ABC7: IndyCar drivers pay tribute to Justin Wilson with drive across Golden Gate Bridge.
Minor discussion of closed cockpits.
Yosemite/mouse problem licked.
Turns out, not Yosemite at all. When I’d previously had some cutouts, I’d noticed it happened after abrupt mouse movements. Seems the battery door doesn’t push the batteries into full contact. I taped a piece of index card inside the door, and that fixed things. I’ve been having them so frequently lately, I thought - what the hell. Go for the easy solution. I slapped a full-length piece of duct tape over the taped index card (twice as thick as previously), and closed the battery door. No more ‘connection lost’ inconveniences.
And my apologies for picking on you, Yosemite.
The Atlantic: U.S. Housing: An Economic Bright Spot After a Wobbly Week.
“Unlike with the stock market, economists agree that the housing market can probably withstand an interest rate hike ...” You wonder if policy-makers or journalists ever look beyond the statistics and check actual conditions on the ground. Real estate is but thinly recovering here. A hike would immolate that progress.
William Reichard: Pocket’s ‘recommendations’ - coming soon to a cramped screen nea
So the bloat starts. The ‘Microsoft Word’ path of ... hyperaccessorizing? Would that be a correct term? I use Pocket solely as an easy transfer between mobile and desktop for blog purposes. A button tap or two, versus sending myself an email. Fewer steps than sending to Evernote, and then erasing (if it’s in the blog, I don’t need it in Evernote). I hope ‘Recommendations’ aren’t going to get up my nose ...
Petapixel: When Photography Becomes a Weapon.
“... in the 21st century, photographs of an atrocity don’t wait to give rise to opposing responses. They are created and distributed with an intent to harm and polarize. The weaponization of photography is a partial reflection of a modern culture that is willing to consume and interpret imagery without analysis or concern for who might be victimized by the image.”
Can we (should we) talk about Trump’s signage?
The typography is *horrible*. Is he using Elance or something? “Here’s a blue rectangle. Slam this type in there.”
ArtDaily: Archaeologists unearth ancient Greek palace with important inscriptions near Sparta.
No sign of Gerard Butler’s CGI abs, though. [Teasing.]
SF New Mexican: New Mexico insurer is pulling out of state health exchange.
The house of cards will come falling down. Folks I talk to, cannot find doctors to take some of the other exchange options. Not good.
Later: What happens if the ACA fails in a single state? Oh, people may be covered, but they may not find physicians to take that coverage. What happens then?
Jacobin: Why the Rich Love Burning Man.
“To these young tech workers — mostly white, mostly men — who flock to the festival, Burning Man reinforces and fosters the idea that they can remake the world without anyone else’s input. It’s a rabid libertarian fantasy. It fluffs their egos and tells them that they have the power and right to make society for all of us, to determine how things should be. This is the dark heart of Burning Man, the reason that high-powered capitalists — and especially capitalist libertarians — love Burning Man so much.” How far do we have to go, before we call the 1% what it is ... an hereditary aristocracy. I declare we are the New Third Estate.
NY Times: Usain Bolt Wins Easily but Is Run Down by a Segway.
Couldn’t have helped his back, though. I’d be cautious saying he’s uninjured. Besides, using a Segway that close? Crazy. I know folks want smooth pans, but really now.
NPR: FDA Says Cigarettes Can’t Be Marketed As ‘Natural’.
American Spirit is, of course, based here in Santa Fe. Time to call the graphic artists.
Slate: Sinead O’Connor called and bet me a meal that I’d change my mind about her music.
Refreshing to read about a critic getting rocked back on their heels.
Connect/DPReview: Instagram now allows landscape and portrait formats.
Purists may have a hissy fit, I suppose.
Angry Bear: Real Household Net Worth - Look Out Below?
Uh-oh. Recession coming? That’ll hurt not only us, but the Dem nominee. Obama better get serious with Ms. Yellen.
Atlantic: Modafinil Really Is a ‘Smart Drug,’ Study Says.
Where’ve you been? Prozac started the ‘work-doping’ trend. The perceived ‘mood brightener’ became a must-take for salespeople in the 90’s.
FEDDZ - electric motor scooter.
German e-bike design. I like where they put the primary storage - under the top tube. Much more stable. Size-limited, but still ... smart.
SpendingItAll: Ripsaw EV2 Luxury Tank.
99U: Escaping the Time-Scarcity Trap.
Busy Thursday. Links as I can.
Meetings this afternoon, prep work required. Catch as catch can.
Stock Market: Following up, I see it rose almost 4% today.
Each day starts with “Wall Street Rallies!”, and then those stories gradually disappear as if caught in quicksand. The Virginia shooting seems to have buried the stock market’s dismal performance in today’s news cycle. How short our memories.
RACV RoyalAuto: New York taxi collection.
The best part about a Checker cab was the voluminous room in the back. If you’ve never had the privilege of riding in one, manky from thousands of butts, they have two round ‘jump seats’ that fold down in back of the front driver and passenger seats. A rolling party! Bombproof. Reliable Chevy V8 running gear.
ReadWrite: Weaponized Drones Are Now Legal In The U.S.
“The law’s author, Representative Rick Becker, originally wanted to require police to secure a warrant for drone surveillance. But then local law enforcement managed to sneak in the right to equip drones with tasers or rubber bullets by amending the original prohibition against lethal and non-lethal force to just limiting lethal weapons.”
Rhythmus.be: Markdown to InDesign.
Word to InDesign is cumbersome and fraught with errors. Mostly because folks don’t really know how to use Word properly (who does?). Putting Markdown in the middle, though ... hmmm. I’ll have to try it.
Digital Reader: Scribd Dials Back Its Audiobook Service.
“Both of Scribd’s bold moves made the service attractive to potential subscribers, but they came at too high of a price. Rather than just draw in paying customers, Scribd attracted the type of customer it does not want - those who would use the service as it was intended by consuming as much content as they can.” My italic emphasis.
Guardian.UK: Activists threaten lawsuit against EPA over fracking-induced earthquakes.
“Other groups involved in the lawsuit include the Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthworks, Responsible Drilling Alliance, San Juan Citizens Alliance, West Virginia Surface Owners Rights Organization, and the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.” Go, Earthworks, go!
Pen Test Partners: Hacking DefCon 23’s IoT Village Samsung fridge.
“Whilst the fridge implements SSL, it FAILS to validate SSL certificates, thereby enabling man-in-the-middle attacks against most connections.” No flying cars, but SSL in your refrigerator. Welcome to the future. Thanks, @emceeaich.
NoVolume: All Websites Look The Same.
Yesindeedy. Starting to change, just a little. But viewers are now *expecting* these designs, which complicates matters. Present them with a ‘nonstandard’ site, they become confused.
Guardian.UK: North Dakota’s big oil boom in a man’s land - ‘It’s like capitalism on steroids’.
A bit light and fluffy. Is anyone preparing for when the money stops flowing? And no real mention of the environmental concerns. At least the author did hit the infrastructure issue.
WTKR: Roanoke reporter, photographer killed by shooter during live news interview.
Horrible. The perpetrator shot them down with no more consideration than a worker in an abbatoir. The frequency of shootings seems to be increasing.
NY Times: As Donald Trump and Jorge Ramos Clash, Latino News Media Airs Its Offense.
“‘El hombre del peluquín’ — the man of the toupee.” And the great Oreo debacle. Petty is the best word I can use. I’ll bet you could choose any computer in his business and pull out a Seagate (assembled in Mexico) drive.