Paris Review: Troy to Ithaca.
A second classical link! Interactive map that traces the wanderings of Ulysses.
NY Times: F.D.A. to Require Proof That Antibacterial Soaps Are Safe.
Supercharged: Jim Hall’s Chaparral 1961 1 1-003 Chassis.
ProPublica: Obamacare Q&A - Fears of a Premium ‘Death Spiral’ Overstated.
Of interest, as we continue to get lobbed back and forth between ideological articles in the media.
Metafilter: Naturalis Historia.
A classical link for our Monday morning.
The Hollywood Reporter: Legendary Actress Joan Fontaine Dies at 96.
Slate: College papers - Students hate writing them. Professors hate grading them.
“Students hate writing them so much that they buy, borrow, or steal them instead. Plagiarism is now so commonplace that if we flunked every kid who did it, we’d have a worse attrition rate than a MOOC. And on those rare occasions undergrads do deign to compose their own essays, said exegetic masterpieces usually take them all of half an hour at 4 a.m. to write, and consist accordingly of ‘arguments’ that are at best tangentially related to the coursework, font-manipulated to meet the minimum required page-count.” For subjects I hated, the essays were a chore. For subjects I adored, it was a joy to be able to stretch my textual wings a bit. I’d hate to lose them all.
CNN: ‘Billy Jack’ actor-writer Tom Laughlin dies at 82.
Some of Patrice Ayme’s Thoughts: Worse Than The 1930s.
BBC: Peter O’Toole, Lawrence of Arabia star, dies aged 81.
“They can only kill me with a golden bullet.” RIP, good sir.
Globe And Mail.CA: A new magazine – in print! Online publishers are rediscovering ink.
NY Review of Books/Poem: The Privacy of Typewriters.
Youtube: How attached cats are to their owners?
Not much, as it turns out. Given the video, I’m inclined to think they’re actively pursuing a ‘better provider’.
Nature is My Medicine: If other planets were the same distance as our Moon ...
Cool, even if it’s not exact.
Humans of New York: HONY for the Holidays.
If you find yourself alone in NYC on Xmas, Brandon (of HONY) would like to match you up with folks who have space at their Christmas tables. Incredibly decent thing to do. Not just a +1 — a +10,000.
Vimeo: streets of milano.
Shot entirely on an iPhone 5s handheld.
Youtube: Interstellar Movie - Official Teaser.
It’s the Star Trek: Enterprise opening credits. With narration. I don’t think it’s asking too much to have a little more teaser content.
SciAm: The Gut’s Microbiome Changes Rapidly with Diet.
OpenCulture: The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain.
Open season, kids, Have at ‘em.
Reddit/Books: Happy birthday, Tycho Brahe! Here’s a list of books.
Just be sure to excuse yourself when you’re eating dinner and have to spend a penny (playing off the old rumor about his demise …).
ArtDaily: Jerry Garcia’s historic Travis Bean guitar offered for sale at Bonhams London.
If someone bids on this, and they’re not wearing a tie-dyed shirt … the sale shouldn’t go through.
The Collection Room.
Do you collect things? Get social with your hobby.
Vimeo: Cruising Viva.
Looks warm. Dreaming of short sleeve shirts again.
Vimeo: It Couldn’t Be Done.
Saddleback Leather: Desk Pad Set.
For a vintage office.