October 2005 Archives

Potemkin East

New York, NY, USA -- 30 October 2005 | Permalink
5 pictures

For reasons that I don't entirely pretend to understand, my neighborhood sees a fairly constant stream of filmmakers and it's a rare week when one or other street isn't choked up with huge white trailers and nerdy-looking go-fers with walkie-talkies saying “Could you please just wait there a moment, we're filming now, thank you so much.” A few months back I took a sharp left turn coming out of my building and found myself squarely in shot behind a tattooed white boy rapping his way up the street while the camera crew retreated in front of him. I think they may have had to reshoot that verse.

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Meet the LRAD

02 October 2005 | Permalink
2 pictures

BoingBoing, a popular website among the digerati (also known as the nerdnoscenti), has occasional coverage of some of the interesting devices available to law enforcement to assist them in their dealings with the citizenry. Recent mention of MAD's finally stirred a memory and made me sit up and say “Wait, I saw something like that during last year's protests against the RNC in New York.”

Further research on BoingBoing revealed that the device I had seen was the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD). BoingBoing's judiciously cautious coverage speaks only of the 'reported presence' of the gizmo in question. So here, just for the sake of the historical record, are two pictures of what appears to be an LRAD, mounted on a Humvee parked at 8th Avenue and 34th St. Say hello to the LRAD, boys and girls. You'll be seeing more of it in future.