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CNet: iPhone 5S vs. train goes exactly like you’d expect.

I despair of youth today. An iPhone won’t derail a train. The concept behind using pennies was not to derail a train, but to put enough of a slicker material (copper offers less traction than the rails, working as a lubricant) between the wheels and the rails to slow or stop the train. 

Not enough kids are growing up in rural areas, sans helicopter parents. I think it’s a huge, HUGE problem.

07/24/14 • 10:47 PM • ChildhoodGeneralHistoryNews • No Comments

WaPo: Study - Colorado River Basin drying up faster than previously thought.

The authors conclude federal officials allocated 30 percent more water from the Colorado River than was actually available. The gaps were made up by groundwater.”  Water wars are just startin’, kid. Git yer hogleg ... it’s gonna get nasty.

07/24/14 • 10:40 PM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • No Comments

365/2: 204. Hot sunset, no monsoon activity to speak of.

365/2: 204.

I was revelling in the fact I’ve got Reeder back again. Blog workflow is much faster - though it also allows me to read after more tangents, too. [*slaps wrist*] I have too damned many interests.

07/24/14 • 08:17 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe LocalWeblogs • No Comments

BikeEXIF: BSA A50 by Hazan Motorworks.

Beautiful. Check the aspirator bottle as oil reservoir. (Hope it’s padded a bit).

07/24/14 • 05:58 PM • ConsumptionDesign • No Comments

Pacific Standard: California’s Lax Policing of the Fracking Industry.

The problem is that at least 100 of the state’s aquifers were presumed to be useless for drinking and farming because the water was either of poor quality, or too deep underground to easily access. Years ago, the state exempted them from environmental protection and allowed the oil and gas industry to intentionally pollute them.” !^$%$^@#^%!%$ [Holding my hand to my throat, practically strangling myself, so I don’t start shouting again.] There is no such thing as a useless resource.

07/24/14 • 03:58 PM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHome & LivingHuman RightsNaturePolitics • No Comments

Greek Myth Comix: Deaths in the Iliad - a Classics Infographic.

Interesting. Normally I hate infographics. This one offers good insight without being a visual assault - though legibility is an issue ...

07/24/14 • 02:47 PM • EntertainmentHistory • No Comments

Discover Mag: Feathers More Common Among Dinosaurs Than Previously Thought.

Come on. Some must have had pompadours!

07/24/14 • 02:44 PM • HistoryScholarlyScience • No Comments

ReadWrite: President Obama To Kick Off Drone Privacy Guidelines.

Hmmm. Seems like evidence of some pretty heavy-handed business interests smelling profits.  Pulling responsibilities away from the FAA? Yeow.

07/24/14 • 02:36 PM • LawPolitics • No Comments

Having Reeder back enables me to ‘firehose’ links again.

Missed it. Apologies to those on Twitter, whom I may overwhelm.

07/24/14 • 02:06 PM • InternetPersonalWeblogs • No Comments

SciAm: The Evolutionary Psychology of Women’s Shoes.

By exaggerating the normal female gait, high heels serve to falsely enhance our perception of the wearer’s femininity.

07/24/14 • 01:07 PM • ConsumptionDesignHistoryPsychologyScience • No Comments

SciAm: Farmers Fight Explosion of “Superweeds”.

We have had numerous calls about poor control of Palmer amaranth with glyphosate this year.” Nature’s escalating the battle again.

Later, related: Happened to run across this, from 2010, when filing the above. Interesting that “Monsanto, which once argued that resistance would not become a major problem, now cautions against exaggerating its impact. ‘It’s a serious issue, but it’s manageable.’”

07/24/14 • 01:04 PM • FoodHealthScience • No Comments

Archaeology News Network: Fossil footprints suggest tyrannosaurs hunted in packs.

Given the behavior of birds, I’m surprised it took this long to find.

07/24/14 • 01:02 PM • HistoryScience • No Comments

The Dish: The Worrying Vacuity Of Hillary Clinton.

Um ... Kevin (GiTM)‘s already been all over this, a month ago.

07/24/14 • 12:42 PM • HistoryPolitics(2) Comments

I thought people bought/adopted dogs to help get themselves into shape?

Silly me.

07/24/14 • 12:13 PM • ConsumptionGeneral • No Comments

Aeon: How we can get bystanders to help victims of crime.

Oh, poo. Most people are a) afraid of the perpetrator or b) afraid of litigation. Few understand ‘good samaritan’ laws - and to be honest, because they vary so much, many still hesitate even knowing what’s allowed.

 

07/24/14 • 12:07 PM • HealthLawPersonal • No Comments

Guardian.UK: The owl who liked sitting on Caesar by Martin Windrow.

Throughout their 15 years together, Windrow filled notebooks with fascinating observations of Mumble’s behaviours, such as her improving flight and hunting skills, her eating and bathing habits, and even that she enjoyed drinking from a dripping kitchen tap. We also learn that the fledgling Mumble was a delight to Windrow’s friends, who later had to don protective helmets before Mumble’s growing possessiveness ruled out visitors altogether.” They are territorial birds. As my scalp can attest from various photographic misadventures.

07/24/14 • 12:02 PM • ArtsBooksNatureTravel • No Comments

Discover Mag: Does singing along to your favorite songs make you a worse driver?

Collectively, results suggest that singing while driving alters driving performance and impairs hazard perception while at the same time increasing subjective mental workload.”  What about punching buttons on the radio to find SOMETHING DECENT TO LISTEN TO? Definitely increases mental workload. And stress.  Can we sue the radio monopolists, then? “Having to listen to ‘Radar Love’ on three different stations at the same time caused me to drive off the road, kill a herd of cows, gave me whiplash, and totalled my car ...

07/24/14 • 11:49 AM • MusicPsychologyScience • No Comments

Mashable: Why Killing the Check-In Was the Wrong Move for Foursquare

Yay! I can kill an app on my phone. Not that I ever used it much. I felt it was an invitation for house burglars.

07/24/14 • 11:47 AM • MobileSocial Media • No Comments

Hemmings: Last remaining World War I Cadillac to go on National Historic Vehicle Register.

Needs restoration work.  Nice.

07/24/14 • 11:19 AM • DesignHistory • No Comments

Colossal: Mesmerizing Studio Visits with Five South Korean Master Ceramicists.

Beautifully done.

07/24/14 • 11:00 AM • ArtsMotion GraphicsTravel • No Comments

Macworld: Monotony review - Super simple RSS reader for your Mac.

I prefer mine full-featured. But it’s RSS, and RSS needs our support.

07/24/14 • 10:53 AM • AppleInternetSoftwareWeblogs • No Comments

The Awl: All The New Yorker Story Roundups You Should Read While The Stories Are Still Unlocked.

Before it all gets hidden behind the upcoming paywall, one presumes.

07/24/14 • 10:44 AM • InternetNewsWeblogs • No Comments

VQR Online: Away.

Writing is a bit like inflating a vast oxygen tent contained by a thin filmy membrane. Each time I write I have to breathe life into this, slowly blowing it larger and larger, making it more and more substantial, giving it shape. The sound of anyone’s voice, an approaching step, arrests me. I waver, and the whole filmy construct trembles, shudders, and then deflates, sliding into nothingness. It’s gone.”  Beautifully expressed. One’s muse can be as diaphanous as a soap-bubble — fragile, vulnerable.

07/24/14 • 10:37 AM • ArtsBooksPsychology • No Comments

Startin-Sport: Assassin’s Creed en parkour à Paris.

A blast. The pacing could have been picked up just a bit, and it needs to be watched fullscreen. But nicely done. Feels like drone footage, but it looks to be all Steadicam.  Kudos for having good backs, guys.

07/24/14 • 10:35 AM • ConsumptionEntertainmentMotion GraphicsTravel(2) Comments

10,000 Words: Reddit Launches Live Blogging Platform.

Yep. [DM! puts finger in mouth, makes popping noise, and says ...] Big whoop. Read the ‘midnight snack’ link for the example.  I don’t get the difference between a ‘live blog’ and a regular blog. Is my blog not ‘live’? Is it ‘dead’? Am I breathing?

Yeah. That kind of mindset today.

07/24/14 • 10:27 AM • InternetWeblogs • No Comments
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