Psychology Today: Anti-Intellectualism and the “Dumbing Down” of America.
“Famous science fiction writer Isaac Asimov once said: ‘There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” My italic emphasis.
SciAm: Big Polluting Vehicles Roar Back with Low Gasoline Prices.
Oh yeah. The paint-faded 3-cylinder Geo Metros are back in the fields and barns, and even Hummers are making a reappearance in Santa Fe.
Valet.: Flip Your Lid.
HAHAHAHAH. In the Southwest, a baseball cap is the *worst* choice you can make, short of a do-rag, in full summer sun. Get a hat with a brim ... wider the better, and don’t eschew the chinstrap in our winds. Some may still not believe it, but there’s a reason cowboy hats exist. Just don’t do a cowboy hat with cargo shorts and flip-flops. You’ll get ridden out of town on a rail.
New York Post: For the love of God, stop dressing like crap.
“When people were invited onstage at a recent performance of ‘Penn & Teller on Broadway,’ many women looked as if they had stepped out of a jazzercise class, while men ambled around in hideous cargo shorts.” Appropriateness; it is forgotten. A random trip to Wal-Mart is usually the agreed-upon best example.
NY Times: The Revolt Against Tourism.
“The Eiffel Tower, with seven million visitors each year, is the world’s most heavily visited paid attraction. Tickets are limited and timed to the half-hour. Visitors move up and down under the watch of discreet guards. The gardens surrounding the tower are kept manicured by a full-time crew of 38 workers. Loitering is forbidden; street vendors are strictly regulated.” Sounds good on its face, but they have a notorious problem with gangs of organized pickpockets.
Vox: 7 horrifying attempts at building a better mousetrap.
After living in New Mexico, I’ve become something of an expert in the issue. For mice, Snap-E traps. With four set up, I’ve nailed over two dozen mice in a few days. Simple, effective, easy to set - you won’t hazard your fingers unless you’re a total dolt. If you want to go cheaper, the wood-and-metal traps. Stay away from the wood-and-plastic ... they’re largely useless, and become even moreso after a few uses.
CNN: One year later, your ALS Ice Bucket money goes to ...
Colossal: The Fourth Wall - A Rare View of Famous European Theater Auditoriums Photographed from the
As an ol’ A/V tech, this kind of view was my view of most venues. That, and we usually entered venues through freight elevators and loading docks, via kitchens and storage hallways ... only rarely through the front doors.
Youtube: Blue Angels Fly By.
Fun to watch, but I hope noone was injured.
Lovely Package: Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
LIfehacker: The Bicycle Backpacking Bag.
Of casual interest. Always interested in lightening/compacting my loads.
Bicycling: Best Ways to Watch the Tour de France on TV or Online.
FYI. Great for spinning or treadmilling at the gym.
Later: Speak of the Devil, maybe not today. Ouch. A lot of pain, there. Authorities and racers are already edgy about camera-wielding selfie and enthusiast photographers, not to mention selfie sticks and other lethal impediments to racing.
Even later: Good lord.
Guardian.UK: Reports of English’s demise in US have been greatly exaggerated, experts say.
“It [the U.S.] has 41 million native Spanish speakers and 11.6 million who are bilingual – more than Colombia or Spain – and is on course to be the biggest Spanish-speaking nation on Earth, with Spanish the mother tongue of almost a third of its citizens.”
Ars Technica: Tonight’s leap second may cause problems for the Internet.
NewtBoot gets second life.
Reminds me. I bought a ‘NewtBoot’ for my Apple Newton, when they were still in vogue. A two-compartment case for Newton and other items (pen, card slots). These days, when going out to shoot in the heat, I’ll carry my DSLR with wide angle zoom, and the NewtBoot will contain polarizing filters, pocketknife, energy bars, other bits and bobs in organizer pocket, iPhone in outer pocket. The main NewtBoot compartment holds an insulated water bottle! Strapped across my chest in opposition to the camera, it’s a good light portable rig. Until I find something better.
I’m having a hard time at the moment finding a good carrying solution, now that I’ve added a 70-200 to my arsenal. The old Lowepro waistpack can’t handle it without straining the zipper, and it’s just too heavy. Looking at slings and things. Any suggestions welcome. I like to be able to operate without having to put stuff down ... the waistpack format was perfect for my operating style.
[And for Newton purists, I can’t find my little rubber Newt. My wife stole him, because she thought he was so cute. He’ll eventually turn up in a storage box somewhere, I’m sure.]
Bicycling: Man Wakes Up With Bike Lock Around His Neck.
Mashable: Searchers find body of missing ex-White House chef.
I suppose I’d wager a heart event. Less than two miles from the trailhead. The Taos Ski Valley trails start at 9,200 feet. Noting of course that I can and probably will be abundantly wrong, I just thought couching it in a word of caution about acclimatization would be the best way to introduce the item.
JunkCulture: Photos of Shopping Bags Tangled in Bushes Call Attention to Pollution.
Familiar. I just cleaned one out this weekend. You wear gloves, long sleeves, boots. Rats love to nest underneath cactus, so there’s flea/plague risk. All in all, no fun. Bag bans save lives, you could say.
Surely a candidate should be able to come up with something better ...
than “thoughts and prayers” for the shooting victims. Just about every single one riffs off this tired old chestnut.
Smoking Gun: NAACP Imposter Sued School Over Race Claims.
The story gets weirder: “The court opinion also noted that Dolezal claimed that the university’s decision to remove some of her artworks from a February 2001 student exhibition was ‘motivated by a discriminatory purpose to favor African-American students over’ her.”
YT: Pentax dust and weather sealing in Afghanistan.
This will sell a lot of Pentax’s.
Mashable: A cat library in New Mexico encourages office workers to check out kittens.
Offered sans comment.
BBC: Fatal A400M crash linked to data-wipe mistake.
“A military plane crash in Spain was probably caused by computer files being accidentally wiped from three of its engines ...” Give me cables and levers, thankyouverymuch. Not a fan of fly-by-wire.
Mashable: BBC journalist’s tweet causes panic over Queen’s health.
BBC, a precipitate “Queen sacrifice” will only rarely win you a chess game ...
Guardian.UK: Study shows many US canned goods still contain cancer-linked BPA.
“Less than one-third of the 252 brands surveyed by EWG use BPA-free cans for all products. Of those companies questioned, 43% gave ‘ambiguous or incomplete’ answers to EWG queries. Some companies did not respond entirely.” I’ll assume you already know to check EWG for sunscreen recommends, yes?