"Let me tell you something that really happened on my Uber drive to the airport the other day. We were driving down the highway and looked ahead to see some gigantic traffic jam, due to something like a wreck or construction or whatever. Government roads never plan for anything to go wrong so of course the results are a massive waste of time.

A regular cabbie would have plunged right in and let the clock run. They are not entirely indifferent to the consumer but the monopoly privileges distort incentives. There is no pressure to improve the technology, lower the prices, and otherwise build a better taxi service.

Not so with Uber. Faced with the traffic jam ahead, my driver did a quick look over his right shoulder and moved over four lanes. He slowed down in front of a one-way on ramp. Then I could not believe what he did. He did a U-turn and moved onto the two-lane on-ramp. He took over the right lane and traveled down, away from the highway.

My heart jumped. We were going the wrong way on a one-way ramp!

I looked behind and saw a dozen cars following us in the same path. Next thing you know, there was two-way traffic traveling at top speed in total defiance of the law and the plan. But look what was happening. We were saving ourselves massive time!

This one driver was fixing what government even refuses to recognize as a problem.

We left the ramp and moved through some side streets and reentered the highway on the other side of the congestion. I was in awe."
Jeffrey Tucker, Uber Shows the Way (via eltigrechico)
frontierruckus:

Cool write-up on us & our upcoming 4th LP Sitcom Afterlife in the last issue of Time Out New York, guest-edited by the lovely Susan Sarandon.
Read reviews of the recent NYC shows from CMJ & Bowery Presents.

frontierruckus:

Cool write-up on us & our upcoming 4th LP Sitcom Afterlife in the last issue of Time Out New York, guest-edited by the lovely Susan Sarandon.

Read reviews of the recent NYC shows from CMJ & Bowery Presents.

So This Is Nebraska

nannylou:

The gravel road rides with a slow gallop
over the fields, the telephone lines
streaming behind, its billow of dust
full of the sparks of redwing blackbirds.

On either side, those dear old ladies,
the loosening barns, their little windows
dulled by cataracts of hay and cobwebs
hide broken tractors under their skirts.

So this is Nebraska. A Sunday
afternoon; July. Driving along
with your hand out squeezing the air,
a meadowlark waiting on every post.

Behind a shelterbelt of cedars,
top-deep in hollyhocks, pollen and bees,
a pickup kicks its fenders off
and settles back to read the clouds.

You feel like that; you feel like letting
your tires go flat, like letting the mice
build a nest in your muffler, like being
no more than a truck in the weeds,

clucking with chickens or sticky with honey
or holding a skinny old man in your lap
while he watches the road, waiting
for someone to wave to. You feel like

waving. You feel like stopping the car
and dancing around on the road. You wave
instead and leave your hand out gliding
larklike over the wheat, over the houses.

- So This Is Nebraska, by Ted Kooser

Jacksonville
Ryan Adams

atranscriptofheartbreak:

Ryan Adams “Jacksonville”

ufansius:

Gordon Bennett

odairit-is:

Radical Face - Always Gold

There were holes in you, the kind that I could not mend

route22ny:

Along US 20 near Cody, Nebraska (“the town too tough to die”) I encountered a field of old rusting cars.  Photo taken 8/22/2014.

route22ny:

Along US 20 near Cody, Nebraska (“the town too tough to die”) I encountered a field of old rusting cars.  Photo taken 8/22/2014.

getintherobot:

tickatocka:

i want someone who’s never seen b99 to explain this screencap

image

is this live action cowboy bebop

lamus-dworski:

Chris Niedenthal (British-Polish photographer and photojournalist): the Martial Law in Poland (December 1981 - July 1983):

  1. First day of the martial law: group of people gathered in the St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Warsaw, December 13th, 1981.
  2. Demonstration of Solidarność in Warsaw, August 31st, 1982.
  3. Puławska Street in Warsaw, December 15th, 1981.
  4. Ujazdów Avenue in Warsaw, December 22nd, 1981.
  5. First major clash of Solidarność members with ZOMO (paramilitary police), Castle Square in Warsaw, May 3rd, 1982.
  6. Militia dispersing women that arranged a flower cross at the Victory Square (now: Piłsudski Square) in Warsaw, July 16th, 1982.