History: Iron Age Graves in Britain Yield Hybrid Animals and Human Sacrifice.
“Special FX” ... even in the past.
LensRentals.com: Variation Measurements for Telephoto Lenses.
My gracious. Older lenses, significant variation. Impetus to buy newer models for any given focal length.
MeFi: “Where’s My Cut?” - On Unpaid Emotional Labor.
Read the linked article, and then read the long comment thread. I’ve opined elsewhere that the patriarchy’s back. The thread of comments here points to an almost-Victorian split of gender roles. I feel sorry for humanity as a whole. Each sex talking at each other, bouncing off like Teflon.
True emotional labor generally begets emotional rewards. I find many (of both sexes) who are not willing to share the emotional rewards (small as they sometimes are, in comparison with the work), thereby discouraging any continuance of burden-sharing.
I blame crummy role models. We need to see Wolverine flex his biceps cleaning a toilet. Supergirl using the command line to remove a virus from her work computer. Self-sufficiency without archetype or stereotype. Boiling a pot water has been conclusively shown to not affect a man’s testicles (unless you inadvisedly dunk them). Changing a tire has no effect on a woman’s ovaries (unless you forget to set the parking brake).
Maybe a national ‘switch roles’ day.
Though, given the current trends, that might destroy ‘marriage’ faster than any gay marriage legislation ever could.
Cinefix: Top 10 Most Beautiful Movies of All Time.
Youtube: SPECTRE trailer.
Uh-oh. The twin-engine on the ski slope brings back horrible memories of the cello ski slope chase in The Living Daylights. Everything else - fine. That stupid airplane routine ... cut it out. You’re tipping too far back into Moore-ish territory.
I have a feeling this may be the movie where I part with Bond again, until the next reboot. Ah well, I still own Casino Royale and Skyfall. That’ll tide me over.
LRB: Julian Barnes reviews ‘Ever Yours’ by Vincent van Gogh.
One of ours: Very upset to hear Hal Rager (‘Blivet’) has had a mini-stroke.
It’s probably easiest for most of you to leave messages on his Facebook profile. Medicine’s come a long way with stroke recovery. Here’s hoping you’re back to full posting capabilities soonest, Hal! Note that Audrey says he’s resting, waiting for tests right now. My uncle went through this a couple of times. The month or so post-event can be frightening, waiting for the debilities to diminish, but he recovered well. It was only the second small stroke that took some of his facial expression on one side. My uncle was a smart man - a beard masked the issue, and noone was ever the wiser.
Register.UK: Disaster-gawping cam drones to be blasted out of the sky in California.
“Possibilities include jamming drone control frequencies, shooting them down, or just letting firefighting aircraft drop water on a site like Cajon without fear of getting sued. With the popularity of drones increasing steadily and forest fire season coming to California, the politicians feel that legislation is needed.” I can’t blame them. One tap in a tail rotor, and down goes a helicopter. Difficult enough with airplanes and ‘copters in the same area [an aircraft pilot can’t tell, while in the air, what direction a helicopter is travelling in. Helicopters can move in multiple directions, not necessarily in the direction of the nose of the craft. This has caused so many crashes.] Drones? Even worse. Drones don’t belong, unless controlled by the emergency services themselves. Even then, it’ll be dicey with all the air choreography required.
If I were in a firefighting area and lives were at stake, you’d better believe I’d draw a bead with a shotgun and knock down the drone.
ArtDaily: Ireland shrugs off French riddle over Nobel laureate W.B. Yeats remains.
““It kind of makes the whole thing very spicy and international and mysterious. [snip] I used to have an enormous amount of fun with tours because I’d sneak up behind the visitors at the grave and say: ‘You know he’s not really in there.’” HAHAHAHAHA ... Keeping a sense of humor about such things always helps. No need to get all melodramatic. Well, maybe a little.
I cast my heart into my rhymes,
That you, in the dim coming times,
May know how my heart went with them
After the red-rose-bordered hem.
PDN: Taylor Swift Changes Photo Contract in Face of Outrage.
Photo Attorney: Must Watch - “Everything You Know About Copyright Is About To Change”.
Guernica: Stars in My Pocket Like Bits of Data.
“... the average American encounters a total of 34 gigabytes of information daily.” No wonder I just tried to shelve the milk in my vitamin cabinet ...
Vox: Hackers can now crash cars from hundreds of miles away.
A new risk vector. Update your Jeeps!
Guardian.UK: Teen’s video of handgun-toting drone prompts federal investigation.
Sort of expected, yet there’s a worrisome twist at the bottom of the article: “Haghwout made news last year when police charged a woman with assault after she confronted him about flying a drone at a state beach.” I hope the kid’s not bitter.
Authority Nutrition: 7 Nutrients That You Can’t Get From Plant Foods.
Mashable: Google will shut down Google+ Photos next month.
FYI. If you have anything unique stored there, copy off your stuff sooner than later.
LRB: Andrew O’Hagan · Short Cuts.
“Atticus doesn’t just stand up for a black man in the novel: he comes to see how the white supremacist mentality operates against a man on the basis of the man’s colour. And such a lawyer, after such an experience, would not be able to say the crude things we must now imagine him saying twenty years later.” My italics. Good point: though identically named, these are not the same protagonists. One could not morph into the other. So the works must be judged separately, and Watchman must ever live in the shadow of Mockingbird, the dark and twisted relation.
Open Culture: The Master [Ansel Adams] Explains The Art of “Visualization”.
Guardian.UK: LA Angels use police helicopter to dry sodden home field.
I hope they paid for the avgas and wear-and-tear.
Clocky, the alarm clock that runs away.
Ingenious, until I realize how much noise pursuit would make ... if you set it, your partner’s gonna regret it.
NBC/South CA: Drivers Who Fled 15 Freeway Fire Frustrated by Tow Fees.
ArtDaily: Nepal quake forces ‘living goddess’ Bajracharya to break decades of seclusion.
“Perhaps the gods are angry because people don’t respect traditions as much anymore.” I wonder how she feels about smartphones.
Barry’s Blog: The Gig Economy and the Arts.
“Recently there was news about a robot performing an opera, so the issue of machines replacing artists may not be as fantasy like and far-fetched as we might imagine, and though I think it easy to make a convincing argument that we are a long way from even sophisticated AI machines being able to replicate the ‘soul’ of human creativity, nonetheless the door is open.” Could a robotic drone be programmed to shoot beautiful landscapes? I’m betting so ... probably in the next five years.
Paywalls are blocking me from good content, again.
A couple of articles I was going to link this morning remain unseen because of paywalls. Sorry, publishers. You do this, I can’t publicize your good work. I don’t link unless I can read beyond an excerpt. I also cannot afford to pay for every paywall that may pop up in my RSS aggregator. A renaissance of micropayments? The media’s distribution model needs a rethink.
Italian Ways: The Ferrari 625 Trc Spider: winning beauty.
Just about the perfect sports car.