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!
Techdirt/Daily Deal: Scrivener.
It’s quirky, but if you do longer writing, it’s indispensable. Highly recommended, particularly at this price point.
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).
OpenCulture: Scientists Create a New Rembrandt, Using a 3D Printer & Data Analysis.
I suppose someday, we’ll all be able to generate authentic fakes with 3D printers at home. Oh, Eco, would that you were alive to comment on the circumstance.
NPR/Book Review: ‘Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings’ By Stephen O’Connor.
“Begun when she was an adolescent, the affair lasted a lifetime, and despite the liberty-espousing statesman’s acute criticism of slavery, he never freed Sally Hemings. Together they produced four living children, who were also born into slavery, but freed upon Jefferson’s death — the only slave family so liberated by him.”
The Atlantic: Why Reading Literature in High-School English Class Should Educate the Emotions.
I never thought to describe it this way ... but reading as a teen was *all* emotion. Feeling what the characters were going through. Perhaps it exercises and expands teens. Either way, YES: “Literary study should ... provide us with many complex models for understanding and responding to others and to ourselves.”
Vulture: How Actors Get Plastic Surgery With a Click.
I think we all knew about this after the release of “300”, didn’t we? All the CGI six-packs. Once you know, you can’t not see them all.
ArtDaily: Syria’s Palmyra scarred forever by IS jihadists.
“While the temple’s outer walls, main entrance and courtyard have survived, the main cella or prayer chamber has been destroyed, according to AFP journalists who visited the world heritage site.” So the earlier, more optimistic reports were wrong.
ArtDaily: Son begins quest to bury Khaled al-Assaad known as ‘father of Palmyra’.
The man’s a hero. He deserves at least this.
Imgur: Ancient Greek sculptures dressed up in hipster clothing.
NY Times: Art Once Hidden From Hitler, Now on View.
Impressive. I’d love to see the exhibition.
Vimeo: Akira Kurosawa - Composing Movement.
Youtube: Lightroom Coffee Break - Make Any Photo Look Like an Ansel Adams Masterpiece.
You’ve gotta be kidding. I think we’re a day early on this.
Bored Panda: I Draw Places That I Visit In My Sketchbook.
Used to be, you’d see a dozen or so seniors doing this on the Jersey shore, when I was a kid.
Italian Ways: The crypt of the Holy Sepulcher reopens in Milan.
“Think about the white, polished stones under your feet: they once paved the city’s 4th-century, Roman forum – which means Saint Ambrose, Saint Augustine and Emperor Theodosius all probably walked over them just like you.” Open for the first time in 50 years? Bucket list.
The Colour Clock.
Interpreting the time as a hexadecimal value. Kinda fun!
This looks like the perfect film for our times. Must-see.
Italian Ways: Michelangelo’s wonderful “Pietà” photographed.
Appropriate Good Friday posting!
Guardian.UK: Fifty Shades of Grey - the book you literally can’t give away.
Yahoo News: Scientists say Shakespeare’s skull may be missing from grave.
Collectors Weekly: The Mystery of the Phantom Page Turner.
The American Scholar: How to Read Dante in the 21st Century.
Oh hell, are you kidding? [Heh.] When I was a teen, I simply read it like it was a religious Lord of the Rings — and enjoyed it immensely.
Chipstone Podcast/Cellar Door: Pockets.
“It’s civilization in a nutshell, civilization in a pocket.” There is a transcript here as well.
GadgetFlow: Remidi – The First Wearable Instrument to Record and Play.
Imogen Heap has been working on much more sophisticated versions. I’d imagine these are a whole lotta fun - with a looong learning curve.
ArtDaily: Itching to graffiti? Do it digitally on Florence treasures.
Dubious efficacy. Reminds me, have they charged that young lady who tagged the National Parks? Casey Nocket. Let me see ... nope, still ‘unresolved’. Apparently, it may be too costly to prosecute because she crossed multiple jurisdictions. A terrible example, though ... ‘go big, or go home’?