365/2: 295. Very horizontal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”?
FOX6: Toddler crawls his way into toy vending machine.
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.
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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!”
365/2: 294. The ‘usual’ sunset ...
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.
NHTSA: Vehicle Owners with Defective Airbags Urged to Take Immediate Action.
Mine’s not on the list, thank goodness. Is yours?
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.
AustinMann: Yosemite + iOS 8.1 — What Photographers Need to Know.
Blade & Skillet.
Simple recipes that you need but a sharp chef’s knife and a cast-iron skillet for.
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.
The New Yorker: “Alan Bean Plus Four”
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.
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.
Geek out. First time I’ve heard John Glenn’s flight since that orange 45RPM record that came with my GI Joe space capsule.
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.
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.