Youtube: Newest Honda ASIMO Robot Moves Like A Human.
Cute. The perpetual-bent knees make my quads hurt just lookin’ at ‘em, though.
TorrentFreak: Spotify Starts Shutting Down Its Massive P2P Network.
Mail.com: Bosnians see victims excavated from mass grave.
Western Digs: Infamous Mass Grave of Young Women in Ancient City Also Holds Men.
“As the largest display of ritual killing found anywhere north of Mexico, the cluster of Cahokia mass graves — known as Mound 72 — has been one of the most studied features in the country.” We US folks tend to think of this kind of ceremonial sacrifice as happening south of the border.
WaPo: Jenny McCarthy says she isn’t anti-vaccine.
Vox: The best defense against hackers is ... paper?
“Security mistakes happen when people are using systems they don’t understand.” Wish I could tattoo that on some foreheads.
Webflow: Create Website Interactions With 0 Lines of Code.
This is typical of what happens with GUI web design packages. Flashing back to early Dreamweaver and GoLive. At this point, its often easier to just learn to hand code.
WebDesigner Depot: Sketch 3 has launched, is it time to switch?
Not really. I bought Sketch 2 out of curiousity; I use it for the occasional button. Much easier to use than Fireworks, but nowhere near the overall power, either. I don’t see a killer feature to push me to upgrade (or rather, ‘buy new again’; their upgrade offer is really parsimonious).
Guardian.UK: Fertility mystery solved: protein discovered that joins sperm with eggs.
It’s like two-part epoxy … ?
SciAm: Mummy’s Hair Reveals Signs of Arsenic Poisoning.
Sounds so sensational, until you read: “However, researchers weren’t able to determine whether the people had ingested arsenic or if the toxic element in the soil had diffused into the mummies’ hair after they were buried.” My italic emphasis.
The Economist: Culture wars in Ukraine - History lessons.
“Shortly before Russia annexed Crimea, the Bakhchisaray museum, north of Sevastopol, lent some valuable artefacts to an exhibition in the Netherlands. The question as to which country these (and other objects from Crimean museums) should return is creating a diplomatic conundrum.” Idea, perhaps not very politically correct: The Netherlands should work in concert with Germany to leverage the Schliemann Troy artifacts (“Priam’s Treasure”) out of Russian hands … we’d all surely like to see them again.
Fashion Gone Rogue: Unretouched Lady Gaga Versace Ads.
A whole lotta manipulation goin’ on.
Supercharged: Bugatti 12.4 Grand Sport concept Atlantic.
A whole mishmash of styling cues; very reminiscent of the classics. I like it.
Reuters: The lost promise of progressive taxes.
A nice little refresher.
inessential.com: Mark All as Read.
A frequent reader asked me if I’d read this (yes), and then went on to tell me “that’s okay for everyone else, but NOT for you.” Jokingly. Feared my frequency variations of late. It’s getting to summer, when I will no longer be posting on weekends. Need that natural Vitamin D! ‘Mark All as Read’ will be used.
WWD, Q&A: Ralph Lauren Now.
Roundhouse Roundup Blog: Mother Jones Scorches Gov. Susana.
You’ve probably stumbled across the Mother Jones piece already; seems to be the talk of political circles, so I won’t tax your feeds. New Mexicans are unruffled. Perhaps the remainder of the nation’s admirers will prick an ear or three, but I feel that most political cadres operate in this manner. News today, forgotten next week … unless MJ has some powerful follow-up they’ve held back on purpose that brings more centrist media to feed rapaciously in the free-for-all.
The Airship: How the Hell Did People Make Books During Medieval Times?
I wonder if there would be a viable business in illuminating manuscripts (books) today.
car-ux.com: Dashboard views of latest cars.
Luxurious. I prefer the ones I shoot at Santa Fe Concorso each year. For example … racing Corvette, gullwing Mercedes, convertible 300SL, AC Cobra, unrestored Jaguar D-type, Aston Martin DB-5, Ferrari, Jaguar E-Type, Dino Ferrari, Chevy Corvair, Hispano-Suiza, and the Porsche 550, my favorite for minimalism.
Pacific Mag: Study - When Things Look Dark, Country Music Gets Sunnier.
Hmmm. Most of country today seems to have advanced to where Jimmy Buffet was in ‘80-‘82, but without the lyricism. Still 34 years behind the eight ball, and that says something more than what this article is touting.
Later: Some country music artist ‘faved’ this on Twitter. I hope they read it first.
NPR: Play It Again And Again, Sam.
“Musical repetitiveness isn’t really an idiosyncratic feature of music that’s arisen over the past few hundred years in the West. [snip] It seems to be a cultural universal. Not only does every known human culture make music, but also, every known human culture makes music [in which] repetition is a defining element.” Synchronicity again. I’d just been wondering about this. I’ve switched to listening to a ‘smooth jazz’ (no comments) station, in my desperation to escape endless loops of Sweet Child of Mine, Radar Love, Hotel California and Oye Como Va Mi Ritmo (the go-to ‘Latino’ rock standard), thanks to Clear Channel owning wide swaths of broadcast space. Hearing the bass-thump of Radar Love again almost makes me murderous … it comes up on commercial stations multiple times a day.
Just got a seminar email ...
… and on requested unsubscribe, I see a one line piece of text on a white background … “Your subscription has been adjusted.” And my mind immediately flashes, “Oh shit.” Here comes the avalanche of spam.
Italian Ways: The Sacred Mountain of Varallo, the Jerusalem of Valsesia.
A sort of religious Las Vegas; those who could not, or would not make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem could experience a ‘faithful copy’. You’ve got to see this - scroll down to see all the wooden figures. I’ve never seen this before, never knew it existed.
ArtDaily: Christie’s announces Sale of Vintage Travel Posters and Luggage.
I have a terrible abiding weakness for both.
ArtDaily: Lock of Napoleon’s hair stolen from historic Briars Park homestead in Australia.
Oh no, better to start a new conspiracy theory. Someone wants to clone him!