Conleys: Retro Smartphone Holder.
SciAm: Salt Spray May Prove Most Feasible Geoengineering.
Well, it’s an idea. Less onerous than some.
The Atlantic: Against ‘Long-Form Journalism’.
Guardian.UK: Conservative rift laid bare as Boehner rips into Tea Party over budget strategy.
“They pushed us into this fight to defund Obamacare and to shut down the government. [snip] Most of you know that wasn’t exactly the strategy I had in mind. But if you recall, the day before the government reopened one of these groups stood up and said ‘Well, we never really thought it would work’. Are you kidding me?!” Easy to push someone else into doing your dirty work for you.
BBC: Dinosaur mummy’s fleshy head crest.
Neat, but I have to laugh at the photo. How many birds have suddenly-colorful crests on a brown body? The crests are usually integrated with the remainder of the coloring.
Wait a minute … oops. A quick Google tells me to stop my North-American-bird-based theorizing …
I’ll leave my mistake here, rather than erase it and edit the whole thing. Educating the young bloggers.
The Economist: The politics of low pay - Raising the floor.
“Had the federal minimum wage kept up with productivity gains since 1968 it would have reached $21.72 last year …” Hard to believe the $2.75/hour I received in ‘78 would buy more than the $9.60 today. Then I look at the price of a simple cup of coffee, and realize I’ve been hoodwinked.
Official Gmail Blog: Images Now Showing.
Metafilter: A giant leap for mankind … It’s more like a stumble in the dark.
Perfect for your Xmas holiday … all you need to know about the old series, Space: 1999.
Guardian.UK: News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier.
Luminous Landscape: Sony Alpha 7r meet Leica M lenses …
Not all is perfect, yet the sharpness on even the thumbnails is like to slice an eyelid by mistake.
Guardian.UK: Saltwater crocodile named world’s most aggressive.
“A two-metre croc won’t eat a human, but once you get an animal that is four metres long, humans are certainly on the menu.” Forego the bacon-scented deodorants.
Slate: Suing Lance Armstrong.
“… DOJ and Landis have invoked a little-known law, the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act, which stops the clock on the statute of limitations for fraud committed against the government during war. The idea is that because the United States has been at war in Afghanistan since 2001, the clock on Armstrong’s fraud never began ticking.” Yet we have many, many old laws that get pushed ‘beyond original meaning’. Recall the Mining Act of 1872.
SF New Mexican: Acequia Madre overflows, causing icy streets.
Whoopsie. Ice backed up against one of the gates, and is now flowing and freezing over the streets.
ArtDaily: 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider stars at RM’s 15th Annual Arizona Sale.
You know, it feels like you ‘must’ admire a California Spider because of the price it commands. And they’re very pretty, certainly. But there are many other cars I’d rather have. It’s staid. The rear end is particularly uninspired. YMMV.
ArtDaily: Masks sold in Paris to be returned to tribes by The Annenberg Foundation.
“… these are not trophies to have on one’s mantel, they are truly sacred works for the Native Americans. They do not belong in auction houses or private collections. It gives me immense satisfaction to know that they will be returned home to their rightful owners …” Clued into this by frequent commenter Emmett.
Instagram Blog: Instagram Direct.
Never really noticed that you couldn’t email from within the Instagram app. I’m not intending to rain the parade, but wouldn’t it have been simpler to add ‘email’ to the Share button, and work on more … um … compelling upgrades?
Later: Yeah, I have to say, that crossed my mind. Cynical marketing adaptation to existing uses.
Denver Post: Blakes sell Taos ski area to billionaire conservationist Louis Bacon.
Big news in New Mexico. The Ski Valley will live on.
Mashable: Warner Bros. Brings a Classic Movie Collection to the iPad.
What? No James Dean?
Inc.: The Coolest Cubicles in the World.
Guardian.UK: Bronze gun found on beach near Darwin is 250 years old, tests show.
Bit of a mystery, that could rewrite Australian history tomes.
BBC: Life on a British Cold War submarine.
Sounds like hell. No wonder submariners on shore leave acquired ‘hellraiser’ reps.
Modern Farmer: Venomous Spiders Are Hiding in Our Grapes.
Erm, perhaps I simply go for wine and raisins instead …
OpenCulture: Where Do Great Ideas Come From? Neil Gaiman Explains.
“All fiction [snip] is a process of imagining.” Good tips, worthy of recording and saving someplace for future reference.
Guardian.UK: FDA to crack down on antibiotics in animals reared for meat.
A little behind the eight ball, what?
MeFi: Yule Logs.
A definitive Yule Log post.