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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.

12/19/14 • 12:02 PM • GeneralHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

12/17/14 • 11:30 AM • ArtsChildhoodConsumptionEntertainmentGeneralMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

12/15/14 • 11:45 AM • GeneralInternetMobile • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: Amal Clooney married down. She’s way more fascinating than George.

I kinda like the idea of George being Amal’s ‘arm candy’.

12/15/14 • 11:20 AM • EntertainmentGeneralHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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).

12/15/14 • 10:20 AM • ArtsBooksGeneralPersonal • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Ballou Projects: Cinderblock Speakers.

Oy, great idea!

12/12/14 • 12:06 PM • GeneralHome & LivingMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Economist: Tattoos in the workplace - Ink blots.

... by and large the more visible the tattoo, the more “unsavoury” a candidate seemed—even if the boss had one.” Inc. ≠ ink.

12/09/14 • 02:31 PM • ArtsGeneralSmall Business • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.”

12/09/14 • 10:25 AM • GeneralHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Popular Mechanics, 1935.

Was looking for something, but figured others might enjoy.

12/08/14 • 04:51 PM • GeneralHistoryHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

12/04/14 • 03:20 PM • EntertainmentGeneral • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

12/03/14 • 02:36 PM • ConsumptionDesignGeneralVehicles • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

11/30/14 • 07:14 PM • General • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

11/29/14 • 11:23 AM • ConsumptionGeneralHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

11/28/14 • 07:26 PM • GeneralHome & LivingPhysical Fitness • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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).

11/26/14 • 09:29 AM • FoodGeneralHome & Living • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.]

11/24/14 • 11:26 AM • ArtsBooksGeneralReligion • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

11/21/14 • 10:35 AM • AppleGeneralSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

“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.

11/18/14 • 03:54 PM • GeneralPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

TG’s Political Wire: Lowest Midterm Election Turnout Since World War II.

Here’s your mandate ... [*cough* *cough*] ...

11/10/14 • 11:19 AM • GeneralHistoryPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Poetry Brothel puts the bawd in bard.

Needs absinthe.

11/05/14 • 10:58 AM • ArtsBooksGeneralTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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).

11/03/14 • 11:20 AM • GeneralLawPhotographyVehicles • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

11/01/14 • 12:25 PM • DesignGeneralHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Yahoo7.AU: Plane crash kills three in flight simulator.

Not The Onion.

11/01/14 • 12:05 PM • GeneralTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Dazed: Top 10 cult leather icons.

Okay, how could such a hip online magazine forget to include the Lizard King in his leather pants? Huh? Dump Cruise in Top Gun. That had very little cultural effect, comparatively.

10/29/14 • 11:47 AM • ConsumptionEntertainmentGeneral • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mashable: British etiquette manual tells you how to behave in the 21st century.

The rule is that you should always give the other person more attention than technology.

10/28/14 • 12:32 PM • GeneralInternetPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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