Ghost in the Machine: 2014 In Film.
Nobody calls ‘em better than Kevin. Not even the paid reviewers. Not even the late Ebert.
RIP, Leonard Nimoy.
A random memory: During my A/V days, I began my career as a general tech climbing slide projection towers, shortly to graduate to teleprompting, before moving to video graphics and management. I started using the phrase “Live Long and Prompter” while giving the hand gesture, in order to calm the nervous promptee. A way of letting them know I’ve got their back. Some felt they had to see/hear it before a speech as a good luck charm. Amazing where the Trek references spread.
My business day started at 6AM ... how’s yours?
Best-laid plans. Links when I can.
500px – onOne Software [Perfect Effects 9 Premium, free]
If you’re on 500px, you can get a copy of the latest Perfect Effects 9 Premium for free. PE8 has been another tool in my arsenal; just updated to PE9. Grab it while you can.
Typos. Bane of my existence.
I think I need to replace my Mac keyboard. It’s never been a favorite, except for the aesthetics. Seems keypresses are not necessarily registering at certain times; actually got worse after I cleaned it. My “L” key is bald, with a scoop out of it. A, S, E, N, M, O, ‘enter’ worn ... yes, I believe it’s time ...
NPR: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For ‘Open Internet’.
Give us Agent Carter, Series Two.
I’ve fully enjoyed Season One. Ignore the small number of naysayers. Watching it cold, no spoilers, little was predictable. Constantly entertaining.
Archaeology News Network: Potential jousting casualty unearthed at Hereford.
“... there is a considerable amount of evidence suggesting this man was involved in some form of violent activity and the locations of his injuries do match quite closely what might be expected from taking part in mock battles. The fact that he was still doing this after he was 45 suggests he must have been very tough’.” ‘Tough’ ain’t reserved for the young, writer.
Public Policy Polling: Americans divided on Williams return.
edgee - playground for the curious.
First impression, from the video, is a mashup between Medium and Tumblr. I’ve requested an invite (13k).
iainclaridge.net: Leica M-P Correspondent.
Faux wear, but the wear reveals copper brass (see comments for clarification). In spite of the ‘poseur’ bells in my mind, it’s awfully good looking. The price will be breathtakingly high, no doubt.
The Economist: Energy controversies - A frack too far.
Cash in and move out, I assume. They feel left out of the bounty.
Hemmings: One-off Buick Blackhawk show car could fetch up to $450,000 at auction.
Archaeology News Network: New clues cast doubt on ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’.
Great detective work. Very much worth the read, for armchair sleuths.
Vox: Elizabeth Warren is furious over Obama’s proposed trade deal.
Time: Jeb Bush’s Sense and Sensibility.
“He is a political conservative with a moderate disposition.” I’ve warned and warned. I will warn again: s/he who seems (to the public) to embrace the most centrist position, wins. Remember the mythical “Reagan Democrats.” Hillary, so far, is a cartoon of no real substance.
Later: Absolute allegiance necessary.
VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal: The cost of delaying action to stem climate change: A meta-analysis
“This analysis concerned the cost of trying to hit the same climate target with a later start date for the policies. It showed that the cost of achieving a given target would rise by about 40%. This, however, is only one factor to consider in assessing the timing and magnitude of action on climate change.”
Economics in Plain English: Art, meet Economics.
“It’s like a Mercedes-Benz, you drive it off the lot, it loses half its value.” Cold comfort in the art photography market.
The Atlantic: The Designer Who Humanized Corporate America.
Of Paul Rand. “As one of the youngest art directors for New York-based advertising agency Weintraub, he designed for Orbach’s department store, El Producto cigars, and the aperitif liquor Dubonnet. He worked for Manhattan publishers Knopf, Vintage, and Pantheon creating abstract book covers and jackets, and gained a reputation with designs for blue-chip companies like IBM, Cummins Engines, Westinghouse, Morningstar, even Enron. By 1986 he was such a star that Steve Jobs received special dispensation from Apple’s sworn rival, IBM, to enlist Rand to design his post-Apple venture, the NeXT logo.”
The New Yorker: Why Mornings Don’t Make You Moral.
I never thought they did. Tempest in a teacup.
Reuters: Dutch restorers offer to repair Rome hooliganism damage for free.
So they should. Again, it amazes me that we have any historical aesthetics to enjoy, given mankind’s idiotic destructive tendencies.
Italian Ways: The classy Moretti 1200 Spider by Michelotti.
I wonder, given the resemblance to an AC Ace ... who was the first with this body style?
Guardian.UK: Henry VIII’s evidence to support break with Rome turns up in Cornish library.
ArtDaily: Faberge unveils first Imperial egg in 99 years.
NASA: ‘Bright Spot’ on Ceres Has Dimmer Companion.
“The brightest spot continues to be too small to resolve with our camera, but despite its size it is brighter than anything else on Ceres. This is truly unexpected and still a mystery to us.” Completely cool. I’m betting on the Guardian of Forever.