365/2: 240. Bark beetle damage in one of my dead junipers.
Stunning, the amount of hidden damage in this one section of wood.
I also invested in a new hat, to replace my skanky straw. Picked up one o’ these. Worked a treat out in the sun while sawing up dead wood. I was surprised that the crease suits my face ... I never really liked that style in catalogs. Sandra approves, so it’s a keeper.
Newsweek: Shipwreck of S.S. Central America Yields More Gold.
Yeow. I suppose every teen of my generation dreamed of someday diving for treasure. Captures the imagination, both the history and the haul.
365/2: 239. Belt buckle from ‘78, Big Bend Nat’l Park days.
All the talk yesterday of belts and buckles made me dig this out. From ‘78, when I worked at Big Bend Nat’l Park. Friend and I found the stone, and he tumbled the rock and built the buckle for me. I’ve got another one ... can’t find it at the moment. It’s hooked to a belt, so it can’t have walked far ...
Later: Note, that was shot under a Cree 60W equivalent LED light. The color balance does not conform to either tungsten or flourescent. I’m going to have to make a custom profile to deal with ... each brand of LED light ... ? I’d best pull out the color chart again and get to work.
The Burning of Zozobra at approximately 9PM MST tonight.
Collectors Weekly: Paper Dresses and Psychedelic Catsuits - When Airline Fashion Was Flying High.
I was just a little kid in the ‘60’s, and I still recall eye-popping outfits.
Schiller Bikes: The X1. Biking on water. Love it.
Life/work’s getting in the way of postings.
After 3MST, kids. Until then, tootle along elsewhere.
MIT Technology Review: Evidence Grows That Online Social Networks Have Insidious Negative Effects.
The Federalist: Feminism or Sexism?
See, this is how the restrictive modern radio/music format and the narrowminded moneymaking music outfits limit young folk to blind consumption. The media’s textual orgasms over these performances are creepy and revisionist.
Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” dominated the charts in late ‘72, became the Equal Rights Amendment anthem [The amendment passed both houses of Congress that year, and moved to the State legislatures for approval], and won the Grammy. Her speech, where she thanked God ... “SHE made it possible” ... resonated in culture for years afterwards. Heard it on the radio lately? Nope. Unknown now, among young people. Arguably bigger than Beyonce at the time and with huge impact on the cultural and political landscape.
Beyonce adopts “Feminist” as a marketing tactic, not as an actual philosophy. Pole dancers in the background? This is the old patriarchal “even if they haven’t got power, women run the world through controlling men’s sexual desire” routine, repackaged as something admirable. There were elderly Congressmen spouting this on Capitol Hill, once upon a time, with a whole lot less subtlety. Women of the time threw it back with beautiful invective, followed by “male chauvinist pig!” And a bit of creative oinking.
You’re being played, fans. Post-ERA, pre-AIDS, with birth control pills freely available ... sexual liberation was well-practiced throughout the ‘70’s. Better than today in some ways. This is not something Beyonce has suddenly gifted the world with.
And the whole Sofia Vergara thing is just not funny.
Stars of the past lived feminism, maintained a largely consistent message throughout those tumultuous years - years when it was threatening to a career to do so. Today, it’s all artless performance to a crowd of young people who will seemingly accept anything with special effects accompaniment.
[As an aside, whenever I think of that song, that era, I can’t help but hear Bella Abzug in my head. Walk the walk instead of just talking the talk, Queen Bey, and I’ll listen.]
365/2: 238. Sliver of Moon, Cerrillos Hills, busted windmill.
Coyotes howling. Play some of this, you’ve got the idea.
A&E cancelled “Longmire”. Boy, am I p-ssed.
Deleted the A&E app from each of my devices. They’re going to shop it around ... it certainly seems like the former “Arts and Entertainment” channel is more focused on grungy ‘reality’ shows than anything of worth anymore. If noone picks it up, I say KICKSTARTER.
The camera work, the editing were both stellar this year. Some edgy, very edgy ... they made some daring choices. Always worth it, IMHO. Gotta push the envelope.
CultWestern: Western Wear Without The Douche - Essential Western Belts.
I like basketweaves as dailies. Nice reference to Big Bend Saddlery ... spent a lot of time in Alpine in ‘78. Great place for real Western gear. Bought my first mulehides and bullhides at Cowtown there ... before “Urban Cowboy” pushed the prices of boots sky-high. My mules were $25, the bulls $35. Still own the bulls, resoled thrice.
BoingBoing: Customer fined $250 for complaining, told “You are playing games with the wrong people”.
Read this one. Wow.
SciAm: Personal Drones - Are They a Public Hazard?
Fluff again. Please show a video of a drone, sans bladeguards yet using higher performance carbon-fiber blades, impacting something the approximate density of human flesh. They’re like high speed paring knives. Even shuriken.
Twibble.io - A Better RSS feed to Twitter Service.
Hmmm. IFTTT has been rock-solid for me (every fifteen minutes, whatever is new on the blog gets sent to Twitter). This still may be worth a look, for scheduling abilities alone. If anyone decides to use it, a quick overview in the comments would be appreciated.
PHP 5.6.0 released.
Design You Trust: Moose Comes to Work in Dresden, Germany.
Bullwinkle wanted to know more about Germany’s ‘glass ceiling’, but found glass walls are more problematic ...
Past Horizons: Roman wooden toilet seat found at Vindolanda.
“Now we need to find the toilet that went with it as Roman loos are fascinating places to excavate – their drains often contain astonishing artefacts. Let’s face it, if you drop something down a Roman latrine you are unlikely to attempt to fish it out unless you are pretty brave or foolhardy.” I have to ask, who’s the poor sod who has to fish it out of the very-well-ripened bog? I mean, look at that photo. Eeee-yuck. I’d wear noseplugs.
Archaeology News Network: Monarch butterflies plummet 90 percent, need protection.
I’ve not seen one in at least five years. We used to have a couple dozen sail through and drink at puddles.
BikeEXIF: The $185,000 Midual Type 1.
Tight as a knuckle sandwich.
Macworld: Leafnote review - Focus on writing, not on how to use the app.
Smells like Scrivener ‘lite.’
DSLR Video Shooter: Sony A7s Review.
Of note. Significant pluses ... and significant minuses.
Guardian.UK: Santa Fe votes to decriminalise marijuana possession.
“The measure makes possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a civil infraction punishable by a fine of no more than $25. It had been a criminal misdemeanor.” This is getting heavy rotation in town.
Coolist: NASA Space Launch System Is The Biggest Rocket Ever.
“Is the?” Will be. If/when built.
Retronaut: Posters from the Spanish Civil War.
Get yer Robert Jordan on.