Quartz: Most children are happy no matter what, but materialism catches up eventually.
“There is also a noteworthy difference in the nature of of kids’ carefree attitudes in rich and poor countries. Despite being generally happy, children in developed countries were relatively less satisfied with their body, appearance, and self-confidence.”
Lindau-Nobel.org: The Ozone Hole Could Become History.
Archetype for climate change?
ReadWrite: I Wore Suitsy For A Week—And No One Noticed.
“Last weekend, the liberty-loving tech organization, Lincoln Labs, held a rally for presidential hopeful Senator Rand Paul. There were suits oozing out the front door waiting to get a selfie with the libertarian icon. I blended right in.” Pfffffft.
Columbia.EDU: The Penguin Atlas of Medieval History.
Scans from the 1961 edition. Random find.
CJR: The media’s reaction to Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden scoop has been disgraceful.
“Barrels of ink have been spilled ripping apart Hersh’s character, while barely any follow-up reporting has been done to corroborate or refute his claims — even though there’s no doubt that the Obama administration has repeatedly misinformed and misled the public about the incident. Even less attention has been paid to the little follow-up reporting that we did get, which revealed that the CIA likely lied about its role in finding bin Laden, which it used to justify torture to the public.”
Forbidden Histories: Temple Medicine, Oracles and the Making of Modernity.
“In his writings on Greek medicine, for example, du Prel reconstructed the practice of temple sleep (or ‘incubatio’, most often associated with the healing god Asclepius), which denoted the widespread ancient practice of patients spending nights in temples to receive healing and medical advice from divine beings in their dreams.” Surprised we don’t have people sleeping in churches.
NY Review of Books: The Robots Are Winning!
“In Book 5 of the Iliad we hear that the gates of Olympus swivel on their hinges of their own accord, automatai, to let gods in their chariots in or out, thus anticipating by nearly thirty centuries the automatic garage door.”
Guardian.UK: After 350 years of academic journals it’s time to shake things up.
“The panellists agreed that the goal should be to move away from scientific publishing — towards scientific communication.” One might suggest the ‘lowly’ blog as the form of communication.
ScienceDaily: Drug perks up old muscles and aging brains.
“A new study shows that a drug that blocks TGF-beta1, which is now being tested for its anticancer properties, makes brain and muscle tissue more youthful.” No doubt, the new ‘T-shops’ opening all over the country will be quite interested.
Reuters: Boston bomber Tsarnaev sentenced to death for 2013 attack.
“The jurors accepted the bulk of the prosecution’s aggravating factors, unanimously finding that Tsarnaev had not demonstrated remorse for his actions. They rejected many of the mitigating factors, with only three of the 12 jurors believing the defense’s claim that Tsarnaev had acted under his older brother’s influence.” I didn’t expect anything less, given the heinous nature of the crime.
OpenCulture: Carl Sagan Issues a Chilling Warning to America in His Last Interview (1996).
“We’ve arranged a society on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power sooner or later is going to blow up in our faces.” You tell ‘em, Carl.
ArtDaily: John Paul II’s blood-stained cassock on display 34 years after shooting.
Hit four times with a 9mm, you’ll be surprised at the lack of blood. Two in the intestines. Lucky man to have survived.
Hyperallergic: Entire First-Year MFA Class Drops Out in Protest at USC.
Bad form, on the part of the school.
Italian Ways: Ancient Rome’s bikinis, in Piazza Armerina.
Veni, vidi ... and swooned.
LA TImes: Blues legend B.B. King, inspiration to generations of musicians, dies at 89.
“King learned quickly that people threw more money when he changed the word “Lord” in his gospel songs to “baby” and turned them into secular love songs.” This and other interesting tidbits inside.
Later: Spotify has a channel, ‘Ride with the King’, in tribute.
More meetings. Links soon.
UltimateClassicRock: Hear Jeff Beck’s New Live Version of ‘Superstition’.
More along the lines of Stevie Wonder’s, than Beck, Bogert and Appice. Jimmy Hall gets very close to Tim Bogert’s crazy highs here though.
Later: Great preview of upcoming show, too.
KOB: ‘Longmire’ actor arrested in Santa Fe, faces DWI charges.
Sheriff Longmire must be ignoring ‘The Ferg’ again, otherwise he wouldn’t be hitting the sauce? The actor was .09, .08 is legal. He was also not wearing a seatbelt. They were filming yesterday over at the Desert Academy on Old Santa Fe Trail, near a spot where cyclists and teens have been mortally harvested by drunks in past years in particularly heinous ways - I feel law enforcement is just a little stricter in that area. Bartley is a great, friendly personality on social media. A shame, but we have to take DWI seriously here. Too many sad lonely crosses on the roadsides.
fxguide: RenderMan: under the (new) varnish.
Always great results. When you know what you’re doing!
The Mischiefs of Faction: The Threat the STEM Focus Poses to the Social Sciences.
One o’ those mornings.
Meetings out the wazoo. Links shortly.
ReadWrite: The Walled Gardens Of The Web Are Growing.
“AOL Version 2.0.” Yeah, we know. You just noticed?
Seen today in Santa Fe: Passive political statement?
A large limo-like car pulls up next to me in traffic. Slowly advancing in its lane, I have a slow-mo view of the interior and side panels. The driver and passenger, a young couple. Female is driving, hands on top of the steering wheel, looking squished and nervous. Male is passengering, crossed legs propped on the wide dashboard, sloppily drinking a soda. The back seat filled with white bags. On the side, “COW MANURE.” The C-pillar, covered in fabric-looking vinyl starts to slip by, and I notice a metal badge:
“CONGRESSIONAL TOWN SEDAN”. [Apparently a variant of Lincoln Town Car.]
You can’t make this stuff up. Proposed soundtrack.
Toronto Star.CA: Social media destroying stardom, Catherine Deneuve says at Cannes.
“It doesn’t allow people to dream anymore.” That strikes home. Would we have loved Audrey Hepburn as much, if we followed her daily life through selfies and studio-moderated tweets? I sincerely doubt it. More is not necessarily better.