Secret codes, acoustic spaces, training computers, the craziest bicycle, a better future for the homeless


1. The codes that reveal the presence of network infrastructure all over New York City.

“Sometimes you’ll see a manhole cover that is surrounded with colorful markings. Whenever a contractor or construction company plans to do street excavation, utility companies will mark out the location of their underground cables so that the contractor knows to watch out for them. There’s a federal color-code standard for sidewalk markings. New York follows that standard. Orange refers to the broad catch-all of ‘Communications, alarm, signal lines, cables and conduit.’ This means that orange lines can be internet cables, television cables, telephone lines, or other kinds of conduits. The markings are sometimes really sloppy, and often in fragments. Sometimes you’ll see several different labels in the same place. A lot of these cables are bundled up together running through ducts under the city.”

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