DC Blogs Noted

Can I call you back? I’m in class.” — This is the title to a post that explains how an American University professor dealt with a cell phone ringing in class. It’s from the American University Technology Observers blog, the work of a group of AU students documenting how technology has come to influence our culture. But when you read their reports, such as a Tale of Two Airports, the experience is Andy Warhol-like: it gives new shape to the unnoticed and ordinary. This is from a short post called Adams Morgan:

On 18th St. in Adams Morgan at about 11:30am on a Sunday, over the course of fifteen minutes thirty-eight people were observed using cellphones. Of these, twenty-seven were speaking and eleven were looking at the screen (presumably text messaging or looking up a number). Five of these people appeared to be walking with one or more other people, and the rest were obviously alone.

Bar Pilar, a review by a new blog, Eat.Drink.DC. Excerpt:

It’s amazing to think that a little bar unobtrusively tucked away on 14th Street is doing such wonderful things with food.  I mean, how many neighborhood joints are serving grilled eel?

Metro is going to sanitize the street performers so as not to offend anyone’s sensibilities, writes why.i.hate.dc on Metro’s plans for music at Metro entrances.

Rock Creek Rambler’s taxi reform plan. Top on the list are meters, but he also argues for a taxistand in Adams Morgan.

So this is the direction the holidays are heading, eh? Pet Night with Santa at Sour N Sweet.

Attention: Year-End Blog Bash Friday. Yeah, So I’m has the details.

A note: Planning for a pandemic is not on the charts of DC bloggers. It’s not on the charts of most people. But some businesses are giving it a lot of attention.  Gartner Inc.,  an information technology advisory firm, is recommending that companies consider planning for a quarantine, the worst-case. That may require having enough water and food on hand for six weeks.  (Water may still flow through the pipes but it may not be treated if water utilities can’t get delivery of treatment chemicals.) Work-at-home is part of this. I recently spoke with an employee at an insurance company who said that one third of its 30,000 employees will have the capability of working from home by the middle of next year.  No one knows whether the bird flu will morph into a pandemic. And I’m not suggesting running out to buy supplies. I don’t have enough food on hand to make dinner and my water supply is 12-years-old. But this blogging community may have a role in helping deal with this. If local bloggers, at some point, become convinced that this is something worth paying attention to, your readers may as well. For more information, the federal government has some planning recommendations at its Web site, pandemicflu.gov. Another site, fluwiki, is a great resource to find news sites, research and educational material. — kob.