Phys.Org: Researcher argues that there’s more to the genus Homo than we may think.
Interesting theory. Bound to shake some folks up.
Haven’t posted a pic in ages.
For some reason, Flickr’s less interesting with their last redesign. [Photo services are less compelling than ever, I’m finding. I need to build some photo-stories over on Exposure.co; change it up.] Tonight’s sunset was best looking to the East, rather than the West.
The New Yorker this time. Sorry not to be able to read, sorrier not to be able to give you extra ad revenue by a link.
NY Times: Bernie Sanders Warns Democrats They May Not Win in 2016 Without Him.
To be completely accurate, he’s not being so egotistical as that title sounds: “The people of our country understand that given the collapse of the American middle class, and given the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality we are experiencing, we do not need more establishment politics or establishment economics.”
Meanwhile, over in the Clinton camp, their territory is shrinking.
Mashable: RIP, the Goodyear Blimp.
Always made me smile when it passed over Princeton during football seasons. Funny, I’ve never seen a blimp here out West. Ever. Balloons, sure. No blimps. Hmmm.
PDN Photo of the Day: Women in Their Prime.
B&W emphasizes the wrinkles, but with grace.
ABC7: IndyCar drivers pay tribute to Justin Wilson with drive across Golden Gate Bridge.
Minor discussion of closed cockpits.
Yosemite/mouse problem licked.
Turns out, not Yosemite at all. When I’d previously had some cutouts, I’d noticed it happened after abrupt mouse movements. Seems the battery door doesn’t push the batteries into full contact. I taped a piece of index card inside the door, and that fixed things. I’ve been having them so frequently lately, I thought - what the hell. Go for the easy solution. I slapped a full-length piece of duct tape over the taped index card (twice as thick as previously), and closed the battery door. No more ‘connection lost’ inconveniences.
And my apologies for picking on you, Yosemite.
The Atlantic: U.S. Housing: An Economic Bright Spot After a Wobbly Week.
“Unlike with the stock market, economists agree that the housing market can probably withstand an interest rate hike ...” You wonder if policy-makers or journalists ever look beyond the statistics and check actual conditions on the ground. Real estate is but thinly recovering here. A hike would immolate that progress.
Will Reichard: Pocket’s ‘recommendations’, coming to a cramped screen near you.
So the bloat starts. The ‘Microsoft Word’ path of ... hyperaccessorizing? Would that be a correct term? I use Pocket solely as an easy transfer between mobile and desktop for blog purposes. A button tap or two, versus sending myself an email. Fewer steps than sending to Evernote, and then erasing (if it’s in the blog, I don’t need it in Evernote). I hope ‘Recommendations’ aren’t going to get up my nose ...
Petapixel: When Photography Becomes a Weapon.
“... in the 21st century, photographs of an atrocity don’t wait to give rise to opposing responses. They are created and distributed with an intent to harm and polarize. The weaponization of photography is a partial reflection of a modern culture that is willing to consume and interpret imagery without analysis or concern for who might be victimized by the image.”
Can we (should we) talk about Trump’s signage?
The typography is *horrible*. Is he using Elance or something? “Here’s a blue rectangle. Slam this type in there.”
ArtDaily: Archaeologists unearth ancient Greek palace with important inscriptions near Sparta.
No sign of Gerard Butler’s CGI abs, though. [Teasing.]
SF New Mexican: New Mexico insurer is pulling out of state health exchange.
The house of cards will come falling down. Folks I talk to, cannot find doctors to take some of the other exchange options. Not good.
Later: What happens if the ACA fails in a single state? Oh, people may be covered, but they may not find physicians to take that coverage. What happens then?
Jacobin: Why the Rich Love Burning Man.
“To these young tech workers — mostly white, mostly men — who flock to the festival, Burning Man reinforces and fosters the idea that they can remake the world without anyone else’s input. It’s a rabid libertarian fantasy. It fluffs their egos and tells them that they have the power and right to make society for all of us, to determine how things should be. This is the dark heart of Burning Man, the reason that high-powered capitalists — and especially capitalist libertarians — love Burning Man so much.” How far do we have to go, before we call the 1% what it is ... an hereditary aristocracy. I declare we are the New Third Estate.
NY Times: Usain Bolt Wins Easily but Is Run Down by a Segway.
Couldn’t have helped his back, though. I’d be cautious saying he’s uninjured. Besides, using a Segway that close? Crazy. I know folks want smooth pans, but really now.
NPR: FDA Says Cigarettes Can’t Be Marketed As ‘Natural’.
American Spirit is, of course, based here in Santa Fe. Time to call the graphic artists.
Slate: Sinead O’Connor called and bet me a meal that I’d change my mind about her music.
Refreshing to read about a critic getting rocked back on their heels.
Connect/DPReview: Instagram now allows landscape and portrait formats.
Purists may have a hissy fit, I suppose.
Angry Bear: Real Household Net Worth - Look Out Below?
Uh-oh. Recession coming? That’ll hurt not only us, but the Dem nominee. Obama better get serious with Ms. Yellen.
Atlantic: Modafinil Really Is a ‘Smart Drug,’ Study Says.
Where’ve you been? Prozac started the ‘work-doping’ trend. The perceived ‘mood brightener’ became a must-take for salespeople in the 90’s.
FEDDZ - electric motor scooter.
German e-bike design. I like where they put the primary storage - under the top tube. Much more stable. Size-limited, but still ... smart.
SpendingItAll: Ripsaw EV2 Luxury Tank.
99U: Escaping the Time-Scarcity Trap.
Busy Thursday. Links as I can.
Meetings this afternoon, prep work required. Catch as catch can.