Archaeology News Network: Archaeological coalition says Aswan tombs robbed
Archaeology News Network: Ancient instrument found in Turkic warrior burial in Kazakhstan.
“The kobyz is an ancient Kazakh instrument that has two strings made of horsehair. It was believed to be a sacred instruments that could drive away evil spirits. It was often used by spiritual medics and shamans.” Well, that’s why I listen to music. Keep them evil spirits at a distance.
Youtube: Mortdecai (2015) - Official Teaser Trailer.
Um ... feels like a one-trick pony. I think I’d rather catch Bean shorts.
fxguide: The VFX of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Spoilers, methinks. But cool stuff within.
The Rumpus: My Nixon Years.
“Even though he was an adult in the 1970s, when I was a child, he seemed just as confused as I was by the changing social structure. I wished, when I was 7, for things to be comprehensible, controllable; I wonder if he felt the same way.” I am more of his grandmother’s ilk - noone post-‘74 ever again expressed to a child, “if you study hard, you’ll grow up and be President someday!” That phrase died on Nixon’s resignation date, and I don’t think we’ll ever hear it again.
Paramilitary police are in the news today, but in the ‘60’s we had CIA and military with automatic weapons in our neighborhood thanks to the Institute for Defense Analysis protests [IDA contained the supercomputer that made the strategic decision to invade Cambodia] right after Kent State. I will not forgive Nixon posting such weapons less than 60’ from the backs of my friend’s houses, about a football field from my own. M-16’s have a lethal range of about what ... 5 football field lengths or so?
Nope, I will not forgive Nixon. History should not, either.
Cue CSNY, Ohio.
The Airship: Behind the Lit - All of Europe Initially Loathes Paradise Lost.
Interesting. It remained popular enough, that when Princeton University built their Chapel in the early part of the 20th Century, many stained glass windows depict scenes from the text. ‘Course, all I knew is that it was a cool, big dark place to adventure in as a child. The brightly lit stained glass just gave it a LoTR feel (long before I knew what LoTR even was). Numinous, even for a child with no religious upbringing.
nice marmot: On the brighter side.
“Always carry a camera.” Indeed, Dave captures some beauties.
Later: Speaking of nice marmots ...
ArtDaily: Winterthur’s Director of Horticulture wins trade association award.
Most tourists go to Longwood Gardens, which is the largest of DuPont estate gardens. But Winterthur has a particularly interesting take on a formal garden - created in sections on a circle, each section is designed to bloom at a different time of year. So you can not only never miss flowering plants, but you also get to see a progression from dormant-to-vivacious any time of year. Well, except winter, of course. Do check out the other DuPont estates though. And Winterthur is an antique-lovers wet dream. The entire main building is chock full of amazing pieces.
Hyperallergic: Marfa’s Art World Gentrification Is Pushing Out Long-Time Residents.
“Move to Marfa today and you can purchase a five-bedroom home that Judd once owned for $735,000; though cheaper than a New York brownstone, it’s astronomical by West Texas standards. Several homes in Marfa are priced above $350,000, and many more are in the $200,000 range, according to the newspaper. That’s significantly higher than the $22,000 that Hughes paid for her house 14 years ago; it’s now worth $120,290.” Time for the residents to get together, move and take over a town nearby, and name it “Old Marfa” just to mess with some heads. If they do it right, they might even cause another gentrification, and make double the cash on their homesteads.
MessyNessyChic: So, you can Buy an old Soviet Fighter Jet or a Boeing 747 just like a Used Car.
The Economist: Paramilitary police - Cops or soldiers?
“Peter Kraska, a professor at Eastern Kentucky University’s School of Justice Studies, estimates that SWAT teams were deployed about 3,000 times in 1980 but are now used around 50,000 times a year. Some cities use them for routine patrols in high-crime areas. Baltimore and Dallas have used them to break up poker games. In 2010 New Haven, Connecticut sent a SWAT team to a bar suspected of serving under-age drinkers.” I think we’d all prefer the neighborhood ‘flatfoot’.
... And now we’ve lost Lauren Bacall too.
For most of my adult life, I’ve been a ‘brunette man’, but Lauren was always AOK by me.
365/2: 223. Didn’t have time to shoot anything else today.
[Adopt appropriate Southern accent] “Too much work, honey.”
Alert.Websecurity.ATT.com, using ScanSafe, thinks my site is malicious.
Simply because, according to the following: “Currently, the site is not categorized by Scansafe and it is HIGHLY LIKELY that it is malicious.”
Since when is ScanSafe categorization a basic requirement for a website?
First, Google. Now third-party spam filters. How do I “get categorized” by ScanSafe? Anyone know?
TAOM: How to Undo the Damage of Sitting - 7 Simple Exercises.
Pigeon pose and couch stretch get my heartiest approval. Careful with the couch stretch if you have a sore back - I find it the most beneficial, but trickiest to get in and out of.
Macworld: Flight Cases for iMac review: Heavy duty protection for your traveling iMac.
Take it from me, a dude who used to fly with PCs just about every other week. Check the baggage insurance on flights, and have separate insurance to cover your computer. And have a source for a local replacement. Commercial airlines do not baby baggage. When you read the fine print on your ticket, you may find the replacement rates for lost luggage are comically low (they were $20 on some airlines in the 80’s).
Also, I would travel with four (4) duplicates of the hard drive’s content. One on the travelling computer. One on the backup computer. One Bernoulli removable disk in my carryon, and the last left at the office. Out of those four backup options, only twice did I have to resort to the carryon backup; never had to get the one from the office. Cloud solutions today make this easier, of course. But I thought the circumstance would be of interest to you all.
Youtube: Top 10 Best CGI Moments from Last Century!
ekathimerini.com: Samaras expects ‘exceptionally important find’ at Ancient Amphipolis.
Doubtful that it is Alexander the Great; supposedly he was preserved in honey for the trip from Babylon, diverted to Alexandria and entombed there ... and have history lose that location.
Later: A photo here, and more information. Very significant, whoever it turns out to be.
BldgBlog: The Spacecraft Cemetery.
“Wreck-diving the fallen airlocks of the International Space Station!” More like sinking in a bathyscaphe to see gnarled, barbecued chunks of metal.
Pacific Standard: What Has Neuroscience Taught Us About Free Will?
“Broadly, they were trying to figure out if all the reasons we think we’ve made a decision are actually just after-the-fact rationalizations. The underlying theory they were testing holds that our brain has a bunch of automatic responses to the choices we face everyday—cream or sugar, left or right, Democrat or Republican, to be or not to be—pre-programmed by our genes and by the environment around us.”
Valet.: Black denim.
Robin Williams apparently committed suicide today.
Shazbot. Apparently he’d been battling depression for a while.
Later: Cracked, Why Funny People Kill Themselves. Having worked around show business in NYC [A/V and Industrial Theatre share resources with Broadway and Television], I have to agree with this assessment - even though I balk at the portrayal of great artists as having psychological issues. The comedians I have been friends with, all had particular foibles that made their lives difficult. Writing skits, interestingly enough, seemed to tame the savage mind. The process of writing seemed to add needed stability and outlet.
Even later: You know, as I cross the many social media channels, there’s something very appropriate about having Robin Williams virtually eulogized by ever-moving animated gifs.
365/2: 222. Happier squash blossoms today.
Posted early, because in spite of storms all around, the rain has managed to miss us ... which means I have to go out and water the entire yard (couple dozen trees, etc.) tonight. Bleh.
SciAm: BPA-Free Plastic Containers May Be Just as Hazardous.
“... recent research reveals that a common BPA replacement, bisphenol S (BPS), may be just as harmful.” I switched to stainless steel bike bottles. They get hot way, way too fast, so they’re not really a good working replacement. But I use ‘em anyway.