365/2: 240. Bark beetle damage in one of my dead junipers.
Stunning, the amount of hidden damage in this one section of wood.
I also invested in a new hat, to replace my skanky straw. Picked up one o’ these. Worked a treat out in the sun while sawing up dead wood. I was surprised that the crease suits my face ... I never really liked that style in catalogs. Sandra approves, so it’s a keeper.
Later: Sorry, I was out all day. Link to hat, fixed.
Newsweek: Shipwreck of S.S. Central America Yields More Gold.
Yeow. I suppose every teen of my generation dreamed of someday diving for treasure. Captures the imagination, both the history and the haul.
The Burning of Zozobra at approximately 9PM MST tonight.
Design You Trust: Moose Comes to Work in Dresden, Germany.
Bullwinkle wanted to know more about Germany’s ‘glass ceiling’, but found glass walls are more problematic ...
Coolist: NASA Space Launch System Is The Biggest Rocket Ever.
“Is the?” Will be. If/when built.
Coolist: Trakke Jero Yurt is a 21st Century Cabin for Cool Camping.
Replacing the traditional lattice and cloth with thin plywood. Kinda brilliant. Best for temporary use, of course. I like it.
Cool Tools: Car2Go.
A step on the way to self-driving cars (eliminating the ‘ownership’ mentality).
DesignYouTrust: GoPro Fetch. Mount a GoPro to your pooch.
You know, might be a really useful tool for search & rescue folks.
JasonOrmand: A pro tip for reducing visual noise in OSX.
Dazed: Grimes turns down her Ice Bucket Challenge nomination.
“Last Friday, Pamela Anderson declined her Ice Bucket Challenge nomination on the grounds that the ALS Association has a poor record of testing on animals. Over the weekend, Grimes has followed suit and turned down Canadian DJ Richie Hawtin’s nom, announcing that she’d be happy to give the money to a charity – just not the ALS organisation that kickstarted the charity challenge.”
alexcornellblog: Why It’s Impossible to Make Plans Anymore.
Cellphones. So this writer maintains. I’d critique, but I have to call someone ...
BBC: Burning Man closed on opening day by rain.
‘Smoldering Man’ doesn’t quite have the same cachet ...
The Dish: Calling Out Catcalls.
This brings up a point. If I’m walking on the street, and I see a man or a woman who is dressed so fantastically that I feel the desire to comment appropriately ... is there any method by which one can do so without seeming creeper/stalker/pervert? I don’t think there is any method anymore for someone to say, “Jeez, you look amazing! Perfect!” and then just saunter on our merry way.
Not One-Off Britishisms: “Expiry date”.
Ha! Say ‘expiry date’ anywhere inland of the two coasts, you’ll get some mighty curious looks. “What kind o’ date?”
BldgBlog: The Spacecraft Cemetery.
“Wreck-diving the fallen airlocks of the International Space Station!” More like sinking in a bathyscaphe to see gnarled, barbecued chunks of metal.
OnStage Mag: Frampton personally enforces “No Camera” Policy.
He flings for the rafters. Speaking of which, this self-absorbed behavior is getting worse and worse. Our internationally-famed Canyon Road art galleries are now under siege by Shazam, the music-recognition app. Customers are bulling their way through fragile displays, shoving their cellphones next to speakers, and yelling “I GOT IT! I GOT IT!” for the entire block to hear.
These are not teenagers, in our galleries. These are comfortably middle-aged folks who should behave better.
Pacific Standard: The Origins of the Chemtrail Conspiracy.
Just about every time I post a sky photo, I get some nutcase linking it and titling it “Look - chemtrails.” This foolishness has to stop somewhere. If anyone you know is spouting this dreck, shut ‘em down.
Oswald shot Kennedy. There were no explosives in the Twin Towers. There are a half-dozen Holy Grails of dubious authenticity scattered around. Benghazi’s only being kept inflated by right-wing gasbags.
New Scientist: Robotic suit gives shipyard workers super strength.
cole peters blog: Design culture is a frozen shithole.
“We spend our time and energy not on things that improve the lives of people around us in an honest fashion, but on whatever seems most profitable and tempting to VCs; then, we convince ourselves that our profit-centric ventures are actually humanitarian causes because it sounds really good in the press and makes us feel special and warm and fuzzy.”
Longform: The Longform Guide to Miraculous Survivals.
Marked for later reading.
If you think you’re seeing the Enola Gay flying over Santa Fe ...
You’re partially right. The CAF B-29, “Fifi”, is here from today through the weekend. I need to go over and take some pix! It’s flying over Eldo. I nearly fell over running outside. It was doing a very low pass (under 1500 feet, IMHO). The sound of those four engines, the thin fuselage, set me looking online. Totally cool.
Guardian.UK: Home-built plane crashes in Idaho en route to experimental aircraft convention.
This points more to engine failure, than any sort of specific ‘home-built’ issue. Lancairs are really nice planes. Media loves to make homebuilders sound like crazy daredevils with no regard for their own lives. Just as they love to cite “failed to file a flight plan” as a cause of an accident. I’ll put in another plug for ballistic parachutes on single-engine aircraft.