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NY Times: Joan Quigley, Astrologer to a First Lady, Is Dead at 87.

... an astrologer had set the time for summit meetings, presidential debates, Reagan’s 1985 cancer surgery, State of the Union addresses and much more. Without an O.K. from the astrologer, he said, Air Force One did not take off.” The unelected woman who ran the US government. We all knew about this, yet noone really wanted to believe it. No wonder politics is so screwed up.

10/24/14 • 10:58 PM • HistoryPolitics • No Comments

How to start a Birdcage in near darkness, in a suit (success was enjoyed).

365/2: 296 outtake.

10/24/14 • 10:31 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe LocalVehicles • No Comments

365/2: 296. Yeah, I’ve lost the thread ...

365/2: 296.

Been proc’ing so many car pix, I can’t tell good from bad anymore.

10/24/14 • 10:27 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments

Time and Oak | Whiskey Elements | Whiskey Your Way.

By allowing more access to the wood’s capillaries, Whiskey Elements provide a shorter distance for the whiskey to travel, allowing it to filter more quickly. Combined with our proprietary curing method and unique design, Time & Oak has managed to accelerate the maturation process, and reduce the impurities. Yay, science!

10/24/14 • 03:29 PM • ConsumptionFoodScience • No Comments

Hinted: “Calm breeds calm.” How to handle #stress.

If you’re always running around with your hair on fire, I promise you’re stressing those around you out and diminishing performance.”  Perhaps. After many years in the workforce, I’ve noticed there is a particular kind of person who cannot — will not — calm down until you get as unhinged as they do.  If you don’t, they feel you’re not recognizing the severity of the situation and you become a target for their rancor. There’s naught you can do but feign a freakout, and then de-escalate them slowly using the same calmness you would have had otherwise.

10/24/14 • 02:25 PM • PersonalPsychologySmall Business1 Comment

Vimeo: Roy Kafri - Mayokero (Music Video).

Demented and well-done.

10/24/14 • 02:21 PM • Motion GraphicsMusic • No Comments

The Verge: Google VP’s 135,908-foot leap breaks world record for highest free-fall parachute jump.

The accomplishment came seemingly out of nowhere with no fanfare or media buzz whatsoever; The New York Times’ science Twitter account first reported Eustace’s incredible feat.” A quiet one-up; I like it.

10/24/14 • 02:11 PM • GeneralGooglePhysical FitnessSanta Fe LocalScience(2) Comments

WritersDigest: The Art and Craft of Wasting Time in 20 Quotes.

Of interest.  Forgive the sourcing.

10/24/14 • 12:24 PM • ArtsBooksGeneralWeblogs • No Comments

Reuters: Some U.S. hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients.

This is another example of how this 21st century viral threat has pulled us back into the 19th century.” During the European cholera epidemics, they’ll haul sick folks out to the pyres before they’d expired. Frightened humans do some pretty horrific things.

10/24/14 • 11:36 AM • HealthHistory • No Comments

The Art Newspaper: Tullio’s Adam returns to view at the Met.

One of its greatest treasure, Tullio Lombardo’s life-sized marble sculpture of the nude Adam crashed to the stone floor as its medium-density plywood stand buckled and collapsed.”  Even the Art Newspaper doesn’t proof its copy.

10/24/14 • 11:30 AM • ArtsGeneralHistory • No Comments

Italian Ways: Flying high with Leonardo.

Wooden models of Leonardo’s most famous flying machines.

10/24/14 • 11:19 AM • ArtsHistory • No Comments

Self-absorbed Instagrammer defaces National Parks.

This makes me livid. Most know I spent over half a year working in Big Bend National Park in between years of college. We spent a great deal of our time trying to preserve things for future generations. I cannot even begin to express how impenetrably self-absorbed this young lady is.

I say put her on the Park Service’s lowest payscale job. She works as long as it takes to pay for the remediation of the damage she caused, plus a generous fine. Lives in park housing, eats park meals.

Normally, I’d say she needs to visit a psychologist, but I find hard work often smooths out such narcissism. Working in a park, she’ll learn to appreciate it ... make her work with the public, she’ll learn how obtuse the average park visitor can be. She will experience her behavior as in a mirror, and have to deal with the repercussions. Every. Single. Day.

She must be an example, a deterrent. Otherwise more will follow. More will follow anyway, but a proper balanced punishment will go far to prevent this behavior from spreading.

10/24/14 • 10:20 AM • EnvironmentalLawNaturePersonalPsychologySocial Media(5) Comments

Okay, kids. Quiz time.  What is it?

365/2 295 Concorso outtake.

First person who says “car” gets a virtual knuckle sandwich (wink).

10/23/14 • 08:54 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe LocalVehicles(9) Comments

365/2: 295. Very horizontal.

365/2: 295.

10/23/14 • 08:39 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments

Guardian.UK: The half-life of disaster.

As long as disaster capitalism reigns – which no doubt will be as long as capitalism itself reigns – the world will be caught in a vicious circle: that of responding by increasingly draconian and ill-advised means to a threat environment whose dangers the response only contributes to intensifying.”  Via wood s lot.

10/23/14 • 11:34 AM • EconomicsGeneralHistoryPoliticsPsychology • No Comments

CJR: How do we know what we know about #Gamergate?

The problem is that when anybody can tweet under the Gamergate hashtag, and no one wants to take responsibility for the movement, the media doesn’t know what to believe.” The media can’t pin down a crowdsourced gripe.

10/23/14 • 11:17 AM • InternetLawNews • No Comments

bruegel: Uber Economics - There is no such thing as bad publicity.

Be circumspect how you oppose. I’ve contemplated this for ages, particularly during Presidential elections years. Some things I just won’t blog, in order to keep the signal level lower.

10/23/14 • 11:14 AM • GeneralPoliticsWeblogs • No Comments

Western Digs: Allosaurus Died From Stegosaur Spike to the Crotch, Wyoming Fossil Shows.

Bad enough it got whacked in the nads; worse that it infected and abcessed.  Jeebus, what a way to go.

10/23/14 • 11:07 AM • HistoryScience • No Comments

Aeon: The shame of poor teeth in a rich world.

Hmmm. Isn’t the European joke, “You must be from America. That’s the only place they manufacture such perfect teeth.”?

10/23/14 • 11:06 AM • GeneralHealth • No Comments

FOX6: Toddler crawls his way into toy vending machine.

I grabbed his feet and he kicked my hand and he got in climbed up and over glass partition and sat down in the toys.

10/23/14 • 10:48 AM • ChildhoodGeneral • No Comments

ArtDaily: Head of near-intact marble sphinx discovered at mysterious fourth century BC Greek tomb.

The sphinx’s head belongs to the body of a sphinx which was found previously.” Uh-oh. May indicate looting, IMHO. Broken off, left behind.

Later: More. perhaps I speak too soon. Still.

10/23/14 • 10:47 AM • HistoryScience • No Comments

... still ... endlessly ... processing ... images ... from ... Concorso ...

365/2: 294 outtake, Jag, from SF Concorso.

I took a bit of time away; you need that when editing. When I come back to it, I think “jeez, that’s a good shot!”

10/22/14 • 07:49 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe LocalVehicles(6) Comments

365/2: 294. The ‘usual’ sunset ...

365/2: 294.

10/22/14 • 07:16 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments

Things of Interest: iMac with Retina 5K display vs. the Original Apple Mac.

That tiny black-and-white rectangle crammed into the bottom-left corner was cutting-edge technology three decades ago.” And I was so excited to buy one.

10/22/14 • 02:53 PM • AppleDesignHistory(2) Comments

NHTSA: Vehicle Owners with Defective Airbags Urged to Take Immediate Action.

Mine’s not on the list, thank goodness. Is yours?

10/22/14 • 12:27 PM • HealthVehicles • No Comments

Vox: Renee Zellweger’s new look reveals the pernicious demands we make of all women.

Age and a blepharoplasty. I’ve had ‘squinty eyes’ since childhood, taken the teasing, the terrible nicknames. Now that I’m 55, if my upper eyelid/brow sag gets any worse, I’ll need to follow Renee’s lead. I would trade a bit of character to be able to a) see better and b) not to have to hike my eyebrows up to my hairline to seem happy and/or not asleep. My fear is a plastic surgeon would make me look permanently frightened to death.

Damn the slings and arrows, Renee. I understand completely. Perhaps only another person with the ‘squints’ can.

10/22/14 • 12:26 PM • EntertainmentHuman RightsPersonal • No Comments

AustinMann: Yosemite + iOS 8.1 — What Photographers Need to Know.

Of note.

10/22/14 • 10:58 AM • AppleMotion GraphicsPhotographySoftware • No Comments

Blade & Skillet.

Simple recipes that you need but a sharp chef’s knife and a cast-iron skillet for.

10/22/14 • 10:37 AM • FoodWeblogs • No Comments

OilPrice: Low Oil Prices Hurting U.S. Shale Operations.

Much rides on the decision making of officials in Saudi Arabia. Although exact calculations vary, the world’s only swing producer needs oil prices between $83 and $93 per barrel for its budget to break even. But that may not be as important of a metric as it appears. Saudi Arabia has an enormous stash of foreign exchange, and could run deficits for quite a while without too many problems. With average costs of oil production from wells in the Middle East sitting at only $25 per barrel, the Saudis can clearly wait out U.S. shale if they really want to.” So, OPEC could bankrupt US shale operations? That’s interesting.

10/22/14 • 10:32 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHome & LivingPolitics1 Comment

The New Yorker: “Alan Bean Plus Four”

Tom Hanks rips one out.

10/22/14 • 10:30 AM • ArtsBooksEntertainment • No Comments

New Statesman: Treasure trails - how museums became diplomatic fixers.

Yes. I used to think antiquities should be repatriated; the Bamiyan Buddhas and other events of late have convinced me it is better to take mankind’s common heritage and spread it as widely as possible so we cannot lose it. So I vote ‘no’ on the Elgin marbles now.

10/22/14 • 10:21 AM • ArtsHistoryScholarlyScience • No Comments

The Rumpus: A Girl And Her Car.

Hmmm. In the wake of the current video game-vs-women controversies, this is no longer as cool and pragmatic as it sounds. More like Neanderthal-era culture needs to be chucked in the dustbin.

10/22/14 • 10:14 AM • ArtsBooksHuman RightsVehicles • No Comments

Soundcloud: NASA.

Geek out. First time I’ve heard John Glenn’s flight since that orange 45RPM record that came with my GI Joe space capsule.

10/22/14 • 09:56 AM • HistoryMusicPersonalScience • No Comments

BBC: WW2 U-boat found with ship it sank off North Carolina.

Most people associate the Battle of the Atlantic with the cold, icy waters of the North Atlantic but few people realise how close the war actually came to America’s shores.” “Most people.” The older Princetonians would tell stories of the skies lit up by the thousands of tons of shipping burning off NJ’s shore. I suppose it’s not in any Texas-approved schoolbooks anymore.

10/22/14 • 09:52 AM • HistoryScience • No Comments

365/2: 293. Turning over an old leaf ...

365/2: 293.

10/21/14 • 05:41 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments

TechDirt: Have Drone Will Travel — Slow-Moving Regulators Force Innovation Overseas.

In response to slow-moving U.S. domestic policy on commercial drone use, innovators are moving abroad, to jurisdictions where regulations have been updated to delineate when drones may be used in the commercial context.

10/21/14 • 04:19 PM • GeneralLawMotion GraphicsPhotography1 Comment

Youtube: Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey Trailer.

In case you haven’t heard, it’s being remastered and rereleased to theatres.  The trailer’s too discontiguous for my taste. The imagery marginally more contrasty/saturated.

Interesting to find out others remember the ‘blue food’ sequence as I do. And I never read the book!  Bowman finds shelves of boxes of blue powder, and gets a bit dramatic with it. One assumes this is synthesized food for his consumption, graciously offered by his ‘hosts’.

It *was* in the film. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re crazy.

10/21/14 • 03:43 PM • EntertainmentHistory1 Comment

SF New Mexican: Santa Fe police recruit FedEx, UPS drivers to help fight crime.

UPS and FedEx are now watching us.

10/21/14 • 02:54 PM • Home & LivingHuman RightsLawSecurity • No Comments

Agweb: Plants Can Hear Pests Attack.

Where’s PETP when you need ‘em? [PETP = People for the Ethical Treatment of Plants]

10/21/14 • 02:48 PM • NatureScience • No Comments

Coolist: 1957 Ford Thunderbird - F-Code.

Drool.

10/21/14 • 02:46 PM • ConsumptionDesignHistoryVehicles • No Comments
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