Science of Us: Look at How Texting Is Warping Your Spine.
“An adult head weighs 10 to 12 pounds in the neutral position. As the head tilts forward, the forces seen by the neck surges to 27 pounds at 15 degrees, 40 pounds at 30 degrees, 49 pounds at 45 degrees and 60 pounds at 60 degrees.” I was wondering why I see so many human ‘vultures’ around - and it’s worst in the young!
PS Mag: How Old Brains Learn New Tricks.
“In visual learning experiments in which participants must remember sets of images or look for minute changes in an image, older experimental subjects can learn at about the same rate as younger people.” An opening for online learning, certainly.
The Luminous Landscape: Vision 13 - Photographer’s Block.
DP Review: Sony announces Alpha 7 II full-frame mirrorless camera with 5-axis IS.
Ah. Because of the MPs, this is still the most intriguing of the mirrorless cameras (IMHO). This may finally spur a rental.
TNR: A Defense of Reason.
Variety: Netflix Picks Up ‘Longmire’ for Season 4.
FANTASTIC. Thank you, Netflix!
365/2: 321. Looking out over the state grazing lands ...
Santa Fe New Mexican: Uber launches in Santa Fe.
Stanford.EDU: Stanford archaeologist reveals health care in the ancient world.
“At Deir el-Medina, we see two health care networks happening. [snip] There’s a professional, state-subsidized network so the state can get what it wants – a nice tomb for the king. Parallel to this, there’s a private network of families and friends. And this network has pressure to take care of its members, for fear of public shaming, such as being divorced for neglect or even disinherited.”
Photo Attorney: Forest Service Chief Issues Directive on Photography Permits.
Cut to the chase: “I also want to emphasize that commercial photography only requires a permit if the photography takes place at locations where members of the public are not allowed, or uses models, sets, or props. Commercial film and photography permit fees should be primarily viewed as land-use fees. If the activity presents no more impact on the land than that of the general public, then it shall be exempt from permit requirements.” My italic emphasis.
zenhabits: Writer as Coder - The Iterative Way to Write a Book.
Feedback as you go. Not a bad idea.
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.