably stable.

Want To Talk To The MTA? Dial 511

Posted 12.04.2011 | New York

For anyone who has attempted to reach the MTA, but instead find themselves tangled in a confusing array of phone numbers, be thwarted no longer! S...

Kia Makarechi

Is Pharrell Williams' New Short Film A Serious Documentary? | Kia Makarechi | Posted 11.07.2011 | Home

Whether you're watching a TV show with commercials or reading a newspaper with department store ads on every other sheet, you're essentially viewing s...

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 09.19.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

Ponder this musical deep thought as you look for beats to escape the heat: what if the Brooklyn Godfathers of Geek, They Might Be Giants, threw a house party next door to DJ Khaled and his T&A posse?

Universal Pulses & Floating Cities: Chatting with 311's Nick Hexum and Thomas Dolby

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.11.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

According to 311's Nick Hexum, the band's new album, Universal Pulse, with its premier single, "Sunset In July", is "kind of like the ultimate Summer jam, and about the experience of touring."

SXSW Interview: Doug Benson Takes Your Twitter Questions

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Comedian Doug Benson was a familiar face at South By Southwest this year, hosting two editions of his podcast "Doug Loves Movies" as well as two perfo...

SeeClickFix gets local gov't stuff done

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, if you see some kind of local problem that the city should fix, the folks at SeeClickFix really do have an app for that. You can report the probl...

What's Wrong With 311 in Los Angeles

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mark Olmsted

Citizens who take the time to keep their neighborhoods clean should not have to jump through hoops. The operator should just send the information where it belongs.

What 100 Million 311 Calls Looks Like

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

311, the city's information phone service, has been around over seven years now and fielded 100 million calls. Each day the service handles 50,000 cal...

311 for veterans in San Francisco

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, this is a great next step to provide real services for veterans in San Francisco. The folks at the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America and San...

Better customer service for the whole Federal government?

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Well, a big part of the whole Open Government Initiative is about customer service, and new ways to do that. has moved ahead to do a lot of t...

Leveraging Technology for a Better City

Eric Garcetti | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Eric Garcetti

This weekend I am launching a new, free iPhone application called "Garcetti 311" that will allow users to snap and submit photos of potholes, graffiti, and other problems in my council district.

Open311: toward better customer service from local gov't

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark


Open311: toward better customer service from local gov't

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

311 is about getting better customer service from your city or other local governance. You call, or Twitter, use the web, or whatever you like, then y...