Esquire: Penny Loafer Style Through History.
I grew up in Princeton, for heaven’s sake. I always have a wearable pair.
New Yorker: Trying to Solve the L.E.D. Quandary.
“Cree’s solution to socket saturation is gadgetization, which is itself a form of obsolescence, effectively shortening a product’s life span. [snip] Disposability was one of the ills L.E.D. technology was supposed to end.” The problem with CFLs (rather, many problems but I’ll point out the one most jarring) was color balance. You expected a light to respond as an incandescent would. Certain CFLs would turn reds a deep, rich black. It was bizarre. I hate to see LEDs go that route ON PURPOSE. Cree has been a good brand. I think they’re making a mistake.
NY Times: Can Women Be Trusted on Abortion? Two Men Weigh In.
TechDirt: Trump Joins Clinton In Pushing For Cyberwar.
“Cybersecurity is mostly a defensive game, and it should remain that way. Encrypt everything possible. Disconnect critical infrastructure from the wider network wherever possible, and do everything to stop attackers from getting in, taking down, or mucking with systems.”
A fashion house is selling a brick for ... $30. Do a search, you’ll find many incredulous takes on this one.
Pet rock, it ain’t.
TechDirt: J & J Warns Insulin Pump Owners They Could Be Killed By Hackers.
The Atlantic: Mike Pence Pretends That Donald Trump Never Happened.
“Should the Trump candidacy fail, as now seems likely, those leaders stand ready to deny that the revolt ever happened. [snip] The solution for 2020? Bring back the professionals — and return to business as usual.” It’ll work only if the obverse doesn’t give the media more clickthroughs.
AppleInsider: macOS, Windows Spotify Free users plagued by malicious website pop-ups.
Authority Nutrition: 6 Reasons Why High-Fructose Corn Syrup Is Bad for You.
The lead-in is designed to bring in eyes. As you read, you’ll notice sugar is just as bad, and fruit is not. AN is trying to educate you to minimize all the sugars.
Nah, didn’t watch. I am interested in neither individual. Saw a highlight or two. VP candidates need bowties at these debates. Extra points if they were wifi and we could make them spin via using a hashtag on Twitter.
Deadline on the 10th.
PS Mag: An Obamacare Exit in Minnesota Will Raise Premiums by at Least 50 Percent
“Now, Democratic politicians are advocating for one of the most controversial of the proposed Obamacare remedies — the public option, in which the government would up competition by offering its own insurance plan. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton began voicing her support for the public option in February, the New York Times reports.” My underlined emphasis. As I said previously, better start inoculating now, Hillary.
Metafilter: It’s balloon fiesta time!
That’s the definitive FPP. Good work, filthy light thief.
Buzzfeed: Trump Suggests That Soldiers Who Suffer From PTSD Aren’t “Strong”.
Business Insider: Rep. Mike Coffman wants the feds to investigate SpaceX’s explosion.
He’s right, though. I’ve not read the letter, just the news article. All third party contractors need robust, independent oversight. Frankly, I’m surprised this doesn’t already exist. Richard Feynman must be spinning in his grave. “Science must match reality.”
BBC: Kim Kardashian robbery - Paris police hunt armed attackers.
Dissent: How Tax Havens Make Us Poor.
“In the United States, repatriating hidden fortunes could amount to increasing the taxes on the wealthiest citizens by 18 percent. For developing countries, the stakes are higher. By Zucman’s estimates, 30 percent of Africa’s financial wealth in 2014 was held offshore, costing the continent’s governments and its people $14 billion. That’s compared to 10 percent of financial wealth in Europe, 4 percent in both the United States and Asia, 9 percent in Canada, and more than 50 percent of financial wealth held by Russians and citizens of the Gulf countries ...”
naked cap: 7 Signs That China Is Serious About Combating Climate Change.
“If China continues to cut its emissions, or even just keeps them at current levels, the country will be way ahead of its goal of peaking emissions by around 2030, which it laid out in 2014 and recommitted to during the Paris climate talks last December.” Well, that’s the positive news of today.
So, given the previous two posts ...
My weekend wasn’t wasted. And yet I spent most of my time looking, enjoying the scenery. I’d say northern NM is peaking all this week (barring rain to knock stuff down out of trees). The Santa Fe Ski Basin ... this week and next week both. But with Balloon Fiesta going, you’ll be better served to drive north and find other locales. The Ski Basin road is mobbed and unpleasant. The popularity of smartphones with cameras have just made everything worse. Last year I saw at least two runaway cars - people who so HAD to take a photo, they didn’t set the parking brake. Both ended safely within a couple of seconds. Still.
This photo went to ‘Popular’ on 500px in seven minutes.
This image is proving popular on Flickr.
As frequent reader Jeremiah said on FB, “Puzzle shot.” And indeed, I may make this into a puzzle for some folks. From the drive up to northern NM over the weekend.
KTVQ: Montana man documents moments after grizzly bear attack.
Bear spray wasn’t enough. A momma with two cubs. The folks at the Grizzly Center I visited in Montana said two cans during this season - one on your chest for immediate grab and one on your belt if one isn’t enough. This makes me seriously consider about some of the short pistols made for the purpose as a backup (if you even have time to think). 80 yards - and they can run FAST.
In These Times: The United States Isn’t an “Idiocracy.” It’s an Oligarchy.
“Life under Trump will look more like Mad Max than Idiocracy, and the only way to stop him might be to grow some empathy for the so-called idiots across the aisle and, together, punch up—not down.” A problem is, TV, cable and movies have been portraying dystopias as inevitable, even as attractive. Look at Burning Man; dystopia with services - and the elites’ status is maintained. All myth. Mad Max is pretty damned painful, if you lived it in reality.
Vox: The mind-blowing scale of Trump’s billion-dollar loss, in one tweet.
Downstream of remarkable news disclosures, there’s always frantic search for framing, for context. This is sort of like snorting rubbing alcohol.