New York City’s SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY (Part 1)


The Metropolitan Transit Authority has released new photos of construction on the first phase of New York’s Second Avenue Subway, a more than $4 billion project that will run new tunnels between 63rd Street and 96th Street on the East side and is expected to be complete in 2016.

Although blasting and dust from the construction has ruffled the feathers of many Upper East Side residents, it looks like MTA workers are making some serious headway.

The entire line, which will be built in four phases, will run from 125th Street to the Financial District.

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The twin-track line will include sixteen new underground stations
044 Second Ave subway se FINAL.inddIf you have Google Earth© installed on your computer, you can follow the path of this new subway

Second Avenue Subway from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and MTA New York City Transit have begun the final planning and environmental…

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Supply Risk Management For Beginners

Businesses must put more effort into pre-planning for business interruption according to a survey by Zurich Insurance and the Business Continuity Institute (BCI). They are concerned about supply chain disruption and term it a “blind spot”. We are concerned too. Zurich recommends mapping out your supply chain and quantifying each supplier by financial stability, geopolitical issues, et al. If you have a lot of global suppliers, this could be a tall order. I think Zurich is sitting in an “ivory tower” and not a “SCM Control Tower“.
So we started to look at other ways to assess risk and found Dr. David Simchi-Levi of MIT. Dr. Simchi-Levi has developed what he calls a Risk Exposure Index™

Dr Simchi-Levi takes the approach of understanding the nature of various risks, quantifying the supply chain risk and finally by addressing these risks through supplier segmentation. Risks range from the controllable execution problems or “known-unknown” to the uncontrollable natural disasters called “unknown-unknown” (which he refers to as “black swans“).

Action Under The Streets Of New York City


Action Under The Streets of New York City

Railway Age put together a great article on all the cool things happening underground in New York City: Made (mostly under) Manhattan Written by  Douglas John Bowen .

The new Fulton Center is great because it is something that is visible to New Yorkers. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) recently  unveiled the Fulton Center, a fully digital transit and retail hub located at the crossroads of Lower Manhattan on Broadway and John and Fulton streets in New York City.

The $1.4 billion Fulton Center’s opening streamlines customer access to and from nine (soon to be 11) subway lines. And the debut of the related Dey Street Passageway, which also opened last November and is often ignored by the media, will offer pedestrians underground access to and from the nearby PATH World Trade Center station—in effect giving New Yorkers weather-sheltered access halfway across…

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Something New, Something Old

Experience of a friend:
My Apple iPhone 4S was acting up so in a moment of unwarranted extravagance, I upgraded to an iPhone 6 which now has more do-dads on it than a BMW.


Anyway, Ann and I took the Pacific Surfliner (the San Clemente Creeper) to San Diego this morning.
Guess what?  No tickets.  No email. No credit card.  No cash.  Got to the San Juan Capistrano depot and opened the iPhone app for Amtrak and punched in the 9:47 AM to San Diego.  We got on the train, held up the phone, showed the conductor the image of the QR Code (barcode) on the screen, he scanned it with his gizmo and moved on.



I was thinking how cool is that but then he had to take out a piece of paper, write “San Diego “on it then stick it in an overhead slot.. Just like in the 1800s. Anyway, little by little – – –

I Cannot Believe Another Day Is Over!

Through Open Lens

verrazano bridge

F/11.0, 1/250, ISO 100

This guy enjoying the sunset over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is probably wondering how cold the water is and if he will ever make it across. Or he may be singing in his head a Britney Spears song “Oops!…I did it again”

Interesting Fact: The first driver to cross the bridge wore a rented tuxedo and piloted a “pale blue Cadillac convertible with flags flapping from the fenders,” nabbing the distinction because he had parked behind the Staten Island toll for a week, guaranteeing the position. ( )

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Locally Installed Software Is Dead

If you haven’t noticed yet, there’s less actual software installed on local computers and more being accessed through online connections to remote computers, or at least to remote storage systems. This transition makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons and those of us in the supply chain are likely to be prime beneficiaries of the trend.

Picking an email system like gmail or even Yahoo mail is an obvious choice because of the nature of email – the content moves from one computer to another over the Internet. When online connections were more temporary, expensive, and less reliable it made sense to use a local application like Microsoft Outlook to handle the sending and receiving of the mail as well as editing the messages. But those limitations are long gone for most of us.

Building my first model railroad: Day 1: The project is started! -eerr sort of.

Railside Adventures

Railside AdventuresA quick first update to my new project, it is just getting under way!  I’ve begun the process of moving the various furniture in my room to create space for the bench work of my first model railroad layout.  It’s hit an early snag, though.  Long story short, to put my dresser where it needs to go I need to take a small shelf down, and to do that I need a power drill, which we have, but it belongs to my oldest brother.  And he left it at work.  So, until he can get it again, work on my project will grind to a halt before it really begins.  *sigh*.  I will post again soon with (hopefully) more progress on the project.  Until then, thanks for reading, and happy rails!

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With help from Penney Vanderbilt