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Cleaning my keyboard a bit ...

... I realize I need a new one. I’ve worn CHUNKS out of the e, s, c, n, m and (of course) l keys.  Literally scooped out of the centers. Good grief.

07/28/14 • 04:20 PM • PersonalWeblogs • No Comments

c|net: A tour of the Royal Air Force Museum.

75 photos, all great. Some examples of German WWII aircraft that I didn’t realize still existed in physical form [HE-111, ME-110].

07/28/14 • 12:28 PM • HistoryPhotographyTravel • No Comments

Jarvis - Your SMS Personal Assistant.

Interesting concept.

07/28/14 • 11:08 AM • GeneralSmall Business • No Comments


Version control Wordpress with Capistrano. Also handles the database.

07/28/14 • 10:44 AM • InternetProgrammingSoftwareWeblogs • No Comments

Guardian.UK: US climber condemned for filming his children in Mont Blanc avalanche.

Mont Blanc is not the New York marathon. It’s not a trek. It’s mountaineering.

07/28/14 • 10:39 AM • ChildhoodNatureTravel • No Comments

Franck Goddio/Projects: Sunken civilizations - Heracleion.

Thonis-Heracleion (the Egyptian and Greek names of the city) is a city lost between legend and reality.”  Check the photos. Amazing trove.  Would love to dive this.

07/28/14 • 10:32 AM • HistoryScienceTravel • No Comments

ArtDaily: Ukraine rebels go to the museum ... to steal World War II tanks and two howitzers.

When an AFP journalist visited the museum Friday there were still markings on the ground from where the separatist fighters had revved up their vintage loot and made off.” Old reliables.  Whether they can find ammo in the right gauge, is a question.

07/28/14 • 09:12 AM • HistoryHuman RightsPoliticsTravel • No Comments

Youtube: Mad Max: Fury Road, Official Comic-Con Trailer (2015).

Action, sure. But for all the techno-punk gadgets, I get nothing from this. No connection. The trailer’s not particularly well-edited, so I’ll leave my jury out for the moment. I’m not hopeful.

07/28/14 • 09:08 AM • Entertainment • No Comments

Aeon: Can you have self-worth without self-love?

We can learn not to care about display, and not to crave the admiration of others. We could even learn to display fewer selfies.”  A nice tempering of the current personal branding mania.  Worth the read.

07/28/14 • 09:00 AM • InternetPsychology • No Comments

Colossal: This Is What Happens When You Attach a GoPro Camera to a Moving Car Wheel.

Barf alert.

07/28/14 • 08:45 AM • Motion Graphics • No Comments

365/2: 207.

365/2: 207.

Contemplating the sadness of an empty martini glass ...

07/27/14 • 04:43 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments

365/2: 206. Too hot to shoot anything else!

365/2: 206.

07/26/14 • 07:39 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments

Ancient Origins: Archaeologists recreate Elixir of Long Life recipe from unearthed bottle.

Loorya enlisted researchers in Germany to track down the recipe in an old medical guide, which revealed that the potion contained ingredients such as aloe, which is anti-inflammatory, gentian root, which aids digestion, as well as rhubarb, zedoary, and Spanish saffron – ingredients still used by herbalists today.

07/26/14 • 06:00 PM • FoodHealthHistoryScholarlyScience • No Comments

BBC: Newly-found gut virus ‘abundant in humans’.

They are now trying to grow the virus in a laboratory. And they say the next step would be to work out exactly how the virus affects our gut bacteria.

07/25/14 • 06:57 PM • HealthScience • No Comments

365/2: 205. Impromptu hatrack.

365/2: 205.

Still need to buy that proper summer cowboy hat.

07/25/14 • 06:19 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local(2) Comments

iainclaridge.net: Propellors.

The link’s spelling (should be -ers). Just beautiful engineering. I miss props on commercial airliners; they were like white noise for the mind. I could zone out for an entire flight, watching them.

07/25/14 • 05:21 PM • HistoryPhotographyTravel(2) Comments

Bicycling: How Female Cyclists Pee in Bib Shorts.

I’d wondered. Bib shorts make a huge difference in biking performance, IMHO. The removal of a stricture around the waist frees up the breathing. If you’ve never tried them, you should. You really should. I don’t ride in anything else.

07/25/14 • 05:21 PM • PersonalPhysical FitnessSports • No Comments

Planet Princeton: Feds - We Have No Jurisdiction Over NJ Transit Rail Line Moves.

If any of you know Princeton, you’ll have heard of the ‘Dinky’.  The shortest rail line in America at present. Now becoming even shorter, it seems. I’ve ridden it many times.  I’m happy to see the original building will survive - I just hope they’re updating the utilities, otherwise it’ll end up abandoned. I remember too well what happened to the historic Princessville Inn. A note - for us legitimate Princetonians, the preferred name was “PJ&B”, said exactly that way. “Princeton Junction and Back.”

07/25/14 • 04:23 PM • HistoryPersonalTravel • No Comments

Paris Review: The Best Medicine.

Can a reader and a character be simultaneously amused?”  Hmmm. Interesting. Conflict tends to drive dialogue, not amusement. I can’t think of a single example of mirthful characters, off the bat. Mercutio’s mirthful wit, perhaps.

07/25/14 • 04:11 PM • ArtsBooksPsychology • No Comments

Center for Public Integrity: How oil and gas firms gained influence and transformed North Dakota.

All I wanted to do was farm and ranch, from the time I could stand up. And it’s stolen the future for a lot of people who wanted to retire here, who wanted to live out their days here. It’s stolen mine.” Scroll about a third of the way down, perhaps a little farther, to the Google map of drilling sites. Then use the Google widget to zoom out a bit. See if you have the same reaction I did (“Holy sh-t!”).

07/25/14 • 01:31 PM • EnvironmentalHuman RightsNaturePolitics • No Comments

Art of VFX: Hercules.

Nice kitty.”  I dig the giant warthog.

07/25/14 • 12:35 PM • Entertainment • No Comments

DEDPXL: Fuji X-T1 Review.

Zach Arias gives his opinion.

07/25/14 • 12:31 PM • ConsumptionDesignPhotography • No Comments

The Airship: Have You Failed as a Writer If You Aren’t Famous?

True failure doesn’t lay in being unknown, but ceasing to write.

07/25/14 • 12:28 PM • ArtsBooksPsychology • No Comments

Popular Archaeology: Ancient naval ram found in Phanagoria reveals history of unrest in 63 BC.

When the ship was first discovered, scientists suggested the ship was an ancient Byzantine merchant vessel. However, the newly-found ram dismisses the previous version and proves that the ship was a bireme, an ancient oared warship with two decks of oars that Mithradates used to quell unrest. The ship was later burned by the protesters in 63 B.C.

07/25/14 • 11:54 AM • HistoryScience • No Comments

Guardian.UK: Shipwreck excavation may explain how 17th-century warship blew itself up.

A surprising number of the human remains recovered so far have proved to be female, suggesting that as well as the 350 crew, plus extra gunners for the newly mounted artillery, the ship was carrying many of their wives and sweethearts.”  In between tours, they’d allow wives and sweethearts on board, to prevent the crew from deserting if they got off the ship. Having read various maritime novels about the era, one could imagine the crew being pretty lax, what with the captain not on board, and wenches all over.

07/25/14 • 11:52 AM • HistoryScienceTravel • No Comments

Dazed: Life on Earth is dying again.

Don’t say we weren’t warned – yesterday several studies published in the journal Science advised that we’re in currently in the middle of the Earth’s sixth mass extinction. While the human population is flourishing (no doubt part of the problem), other species are in rapid decline.

07/25/14 • 11:30 AM • NatureScholarlyScience • No Comments

Art of VFX: Trailer for “The Cut”.

Looks good.

07/25/14 • 11:30 AM • Entertainment • No Comments

BBC: Possible Rodin and Degas works found at Gurlitt home.

Two sculptures, possibly by Auguste Rodin and Edgar Degas, have been discovered in the home of the late art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt.”  Good grief, sounds like the man was sitting on his own personal Louvre, and never really bothered to enjoy any of it.

07/25/14 • 11:15 AM • ArtsHistoryHuman RightsTravel • No Comments

OpenCulture: Colorized Photos Bring Walt Whitman, Charlie Chaplin, Helen Keller & Mark Twain Back.

Hmmm. I disagree; in color, Goebbels loses the sinister. Looks more like he has a case of hemorrhoids and sitting isn’t doing him any favors.

07/25/14 • 11:13 AM • HistoryPhotography • No Comments

Telegraph.UK: The Greek myths that could be box-office hits.

Stop-motion animation, pioneered by Ray Harryhausen in films such as Jason and the Argonauts, gave us loveable but clunky Olympians. Today, with computer-generated imagery and green-screen technology, the Greek gods on screen should be sublime.” Yes, we get the watered-down archetypes from Hollywood, but never a really good ‘go’ at Greek myth.

07/25/14 • 11:07 AM • EntertainmentHistory • No Comments

WSJ: In India, Hindu Gods Get a Muscular Makeover.

In “Shiva: The Legends of the Immortal,” a series of graphic novels, the title character boasts bulging muscles that ripple under his tiger-skin wrap and dark tresses that blow in the wind as he battles with his trident.”  Don’t gods depicted in art always reflect the taste of the era in which the art is created?

07/25/14 • 10:55 AM • ArtsEntertainmentHistory • No Comments

Messy Nessy Chic: Meet the Nomadic Berber Rock Band who play the Desert Blues.

We’ve seen so many strange onstage costumes over the years, these don’t surprise me a bit. Video/audio at the very bottom of the article (doesn’t it belong up top?).

07/25/14 • 10:53 AM • Music • No Comments

Late start.

Was up until the wee hours last night working. Links coming.

07/25/14 • 09:44 AM • PersonalProgrammingWeblogs • No Comments

Seattle.gov: Space Needle Still Standing After Reported Drone Strike.

Another dope. Good luck to the President’s EO; the FAA is the proper venue, no matter what others say. If that thing had broken its props against the Needle, it could have killed or seriously injured someone on the way down. In a “Me, Myself and I” culture, this can’t end well without regulations.

07/24/14 • 10:52 PM • GeneralHealthLawMotion GraphicsPolitics • No Comments

CNet: iPhone 5S vs. train goes exactly like you’d expect.

I despair of youth today. An iPhone won’t derail a train. The concept behind using pennies was not to derail a train, but to put enough of a slicker material (copper offers less traction than the rails, working as a lubricant) between the wheels and the rails to slow or stop the train. 

Not enough kids are growing up in rural areas, sans helicopter parents. I think it’s a huge, HUGE problem.

07/24/14 • 10:47 PM • ChildhoodGeneralHistoryNews • No Comments

WaPo: Study - Colorado River Basin drying up faster than previously thought.

The authors conclude federal officials allocated 30 percent more water from the Colorado River than was actually available. The gaps were made up by groundwater.”  Water wars are just startin’, kid. Git yer hogleg ... it’s gonna get nasty.

07/24/14 • 10:40 PM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • No Comments

365/2: 204. Hot sunset, no monsoon activity to speak of.

365/2: 204.

I was revelling in the fact I’ve got Reeder back again. Blog workflow is much faster - though it also allows me to read after more tangents, too. [*slaps wrist*] I have too damned many interests.

07/24/14 • 08:17 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe LocalWeblogs • No Comments

BikeEXIF: BSA A50 by Hazan Motorworks.

Beautiful. Check the aspirator bottle as oil reservoir. (Hope it’s padded a bit).

07/24/14 • 05:58 PM • ConsumptionDesign • No Comments

Pacific Standard: California’s Lax Policing of the Fracking Industry.

The problem is that at least 100 of the state’s aquifers were presumed to be useless for drinking and farming because the water was either of poor quality, or too deep underground to easily access. Years ago, the state exempted them from environmental protection and allowed the oil and gas industry to intentionally pollute them.” !^$%$^@#^%!%$ [Holding my hand to my throat, practically strangling myself, so I don’t start shouting again.] There is no such thing as a useless resource.

07/24/14 • 03:58 PM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHome & LivingHuman RightsNaturePolitics • No Comments

Greek Myth Comix: Deaths in the Iliad - a Classics Infographic.

Interesting. Normally I hate infographics. This one offers good insight without being a visual assault - though legibility is an issue ...

07/24/14 • 02:47 PM • EntertainmentHistory • No Comments
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