Katrina refrigerators: Pithy platforms for personal expression after the storm …
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They were a household horror.

Refrigerators, left behind in the Hurricane Katrina evacuation, had moldered for weeks without benefit of electricity so that by the time residents returned they reeked with ferment and decay.

Opening one of the ripened appliances was a recipe for extreme olfactory regret, so many residents strapped their fridges shut with duct tape and hauled them to the curb, accepting yet another loss.

But as the big white boxes awaited pickup, many were transformed from former food lockers to billboards of personal expression. History has forgotten who was the first frustrated resident to paint a warning, a plea, an advertisement, an exclamation of outrage, or a bit of gallows humor on the ubiquitous kitchen appliance. But he or she invented a new in-the-moment media.
 
“You don’t want to open this,” someone scrawled on a discarded box, “imagine stinking diapers and rotting bass.”
 
“Funky, not in a good way,” someone else sprayed.
 
“Send to Ray Nagin,” someone wrote, dedicating the discarded box to the then mayor.
 
“You’ve done a great job, Brownie, ” someone wrote, mocking President Bush’s premature congratulations of the FEMA chief Michael Brown.
 
“Don’t open, Tom Benson…………… continues on NOLA.com

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Tech startups want to change the way you drive
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A veteran computer scientist hates sitting in his car at stop lights, so he creates software that makes the experience less annoying. A former engineering professor wants to double the range of today’s electric vehicles. And an aeronautics expert believes flying cars shouldn’t be science fiction.

It’s no secret that technology is changing the car industry. The major automakers, as well as tech giants such as Google and possibly Apple, are laying the groundwork for the first driverless cars.

Meanwhile, a number of engineers and entrepreneurs have started their own companies to tackle other automotive challenges. Here are six startups that want to change the way you drive:

CONNECTED SIGNALS:

Traffic lights bring order to intersections, but have their inconveniences: They turn red when you’re in a hurry; they take forever to change green. And then your mind wanders while you wait — until the guy behind you starts leaning on his horn.

Entrepreneur and computer scientist Matt Ginsberg hates red lights. So he started Connected Signals, based in Eugene, Oregon, to collect real-time data from cities that synchronize their traffic signals. The company’s smartphone app tells motorists if an upcoming signal is about to change color. It shows drivers how long they’ll have to wait if a light is red — and chimes…………… continues on Macon Telegraph

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