Montana’s getting some heat.
Nope, climate change ain’t real ...
c|net: Professor warns robots could keep us in coffins on heroin drips.
Storify/LukeW: Drop Downs Should be the UI of Last Resort (with images, tweets).
FiveThirtyEight: We Tried — And Failed — To Identify The Most Banned Book In America.
DP Review: The Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison.
Oh, ouch. Set the Canon to the 85 1.8 wide open, you’ll see what I mean. The price? RENTAL.
DesignYouTrust: Dashi Namdakov Is Turning Heads With His Fantastic Bronze Sculpture.
Wild, man. If I were a little kid, I’d never visit the park in which that first sculpture resides. One view would serve for a lifetime.
Re/Code: SpaceX Rocket Explodes Shortly After Takeoff on Elon Musk’s Birthday (Video).
Two things come to mind. One, in the case of an ‘anomaly’, it seems all audio goes dead (or is erased before publication). No soundbites for the media. Two, this points out how difficult it will be to determine when to initiate the manned Dragon capsule’s abort procedure ... will it get far enough away from the Falcon before such an explosion damages structural integrity? This seems an exciting system so far - these payload runs would be an excellent method to test this function.
Atlantic: Baby Boomers Are Changing Retirement.
I don’t expect to retire, though I’m at the tail end of the Boomers.
ArtDaily: Previously uncast Rodin sculpture fetches $1.1 million at Christie’s London sale.
Lordy, that’s wonderful. [Caveat: I do love Rodin’s works.]
NY Review of Books: Shakespeare’s Unfilmable Dream.
It allows endless opportunity, IMHO. The first time I saw it performed, the cast had but a platform and costumes. And it was wonderful. I suppose one has to have an imagination, something that may be endangered in the days of Pixar and CGI ...
NPR: What Happened To The 9-Year-Old Smoking In Mary Ellen Mark’s Photo?
Just about what you’d expect. I suppose this is what bothers me about documentary photography; I’d want to help everyone.
NY Times: ISIS and the Lonely Young American.
Exactly what I’ve been concerned about. I suppose ‘pen pals’ no longer exist? The last thing I want to see is a young, lonely, hormonal teen be used by these folks. We need to give them alternatives. Now.
c|net: Slumbering black hole in Milky Way roars back to life.
Someone turned on the galactic garbage-disposal?
Vox: A day of global terror - horrifying attacks strike France, Tunisia, and Kuwait.
Well-expressed. Could have been much worse, yet ... without powerful and immediate international response, it likely will be.
Luminous Landscape: A New Perspective On Landscape Photography.
“So why would any photographer in their right mind choose to place Rufus the homeless rock below a background of inspirational light and land? The answer is simple: that photographer is addicted to a wide-angle lens.” Rufus the homeless rock! I love it. So very true. And Percy, the artful dead plant. Wally, the meaningless puddle of water. And so many others.
Slate: Clarence Thomas same-sex marriage dissent: “Slaves did not lose their dignity.”
“... human dignity cannot be taken away by the government.” One can tell immediately he has never applied for welfare or unemployment. I propose a new rule - you can’t judge, legislate or litigate unless you’ve direct experience.
Naked Cap: Who was Alexander Hamilton? Militarism, High Finance and Checking the Democracy.
MeFi: Titty, Cock, Intercourse and Ejaculation.
Civil War Memory: Removal of Confederate Flags Marks the End of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.
Hmmm. As I mentioned yesterday, I wonder what rationalizations will come forward to excuse the use of slave-built structures in Washington, D.C. [in the addendum of that post] ... you know that shoe’s gonna drop soon.
Italian Ways: The Gilera Rondine 500, unrivaled power.
Wonderful. Even made me laugh out loud.
NPR: Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States.
And, I expect Roberts to hope this will mollify Conservatives over the previous ACA ruling: “But do not celebrate the Constitution. [snip] It had nothing to do with it.” Of course, he has a point. Marriage is not mentioned in the Constitution at all. His statement is perfectly ‘safe’ - too subtle for most to understand. Even most of our modern media.
BBC: Avengers star Patrick Macnee dies.
Oh no! Note he also played a young Jacob Marley in my favorite version of A Christmas Carol; the one with Alistair Sim as Scrooge. And The Avengers was a staple in our house. RIP, good sir; you will be greatly missed.
Hemmings: After devastating fire, restoration begins on one of the world’s oldest Beetle.
Serial number 1-00003. Think of how many followed it ...
SciAm: Researchers Study 3 Promising Anti-Aging Therapies.
Authority Nutrition: 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Whey Protein.
Been consuming it for years. I’ve graduated to the purest, lowest-cost form I can find: Now Foods Whey Protein Isolate, Natural Unflavored. Two scoops, a small teaspoon of instant coffee to knock back the flavor, milk. Blend. Done.