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NHTSA: Vehicle Owners with Defective Airbags Urged to Take Immediate Action.

Mine’s not on the list, thank goodness. Is yours?

10/22/14 • 12:27 PM • HealthVehicles • No Comments

Vox: Renee Zellweger’s new look reveals the pernicious demands we make of all women.

Age and a blepharoplasty. I’ve had ‘squinty eyes’ since childhood, taken the teasing, the terrible nicknames. Now that I’m 55, if my upper eyelid/brow sag gets any worse, I’ll need to follow Renee’s lead. I would trade a bit of character to be able to a) see better and b) not to have to hike my eyebrows up to my hairline to seem happy and/or not asleep. My fear is a plastic surgeon would make me look permanently frightened to death.

Damn the slings and arrows, Renee. I understand completely. Perhaps only another person with the ‘squints’ can.

10/22/14 • 12:26 PM • EntertainmentHuman RightsPersonal • No Comments

AustinMann: Yosemite + iOS 8.1 — What Photographers Need to Know.

Of note.

10/22/14 • 10:58 AM • AppleMotion GraphicsPhotographySoftware • No Comments

Blade & Skillet.

Simple recipes that you need but a sharp chef’s knife and a cast-iron skillet for.

10/22/14 • 10:37 AM • FoodWeblogs • No Comments

OilPrice: Low Oil Prices Hurting U.S. Shale Operations.

Much rides on the decision making of officials in Saudi Arabia. Although exact calculations vary, the world’s only swing producer needs oil prices between $83 and $93 per barrel for its budget to break even. But that may not be as important of a metric as it appears. Saudi Arabia has an enormous stash of foreign exchange, and could run deficits for quite a while without too many problems. With average costs of oil production from wells in the Middle East sitting at only $25 per barrel, the Saudis can clearly wait out U.S. shale if they really want to.” So, OPEC could bankrupt US shale operations? That’s interesting.

10/22/14 • 10:32 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHome & LivingPolitics1 Comment

The New Yorker: “Alan Bean Plus Four”

Tom Hanks rips one out.

10/22/14 • 10:30 AM • ArtsBooksEntertainment • No Comments

New Statesman: Treasure trails - how museums became diplomatic fixers.

Yes. I used to think antiquities should be repatriated; the Bamiyan Buddhas and other events of late have convinced me it is better to take mankind’s common heritage and spread it as widely as possible so we cannot lose it. So I vote ‘no’ on the Elgin marbles now.

10/22/14 • 10:21 AM • ArtsHistoryScholarlyScience • No Comments

The Rumpus: A Girl And Her Car.

Hmmm. In the wake of the current video game-vs-women controversies, this is no longer as cool and pragmatic as it sounds. More like Neanderthal-era culture needs to be chucked in the dustbin.

10/22/14 • 10:14 AM • ArtsBooksHuman RightsVehicles • No Comments

Soundcloud: NASA.

Geek out. First time I’ve heard John Glenn’s flight since that orange 45RPM record that came with my GI Joe space capsule.

10/22/14 • 09:56 AM • HistoryMusicPersonalScience • No Comments

BBC: WW2 U-boat found with ship it sank off North Carolina.

Most people associate the Battle of the Atlantic with the cold, icy waters of the North Atlantic but few people realise how close the war actually came to America’s shores.” “Most people.” The older Princetonians would tell stories of the skies lit up by the thousands of tons of shipping burning off NJ’s shore. I suppose it’s not in any Texas-approved schoolbooks anymore.

10/22/14 • 09:52 AM • HistoryScience • No Comments

365/2: 293. Turning over an old leaf ...

365/2: 293.

10/21/14 • 05:41 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments

TechDirt: Have Drone Will Travel — Slow-Moving Regulators Force Innovation Overseas.

In response to slow-moving U.S. domestic policy on commercial drone use, innovators are moving abroad, to jurisdictions where regulations have been updated to delineate when drones may be used in the commercial context.

10/21/14 • 04:19 PM • GeneralLawMotion GraphicsPhotography1 Comment

Youtube: Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey Trailer.

In case you haven’t heard, it’s being remastered and rereleased to theatres.  The trailer’s too discontiguous for my taste. The imagery marginally more contrasty/saturated.

Interesting to find out others remember the ‘blue food’ sequence as I do. And I never read the book!  Bowman finds shelves of boxes of blue powder, and gets a bit dramatic with it. One assumes this is synthesized food for his consumption, graciously offered by his ‘hosts’.

It *was* in the film. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re crazy.

10/21/14 • 03:43 PM • EntertainmentHistory1 Comment

SF New Mexican: Santa Fe police recruit FedEx, UPS drivers to help fight crime.

UPS and FedEx are now watching us.

10/21/14 • 02:54 PM • Home & LivingHuman RightsLawSecurity • No Comments

Agweb: Plants Can Hear Pests Attack.

Where’s PETP when you need ‘em? [PETP = People for the Ethical Treatment of Plants]

10/21/14 • 02:48 PM • NatureScience • No Comments

Coolist: 1957 Ford Thunderbird - F-Code.

Drool.

10/21/14 • 02:46 PM • ConsumptionDesignHistoryVehicles • No Comments

Time: Soda May Age You as Much as Smoking, Study Says.

Drinking an 8-ounce daily serving of soda corresponded to 1.9 years of additional aging, and drinking a daily 20-ounce serving was linked to 4.6 more years of aging.” Be canny of the source.

10/21/14 • 01:08 PM • HealthScience • No Comments

Vox: In the 1970s, women were making big gains in computer science. Then they fell behind.

What happened in the mid-1980s? You should listen to the podcast for the full story, but the short answer is that as computers first moved into the home, they were mostly seen as toys — and those toys were marketed to boys and men.” There’s got to be something else at work here. Home computers can’t be the only reason. The Macintosh became big right around that time, and nearly every graphic design station was being jockeyed by a very capable woman. And the phalanxes of word processing folks in the office ... mostly women. This just sounds like an offkey tuning fork, this claim. Too pat. Something more complex was going on.

10/21/14 • 12:59 PM • ComputingHistoryHuman Rights • No Comments

Kickstarter: The Intrepid 4x5 Camera - An Affordable Large Format Camera.

Why this, when you can have a Bender?  I suppose the other is more press-camera-like.

10/21/14 • 11:52 AM • ConsumptionDesignPhotography(8) Comments

Past Horizons: European farmers were still lactose intolerant after 5,000 years.

Must’ve had a lot of incontinent Neolithic folk.

10/21/14 • 11:12 AM • HealthScience • No Comments

AppleInsider: Wall Street blown away by Apple’s ‘remarkable’ record September quarter.

I’m surprised they’re surprised. I thought there weren’t any secrets anymore.

10/21/14 • 11:04 AM • AppleEconomicsHardware • No Comments

The Atlantic: Princeton Gets 10 Times as Much Tax Money per Student as Public Colleges.

“Namesake” donation building is ruining the campus, if you ask me. All the disparate styles. Go back to Gothic, plz.

10/21/14 • 10:53 AM • EconomicsPersonal • No Comments

BookForum: Innovators Abroad.

... technological development is also a human story — one that involves politics, war, culture, discrimination, social upheaval, and a great deal of human exploitation thousands of miles down the production line, in Congo’s coltan mines and Shenzhen’s brutal factories.

10/21/14 • 10:48 AM • BooksHistoryHuman RightsScholarlyScience • No Comments

ArtDaily: Rothschild pistols seized by the Nazis in 1939 and stored in a salt mine during WWII for s

As gorgeous a set of flintlocks as I’ve ever seen ... at least, from the top view. Silver’s not a very good structural component for a firearm, so I assume it’s mostly decoration. But what decoration.

10/21/14 • 10:37 AM • ConsumptionDesignHistoryHuman Rights • No Comments

PSFK: Hemingwrite Typing Device Aimed at Distraction-Free Writing.

Brill.

10/20/14 • 07:05 PM • ArtsBooksConsumptionDesignInternet(4) Comments
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