City Arts: Stop Using ‘Poet Voice’.
“The voice flattens the musicality and tonal drama inherent within the language of the poem, and it also sounds overly stuffy and learned. In this way, Poet Voice does a disservice to the poem, the poet and poetry. It must be stopped.” I give the poet a break; it must be terribly hard to read one’s own work. There’s a deal of baggage involved. My memory still resounds with the crypt-like croak of an elderly TS Eliot reading “Prufrock”. I’ll pass.
365/2: 201. Red Virga at Sunset.
Yeah, HDR. With some PS layering to restore some of the sunset spangle.
If you see dayglo gophers running away from Eldorado ...
… you’ll know I bought one o’ these.
TechDirt: FAA Investigates Congressman’s Use Of Drone To Help Videotape His Wedding.
“That brings us to today, where we get to read news about the FAA investigating the use of a drone to take sky-recordings of the wedding of a US Congressman who sits on the subcommittee that oversees the FAA.” Oh, this one’s worth watching, just for the entertainment value alone.
Youtube: Super Selfie - Legit feat. The Manoeuvres.
Too good to miss.
AnandTech: Western Digital Updates Red NAS Drive Lineup with 6 TB and Pro Versions.
More space for your NAS.
Guardian.UK: World breaks temperature record for June after hottest May.
“Global temperature records go back to 1880 and June was the 352nd hotter-than-average month in a row.”
NCBI/PubMed: Judgments About Fact and Fiction by Children, Religious and Secular.
“Secular children were more likely than religious children to judge the protagonist in such fantastical stories to be fictional. The results suggest that exposure to religious ideas has a powerful impact on children’s differentiation between reality and fiction, not just for religious stories but also for fantastical stories.”
Archaeology News Network: Ancient temple to be buried under apartment block.
BBC: The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up.
“The incident is a perfect example of how even when inside a steel container, sunken items don’t stay sunken. They can be carried around the world, seemingly randomly, but subject to the planet’s currents and tides.” No mention of how many fish are choking on small Lego parts.
NY Times: Rich People Shrug Off High Taxes.
“Despite the common political argument that local governments need to coddle high earners with low taxes, lest they take their wealth elsewhere, rich New Yorkers, at least, seem to accept with equanimity the burden of contributing to civilization.” OK, that’s it. We can end the tax cut insanity then?
Supercharged: Bandit9 Honda Eve.
Ummmmmm … ouch. Irony is, my long torso would probably fit well. But that seat.
Colossal: An Amazing Collection of Mechanical Singing Bird Automata.
Leave the volume up and drive your office-mates to distraction.
PhotoShelter Blog: How 4 Photo Editors Are Using Instagram.
OpenCulture: Wearable Books - Medieval Manuscripts Were Recycled & Turned into Clothes.
Um. Yes. Well. Newspaper and book-paper are pretty good insulators, it turns out. We had a family friend who grew up in Austria post-WWI, and he related how he managed to keep warm in the terrible post-war poverty by lining his clothes with newspaper (and in the process, making me curious about what the Treaty of Versailles wrought that textbooks weren’t telling me). I later tried it myself (what kid wouldn’t?) … and found it worked extremely well. Except for the ink all over your skin.
Italian Ways: Polaroid manipulations.
They become impressionist paintings.
VaultSkin for iPhone.
Interesting. I’ve seen others of this kind of case, of course. A photo of one on another site tickled my fancy. My concern is, pulling out of a pocket, does one dump their cards and/or phone all over the place?
Eye appointment … back later.
Just a check. Nothing serious.
Update: I’d been testing a set of Ciba contacts. I wasn’t able to go more than five or six hours with them. Terribly red, dry eyes. Doc said that was not good, so we switched to Coopers. Immediate relief, but I have to spend more time with them (and let the eyes recover from the Cibas) before I can make a real recommendation.
Mosaic: Can meditation really slow ageing?
“Researchers have since linked perceived stress to shorter telomeres in healthy women as well as in Alzheimer’s caregivers, victims of domestic abuse and early life trauma, and people with major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.”
FiveThirtyEight: Dying at the Grand Canyon.
Erm, go observe in person. When I visited the park, the number of both American and European tourists prancing [I chose that word carefully and accurately] down the Bright Angel Trail with just a single water bottle stunned me.
Past Horizons: 70,000 year-old African settlement unearthed.
“This find, according to the researchers, seems to contradict the previously held belief that the construction of permanent structures was associated with the so-called Great Exodus from Africa and occupation of the colder regions of Europe and Asia.”
ArtDaily: The ultimate connoisseur’s Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale headlines RM’s Monterey Sale.
Oof. I’d give an eyetooth for that baby.
365/2: 200. Trumpet vine and visitors.
BBC: James Garner, Rockford Files star, dies aged 86.
This one hurts. When I was a kid, I wanted to be as cool as James Garner. RIP, good sir. You will be sorely missed.
Later: A good observation, from Mashable? Yes! Check it out.
Upgrading the system to Mavericks today.
Pulled a bootable copy with SuperDuper. Running Time Machine *one more time*. Think that’s enough? You’ll hear from me ‘on the other side.’
Later: Postponed until sometime tomorrow. Realized it’s time to delete old apps, upgrade a few others … empty some junk off the internal drive.