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3 Great catches: Japan’s prompt sinkhole fix; the Pokemon hero; WWII soldier’s sketchbook

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The Daily Catch - published on 11/16/16

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Giant sinkhole in Japan repaired in a matter of days – (CNN.com)

Serving as a testament to Japanese organization and resolve, people are already driving safely across the repaired road where a 5-lane sinkhole opened up a week ago. These things are scary.

After the sinkhole appeared on November 8, subcontractors worked around the clock to fill in the 30 meter (98 ft) wide, 15 meter (50 ft) deep hole by the 12th with a mixture of sand and cement. The job was complicated by the water which had seeped in from sewage pipes destroyed by collapsing sections of road. After that it only took another 48 hours to reinstall all utilities — electricity, water, sewage, gas and telecommunication lines — and to resurface the road. There were no reports of injuries.

How Pokémon Go Can Save Lives in a Hurricane – (smithsonianmag.com)

We think the only worry would be that people may become too competitive in their efforts to help, but what a great idea.

In the near future, information technology may provide new, more effective ways to organize disaster response. We’ve already seen the power of Twitter to coordinate political revolution, and we’ve seen the Pokémon Go augmented reality game motivate tens of thousands of people to get outdoors and chase imaginary monsters. What if, in response to crises, augmented and alternate reality games like Pokémon Go switched into a mode that rewarded players for donating blood? Delivering water bottles? Filling sandbags? Offering temporary housing? Or evacuating areas threatened by storm, wildfires, floods, tornadoes, or other hazards?

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21-Year Old WWII Soldier’s Sketchbooks Reveal a Visual Diary of His Experiences – (mymodernmet.com)

A soldier in WWII documented his time on the front lines with a series of sketches. They’re so good you almost feel like you’re there.

True artists must find a creative outlet no matter what the circumstance—including times of war. Thanks to the creative passion and steady hand of then 21-year old soldier Victor Lundy, we have a breathtaking visual record of World War II, in the form of documentary sketches. For Lundy, “drawing is sort of synonymous with thinking,” which means we are left with an intimate archive of sketches that unfold one soldier’s experience fighting on the front lines. Lundy was studying architecture in New York when, enthralled with the idea of rebuilding a post-war Europe, he enrolled in the Army Special Training Program. By 1944, with D-Day looming, the Army needed reinforcements, which meant that young Lundy would be thrown into the infantry. This shocking turn of events didn’t stunt his creativity, though.
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