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New York: Where dreams are made up

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Photo by Wells Baum

There’s the dream. And then there’s the reality.

The dream is that you can survive the concrete jungles of New York. The reality is that you’re another part of the rat pack, rushing from Brooklyn and New Jersey to midtown.

The rat race never ends.

Even those who start as far away as New Haven begin a jam into different species. Everyone is a stranger.

The quiet car contains opposites. It goads the loudest minds.

Stepping off into Grand Central Terminal is the great equalizer. You have no choice but to join the frenzy.

Strolling faster than anyone else, you’d think you’re getting ahead. But only for a spare moment. Someone else has clipped your wings.  Who do you think you are, anyway?

Spare some change, sink at the moment. Time alludes you. The day is one big drop, a flash drive of memories.

Into the City and back out again, only to do it all over tomorrow.

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The Grand Central Astronaut

 

Last Friday, I exited the Apple Store and took this picture of a man wearing a spacesuit in the middle of Grand Central. I waited a few days to share it on Instagram because I had other images to share in the queue and because I wasn’t sold on the shot. That lady with the purse also taking a mobile photo threw me off: get out of my picture! I also had a difficult angle to play with since so many people were also huddling on the same staircase to snag the same photo.

But then I realized a couple things:

  1. I should make this picture black and white so the spacesuit pops more and that lady I just mentioned fades out.
  2. The picture met the rules of thirds photography guidelines. The astronaut sits right on the intersection where the eye naturally meets a photo.

On Monday my phone started to blow up. WNYC had shared the image on Twitter. Grand Central Station asked me if they could share it on their Instagram account. Go for it! This lady also wanted to buy it. Ok, cool!

 

I tend to stay from the obvious images, basically anything that can be Googled. I also don’t like it when everyone’s taking a picture of the same thing. But this astronaut sighting may be the exception. Got to love New York for being weird.

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Interest in the mundane.

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FaceTime and the Perils of Public Discourse

The theme of mobile open dialogue and Internet browsing is trending. I partly blame FaceTime and mobile video conversation for this emergence.

As a daily train commuter, I see a lot of the ways people deal with technology. And by far the most invasive development of them all is FaceTime.

FaceTime allows iPhone users to chat face to face on their mobile devices. While this is fantastic for home and work conversations, bringing family and colleagues into your space, it’s typically a nuisance for everyone else if used in public.

FaceTime is training users that it’s ok to broadcast live video out loud, including YouTube. Yesterday, one man on my train was blasting a movie preview on YouTube. The guy behind him was talking to his wife on FaceTime about dinner plans. Thankfully someone had the courage tell them both to quiet down.

If you’re going to chat, watch online videos and movies or listen to music, the proper etiquette is to use headphones. We already overhear enough banter as it is; we certainly don’t need to know what you’re doing tonight or what movie you’ll illegally BitTorrent next.

Unfortunately, I think technology continues to evolve like a Google Hangout where everyone gets included on the conversation by default. Before, we were just spying on each other. Now we can’t figure out a away to get away from each other.

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Newspapers inform / The man atop the train bridge. / He takes on the world. #haiku
Newspapers inform / The man atop the train bridge. / He takes on the world. #haiku
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The goal, Thomas says, is to create “a beautiful disruption into a daily routine.”

Nothing like viewing public art on the train commute to work. I wish Metro North did something like this.

The Amtrak Corridor

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Improve your commute

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Slow down. Read. Tackle a passion project. Make commute time, you time. You’ll be a happier employee for it. Writes productivity coach Hillary Rettig in her book, The 7 Secrets of the Prolific:

“The key is to do what you want to do, not what you think you should do. We often choose the thing that seems more productive because it feels like the right thing to do. But using your commute to read a fun novel or listen to music is productive because it’s taking away the negative aspect of the commute. It becomes like a little holiday that will help fuel your productivity for the rest of the day.”

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Two-Strapping

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Smartphones fit in your pocket, as do pens and small notebooks.

But lately I’ve still been carrying around my backpack. It’s my purse, a place where I can carry extra stuff like bottled water, snacks, a rain jacket, and a laptop. I just pack enough to avoid straining my back like a college student carrying textbooks.

Wearing a backpack makes me feel adventurous, prepared, and free. Sometimes I dump everything in my backpack, wallet and phone included, so I can walk with empty pockets.

The backpack makes me feel like a nomad, with the freedom to work and walk everywhere. You can’t possibly feel liberated carrying around a briefcase.

The backpack is ultimately my survival kit, and I almost always wear it with two straps instead of one so I can keep moving ahead without feeling like it’s there.