PS Mag: Murder! Mayhem! And That’s Just the Cartoons!
“Specifically, the main characters in the top-grossing cartoons were 2.5 times as likely to die as their counterparts in adult-themed dramas.” Every puff of smoke or dust in the desert, some part of me thinks Wile E. Coyote’s bought the farm (almost) again.
BBC: A Point of View - The strangely enduring power of kitsch.
“At Christmas we are surrounded by kitsch - worn out cliches, which have lost their innocence without achieving wisdom. ” Quote of the season, that.
The European Magazine: What techno music and war have in common.
“The most famous ceasefire was among British and German regiments around Christmas Eve. German soldiers actually decorated their trenches with Christmas trees and began singing carols. British forces began singing back, and in a matter of hours over 100,000 troops were unofficially crossing into disputed territory to sing, exchange gifts, and celebrate with one another. This all occurred, mind you, during the second bloodiest conflict in European history.”
Snowing fit to beat the band.
About an inch, but I’ve got to clear the driveway. Links as I can (nearing 9 here).
365/2: 348. You’ll enjoy this one.
Completely unexpected after a sheet-cloud-grey day. There is so much difference in acuity when I use a prime lens ...
Gripe. Minor annoyance.
What is it with mini-USB plugs being used narrow side up? Or is it me? I’m used to the wider section of plugs always being on top ... I still haven’t gotten used to it. Kindle was the first device I ran across doing this. Now my iPad keyboard.
NY TImes: Dershowitz Seeks to Bring Close to Polanski Case.
Shenanigans in ‘08 shouldn’t trump what occurred in ‘77. They’re a separate issue.
Github/xooyoozoo: BPG Image Comparison.
BPG is pretty impressive. Look at the texture of hair as you compare.
Chronicle of Higher Ed: Payback’s a Bitch.
“Most other industrialized countries offer free college enrollment because it is an investment in their future, and, in some cases, because it is considered a basic citizenly right. [snip] In the United States, we have turned this essential social good into the cruellest of debt traps.”
ABC News: Six in 10 See CIA Actions as Justified As Many Question Committee Report.
MobyLives: The last word on the Suzuki/O’Connor music book debate.
“What kind of bagels do you want me to bake for Christmas? Anything but cinnamon raisin.” The rest is informative if you are contemplating Suzuki training for your wee ones.
ArtDaily: Native American sacred masks sold by the Eve auction house in France despite protests.
“While the sale of sacred Indian artefacts has been outlawed in the United States since 1990—legislation which has allowed the tribe to recover items held by American museums in the past—the law does not extend to sales overseas.”
US News: Cow Bolts Butcher Shop, Police Give Chase.
Emblematic of today’s police response. You’re telling me that, in *Idaho*, they couldn’t find a single cowboy with roping skills? Apparently the only other option is ... as usual ... shoot to kill.
365/2: 347. Paperwhite in a teacup.
Think I’ve got a Brit in the house?
Globe and Mail.UK: Exodus: Gods and Kings - a clumsy retreat into biblical history.
“Ramses’s response to Moses’s request to let his people go: ‘From an economic standpoint, what you suggest is problematic to say the least.’” God. I’d rather watch The Bangles [always had a thing for Michael Steele].
Vox: Bill Cosby’s wife invoked the Rolling Stone sexual assault story to defend him.
This just gets more distasteful by the hour. First, he pulls the race card (“the black media needs to stay neutral”); now she pulls the “rape allegation” card.
Buffer: The Two Keys to a Lasting Early Morning Routine.
Good advice. Our little wintering hummer forced an early morning routine on us (thawing feeders). The practice has boosted overall productivity.
MarketWatch: Americans are 40% poorer than before the recession.
“The net worth of American families — the difference between the values of their assets, including homes and investments, and liabilities — fell to $81,400 in 2013, down slightly from $82,300 in 2010, but a long way off the $135,700 in 2007, according to a new report released on Friday by the nonprofit think-tank Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C.” Ms Warren, your move.
TPM: The Democratic Party Needs To Clean House After CRomnibus.
Republicans can vote in a bloc, the Dems herd cats and fail. Same old, same old. Surprised? Shouldn’t be. Remember that, in ‘16.
Gothamist: Here’s What’s Coming And Going From Netflix In January.
Slate: Dick Cheney defends CIA’s torture.
Hmmm. And cast that Administration’s actions against the Nuremberg principles. “The fact that a person who committed an act which constitutes a crime under international law acted as Head of State or responsible government official does not relieve him from responsibility under international law.” We have judged others by these rules; how can we not judge of ourselves?
ABC News, 2012: Guantanamo Bay - Still Open, Despite Promises.
Trolling back to what we were sold in ‘08. Those campaign promises, as piecrusts ...
Unroll.Me Spammys Awards 2014.
I use Unroll.me. This would be entertaining, if it weren’t so burdensome (spam). But if you click through, I think it’s good information to know - and use to winnow your own spam busters.
Vox: Amal Clooney married down. She’s way more fascinating than George.
I kinda like the idea of George being Amal’s ‘arm candy’.