WaPo: Hillary Clinton is not very good at running for president. It probably won’t matter.
“Clinton’s top advisers are actually spending time trying to come up with a Trumpian nickname to hang on Trump ...” This is what boggles me about Dems. You don’t win a war by aping the tactics of your opponents. Sun Tzu had it right: “... that general is skilful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.”
Wikipedia: Project Gnome. [More nuclear hijinks in NM]
A friend was lamenting the frequency of cancer in SW NM. Correlation isn’t causation (how many times I say that), but I was educated about a (new to me) nuclear test near Carlsbad. Ironic that it was underground and drilled horizontally - this is prime, prime fracking territory.
Vox: I was really bad at sports in high school. This new study helps me understand why.
“Overall, she says the finding is a strike against the popular ‘10,000 hour rule,’ which implies anyone can become master at an activity if they were to just devote the time to it. The research in sports, and in other activities such as music, games, and education, just doesn’t back that hypothesis up.”
Vimeo: Bullshit!, with philosopher Harry Frankfurt.
Mostly agree. I think we cannot do without a certain amount of bullshit in our lives; what of the enormously entertaining ‘tall tale’, for instance? How dull life would be, without having someone pull our leg from time to time.
Guardian.UK: Trump camp downplays infighting and criticism of New Mexico governor.
“There was no attack on a Latino or woman governor.” Keep fooling yourselves, guys.
Gizmodo: How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet.
“There are other signals as well. On Stellar.io, a favorites aggregator that tracks what people are linking on Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo and Flickr, the latter’s links fail to show up even daily in my stream.” *ahem* Stellar.io is dead in the water, dear author. Flickr’s not quite that bad yet. What infuriated me most, besides the Yahoo login, was the updating of the interface, making terrible design choices as they recrafted the experience. It still only rates ‘sorta usable’, IMHO. I surely do miss all the old activity. But as with Twitter over weblogging, Instagram offers a single crappy photo and a bit of text (sometimes). Less investment, less time. Just push, no pull. And Instagram’s far from perfect. It’s not a place to store your images - not at all. None of the current photo services get it right. None. That’s something I’d love to have input in, at the design/concept level ...
Shameful that Americans must resort to GoFundMe and other sources ...
... to help pay catastrophic medical bills. Does noone else look at this and think, “For SHAME, America”?
naked cap: “Networks are Colluding” to Declare Clinton the Winner Before California Polls Close.
Perhaps. Let’s see what actually transpires.
NY TImes: Hillary Clinton Struggles to Find Footing in Unusual Race.
“Yet Mrs. Clinton’s remarks received little in-depth coverage in the news media, while cable channels went live with Mr. Trump’s rat-a-tat recitation of ‘Crooked Hillary,’ his favored nickname for her.” The media has vested interest in click-traffic. And, as in ‘08, the more Hillary gets out there, the less people like her. IMHO, she needs a really charismatic VP pick to help her out.
BBC: WW2 aircraft pulled from Hudson River after crash.
I’m sure the deceased pilot (RIP) is very glad his steed will live on. P-47’s were amazing airplanes. They could take tons more damage than P-51’s and keep on flying. Some of the best bomber escorts ever.
CNN: Dole says GOPers should fall in line behind Trump, pushes Gingrich for VP.
“That’s how we bring the party together. We want to bring the party together to try and reach out to those that you have offended.” Whitewash. Shame on you. The only moral and ethical response is to oppose.
OneHeadlightInk: New Mexico Film Trailer - Fender Bender.
“The premise is pretty genius. What if you accidentally got in a minor fender bender with a complete stranger? The common thing to do would be to share your personal information with them so the insurance company can take care of the damages. But what if that person happens to be a sadistic serial killer that now has your home address?” Oh man ... nightmare.
NPR: ‘Sweetbitter’ Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love.
I keep seeing reviews of this book again and again. Either it’s a great book, or someone’s really going out of their way to push this. I mean, it’s coming up in at least a half-dozen feeds in my agg over the last week. When you scan the reviews, the point that stands out: “There’s sex in it.” OK.
Host is going to transfer this account to a new server (new hardware). Tonight. Pray.
We’ll see if I survive. Why Memorial Day weekend, I don’t know. The logic escapes me.
USA Today: Harvard researchers unveil new Alzheimer’s theory.
Very interesting. They already know gum disease contributes to plaque around the heart (different plaque, but still).
The Atlantic: The Astonishing Age of a Neanderthal Cave Construction Site.
“She knew that Rouzaud’s date of 47,600 years was impressive but suspect. Carbon-dating is only accurate for samples younger than 50,000 years, so the Bruniquel material was hitting the technique’s limits. [snip] Their date? 176,500 years ago, give or take a few millennia.” My italic emphasis. Beautiful and strange. A real stunner for the world of science.
naked cap: Clinton Chasing Votes With Fracking U-Turn.
“During her term as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton made no attempt to hide her international energy ambitions, which could be easily summed up as more locally produced gas for everyone, and more profits for the American companies that would pump that gas. Pretty much the usual run-of-the-mill approach to nurturing large corporate taxpayers and campaign supporters. Now, it seems, Clinton is ready to antagonize these same corporate campaign supporters in order to win more liberal votes.” OK, now I’m no fan of Clinton’s flip-flops on this, or her pushing of fracking tech across the globe. But I understand why she did it. Reducing the power of OPEC and other traditional oil-producing nations could be considered a proper strategy. But for America, today, now ... we need a solar/wind emphasis like never before. I just wish Clinton could make clear demarcations in her platforms, clearly explaining her evolution in thinking, without the Dukakis-like waffling.
Atlas Obscura: Exploring the Secrets of Soothing Spaceship Sound.
Best part is the link to the 24-hour loop of Enterprise ambient sound. Better yet, mix two - Enterprise and ISS (click play on both videos in this article).
FishbowlNY: WSJ Editor Reminds Staff to be ‘Fair’ to Trump.
“... Baker’s remarks did not go over well with staffers. Some of them considered the speech ‘an insult or admonition.’” Being truthful is being fair, is it not?
BarnFinds: Another One, Slightly Nicer! 1975 Cosworth Vega.
Now, you may wonder why a Cosworth is worth saving. It has a real engine. Your standard Vega had one of the early aluminum engines ... with steel sleeves inside the pistons. They failed spectacularly and frequently. Your only option, often, was a complete engine replacement. Vegas had the worst of reputations, along with their competition, the rear-gas-tank-exploding Pintos. While the Vegas ran, they were cool. Busted, off to the junker, your wallet in tow.
Hyperallergic: Why Museums Are Granting Google Free Access to Their Collections.
Of note. I wonder if this won’t actually depress museum visitation; Americans already consider ‘authentic fakes’ acceptable. Digital reproductions are the next best thing ... they won’t have to lift a finger to actually experience art. I suppose I’m a Luddite (once again). There’s a numinous feeling in the great museums.