AVweb: Two Airplanes Successfully Ditch In Pacific.
Fresh from out back ...
Paris Review: Shying.
“... people don’t look at you sitting by yourself and think, ‘she’s shy.’ They will, perhaps, attribute to you all the power you give them. In short, they will merely think you aloof.” I can’t remember the last time I used the word, “shy”. Worthy of thought.
AdWeek/TVNewser: Why 2 Feet of Predicted Snow Was More Like 8 Inches.
“The Weather Service has launched the new multi-million dollar GFS Model, to compete with the European model.” They got the right forecast, they just didn’t believe it.
Peas from Austria. Why?
I just noticed on my package of frozen peas from Trader Joe’s, that they are grown in Austria. Why, I wonder? Did California drop off the map? The breadbasket Midwest get consumed in a tornado? Florida, sink? How can this be economical? Like their Dutch tomatoes and other products, I just don’t get where TJ’s transportation costs are hidden. And I won’t even start on the carbon footprint.
CosmosUp: Oldest Star System ‘could Point to Extremely Advanced Alien Civilisations’.
Guardian.UK: White House unveils plan to open Atlantic waters to offshore oil drilling.
Like our shorelines can bear more pollution. Thanks for nothing, O.
Youtube: Fantastic Four | Official Teaser Trailer [HD].
Erm. Oh the melodrama (modern superhero trailers). I just don’t think anyone can do a rubber-man convincingly. Can’t suspend disbelief on that one; I see them try, and it takes me right out of the film. F4 should stay cartoon. IMHO.
Slugline. Simply Screenwriting.
Of interest if’n you need this sort o’ tool.
Youtube: Nobody Tells This To Beginners.
Yes. In my parlance, “Iterate faster, iterate better.” It’s not enough to do the same thing over and over again. One has to do it, judge it, do better the next time. Keep refining. Or keep stretching. Whatever it takes!
Latest Mac OS X [Mavericks] Security update ... long period of white screen is normal.
I let mine update via the App Store, restarted, and my iMac sat on a white screen for a very extended period, with no hard drive sounds. Eventually it all started chugging again, and loaded normally. Just warning others - be PATIENT.
GreaterGreaterWashington: The Air and Space Museum needs a new skin.
“Beginning in the 1950s, engineers and architects tried to apply stone as thinly as possible to make buildings more cost-efficient.” Just wait until you see the results of modern ‘starchitects’ work in 40 years.
MessyNessy: Building Mr. Eiffel’s Penthouse Apartment - A Tower Under Construction.
Good old steelwork.
CBC: Archaeologists find casket with Don Quixote author’s initials.
No real new information, but photos.
Hit the ground running with work this morning.
If I see a link fly by, I’ll snatch it out of the air and plaster it here ...
NY Times: How Much Snow Has Fallen.
The second map. If true ... *yawn* ... some Governors are going to look pretty silly.
ArtDaily: Rare 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet heads for Bonhams Stuttgart sale.
The Hollywood Reporter: Portraits of Stars at Sundance.
c|net: Emma Watson to play bookish Belle in live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
Not at all who I pictured for the role. Too WASP-ish, too skinny. And where’s the chestnut-brown hair? I understand the ‘bookishness’ choice, but ... meh.
PS Mag: Whatever Happened to ‘Eco-Terrorism’?
GadgetFlow: KeyMouse™ Re-invents the Keyboard and Mouse.
This is the kind of gizmo I’m usually a sucker for. Not at this price, though.
ReadWrite: Why We Need A New Word For Drones.
I was all over this what, nine months, a year ago? Catch up, media. Or not. “Drone” sells ad impressions.
BBC: Dementia ‘linked’ to common over-the-counter drugs.
Hmmm. “The study estimated that people taking at least 10 mg/day of doxepin (antidepressant), 4 mg/day of diphenhydramine (a sleep aid), or 5 mg/day of oxybutynin (a urinary incontinence drug) for more than three years would be at greater risk of developing dementia.”
EOS HD: DSLR Video Quality Rank, January 2015.
Guardian.UK: Can art still shock?
I always get disappointed when people only consider art within a ‘shock’ framework. Eliciting emotion should not be limited to outrage or disgust. What of thrill, what of inspiration, what of happiness? Why are these considered ‘lesser’ emotions in the artworld? Boring, even?
medievalbooks: Medieval Speech Bubbles.
Even bubble-less. Clever.
TechDirt: Classic Songs Of The 50s & 60s May Disappear From Streaming Thanks To Lawsuits.
“it seems quite likely that at least some, if not all, of these services are going to quickly realize that their best move is to simply remove all pre-1972 recordings from their catalog.” Oh, for heaven’s sake. What am I going to do without my Gene Vincent? Johnny Cash? Bob Dylan?
Vox: This airplane is hammering ISIS. So why is the Air Force trying to kill it?
The A-10 may be slow, but it’s very maneuverable. The F-35 as a replacement is just a terrible, expensive joke. It’s like having a one-size-fits-all vehicle (tank, transport, hummer, jeep, motorcycle). Makes no sense.
Art of Manliness: WWII Workout Week - Posture Training.
The Atlantic: The Texas Miracle.
Say it, Atlantic. Fracking rendered these numbers, not any policy miracle (other than letting energy companies have free rein).
Guardian.UK: The boy who didn’t come back from heaven: inside a bestseller’s ‘deception’.
“The word exploitation is very appropriate. The children are exploited. The Christian public is exploited. The buyers are exploited.” For related exploitation, see the LRB link yesterday.
Italian Ways: The Ferrania Ibis - anyone can be a photographer.
Just seeing panchromatic film indicated, lights up long-dormant synapses.
Vox: Someone successfully used a drone to breach the White House security perimeter.
Drugs over the border, visiting the President ... if you wondered why the FAA was dragging its feet, these seem to be good examples.
ArtDaily: The gloves from Ali-Liston II in 1965, ready for auction.
ArtDaily: War injuries key to Spanish search for ‘Quixote’ author Miguel de Cervantes’ remains.
The Coolist: Leatherman Tread Wearable Multitool Watch Bracelet.
Nice, but you know the TSA will ban it eventually.
NY Times: A Twist in the Murder of a 97-Year-Old Man: He Was Knifed 5 Decades Ago.
Now there’s a story. Now I know Mercury is retrograde.
paradox1x.org: Blogging is far from dead.
LRB: Hilary Mantel reviews ‘The Voices of Gemma Galgani’.
“It ought to be possible to live and thrive, without conforming, complying, giving in, but also without imitating a man, even Christ: it should be possible to live without constant falsification. It should be possible for a woman to live – without feeling that she is starving on the doorstep of plenty – as light, remarkable, strong and free.” Powerful load of baggage to load on a book or four. But worth the read.