the interpreter: ISIS beheadings are a grotesque media strategy
“None of these actions are designed to dissuade Western military intervention in Iraq or Syria, or even to goad the West into becoming decisively committed on the ground, because ISIS understands this is unlikely to occur. Rather, it has a much more short-term aim: to get ISIS’s military and political setbacks out of the media cycle and replace them with bloody imagery that demonstrates ISIS is still a force.” It is very unsettling to see social media and personal branding strategies used for these purposes.
Youtube: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy gag reel - Dance Off.
Youtube: Introducing Lantern: One Device = Free Data Forever.
BonjourLife: Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Concept.
Nice. But the closed wheels might make it squirrelly in crosswinds.
BBC: Trip Advisor couple ‘fined’ £100 by hotel for bad review.
“People should have the right to vent their disappointment if a hotel stay did not meet their expectations and should not be prevented from having their say.” Reviews are getting less and less useful for the consumer, as people become fearful of litigation.
DiscoverMag: Buffalo Suburbs May Have Set a Record for 24-Hour Snowfall in a Populated Area.
76 inches in 24 hours. Ouch.
Vox: Everything you need to know about the Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations.
Perhaps an update to the statute of limitations is in order? Since noone successfully prosecuted, and the incidents are far out of the range of court redress, it is conceivable Cosby could sue for defamation (libel and slander both). It would be grotesque to do so ...
Later: The Dish, What to think of Bill Cosby?
AppleInsider: Adobe announces Lightroom 5.7 with new Aperture and iPhoto importer tool.
That, and a slew of other CC updates.
Roads & Kingdoms: An Indian at Auschwitz.
PS Mag: Online Brain Exercises Are Probably Useless.
CBC: Frederic Chopin’s heart exhumed in secret mission in Poland.
“Close to midnight on April 14, after the last worshippers had left the Holy Cross Church, 13 people sworn to secrecy gathered in the dark sanctuary.” Worthy of a short story, at least.
NY Times: In Compromise Plan, Limited Fracking Is Approved for National Forest in Virginia.
No. There should be no compromise in defense of our national forests. They exist to preserve forests, not mineral extraction technologies.
BBC : Comet landing - Organic molecules detected by Philae.
“The fact that we landed up against something may actually be in our favour. If we’d landed on the main surface, the dust layer may have been even thicker and it’s possible we might not have gone down [to the ice].”
WaPo: German town plays prank on neo-Nazis.
This was a brilliant solution. Like a moral Möbius strip; the more you walk, the less you actually accomplish.
Follow Me Here…: Fifteen Years of Fun.
365/2: 320. These orchids are out for blood ...
I need to spend more time with ‘em. You may see them again before the end of the year.
Ghost in the Machine: At Fifteen, A Re-Shuffle.
Happy Fifteen, Kevin. Keep fightin’ the good fight. I’ve got some work to do with our local Legislature turning redder; they’ll unleash the dogs of fracking. Pulling out my rhetorical knucklebusters.
“The best [thing] ever.”
No need to click. Just wait five minutes. It’s actually the next best thing, I’m tellin’ ya. “Best” has a distinctly short half-life on the interwebs.
Archaeology News Network: Majestic mosaic unearthed in Northern Greece.
“Archaeologists have uncovered another section of the majestic mosaic at the Roman baths in Plotinopolis, Didymoteicho, in northern Greece. 90 square metres out of a total of 140 square metres have been currently uncovered and present the unusual – for the area – theme of sea creatures.” Sea creatures. In a bath. And this is a mystery, even if landlocked? I suppose ...
BreakingViews: Good news for guns is bad for gunmakers.
No fear, no gun sales. Gun manufacturers are facing large inventories and larger debts. There are already right-wingers spreading the idea that the reason IS is so successful is that Americans don’t own more guns. Stick that in your personal Enigma machine and try to parse it - I can’t.
Kickstarter: The World’s First Smart Earplugs by Hush.
Hmmm. Might be a last-choice solution for my chipseal neighborhood road-noise issue.
c|net: 3D-printed cremation urn replicates your loved one’s head.
How one can remain a good-lookin’ ash after death.
The Register: That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?
“Sync failures are perhaps the biggest frustration for Office 365 users and those who support them, and when it happens the usual advice is to delete and resync everything, with possible loss of recently changed files.” Beware.
PS Mag: The Enduring Allure of Badly Behaved Men.
“Today’s male is listless, it’s said — emotionally paralyzed, indecisive, and insufficiently libidinal, on and off the page. With men transformed into soft-bellied unemployable losers, more and more women are left high and dry in the romance and mating department. They’ve lost it, apparently: their edge is gone, they’re lumpish, unemployed, and increasingly obsolete.” The author of this article does a good job ripping the book to pieces - this is a pullquote from the book being reviewed. Women want the same power, the same entitlements as men. Fine. Browbeating husbands or male offspring won’t turn Sparta into Athens; and if ill-done, the male Athenians will bypass women entirely. There need to be a better strategies than the old and tired ones, if equality is desired. Exactly what, is a fraught subject that I’ll bypass for the moment. Just calling attention to the link, for now.
[Slightly humorously, I blame American male consumption of unfermented soy, the favorite filler of food manufacturers in this country. The symptoms echo the above pullquote. Interestingly, while digging for that link, I found one study that mentions soy is twice the endocrine disruptor that BPA is. It seems we’ve collectively freaked out about the wrong compound.]
Tangential: Stumbled upon this. Inside the world of men and dolls. It seems my theorized Athenians are finding other outlets already ...
BBC: Topless sunbather photographed by estate agent drone.
“Mandy Lingard, who was sunbathing in her back garden wearing just a thong, said she realised only when she saw an advertising board near her home.” Would turn into a liability or harrassment suit in the US. Wait for it.