Immediate economic impact of Hurricane Sandy – Market Basket edition

I’ve got a long history of fawning over Market Basket, the grocery store around the corner from my house. It’s cheap, constantly crowded, and features a parking lot way too small for the number of people who want to go. There is always a police detail on site, and for the week around holidays, there are TWO police details on site. The floors are constantly sawdusted from wet breakage. The chaos in the aisles and check out area on the day before Thanksgiving and the days before Christmas is my spirit animal.

Market Basket is the perfect place to check out maniacal storm preparation, but today the road leading into the parking lot was shut for a street fair. The parking lot was more than half empty, and I’ve never seen the store so calm or quiet. Market Basket probably would done tremendous sales today, instead they probably won’t even make their average.

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Immediate economic impact of Hurricane Sandy – Market Basket edition

New weather app for bike riders

If the folks developing the Dark Sky weather prediction app have their way, you’ll no longer have the ability to misjudge the weather and get caught in a storm when you’re riding your bike to work last Thursday, the Tuesday before, and pretty much every time it rains I get stuck in a storm, and I’m fucking sick of it. Sorry. Anyway, how do they do it? Who knows! What’s the catch?

Well, the catch is that it only works over a short period of time: a half hour to an hour in the future. But, as it turns out, this timespan is crucially important. Our lives are filled with short-term outdoor activities: Travelling to and from work, walking the dog, lunch with friends, outdoor sports, etc.

Via Kottke

New weather app for bike riders

Flood on Lake St, Somerville

I live on Lake St and every couple years you find out why. We were away this weekend when our entire neighborhood flooded, stranding cars and trains. Here’s an awesome video by Paper Fortress Films showing the situation Saturday afternoon.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=13234108&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1

A couple years ago, I made this much less awesome video to show a flood.

Flood on Lake St, Somerville

Somerville Snow Emergency Robocaller, Tom Champion, Remixed

Remember last week when I was telling you about how much the people of Somerville loves Tom Champion. And how they love him so much there’s a fan group on Facebook? Cosmo Catalano has remixed the latest snow emergency call into some bumping Tom Champion fanmusic. Just listen to it.

Somerville Snow Emergency Robocaller, Tom Champion, Remixed