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*
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.
One sentence equivalent articles.
I’m running into more and more lengthy ‘preach’ pieces ... you know, the old ‘best practices’ articles ... ones that run hundreds, even thousands of words long. And in each and every case, they could be communicated in one (admitted compound, but quickly-understood) sentence.
I’m reminded of a quote from Fowles’ The Magus: “Why should I struggle through hundreds of pages of fabrication to reach half a dozen very little truths?”
AuthorityNutrition: Are Oats and Oatmeal Gluten-Free?
They are, but cross-contamination is a huge problem. I eat oats only when I know I can ‘take a chance’ with my health.
I’ll take the opportunity to interject another interesting cross-contamination source. Coffee. I bought some mass market coldbrew coffee, and had some problems. I chalked it up to acidity (even though cold brew is supposed to be lower), kept drinking, and had worse problems. Doing research (I’m SO sick of researching things) ... coffee in America is of course not subject to cross-contamination in general. It’s the source countries. They use the same trucks for the coffee harvest that they use for hauling wheat and other grains. So some, especially cheaper coffees, can be significantly contaminated.
Unfortunately, everyone changes their sourcing all the time. I stick with one brand until symptoms start, and then start gently trialing others.
Celiac/gluten issues blow the big one. I hate it.
SF New Mexican: La Farge library running out of time.
Closing La Farge would be a terrible shame. Hope they can find a new location, rather than just shut it down. It’s the most convenient full-service library to Eldorado. Our little Vista Grande Library is wonderful, but they don’t have the selection the main Santa Fe library system has. I can call and reserve a book, pick it up the next day on the same run I make to check the PO box.
NY Times: U.S.-Mexico Teamwork Where the Rio Grande Is but a Ribbon.
Oh, I remember the river-choking effects of cane down on the Rio. Try clambering back through it after swimming to Mexico ...
NY Times: How to Explain Mansplaining.
Dear God, this is filled with things I’ve never experienced. Perhaps it is regional. My maternal line is from the South. I grew up around women who would talk the brass off doorknobs. “You’ve heard this story before? Well, it’s a good story and you’ll sit and hear it again.” Two of my relatives, bless them, could talk about two different subjects at the same time - and ANSWER COHERENTLY. You won’t believe me, but I swear it’s true. The matriarchal nature of my Cherokee-light background guaranteed that when a woman said jump, I’d ask how high and what I should be wearing.
No, this is decidedly *not* my experience. I find men do it, women do it, everyone does it. It’s a communication style that’s been encouraged ... perhaps by blogs and social media, now that I think about it. ‘All opinion is important.’ I find everyone loves to talk, and talk at length. Everyone.
Busy this morning, links later on.
Tootle off to other interesting places. I’ll be back soon.
Valet: How to Sew Your Own Buttons.
Linked because I’ve lost a few in the last weeks.
Steampunk Vehicles: The Steampunk’s Guide to Travelling on Amtrak.
Fond memories of travelling “The Southern Crescent”, before it was devoured by Amtrak. Bread pudding, served fresh daily.
NPR: You Can Go Home Again - The Transformative Joy Of Rereading.
“Returning to a book you’ve read multiple times can feel like drinks with an old friend. There’s a welcome familiarity — but also sometimes a slight suspicion that time has changed you both, and thus the relationship. But books don’t change, people do. And that’s what makes the act of rereading so rich and transformative.” Yes, yes, yes.
Odd weather continues.
Looks like Sauron woke up.
Discover Mag: Stuttering Mice Could Reveal New Clues About the Speech Disorder.
“Now that researchers have evidence that mice respond to the stuttering gene similarly to humans, they plan to test various drugs and procedures to see if they smooth out speech. And because the mechanism behind stuttering works the same in mice and humans, there’s a higher chance that a cure in mice will translate to humans.” Good news!
SF New Mexican: Owner of state’s largest coal mine seeks bankruptcy protection.
“If a company that has self-bonded cleanup work ends up filing for bankruptcy, critics said, the state and taxpayers could end up covering the costs — work that often comes with a price tag of hundreds of millions of dollars.” Story of the American West. This happens every goddamned time. Politicians giving such companies tax breaks and other perks should be ridden out on a rail. If you can’t pay to clean up, you can’t extract/drill. Sorry, but this gets me hopping mad.
Guardian.UK: Lancashire couple hoping to cash in on ‘whale vomit’ windfall.
A smell you’ll never forget. When our grandfather clock (ancient) stopped, we found a small bottle of whale oil hidden in the back, still stoppered. Dad took it down to the basement, opened the stopper (a cork smaller than your pinky fingernail). In that split second, the smell permeated the house, making gorges rise. Pig farms are worse, now that I’ve experienced them ... but for sheer stinkeroo in a very small package, go with whale oil.
Hell, it might be a way to stop war. Shower the stuff on fighting troops. Instant retreat, I guarantee.
Way too early for such big T-storms to be forming.
It’s usually more a May sort o’ thing.
Atlantic: The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life.
Hmmm. Yes. When I was a kid, Dad’s car only came out on weekends, for shopping days (Trenton Farmer’s Market). Everything else we all did on foot.
“The people who came here to express themselves in an original manner are being drowned out. The people who came here to read original writing are finding less and less to read. The people who are trying to improve their writing and share within a community are being pushed aside by the big mouthed marketing assholes and start up know-it-alls whose ultimate goal is to become another zuckerberg and retire on top of a pile of cash by 34.” Come now, stop holding it all in. Let us know what you really think. I find good stuff on Medium, I find terrible stuff on Medium. I expect the marketing of Medium is partially at fault (word-of-mouth); many tend to believe excellence is bestowed simply by using the service. The funny thing is, when I open Medium here, my feed is 90% Dave Winer and Chris Messina - both of whom I prefer to read on the open web. In general, the only reason I go to Medium is when an article pops up in my RSS feeds. I don’t review Medium as a standalone news source. Thanks for the heads-up, Ray.
Times of Israel: US students pictured playing ‘Jews vs. Nazis’ drinking game.
Not my Princeton. Though sports-oriented high school guys were always at the bottom when it comes to brains. Except for one guy. Lacrosse, football ... arms like treetrunks. And taking advanced physics. Awesome. But all the others ... meh.
The Nation: Memo to Bernie and Hillary - It’s Time for a Time Out.
As we feared, Hillary is such a ‘strong’ candidate, she’s having her clock cleaned by a mere would-be Democrat, an also-ran. Bernie needs to mind his mouth - Hillary deserves respect. Hillary should stay above the fray - much as I hate to say it, Reaganesque. Fulfill the fantasy of ‘Presidentiality’; that’s what everyone wants, after populist Presidencies. Bernie’s a one-note Charlie. Everything in the world seems to be fixed by Glass-Steagal and/or eliminating lobbyists. C’mon. How hard is this to debunk?
A comment about sexism, again. The political system was built by men for men. Easy to overlook that fact as a male. If Hillary cannot hold off a Sanders challenge out here in the open, she’ll be rubbish inside the Beltway where sexism is even worse. Ladies, you cannot change the system in a single, or even a two-term Presidency. I think it would require a more drastic actual ‘revolution’ to do so. Therefore, Hillary has to succeed with the dice loaded. It’s not right, it’s not fair ... but that’s the hand dealt. As they say down South, she needs some ‘stiction.
I fear Bernie seems to have twigged onto the Trump recipe - negative is as good, perhaps better, than positive. Bleh. Each week uncovers more weaknesses in his overall platform, not just foreign policy.
Worst election of my lifetime, except perhaps Nixon/McGovern. These are smart people (supposedly), but they’re all acting dumb and dumber.
Guardian.UK: Holograms and holistic health: what will music festivals of the future look like?
Nah. Never liked crowds. My urban friends in NYC thought an empty bar was a waste; they preferred the Japanese-subway variety. Give me an empty wilderness.
NY Times: Met Museum’s Broken Angel Reveals Its Creator’s Methods.
“On the St. Michael, for example, conservators learned that the angel’s Roman-style toga was made as a separate piece, like an actual toga to clothe a body. But during the relief’s initial firing, the toga cracked. And instead of being remade from scratch, it was simply pieced back together, with faint fissure lines that would have been hard to see from the lunette’s perch high above a church door.” After my months working as a caster for Edward Marshall Boehm, I can fully understand this. Porcelain was even more fidgety - just the slip-drying phase would induce cracks if the castings were too thin, or dried faster than the thicker sections. You practically had to sleep with the more complex works, watching them every quarter-hour.
Tootle along elsewhere, I’ll be with you after a bit. Busy Friday.
Straight outta the camera, a few minutes ago.
Telegraph.UK: From his medieval lair in New Mexico, George RR Martin conjures his Game of Thrones.
Spin, the creator of the windows, is a good friend. Way to go, Spin!