June 2016 FCC Reverse Spectrum Auction Explainer

In what’s known as a reverse auction, the initial process will run over a month and include 52 rounds of bidding in all, with the FCC picking over the inventory and offering stations a price the agency thinks that station’s airwaves are worth. If the price is right, the station gives up its space on the TV dial and either closes down or chooses another means of reaching viewers, such as switching to another broadcast frequency or choosing to air on cable only or going online. (via A media buyer’s primer on the FCC spectrum auction)

Arresting Photos of Chicago’s Deep Tunnel

Amazing photos of DeepTunnel and related things. These photographs present the three major portions of the southeastern section of the system: the Deep Tunnel, the Thornton Reservoir, and the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant. These interconnected facilities serve large portions of Chicago and its south suburban communities. (via Exploring the Physicality of the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan – MAS CONTEXT)

Life’s Labor, When Labor isn’t Needed

What will people do, when labor isn’t part of life expectations? If China can use robots and other advanced technologies to retool types of production never before automated, that might turn the country, now the world’s sweatshop, into a hub of high-tech innovation. Less clear, however, is how that would affect the millions of workers recruited to China’s booming factories. (via China Is Building a Robot Army of Model Workers)

Gun Culture and Parental Responsibility in USA circa 2016

I am sorry these toddlers died, but what does this say about parent responsibility and the insane gun culture that some people in the US hold so dear. To me, it looks like the Darwin Awards in action. During a single week in April, four toddlers — Holston, Kiyan, Za’veon and Sha’Quille — shot and killed themselves, and a mother driving through Milwaukee was killed after her 2-year-old apparently picked up a gun that had slid out from under the driver’s seat. It was a brutal stretch, even by the standards of researchers who track these shootings. (via One Week in April, Four Toddlers Shot and Killed Themselves – The New York Times)