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Roundhouse Roundup Blog: Mother Jones Scorches Gov. Susana.

You’ve probably stumbled across the Mother Jones piece already; seems to be the talk of political circles, so I won’t tax your feeds. New Mexicans are unruffled. Perhaps the remainder of the nation’s admirers will prick an ear or three, but I feel that most political cadres operate in this manner. News today, forgotten next week … unless MJ has some powerful follow-up they’ve held back on purpose that brings more centrist media to feed rapaciously in the free-for-all.

04/16/14 • 11:15 AM • PoliticsSanta Fe Local • No Comments

The Airship: How the Hell Did People Make Books During Medieval Times?

I wonder if there would be a viable business in illuminating manuscripts (books) today.

04/16/14 • 11:01 AM • ArtsBooks • No Comments

car-ux.com: Dashboard views of latest cars.

Luxurious.  I prefer the ones I shoot at Santa Fe Concorso each year.  For example … racing Corvette, gullwing Mercedes, convertible 300SL, AC Cobra, unrestored Jaguar D-type, Aston Martin DB-5, Ferrari, Jaguar E-Type, Dino Ferrari, Chevy Corvair, Hispano-Suiza, and the Porsche 550, my favorite for minimalism.

04/16/14 • 10:57 AM • PersonalPhotography • No Comments

Pacific Mag: Study - When Things Look Dark, Country Music Gets Sunnier.

Hmmm. Most of country today seems to have advanced to where Jimmy Buffet was in ‘80-‘82, but without the lyricism. Still 34 years behind the eight ball, and that says something more than what this article is touting.

Later: Some country music artist ‘faved’ this on Twitter. I hope they read it first.

04/16/14 • 10:46 AM • HistoryMusic • No Comments

NPR: Play It Again And Again, Sam.

Musical repetitiveness isn’t really an idiosyncratic feature of music that’s arisen over the past few hundred years in the West. [snip] It seems to be a cultural universal. Not only does every known human culture make music, but also, every known human culture makes music [in which] repetition is a defining element.” Synchronicity again.  I’d just been wondering about this.  I’ve switched to listening to a ‘smooth jazz’ (no comments) station, in my desperation to escape endless loops of Sweet Child of Mine, Radar Love, Hotel California and Oye Como Va Mi Ritmo (the go-to ‘Latino’ rock standard), thanks to Clear Channel owning wide swaths of broadcast space. Hearing the bass-thump of Radar Love again almost makes me murderous … it comes up on commercial stations multiple times a day.

04/16/14 • 10:36 AM • MusicPsychologyScience • No Comments

Just got a seminar email ...

… and on requested unsubscribe, I see a one line piece of text on a white background … “Your subscription has been adjusted.”  And my mind immediately flashes, “Oh shit.”  Here comes the avalanche of spam.

04/16/14 • 10:31 AM • InternetPersonal • No Comments

Italian Ways: The Sacred Mountain of Varallo, the Jerusalem of Valsesia.

A sort of religious Las Vegas; those who could not, or would not make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem could experience a ‘faithful copy’. You’ve got to see this - scroll down to see all the wooden figures. I’ve never seen this before, never knew it existed.

04/16/14 • 10:23 AM • ArtsReligionTravel • No Comments

ArtDaily: Christie’s announces Sale of Vintage Travel Posters and Luggage.

I have a terrible abiding weakness for both.

04/16/14 • 10:20 AM • ArtsConsumptionHistoryTravel • No Comments

ArtDaily: Lock of Napoleon’s hair stolen from historic Briars Park homestead in Australia.

Oh no, better to start a new conspiracy theory. Someone wants to clone him!

04/16/14 • 10:19 AM • ArtsHistoryLaw • No Comments

Vulture: Gay Talese on Mad Men and the Sexual Revolution.

There’s a lack of sizzle. We were all feeling things for the first time then.”  Drunk in Love is something Roger Sterling would consider normal life, I suspect. Not worthy of a song.

Tangential: Study, Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major US Cities. My concern is here is the study only has a few paragraphs on truck stops and child prostitution. The fact that Santa Fe sits on I-25, we see a great deal of young women being dropped off, picked up. I suspect this mode of child prostitution is a whole lot larger than they think — and I urge them (if they read this) to research it further.

04/16/14 • 10:18 AM • BooksEntertainmentHistory • No Comments

365/2: 105. A bit of selective color fun.

365/2: 105.

Still a little cold, after our recent spate of snow, to sit outside … hence the blue pillow.

04/15/14 • 06:38 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments

CNet: LaCie admits to year-long credit card breach.

LaCie, which is set to merge with American hard drive maker Seagate, said it was informed about the breach on March 19, 2014 by the FBI. But the hardware company speculated that all transactions between March 27, 2013 and March 10, 2014 were possibly affected.

04/15/14 • 05:32 PM • ConsumptionHardwareInternet • No Comments

WaPo: Heartbleed is about to get worse, and it will slow the Internet to a crawl

“‘If a certificate authority has to revoke 10,000 certificates, that entry will have 10,000 certificates on it. [snip] And if browsers have to download that … we’re talking hundreds of megabytes.’ It’s roughly the equivalent of having to download 30 minutes’ worth of standard-definition video just to view a single Web page.

04/15/14 • 05:31 PM • InternetLawSecurity • No Comments

Patrice Ayme’s Thoughts: Terminal Greenhouse Crisis.

At the present rate of greenhouse gas emission, within nine years, massively lethal climate and oceanic changes are guaranteed.

04/15/14 • 05:25 PM • EconomicsHome & LivingNaturePoliticsScience • No Comments

Stripe: How can I get my funds transferred faster than seven days?

Interesting. The seven day thing keeps some businesses on PayPal. Keeping an eye on this.

04/15/14 • 02:58 PM • InternetProgrammingSecurity • No Comments

DP Review: Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK.

The magnets are device-friendly and do not interfere with your camera or other electronic devices.” I don’t know about you, but I eschew magnetic trifles when dealing with CF/SD cards.  Nice idea, not on my list.

04/15/14 • 02:45 PM • ConsumptionDesignPhotography • No Comments

WarHistoryOnline: Archaeologists find remains of 21 German soldiers in a WWI shelter.

Here, as in Pompeii, we found the bodies as they were at the moment of their death. Some of the men were found in sitting positions on a bench, others lying down. One was projected down a flight of wooden stairs and was found in a foetal position. The collapsed shelter was filled with soil. The items were very well-preserved because of the absence of air and light and water. Metal objects were rusty, wood was in good condition and we found some pages of newspapers that were still readable. Leather was in good condition as well, still supple.” RIP.

04/15/14 • 02:35 PM • HistoryScienceTravel(2) Comments

DiscoverMag: Over the Hill? Cognitive Speeds Peak at Age 24.

It’s not all bad news for those of us on the wrong side of 24, however. Researchers found that older players compensated for their slower cognitive speed by making the game simpler. For example, older players retain their skill by using more keyboard shortcuts to make up for their motor-speed declines.” Makes me feel a little better.

04/15/14 • 02:07 PM • ChildhoodPsychologyScholarlyScience • No Comments

Global Views on Morality: Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project.

Of interest.

04/15/14 • 02:02 PM • PsychologyTravel • No Comments

Guardian.UK: The 1% wants to ban sleeping in cars – because it hurts their ‘quality of life’.

It is easy to be opposed to inequality in the abstract. So why are Los Angeles and Palo Alto spending virtually none of their budgets on efforts to provide housing for the very poor and homeless? When the most obvious evidence of inequality parks on their street, it appears, even liberals would rather just call the police.

04/15/14 • 08:31 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingHuman RightsPolitics • No Comments

The Luminous Landscape: Photography and The Death of Reality.

The message of this article is twofold: One, to get you inspired to make the most creative images ever, and not to be afraid to follow your heart when it comes to digital enhancements. Two, to encourage you to share, or at least mention, your processing techniques when you share an image with others, so they, like the Ansel Adams letter-writer, are not disappointed if they try to make the same kind of image you made at a location or in the studio. I know that is not always possible, and I don’t do it all the time, but it is something to keep in mind.

04/15/14 • 08:25 AM • Photography • No Comments

Dissent: From the War on Poverty to the War on the Poor.

The United States Census reported in September 2012 that 47.1 million people, or 15.1 percent of the population, now live in poverty—the highest number in fifty-two years, up from 11.7 percent of the population in 2000. Half of these individuals are children and nearly 60 percent of poor adults are women. Almost half of this group has family incomes below 50 percent of the official poverty level, or $22,113 for a family of four. That is only 30 percent of the average family income, while the 1962 poverty line was 50 percent of the average income.

04/15/14 • 08:11 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingHuman RightsPolitics • No Comments

538: A Statistical Analysis of the Work of Bob Ross.

So many things of real benefit to analyze, and they choose Bob Ross. Obviously trolling for viral content. Color me disappointed.

04/15/14 • 08:09 AM • ArtsEntertainmentNews • No Comments

JunkCulture: Photographer Captures the Haunting Beauty of Abandoned Shopping Malls.

They sucked the life out of vital, traditional, walking downtown areas. Remember that, as you view these.

04/15/14 • 08:07 AM • ConsumptionHistoryPhotography • No Comments

The Verge: Gut feelings - the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach.

Probiotics’ potential to treat human behavior is increasingly apparent, but will manufacturers one day toss an anxiety-fighting blend into their probiotic brews? It’s a distinct possibility …” Science should map the gut biome before manufacturers start pushing out ‘beneficial’ blends.

04/15/14 • 08:06 AM • HealthPsychologyScience • No Comments
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