BoingBoing: Customer fined $250 for complaining, told “You are playing games with the wrong people”.
Read this one. Wow.
SciAm: Personal Drones - Are They a Public Hazard?
Fluff again. Please show a video of a drone, sans bladeguards yet using higher performance carbon-fiber blades, impacting something the approximate density of human flesh. They’re like high speed paring knives. Even shuriken.
Twibble.io - A Better RSS feed to Twitter Service.
Hmmm. IFTTT has been rock-solid for me (every fifteen minutes, whatever is new on the blog gets sent to Twitter). This still may be worth a look, for scheduling abilities alone. If anyone decides to use it, a quick overview in the comments would be appreciated.
PHP 5.6.0 released.
Design You Trust: Moose Comes to Work in Dresden, Germany.
Bullwinkle wanted to know more about Germany’s ‘glass ceiling’, but found glass walls are more problematic ...
Past Horizons: Roman wooden toilet seat found at Vindolanda.
“Now we need to find the toilet that went with it as Roman loos are fascinating places to excavate – their drains often contain astonishing artefacts. Let’s face it, if you drop something down a Roman latrine you are unlikely to attempt to fish it out unless you are pretty brave or foolhardy.” I have to ask, who’s the poor sod who has to fish it out of the very-well-ripened bog? I mean, look at that photo. Eeee-yuck. I’d wear noseplugs.
Archaeology News Network: Monarch butterflies plummet 90 percent, need protection.
I’ve not seen one in at least five years. We used to have a couple dozen sail through and drink at puddles.
BikeEXIF: The $185,000 Midual Type 1.
Tight as a knuckle sandwich.
Macworld: Leafnote review - Focus on writing, not on how to use the app.
Smells like Scrivener ‘lite.’
DSLR Video Shooter: Sony A7s Review.
Of note. Significant pluses ... and significant minuses.
Guardian.UK: Santa Fe votes to decriminalise marijuana possession.
“The measure makes possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a civil infraction punishable by a fine of no more than $25. It had been a criminal misdemeanor.” This is getting heavy rotation in town.
Coolist: NASA Space Launch System Is The Biggest Rocket Ever.
“Is the?” Will be. If/when built.
Retronaut: Posters from the Spanish Civil War.
Get yer Robert Jordan on.
Salon: Why female writers get trolled the most.
“The study does note that men still receive the highest proportion of abusive tweets overall — but they’re also primarily the ones disseminating hatred.”
Quartz: Archeologists are scrambling to excavate a 2,600 year old city before it becomes a Chinese c
Said it just recently, I’ll say it again. It’s a wonder we have any visible remnants of history at all these days.
Art Newspaper: Serrano’s Piss Christ stokes controversy once again.
Shades of the 80’s, rising up through the effluvia of history ...
DP Review: Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review.
I have a soft spot for film Oly Pens. Perhaps this is worth a rental, to see if it would be a good spot to venture into mirrorless.
Whoopsie ... gotta back up photos.
Doing a 365 project on a 5D Mark II uses a whole lot more disk space than a 50D. Gotta move stuff through LR over to the 4TB backup drive, and then dupe that over to the failsafe. I’ll be a little slow with links again this morning. I’d nibbled my internal HD down to under 50GB. No wonder programs were so pokey.
Later: Soon as I free up over 100GB, the system starts getting snappy again. Such a dope.
365/2: 237 ... end of season already.
It amazes me that every year, immediately after Indian Market, the weather shifts subtly into the autumn pattern. We’ll still get hot days, but the leaves are suddenly browning, yellowing on the edges. The fuse has been lit for an explosion of winter. Until then, the marigolds are still happy ...
I’m on Comcast Blast! service. Very fast. But Flickr continues to get worse and worse. The interface doesn’t paint for whole decades of seconds. The share features work some days, not on others. I don’t know what they’re doing, but it totally sucks. Rather than move, I just wish they’d stop fiddling, make up their minds and stick to a design for a month or three. I need to find some email address so’s I can b-tch and moan.
For the umpteenth time, I’m tempted to blow everything away and find someplace else to park stuff.
Went to visit Pecos NHP again, and started looking at Glorieta battle sites.
Got curious about the weaponry; forgot it was all black powder. The Colt 1860 Army, for instance. Scary accurate, slow reload, big holes.
Later: And by happenstance, a really cool ‘Old West’ Pinterest board.
94.7 WCSX: ZZ Top/Jeff Beck Tour CANCELLED.
Dusty Hill of ZZ Top fell on his hip onboard the tour bus, and got injured. Best wishes for a fast recovery, Dusty!
Later: Hold the phone. Jeff’s going to pick up some of the dates as a solo. Stay tuned to your local venue.
Bible History Daily: Severed Hands - Trophies of War in New Kingdom Egypt.
“A narrative found in the tomb of Ahmose, son of Ibana, at Elkab describes how after each battle against the Hyksos at Avaris and Sharuhen, the soldier presented an enemy hand as a trophy and was given as a reward the “gold of valor.” Among additional evidence from the New Kingdom are representations depicting severed right hands being counted and put into a heap.”
SF New Mexican: Study - Tree deaths outpace new growth across state.
“New Mexico trees are dying faster than they are being replaced with new growth across much of the state, according to a study on forest health released Tuesday. Brown trees dotting landscapes around the state are a highly visible sign of what’s happening.” Well now. I’m going to start giving trees as housewarming and general gifts.
Coolist: Trakke Jero Yurt is a 21st Century Cabin for Cool Camping.
Replacing the traditional lattice and cloth with thin plywood. Kinda brilliant. Best for temporary use, of course. I like it.