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Slate: Almond milk bad for environment? Tom Philpott and Mother Jones are wrong.

Hmmph. Try looking at growing watermelons ... or chickens, for that matter. My complaint is the cheap fast-food burger. I don’t believe that $1 meat exists! Even when I see it. But that’s fodder for another post.

07/23/14 • 10:46 AM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalPersonal • No Comments

Medium: Let’s fly.

Authorities recommend arriving two hours before international flights. I say four. Get there four hours before your flight.”  We learned this when travelling for work in the 80’s. That way, little bits of graft to skycaps would get your heavy equipment on board without huge overage fees.  I doubt that’s the case now. But still - arriving early gets special attention, always. Another tip - I purchased an Amex Platinum card, which gives special travel concierge service. One phone call, I could have a personal assistant reroute my interaries in minutes, get me access to all the airline lounges.  Don’t know if that’s still the case, but if you travel a great deal, the $400 bucks a year was more than worth it. So many times it make the difference between sleeping on a sofa in a strange airport and sleeping in my own bed. I remain a faithful Amex user, though no longer a platinum card holder, because of those experiences. [And this is an unpaid plug, in case you were wondering.] Via Kottke’s sharp eyes.

07/23/14 • 10:24 AM • HistoryPersonalTravel(2) Comments

Guardian.UK: E-readers vs books - the debate.

Never thought I’d say it, but I miss our old Borders Books.  I preferred NYC-style B&N’s, but all Santa Fe had was a Borders. I support independent bookstores, but they just don’t have the huge storespace, the strollspace that the chains had.  And I could kill hours - even days (after returning from a long a/v tour) - in bookstores.

07/23/14 • 10:22 AM • ArtsBooksConsumptionHistory • No Comments

Lens Between Us.

Another cute attention-getting gimmick. Similar to the ‘woman leading photographer around the world’ that we saw a month or so ago (endlessly relinked).  Why can’t I think of something like this to go viral with?

07/23/14 • 10:09 AM • ArtsPhotography • No Comments

BBC: My friend, Picasso.

I had the opportunity to film Pablo Picasso in his home in Mougins … A few years later Picasso died and left me an artistic orphan.

07/23/14 • 09:53 AM • ArtsHistoryPhotography • No Comments

The Airship: Reading in Public - Tales of Love and Literature, Pt. II.

I actually didn’t like the book. But I still really like you.” Begging the question ... can you live with another person if they don’t like the same reading material? If the beacon of your life is prose, then I’d say tread carefully.

07/23/14 • 09:46 AM • ArtsBooksPsychology • No Comments

Guardian.UK: New stem cell operation could revolutionise treatment of knee injuries.

The procedure, which is being trialled at Southampton general hospital, involves coating damaged cartilage with stem cells, taken from a patient’s own hip, and surgical glue.”  Obviously, there is a ‘knee’d’ for this ...

07/23/14 • 09:36 AM • HealthScienceTravel(3) Comments

NPR: ‘Rocket Girl’ Is A Jetpack-Powered 21st Century Angel.

It seems DaYoung wasn’t any ordinary teenager in her version of 2013. She was a member of the New York Teen Police Department. Now back in 1986, armed only with her flight gear and some awesome fighting moves, she beats down baddies of all stripes while pursuing her mission to stop the evil mega-corporation Quintum Mechanics.”  Sounds like fun.

07/23/14 • 09:22 AM • ArtsBooksChildhoodHuman Rights • No Comments

The Atlantic: Why Do Other Rich Nations Spend So Much Less on Healthcare?

Compared with the average OECD country, the U.S. delivers (population adjusted) almost three times as many mammograms, two-and-a-half times the number of MRI scans, and 31 percent more C-sections.

07/23/14 • 09:12 AM • EconomicsHealth • No Comments

OneHeadlightInk: Turns out movies DO make money for New Mexico.

It is interesting that on average full time movie jobs pay over $50,000 per year. Over 8000 jobs have been created over the last four years.

07/23/14 • 09:11 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingSanta Fe Local • No Comments

Mavericks update was successful.

Don’t know if you all saw the comment thread on an earlier post.  My upgrade went pretty flawlessly, all things considered.  Today’s my first day running it.  What I’ve found:

#1: Mavericks does NOT eject external disks properly when the system goes to sleep. This is a major pain, with four external drives connected.  I’ve found a widget for the menu bar that allows me to ‘eject all’ quickly, but that’s still a kludge. Apple, fix this NOW. I’m tired of verifying disks to make sure nothing was borked.

#2: I had a random Finder window crash.  I decided to fix permissions right after (forgot to do it after updating).  No crashes since.

#3: If you’re using Mamp Pro 2.x, be sure to upgrade to 3.0 before the Mavericks upgrade. It’s a pain.

I am tickled to find I can text-message cell folks from Mavericks - then it occurred to me, I can have family, friends and clients all popping alerts on my screen all day long. Erk. I may have to find a way to turn that off easily.

Speed is about the same as my previous 10.7.5.  Some things are slower, but I think the update has to finish optimizing things - I understand it’s a constant process.

So overall - a good experience so far.  Have to catch up on updating some apps still.  Much more functionality in apps, compared to pre-10.8.  Some learning to do.

07/22/14 • 07:27 PM • ApplePersonalSoftware(3) Comments

ReadWrite: An Ode To Jim Rockford’s Answering Machine.

Funny; my old man was an attorney, and drooled over the idea of having such an answering machine. Problem was, they were expensive at the time. Eventually a dual-cassette one was purchased ... and come to think of it, very similar to Rockford’s.

07/22/14 • 05:44 PM • ComputingEntertainmentHardwareHistoryPersonal • No Comments

Past Horizons: Well preserved Roman remains at Binchester.

The trooper described his rank as ‘architectus’ and this is the only example from the whole of the Roman Empire, outside of Rome itself, which shows that architects were on the staff of auxiliary cavalry units and not just the legions of the Emperor’s personal protection unit, the Praetorian Guard.”  Click through and check out the gorgeous ring.

07/22/14 • 05:14 PM • HistoryScienceTravel • No Comments

SciAm: Error Discovered in Antarctic Sea-Ice Record.

The finding raises two possibilities, Eisenman and his colleagues say. Either much of the recent mysterious growth trend is actually spurious, or the current figures are accurate but the trend could have been detected years earlier.” Oh, the naysayers are gonna eat this one up.

07/22/14 • 05:13 PM • NatureScholarlyScience • No Comments

365/2: 202. I’ll swear our goat pots only start to smile come summer.

365/2: 202.

And ... these flowers make me crave crummy tooth-rotting Starbursts.

Later: Rainbow!

07/22/14 • 05:11 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments

Ghost in the Machine: A Wasted Opportunity. So Now What?

Here it is. Your most important read this week. I’ll call it early.

07/22/14 • 04:35 PM • PoliticsWeblogs(2) Comments

Vox: Why a federal court just ruled Obamacare subsidies are illegal in 36 states.

The suit alleges that subsidies should only be available in states that set up their own insurance exchanges, based on the text of the Affordable Care Act. The government can still appeal, but if it ultimately loses the case at the Supreme Court, it’s possible that federal subsidies will no longer be available to help make insurance affordable in over thirty states.” And everything hinges on a single word. Who says proper English isn’t important?

07/22/14 • 10:44 AM • HealthHuman RightsLawPolitics • No Comments

SciAm: Traps Set after Giant Snake Reported in New Jersey Lake.

.Initial reports of the creature surfaced more than a week ago when a resident of the lake popular with motor boat enthusiasts and jet skiers said he saw the snake under a dock at his boathouse.

07/22/14 • 10:41 AM • NatureTravel • No Comments

Hemmings: One man’s collection of more than 600 vintage cars and trucks heads to auction.

Some beauts.

07/22/14 • 10:39 AM • ConsumptionHistory • No Comments

ArtDaily: Here’s sellin’ to you, kid. Casablanca piano up for sale on November 24 by Bonhams.

SALMON? Never in a million years would I have guessed such a color ...

07/22/14 • 09:40 AM • ConsumptionEntertainmentHistory • No Comments

Italian Ways: The transparent mystery in Antonello da Messina’s portraits.

Very lively, knowing looks. I’ve not seen a group of his portraits in a row like this - gave new insights.

07/22/14 • 09:24 AM • ArtsHistory1 Comment

City Arts: Stop Using ‘Poet Voice’.

The voice flattens the musicality and tonal drama inherent within the language of the poem, and it also sounds overly stuffy and learned. In this way, Poet Voice does a disservice to the poem, the poet and poetry. It must be stopped.”  I give the poet a break; it must be terribly hard to read one’s own work. There’s a deal of baggage involved. My memory still resounds with the crypt-like croak of an elderly TS Eliot reading “Prufrock”.  I’ll pass.

07/22/14 • 09:22 AM • ArtsBooksPsychology • No Comments

365/2: 201. Red Virga at Sunset.

365/2: 201.

Yeah, HDR. With some PS layering to restore some of the sunset spangle.

07/21/14 • 10:59 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments

If you see dayglo gophers running away from Eldorado ...

… you’ll know I bought one o’ these.

07/21/14 • 01:11 PM • Personal(2) Comments

TechDirt: FAA Investigates Congressman’s Use Of Drone To Help Videotape His Wedding.

“That brings us to today, where we get to read news about the FAA investigating the use of a drone to take sky-recordings of the wedding of a US Congressman who sits on the subcommittee that oversees the FAA.”  Oh, this one’s worth watching, just for the entertainment value alone.

07/21/14 • 01:08 PM • LawMotion GraphicsPhotographyPolitics • No Comments
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