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Washington Examiner: Future uncertain, Romney sits atop GOP polls.

In discussions this week, they pointed to what they think is a widespread belief among voters, certainly among Republicans, that Romney was right about some key issues in the 2012 campaign.” When your average American can’t even remember Obama’s campaign promises about Guantanamo, how can a reasoning individual claim *anyone* remembers a Romney position?  Other than his use of hair gel?

12/19/14 • 10:38 AM • Politics(3) Comments

Colossal: Spectacular Ice Formations Atop a Windswept Mountain in Slovenia.

We’ve seen similar pix before, but never so dramatic.  Enjoy.

12/19/14 • 10:25 AM • NaturePhotography(2) Comments

Dazed: The cult of buying fake followers exposed by Instagram cull.

There were incredible scenes at the top of the ‘percentage lost’ table, where a user called @chiragchirag78 lost 99.998% of his followers, falling from a gargantuan 3,660,448 followers to a measly eight.” Said it before, I’ll say it again. Be careful who you mortgage your opinions to.

12/19/14 • 10:21 AM • InternetMobileSocial Media • No Comments

Github: Vulnerability announced - update your Git clients.

Of note.

12/18/14 • 08:37 PM • InternetProgramming • No Comments

DiscoverMag: Aspirin May Help Prevent Skin Cancer.


12/18/14 • 08:30 PM • HealthScience • No Comments

GigaOm: Flickr kills sale of Creative Commons prints, issues refunds.

Even though the Flickr Wall Art service only offered images for which the owner had granted a Creative Commons license for commercial use, some complained that they believed the terms of the license only extended to online use — and not to physical prints as well. Some withdrew their works from Flickr altogether.”  It should have been opt-in. Really dumb. Previously discussed.

12/18/14 • 08:27 PM • InternetPhotographySocial Media • No Comments

Art Daily: Hebrew U. archaeologists find 20-meter-high corridor at Herodium National Park.

Better and more photos, please.

Later: Two impressive interior photos here.

12/18/14 • 08:06 PM • HistoryReligionScholarlyScience • No Comments

Supercharged: Akrapovic Full Moon Motorcycle Concept.

Wild. Art Deco and modern.

12/18/14 • 07:57 PM • DesignVehicles1 Comment

It is astonishing, that on Flickr ...

I can have absolute no views, but someone’s favorited a photo. Astonishing.

12/18/14 • 07:26 PM • PersonalPhotographyProgramming(10) Comments

365/2: 350.  Just after dark.

365/2: 350.

12/18/14 • 07:19 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments

Mashable: Texas plumber baffled after truck ends up in the hands of Syrian rebels.

What’s more disconcerting is that no commercial - or national security - sources seem to know how these trucks ended up in terrorist hands. I hope reporters follow up on this, find the paper/shipment trail.

12/18/14 • 06:56 PM • ConsumptionLawPolitics • No Comments

Client Christmas parties.

Never heard of “White Elephant” gifting before.  Next year, I’m hitting Archie McPhee.  Instant (just add water) underwear, anyone?  I can’t wait.

12/18/14 • 05:30 PM • ConsumptionPersonal1 Comment

TechDirt: Tennessee Town Passes Policy Banning Negative Comments About The Town’s Government.

Well. Does TechDirt moderate comments?  I can’t tell from their site.  I’m not defending the town, mind you. But another article on TechDirt quotes this opinion in positive manner: “I do delete comments from time to time. If I notice them and they are ‘excessively violent’ or ‘harassing’ or ‘otherwise objectionable,’ I delete them. Why? First, its my blog, so my fucking rules. You have a right to express yourself, but not necessarily here.”  My italics.

Everyone loves the First Amendment until it ends up bristling and ugly in their own comments section or social channels.

I come down on the side of, “If tax money is being used to support those sites, then any taxpaying citizen can comment.”

12/18/14 • 11:08 AM • Human RightsLawPoliticsSocial MediaWeblogs(2) Comments

The Mischiefs of Faction: Four perspectives on Jeb Bush and the Republican nomination.

Doesn’t really go anywhere, but still worth the read.

12/18/14 • 10:23 AM • HistoryPoliticsPsychology • No Comments

USA Today: Dramatic video shows turbulence rock AA flight over Pacific.

Commercial airliners are, if my memory is correct, able to handle -1.5 to +3 g’s.  Unspoken as yet, turbulence seems to be on the rise. Global warming, one assumes.  We certainly see more lenticular clouds over the mountain ranges here, than in past years. Lenticular clouds have (as opposed to the above article) broken even military aircraft to pieces.

12/18/14 • 10:17 AM • NatureScienceTravelVehicles • No Comments

Italian Ways: Delio Tessa and Milan’s trams.

Santa Fe needs trams. But wireless ones. Wires would ruin the aesthetics of adobe. And they’d have to look vintage. Modern space-age looking trams would just be wrong.

12/18/14 • 10:02 AM • Santa Fe LocalTravelVehicles(5) Comments

Poets & Writers: Typewriters in the 21st Century.

The USB Typewriter is a kit of electronica that, when installed on a typewriter, sends whatever is typed on the machine to an attached digital device—a computer, tablet, or smartphone—where it is stored as electronic, and thus editable and uploadable, text. The converted typewriter still works on its own, in the traditional fashion, with or without a device attached.

12/18/14 • 10:00 AM • ArtsBooksConsumptionDesignHistory1 Comment

BBC: America’s ‘ringing’ rock arches recorded.

The field is very well established in civil engineering; it’s called structural health monitoring. We’re just the first to extend that to natural rock arches.” Coolness.

12/17/14 • 08:53 PM • NatureScience • No Comments

Solspace: Significant Price Reduction on Software.

Many EE developers will be dancing over this.

12/17/14 • 08:49 PM • Expression EngineProgramming • No Comments

SciAm: Fracking Banned in New York.

Good for the health of NY; not for their bottom line.

PA will probably wave the revenues in NY’s face. Until the boom ends. And the back-end infrastructure and cleanup costs bankrupt the state.

12/17/14 • 08:34 PM • EnvironmentalPolitics1 Comment

INET Economics: Joseph Stiglitz - Economics Has to Come to Terms with Wealth and Income Inequality.

What has happened repeatedly in recent years is that we’ve had monetary authorities allowing — through deregulation and lax standards — banks to lend more, but not for creating new business, not for capital goods.” Interesting read. Take the time.

12/17/14 • 08:25 PM • EconomicsHistoryPolitics1 Comment

DSLR Video Shooter: Top 10 Video Gear Picks of 2014.

Of note.

12/17/14 • 08:21 PM • ConsumptionMotion GraphicsPhotography • No Comments

Dazed: The US Navy’s new GhostSwimmer drone is terrifying.

Eventually, we’re going to weaponise them.”  Kinda attention-getting. I would have gone with a smaller flying fish. Unnoticed in the water, with both air and water capability. You don’t have time to react before it sails by.

12/17/14 • 08:19 PM • ComputingDesignPolitics • No Comments

Medium: Why I care about PowerPoint.

It takes way, way too much time and frustrating effort to create excellence in Powerpoint. I find noone’s willing to pay for excellence; the presentational quality of a ... Xerox ... is fine with them. With sparkly transitions. *Gag*.

12/17/14 • 07:40 PM • MicrosoftPersonalWeblogs • No Comments

ArtDaily: All-original Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona to be offered by its first and only owner.

Meh. I never admired the design of the Daytona. The curves don’t tug at my heartstrings. Liked my 240Z of the same year much better.

12/17/14 • 07:22 PM • ConsumptionDesignHistoryVehicles • No Comments
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