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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.

04/17/16 • 02:33 PM • HistoryPersonalTravel • (7) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

04/17/16 • 08:46 AM • ArtsBooksPersonalPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Odd weather continues.

Odd weather.

Looks like Sauron woke up.

04/15/16 • 05:01 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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!

04/15/16 • 02:53 PM • HealthPersonalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

04/14/16 • 06:03 AM • PersonalPoliticsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

04/13/16 • 07:21 PM • NaturePersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Way too early for such big T-storms to be forming.

Way too early ...

It’s usually more a May sort o’ thing.

04/13/16 • 04:51 PM • NaturePersonalPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

04/12/16 • 09:05 AM • HistoryPersonalTravelVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Medium: bye.

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.

04/12/16 • 08:49 AM • InternetPersonalWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

04/08/16 • 05:27 PM • Human RightsPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Nation: Memo to Bernie and Hillary - It’s Time for a Time Out.

... somebody needs to tell both candidates: No biting, no gouging, and no more hitting below the belt.” Agreed.

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.

04/08/16 • 02:37 PM • PersonalPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

04/08/16 • 01:23 PM • EntertainmentMusicPersonalPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

04/08/16 • 01:20 PM • ArtsHistoryPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Meetings, meetings.

Tootle along elsewhere, I’ll be with you after a bit. Busy Friday.

04/08/16 • 07:12 AM • PersonalSmall BusinessWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Straight outta the camera, a few minutes ago.


04/06/16 • 06:14 PM • NaturePersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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!

04/06/16 • 02:36 PM • ArtsBooksPersonalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Techdirt/Daily Deal: Scrivener.

It’s quirky, but if you do longer writing, it’s indispensable. Highly recommended, particularly at this price point.

04/06/16 • 10:16 AM • AppleArtsBooksPersonalSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Gay Talese in Twitter storm after failing to name inspirational female writers.

Thinking it over, I can immediately (without hesitation) name Mary O’Hara and Marguerite Henry (because I loved horses as a child).

04/06/16 • 09:03 AM • ArtsBooksHuman RightsPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

I’ve stepped off my high horse for a while.

Links got me rather exercised this morning. “Everybody’s doing it wrong, and I’m the only person who knows how to do it right!” Sorry. The blogger malady.

04/06/16 • 09:00 AM • PersonalPsychologyWeblogs • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Adobe Voice & Slate Blog: A Photographer and Chef’s 6 Steps to Taking Better Food Photos.

Good tips, if you dip your toes in. Artificial light often becomes a time-devouring balancing act. A simple white reflector (or you can crumple foil over a piece of white foamcore if you need a different character to the light) in opposition to a window, makes realistic tableaux.

04/05/16 • 09:49 AM • PersonalPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

iPhone SE.

I have to laugh. It seems reviewers are falling over themselves to both trash it thoroughly *and* praise it to the skies at the same time. For me - with a 5S - it’s the logical upgrade. Same size, same accessories. Faster. No brainer. And I have a TMobile ‘Jump’ plan.

04/05/16 • 09:47 AM • AppleHardwarePersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Science: Tackling toxics.

In 1977, Bruce Ames and I published a report that a flame retardant in children’s pajamas called ‘brominated Tris’ was a mutagen and potential carcinogen. Three months later, it was banned from children’s pajamas, only to be replaced by ‘chlorinated Tris.’ We determined that this too was a mutagen, and it was removed from pajamas. Such regrettable substitution of a harmful chemical with a less-studied cousin is like ‘a game of whack-a-mole’ ...” One of the reasons we’d wash new baby clothes in hot water repeatedly, to get all the crap out.

04/05/16 • 07:58 AM • HealthPersonalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Tonight Show/Wild Belle: Throw Down Your Guns.

We play a lot of ska and reggae in our house. Wild Belle is always in the mix. Love the sax work.

04/05/16 • 07:15 AM • MusicPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Two from tonight.

'Set one.

04/04/16 • 05:59 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

I won’t spend much time linking today ...

... with April Fool pranks, it’s a whole lot of wasted effort. Authentic interestingness vs. tomfoolery.

04/01/16 • 10:36 AM • GeneralPersonalWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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