AppleInsider: Path sells off core social apps, kills off Talk Places messaging feature.
Time to erase another social service! I’m fully enjoying streamlining my life ...
Backpacker: 9 Things You Need To Know About National Park Photo Rules.
OpenCulture: Frida Kahlo’s Colorful Clothes Revealed for the First Time.
Oh my. Certainly the period B/W photographs don’t do these enough justice. Take a peek at modern color photos.
Globe and Mail.CA: Despite an explosion of e-publishing, Writers’ Union survey finds incomes h
That title. “Despite”? E-publishing by nature drops writer incomes.
Vanity Fair: Life and Death at Cirque du Soleil.
“What if Guillot-Guyard had been more experienced in her role? What if she had not ascended so quickly, or had been in a fetal tuck? What if the rigger on the grid hadn’t had trouble hooking into his S.R.L.? What if the wire had not jumped the pulley wheel? What if the wire had been stronger?” Many different weaknesses, all in synchrony. I have to say, seeing “O” at the Bellagio in Vegas, was a religious experience.
Friday morning powwow.
Links soon. Thanks for your patience.
SF New Mexican: Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico seeks premium hike.
TV Line: ‘Longmire’ Season 4 on Netflix — Ally Walker Cast in Mystery Role.
No mystery. Lena Moretti, the mother of ‘Vic the Terror.’ It’s the only answer. IMHO.
Mashable: The exact moment the 1-year crew arrived at the International Space Station.
The Instagram vid is sped up, making it look quite ... nerve-wracking ... when it’s not. The guidance computers seem to be rock-solid. Totally cool.
MIT News: Removing reflections from photos taken through windows.
Coupla weeks old, but still of interest.
Well, my Klout experiment is over. I’ve opted-out and destroyed my account, which should be gone in 48 hours. They’ve continued to drop my score in spite of clearly excellent results in all social channels (including links from Klout prominente). Whatever they’re measuring, it’s no longer congruent with my goals, values and interests. Experimenting with the service has been an utter waste of time. To be honest, I’m getting better actionable info from analytics.twitter.com these days.
Later: And, LinkedIn is getting up my nose, too. I’ve had just about every Asian and Eastern European web dev company send me connection requests. A few every day. And what has LI done for me? Zero. “Because everyone else is using it” isn’t good enough anymore. IMHO.
SciAm: Federal Dollars Are Financing the Water Crisis in the West.
“The colossal Navajo Generating Station, which burns 22,000 tons of coal a day in large part to push water hundreds of miles across Arizona, is among the nation’s biggest greenhouse gas polluters, contributing to the very climate change that is exacerbating the drought.” You start talking water in the West, you’d better be packing heat. Just sayin’. It’s way beyond a ‘hot button’ issue.
The New Yorker: The Cinema Isn’t a Place; It’s An Idea.
“... distributors have been using the Times policy to generate free advertising for themselves. That’s why the policy change is good news: distributors can no longer, in effect, buy themselves coverage.”
Co.Design: The Kindle Finally Gets Typography That Doesn’t Suck.
Nice step. Now, how about cleaning up the skanky formatting on some books that break sentences?
Archaeology News Network: Lethal wounds on skull may indicate 430,000 year-old murder.
“Evidence for interpersonal violence in the human fossil record is relatively scarce, and this would appear to represent the coldest cold case on record.” They should call Columbo — that series was filmed back in the Pleistocene, or so a young friend of mine recently intimated ...
Archaeology News Network: HMS Erebus dive ‘just scratching the surface’ of Franklin expedition myste
I may be the minority, but I’d rather see the objects on the wreck in situ, rather than everything you’re bringing to the surface.
DP Review: f-stop gear introduces four additions to its Mountain Series of tough terrain bags.
Ooooh. I wonder if a rental house will pick some up.
FishbowlNY: Anthony Bourdain Follows Website Investment with Content Curation.
Roads & Kingdoms seems another Medium knockoff, with shades of Exposure.co, pointed at a specific niche. I have to say it, I see many of these around.
Telegraph.UK: Rex Harrison ‘treated colleagues like dirt and phoned his lovers too loudly’.
The Atlantic: Selling the Desert’s Water-Conservation Lessons to the Rest of the World.
PDN: “SuicideGirls” Deliver Clever Response to Richard Prince’s Instagram Grab.
FishbowlNY: The Economist Gets a Proper Canadian Rebuke.
“Vienna, Vancouver and Geneva always seemed to do well. Pleasant cities, yes, but mind-numbingly boring. What right-minded person would rank Vienna a better city than Rio, or Vancouver preferable to Paris?” Ooooh, them’s fightin’ words. I know a couple o’ folks who’ll take umbrage ...
NY Times: Anxious Students Strain College Mental Health Centers.
God help them if they get addicted to benzos ... probably all too easy, in a college environment.
TG’s Political Wire: Are Democrats Now More Extreme Than Republicans?
No. As I’ve said before, the Center has moved significantly Rightwards since 1980. Left only looks more extreme in comparison, to those who were not alive prior to 1980.
I have to face it, I’m gettin’ old ...
Later: Yep, Dems more extreme ... not.
Day later: Needed readjustment.
AppleInsider: Latest OS X beta ditches buggy discoveryd, replaced with mDNSResponder.
Keeping a weather-eye on this. They get this fixed, I’ll schedule my OS X upgrade.