Amazon: I guess they were talking about the heat

Maybe Amazon wasn’t named amazon “because it was a place that was ‘exotic and different’ and the river [founder Jeff Bezos] considered the biggest in the world, like he hoped his company would be…” [wikipedia]

Maybe it’s amazon because their warehouses are really, really hot. Amazon rain forest hot. 

Perhaps I’m being flippant, but it seems as though there’s a dark side to free shipping on orders over $25.

Or so says a report released last month in the Morning Call:

During summer heat waves, Amazon arranged to have paramedics parked in ambulances outside, ready to treat any workers who dehydrated or suffered other forms of heat stress. Those who couldn’t quickly cool off and return to work were sent home or taken out in stretchers and wheelchairs and transported to area hospitals. And [thanks to eager temp agencies] new applicants were ready to begin work at any time.

Take a moment and give thanks for your non-Amazon-warehouse job, find a local shop to do business with, and read the article or listen to the interview {via WHYY’s Radio Times}.

Helvetica, Times New Roman, Narberth


image via {folklore.org}

Newsworks has the story of a Philadelphia-based typeface designer, Susan Kare, who almost named the original Mac fonts after stops on the Septa Regional Rail lines.

But, according to Kare, Steve Jobs insisted the fonts be named after world-class cities rather than suburban towns. (Ouch.)

Read the whole interview with Susan on {technically philly}.

WHYY Employee Profile

My favorite task as an intern with WHYY so far are the staff profiles I write for the “Know Y” newsletter. They’re not very long, but it’s a good opportunity to get to know the staff there, and find out what they do and how they got there.

I just learned that one of the profiles I wrote on a producer for the new show Fit has been posted online. Read it here.

Philly’s Huffington Post Launches Today

Today WHYY launches a new interactive media portal, NewsWorks. It’s an ambitious project that I think will set the bar for NPR stations moving forward. It’s based largely on the format the Huffington Post established: a huge, continually updated, community-driven collection of blogs and other news sources.

The two main features that make NewsWorks remarkable:

  • It’s local, even hyperlocal. It’s great to have a site with this kind of footprint, from a trusted name, focus on news in DA/NJ/PA.
  • It’s the perfect format to unify all the things WHYY does in media. WHYY produces TV shows like the music program On Canvas; when a new episode airs, NewsWorks can promote it on the homepage that day, alongside established columnists and content contributed by users of the site.

I think NewsWorks is clearly a genre-definer, and WHYY really pulled it off nicely. Go poke around!