Archaeology News Network: Secrets of Roman concrete revealed.
“The mortar resists microcracking through in situ crystallization of platy strätlingite, a durable calcium-alumino-silicate mineral that reinforces interfacial zones and the cementitious matrix. [snip] The dense intergrowths of the platy crystals obstruct crack propagation and preserve cohesion at the micron scale, which in turn enables the concrete to maintain its chemical resilience and structural integrity in a seismically active environment at the millennial scale.”
BBC: A Point of View - The strangely enduring power of kitsch.
“At Christmas we are surrounded by kitsch - worn out cliches, which have lost their innocence without achieving wisdom. ” Quote of the season, that.
Unroll.Me Spammys Awards 2014.
I use Unroll.me. This would be entertaining, if it weren’t so burdensome (spam). But if you click through, I think it’s good information to know - and use to winnow your own spam busters.
Vox: Amal Clooney married down. She’s way more fascinating than George.
I kinda like the idea of George being Amal’s ‘arm candy’.
The Millions: Garrets Etc.
“Most writers, unless they’re lucky enough to have an ideal place in which to work, make do with the best space available.” In my case, my own head (heh).
Ballou Projects: Cinderblock Speakers.
Oy, great idea!
The Economist: Tattoos in the workplace - Ink blots.
Vox: When men remarry, they go way younger. Women pick someone older.
I suspect, as a friend once said, “I prefer my men broken in. Let some other woman sweat blood civilizing him.”
Popular Mechanics, 1935.
Was looking for something, but figured others might enjoy.
The Economist/Daily chart: The hidden cost of Gangnam Style.
What humanity could have done with all that time. Kind of unfair to load it all on Psy; what about reality shows, video games, surfing radio channels, gossip, masturbation, yoga, driving ... blogging ...
Later: I always meant to look up the lyric translation, but never did. Huh.
CR4: Ford’s Huge Gamble – the Aluminum F-150 – Goes into Production.
Hmmm. Depends on how good their engineers are at predicting stresses on the aluminum. Dents/shear failures are what I’d concern myself with. But 70-some-year-old aluminum airplanes are still flying around, too ... beautifully dented and dimpled, but airworthy.
BBC: The man whose ashes are scattered in more than 100 countries.
Funerals are for the living, not for the dead. This is rather uplifting.
NY Daily News: Worker dies at LI Wal-Mart after stampede.
If you’re going to break property, trample and kill a human ... why stop there? Why bother to pay for those purchases?
“Civilization” is a very thin thread indeed.
TODAY! Fitness: How to Make a Slide Board.
Hey! I used to love my old rollup slide board. Great indoor workout, too. I may gear up and build this in the next week. I need a good indoor workout that’s not boring as hell. You can watch tv and do this SO EASILY.
Modular crock pots.
Daisy chain ‘em. Now, if there were a cure for crock pot flavor/texture. It’s OK for a few days, but then I get the urge for fresh-cooked (rather than 8 hour stew).
OpenCulture: The Wisdom of Alan Watts in Four Thought-Provoking Animations.
Fun, but he conflates Zen and Taoism, as many in the West do. The story of the farmer is straight from Chuang Tzu (Zhuangzi). Better to get it from the original, from one of my favorite books. [Caveat: Published by the Princeton University Press, when my best friend was an editor there.]
If you update to the latest Evernote for Mac ...
... and you seem to be missing the last month or so of notes, don’t panic. Hit the “Updated” column title a couple of times to re-sort. Nothing’s missing, it just has a bit of brain fog.
“The best [thing] ever.”
No need to click. Just wait five minutes. It’s actually the next best thing, I’m tellin’ ya. “Best” has a distinctly short half-life on the interwebs.
TG’s Political Wire: Lowest Midterm Election Turnout Since World War II.
Here’s your mandate ... [*cough* *cough*] ...
Guardian.UK: Poetry Brothel puts the bawd in bard.
DesignYouTrust: The Sad Story of a Stolen Truck.
Terrible end for a gorgeous truck. I’ll keep my eye out for similar models; there’s a great old junkyard down in Vaughn that I’ve been meaning to troll with my camera for B/W shots - though from the Google Maps satellite cam, it looks like someone’s hauled away a lot of the great ones already (those grass rings nearest the road were some fantastic 40’s pickups).
BBC: Virgin Galactic crash - Inquiry team lands in Mojave [Photos of the in-flight failure].
FYI. Looks like catastrophic failure of the rocket engine itself.
Yahoo7.AU: Plane crash kills three in flight simulator.
Not The Onion.