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Italian Ways: The Osca 750S, beauty times eighteen.


05/22/15 • 02:01 PM • HistoryTravelVehicles • No Comments

A meeting this morning, then links.

Thanks for your patience.

05/22/15 • 09:12 AM • InternetPersonalSmall BusinessWeblogs • No Comments

Medium/Cameron Barrett: I wish, more than anything else, for Medium to have an API.

Yes. Wholeheartedly agreed.

05/21/15 • 04:33 PM • InternetSocial MediaWeblogs1 Comment

Nice Marmot: The Growth of Oligarchy.

Yep. It’s been many years now since Princeton University made more money as a real estate holding company than as a university. They could drop the whole education side of things and be quite well off.

05/21/15 • 02:35 PM • EconomicsHistoryScholarlyWeblogs • No Comments

Alaska Dispatch News: Alaska’s first full mammoth skeleton may be lurking under Arctic lake.

Great pic.

05/21/15 • 02:15 PM • HistoryScienceTravel • No Comments

Sorry for the vacuum.

The day picked me up by the neck and shook me a few times.  Better now. Links as I have time.

05/21/15 • 01:40 PM • PersonalWeblogs • No Comments

Medium: The End of Global CSS.

Of interest.

05/20/15 • 05:08 PM • DesignInternetProgramming • No Comments

Guardian.UK: ‘Nightmare’ California oil spill damages rare coastal ecosystem.

Because it has not been urbanized, the Gaviota coast region, which stretches from Goleta to the northern boundary of the Vandenberg air force base, also has been viewed as the healthiest remaining coastal ecosystem in southern California – at least, until now.” *Crying*.

05/20/15 • 05:06 PM • EconomicsEnvironmentalPolitics(2) Comments

Discover: Young Blood Heals Fractures in Older Bones.

OK. Then here, a soundtrack [appropriately performed by ... *ahem* ... older rockers].

05/20/15 • 04:59 PM • HealthScience • No Comments

Guardian.UK: 1,000 weapons found in Waco restaurant – including one in a bag of tortilla chips

One could view this in a different light; the comedy scripts write themselves. One could see this in Blazing Saddles, for instance.

05/20/15 • 12:39 PM • Law1 Comment

BBC: Prince Charles visits Lord Mountbatten 1979 IRA murder site.

Shaking hands with Gerry Adams. Surprised he could do it. Trivia: the same man who embalmed Lord Mountbatten, also embalmed King George VI, Winston Churchill, Judy Garland, Jimi Hendrix and Bon Scott, among others. Amazing where a hyperlink will take you.

05/20/15 • 11:50 AM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • No Comments

Vox: Health insurance plans are getting crummier, and these charts prove it.

Deductibles are getting insane for the amount of $ paid. And many don’t allow HSA backup.

05/20/15 • 11:39 AM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingPolitics • No Comments

Github/ChrisZieba: DodgerCMS.

A static markdown CMS built on top of Amazon S3.” Keeping an eye on this.

05/20/15 • 11:35 AM • InternetProgrammingSoftwareWeblogs • No Comments

Guardian.UK: Stone tool discovery pushes back dawn of culture by 700,000 years.

Rock on.

05/20/15 • 11:30 AM • HistoryScience(3) Comments

The Atlantic: Many Americans Still Aren’t Spending.

Volatility—especially for month-to-month earnings and consumption — continues to plague American families. Nearly half of respondents reported income swings of more than 30 percent on a month-to-month basis, and more than half of respondents said that their spending shifted by 30 percent or more in an attempt to balance budgets — with earners at opposite ends of the economic ladder seeing the most significant monthly variations.

05/20/15 • 11:28 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingHuman Rights • No Comments

NY Times: Couple’s Kayak Trip on Hudson Included Missteps and Dangers, Experts Say.

This one is bizarre. Every time a new article on this incident shows up in my feed, I look for new clues.

What gets me is not the accused, and the attempts at using cultural excuses for her post-incident behavior. It’s the ‘experts’ weighing in. Everyone around NM has a whitewater kayak rotting in their backyard, in various states of disrepair. When season comes, they get used - drain plugs or not. They’re simply awful - AWFUL - on open water in wind and current. They have flat bottoms and wind can push you around wherever you want. Yet folks still use ‘em on lakes. I’d like to say even the biggest fool knows to wear a PFD, yet I see folks consistently go out on flat water with none, thinking flat water is ‘safer’ than whitewater. Whitewater kayaks are designed to roll easily - if you enter the water without a PFD, it’s often suicide. Further, it seems these folks had no sprayskirts (preventing water from entering the cockpit), no paddle-leashes, in addition to the other important equipment mentioned in this article. Saying these two were ‘experienced’ kayakers is ridiculous. Two people went out for an ‘adventure’, completely unprepared for the conditions. Whether she left him to drown or not, it wasn’t ‘kayak sabotage’, given the current clues. And there’s not enough circumstantial evidence to convict, if the jury’s honest.

05/20/15 • 10:48 AM • GeneralLawPhysical FitnessSports • No Comments

In These Times: Inside the Happiness Racket.

The happiness industry exonerates capitalism. It’s not that the job is underpaid, the hours unreasonable or the product pointless. It’s that the employee is just unhappy. She should be encouraged to eat better, exercise and practice mindfulness. Or, if those things fail, seek a pharmaceutical remedy.” It’s enjoyable to be happy. Melancholy in solitude (*not* depression or sadness) tends to make me superhumanly creative. And I’m not the only one.

05/20/15 • 09:46 AM • ArtsBooksGeneralPsychology(2) Comments

naked cap: More on the Myth of Outsourcing’s Efficiency.

Particularly good. Do take this one in.

05/20/15 • 09:28 AM • EconomicsGeneralSmall Business • No Comments

NY Mag: This Is Why You’re Terrible With Names.

Names are ‘completely arbitrary, and hold no specific information in them’ ...” So, it’s not early-onset Alzheimer’s.

05/20/15 • 08:59 AM • GeneralPsychology • No Comments

Italian Ways: Anselmo Bucci and the Giro d’Italia - a sports commentary by images.

These speak to me. They make me want to break out my soft pencils, charcoal and newsprint.

05/20/15 • 08:39 AM • ArtsHistory • No Comments

New Yorker: Why 2016 Is So Very Important.

In short, the 2016 election could bring a quick end to Republican gains, or it could assign them a position of dominance. It matters; it matters enormously.” He can’t predict the future, but he knows what would be bad.

05/19/15 • 03:48 PM • HistoryPolitics • No Comments

Motherboard: Six Men Spent 520 Days Locked in a Room to See If We Could Live on Mars.

Salt balance was a problem.

05/19/15 • 03:46 PM • HealthScience • No Comments

Archaeology News Network: New evidence for King Philip II Tomb in Vergina.

During the scientific process, the experts found marks on the skeletons that match the descriptions of the king’s battle wounds, as well as the injuries the princess suffered in her life.

05/19/15 • 11:53 AM • HistoryScience • No Comments

BBC: ‘True face of Shakespeare’ appears in botany book.

Bigger questions: Why put Shakespeare on a book of herbals ... furthermore, his popularity and influence during his lifetime are still up for debate.

05/19/15 • 11:45 AM • ArtsBooksHistory • No Comments

NPR: Cherokee Chief John Ross Is The Unsung Hero Of ‘Jacksonland’.

Which is why you never give a $20 bill in change to a Cherokee (Jackson is on the bill). The Cherokee went as far as anyone could to assimilate into white society, and were treated as chattel. A powerful lesson there. If you ever get the chance, visit New Echota in Georgia. Watch the video, when you have an opportunity.

05/19/15 • 11:24 AM • BooksHistoryHuman RightsPolitics • No Comments
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