Syracuse.com: Snowy owls strike 5 planes at NYC area airports over past five weeks.
Waiting for the polar bears to show up.
OpenCulture: Discover Nietzsche’s Curious Typewriter, the ‘Malling-Hansen Writing Ball’.
Upworthy Insider Blog.
“Our top curators comb through hundreds of videos and graphics a week, looking for the 5-7 that they’re confident are super-shareable. That’s not a typo: We pay people full-time to curate 5-7 things a week.” I could work an hour a week and be paid full-time.
CR4: Unknown Object In Desert.
“While exploring with the Google Earth satellite I came upon this object that appears to be some kind of aircraft. The object looks fake, but fake what? The area is a mile or two south of Interstate 40 (I-40) and a couple miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico.” Obvious what it is, but the comment thread is entertaining.
Youtube: The Sound of Music - Sierra Boggess.
HTML5Rocks: Using Your Terminal From The DevTools.
Useful? I kinda like Terminal … the barebones nature. But YMMV.
Kickstarter/BEDJET: Ultra rapid warming & cooling pleasure for your bed.
Cold-natured? Perfect gift.
SagePub: Point-and-Shoot Memories.
“If participants took a photo of each object as a whole, they remembered fewer objects and remembered fewer details about the objects and the objects’ locations in the museum than if they instead only observed the objects and did not photograph them.” Unless you zoom in on details, as when a subject engages you. This is exactly why, for some compelling experiences, I put away the camera. Some things are better in memory.
Cloudup: The Need for Speed.
Youtube: McLaren P1 vs. the Nurburgring.
The Atlantic: Can’t Print Magazines Be Saved? Does It Matter If They Aren’t?
“The fact is that digital delivery, which we regard as indispensable, is expensive.” I have to laugh at that; that’s not the way digital delivery was sold to us. “It’ll cost less than physical printing!” Or do I remember incorrectly?
I enjoy iPad magazines, but I still find I miss their paper counterparts. I’m chalking it up to a generational bias.
The Atlantic: I Thought I Knew How Big Upworthy Was on Facebook, Then I Saw This.
Mmm-hmmm. AARP Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Reader’s Digest, People, etc. have the highest magazine circulations in the US. Why does it surprise anyone that glossy fluff sites would be hugely popular on a social network? Perhaps because Upworthy is adopting a tabloidish sort of oeuvre?
Youtube: Mercedes-Benz TV - Magic moments.
FT: Artist-run art schools.
[Applause.] But. This makes it sound like existing art institutions don’t hire artists to teach. They do. But art schools are more and more overlooking the important things for mere profit. For instance, kids are graduating art school without ever being exposed to one-, two-, three- or four-point perspective. One must verify a grounding in the basics, before advanced techniques are introduced. Some schools say the old techniques are ‘limiting’ … did they limit the greats of the past? No. This idea that modern art doesn’t stand on the shoulders of the past is part of the reason we’re ‘enjoying’ more and more artistic dreck. Picasso started as a very conventional artist before beginning his experimentation. You have to understand the rule, before you can break it. Perhaps smaller class sizes, more ‘mentorship’, will cure today’s art education.
The New Yorker: Out Loud - The Roots of Our Tragedies.
Nice price, find a good tailor to take it in properly. Via Valet Magazine.
AE Tuts+: How to Shoot and Edit a Hyperlapse Video.
If it warms up a bit, I may try this out on Santa Fe’s Plaza.
Supercharged: Tomahawk Supercar.
Build it yourself; sounds like you need late model Corvette parts to complete it.
Mainichi: Radiation 36,000 times permissible level found in water at Fukushima plant.
When is the world going to stop watching in horror and *do* something about this?
The Atlantic: Yes, Men Should Do More Housework.
“The amount of housework has declined by 23 percent in the last half century, according to the American Time Use Survey, which is the gold standard for measuring how we spend our days. Some of this decline might be dirtier houses. Much of it is new technologies, like better washer dryers and vacuums, that save time.” My italics. Where’s the research to back that statement up? Vacuuming takes the same amount of time; all of ‘em suck. Cleaning the toilet takes the same amount of time. Washing clothes takes *more* time because of all the fabrics involved. No amazing breakthroughs in folding clothes. Washing dishes takes the same amount of time … or more, if you have one of the newer ‘quiet cycle’ ones. Irons are irons; frustrating in use. Spraying ‘scrubbing bubbles’ onto a shower stall and waiting for it to work takes the same amount of time a sponge, Comet and elbow grease do. I lean towards the ‘dirtier houses’ explanation, thankyouverymuch. Where’s the ‘Houseworkhacker’ website?
Slate: What it was like to read literature’s ‘midcentury misogynists.’
“Young women are often barred from feeling the easy pleasure that comes with reading and identifying with the classics. But we also benefit from a critical perspective on these books that many of our male peers don’t have. We don’t see ourselves in them, so we grow up challenging them.” When you realize the language of misogyny is even being perpetuated in ‘young adult’ literature, you begin to realize the magnitude of the problem.
MeFi: Aliens didn’t do it.
Gophers created the ‘Mima Mounds’? A computer simulation seems to point to that as the answer, but I have to question whether anyone took gopher behavior into account. Esp. because I’m having a war with a rapacious one in my back courtyard. They don’t dig in the same place all the time … they busily expand their network of tunnels. The mounds they push up get washed away by rain, even here in the dry Southwest. With our populations of rodents, and the hard rock layers below the topsoil, you’d think (given the simulation) that we’d have these mounds all over the place. We don’t. Loosely filed under “Science.”
CNN: Shooting down drones - a town votes.
Told you so. Next, shoulder-mounted heat-seeking missiles will be ‘needed’ to maintain 2nd Amendment rights.
Mlive: Remains of Civil War-era shipwreck rumored to carry gold found in Lake Huron.
“Nobody even knew the ship had sunk until more than a week later, when wreckage was spotted off Port Austin and the Keystone State’s wheelhouse washed ashore. Since then, the ship has remained one of the many Great Lakes shipwreck mysteries; a tragedy that claimed the life of 33 crew members and sparked rumors about a clandestine cargo load of gold and war materials.” Smells like a trove. Thanks, @apachebird1!