SF New Mexican: Santa Fe fire marshal grounds ‘flying farolitos’.
Bummer! Hardly worth going on the Xmas Eve walk, then. This was always a treat.
NY Times: Eleanor Parker, 91, Oscar-Nominated Actress, Dies.
Ms Parker played the Baroness Schraeder in The Sound of Music. “A family friend, Richard Gale, told The Associated Press that the cause was complications of pneumonia Ms Underwood’s performance.” My little addition. Sorry, couldn’t resist. RIP, good lady.
BBC: 10 French novels loved by readers.
Perhaps some suggestions for your GoodReads list.
Guardian.UK: Canada to claim north pole as its own.
Oh, wonderful. Likely no Arctic ice by 2016, so everyone wants to move in for the ‘easy’ fossil fuels. Might as well light fires on your way to Hades.
Positionly: Old SEO vs. New SEO.
Fluffy infographic, but will be handy to show people. Sit back and consider how much influence Google has over our sites. A little search engine algorithm change, and we all get busier. It’s astonishing.
SciAm: Formula 1 Racing Loud Enough to Damage Hearing.
Check the photo! I suppose SciAm has a theory about what Formula One cars actually look like …
I just realized it’s been decades since I’ve heard “male chauvinist pig” used in casual conversation ...
10,000 Words: NY Women In Communications Panel - ‘‘Where Is The Print Industry Going?’.
“I hate the word content because it sounds like gas, oil, coal. It’s that kind of commodity sounding word. At the end of the day, what we are is storytellers. Even if we tell it in a list, or a slideshow, or a pictorial.” Sounds awfully familiar.
Alternet: The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People.
Comme ci, comme ça. Never try to take a troubled person and reform them. All too often you take the poison into yourself, with no means to eliminate it, setting up a whole host of other problems.
NY Times: Hearings on San Francisco Crash to Explore Broader Problems.
“Humans are bad automation monitors.” Full auto or full manual - never the twain shall be managed.
Guardian.UK: Native American artefacts sold for £1m in France.
Wrong. Many tribes are still in the process of reconstructing their past, after the failed ‘Americanizing’ policies of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Any and all relics help them in this process. The Hopi have a particularly hard row to hoe; their small reservation was surrounded by the US Government’s various grants to the Navajo (one of the Hopi’s traditional enemies). I wish this sale had not occurred. It may be right in law, but not in ethics.
Guardian.UK: Royal Mail to phase out post bikes completely in 2014.
“Royal Mail says the removal of bikes reflects the changing nature of mail: thanks in part to our growing love of online shopping; with more packages and fewer letters modern mailbags are bulkier and heavier. Royal Mail will now mostly deliver on foot using trolleys which, it says, are more efficient than bicycles.” My italics. Responding to the realities on the ground. I expect a bike/trailer combo would be too dangerous/unwieldy.
NY Review of Books: Literature and Bureaucracy.
Having grown up next to Princeton University, I have to say bureaucracy cracks at the seams, and those seams can be very colorful and entertaining. In a utopian view, things could always be better. But a university is far from utopia.
Metafilter: Is the Affordable Care Act a ‘Republican’ Health Plan?
Apparently hyperbole. The individual mandate is shared by the Heritage Foundation concept, little else. Perhaps that explains the Roberts/Supreme Court opinion. The comment thread on this one is less helpful than usual.
PNHP: Reviving the Fight for Single-Payer.
“It’s possible hospital groups can reduce costs [snip] but I look at the consolidations going on and ask myself, ‘Are we going to wind up with hospitals that are too big to fail? Are we going to have hospitals so powerful that we cannot not give them what they want?’ It’s going to be the government against the medical-industrial complex, which is developing very rapidly.” And what a mighty arm the medical-industrial complex is going to wield. Perhaps not as powerful as the military-industrial complex on paper … this one you’ll feel directly in your wallet, in your creaking joints.
The Observer.UK: ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show’.
A worthy read. I believe the only way to cure this is on the micro-level. Almost to the point of having local community ‘debates’ about politics, where everyone can listen, shout, gesticulate, foam at the mouth … and perhaps a more reasonable future can be realized. The question is, how to arrange such a device.
Serious Eats/The Food Lab: How to Roast Fall and Winter Vegetables.
NJ.com: Princeton University dismayed by leaking of J.D. Salinger’s unreleased stories.
“The school disclosed last week that the short story ‘The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls’ was one of three unpublished manuscripts sold on eBay and scanned and uploaded to a file-sharing site Nov. 27 without the authorization of the Salinger Literary Estate or knowledge of the university library …” Ruh-roh. Ties to The Catcher in the Rye.
Cell: Targeting a Dual Detector of Skin and CO2 to Modify Mosquito Host Seeking.
Finding compounds that turn off mosquitos ability to detect odor. Interestingly, CO2 is not the only attractant; the same receptors detect human odor. Via ars technica.
SciAm: Blame Heat Waves on Loss of Arctic Sea Ice.
“The loss of sea ice leads to a weakening of winds high in the atmosphere. The reduced temperature difference between the Arctic and lower latitudes diminishes the jet stream as well. It also moves the jet stream north, letting hot air sit longer.” In Santa Fe, ceiling fans used to be plenty. No more. We’re now on the cusp (some say beyond) of needing A/C for the summer months. As I’ve expressed repeatedly, we’re becoming Phoenix.
Flickr jour noir.
Some are choosing today to protest the new Flickr image designs, and the new (using their terminology) ‘Twickr’ direction. I wish I’d known about this sooner. There is much to discuss. For instance, photo tagging is not necessarily congruent with social hashtagging. Commenting could be made more useful for critique, but instead it’s being pulled back to basics. And more.
NY Times: The Case for Filth.
“The solution to the gender divide in housework generally is just that simple: don’t bother. Leave the stairs untidy. Don’t fix the garden gate. Fail to repaint the peeling ceiling. Never make the bed. A clean house is the sign of a wasted life, truly.” My relieved italics.
Guardian.UK: WWII bomb discovered underground in Belgrade.
And it looks like he’s digging with a *metal* shovel. Lordy. I hope he got hazard pay. Didn’t they remove the TNT with steam while the bomb was in-place, back in WWII?