Closer to Van Eyck.
Like art? Like, really detailed Old Master art? Without visiting a museum? Here. I think I sneezed some altar-dust.
SciAm: Here’s why 76 beavers were forced to skydive into the Idaho wilderness in 1948
Now, here’s a quirky link I just couldn’t resist. Skydiving beavers. Who’d a thunk?
NY Mag: Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say.
Playing Devil’s Advocate seems to fly over more and more peoples’ heads these days. And that’s almost the whole fun of conversation/civil argument.
SciAm: Penn. Gov. Bans New Oil and Natural Gas Leases on State Land.
Easier now, with lower gas prices ...
Amazon WorkMail – Managed Email and Calendaring in the AWS Cloud.
UI looks clean. Integrates with Outlook - that’s going right up against Office 365. Hard to fight the penetration of MS Word, however.
EagerBlog: Build Static Websites.
“Static websites are the future.” Nothing wrong with static - for certain sites.
Archaeology News Network: Ancient skull from Galilee cave offers clues to the first modern Europeans
“The skull has a distinctive ‘bun’-shaped occipital region at the back. In this way its shape resembles modern African and European skulls, but differs from other anatomically modern humans from the Levant. This suggests that the Manot people could be closely related to the first modern humans that later colonized Europe.” Pretty big news, all in all. Surprised more haven’t picked up on it.
New Yorker: The Man to Know in Ancient Rome.
“That I am safe, neither, as yet, do I believe, nor do I rejoice.” I think you had to be there. Sure to get the serial comma folks all nervous and jerky.
ArtDaily: New takes on modern design, William Wegman’s art are highlights at Krannert Art Museum.
Oh, those long-suffering Weimaraners. Look at the eyes. Yet you have to laugh.
ItalianWays: The Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport - fluid harmony.
And another ‘set.
The Dish: A Note To My Readers. [Andrew Sullivan hangs up the blog.]
My gracious. Andrew, you’ve been a semi-weekly stop for me. Thank you for your participation. Best of luck in your next endeavours.
KRQE: Santa Fe diner named one of the best in the nation.
Time: Mitt Romney to Attack Hillary Clinton in Speech.
The GOP never does well without The Big Enemy™©.
Vox: Taylor Swift has trademarked the phrase “This Sick Beat”.
I should categorize these posts “Swift Businesswoman Watch”. As I’ve said before, she may have played the ingénue in the past, today is anything but. I applaud. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right?
29 years ago, I got a call on the telephone.
One of my freelancers was flying back from Florida, and got on one of the early in-flight phones and yelled “It just fucking BLEW UP.” She saw it from about 20,000 feet up - perhaps even before the ground crews, she saw the pieces flying off. After a bit of hysteria, I understood the Shuttle was in trouble. And even though we were a leading A/V firm, we didn’t have any TVs set up in the office. I raced down to the warehouse, grabbed a monitor with an RF hookup, and strung a huge piece of speaker wire outside the bathroom window so it dangled about 60’ down the building and used it as a makeshift antenna. From that point on, everyone in the office gathered in temporary groups as the drama unfolded.
Guardian.UK: Tutankhamun’s botched beard: conservation chief demoted to royal vehicles role.
“Last week, her duties included the conservation of one of the world’s most important collection of artefacts, including Tutankhamun’s fabled death mask and jewellery, as well as hundreds of ancient mummies, tombs and statues. From now on her role will be limited to overseeing the contents of Egypt’s royal stables.” A judgment worthy of Hatshepsut.
BBC: Drone maker DJI bans Washington flights after White House crash.
DJI’s smart. Make hay while the sun shines, folks.
SciAm: What Do Farmers Think about Climate Change?
Given the stats, that looks to me like roughly 68% would be open to attenuation and preparedness measures. That’s a pretty good ratio.
Archaeology News Network: Site of SS Great Britain ‘shipwreck’ located.
ConsumerismCommentary: How Your Positive Posse is Destroying You.
If you’ve read here long, you’ll know I disdain empty ‘support’ statements. I want to be better, not artificially fulfilled. Take off the kid gloves, rip it up. I like it better that way.
ProPublica: U.S. Acknowledges Conviction of David Hicks, Guantanamo Detainee, Should Not Stand.
An odd duck, this one. Read the entire thing.