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Product review: Timex Weekender watch.

I wanted a nice, plain watch to replace my finer watches while they were out for repairs. I found a Timex Weekender [face is identical, my strap’s different] that looked really nice for about $17.  Keeps excellent time, dead accurate. But. The ticking is incredibly loud. I can hear it while playing music at my computer, it’s that noisy. Now, certain days, it drives me to be better about time management, and I don’t mind at all. Other days, I have to bury the durned thing in a cabinet, wrapped in a sock.

Four stars for being simple, accurate timekeeping. One star off for unnecessary acoustic assault.

03/04/15 • 04:05 PM • ConsumptionPersonal • No Comments

The Register.UK: Sophie the Stegosaurus was a teenaged fat lass claims triple-D model.

Now, now. For Sophie. “Register says you’re fat, but I ain’t down with that.”

Where do they come up with these titles?

03/04/15 • 03:53 PM • HistoryScience • No Comments

Media Matters: NY Times’ Deceptive Suggestion That Hillary May Have Violated Federal Records Law.

Of note.  Media’s finding more details to question.

03/04/15 • 12:48 PM • LawPolitics • No Comments

Mashable: “Let women fly!” Remembering history’s first female aviators.

Do more research, M. What of Katherine Stinson? More. Buried here in Santa Fe.

03/04/15 • 12:34 PM • HistorySanta Fe Local • No Comments

The Register.UK: Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship.

In desperation, she was shooting her huge 18” guns directly into the water to create explosive geysers, intended to stop the torpedo bombers from reaching her.

03/04/15 • 12:30 PM • HistoryScience • No Comments

NY Times: Hermosa Beach, Calif., Voters Give Thumbs Down to Oil Drilling.

As a result of the vote, Hermosa Beach now owes E&B $17.5 million to terminate the contract, under the terms of an agreement ending litigation with the firm.”  Ouch. With oil prices so low, companies may pursue mineral rights litigation not to actually drill, but to simply minimize the red in their ledgers.

Bike EXIF: The Amazing Motorcycle Models of Pere Tarragó.


03/04/15 • 11:51 AM • ArtsGeneralVehicles • No Comments

Guardian.UK: Egyptian Museum to launch new conservation database.

I have a saying: if you want to be a good restorer, think an hour before you work for one minute.

03/04/15 • 11:46 AM • ArtsHistoryScienceTravel • No Comments

Civil War Memory: “With Malice Toward None, With Charity For All”.

150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.

03/04/15 • 11:43 AM • HistoryPolitics • No Comments

Historiann: Dad opens can of internet whoopa$$ on offensive Twitter jerks.

All Dads with daughters, take note.

03/04/15 • 11:40 AM • ChildhoodHuman RightsSocial MediaSports(2) Comments

Happy 14th, Euan.

Keep ‘er growing and changing.

03/04/15 • 11:34 AM • InternetPersonalWeblogs • No Comments

EOSHD: Olympus E-M5 Mark II - love and hate at first sight.

This is ultra silly. Sillier than a weasel riding a woodpecker.” C’mon, tell us what you really feel.

03/03/15 • 10:00 PM • ConsumptionHardwareMotion GraphicsPhotography • No Comments

ArtDaily: 115-year-old Benz Ideal offered at Bonhams Mercedes=Benz sale.


03/03/15 • 09:51 PM • ConsumptionDesignHistoryVehicles • No Comments

The New Yorker: Squatters of the Lower East Side.

Some things don’t change all that much ... Alphabet City, I would have bet. Tompkins Square Park is quite clean now, I hear. Back in the 80’s, it was a needle-den. Dangerous as hell. And you’d see all these kids busking/selling/panhandling on St Mark’s Place. Fun places to go after dark, though.

03/03/15 • 06:46 PM • HistoryPersonalPhotography • No Comments

Mother Jones: The Brief Life and Private Death of Alexandria Hill.

This will make you livid.

03/03/15 • 01:23 PM • ChildhoodHuman RightsLaw(2) Comments

Nike: Classic Cortez.

Oh yeah, I remember when these became a litmus test for ‘cool.’ Along with these.

03/03/15 • 12:44 PM • ConsumptionDesignHistory(2) Comments

Catching up after yesterday.

Linkage on time-allowed basis.

03/03/15 • 12:32 PM • PersonalWeblogs • No Comments

Hillary’s email.

Here, do an experiment. Choose any politician, combine their name with “email.”  You’ll find the great majority (esp. governors) attempting to circumvent public records laws. You’ll find a spate of ‘burner’ email accounts, mysterious drive crashes (no redundancy?), more.

Doesn’t make it right, but the media does need to recognize that many politicos are doing it when reporting on the circumstance.

Later: TechDirt does it well. If she was passing classified info over personal email, her goose is cooked for ‘16.

03/03/15 • 12:30 PM • InternetLawPolitics(3) Comments

Vox: These twins can teach us a lot about racial identity.

Heavenly, the miracles Mother Nature throws at unappreciating bigots.

03/03/15 • 12:08 PM • ChildhoodHealthHuman RightsPsychologyScience1 Comment

Slate: Baby boomers delaying retirement - It’s a myth, because retirement is bleaker than ever

Altered title for length. Read it.

03/02/15 • 07:18 PM • EconomicsHealthHistoryHome & LivingHuman RightsPolitics1 Comment

Air & Space Magazine: Hamilton H-47 - Panoramas of cockpits.

They will be adding some great planes to this list.

03/02/15 • 12:15 PM • HistoryMotion GraphicsPhotographyVehiclesWeblogs • No Comments

Welcome to the new CJR.

CJR redesigns. Looks good, first impression.

03/02/15 • 12:00 PM • DesignInternetNewsWeblogs • No Comments

ReadWrite: Google+ Is Poised For A Big Breakup.

I wondered for how long it would continue to limp along.

03/02/15 • 11:59 AM • GoogleInternetSocial Media • No Comments

Independent.UK/Kristin Scott Thomas: Describes ageism ‘disaster’ for female actors as ‘boring’.

Until the average life-span is 150 years or something, I don’t think women in their 50s are going to be considered at all viable.” Our media rarely accepts wrinkles. Most 50-ish men in Hollywood are slamming Color Camo (to minimize gray). Women have it significantly harder - their skin in thinner, so wrinkles become pronounced much earlier. In a world based on aesthetics ...

03/02/15 • 11:26 AM • EntertainmentHealthScience • No Comments

ArtDaily: Major exhibition of works by Dutch photographer Marie Cécile Thijs opens.

Her work echoes Old Master lighting. See more on her own website.

03/02/15 • 11:15 AM • ArtsConsumptionPhotography • No Comments

WSJ: The Destruction of Cultural Heritage Should be a War Crime.

I agree, of course. But we also have to ask ourselves why this gets us more outraged (as a culture) than the abduction and forcible rape of Yazidi girls.

03/02/15 • 11:03 AM • Human RightsLawPolitics • No Comments


I seem to have ingested something that had more than just cross-contamination. No fever, just the inability to think, a feeling of flu-like aches, and the requisite digestive issues. This is what leukemia must feel like. Energy drained through the heels, every muscle reduced to the size of a shoelace.

I’ve gotten very good at avoiding ‘the g stuff’. Only rarely am I caught, and even more rarely with this kind of severity.

Links will be slow to appear, in other words.

03/02/15 • 10:25 AM • HealthPersonalWeblogs(3) Comments

HowIRound: Andrew Jackson Is Not As Bad As You Think—He’s Far, Far Bloodier.

The lessons of Bloody Bloody are seen in American society today. Today, Native women are murdered at a rate higher than any other race in America. The majority of the perpetrators of violent crimes against Native women are non-Native men. The ‘jokes’ in Bloody Bloody about killing Indians are not ‘jokes.’ They are a reality.” Never give a native individual a $20 bill in change. Never.

03/01/15 • 02:11 PM • HistoryHuman RightsSanta Fe Local • No Comments

Return of the Cafe Racers: Plasma Customs BMW R65.

Why is it, that BMWs seem to always make the best-looking cafe racers?  Everytime I do a double-take out on the street, 80% of the time it’s a BMW.

03/01/15 • 11:23 AM • ConsumptionDesignVehicles • No Comments

DBushell.com: Critical CSS and Performance.

Very interesting, for a content-person.

03/01/15 • 11:22 AM • DesignInternetProgramming • No Comments

Pondering the confluence of ‘the dress’ and Scott Walker.

Both subjects of no real value, overdramatized. We live in a meta-world where a name mention — whether positive or negative — increases saturation for that subject, ultimately proving a boon. Instead of feeling the need to express an opinion, there’s significantly more value in just ignoring such things.

And if you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, I stand up and applaud in your general direction.

03/01/15 • 11:13 AM • InternetNewsPhotographyPoliticsPsychology • No Comments

Past Horizons: Parisian hospital cemetery excavation: from medieval to modern.

An image to give you the heebie-jeebies.

02/28/15 • 12:01 PM • HistoryPhotographyScience • No Comments

Popular Archaeology: More on the violent death of Pharaoh Senebkay.

Perhaps horses were widely used earlier than previously believed.

02/28/15 • 12:00 PM • HealthHistoryScience • No Comments

Reuters: The ruins of Donetsk airport.


02/27/15 • 04:08 PM • HistoryPhotographyPolitics1 Comment

Autoweek: Carmen Jorda and Formula One’s money problem.

Honestly, if Jorda were a man, most F1 fans would look at the Lotus deal with mild irritation. ‘Another guy with money is getting a gig he doesn’t deserve.’ But when it’s a good-looking woman who gets the job, people lose their minds.

02/27/15 • 04:00 PM • Human RightsSports • No Comments

Exception Not Found: Doing it Right vs Getting it Done.


02/27/15 • 02:40 PM • DesignEconomicsProgrammingPsychologySmall Business • No Comments

Dare I admit ...

... that the latest spate of animated GIFs in my feed on Facebook make me nostalgic for the abhorred BLINK tag ... ?

02/27/15 • 02:38 PM • PersonalProgrammingPsychology • No Comments

The Register: Churchill’s blood valued at £560,000.

Dukes Auctions is estimating the phial of his blood obtained by a nurse in 1962 could fetch £1,000, although a spokeswoman from the auction house said that due to the age of the specimen it now resembles a congealed orange-red blob.” One can safely assume Hayley Atwell will not be choked up and dumping this in the Thames from Tower Bridge.

02/27/15 • 02:32 PM • ConsumptionHealthHistory • No Comments

Mashable: The ISIS campaign to erase history

Anyone who has visited temples in Egypt and other ancient locations around the Mediterranean can always view the defacement perpetrated by ‘Dark Age’ Christians ... religious extremism breeds this behavior. KJV: “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” Orwell: “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

02/27/15 • 02:28 PM • HistoryReligionScholarlyScience • No Comments

New site: Useful Mac.

If you use a Mac, add it to your RSS aggregator. Very new, but some nice tips so far. Recommended.

02/27/15 • 01:21 PM • AppleWeblogs • No Comments
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