Open Culture: The Beatles Saturday Morning Cartoon Show - The Complete 1965-1969 Series.
When baby boomers talk about tv “rotting kids’ brains”, this is *exactly* the kind of thing they’re thinking about. No wonder my old man would come in, shut off the box and say, “Go out and play.”
DailyDot: 5 million Gmail passwords leaked to Russian Bitcoin forum.
Good reason to be using two-factor authentication.
Western Digs: Wyoming Cave Yields a Trove of Ice Age Fossils — and Ancient Animal DNA.
“At the bottom of a sinkhole as deep as an eight-story building, paleontologists have recovered well-preserved remains of giant camels, American lions, dire wolves and a cheetah-like big cat, among other finds.” I should think they could rig up some sort of temporary elevator or lift ... ?
Archaeology News Network: Seismic tomography of the Amphipolis tomb.
Throwing us bones, as they continue to dig. So exciting.
Archaeology News Network: ‘God’ particle could destroy Universe, warns Stephen Hawking.
Panicked? Don’t be. “The Higgs potential has the worrisome feature that it might become megastable at energies above 100bn giga-electron-volts (GeV). [snip] A particle accelerator that reaches 100bn GeV would be larger than Earth, and is unlikely to be funded in the present economic climate.’” Watch how many media organizations sensationalize this one.
EOSHD: Apple iPhone 6 camera specs at a glance - 240fps and new Apple video encoder!.
Collectors Weekly: The Hippie Daredevils Who Were Just Crazy Enough to Invent Mountain Biking.
A needed article! This needs to be a book. With photos. You’ll recognize so many names, now plastered on frames around the world.
Slate: Reading insecurity - The crippling fear that the digital age has left you unable to read deep
“You should take a 20-second screen break if you’ve been gazing into your computer, smart phone, iPad, or e-reader for more than a half hour. I’ll wait. It’s OK if you don’t come back—we both know by now that most people won’t finish this article. If you do return, though, I’d like to bring up something that has been bothering me: reading insecurity.”
The Observer.UK: Sam Shepard - ‘America is on its way out as a culture’.
“Detroit’s a great example. All of those cities that used to be something. If you go to a truck stop in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, you’ll probably see the face of America. How desperate we are. Really desperate. Just raw.” Great interview, the whole thing. Take the time to parse it.
New Statesman: The new Luddites: why former digital prophets are turning against tech.
BBC: Sir John Franklin - Fabled Arctic ship found.
365/2: 250. Shadow-play.
Nice sharp shadows today. Appropriate that ‘reality’ felt blurry, in comparison.
Yep, I’m going to sit back and just ... watch. Until someone says something useful. Given the posts flying around, I suspect it’ll be a week or more.
Later: Wrongo. Dave has something very useful to say.
Forbes: Early Intervention In Babies May Eliminate Autism Symptoms By Toddlerhood.
“The study was extremely small, and will need to be replicated in a randomized trial of a larger sample of infants. But if the results stand up to more testing, it would suggest that screening in infancy might not only be beneficial, but it might need to be standard.”
Gear, gear, gear, gear, gear ...
I’m finding myself oversaturated these days when visiting most photography sites. In fact, I’ve blown away most of the former regulars out of my RSS lists. Visit just about any of them these days, and you’ll be buried in articles for latest gear (lenses, cameras, lighting, accessories, software, hardware, anything with a $ tag on it). Everyone’s doing ‘reviews’ now. Everyone’s offering ‘advice’ with recommended gear ‘footnotes’. This, I find, is a not-so-subtle shift from straight blogging about one’s photographic learning and experience. Techniques are predicated upon having the ‘right’ gear. And each time the subject is covered, the gear is always a bit different. I recognize gear is trending to the ‘disposable/obsolescence/impulse-purchase’ philosophy of Western merchandise … yet how often do you need to replace a tripod, really? A C-stand? Someone can have the latest, greatest, sharpest lens … but if they’re not in the right place to catch stunning light, does it matter that the award-winning shot was done on a cheapo ‘nifty 50’? Does great photography require the best gear?
You’d be hard-pressed, in some circles, to find any responsibility resting on the head behind the viewfinder - other than the pull-out-the-wallet reflex. “Buy this gear, watch this video ... voila, you’re a professional.”
Also, as the photography blogs get more lucrative, the prices of the ‘necessary’ gear in instructional articles tend to creep upwards. Audiences strain their wallets to keep up as the photoblog writers strain their virtual waistbelts - getting fat off affiliate links, subscriptions, ebooks, videos and sponsorships.
I’ll bet not a one of you care one jot about the brand, price or currency of your favorite author’s pens, computers, paper as you’re reading their books.
What I’ve come to realize is, the work I aspire to equal or surpass is no longer being done by most of these photographic ‘advisors’ or ‘reviewers.’ I’d forgotten, as the metacosm matured, that great images are the whole point - the journey to get to a great image is rarely documented. There are only a couple of blogs whose work is strong enough that I still listen to their recommends. The rest of folks pushing gear, brands, what-have-you ... tend to be bankrupt in the ‘admirable imagery’ department. Pushing their personal brand to ‘11’ instead of improving their portfolios. Or stuck in the same old rut doing the same thing over and over, just with different gear.
Here’s my recommend. Buy Beamont Newhall’s History of Photography. Read/view it all the way through. Define what a ‘great’ photograph is. I’ll tell you right off the bat, it’s near-impossible. However, while you may not end up being able to define greatness, you’ll sure know it when you see it. And you’ll know clearly what a ‘bad’ photograph is.
In this vein, and on a personal note, I don’t think I’ll bother with a 365 project again. Seems overblown and pretentious now, in a world where everyone documents their daily lives anyway. It served its purpose the first time I did one - this time, I’ve had neither the time nor the opportunity to capitalize on it. I’ll pick monthly or weekly subjects instead, work directly against my perceived weaknesses, next year.
I’m here to learn, not to buy. Some are blind to the difference. I’ll only link recommends from those who take great images, from here on in.
Return of the Cafe Racers: XLCH Ironhead Land Speed Racer.
Oh, yeah. Chrome, chrome, chrome. And I’m not usually a fan of the stuff.
Revs Digital Library: 178,000 images of cars and auto racing.
BBC: Growing threat to American birds, says report.
“We’re particularly concerned about the birds that live in deserts and grasslands in the West, such as the sage grouse. These lands are being heavily used and there’s a great deal of oil and gas development, so it’s created a huge conservation challenge.” Since living in NM, I’ve noticed steep declines in the junco, towhee and chickadee/titmouse populations. Most starkly among the juncos. They usually came in clouds in the fall, now we’re lucky to see a handful.
HyperAllergic: British Museum Wants Someone to Update Its Website for Free.
“It is also, according to a current online listing, seeking free help on its website and other “products” from experienced coders in the guise, naturally, of an unpaid internship or ‘student placement’ with its ‘Digital Team.’” Not as egregious as some others. No laundry list of JS tech to know.
365/2: 249. Because ...
... everyone needs a ‘meadow break’ once in a while.
NY Times: The Source of New York’s Greatness.
“The anniversary of New York’s birth — or more precisely, rechristening — is an occasion to recall that tolerance of differences and an enlightened blend of individualism and collectivism formed a new kind of society on an island called Manhattan, one that helped shape American culture. In a time of chaos and confusion, we would do well to recommit ourselves to the notion that such a blend of forces is still the best way forward.” My Vreeland ancestors. Interestingly, I’ve traced the Powell/Queen line on my mother’s side back to the MacQueens of Inverness, Scotland ... possibly Skye (thin as yet, but likely). So I can use a tartan to hide my beaver ... (in-joke) ...
AFP: Fever mounts as stunning statues found at ancient Greek tomb.
Er, Macedonian. “The left arm of one and the right arm of the other are raised in a symbolic gesture to refuse entry to the tomb” Could they be toying with the ... wait for it ... curse of Alexander’s ‘Mummy’?
Ramming around with drones ...
You’ve seen these two?
Mashable Drone Beat: Another Arrest in New York, NASA Working on Drone Safety and More. Do scroll down and watch the ram video.
BBC/China: Shang or Zhou dynasty sword found in Jiangsu.
Poor photo, but fantastic find.