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When The Streetlights Go On [WORK]

In WHEN THE STREET LIGHTS GO ON, when a student and her teacher are murdered, a high school journalist (Ben Ahlers) decides to cover the story for the school newspaper. As he investigates the crime, he uncovers unsettling parts of his hometown that few people knew existed.

When the Streetlights Go On


I've got to tell you, the more I see of Quibi the more I'm thinking about subscribing to the service. I'm a sucker for anything set in the '90s, as that's when I was still a curious and optimistic teenager. Now, I'm just a curmudgeon behind a keyboard, weathering a pandemic unlike the modern world has ever seen. What's funny to me is that I distinctly remember that rumor about Marilyn Manson having removed a rib in order to facilitate auto-fellatio. Oh the '90s. Speaking of which, is anyone else getting some hard Nevermind vibes from the above image of the dead girl in the pool? I certainly am. Anyway, you can check out WHEN THE STREETLIGHTS GO ON beginning on April 6th, only on Quibi.

It all started when pictures of solar-cell lampposts with kinnaree at the top in Samut Prakan went viral. Reportedly, they cost around B95,000 each. This sparked other reports of expensive lampposts from across the nation. Whether you think of them as sight for sore eyes or an eye sore, here are a few with their price tags so you can judge if they make roads more appealing or are monuments of wasteful expense.

There are 40 street lamps in Nonthaburi with floating market boat merchants. They are in a shabby condition, are no longer in use and were damaged by the Big Flood in 2011. Each cost B40,000 when they were erected more than 10 years ago. (Source: Sanook, photo: Khao Sod)

Driving downtown the other night, it seems like half the streetlights were out, especially along North First Street. I read about plans to light up the downtown sculptures. Can the city light up the streets, too?

It's time to turn out the lights on this question that's been nagging me for more than three months now. The question actually goes back to December when a photographer taking pictures of the City Sidewalks celebration noted that many streetlights along the downtown parade route were out. The lack of light came up again about a month before the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council's Illumination Celebration on March 8 to light up the storybook sculptures and trees downtown.

So back in early February I checked along Pine and Cypress streets (between North First and North Sixth streets) and counted five of the small antique-looking street lamps and seven of the tall streetlights that were out. About a half dozen were out along North First Street between Hickory and Pine.

When I asked the city to shed some light on the subject, spokeswoman Cheryl Sawyers explained that some of the streetlights were turned off while the wiring was being done for the sculpture and trees.

Most streetlights in the city are owned and maintained by AEP Texas, she said and the company has been replacing burned-out bulbs. Only about 60 streetlights are owned by the city of Abilene. Others are owned by Taylor Electric Cooperative in south Abilene and the Texas Department of Transportation.

Here's some more enlightenment. If a streetlight pole has a six-digit number on it, then it belongs to AEP. If the light is burned out, call AEP at 1-866-223-8508. To learn more about streetlights go to the city's website at and click on the "How Do I?" button to get to the "report a streetlight outage" section.

A study by research firm IoT Analytics estimates the total number of connected streetlights in North America will reach as high as 14.4 million over the next five years, naming Miami as the city with the most extensive deployment of connected LED streetlights, with nearly 500,000. In Los Angeles, 165,000 networked streetlights are designed to serve as a kind of backbone for the deployment of other technologies, such as noise-detection sensors that monitor gunshots and other sounds. San Diego has tested streetlights outfitted with audio and visual surveillance technology, plus sensors that monitor temperature and humidity. In Kansas City, a new 2.2-mile downtown streetcar line is dotted with wi-fi kiosks, traffic sensors, and LED streetlights with security cameras attached, all linked by fiber-optic cable. And Cleveland is embarking on a $35 million effort to replace 61,000 fixtures with smart camera-enabled LED streetlights. Similar efforts are underway in Paris, Madrid, Jakarta, and other cities around the world.

Photograph: The new generation of streetlights can do everything from monitor the weather to listen for gunshots. Many city officials view this as a boon, but some civil rights organizations are calling for strict regulations. Credit: Coolfire Solutions.

Completely autonomous, the solar streetlights can provide lighting to areas not connected to the grid. Intelligent and connected: they can also become a source of revenue by powering numerous smart city applications (advertising displays, WiFi access, video surveillance). 041b061a72


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