Flavorwire: Pretty Woman at 25 - The Dark Movie It Could’ve Been.
Morning meeting. Most links after 12 noon MST.
Guardian.UK: Mystery around Jeb Bush’s ‘unknown’ private email account.
“Others reached Bush simply through the gencom account — writing to him on a range of issues from judicial appointments to the federal raid that captured the Cuban child Elian Gonzalez to state labor and literacy issues.” Color me unsurprised.
Nieman Journalism Lab: Atavist revamps its publishing software to push design and readability to the
Still knocking around. They were Medium before Medium was an itch. They had some great ideas, just never got them to fruition fast enough. I suppose Medium’s move to attract publications triggered this. More about their changes.
BBC: Will the Dalai Lama reincarnate?
“His holiness has said that the 15th would be born outside of Tibet, outside of China, because this 15th Dalai Lama would have to continue the work of the present Dalai Lama.” Lots of Tibetans around Santa Fe. Apparently the climate is similar.
Autoweek: One-off Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS ‘Porter Special’ crashes into rare Lister-Jaguar.
Oh, that hurts.
Responsive dm!, first try.
Given Google’s mobile-friendly ultimatum, I figure it’s time to force myself to redesign the blog. You folks who were willing to test/comment/peek, I have a first round of a new home page designed. Email me privately - you know my addy. Thanks.
Photographers ... Paul Buff has passed away.
“With great sadness we announce that our founder, Paul C. Buff, passed away this week at the age of 78.” The inventor of AlienBees, White Lightning, and other lower-cost excellent lighting gear. An entrepreneur and pioneer. Enabler of visions. RIP, good sir.
Nautilus: What your tombstone material says.
“A pile of rubble clearly does little to aid in the remembrance of a body that walked and talked and dreamed and thought. But a marker that remains too pristine loses its authority. An inscribed date might reveal when a monument was erected, but it’s the lichens, dirt, chips, and scratches that make that date convincing. We want time to be gentle, but not to stop.” Plastic hasn’t made any inroads. Surprised solid hunks of cloudy acrylic aren’t all over graveyards yet, come to think of it. Surely someone could come up with a recycled-plastic aesthetic as a business model, link it to the green graves movement.
Later: Speaking of interesting tombstones ... extra points for recycling.
Archaeology News Network: Mummified pre-Inca baby found at historic tomb complex in Peru.
Mashable: German flight’s 8-minute descent is key mystery in crash.
“The Airbus 320 has not recorded the slightest accident since it has been used by Lufthansa group.” Yet the 320’s been cited for being prone to ‘glass cockpit blackout.’ Power outage with no navigation and no communication capabilities. On a cursory glance, it would certainly fit the overall profile.
Later: Photos have been released of the crash site. As with any mountain crash, the slopes and terrain shred airplanes to tinfoil. There are no survivors. My deep condolences to the families.
SER: Google Mobile Friendly Test vs Webmaster Tools Mobile Usability Reports.
Timely. It seems April 21 is the date Google will start using mobile-friendliness as a ranking metric (of 200-some metrics, so don’t panic).
Archaeology News Network: Acropolis of Athens built to withstand earthquakes.
“The modular columns, other than the fact that they were made to be constructed and transported more easily, they are designed so that they have excellent seismic performance properties” But can you prove it was intentional.
Past Horizons: Rare first edition of ‘The Map that Changed the World’ unearthed.
“Since then, its ‘disappearance’ means it has rarely been exposed to light, preserving the incredibly bright original colours.” Again, the frequency of finding ‘lost’ original works simply makes me believe forgers are having a field day. Perhaps I’m wrong, but the near-weekly occurrences are beggaring my belief system.
Politico: Hillary Clinton seeks clean slate with press.
“... Clinton said she was ‘all about new beginnings…. A new grandchild. A new hairstyle. A new email account. A new relationship with the press. No more secrecy, no more zone of privacy ... After all what good did that do for me?.” I had to double-check to be sure this wasn’t the Borowitz column or something similar. I suspect she’s speaking jokingly to her audience ... ?
BarnFinds: 1948 Buick Special - 67 Years Of Originality.
Now here’s a lovely starting point. Not too much rust, decent shape.
Nautilus: How to Make Art That Withstands the Test of Time.
“Wood, rabbit-skin glue, and oil paint have certainly stood the test of time.” Making an inkjet-style device that spits those compounds onto wood planks. My next billion-dollar idea.
IndiGoGo: Hey, Woax!
This appeals to me more than using a watch paradigm. Needs a better adaptation for glasses, though.
NY Times: A Sucker Is Optimized Every Minute.
“The gut is dead. Long live the data, turned out day and night by our myriad computers and smart devices. Not that we trust the data, as we once trusted our guts. Instead, we ‘optimize’ it. We optimize for it. We optimize with it.” Optimization = pablum.
ArtDaily: Bound to please - book-making machines star at French fair.
Forget 3D printing for the moment. Is this a paradigm-breaker?
Butterick’s Practical Typography.: The billionaire’s typewriter.
“... how does Medium improve the Internet? I haven’t seen a single story on Medium that couldn’t exist equally well elsewhere. Nor evidence that Medium’s editing and publishing tools are a manifest improvement over what you can do with other tools.” Very well put. Merci, Ray L.Later: Speaking of Medium et al, Dave’s opened up his MyWord Editor.
“A one of a kind interactive visualization that allows anyone to explore actual patterns of lawmaking in Congress.” Fascinating. Takes a bit to learn what it does. Pull the left-hand slider and zoom in, first. You’ll take off from there.
The Bongolian/Talking Synth.
For your next party. Just a random find; the whole album is like a Mad Men party scored by ethnic/techno aliens.
ET Canada: Canadian Actress Alberta Watson Passes Away At 60.
Madeline from the original La Femme Nikita TV show passes away. Cancer sucks. RIP, lovely lady.
I think I felt the Earth shake a little.