Hurricane Sandy Photos


Map of areas on the East coast affected by Hurricane Sandy (Weather.com).

Hurricane Sandy continues its course over the East coast of the United States, leaving floods and power outages in its wake. Dubbed “Frankenstorm” for its proximity to Halloween and the “perfect storm” because it is the result of the clash of a hurricane and Arctic air mass, it has already caused several deaths in the Caribbean.

Here are just three of the hundreds of photographs of Hurricane Sandy’s effects along its path. As a side note, beware of the ones that are fake. Several photos have gone viral over social media only to be proven they were taken on a different occasion or photoshopped.


People sitting on the rooftop of a home in the neighborhood of Barquita in Santo Domingo (The Baltimore Sun via Ricardo Rojas/Reuters).


Flooded 16th Street in front of Layton’s restaurant in Ocean City (USA Today via Laura Emmons/Salisbury Daily Times).


View of Hurricane Sandy from the 51st floor of the New York Times building (New York Times).

Keep an eye on the storm in New York through this webcam by the New York Times, updated every minute. The Wall Street Journal is keeping up with Hurricane Sandy through photos shared by users on social media here.

Stay safe, everyone! We wish you the best. For those who have died due to the storm, rest in peace.

Infographic: How to Zombie-Proof Your House

Halloween will be here in little more than a week and with that comes the very real (I joke, I joke) possibility of a zombie invasion. Luckily for you, there’s an infographic that tells you exactly how to zombie-proof your house.

It’s a little late to put in some features, such as the 3/4″ steel plates and 15-foot trench, but you still have time put in security cameras and ready your fire extinguishers. Maybe you can build that boxing glove bazooka, too. My personal favorite is the robotic sheep. If in the case zombies have gotten past all your barriers and have you on visual (or whatever senses they use), you can send out that sheep to distract them while you flee into your zombie-proof car.

Johnny Depp Tea Party by memorypalace

Everyone in the States has heard of Johnny Depp, yes? The 49-year-old actor has been in over 40 movies, such as the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Alice in Wonderland, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, among others.

deviantArt’s memorypalace illustrated this piece, called “The Depp Hatter’s Tea Party,” in 2010. I had stumbled upon it before and only remembered it recently. It is worth sharing because it’s fun, reminiscent of great movies from the past, and in my opinion, the artist did a great job.

The illustration shows six of Johnny Depp’s movie characters. From left to right, Jack Sparrow, Ed Wood, Sweeney Todd, the Mad Hatter, Willy Wonka, and Edward Scissorhands. Can you find the four visible Jack Skellington faces?

Click here for memorypalace’s other works.

MIA’s Rainbow Walkway

An elegant rainbow walkway greets visitors as they head toward the MIA Mover at the Miami National Airport. The structure, called “Harmonic Convergence,” was designed by Christopher Janney and put into place in 2011. Its predecessor in that area was “Harmonic Runway,” also by Janney.

The installation is made of 24″ x 24″ glass panels with large “X-bracing” in front. Sunlight filters through and creates colorful reflections off the floor, while at night, flourescent lighting is used. At intervals throughout the day, the different sounds of South Florida play. According to Janney’s website, the score includes the sounds of the Everglades, thunder storms, and tropical birds.

I was able to enjoy seeing this installation after my flight into Miami International Airport in July. The spacious area and beautiful lighting effects were refreshing, especially after a stuffy airplane ride. Greeted by the sounds of a tropical forest, I immediately thought of the Everglades, an icon of Miami. Given the chance, I would have stood in the pathway longer to take in the installation. Unfortunately, I had to catch the train and could only hastily snap a single photo.

Click here to see Christopher Janney’s website.
Source of first photo: Art of Miami

Origami Installations by Mademoiselle Maurice

Paris-based Mademoiselle Maurice uses origami to create installations in various cities around the world. Her series is meant to send messages of hope and strength to its viewers.

Inspired by the devastating tsunami and earthquake in Japan in 2011, and by the story of Sadako and the 1,000 paper cranes, the series is also a personal tribute to various movements. These include movements such as those for peace and climate preservation.

Click here for Mademoiselle Maurice’s other works.