liber.io: Liberio is shutting down.
They were a service for rendering Google Docs into ebooks. Shame. Build a plugin for Scrivener?
All of a sudden, a dearth of Trump headlines.
The media seems to have gotten ... bored? Dare I say it?
Register.UK: Google uses humans as Matrix-style ‘data batteries’ – Open Xchange CE
CR&S Motorcycles: Duu Galleria.
MS: Upgrade to IE11, or be left in the cold.
Die, IE, die. Why won’t it die?
ArtDaily: Rome’s Spanish Steps closed for Bulgari-funded makeover.
Speaking of which, ArtDaily as a source is getting pretty horrible. The ads. I need to find a new source for the same sort of articles. One can occasionally stand a stinking outhouse in a crisis, but on a daily basis ...
Aeon: How rivalry propels creative genius.
Again, true. Your bitterest enemy, your harshest critic, are your best creative fonts. My stutter challenged me throughout school, driving my writing and thinking further than they would ever go otherwise. So for the yearbook, I chose the quote: “Believe me, a thousand friends suffice thee not. In a single enemy, thou hast more than enough.” - Ali Ben Abi Taleb.
SciAm: Men Are Attracted to Nonconformist Women.
‘Tis true. I married one.
AppleInsider: DuckDuckGo takes shots at Google, says tracking isn’t needed to profit.
“Most of the money is still made without tracking people by showing you ads based on your keyword, i.e. type in car and get a car ad. These ads are lucrative because people have buying intent. All that tracking is for the rest of the Internet without this search intent, and that’s why you’re tracked across the Internet with those same ads.”
naked cap: Right-Wing Urban Outfitters Now Asking Employees to Work for Free.
Omigod. And I didn’t realize the right-wing nature of Urban Outfitters, who also owns Free People and Anthropologie.
naked cap: Clinton Outdoes Tsipras in Kolotoumbas with Her Reversals on TPP, Bank Regulations.
Ugh. Double-ugh. Perhaps this is where we will end up - political positions that have the shelf life of a tweet.
Atlantic: Will Anyone Come to the American Dream Super Mall?
“So the question now is a different one: Does a giant shopping mall represent anyone’s American dream anymore?” The Meadowlands have been the repository for junk, in the 20th century. Mining, brickmaking, warehousing, landfills full of NY’s detritus, junkyards. Appropriate that an abandoned mall will eventually reside there.
Little known fact - some of the 19th century ‘plank’ wooden roads are still there, abandoned.
PS Mag: A Push for Greater Transparency on Big Pharma Payouts.
“Nurse practitioners and physician assistants wrote 15 percent of all prescriptions nationwide in the first five months of this year, according to IMS Health, a health information company.” Oh, the perfect opportunity for Big Pharma. I can see why they love PA’s and NP’s.
Dang. Build your own Porsche 550 Spyder.
Fiberglass, but who cares? Molds taken from an original, supposedly. Looks close enough to me. Legendary. Just don’t do a Dean in it. I have a feeling you’ll end up worse off than with the original body ...
WDDepot: Medium 2.0 launches with great features, and dreadful branding.
What Happens to Your Movies If Amazon Goes Out of Business? - The Atlantic
“So what happens if the company that sold you that song goes out of business? Very quickly, things go from being complicated to becoming a ‘super complex’ problem ...” There are certain bits of music I’ve probably bought half a dozen different times. Records. Tapes. CDs. MP3s. There should be a way for me to prove ownership, and have access to what I’ve purchased, without having to re-$$ the situation.
The Rumpus: Rihanna Talks Dolezal, Domestic Abuse, And Success.
This is why pop stars are terrible morality judges. Once again, Americans prefer the ‘authentic replica’, rather than the actual article.
History: Is Photo of Jesse James with Killer Real?
“This is it, just huge, like finding a T-Rex leg bone.” Well, maybe not. But still pretty neat. Jesse, is that a gun in your fly?
Guardian.UK: World’s oceans facing biggest coral die-off in history, scientists warn.
“The fact that 2016’s bleaching will be added on top of the bleaching that has occurred since June 2014 makes me really worried about what the cumulative impact may be. It very well may be the worst period of coral bleaching we’ve seen.” ‘May be’. Let’s hope for better than the worst-case, shall we?
Archaeology News Network: Ancient Roman mosaic found in Tuscany.
Gorgeous, except for that portrait. Nightmares.
NPR: McCarthy Drops Out Of Speaker Race, Throwing GOP Leadership Into Chaos.
Get the popcorn! Significant entertainment value.
AppleInsider: Adobe makes Lightroom iOS apps completely free, drops license & Creative Cloud.
Interesting move. I wonder what it foreshadows?
BarnFinds: Messerschmitt Bf 109s - Keep Them Flying!
“In 1968/69 he worked for United Artists as Chief Stunt Pilot for the ‘Battle of Britain’ film. Other film work of his includes flying the ‘TBM’ in ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ and Bermuda Triangle. The story goes: United Artists (UA) owed ‘Connie’ at the end of shooting of the ‘Battle of Britain’ a sum of money and UA wanted to give him an IOU. Mr. Edwards has said ‘do not take an IOU from a film company, you always get stung’. He told them (UA) he would take airplanes for payment, which he did, 16 Messerschmitts to be exact.” Ummmmmmm. Fellow WWII airplane fans, check out the engine/prop configurations on those. These look to be cobble-jobs - the main photo’s cowl looks like a P-40 Warhawk. A subsequent photo looks like a grey-painted, modified P-51. Even the cockpit photo shows a strange layout. He got some planes in trade, sure. But these aren’t 100% Messerschmidts, based on these photos.
Later comment: I still remember “Tora, Tora, Tora”, with all the painted AT-6 Texans and SNJs. Suspension of disbelief was trashed the minute I saw them. Given the wooden structures, very few Zeros and other Japanese airframes are left. But the film directors could have done just a smidge better, IMHO. So lesson here is: Taking trades from film sets, you’d better know what you’re trading for.
The Atlantic: What Happens After Intelligent Life Is Discovered.
My bet: “Can you PLEASE stop broadcasting reality TV?”
Italian Ways: The Ribaudo family grave in Staglieno’s Cemetery, and a song by Joy Division.
I do so admire grave statuary. Fascinating how people wish to render eternal sleep. The beauty, the tragedy ...