Autoweek: Nurburgring gets safety fixes, set to go full speed next March.
Bucket list drive, that.
SF Reporter: New York City transplant is rescued by Search and Rescue teams in Carson National Fores
Proper prep is key. Eric [‘from Santa Fe’], were you in on this one?
naked cap: 10 Economic Facts that Power the Sanders Insurgency.
Read of the day. Not anything we didn’t know, really, but piled together ...
Valet/Fall 2015 Buying Planner: Shearling Coats.
NY Times/Letter of Recommendation: The ‘Death in … ’ Books.
“In their defense, there are indeed lessons to be learned from other people’s tragedies: Don’t pitch your tent at the edge of a cliff if you plan on getting drunk; don’t try to befriend the buffalo. Still, no one buys a book with a skull on the cover because they’re hoping for edification.” You will learn loads. Mostly that ill-preparation is a game of chance with Mother Nature, and she often wins.
Atlas Obscura: Lower Trenton Bridge.
“In fact, Washington’s famous Crossing of the Delaware was also somewhere near there.” Who writes the crap? I mean, really Atlas Obscura. You can do better than this. Greenwood Pottery in Trenton supplied the US Navy with china in WWI, enriching some of my ancestors. And there is a Washington Crossing State Park, where Washington *actually* crossed. More likely the Hessians put in where the Old Trenton bridge resides.
Italian Ways: Sepo and Noveltex - from advertisement to art.
Pour le Soir, halfway down, is brilliant. The graphical shapes on the face. Wowzer.
BloombergBusiness: What’s Really Warming the World?
Fantastic use of interactive animation. Scroll through it all.
WaPo: Time for GOP panic? Establishment worried Carson or Trump might win.
“We’re potentially careening down this road of nominating somebody who frankly isn’t fit to be president in terms of the basic ability and temperament to do the job. [snip] It’s not just that it could be somebody Hillary could destroy electorally, but what if Hillary hits a banana peel and this person becomes president?” Happy to hear the Establishment’s taking it seriously.
Register.UK: D-Wave heads for New Mexico.
“In other words, conventional supercomputers can only do so much nuke-simulation, and if quantum annealing works as it says on the box, it’ll help give the US a shiny new arsenal without having to actually blow things up.”
The Economist: The right to fright.
Ridiculous. Have none of these kids ever seen “Animal House”? Yale has the “Skull and Bones” group on-campus. Reality is completely weirder than National Lampoon - college teaches valuable lessons in this vein. I give you the immortal John Belushi on propriety ...
Later: Seems Yale is also succumbing to ‘microaggression theory.’ I’ve warned folks, this latest psycho-fashion is becoming pervasive on college campuses. It has no theory by which empirical tests can be performed.
It’s not I who keeps cutting off titles. This old version of Expression Engine has a limit to title length. For some reason, titles “be gettin’ longer.” And I seem to have less time at this moment, so I overlook the mistake. It eventually gets repaired. Thanksforyourpatience.
TechDirt: Instead Of Fashionably Killing The Comment Section, Medium Quietly Tries Giving A Damn.
“A recent paper published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication found that all it took to improve civility was someone with the vaguest semblance of authority showing up and treating people like actual human beings. Treat comment sections like unmanageable troll playgrounds, and that’s generally what they’ll become. And they’ve only become that because many editors and authors either don’t want to see corrections to their stories made quite so visible, or they’re too myopic to see the public’s role in the fluid conversation that is modern news.”
The Diplomat: Russia’s Top Secret Nuclear Torpedo.
“Codenamed ‘Kanyon’ by Pentagon officials, it has allegedly also been designed to target both naval ports used by the U.S. Navy’s submarine fleet as well as U.S. coastal regions.” Oh, just peachy if true. I’ve heard stories of their titanium subs, back in Cold War days. If their engines were quieter, they would have been a major problem.
Bruce Clay: Is Google about to Kill Its Penguin? Is It the End of Link Spam?
“This tactic was so effective that it literally changed the face of the Internet. Blog spam, comment spam, scraper sites – none of them would exist if Google’s algorithm didn’t, for quite some time, reward the acquisition of links (regardless of source) with higher rankings.”
Vox: The Great British Baking Show breaks all the reality TV rules.
I took a shot and previewed it on Netflix. And got addicted. They’ve only got Season One available for viewing, but I’m already slavering for Season Two. And I wonder why everyone in the UK isn’t the size of a bleedin’ house.
AppleInsider: Certificate problems causing app authentication errors for some Mac App Store users.
Interesting. I’ve had a spate of “This app was downloaded and installed on another computer. Please verify your password” screens.
USA Today: The memoir George H.W. Bush couldn’t write.
Sounds interesting. A library borrow, perhaps.
SERoundtable: Google’s John Mueller - Don’t Follow Big Sites SEO, They Often Get It Wrong.
Dazed: Marina Abramović sued by former lover and co-creator Ulay.
“She is not just a former business partner. [snip] The whole oeuvre has made history. It’s now in school books. But she has deliberately misinterpreted things, or left my name out.” I saw this on another major media outlet, but the link disappeared between RSS receipt and my desiring to post ... and unfindable in search. I assume being rewritten?
Every day, I seem to come across another link with a jetpack video. Flying with planes. Flying with cranes. Flying with statues. Flying with other jetpacks. Enough.
VashiVisuals: 3K 4K 5K 6K Free Aspect Ratio Templates.
“The Ultimate Aspect Ratio Guide.” Bookmark it, before you forget.
Guardian.UK: Why I love a man in Carhartt jeans: an ode to masculine self-sufficiency.
Just when you think the world’s gone Kardashian ... something like this pops up.
Two car links, I’ll gang them to save space.
The 1956 Dodge “La Femme”, via MessyNessyChic. I can only imagine being a kid stuck in the back of that thing.
And, Alfa Romeo 33 Special Prototype, Ready to Fly, via Italian Ways. I remember that back end. Maybe I had a model ... ? Or a Corgi toy?
nngroup: Long-Term Exposure to Flat Design - How the Trend Slowly Makes Users Less Efficient.
“Users are forced to explore pages to determine what’s clickable. They frequently pause in their activities to hover over elements hoping for dynamic clickability signifiers, or click experimentally to discover potential links. This behavior is analogous to the behavior of laboratory rats in operant-conditioning experiments: if a rat gets a food pellet at random intervals after performing a specific action, the rat will keep doing that action in the hope of getting fed again.” My italic emphasis. Great point, well explained.