If you didn’t know, this is the site to watch as we approach solar maximum.
Standout oil paintings of vintage objects. We had a fan like that when I was a kid. I was under the strictest of orders - “You do NOT PUT YOUR FINGERS NEAR THIS FAN.”
BlessThisStuff: 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spyder.
Well, if I can’t have a Porsche 550, I suppose this’ll do.
Youtube: A grizzly Ate My GoPro!!!
Colgate and Listerine, dude. Get on it.
Motorcyclist: 2014 Honda Grom | First Look.
Aw, damn. Nothing’s quite as fun as a small bike you can throw around. If it were only 250cc’s. A 125 won’t pull my 185lbs up hills.
Guardian.UK: Marines shield Obama from the Washington rain – but not from criticism.
Just out of curiousity, I’m going to have to see how long I could hold up an umbrella in that position. Looks like a deltoid/bicep burner. Props to the Marines. Ignore the catcalls.
WaPo: The scandals are falling apart.
But the evidenceless allegations against the President will resound in the echoing brains of conservative-ideology audiences. “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”
TG’s Political Wire: Republican Claims on Benghazi Prove False.
So, who was the Republican who altered the quotes? An investigation should take place, shouldn’t it, since this is the season of freewheeling substanceless investigations?
CJR: Peggy Noonan loses it on the IRS story.
ArtDaily: Death mask of Napoleon to be auctioned.
“I came to the conclusion that the best thing to do was to offer it for sale in the hope that, as a result, it was something more people would then be able to see and enjoy.” Nothing cheers one up more than a nice deathmask.
WritersDigest: If You’re Feeling Down and Out About a Rejection Letter …
“But my point is an artist will not quit. He doesn’t have a choice. An artist is not going to do other things. It isn’t a matter of being brave.” Goes for artists in any medium/media.
The Economist: Microcredit—Put to the test.
Pacific Standard: Thoughts of Faith and God Decrease Tolerance for Ambiguity.
HuffPo: Pat Robertson Tells Wife Of Cheating Husband To Be Grateful For Marriage.
“Responding to a question from a viewer, Robertson said that married men ‘have a tendency to wander’ and it is the spurned wife’s job to focus on the positive and make sure the home is so enticing, he doesn’t want to stray.” And HuffPo expected … exactly what? This from a man surrounded by ladies with beehive hairdos.
Economist: Barack Obama and the presidency — W’s apprentice.
“Increasingly, however, the exigencies of office seem to be trumping the legal qualms of the campaign trail—something Mr Obama’s supporters will regret when a future Republican president perfects the dodges he is pioneering.”
SciAm: 400 PPM— Can Artificial Trees Help Pull CO2 from the Air?
Guardian.UK: Dan Brown still can’t write, but he deserves some respect.
Slate: Margaret Atwood discusses science fiction in a Slate podcast.
I admire her comments about positivity and its effects, around nine minutes in.
National Review: Theater Night — Vigilantes 1, Vulgarians 0.
“So I minded my own business by utilizing my famously feline agility to deftly snatch the phone out of her hand and toss it across the room, where it would do no more damage. She slapped me and stormed away to seek managerial succor.”
ArtDaily: Paris police boost efforts to protect tourists.
“It will also begin distributing leaflets in heavily touristed areas, in English and French, warning against a trend that involves young criminals asking visitors to make donations to false charities or to sign false petitions, distracting them from pickpockets.” Heavy theft in the City of Light.
MSNBC: Charges dropped against Florida teen over amateur science experiment.
“The Florida teenager who was arrested two weeks ago for causing a small explosion on the campus of her high school will not be charged with a crime. Kiera Wilmot, 16, was arrested by police in Bartow, Florida, after conducting an unauthorized science experiment which lightly damaged an eight ounce plastic water bottle.” My emphasis.
this isn’t happiness: The Origins of 9 Great British Insults.
FT: US deficit falls faster than expected.
“The better picture has also shifted the deadline by which the US needs to raise its borrowing limit to avoid a default on its debt from August until October or even November, the CBO said.” Oh joy, more time for Benghazi and the IRS.
Selectism: John Lennon’s first car to be sold at auction.
A ‘65 Ferrari 350GT 2+2 Coupe. Imagine.
LRB: Climate Change Book Reviews, by Thomas Jones.
“Perhaps the best we can hope for is that somehow – using some of the technologies and policies I’ve discussed here, and some of the many I’ve overlooked – we’ll muddle through. But only if we slow climate change to a rate that we, like other organisms that evolved when the world was mild, can adapt to. If we don’t, we may indeed be doomed. And Pyrococcus furiosus, which needs us a lot less than we may need it, will inherit the earth.”