Mashable: Tourists just trying to take a selfie severely damaged a marble statue in Italy.
Vox: Radio signals puzzled astrophysicists for 17 years; solved.
I haven’t laughed this hard in at least a week.
Vox: Can Bernie Sanders push Clinton left on climate?
It would make her more palatable to me. A nice incentive for wind and solar would go a long way, along with a turn away from fracking.
Globe and Mail.CA: Movie-fan bloggers the new Hollywood influencers.
“While the fan connection has long been cultivated at conventions such as Comic-Con or Disney’s Star Wars Celebration, young writers such as Jones – whose posts have been read nearly 11 million times – are increasingly being courted at events once reserved for traditional media outlets.” 11 million times! I should just shut up shop and retire to the back of my sock drawer. But that’s a good example of the popularity a niche blog can stumble upon.
500px ISO: That ‘Most Used Cameras’ Stat Sharing Sites Like Promoting is Full of Holes.
Stats need context.
Mobile Mouse: Turn your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch into a Remote for your computer.
OK, seriously cool. With an iPad and a stylus, I could have a Wacom tablet on the cheap?
FashionBeans x Timex Watches: Weekender Collection.
Cute, affordable ... but loud. I blogged about buying one - many I encounter comment on the loud tick, and not in a complimentary fashion. I sprang for a Seiko self-winder, which adds day/date over the Weekender. The only negative is the small set knob; fiddly for my big fingers. Very accurate, good looking and almost silent. The Weekender has been relegated to solo weekend use.
If a jeweler came up with a low-cost way to quiet a Weekender, I imagine they’d make a mint pretty swiftly. Buy cheap b/w ads in the back of men’s fashion mags.
Youtube: Fenati and Ajo clash in Moto3 warm-up.
Childish and dangerous. The guy in the blue punches the other’s engine kill switch at 0:30. He received a well-deserved penalty.
Yow, the home page for Atlantic ...
The Atlantic went full-on responsive, I suppose, sometime in past months. I’m SO GLAD I read it through RSS. My fingers would die of scrolling. The cacophany of images and text may be great for smartphones, but on desktop I can’t parse it to find linkable stories. I find it overloads my brainpan.
Smithsonian: The Media Needs a History Lesson When Addressing Civic Unrest.
“... I think the way the media is depicting Baltimore, especially, is as if the choice is either don’t protest, which may lead to violence, or accept the lot. I mean part of the notion of calling people thugs is painting a lot of people with a broad brush and I think that’s a challenging thing to do.”
ArtDaily: In US, all presidents want their own temples.
Mashable: Your beard is dirty as a toilet?
Glass half empty? Look on the bright side - grow a beard, give yourself a free fecal transplant. There.
Later: Apparently a bit overblown, in sensationalist style. Your smartphone may worry you more.
SF New Mexican: Santa Fe ranks as top capital city for selfie-taking.
Sunny weather is posited as the reason why.
DWB: Tweet from Command Line with t.
Thought I’d posted something like this before, but a quick search shows I haven’t. Perhaps I shoved it in Evernote.
NY Times: Fracking Chemicals Detected in Pennsylvania Drinking Water.
“The nearby gas wells, which were established in 2009, were constructed with a protective intermediate casing of steel and cement from the surface down to almost 1,000 feet. But the wells below that depth lacked the protective casing, and were potentially at greater risk of leaking their contents into the surrounding rock layers, according to Dr. Brantley.” Anyone surprised? And when these wells are played out and capped, the cement plug and casings are as prone to leakage as ... your sidewalk is to cracking over time.
Yahoo/Music: Hear It First - Jeff Beck Previews Live Track, ‘Going Down’
Glorious noise. I miss Vinny C.; Joseph is more workmanlike. [Didn’t realize he was married to Joss Stone’s mum.] And Jimmy Hall is no Beth Hart. But I’ll take it. Two new tracks on the album, too. Turn it up loud.
BBC: Nepal earthquake, ‘Worst-affected’ village of Langtang.
Wiped out by landslide and avalanche. The video is harrowing.
Medium/Burton: Modern minimalism in web design is the right choice.
High Camp Teardrop Trailers.
I’m a sucker for stainless, in this case.
Hugging wild lions, snuggling rhinos ...
I get fed up with the ‘loving/nurturing Mother Nature’ meme. Never more than this morning. A raven swooped on the robin’s nest in the piñon tree out in front of our house, ripped their babies to pieces, and ate them as the parents screamed bloody murder. Sandra is disconsolate. Puts a pall on the day. And that’s nothing compared to Kathmandu ...
The New York Review of Books: ‘Nadja à Paris’ by Nadja Tesich.
SciAm: The Anti-Drone Drone.
BBC: When did curators become cool?
“Motley backgrounds!” I need to work that into my CV at some point. Note that, he tips into involuntary psychoanalysis here ... which is generally a fragrant load of ruminant animal ejecta.
Weblog comment moderation example.
Here’s a good example of something I run into occasionally. Read it through.
The commenter is accusing me of stealing other people’s “ideas”. You can click on the link, and see that he is posting others’ work, insinuating it is my own. I did a check on the site, the author may be one of those mentioned in the original PetaPixel article.
So, what are my choices? I could answer him back in the comments. I could email him privately. I could leave the comment as is, with no response. Or I could just erase the comment and ban him.
What are the ramifications of each?
If I comment or email him, he may continue to escalate the situation with more crazy accusations, or start harvesting my own photography (which he seems ignorant of) out of spite. I’m not in the business of educating folks on the differences between theft and creative license. Nor do I have the time, really. The fact that he made such an ill-conceived comment to begin with convinces me he will not be reasonable. Morocco (his originating country) is a member of the WIPO and Berne treaties, and respects US IP and patents. He risks more than a reasoning person should.
If I leave the comment in place, the link will eventually die, and a person entering my archives will not be able to judge the validity of the comment, meaning a percentage of readers will believe I’m an ‘idea-stealer’ or at least a person of dubious character. Comments turn off after a period of time, so noone could comment in query ... and, in practice, only a handful email to simply ask a question to clarify a point.
At this point, I feel my best choice is to simply erase the comment. I will not ban his IP unless he gets abusive.
In the more innocent past, I would have engaged at great length. I’ve since learned the blog-commenting law of diminishing returns ...
Later: The funnier thing is that I’ve given up on ‘conceptual photography’. I look at what people do, and most of it is of a quality that simply shrieks, “HEY, LOOK ... I’M LEARNING PHOTOSHOP!!!!!” The internet-photography equivalent of inspirational quotes. I feel that if I see another ‘levitation’ shot, or another photo with badly PS’d birds, I’ll simply explode.
Aeon: Human beings do not have an instinct for war.
“... chimpanzees are known to engage in violent, group-level encounters, complete with search-and-destroy missions that conjure images of human skirmishing and outright warfare. Bonobos, on the other hand — genetically, no more distant from Homo sapiens — do nothing of the sort, and are renowned for making love, not war.” The author is a budding Buddhist, so grain of salt.
Getting to be that ‘hail’ time of year.
Not yet, but soon. Week or three.
BBC: Caravan, A Great British Love Story.
“There is a unique union of canopy, awning and torrential rain that one can only experience in caravan and camping parks.” If you lived in a row house somewhere in the UK, this would seem more indulgent than we in America would believe.
NPR: Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover.
When foil hats organize. Waste of taxpayer dollars, if you ask me. The TX State Guard is tasked mostly with emergency situation management these days. Purely a bit of political sideshow to make a niche happy.
Telegraph.UK: The coming digital anarchy.
Globe and Mail.CA: Nick Bostrom - ‘I don’t think the AI train will slow down.’
“If I am correct, it means that we might go, in a relatively brief period of time, from something slightly subhuman to something radically super intelligent. And whether that will happen in a few decades or many decades from now, we should prepare for this transition to be quite rapid, if and when it does occur. I think that kind of rapid-transition scenario does involve some very particular types of existential risk.”
Guardian.UK: If it flew 100 years ago, it will fly again - the 1916 warplane built from drawings.
If they need a test pilot, they can find a couple at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. Anyone who can fly one of their original Bleriots, could handle the 1 1/2 Strutter. A Bleriot is a friggin’ nightmare to fly.
ArtDaily: Bonhams to offer Sir Stirling Moss’s 1961 Porsche RS-61 Sports-Racing Car.
“We are hugely honoured to have been commissioned to sell Sir Stirling’s cherished Porsche RS61 following his retirement from competitive motor sport. It is particularly appropriate that we should offer the car at the forthcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed – where Sir Stirling is the founder patron and where he achieved so much throughout his unmatchable career.” Watch the checkbooks fly for this baby.
Edge o’ the storm.
The Agile Alliance Blog: 8 Reasons Why Agile Projects Fail.
I find a whole lot of businesspeople talk about it, but few actually understand it. The stories I hear, some savvy businessfolks seem to use it to bleed investors dry, blaming the process.
A Continuous Lean.: The Originals.
Wallabees were part of the unofficial high school uniform when I grew up. Nothing quite like walking on gum soles.
Guardian.UK: Colorado man first in US to contract plague from a dog, study says.
“The transmission from dog to human is the first known case in the US. Three more patients were also sickened with plague, including two veterinary workers and one of the man’s close associates.” Plague fleas gather at the entrances to burrows. Keep your dogs away from rodent holes, and be sure to use strong, effective flea-preventative. None of this “brewer’s yeast” all-natural hocus-pocus. It doesn’t work.
Busy as a ...
Always wanted to own a Cub. Fly with the doors open. Next best thing. And they have a radial now!
NY Times: F.A.A. Orders Fix for Possible Power Loss in Boeing 787.
“Boeing said the problem had occurred only in lab simulation and no airplane had experienced it. Boeing said that powering the airplane down would eliminate the risk that all power generators would shut down at the same time.” Well now, that could be disconcerting. But never shut down for eight months? Sheesh. I’d hope the system would get a break now and again.