Au Courant

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What Would You Do?

What would you do if an atomic bomb detonated in Kansas City? 1

Lucky for you WNBTv has a few tips:

1. The WORST thing for someone to try to do, in the aftermath of a nuclear explosion that they survive, is to get in a car and drive away.

2. Unless you’re within about a third to a half a mile radius of ground zero and the shelter options are poor, the BEST thing for someone to do is to find a stable location inside a well-built apartment or office building — the majority of which will remain standing outside that half mile radius — and stay there for 24 hours.

Articles like this were published with heart-rending frequency when I was just a lad. In fact, I can’t think of the last time I read a like piece in anything other than a 60-year-old copy of The Saturday Evening Post. Hope that is not an augury of return visits to the undersides of desks.

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  1. Okay, the article is about what to do if an atomic device went off in downtown WDC, but so what? Kansas City works just as well. Better, really, what with there being actual humans you might care about in our downtown, while back in DC? People, seriously? Nothing in DC’s downtown but a huge number of government agencies and the Capitol. Oh, I suppose you could count the White House in there as well, depending on how you define “downtown”. The point being there’s very few people you give a shit about in WDC..(work with me here; I’m trying for empathy.)

Project Ara

The smartphone is one of the most empowering and intimate objects in our lives. Yet most of us have little say in how the device is made, what it does, and how it looks. And 5 billion of us don’t have one. What if you could make thoughtful choices about exactly what your phone does, and use it as a creative canvas to tell your own story?

Introducing Project Ara.

Designed exclusively for 6 billion people. 1

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  1. Not everything Google has done has turned out well. But even their…you can’t call them failures per se…disappointments are larger in scope and heart than many well-meaning philanthropies’ endeavors. This looks promising.