Man Stuck In Trash Chute After Lunging For Dropped Cellphone


A Washington man lunging for his dropped cellphone found himself stuck in a unique place early Sunday morning: his apartment building’s trash chute.
The man, who was able to use his phone to call police from within the chute around 3 a.m., stood atop a pile of trash as firefighters discussed the best way to remove him, said Vito Maggiolo, a D.C. fire department spokesman.
Firefighters used a hose to pump fresh air into the chute in an apartment building in the 700 block of Seventh Street, near Verizon Center, video from the department shows.
After about an hour, firefighters used a harness to pull the man out. The man, whose identity was not released, had no injuries from the incident.

– excerpt and image from ‘D.C. firefighters rescue man stuck in trash chute’, Rachel Chason, Washington Post, 23 July 2017

No Cellphones At My Concert, Thanks…

A newish and very welcome trend.
This sign from the Bob Dylan concert in Vancouver, 25 July 2017.
Whether being used for taking photos or videos, or used to relay pictures or thoughts via social media, cellphones can cripple live performances. They distract the user, those around the user, and the performers. Bono of U2 has referred to how mobile devices interfere with the ‘shared experience’ that a crowd has of being at a concert, and we think he has an excellent point.

Marshall McLuhan Predicts That Electronic Media Will Displace the Book & Create Sweeping Changes in Our Everyday Lives (1960)



“McLuhan, one of the most idiosyncratic and wide-ranging thinkers of the twentieth century, would go on to become world famous (to the point of making a cameo in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall) as a prophetic media theorist. He saw clearer than many how the introduction of mass media like radio and television had changed us, and spoke with more confidence than most about how the media to come would change us. He understood what he understood about these processes in no small part because he’d learned their history, going all the way back to the development of writing itself.


Though McLuhan died in 1980, long before the appearance of the modern internet, many of his readers have seen recent technological developments validate his notion of the global village — and his view of its perils as well as its benefits — more and more with time. At this point in history, mankind can seem less united than ever than ever, possibly because technology now allows us to join any number of global “tribes.” But don’t we feel more pressure than ever to know just what those tribes know and feel just what they feel?”

– excerpts from ‘Marshall McLuhan Predicts That Electronic Media Will Displace the Book & Create Sweeping Changes in Our Everyday Lives (1960)’, Colin Marshall, Open Culture 24 July 2017