mascleta setupWe’ve spent a lot of the last week in the “during” phase of fireworks and explosions. The “after” evidence is all over the ground, both in scorch marks and great quantities of burned paper bits and melted plastic. I’ve also learned to spot the “immediately before” signs–huddles of young men in the courtyard, children squatting on the sidewalk holding what looks like a flexible foam rope lit on one end[More….]


Boy explosionIf you’ve got about 40 seconds, here’s what I want you to do: first, make sure you’re in a context where making some noise isn’t going to be awkward (this is not a post to experience during a meeting, or when you’re trying to sneak up on someone). Next, get comfortable, close your eyes, and imagine that you’re asleep. Now press play.[More…]