WaPo: The question of the moment: What would Trump be like as GOP nominee?
“I think the election’s going to be incredibly competitive. It’s going to be close no matter what.” I predicted early on, that’s the way the media wants it. They’ve done everything they can to level the playing field by apportioning attention. They need controversy, not a shoe-in, to maintain ad impressions. A Teflon candidate is only Teflon if the news ignores their basic responsibility. I’ll repost the journalist creed.
NY Times: Andrew Sullivan on Trump and Tyranny.
Autoweek: Planes of Fame photo gallery.
Omigod, omigod. Just about every plane I ever built as a plastic model kit when I was a kid. *fainting*
Denver Post: Colorado Supreme Court rules state law trumps local bans on fracking.
I have to imagine those who approve of this measure, have never even visited a fracking area. They’ve not experienced the smell, the noise, the devastation. Or understood the fact that your average fracking well produces for a very limited number of years. Half-life is two years - with multiple ‘frackings’ during that time. Noise, stench, effluence. Hence the huge land-grab - they need acres and acres of new land. The industry wants to destroy as much landscape as possible for their bottom line - and taxpayers will end up on the hook for cleanup and remediation. Keep up the fight, people.
Atlas Obscura: The Unfathomable Collection of Lonnie Hammargren.
Is there any better display of American kitsch?
Techdirt: The Chilling Effect Of Mass Surveillance Quantified.
“A study from PEN America writers found that 1 in 6 writers had curbed their content out of fear of surveillance and showed that writers are ‘not only overwhelmingly worried about government surveillance, but are engaging in self-censorship as a result.’” Hell, I know I’m thinking twice, thrice before posting certain phrases for fear of misunderstanding.
SciAm: Secret Atomic Role of WW II–Era Aircraft Carrier Revealed.
Register.UK: F-35s failed ‘scramble test’ because of buggy software.
“During the first 30 flights with Block 3iR6.21, which accumulated 75.6 hours of flight time, no less than 27 power cycles were required to get all systems functioning between initial startup and takeoff. These power cycles varied in degree – from “cold iron” resets, where the aircraft had to be shut down and then restarted, to component or battery power recycling.” This is simply ridiculous.
NY Times: Drastic Cutbacks in Illinois.
NY Times: Warsan Shire, the Woman Who Gave Poetry to Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’.
Ah, so this young woman is the wordsmith. Props.
NBC: Bodies of Elite Climber Alex Lowe, Cameraman Found in Glacier 16 Years Later.
Preserved in blue ice. It’s going to be odd to see them unaged for 16 years. RIP.
OpenCulture: Sir Ian McKellen Releases New Apps for Shakespeare’s Plays.
$5.99 per play? Seems ... steep. 37 apps, by the time you’re done, you’re out $220 some bucks, sans tax.
The Atlantic: Opting Out of Coastal Madness to Live a Low-Overhead Life.
“So it turns out you can get richer simply by moving to where people are poorer. That is horrifying. And some might find it insensitive to praise the virtues of living a middle-class life in a region beset by deindustrialization and poverty, where the low cost of living is enabled, in part, by the difficulty so many have in scratching out a living.”
DZone: Average People Will Never Care About Their Stuff Enough for Personal APIs to Be a Thing.
Delve into the links in the article before judgment.
New York Post: Massive fire engulfs historic church on Orthodox Easter.
Scroll down to check out that shot of the facade burning.
TechDirt: Facebook Has Lost The War It Declared On Fake News.
“Many of these fake news pieces contain headlines for stories that some people want to believe, typically for ideological reasons. This is why a family party recently saw me trying to explain to my grandmother that, no, Michelle Obama probably does not in fact have a penis.” And that’s just the egregious category. There are subtle misdirections and purposeful leading-by-the-nose that make quality linkblogging a real chore.
Guardian.UK: I hate this US election and the dopey faux-confusion it inspires.
You hate it now; you weren’t old enough to experience the - *ahem* - entertainment of the first Clinton Administration, the misogynist attacks against ‘Hillarycare’, the birth of talk radio histrionics, the infamous GoPac memo/Contract with America loonybin, the impeachment, and oh so much more. Load your fridge with protein shakes. You’ll need ‘em.
Guardian.UK: How to bump an asteroid off course.
You’d think we’d have tried this earlier. But better late than never.
Deleted MeFi post: RIP Kuro5hin.
If you no longer have a valid URL, you can’t be an FPP. Apparently. Not even the Wayback Machine can show it. Wikipedia says it closed permanently today. Another piece of essential weblog history, as gradual disappearing screenshots ...
Daily Beast: Does Beyoncé Write Her Own Music? And Does It Really Matter?
“On Beyoncé’s new album Lemonade, already a religious work for its legion of worshippers, that village is populated by dozens of the industry’s most in-demand producers and no less than 72 writers, including James Blake, The Weeknd, Jack White, and, um, Led Zeppelin.” Read it, see what you think.
BBC: Barbie challenges the ‘white saviour complex’.
“... work and volunteering can work as long as some basic points are observed. Firstly, that people are aware that they are coming not to ‘save Africa’ but to help out locals who are already doing the work. Secondly, they need to acknowledge the privilege that they come with.” Even some budding journalists head over thinking they’ll find Africa still exists as 60’s National Geographic tableaus.
SciAm: Unearthing the Atrocities of Nazi Death Camps.
“The controversy that surrounds the investigations raises vital questions: How necessary is it to turn an exacting new lens on long-buried atrocities? And how can researchers strike an ideal balance between honoring the dead and gathering knowledge for future generations?” We rip Pharaohs out of tombs, Native Americans from their resting places. Why not investigate these atrocities? Many Vreelands (I have no Jewish heritage - I don’t think - my direct ancestor was Dutch Reformed - but there were many chances for crossbreeding between the 1600’s and WWII) died at Sobibor. I want to know what happened to these distant possible-relatives.
Guardian.UK: Humanoid diving robot hunts for sunken treasure in French shipwreck.
Fantastic. Once operators are trained, they should manufacture both much smaller and much larger versions, for various roles. [The controls being the same, of course.]
medieval books: The Secrets of Medieval Fonts.
“No surviving artefact underscores this point of variation better than advertisement sheets of commercial scribes.” Even the Dark Ages suffered advertisements?!!