Guardian.UK: Thanksgiving sales numbers down as US waits for new economic forecast.
As opposed to previous years, I couldn’t find a single thing to entice me to brave the crowds. Locally, there seemed to be loads of sales, all of cheap (read: underpowered/ugly/generally undesirable) junk. Perhaps to encourage the full-price upsell, if they could lure you in-store. Didn’t work (on me, anyway).
CNN: Amazing new video of shipwreck rescue
Three days after a tugboat sank with (supposedly) no survivors, body recovery divers find a crewman alive in the wreck, and rescue him. Feel-good for the day.
New Statesman: Was Michelangelo the first celebrity artist?
A fine bit of historical narrative with which to start the week.
The Dish: Did Healthcare.gov Meet Its Deadline?
Doesn’t look like a single person is asking what I’m asking: What did the ‘fix cost? What is the continuing work costing?
I suppose this information is either being obscured, or ‘saved up’ as the next great disaster-news-du-jour.
PS Mag: Why You’re So Busy All the Time - and What You Can Do About It.
“It would seem that work has overtaken leisure almost entirely.” Check email on a schedule, for one.
NPR: You Must Read This - Patrick O’Brian’s ‘Master And Commander’.
CNN: How to get rich quick - Buy a classic car?
More the flavor of, get richer quicker. You’ve got to have already-existing $$ to start in this bull market.
Hollywood Reporter: Roger Ebert’s Nonprofit to Match Donations Up to $25,000 for Statue.
Aeon: Does my identity live on online after I die?
“Our idealised conception of who we are carries risks of narcissistic self-delusion, but it can also act as an aspirational ideal. Our ‘next self’ is our better self, meaning that the person we see on Facebook might be the person we are trying to become.”
DataCent: Failing hard drive sounds.
ShortFormBlog: Welcome to the Millennial generation.
LA Times: ‘Fast and Furious’ star Paul Walker dies in car crash.
Given the amount of FB and Twitter laments over this actor’s demise, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m officially old. No idea he even existed. Bigger lesson here - when you ride in a performance car, know the driver *well*. As Sir Stirling Moss said (and I paraphrase), street driving and race driving are completely different. There’s no reason to try to exercise racing chops on the public streets - you can’t even approach the limits you need to, and you just endanger everyone else. Get your car to a track, and then push your limits.
NPR: Say ‘Rabbit, Rabbit’ For 31 Days Of Good Luck.
Yes, well … to me, the modern online renaissance of this phrase should be attributed to Heather Champ. I seem to recall she was the one who made it popular back in the early days of weblogs. Credit where credit is due.
My Way: In God we trust, maybe, but not each other
“What’s known as ‘social trust’ brings good things. A society where it’s easier to compromise or make a deal. Where people are willing to work with those who are different from them for the common good. Where trust appears to promote economic growth. Distrust, on the other hand, seems to encourage corruption.” When simple political disagreements are conflated with blind ravening hatred, bad things happen.
Typical Programmer: Linus Torvalds goes off on Linux and Git.
YouGov: Congress approval hits a low.
LitReactor: Snark is a Dead Scene: Why It’s Time For Writers to Try Something New.
“These days, just about anyone who’s “hip” and has a blog, or writes for a more reputable website devoted to dissecting one of the major disciplines of pop culture, relies a little too heavily on the crutch of snark. It’s as if we can’t have opinions anymore without being assholes.” Exactly what I’ve been saying! Fantastic.
And so closes another Black Friday.
YouTube: Lady Gaga & Joseph Gordon Levitt - Baby It’s Cold Outside.
Ugh. No chemistry. Like having youthful Ethel Merman and Joe E. Brown on downers. No doubt their fans will be thrilled.
Men’s Health: Soy’s Negative Effects.
“In today’s supermarkets [snip] you can’t hardly get anything without at least some soy in it.” I’ve been warning about soy for almost a decade now, to much opposition here. Don’t take my word for it - go to any reproductive clinic, and ask them.
Nature: Study linking GM maize to rat tumours is retracted.
Wow. Now virtually half of the internet’s New Age/health segment is due for collapse. The type of rat this study used, the Sprague-Dawley rat, has been known to have significant spontaneous tumor issues since 1973. Their use for any long-term study guarantees invalidity. Given the date, one can’t argue a pro-GM conspiracy.
New Scientist: Are Alzheimer’s and diabetes the same disease?
TodayIFoundOut: For Nearly Two Decades the Nuclear Launch Code Was 00000000.
Good grief. Elvis Costello comes to mind, “Everything is less than zero.”
lambriland: fabian oefner explodes views of classic cars.
A whole lotta Photoshop work. Poster-worthy.