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Sarah Parmenter: Learning Flexbox.

Useful. Sarah, you might want to fix the titles on your blog. When I pull it in to use it, your name gets slammed next to the last word of your article name.

08/26/15 • 11:48 AM • DesignProgramming • No Comments

Medium: The Evolution of Magazine Covers.

Genuinely entertaining article.

08/26/15 • 11:38 AM • ArtsBooksConsumptionDesignHistory • No Comments

The Strad: US Airways criticised for ‘passing the buck’ after losing eight violins.

At least 150 phone calls later, we have it!” Read through the entire odyssey, esp. the second-to-last paragraph. If I were a symphony, I’d book rows of seats for my valuable oversize instruments.

08/26/15 • 11:34 AM • GeneralTravel • No Comments

New Republic: The Politics of the Curation Craze.

One simple explanation is prestige appropriation.” I had to look that one up on Google ... prestige appropriation ... nope, not a thing. I think you’ve just witnessed the birth of a new online buzzphrase. I visualize a young, secretly-destitute toy-boy dating the rich older widow ...

08/26/15 • 10:57 AM • InternetPsychologyWeblogs • No Comments

Romanesko: ‘The rapacious Ms. Huffington seems to believe that journalism skills are worth not

If Ms. Huffington would like to know how I uncovered that particular statistic, she is free to hire me and pay me for my time and expertise.

08/26/15 • 10:52 AM • ArtsEconomicsHuman RightsInternetNews • No Comments

Arc: Publishers Urge Advertisers To Kill Flash In Favor Of HTML5.

The letter was signed by some of the largest publishers in the world, including The New York Times, Conde Nast, Forbes, AOL, The Weather Company, The Wall Street Journal and Google.” If you navigate to the page, and can’t figure out where the text is, scroll down. One of those ‘you gotta know the trick’ pages, that programmers deem is ‘patently obvious’ without ever asking users.

08/26/15 • 10:50 AM • AdobeInternetProgramming1 Comment

Guardian.UK: Jeb Bush joins conservatives in call to defund Planned Parenthood.

Yes, this is predictable, given his past. Fan of Crisis Pregnancy Centers. About those. What tends to happen, way too often, is after a young pregnant woman says ‘no’ to abortion, the organization disappears. If women make this choice, it’s support they need, not here-today, gone-tomorrow ideology. These organizations helped women *make* the choice - they have a responsibility to follow through. IMHO.

08/25/15 • 06:38 PM • HealthHuman RightsReligion • No Comments

Sparkbox: Why You Need to Refactor Your CSS.

That’s helpful.

08/25/15 • 06:25 PM • DesignInternetProgramming • No Comments

Bicycling: Netherlands Princess Rides Her Bike Back to School.

Eleven-year-old Princess Catharina-Amalia recently posed for a back-to-school photo on her bike. No limo rides for the princess of this bike-loving country!” You show ‘em, Princess.

08/25/15 • 06:19 PM • ChildhoodPhysical FitnessTravelVehicles • No Comments

Telegraph.UK: Dead teenager ‘wakes up in grave in Honduras’ – only to then ‘die in hospital’.

Nightmare of the day. If you don’t want to be totally bummed out, don’t read this.

08/25/15 • 06:12 PM • HealthHome & LivingTravel(2) Comments

Reuters: Fox News says Trump should apologize after latest Twitter outburst.

Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should. We have never been deterred by politicians or anyone else attacking us for doing our job, much less allowed ourselves to be bullied by anyone, and we’re certainly not going to start now.” I think he’s an overgrown schoolboy. He actually digs Megyn, and is going to bug her until she gives him what he deems as appropriate attention. Of course, to everyone else, this is harrassment.

Later: Or perhaps both Fox and Trump are playing for audience.

08/25/15 • 03:18 PM • EntertainmentPolitics • No Comments

BBC: US stocks fall again as rally runs out of steam.

As I said earlier [below], it ain’t over until the bell rings. As long as China remains unstable, it’s going to play hell with Wall Street. Have a drink, or take a walk ... try to forget about it.

08/25/15 • 03:10 PM • EconomicsHome & LivingPolitics(7) Comments

Studio360: When Forgery Isn’t a Crime.

Landis makes his copies in just a couple of hours, often in front of the television, using cheap materials from stores like Hobby Lobby and Walmart.Whoopsie. So much for museum “experts”.

08/25/15 • 03:02 PM • ArtsHistoryLaw • No Comments

Yahoo: Less-lethal weapons get new interest amid police shootings.

Of note.

08/25/15 • 01:25 PM • Human RightsLaw • No Comments

Re/code: Many Drivers Ignoring New Tech Features in Cars, Survey Finds.

... car makers are spending more and drivers are paying more for potentially unwanted technology bundled into cars. Drivers, especially those ages 21-38 from Generation Y, are still relying on their smartphones rather than their cars to connect to their favorite apps or search for nearby services.” Reinventing the wheel.

08/25/15 • 01:06 PM • ConsumptionDesignInternetMobile • No Comments

The Nation: Civilian Toll From the War Against ISIS Is Huge. Why Isn’t the Press Covering It?

... we have demonstrably shown that there is a major volume of material in the public domain alleging significant civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria. We found that material. We published that material. The material was always there. I guess the question is, why haven’t news organizations gone looking for that?

08/25/15 • 12:52 PM • Human RightsNewsPolitics • No Comments

SF New Mexican: Peace is at hand in Richardson/Clinton war.

Predictably, the state GOP, which has used Richardson as a punching bag for years, used the opportunity to take a jab at both Democrats. ‘Hillary Clinton and Bill Richardson have something else in common: the voters no longer trust them,’ said state Republican Party chairwoman Debbie Maestas in a news release.” Richardson left a roiled legacy here in the state; many condemn the perceived patron use of his budgetary authority. Not to mention the budgetary black hole of our Spaceport; he pushed for it, marketed it hard. His force of personality was inextricably linked to the project. Until his term was up, and then he dropped it like a hot potato.

08/25/15 • 12:49 PM • EconomicsPolitics • No Comments

Guardian.UK: Black holes have a way out, says Stephen Hawking.

The existence of alternative histories with black holes suggests this might be possible. The hole would need to be large and if it was rotating it might have a passage to another universe. But you couldn’t come back to our universe. So although I’m keen on space flight, I’m not going to try that.” So, when this Universe turns into a puddle of lukewarm dark goo, we just find a black hole to travel through.

08/25/15 • 12:42 PM • ScholarlyScience • No Comments

NY Times: Ad Blockers and the Nuisance at the Heart of the Modern Web.

Ad blockers could end up saving the ad industry from its worst excesses. If blocking becomes widespread, the ad industry will be pushed to produce ads that are simpler, less invasive and far more transparent about the way they’re handling our data — or risk getting blocked forever if they fail.” If they did not interfere with the reading and comprehension of information, I wouldn’t mind. But when they do, I block them.

08/25/15 • 12:27 PM • ConsumptionEconomicsInternetNews • No Comments

BBC: ‘Temperamental’ Big Ben was ringing up to six seconds late.


08/25/15 • 11:38 AM • GeneralHistoryTravel • No Comments

Time: The Next Revolution in Photography Is Coming.

For obvious commercial reasons camera manufacturers are careful to reconstruct the digital image in a form that mimics the familiar old photograph and consumers barely noticed a difference in the resulting image, but there are very few limitations on how the RAW data could be handled and reality could be reconstructed in any number of ways. For as long as there’s an approximate consensus on what reality should look like we retain a fingernail grip on the belief in the image as an objective record. But forces beyond photography and traditional publishing are already onto this new data resource, and culture will move with it whether photographers choose to follow or not.

08/25/15 • 11:32 AM • HistoryPhotography • No Comments

The Nation: Can Hillary Clinton Win Over the Left?

... in a historical irony, Hillary Clinton now needs to convince progressives that she really is who she was once widely believed to be.

08/25/15 • 10:57 AM • HistoryPolitics • No Comments

KurzweilAI: Rechargeable batteries with almost indefinite lifetimes coming, say MIT-Samsung engineer

Taking note.

08/25/15 • 10:56 AM • ComputingFutureHardware1 Comment

Rucksack [CSS].


08/25/15 • 10:28 AM • InternetProgramming • No Comments

New Yorker: Shipwrecks Under Istanbul.

All they wanted to do was simply dredge the harbor. Then “... the real problem was the large number of Byzantine shipwrecks that began to surface soon after the excavation began, in 2004. Dating from the fifth to the eleventh century, the shipwrecks illustrated a previously murky chapter in the history of shipbuilding and were exceptionally well preserved, having apparently been buried in sand during a series of natural disasters.Thanks, WiredFool.

08/25/15 • 10:21 AM • HistoryScienceTravel • No Comments
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