This topic is really “off topic” for the content of this blog; BUT, it is my nature to help warn and prepare people for the inevitable. If you noticed I did at least throw “iPod” in the title to keep the topic (somewhat) connected to the subject matter of this blog. You will also notice further in the article, that I did make an effort to throw in some technical language and comparisons.
The inauguration event for the swearing in of President-elect Barack Obama is predicted to draw over 2 million people to the nation’s capital (Washington, D.C.). Washington D.C. is approximately 61 square miles (158km). In computer terms that is about 2 megabytes on a 0.1543 megabyte drive. Some major file compression is being pulled off here to make this event work; not to mention the layers of security that will be in place.
My wife was telling me that she heard on the news that people are going to be wearing diapers to the event, due to long hectic waits in lines. I started thinking about this and did some research to prepare people for this event. Some of this you can take in humor, BUT some of it could potentially be real.
First you need to know this-
The Institute for Liberty, a conservative think tank, estimated recently that the millions of people coming to the inauguration will generate a half-billion pounds of carbon dioxide — 260 million pounds from the 600 private jets that will come to Washington, and another 260 million pounds from personal vehicles.
It says the pollution amounts to more than 575 million pounds of CO2, which would take the average U.S. household 57,598 years to produce.
CO2 in concentrations of 7% to 10% cause dizziness, headache, visual and hearing dysfunction, and unconsciousness within a few minutes to an hour – Wikipedia
Secondly, I found that U.S. News and World Report published an article “Your Inauguration Day Survival Guide” (clip reflected below) which provides 6-six things you should have in hand if you attend the inauguration. I do recommend that you take your iPod in addition to the the items listed (along with your diapers).
clipped from www.usnews.com
Your Inauguration Day Survival Guide
January 13, 2009 09:04 AM ET | Kimberly Palmer
For native Washingtonians and visitors alike, Inauguration Day is likely to be crowded, hectic, and short on key supplies. With as many as 2 million people expected to descend on the capital, there will probably be long lines at ATMs, runs on beer, and shortages of useful items such as adult diapers, which some viewers plan to wear given the limited bathroom facilities.
Food and water
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