Adam's Antics

April 26, 2013

Street testing the Hailo Taxi Application

Filed under: General Antics — Adam Scott Wandt @ 9:15 pm

hailo taxi application

Most people living in Manhattan do not own cars. The main methods of transportation are subways, buses, and cabs. If you are a regular taxi rider like me, you know that hailing a cab may be quick and simple, or a long and miserable process, depending on your location and time of day. For example, trying to hail a cab near the Empire State Building at 5 PM on a Friday is nearly impossible. On the other hand, near Columbus Circle on a Saturday evening, you can’t swing a Fendi purse without knocking into a cab.

As a techie and a frequent taxi rider, I was very excited to find out about the Hailo (https://www.hailocab.com) application launching in New York City. Hailo is a free smartphone app that can be used to hail licensed taxis. It was launched in November 2011 and is available in London, Dublin, Toronto, Chicago, and Boston. Beta testing for New York started today, and the app is expected to expand shortly to Tokyo, Washington D.C., Cork, Madrid, and Barcelona.

Being that I carry my iPad Mini with me everywhere and take several cab rides a week, I was excited to try this new app and applied for their Beta testing program. Today (Friday, April 26, 2013) I was notified that I was approved to be a Hail-O Beta Tester. I eagerly downloaded the application and went outside to try it out. Did I make it to the Shake Shack? … You will have to watch the video to find out.

***SPOILER***

I am back home making dinner with my wife right now.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL VIDEO

November 30, 2012

A Global Perspective: The Time Warner Center

Filed under: Photography,Wandt-NYC — Adam Scott Wandt @ 8:51 pm

A Global Perspective of The Time Warner Center (08/25/12) Columbus Circle, New York, NY, USA. Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS. ISO 200. 65mm f/10 1/400

© Adam Scott Wandt.

 

September 16, 2012

Remembering Fallen Brothers

Filed under: Photography,Wandt-NYC — Adam Scott Wandt @ 10:49 pm

Remembering Fallen Brothers:  A 9/11 Tribute in Light. (9/11/12) Brooklyn, New York City, NY, USA. Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM. ISO 3200. 50mm f/1.4 1/13s

© Adam Scott Wandt.

September 14, 2012

A Tribute in Light

Filed under: Photography,Wandt-NYC — Adam Scott Wandt @ 1:57 am

 

A Tribute in Light: 9/11 as seen from the Manhattan Bridge (9/11/12) New York City, NY, USA. Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS. ISO 3200. 40mm f/4 1/25s

© Adam Scott Wandt.

August 28, 2012

Heckscher Ballfields: Central Park

Filed under: Photography,Wandt-NYC — Adam Scott Wandt @ 9:05 pm

The Heckscher Ballfields

Central Park, New York City, NY, USA. Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Canon EF 100-400mm 4/4.5-5.6L. ISO 200. 160mm f/5 1/125s
© Adam Scott Wandt.

Twitter: @Prof_Wandt

 

 

August 27, 2012

Imagine: 50 Years of Beatles

Filed under: Photography,Wandt-NYC — Adam Scott Wandt @ 9:46 am

Imagine: 50 Years of Beatles (8/26/12)

Strawberry Fields, Central Park, New York City, NY, USA. Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Canon EF 100-400mm 4/4.5-5.6L. ISO 200. 100mm f/5.6 1/40s © Adam Scott Wandt.

Twitter: @Prof_Wandt

July 5, 2012

Macy’s July 4th Fireworks

Filed under: General Antics — Adam Scott Wandt @ 10:31 am

CUNY Commons Community:

I would like to share two short videos I filmed and edited of the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks (2012).

I suggest “clicking through” to Vimeo to watch them in HD.

I hope you had a great July 4th.

Adam

May 28, 2012

¿Happy? Memorial Day

Filed under: General Antics,Photography,Wandt-NYC — Adam Scott Wandt @ 9:30 am

NYC Red, White, and Blue: A Memorial Weekend Skyline

¿Happy? Memorial Day

A few hours ago someone said to me, “Happy Memorial Day!”  But is it really a “happy” day?

Memorial Day has its origins in Decoration Day, first celebrated during the Civil War in the 1860s to commemorate fallen soldiers.  It was not declared an official federal holiday until 1967.  Memorial Day is supposed to be a day to remember the men and women who died defending our Nation…

We celebrate with barbecues, heavy drinking, and totally awesome sales, which in my opinion, have nothing to do with remembering and paying tribute to fallen soldiers.

Memorial Day is one example of a great American holiday gone wrong. I don’t know whether commercialization or ignorance is to blame.

What I do know is that it feels wrong to me to spend Memorial Day drinking, partying at the beach, and shopping for the best deal on a new car or shoes.  I am not going to chastise those who choose to spend their day this way, but please remember why you have the day off to do so.

Hundreds of thousands of men and women have sacrificed their lives so you can have your Budweiser and BBQ Chicken.  So next time you want to say “Happy Memorial Day” to someone, stop and remind yourself what Memorial Day is really about.

 

Photograph:
NYC Red, White, and Blue: A Memorial Weekend Skyline (5/27/12) New York City, NY, USA. Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Sigma EF 15mm Fisheye. ISO 100. 15mm f/2.8 1.3s
© Adam Scott Wandt.

Twitter: @Prof_Wandt

 

May 27, 2012

Fleet Week 2012: Parade of Ships. BAE Guayas (Ecuador)

Filed under: Photography,Wandt-NYC — Adam Scott Wandt @ 6:37 pm

Fleet Week 2012: Parade of Ships. BAE Guayas (Ecuador)

Fleet Week 2012: Parade of Ships. BAE Guayas (Ecuador) (5/24/12) New York City, NY, USA. Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Canon EF 100-400mm. ISO 100. 400mm f/16 1/160. © Adam Scott Wandt.

BAE Guayas (Ecuador). Length Overall:  257’;  Draft:  15’4”. GUAYAS was built in Bilbao, Spain in 1976.  She sails for the Ecuadorian Naval Academy, teaching practical seamanship and navigation skills to naval cadets.

Twitter: @Prof_Wandt

May 19, 2012

Lloyd Sealy Library, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York

Filed under: Photography,Wandt-NYC — Adam Scott Wandt @ 8:00 pm

Lloyd Sealy Library, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York.

 

The Lloyd Sealy Library, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, CUNY. New York, New York, USA. (02/7/12). Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L. ISO 100, 100mm, f/4.5, 1/100. © Adam Scott Wandt. Twitter: @Prof_Wandt

 

May 17, 2012

The Intersection of Architecture, History, & Technology. The Apple Store, Grand Central Terminal.

Filed under: Photography,Wandt-NYC — Adam Scott Wandt @ 9:53 am

The Intersection of Architecture, History & Technology. The Apple Store, Grand Central Terminal, New York City

 

The Intersection of Architecture, History & Technology. The Apple Store, Grand Central Terminal, New York City. Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Canon EF 24-105mm. ISO 100. 24mm f/8 1/100.

© Adam Scott Wandt.  Twitter: @Prof_Wandt

 

May 8, 2012

“Let’s Make Sure History Never Forgets the Name: Enterprise.”

Filed under: Photography,Wandt-NYC — Adam Scott Wandt @ 10:10 am

“Let’s Make Sure History Never Forgets the Name: Enterprise.”

In my blog “Heroes,” I openly confessed to being a Trekkie. I have seen every episode, of every season, of every series, multiple times. I don’t actually consider Star Trek science fiction; I consider it a blueprint for the future of mankind.

So, it should not be a surprise that when NASA announced the space shuttle Enterprise would be flying over Manhattan, that I was determined to get the perfect photograph. This was made easier by the fact that the flight plan showed the Enterprise would in fact be flying right past my building… three times. It’s as if the cosmos were speaking directly to me and ensuring that I could get the perfect photograph. I heard the cosmos loud and clear and was willing to change my schedule in any way that was needed to capture the perfect photograph of this historic event.

The Enterprise was originally scheduled to make its fly-by on Monday, April 23, 2012. I adjusted my schedule so that I could camp out on the roof of my building all morning. Then, due to weather, the fly-by was cancelled. The same thing happened on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Finally, on Friday, April 27, 2012, the Enterprise, atop a specially retrofitted Boeing 747, left Washington D.C. Dulles Airport en route to New York. I watched the Enterprise take off from Dulles live on cnn.com, then started my countdown knowing it would take about 40 minutes for the Enterprise to arrive in New York City.

About 42 stories above street level, on the roof of my building, a small group of about 20 people gathered on a very windy morning to witness the event. Cameras, tripods, binoculars, iPads, iPhones, and videocameras abounded. It was cold and windy, but no one cared. Everyone was there to witness the end of an era of space travel. It did not matter to anyone that the Enterprise never actually flew in space; all that mattered was that it was the Enterprise and that in the next few minutes it would be within our reach. Finally, the moment came…

Looking South towards One World Trade Center, someone shouted, “There it is!” With my 400mm lens up to my eye, I confirmed the unmistakeable site of a space shuttle riding atop a jumbo jet. “That’s it for sure,” I exclaimed. Moments later, the Enterprise was flying North along the Hudson River at less than 1,000 feet, headed straight towards me. I snapped away and held my breath as the Enterprise flew just a few hundred feet in front of me. It seemed I could reach out and touch it… or hit it with a spitball.

About 10 minutes later, after turning around at the Tappan Zee Bridge, the Enterprise flew South along the Hudson directly in front of my building a second time! The only thing louder than the howling wind were the sounds of the cameras clicking away. I was surprised at how quiet the jumbo jet was flying past. The Enterprise vanished over lower Manhattan, only to reappear traveling Northwest over New Jersey. I noticed for the first time it was accompanied by what appeared to be a single F-18 Hornet (a fighter jet). I thought to myself how odd it was that the Enterprise was escorted by a single fighter jet; don’t these things fly in pairs?

After flying northwest over New Jersey, the Enterprise turned east towards Manhattan and crossed Manhattan just north of my building. It disappeared behind the skyscrapers and headed to its destination, John F. Kennedy Airport.  I ran to the east side of my building hoping to capture one last photograph of the Enterprise flying between the skyscrapers. However, to my dismay, the Enterprise did not reappear. But the story is not over yet…
I look forward to June when the Enterprise is brought to the Intrepid on a barge and is lifted by crane onto the flight deck. What is so spectacular about this story is that I have the perfect view of the Intrepid from my apartment, so day and night, rain or shine (but not severe fog), I will be able to see the Enterprise staring back at me. It serves as a reminder of the dreams of space travel I often have that I fully believe will be realized one day.

So, in the words of Captain Jean-Luc Picard… “Let’s Make Sure History Never Forgets the Name: Enterprise.”

The Space Shuttle Enterprise atop NASA’s Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Over the Hudson River. (4/27/12) New York, NY, USA. Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Canon EF 100-400mm. ISO 200. 400mm f/8 1/1000. © Adam Scott Wandt.
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Here is a second photograph taken that morning:

The Space Shuttle Enterprise atop NASA’s Boeing 747 Flying Past One World Trade Center

The Space Shuttle Enterprise atop NASA’s Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Flying Past One World Trade Center – The Freedom Tower. (4/27/12) New York City, NY, USA. Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Canon EF 100-400mm. ISO 200. 400mm f/8 1/1000. © Adam Scott Wandt.

See Adam Scott Wandt’s other NYC photography at Wandt-NYC

Twitter: @Prof_Wandt

May 5, 2012

Pre Perigree Moon Over NYC

Filed under: Photography,Wandt-NYC — Adam Scott Wandt @ 11:42 pm

Pre Perigree Moon Over NYC.

Pre Perigree Moon Over NYC. (5/5/12) New York City, NY, USA. Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Canon EF 100-400mm. ISO 200. 400mm f/5.6 1/125. © Adam Scott Wandt.

See Adam Scott Wandt’s other NYC photography at Wandt-NYC

Twitter: @Prof_Wandt

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