Cross Posts

Future Use recently posted a couple writings on the ripsnorting history-hitchhike web journal THE CHISELER: The Racket BusterJust before WWII, Special Prosecutor John Harlan Amen led the largest investigation of city corruption in U.S. history.  His target was Brooklyn. From Broadway to BombayMarty Reisman (1930-2012) was a table tennis champ and man-about-town.  He hustled ping-pong…

A List of Hurricane Sandy Resources

Information can come in as handy as a roof and warm clothes.  Below is an ongoing, overdue and incomplete list of resources on Hurricane Sandy: RELIEF New Jersey Hurricane Sandy resources NJ mobile insurance offices in Ocean, Monmouth & Middlesex Counties New York Extension ofEmergency Unemployment Benefits Legal assistance for disaster victims New Jersey Unemployment…

The iBg Apple

Future Use was en route to the job interview, waiting for the G train, when across the tracks on the opposite platform, a young man was mugged.  Three youths punched him, snatched his iPhone, and ran. “Owwwww!” cried the young man, in polo shirt, rolled jeans and flipflops.  It sounded like he had just tripped…

"Hey uh – you know where I can find…"

It is Search Week in New York City, a bonanza powwow of market researchers gathering at Jacob Javits Center for the Search Marketing Expo: Market researchers all dressed up and abuzz for Search Week. The declaration was made official by the Mayor, a prime advocate of business research, the industry in which he made his…

The Unlimited MetroCard

A turn-of-the-century cartoon from Brooklyn Life, a local high society publication, which jibes the use of municipal space as a map of product placement: Brooklyn Life, Brooklyn Historical Society. Wonder what the blue pills are for… In July, the Metropolitan Transit Authority launched a plan to put commercial advertising on the face of MetroCards.  The…

The Hot Wire on Transparency

“An Email Ain’t a Record?” Governor Andrew Cuomo was under the gun to explain his administration’s policy of failing to save digital correspondence.  Office emails are routinely deleted and Cuomo communicates with his staff strictly using “Blackberry to Blackberry” messaging, which like the private files of J. Edgar Hoover are destroyed by protocol.  The Huffington…