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SciAm: The Surprising Problem of Too Much Talent.

Why is too much talent a bad thing? Think teamwork. In many endeavors, success requires collaborative, cooperative work towards a goal that is beyond the capability of any one individual.

10/14/14 • 11:46 AM • PsychologySmall BusinessSports • No Comments

NY Times: Forecast for Ebola Worsens as Mortality Rate Rises.

Mortality rate seems to have jumped from 50% to 70%. Caveat: the particular type of Ebola in the current outbreak has been, from my previous reading during the early press, always been pegged at 70%.

10/14/14 • 11:30 AM • HealthHistoryPoliticsScienceTravel • No Comments

Amazon: Vapur Element Bottle.

Pretty cool idea. The included carabiner is a nice touch.  I’m always trying to figure out better ways of carrying water while shooting.

10/14/14 • 11:20 AM • ConsumptionGeneralHealth1 Comment

Wrong Hands: wasting timeline.

I was rather good with a yo-yo.  Still have one, somewhere; an original Duncan Butterfly.

10/14/14 • 11:12 AM • GeneralHistoryPersonal(2) Comments

The New Yorker: Actually, People Still Like to Think.

This past July, Science published a paper with an alarming conclusion: most people would rather give themselves an electric shock than be alone with their thoughts.” A mentality I simply cannot grok. So many people seem to make themselves as busy as possible to run away from solitary contemplation. I’d die. As an introvert, I cannot function without ‘alone time’, ‘recharge time’.

10/14/14 • 11:09 AM • GeneralPersonalPsychology • No Comments

Hollywood Reporter: John Cleese Quits Movies, Says He’s “Looking Forward” to Death.

The key to understanding Python now is we have all driven off in completely different directions. Michael [Palin], as you know, makes those travel programs that I put on any time I can’t sleep. Eric Idle is very good at lyrics so he is writing songs. Terry Gilliam is off trying to raise money for one of his plotless ­extravaganzas. And [Terry] Jonesy is just insane – he writes children’s books and recently went to Lisbon and directed an opera about vacuum cleaners.”  That’s something not often recognized - that you don’t necessarily have to like your team in order to do great work.

10/14/14 • 10:57 AM • EntertainmentHistoryPsychology • No Comments

Vox: Marvel wants to give us the next Hunger Games.

Diving into the Young Adult book market headfirst. When the zombie books follow their lead, I suppose we need to change ‘penny dreadfuls’ to ‘dollar dreadfuls’?

10/14/14 • 10:55 AM • ArtsBooksChildhoodEntertainment • No Comments

365/2: 285.  Playing with light and software again.

365/2: 285. Playing with lighting and software again.

Sorry I’m late with some of these 365’s. Still trying to plough through all the shots from Concorso ... last thing I want to do is deal with *another* photo. Editing is eating up all my creativity.

10/14/14 • 10:51 AM • ArtsPersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments

CBD: Billions of Gallons of Oil Industry Wastewater Illegally Injected Into California Aquifers.

Almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater have been illegally dumped into central California aquifers that supply drinking water and farming irrigation, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. The wastewater entered the aquifers through at least nine injection disposal wells used by the oil industry to dispose of waste contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants.” Woof. What a bunch of maroons.

10/13/14 • 09:32 PM • EnvironmentalHealthNaturePolitics(2) Comments

KOB.com: Sandia Tramway passengers stuck for an hour Monday morning.

Worst tram episode ever? Probably in 1978, when a tram got stuck overnight. A prominent Albuquerque attorney was among those on board. His wife was out of town, but she discovered he was up there with his secretary – oops!”  Local color.

10/13/14 • 06:29 PM • Santa Fe LocalTravel • No Comments

NY Times: Highway Guardrail May Be Deadly, States Say.

If the ends aren’t properly installed and maintained, they become spears. It is truly amazing how many people manage to skewer themselves on the ends of guardrails. There’s been an uptick with smartphones and texting, in my observations.

10/13/14 • 02:06 PM • EconomicsGeneralHealthPoliticsTravel • No Comments

Mashable: Should the West Negotiate With ISIS?

While ISIS’s extreme ideology and brutal tactics obviously pose problems for its legitimacy among the population it now rules, it has taken many steps to try to win local people’s hearts and minds and to build local alliances. It has set up local governing structures, a tax system, a judicial system and formed an education policy.” This same thing could be said of the Nazis before Hitler won the Chancellorship.

10/13/14 • 02:03 PM • HistoryHuman RightsPoliticsReligion • No Comments

DP Review: Ferrania to restart film production in still and movie formats.

Initial production will be for 35mm and 120 roll formats for stills, and Super 8 and 16mm movie film. The first batch of film, pledged to Kickstarter backers, will be an E6 process transparency film based on the 100 ASA ScotchChrome from the late 1990s, but the company says it wants to go on to produce color negative and black and white emulsions in a wide range of sheet and roll formats.

10/13/14 • 12:23 PM • ConsumptionHistoryPhotography • No Comments

DiscoverMag: NASA - September Was Warmest on Record.

In the meantime, keep in mind that 2014 is still on track to be the warmest on record. So that leveling in global average temperature over the past 10 years may be about to end.

10/13/14 • 12:23 PM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • No Comments

Kickstarter: StandStand, the portable standing desk.


10/13/14 • 10:42 AM • ComputingConsumptionDesignHardwareHealth • No Comments

Planet Princeton: Princeton Police and Health Department Enforcing Quarantine of NBC Crew.

Snyderman and two crew members were quarantined Friday night after the New Jersey Health Department has issued a mandatory quarantine order. The mandatory order was issued after a voluntary 21-day isolation agreement was violated.” Journalists being stupid.

10/13/14 • 10:41 AM • HealthNewsTravel • No Comments

Youtube: Toyota Kata by Hakan Forss, Lean IT Summit 2013.

Creating a culture of continual improvement. Hit me at a good time. Favorited.

10/13/14 • 10:36 AM • Motion GraphicsPersonalSmall Business • No Comments

BBC: Beyond Angkor - How lasers revealed a lost city.

Harnessing the monsoon provided food security - and made the ruling elite fantastically rich. For the next three centuries they channelled their wealth into the greatest concentration of temples on Earth. One temple, Preah Khan, constructed in 1191, contained 60t of gold. Its value today would be about £2bn ($3.3bn).” [Pfooosh ... Sound of my breath exhaling in a rush.]  Amazing. Just amazing.

10/13/14 • 10:01 AM • HistoryScienceTravel • No Comments

Archaeology News Network: Archaeologists to look for Capt. James Cook’s historic ship in the US.

Abbass discovered during an archive search in 1998 that the roughly 100-foot Endeavour was part of a fleet of 13 ships that the British scuttled during the Revolutionary War in 1778 to blockade the port.” In Newport Harbor?!!! Wow. 

[Just for laughs, if you’re a web creator, do a ‘view source’ on this site. Get ready to scroll a very long way before you see content.]

10/13/14 • 09:58 AM • HistoryTravel • No Comments

365/2: 284. Should have posted yesterday, but was feeling a bit under the weather.

365/2: 284.

Decided to do nothing more complex than reload my flash gear bags.

10/13/14 • 09:50 AM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments

TomDispatch: Laura Gottesdiener, Adrift in Oil Country.

Yep, Farmington, NM knows most of this already.  Even before fracking.

10/13/14 • 09:33 AM • EnvironmentalGeneralHome & LivingSanta Fe Local • No Comments

GreekReporter: Stunning Mosaic Floor Revealed in Amphipolis Tomb.

According to archaeologists, a section of the mosaic floor has been destroyed. The Amphipolis team was able to recover the disturbed pebbles during the excavation process, however, and plans on being able to eventually piece the mosaic back together.” Um ... how did it get destroyed?

10/12/14 • 11:15 AM • HistoryScienceTravel • No Comments

MedievalBooks: Medieval Desktops.

Readers would usually have a pen nearby even when they were just reading. After all, remarks and critiques needed to be added to the margin at the spur of the moment. ‘Penless’ images, while rare, often show a crowded desktop.

10/12/14 • 10:47 AM • ArtsBooksHistory • No Comments

NPR: Neil Young’s Writes Of His Love Affair With Cars.


10/12/14 • 10:43 AM • EntertainmentEnvironmentalMusicVehicles • No Comments

365/2: 282. Aspeniferous.

365/2: 282.

Later: Outtakes. Stripes! and Leaf Me Alone.

10/12/14 • 12:21 AM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments
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