Daily Beast: Does Beyoncé Write Her Own Music? And Does It Really Matter?
“On Beyoncé’s new album Lemonade, already a religious work for its legion of worshippers, that village is populated by dozens of the industry’s most in-demand producers and no less than 72 writers, including James Blake, The Weeknd, Jack White, and, um, Led Zeppelin.” Read it, see what you think.
BBC: Barbie challenges the ‘white saviour complex’.
“... work and volunteering can work as long as some basic points are observed. Firstly, that people are aware that they are coming not to ‘save Africa’ but to help out locals who are already doing the work. Secondly, they need to acknowledge the privilege that they come with.” Even some budding journalists head over thinking they’ll find Africa still exists as 60’s National Geographic tableaus.
SciAm: Unearthing the Atrocities of Nazi Death Camps.
“The controversy that surrounds the investigations raises vital questions: How necessary is it to turn an exacting new lens on long-buried atrocities? And how can researchers strike an ideal balance between honoring the dead and gathering knowledge for future generations?” We rip Pharaohs out of tombs, Native Americans from their resting places. Why not investigate these atrocities? Many Vreelands (I have no Jewish heritage - I don’t think - my direct ancestor was Dutch Reformed - but there were many chances for crossbreeding between the 1600’s and WWII) died at Sobibor. I want to know what happened to these distant possible-relatives.
Guardian.UK: Humanoid diving robot hunts for sunken treasure in French shipwreck.
Fantastic. Once operators are trained, they should manufacture both much smaller and much larger versions, for various roles. [The controls being the same, of course.]
medieval books: The Secrets of Medieval Fonts.
“No surviving artefact underscores this point of variation better than advertisement sheets of commercial scribes.” Even the Dark Ages suffered advertisements?!!
xoJane: ‘I Am Becky With the Good Hair’.
Hell of a good article. She almost single-handedly overpowers the original material.
OneHeadlightInk: Today’s NM Film Fix – with Cassidy Freeman.
“Cady” on Longmire.
The Atlantic: You’re More Likely to Die in a Human Extinction Event Than a Car Crash.
“The Global Challenges Foundation estimates a 9.5 percent chance of human extinction within the next hundred years.” Oh, happy thoughts for the weekend. I didn’t read this. “La la la la ...”
DiscoverMag: Liz Parrish Is Patient Zero in Her Own Anti-Aging Experiment.
Politico: Insiders - Clinton would crush Trump in November.
“Could be close if Trump starts to act normal.” I remember 1980 all too well, and remain concerned. Bozos can surprise you. My major hope: I don’t think Trump could ever mind his mouth. The bigger issue is Clinton, can she rise above and stay Teflon-coated? It is going to be much harder than the pundits imagine, I think, to run against a candidate who can say anything, do anything, and never be held accountable.
Biggest target on Clinton: Clinton Foundation. I’ve been doing some digging. Jeebus, but it’s going to be an investigation-attractor like you’ve never seen. Benghazi on steroids. She’s going to die the death by a thousand cuts, just from this one endeavor.
NY Times: Alicia Vikander to Star as Lara Croft in New Movie.
Nothing against her; I suppose I’ve been thirsting for a more Xena-like size and capability (5’ 10”), than a Khaleesi-type waif (5’ 5”). Angelina was a little thin, she only barely maintained suspension of disbelief in the role. I think if Ms Vikander did some climbing, working on the delts and quads, I might believe she could own the action sequences.
Dare I add, some of the early renderings of Lara had a quality to the face not unlike Joan Crawford in “Mommy Dearest” ... that level of determination and willpower. Only fleeting fear, followed by grit. I’ll miss that aspect. The latest video game renderings look like someone’s kid sister, about to bust out bawling.
American Prospect: The Real Stakes in the Veepstakes.
Worth the read. I still consider VP a rather dead-end job, in spite of what’s said here. I couldn’t see wasting Elizabeth Warren in this fashion; Hillary would never cede enough power for EW to do anything of worth.
MeFi: The history of my stupidity would fill many volumes.
The thing is, not to avoid mistakes, but to make better mistakes. Iterate more efficiently.
One sentence equivalent articles.
I’m running into more and more lengthy ‘preach’ pieces ... you know, the old ‘best practices’ articles ... ones that run hundreds, even thousands of words long. And in each and every case, they could be communicated in one (admitted compound, but quickly-understood) sentence.
I’m reminded of a quote from Fowles’ The Magus: “Why should I struggle through hundreds of pages of fabrication to reach half a dozen very little truths?”
Mashable: How to disable Chrome notifications.
Useful. Evernoted, to forward to clients.
Open Culture: Watch Animated Introductions to 25 Philosophers.
Even these short excerpts may be too much for some short-attention-span individuals. But worth the watching, for those who have never had any exposure to these ideas.
SF New Mexican: Land commissioner slams attempt to create two new wilderness areas.
With the huge drop in oil and gas revenues, beggaring the state’s coffers, it may be a harder sell than they think. [I’m always for more protected lands.]
Farmington Daily Times: San Juan County earns failing marks for ozone.
As I’ve mentioned many a time, it is a terrible shame scent cannot be broadcast. If so, you would understand why the oil and gas areas are worst. You know, amazing things might happen if we had a way to share smells across long distances. I wonder if anyone’s working on such a device.
Mashable: Ouch - Some Slack developers have been exposing corporate data
PS Mag: Meditation Keeps Your Brain Young.
Perhaps. The research referenced is not as rock-solid guaranteed as this article makes it out to be.
Economist: Language anxieties - A long decline.
PDN: Leica Reimagines Digital Rangefinder with the Stripped-Down M-D
No LCD for image review. Interestingly, as I use digitals more, I use the LCD less in landscape photography. I’ve visualized what I want, and I don’t attach a lot of expectations. For portraiture, I use it quite a bit to verify focus.
NY Times: Colorado Weighs Replacing Obama’s Health Policy With Universal Coverage.
“The system would be financed by payroll taxes of 3.3 percent for workers and 6.7 percent for employers. It would impose a 10 percent tax on investment income, people who are self-employed and some small-business income.” Sounds reasonable, if it can be supported on such. Yet 10% for self-employed ... ouch. Double-ouch. Compared to ‘workers’ and ‘employers’. We small businesses have a hard enough time. But if we could actually *use* it, we could bear it.
Barnfinds: Motorhome Master - 1974 FMC 2900R Motorhome.
I would die. The ‘70’s burned me out on Avocado Green. I see it today, I have near-epileptic fits.
c|net: Women have a ‘bitch-switch,’ says telecom CEO.
And we men don’t have a ‘bastard button’?
Portside: Time to Transform Bernie’s Campaign Into a Permanent Organization.
Sanders supporters, it’s your most important read of the month. If you don’t want all your efforts to go to waste, you must organize and become something more than just a one-candidate flash-in-the-pan. America needs you, the world needs you.
Youtube: Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Vintage Swing Jet Cover ft. Addie Hamilton.
Never gets old, PMJ.
AuthorityNutrition: Are Oats and Oatmeal Gluten-Free?
They are, but cross-contamination is a huge problem. I eat oats only when I know I can ‘take a chance’ with my health.
I’ll take the opportunity to interject another interesting cross-contamination source. Coffee. I bought some mass market coldbrew coffee, and had some problems. I chalked it up to acidity (even though cold brew is supposed to be lower), kept drinking, and had worse problems. Doing research (I’m SO sick of researching things) ... coffee in America is of course not subject to cross-contamination in general. It’s the source countries. They use the same trucks for the coffee harvest that they use for hauling wheat and other grains. So some, especially cheaper coffees, can be significantly contaminated.
Unfortunately, everyone changes their sourcing all the time. I stick with one brand until symptoms start, and then start gently trialing others.
Celiac/gluten issues blow the big one. I hate it.
DJ: ‘All Belgians to get iodine pills’ in case of nuclear accident.
“The reactor pressure vessels at both sites have shown signs of metal degradation, raising fears about their safety. They were temporarily closed but resumed service last December.” Show some sense. Close ‘em down.
Flickr: Labels and Tags.
I may have pointed to this before, or maybe just something similar. Tickles the back of my brain. Well, it’s always an aesthetic joy.