ViralForest: This is the Pallet Emergency Home. It Can Be Built in One Day With Only Basic Tools.
Neat. Careful what pallets you use; some stink to high heaven.
The Future of Digital Longform.
“The people who focus on length are the people who could argue semantics forever, and who will never see the web’s great potential. All the space in the world could well free up journalists to write to whatever length wish (however short or long a story deserves); frees up designers to build templates and pages previously unimaginable and richly interactive; frees up directors of photography and visuals to select however many (or few) images a story deserves, frees them up not to have to fight for inches, but to fight for the right photographs. To say this is about “longform” is to undermine this moment in our digital evolution. This is about creativity and blowing up templates and designing for the story, and helping the reader better understand harder to grasp stories. And it is my distinct pleasure to say, that’s what I see happening.” Well-said.
The Fully Intended: RIP Poetry.
Familiar. Teachers would want to analyze poetry to a depth that immolated any and all appreciation and/or enjoyment. Hence my mockery of TS Eliot at the time: “I grow mold, I grow mold … wheeze … I will wear my fungus rolled.”
I had a particular teacher who was intent on ‘Jesus symbolism’, and found it in seemingly every piece of written work known to mankind. I suspect she could have found it in the phone book. In the crumbs of her morning toast. Almost completely turned me off of reading. If the lead character doesn’t martyr themselves, then it can’t be a good novel?
If they’re not teaching you how to do it, or how to appreciate it, but simply to clinically dissect it … what good does that sort of instruction do? A poem is not a pickled frog or an automobile engine. It has soul.
Independent.UK: Creative writing courses are a waste of time, says Hanif Kureishi.
“A lot of my students just can’t tell a story. They can write sentences but they don’t know how to make a story go from there all the way through to the end without people dying of boredom in between. It’s a difficult thing to do and it’s a great skill to have. Can you teach that? I don’t think you can.” Look, you give kids the basics. Many years later, once they have a stable of experiences, those seeds you plant will take root. It’s a worthy thing to do, teaching creative writing. Stories make up our modern internet!
Re/code: One Year Late, Facebook Rolls Out Scaled Back News Feed Redesign.
Redesign is a never-ending process, these days. FB is not a place I go to for inspiration.
Salon: Gentrifying the dharma: How the 1 percent is hijacking mindfulness.
It’s been a litmus test among some social groups in Santa Fe for a while now.
Mashable: Scientists - El Nino (May Be) A-Comin’
“According to both L’Heureux and McPhaden, scientists issued this outlook without the benefit of their full complement of available data. A network of ocean observing buoys strategically located throughout the central and eastern tropical Pacific and designed specifically for improving El Niño forecasts, is now only 40% operational, largely due to federal budget cuts.” Oy. My emphasis. Well, El Niño would be welcome moisture here, if it does form. We need it. Roofers in the area will be mightily pleased, too.
SciAm: Infrastructure Threatened by Climate Change Poses a National Crisis.
“The difficulty of strengthening the systems that support the American economy — from electricity to drinking water — poses significant problems requiring large investments at a time of rising risk and receding political appetite for big spending initiatives.” Climate change or not, I’ve been personally banging on about infrastructure since the Reagan years.
NY Times: Sean Potts, 83, Master of the Tin Whistle and a Founder of the Chieftains, Dies.
NY Times: Why Must the News Be So Newsy?
“‘The news takes us to the edge of something deeply interesting – but then abandons us to the process Aristotle calls catharsis,’ he said, referring to the way modern news lays out the facts but resists coming to any conclusions or exposing bias. ‘That explains the background anxiety that the news consistently creates.’” His book has received somewhat lukewarm reviews from the news media (perhaps predictably); it sounds interesting nonetheless.
Nieman Journalism Lab: Getty Images blows the web’s mind by setting 35 million photos free.
“Getty Images (or third parties acting on its behalf) may collect data related to use of the Embedded Viewer and embedded Getty Images Content, and reserves the right to place advertisements in the Embedded Viewer or otherwise monetize its use without any compensation to you.” Their emphasis. I wonder what the photogs think. I’m sure we’ll hear, shortly.
La Jicarita: What’s Wrong with WIPP.
“If the leak came from panel 7, it could be from one or more of the 258 contact-handled (CH) waste containers, containing 388 cubic meters that were emplaced between January 25 and February 5. Eighteen canisters, containing 16 cubic meters of more highly radioactive remote-handled (RH) waste, had been put into that panel starting in late September 2013.” A great deal more serious than we’re being told. I still wonder why there are no robotic means to investigate the mines. Antennae could have been placed for ease of operation. Probes down ventilation shafts? Seriously? I would, if I were the DOE, be testing the fracking workers at those nearby wellheads … if for no other reason than to prevent possible spread to family members.
Later: The exposed workers will “be unlikely to experience any health effects.” No radioactive dose amounts were reported. Luckily they had no evidence of plutonium or americium. But it would be nice to know how much radiation they experienced. Between the fire and this particular event, the plant must be running out of un-radiated workers.
365/2: 064. Doors, faux wet plate effects.
Still jamming in CMS work; haven’t had time to wander. So I fiddle instead. And a sunset.
TechCrunch: Stripe Debuts A New Checkout Experience With One-Click Payments.
Pretty. I understand Stripe only pays out once a week, rather than on-demand as PayPal does (three days from request to deposit).
Later: I think I’ve mentioned this before, but if I haven’t … do check where your payment-processor-of-choice is incorporated, and what their legal schemes are. You’ll be surprised (maybe not) to sometimes find them incorporated in Eastern Europe - or Bermuda/Cayman Islands, and limiting you to arbitration.
Guardian.UK: HIV gene therapy using GM cells hailed a success after trial.
“Tests on people enrolled in the trial found that the disease-resistant cells multiplied in their bodies. Half of patients were taken off their usual drugs for three months and scientists recorded reduced levels of the virus.”
USA Today: Hillary Clinton - Putin’s tactics like Hitler’s before WWII.
Hrmmmm. And calling someone Hitler-like always makes things better, eh? Bush called Hussein “Hitler.” Kerry called Assad “Hitler.” The Right compares Obama to Hitler. World’s a better place for it, don’t you think?
99U: Do Antidepressants Stifle Creativity?
Yes. But. And it’s a very big “but.” Depends on individual tolerance. Both of depression and medication.
New MAMP Pro out, too.
Wow. Getting fancy.
Supercharged: 2014 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante in green & gold.
CNN: Baby left in toilet now 27, curious.
Born in ‘87. Middle of the crack cocaine epidemic in a state that suffered particularly badly throughout. There were many worse outcomes than being left in a bathroom.
Ghost in the Machine: Ryan - Still Clownshoes.
Kevin needs a segment on NewsHour.
ReadWrite: Flipboard Acquires Social Magazine Zite From CNN.
“Flipboard said that it would not continue to evolve Zite and that Flipboard would integrate the technology of Zite into Flipboard.” Sad, sad day. Zite was my favorite iPad random newsgatherer. Flipboard was interesting until I found Zite. Totally bummed over this. Totally.
CodeKit 2 is out, and looks awesome.
Macworld: How to get old OS X installation discs.
NY Times: Recently Attributed Leonardo Painting Was Sold Privately for Over $75 Million.
“heavily restored”. And yet it still brought 75 mill. Wow.