365/2: 293. Turning over an old leaf ...
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.”
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.
SF New Mexican: Santa Fe police recruit FedEx, UPS drivers to help fight crime.
Agweb: Plants Can Hear Pests Attack.
Where’s PETP when you need ‘em? [PETP = People for the Ethical Treatment of Plants]
Coolist: 1957 Ford Thunderbird - F-Code.
Time: Soda May Age You as Much as Smoking, Study Says.
Vox: In the 1970s, women were making big gains in computer science. Then they fell behind.
“What happened in the mid-1980s? You should listen to the podcast for the full story, but the short answer is that as computers first moved into the home, they were mostly seen as toys — and those toys were marketed to boys and men.” There’s got to be something else at work here. Home computers can’t be the only reason. The Macintosh became big right around that time, and nearly every graphic design station was being jockeyed by a very capable woman. And the phalanxes of word processing folks in the office ... mostly women. This just sounds like an offkey tuning fork, this claim. Too pat. Something more complex was going on.
Kickstarter: The Intrepid 4x5 Camera - An Affordable Large Format Camera.
Past Horizons: European farmers were still lactose intolerant after 5,000 years.
Must’ve had a lot of incontinent Neolithic folk.
AppleInsider: Wall Street blown away by Apple’s ‘remarkable’ record September quarter.
I’m surprised they’re surprised. I thought there weren’t any secrets anymore.
The Atlantic: Princeton Gets 10 Times as Much Tax Money per Student as Public Colleges.
“Namesake” donation building is ruining the campus, if you ask me. All the disparate styles. Go back to Gothic, plz.
BookForum: Innovators Abroad.
“... technological development is also a human story — one that involves politics, war, culture, discrimination, social upheaval, and a great deal of human exploitation thousands of miles down the production line, in Congo’s coltan mines and Shenzhen’s brutal factories.”
ArtDaily: Rothschild pistols seized by the Nazis in 1939 and stored in a salt mine during WWII for s
As gorgeous a set of flintlocks as I’ve ever seen ... at least, from the top view. Silver’s not a very good structural component for a firearm, so I assume it’s mostly decoration. But what decoration.
PSFK: Hemingwrite Typing Device Aimed at Distraction-Free Writing.
Sharing my personal work-in-progress ‘70s playlist on Spotify. The first eight hours are pretty solid; I have to work on the last half to get the mix better. Take that, Peter Quill.
UPI: Led Zeppelin sees ‘Stairway to Heaven’ lawsuit move forward.
You knew this would happen. LZ will settle out of court, yet again. I point you back here, for the umpteenth time. Settled out of court for “Dazed and Confused.” Settled out of court over “Whole Lotta Love.”
365/2: 292. Aspen leaf ‘doily’.
Joss Stone Feat. Jeff Beck – No Man’s Land: Green Fields of France.
Video. In remembrance of those lost in WWI. Can purchase the single November 2.
Daily Mail.UK: Tutankhamun had girlish hips, a club foot and buck teeth ...
Some interesting theoretical leaps being taken here.
Exactly, precisely why we were all glad to see bell bottoms go away.
WaPo: Brace yourself. The 2016 Republican field is going to be HUGE.
Another Muppet Show of candidates. Happy-happy, joy-joy. [Equal time - I’ve used this phrase since the Democratic field for the ‘04 election.]
Australian National U: Physicists build reversible tractor beam.
“It is the first long-distance optical tractor beam and moved particles one fifth of a millimetre in diameter a distance of up to 20 centimetres, around 100 times further than previous experiments.” The Klingons remain unimpressed.
An electric car for wheelchair-bound folks. Pretty neat.
Photoshelter Webinar: Law School 101 – Demystifying Copyright & Social Media Terms of Service.
Of note. I may be tuning in to refresh my memory.
Jaguar Heritage Experiences.
Drive (or ride) a vintage Jag.
The New Yorker: The Real Amazon Warriors.
“... the horse was the great equalizer, along with the bow and arrow, which meant that a woman could be just as fast, just as deadly, as a man.” Those following a certain issue in the news, should be warned.
365/2 291. Double rainbow.
‘Twas only a matter of time. There were enough complains about the new use of Helvetica.
WaPo: The government wants to study ‘social pollution’ on Twitter.
“Hmm. A government-funded initiative is going to ‘assist in the preservation of open debate’ by monitoring social media for ‘subversive propaganda’ and combating what it considers to be ‘the diffusion of false and misleading ideas’? The concept seems to have come straight out of a George Orwell novel.”
ArtDaily: Japan toymaker unveils tiny talking, singing humanoid.
“When asked to sing a song, the robot will answer, ‘Okay. Then let’s sing along together’ or ‘No. Ask me later because I am busy’, depending on ‘its mood’.” Just what I want to buy ... a moody robot. If you want torture, go talk to Eliza.
365/2: 290. Lily.
Harvard University Press: The digital Loeb Classical Library is now online.
Here. Students of Latin and Greek rejoice.
ArtDaily: The Morgan showcases one of its greatest illuminated manuscripts ... The Crusader Bible.
365/2: 289. New Mexican autumn color contrast.
NY Times: Does Everything Happen for a Reason?
“If there is such a thing as divine justice or karmic retribution, the world we live in is not the place to find it. Instead, the events of human life unfold in a fair and just manner only when individuals and society work hard to make this happen. We should resist our natural urge to think otherwise.” My italic emphasis.
Ask DN: What is your pile of OSX Yosemite gripes so far?
Entertaining already, and it’s early yet.
Vox: How AP US History classes became the new culture war battleground.
My time in AP History seemed to revolve around the Civil War. The only thing I recall from that course was discussions of the Gag Rule. It really didn’t give me more information than I was already finding through my own curiousity at the public library and my old man’s collection of books (reading materials for his officer’s courses in the Marines). The original three-volume set of Lee’s Lieutenants: A Study in Command, for instance.
Copyblogger: Why Copyblogger Is Killing Its Facebook Page.
“Facebook might not be the best place to invest brand time and energy.” In a world of increasing time pressures, one must rate social interaction by response, and reapportion efforts accordingly. Said it for ages.