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WarHistoryOnline: Archaeologists find remains of 21 German soldiers in a WWI shelter.

Here, as in Pompeii, we found the bodies as they were at the moment of their death. Some of the men were found in sitting positions on a bench, others lying down. One was projected down a flight of wooden stairs and was found in a foetal position. The collapsed shelter was filled with soil. The items were very well-preserved because of the absence of air and light and water. Metal objects were rusty, wood was in good condition and we found some pages of newspapers that were still readable. Leather was in good condition as well, still supple.” RIP.

04/15/14 • 02:35 PM • HistoryScienceTravel(2) Comments

DiscoverMag: Over the Hill? Cognitive Speeds Peak at Age 24.

It’s not all bad news for those of us on the wrong side of 24, however. Researchers found that older players compensated for their slower cognitive speed by making the game simpler. For example, older players retain their skill by using more keyboard shortcuts to make up for their motor-speed declines.” Makes me feel a little better.

04/15/14 • 02:07 PM • ChildhoodPsychologyScholarlyScience • No Comments

Global Views on Morality: Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project.

Of interest.

04/15/14 • 02:02 PM • PsychologyTravel • No Comments

Guardian.UK: The 1% wants to ban sleeping in cars – because it hurts their ‘quality of life’.

It is easy to be opposed to inequality in the abstract. So why are Los Angeles and Palo Alto spending virtually none of their budgets on efforts to provide housing for the very poor and homeless? When the most obvious evidence of inequality parks on their street, it appears, even liberals would rather just call the police.

04/15/14 • 08:31 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingHuman RightsPolitics • No Comments

The Luminous Landscape: Photography and The Death of Reality.

The message of this article is twofold: One, to get you inspired to make the most creative images ever, and not to be afraid to follow your heart when it comes to digital enhancements. Two, to encourage you to share, or at least mention, your processing techniques when you share an image with others, so they, like the Ansel Adams letter-writer, are not disappointed if they try to make the same kind of image you made at a location or in the studio. I know that is not always possible, and I don’t do it all the time, but it is something to keep in mind.

04/15/14 • 08:25 AM • Photography • No Comments

Dissent: From the War on Poverty to the War on the Poor.

The United States Census reported in September 2012 that 47.1 million people, or 15.1 percent of the population, now live in poverty—the highest number in fifty-two years, up from 11.7 percent of the population in 2000. Half of these individuals are children and nearly 60 percent of poor adults are women. Almost half of this group has family incomes below 50 percent of the official poverty level, or $22,113 for a family of four. That is only 30 percent of the average family income, while the 1962 poverty line was 50 percent of the average income.

04/15/14 • 08:11 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingHuman RightsPolitics • No Comments

538: A Statistical Analysis of the Work of Bob Ross.

So many things of real benefit to analyze, and they choose Bob Ross. Obviously trolling for viral content. Color me disappointed.

04/15/14 • 08:09 AM • ArtsEntertainmentNews • No Comments

JunkCulture: Photographer Captures the Haunting Beauty of Abandoned Shopping Malls.

They sucked the life out of vital, traditional, walking downtown areas. Remember that, as you view these.

04/15/14 • 08:07 AM • ConsumptionHistoryPhotography • No Comments

The Verge: Gut feelings - the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach.

Probiotics’ potential to treat human behavior is increasingly apparent, but will manufacturers one day toss an anxiety-fighting blend into their probiotic brews? It’s a distinct possibility …” Science should map the gut biome before manufacturers start pushing out ‘beneficial’ blends.

04/15/14 • 08:06 AM • HealthPsychologyScience • No Comments

Tuts+: How to Make a Hoax Video More Believable.

Is this really necessary?

04/15/14 • 08:03 AM • InternetMotion Graphics • No Comments

30Npire: Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle.

Bizarre, man. They look like lightning bugs. I’d still like to try one though.

04/14/14 • 08:39 PM • ConsumptionDesignEnvironmental • No Comments

365/2: 104 outtake. Moonrise.

365/2: 104 outtake.

Moonrise with interesting foreground light as the sun goes down.

04/14/14 • 08:01 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments

365/2: 104. Shadowplay.

365/2: 104.

04/14/14 • 08:01 PM • PersonalPhotography • No Comments

FourHourWorkWeek.com: Are Saunas the Next Big Performance-Enhancing “Drug”?

Please don’t be stupid and kill yourself. It would make us both quite unhappy. Consult a doctor before doing anything described in this post or on this blog.” Tim Ferriss finds another body hack. I would second the ‘dangerous’ admonitions; every time I’ve gotten into life-threatening situations, it’s heat that’s been the culprit. I acclimate carefully when June rolls around, so as not to turn my exercise routines into a funeral procession.

04/14/14 • 02:33 PM • Physical FitnessScienceWeblogs • No Comments

NMELC/Youtube: New Mexico Pit Rule By The Numbers.


paulstamatiou: Design for Curation.

Swiping down to hide less-than-stellar photos is as satisfying as crossing something off your to-do list. It’s the only curation tool you need for a stark gallery app.” I can think of many apps I’d love to have this feature in.

04/14/14 • 12:06 PM • DesignPersonalPhotographySoftware • No Comments

Youtube/DigitalRev: Fujifilm X-T1 Hands-on Review.

Can’t help it; I love these folks and their quirky reviews. I think I need to rent one of these mirrorless wonders.

04/14/14 • 11:54 AM • ConsumptionDesignMotion GraphicsPhotography • No Comments

Mac Desks.

What always disturbs me about these kinds of sites is the lack of mess/paper. Mine is always a minor disaster area. I have an obsession with index cards at the moment; using them instead of Post-Its (no glue to gum up the works, just a couple of stacks of cards).

04/14/14 • 10:30 AM • GeneralHome & LivingSmall Business(6) Comments

Re/code: More Americans Are Reporting Theft of Personal Data.

New data from the Pew Research Center shows that 18 percent of American adults say they have had data like their Social Security number, credit card number or bank account information stolen at one time or another. The survey was conducted in January, and shows an increase from 11 percent of adults who said the same thing in July of last year.

04/14/14 • 10:25 AM • Home & LivingInternetLawSecurity • No Comments

Gentleman’s Gadgets: Audi’s Toy Car for the Big Boys.

Quietly pretend that you’re Tazio Nuvolari.

04/14/14 • 10:12 AM • ChildhoodConsumptionDesignHistorySports • No Comments

JunkCulture: New Banksy Mural Depicts Government Agents Spying on a Phone Booth.


04/14/14 • 09:48 AM • ArtsTravel • No Comments

Serendipita: View from the ISS.

Cool. And I didn’t know!

04/14/14 • 09:47 AM • ScienceTravelWeblogs • No Comments

SF New Mexican: Patients hit with fees amid health care consolidation.

Representatives of several of the state agencies that were contacted said consumers would be best served by asking whether out-of-pocket hospital-based service charges apply under their insurance plans before setting an appointment at a specialty clinic. Caveat emptor, never moreso than with health care.

04/14/14 • 09:40 AM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingHuman RightsSanta Fe Local • No Comments

Flightclub/Jalopnik: The Awesome R/C Plane Video That Pissed Off The FAA.

Hmmmph. I suspect proof skills/training may end up being required, along with insurance, for use over dense public areas. Most R/C’s don’t have cages around their propellers, and can easily cause personal injury. Imagine the outrage when a newbie takes a $600 drone purchased from Amazon and flies it over a local playground, loses control, and injures a child … all rendered in spectacular color footage.

04/14/14 • 09:18 AM • LawMotion GraphicsPhotography • No Comments

ArtDaily: 3,300 year-old coffin found containing the belongings of a wealthy Canaanite.

A rare artifact that was found next to the skeleton is an Egyptian scarab seal, encased in gold and affixed to a ring. The scarab was used to seal documents and objects. The name of the crown of Pharaoh Seti I, who ruled ancient Egypt in the thirteenth century BCE, appears on the seal.

04/14/14 • 09:06 AM • ArtsHistoryTravel • No Comments
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