The New York City Transit Authority (MTA) releases weekly data on the number of entries and exits at each of its subway stations. This analysis is based on the data retrieved from the following weeks

  • Week of January 19 — “normal week” before the outbreak, used as a control
  • Week of March 8 — week before NYC placed various restrictions
  • Week of March 15

What data is being analysed?

The data is based on entries into the specified stations, during the time frame noted.

What does the data tell us?

Infer what you may, but at the very least this tells us that New Yorkers are heeding health directives by avoiding…


If you haven’t been stuck under a giant rock, you probably heard that Apple recently announced and made available its own Credit Card. The Apple Card as its being touted is a Credit Card, backed by first time Credit Card issuer — Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs is a household name in the financial world and was one of the huge offenders who caused the 2008 Housing Crisis which led to the Great Recession, but thats a rant for another post.

Source: Apple

Prerequisites

Apart from the usual — creditworthiness, income, age, residency and other requirements — the Apple Card has one additional gotcha.


Lifetime Flight Map (twitter.com/sricola)
  1. Be kind to your cabin crew. They literally have your lives in their control. Service is their secondary job — getting you safely from A to B is their primary. And they do their jobs 100% of the time.
  2. On the topic of cabin crew, they only get paid on block time — door close to door open. Pre boarding help / stowing your luggage etc is literally volunteer time. Again, be nice. I take them a box of chocolates on occasion to show appreciation.
  3. Stay hydrated. Skip the coffee and alcohol. Drink water. Plenty of it.
  4. Try not to…


One of the hardest places to land, in the world!

Disclaimer: I am not a pilot, just an airplane enthusiast. This is all from a passenger’s perspective.

One of the most exciting approaches has to be the Expressway Visual Approach into New York’s LaGuardia airport. It is apparently a very challenging approach that has to be done manually, which is alien to most pilots in this day and age where most of the flying, approaches and landings are all automated by technological awesomeness.

The expressway approach into LGA stands out as it has to be done with little to no…


My 32nd trip around the sun, in summary.

flights: 78 | miles in the air: 173,539 | countries: 14 | new countries: 7

December 21, 2017: Rang in my birthday at a Four Points Sheraton in Downtown Manhattan. Was a little inebriated but it doesn’t take much to get me drunk does it?

Spent Christmas in DC with my brother, a dear friend and her dog. Rang in the New Year at a Marriott in Midtown Manhattan, while eating take out Panda Express. Yes, I do it in style.

January

Flew to Jamaica to be a brides-maid-man-of-honorers for one of my…


Completed 30 in SF. Treated myself to nitrogen infused ice cream. Flew to Korea on Christmas Day. Rang in the new year in Hanoi, Vietnam.

January: Went to India to share in an old friend getting married. Flew to Doha and missed my connection to JFK thanks to the confusion caused by Donald Trump’s first attempt at the Muslim ban. Eventually landed in JFK to see people passed out in the arrivals section with signs reading “Wake me up, I am an immigration lawyer and can help”. Faith in humanity: restored.

February: Two weeks back in the US and I…


The colonial game that brought 2 enemies together, on one field, with a standing ovation.

Much has been written about the British Raj, the once jewel in Britain’s colonial holdings. After centuries of colonial rule, the subcontinent was all set to be liberated in 1947. Britania was exhausted and broke after World War II and the recently formed United Nations was in a no colonies, no more kinda mood. It was to result in a moment of joy that was many decades in the making for the culturally rich colony. Alas, not everything is celebratory, because, religion.

The subcontinent was home to a majority Hindu population and a minority Muslim population who all existed in…


Every now and then, while in our line of duty, we are faced with a crisis. This is the story of Speedbird 38.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. ~ JFK

When dealing with technology; computers malfunction all the time, code always has bugs and users will always falter. Avoiding all those is nearly impossible, but minimizing the detrimental impact is definitely achievable. Its not about if something goes wrong, its always about when.

At work, I go oncall every month, for a week at a time. What that means is, I am the front line of defense, 24/7 for 7 days. I walk around town with my laptop on my back and phone in hand waiting for something to…


This past year, I have lived in 6 continents, 17 countries, 7 time zones and 21 cities. All this while working a full time job, remotely.

Work is my primary goal. Work is what enables me to live this life. So obviously, being connected is the center of my focus. Additionally, I am part of the Infrastructure team at BuzzFeed, which means, I have to be oncall for a week every month and be generally available 24/7, at other times.

So, what do I carry around? To be honest, what I carry around changes a lot!

Anything that goes into my backpack has to earn its place there and needs to be used at least once a week for it to keep its place.

For the first part…


A Garima Arora Production

source: gaabkk.com

It is no secret that Bangkok, Thailand is quickly turning into the experimental food capital of the world. The diverse taste buds of the region and a huge population of expats from around the world makes this bustling metropolis the perfect place for gastronomical symphonies.

After stints at noma (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Gaggan (Bangkok, Thailand), Garima Arora decided to take the plunge and design her own little gastronomical offering.

All her ingredients are locally sourced and everything is made in-house. The result is 14 courses of food porn.

The staff were incredibly knowledgable and service was…

Sri Ray

Travel. Food. Ice Cream. Tech. | Former @fastly @buzzfeed @bitly @knewton | www.sricola.com

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