The Verge: Google VP’s 135,908-foot leap breaks world record for highest free-fall parachute jump.
“The accomplishment came seemingly out of nowhere with no fanfare or media buzz whatsoever; The New York Times’ science Twitter account first reported Eustace’s incredible feat.” A quiet one-up; I like it.
WritersDigest: The Art and Craft of Wasting Time in 20 Quotes.
Of interest. Forgive the sourcing.
Reuters: Some U.S. hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients.
“This is another example of how this 21st century viral threat has pulled us back into the 19th century.” During the European cholera epidemics, they’ll haul sick folks out to the pyres before they’d expired. Frightened humans do some pretty horrific things.
The Art Newspaper: Tullio’s Adam returns to view at the Met.
“One of its greatest treasure, Tullio Lombardo’s life-sized marble sculpture of the nude Adam crashed to the stone floor as its medium-density plywood stand buckled and collapsed.” Even the Art Newspaper doesn’t proof its copy.
Italian Ways: Flying high with Leonardo.
Wooden models of Leonardo’s most famous flying machines.
Self-absorbed Instagrammer defaces National Parks.
This makes me livid. Most know I spent over half a year working in Big Bend National Park in between years of college. We spent a great deal of our time trying to preserve things for future generations. I cannot even begin to express how impenetrably self-absorbed this young lady is.
I say put her on the Park Service’s lowest payscale job. She works as long as it takes to pay for the remediation of the damage she caused, plus a generous fine. Lives in park housing, eats park meals.
Normally, I’d say she needs to visit a psychologist, but I find hard work often smooths out such narcissism. Working in a park, she’ll learn to appreciate it ... make her work with the public, she’ll learn how obtuse the average park visitor can be. She will experience her behavior as in a mirror, and have to deal with the repercussions. Every. Single. Day.
She must be an example, a deterrent. Otherwise more will follow. More will follow anyway, but a proper balanced punishment will go far to prevent this behavior from spreading.
Okay, kids. Quiz time. What is it?
First person who says “car” gets a virtual knuckle sandwich (wink).
365/2: 295. Very horizontal.
Guardian.UK: The half-life of disaster.
“As long as disaster capitalism reigns – which no doubt will be as long as capitalism itself reigns – the world will be caught in a vicious circle: that of responding by increasingly draconian and ill-advised means to a threat environment whose dangers the response only contributes to intensifying.” Via wood s lot.
CJR: How do we know what we know about #Gamergate?
“The problem is that when anybody can tweet under the Gamergate hashtag, and no one wants to take responsibility for the movement, the media doesn’t know what to believe.” The media can’t pin down a crowdsourced gripe.
bruegel: Uber Economics - There is no such thing as bad publicity.
Be circumspect how you oppose. I’ve contemplated this for ages, particularly during Presidential elections years. Some things I just won’t blog, in order to keep the signal level lower.
Western Digs: Allosaurus Died From Stegosaur Spike to the Crotch, Wyoming Fossil Shows.
Bad enough it got whacked in the nads; worse that it infected and abcessed. Jeebus, what a way to go.
Aeon: The shame of poor teeth in a rich world.
Hmmm. Isn’t the European joke, “You must be from America. That’s the only place they manufacture such perfect teeth.”?
FOX6: Toddler crawls his way into toy vending machine.
ArtDaily: Head of near-intact marble sphinx discovered at mysterious fourth century BC Greek tomb.
“The sphinx’s head belongs to the body of a sphinx which was found previously.” Uh-oh. May indicate looting, IMHO. Broken off, left behind.
Later: More. perhaps I speak too soon. Still.
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I took a bit of time away; you need that when editing. When I come back to it, I think “jeez, that’s a good shot!”
365/2: 294. The ‘usual’ sunset ...
Things of Interest: iMac with Retina 5K display vs. the Original Apple Mac.
“That tiny black-and-white rectangle crammed into the bottom-left corner was cutting-edge technology three decades ago.” And I was so excited to buy one.
NHTSA: Vehicle Owners with Defective Airbags Urged to Take Immediate Action.
Mine’s not on the list, thank goodness. Is yours?
Vox: Renee Zellweger’s new look reveals the pernicious demands we make of all women.
Age and a blepharoplasty. I’ve had ‘squinty eyes’ since childhood, taken the teasing, the terrible nicknames. Now that I’m 55, if my upper eyelid/brow sag gets any worse, I’ll need to follow Renee’s lead. I would trade a bit of character to be able to a) see better and b) not to have to hike my eyebrows up to my hairline to seem happy and/or not asleep. My fear is a plastic surgeon would make me look permanently frightened to death.
Damn the slings and arrows, Renee. I understand completely. Perhaps only another person with the ‘squints’ can.
AustinMann: Yosemite + iOS 8.1 — What Photographers Need to Know.
Blade & Skillet.
Simple recipes that you need but a sharp chef’s knife and a cast-iron skillet for.
OilPrice: Low Oil Prices Hurting U.S. Shale Operations.
“Much rides on the decision making of officials in Saudi Arabia. Although exact calculations vary, the world’s only swing producer needs oil prices between $83 and $93 per barrel for its budget to break even. But that may not be as important of a metric as it appears. Saudi Arabia has an enormous stash of foreign exchange, and could run deficits for quite a while without too many problems. With average costs of oil production from wells in the Middle East sitting at only $25 per barrel, the Saudis can clearly wait out U.S. shale if they really want to.” So, OPEC could bankrupt US shale operations? That’s interesting.
The New Yorker: “Alan Bean Plus Four”
New Statesman: Treasure trails - how museums became diplomatic fixers.
Yes. I used to think antiquities should be repatriated; the Bamiyan Buddhas and other events of late have convinced me it is better to take mankind’s common heritage and spread it as widely as possible so we cannot lose it. So I vote ‘no’ on the Elgin marbles now.