c|net: 3D-printed cremation urn replicates your loved one’s head.
How one can remain a good-lookin’ ash after death.
The Register: That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?
“Sync failures are perhaps the biggest frustration for Office 365 users and those who support them, and when it happens the usual advice is to delete and resync everything, with possible loss of recently changed files.” Beware.
PS Mag: The Enduring Allure of Badly Behaved Men.
“Today’s male is listless, it’s said — emotionally paralyzed, indecisive, and insufficiently libidinal, on and off the page. With men transformed into soft-bellied unemployable losers, more and more women are left high and dry in the romance and mating department. They’ve lost it, apparently: their edge is gone, they’re lumpish, unemployed, and increasingly obsolete.” The author of this article does a good job ripping the book to pieces - this is a pullquote from the book being reviewed. Women want the same power, the same entitlements as men. Fine. Browbeating husbands or male offspring won’t turn Sparta into Athens; and if ill-done, the male Athenians will bypass women entirely. There need to be a better strategies than the old and tired ones, if equality is desired. Exactly what, is a fraught subject that I’ll bypass for the moment. Just calling attention to the link, for now.
[Slightly humorously, I blame American male consumption of unfermented soy, the favorite filler of food manufacturers in this country. The symptoms echo the above pullquote. Interestingly, while digging for that link, I found one study that mentions soy is twice the endocrine disruptor that BPA is. It seems we’ve collectively freaked out about the wrong compound.]
Tangential: Stumbled upon this. Inside the world of men and dolls. It seems my theorized Athenians are finding other outlets already ...
BBC: Topless sunbather photographed by estate agent drone.
“Mandy Lingard, who was sunbathing in her back garden wearing just a thong, said she realised only when she saw an advertising board near her home.” Would turn into a liability or harrassment suit in the US. Wait for it.
Dazed: UK students graduate with even more debt than Americans.
“According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, students will graduate with an average of £44,035 of student debt. America’s class of 2014, on the other hand, will only graduate $33,000 in debt. ” Doesn’t seem so much until you convert Pounds to dollars [scratching on paper ... roughly] $68,900 or so. Double American students’ debt. Shame on you, Britain, for being taken in by capitalist shpiel.
MeFi: Nicholas Vreeland - Monk with a Camera.
Distant relative. Yet I must be grateful; his grandmother helped make the surname remarkable.
ArtDaily: The microphones the Beatles sang into at Liverpool’s Cavern Club at auction.
Lennon-spit! McCartney snozz! Step right up ...
The Ink: First Look - The New Princeton Station.
Oh, my freaking God. Way too pretentious for the little Dinky train. Brag about your affluence much, hometown? You’re a shadow of your former self without the working class neighborhoods.
For those who don’t know (and that would be most of you), more about the Dinky (or PJ&B, as I knew it). I rode it many a time, commuting to NYC. Very handy for inclement weather, though it meant a mile or so walk back to Aiken Avenue.
Speaking of the Dinky reminded me of a long-ago event. “I once scared the hell out of Jesse Jackson.” I was coming back from NYC via the Dinky, walking on the broad flagstone path behind Whig & Clio, two landmark buildings on campus, when I saw his familiar face through a window of Whig Hall. I’d heard he was going to be on-campus, but never thought I’d run into him. I stopped to look up at the windows, and saw him peer out as I wiped my nose from the cold - he look shocked at seeing me, doing a double-take and then a violent jerk back from the window, while his security detail crowded to window to see. I theorized pretty quickly what the problem might be (after looking around trying figure out what the panic was about): it was pitch black out except for a small circle of light from the streetlight above me; I was carrying a sleek, thin briefcase and wearing a Members Only black leather jacket, dark knit cap, black jeans, black shoes. I must have looked like the perfect [celluloid] assassin ... and wiping my nose probably looked like I was pulling something from the briefcase. Rather than act panicked, I just started walking my usual route at my usual pace ... for safety’s sake, taking a quick detour through the Chapel compound and down William Street instead of Shapiro Walk by the Woodrow Wilson School. I just hoped he hadn’t fallen down the stairs or something (those windows on the back of Whig accompany a staircase).
Internet connectivity weirdness.
This is bizarre. It seems my cable modem is dropping connections all of a sudden (Motorola 6120). Now, it’s been on constantly for two years - I can accept that it might be at end-of-service-life. The nature of the outages seems to point to something other than hardware failure. It seems to be happening most frequently in the middle of the day, and when I put a load on the modem (I start loading a site heavy with graphics or video).
Now, I had my chimney cleaned. At this point (Occam’s Razor), I’m suspecting the chimney guy ground the cable with a boot and allowed water in (midday melt, shorting of connection, etc. etc.). I’ll test that theory tomorrow.
Anyone else have ideas, I’m open.
365/2: 319. Mixing things up a little, sunset in B/W.
If you look close, underneath the bright clouds, you’ll see small ‘wisps’ of brightness. Not sure if those are airplanes or just a squadron of UFOs. Probably UFOs. I’d better pack some clean underwear and socks just in case.
Mashable: Comet lander ‘sniffs’ the atmosphere, finds organic molecules.
The Paris Review: Shelby Foote on the Tools of the Trade.
“You have to communicate sensation, [snip] the belief in what life is, what it’s about, and you do it through learning how to handle a pen. That’s the reason why I have always felt comfortable with the pen in my hand and extremely uncomfortable having some piece of machinery between me and the paper — even a typewriter let alone a word computer, which just gives me the horrors.” Foote always embodied the soft-spoken style of Southern gentry, an archetype that is disappearing very swiftly. Erudite, intelligent and yet distinctly Southern.
BarnFinds: 1959 Chevrolet Spartan 80.
A 4x4 fire truck? From the year of my birth? Insta-link. Would that I needed to haul water over mountains.
Western Digs: Utah Cave Full of Children’s Moccasins Sheds Light on Little-Known Culture.
PDN Online: Photographers’ Rep Julian Richards on Why He Abruptly Quit the Business.
“Digital changed the landscape. Before the pixel, craft was still an elemental component of the narrative. A process that involved trusting strips of cellulose in a mysterious dark box was replaced by instant, impeccable rendering, in situ on vast monitors. The photographer’s role as sorcerer and custodian of the vision was diminished: The question ‘have we got it?’ became redundant. Now it was the photographer asking the art director asking the client. Which is a big deal.” I want to pullquote more, but it’s against my religion. Go read it, seriously.
BBC: Comet lander: Camera sees Philae’s hairy landing.
ArtDaily: French photographer and Pablo Picasso confidant, Lucien Clergue, dies aged 80.
“The best-known works from Clergue were his nude images and landscapes, which led to him being the first photographer to be admitted to the elite Academie Francaise, the guardian of the French language. ” His daughter has a portfolio up, here [NSFW; tasteful nudity]. RIP, good sir - often copied, rarely referenced, never equalled.
Guardian.UK: Why must the ‘best new writers’ always be under 40?
Youtube:Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014).
Not as overwrought [in the archaic meaning] as previous versions.
Atlas: A new ‘craft and curio’ magazine.
And the cold, cold sunset.
SpartanTraveler: The Myth of the 4-Hour Workweek.
NY Times: A Review of ‘From Heart to Hand: African-American Quilts’ at the Montclair Art
Lovely, warm ways of recycling existing fabric.
NPR Book Review: ‘Operation Sea Lion,’ By Leo McKinstry.
“Furthermore, McKinstry’s great man theory of history — which portrays Churchill in messianic terms and as a savior of western civilization — fails to recognize the Prime Minister’s major flaws, both as a military commander and a politician.” I suppose Chamberlain was better ... ? Where’d they find this reviewer? How many underestimated Hitler, appeased him when a small military venture could have shut him off permanently? Hitler was not some inevitable end-result of Germanic culture - he was a deranged opportunist who leveraged anything and everything to get his way. A run-of-the-mill dictator who took advantage of an extraordinary opportunity. The only person who clearly saw this was Churchill. Sure, after Poland Churchill should have expected what happened in Belgium; the RAF wasted too many valuable planes. However, he made the same mistake many others did. 20/20 hindsight. Everyone stopped making those mistakes after Belgium.
NY Times: The Civil War’s Environmental Impact.
“Man has too long forgotten that the earth was given to him for usufruct alone, not for consumption, still less for profligate waste.” A useful word for upcoming drone issues, methinks. Or knocking Ms Nockett.