Politico: Clinton weighs staff shake-up after New Hampshire.
Told you. “Look, she’s going to be the nominee, but she’s not going to get any style points, and if she isn’t careful she is going to be a wounded nominee. And they better work this sh—out fast because whoever the Republicans pick is going to be 29 times tougher than Bernie.” Only problem is, the issues are at the top. You have to listen to your people. Thanks, GiTM.
NPR: Got A Second For ‘Haikus With Hotties’? Now, You Can Enjoy Them All Year.
Thrillist: $90K working Burning Man.
They can joke, but the experience list is pretty hefty, seems to me.
Bicycling: Cycling Sees First Confirmed Case of Mechanical Doping.
Yeah, but how clever. Make it a competition on its own.
Every client had a question this morning.
Links as I have time, now that I get to catch my breath a bit.
New Yorker/Comma Queen: The Strippers, J.F.K. and Stalin—or, the Importance of Serial Commas.
Colossal: Architectural Watercolors of a Dreamlike Warsaw by Tytus Brzozowski.
I’m a sucker for architecture in watercolor. Precision from an imprecise medium.
Ana White: Build a Leave it to Joy Triple Pedestal Wide Farmhouse Table.
A little extra detail work, this might end up an heirloom piece.
Guardian.UK: British pilot saved friend before dying from Tanzania poacher bullet.
“A high-calibre bullet passed through the floor of the helicopter, hitting Gower first in the leg then in the shoulder before exiting through the roof. Despite his injuries, Gower managed to fly the helicopter down into a tree, allowing his spotter, Nicky Bester, time to jump out before it crashed to the ground.”
Dazed: Supermodel Cindy Crawford announces her retirement.
“I shouldn’t have to keep proving myself. I don’t want to.” And you certainly don’t have to. Hits me harder than I expected; her retirement signals an end of our ever-more strained grasp on youth. Maybe we’ll see more of our compadres push the hair color away.
Guardian.UK: Bears get a handle on opening car doors – but could it be their downfall?
Bears are anything but stupid.
“How to tell you’ve taken a great photo.”
So, the Ferrari shot I posted yesterday, I put on Tumblr, Flickr and 500px. Four shares on Tumblr, 27 views two faves on Flickr, and fifteen ‘likes’/a pulse of 81.9 (and climbing)/44 views on 500px. And listed in “Popular”, the best of the selections.
But IS IT A GOOD PHOTOGRAPH? I like it, but its not where I want it to be, yet.
I can post a bad cellphone sunset and get likes and links out the wazoo. These sites are very poor judges of what makes a great photo.
Listen to your heart.
Mashable: A computer beat a champion of the strategy game Go for the first time.
“For that match, though, DeepMind upped the hardware ante considerably, putting AlphaGo on a distributed system with hundreds of CPUs.” Still, all pieces in the open, as opposed to poker, where things are hidden (though comps’ve started to beat the easier versions of poker). Can’t help but read this, and marvel at the complexity of the human mind.
NY Times: The Wreck of Amtrak 188.
The image, 2/3 of the way down the page, of the wet grey/browns of the NE Corridor is exactly why I had to make a break for the West. I’d done that commute for 13 years. It was enough. Oh, and the article’s good too.
More odd thoughts in the shower.
Thoreau is out of date. Men don’t live lives of quiet desperation anymore. They live lives of noisy repetition.
WaPo: Kids would rather play Xbox than make money shoveling. It’s pitiful.
“A couple of teens going door to door in New Jersey last year were stopped by police for operating without a license, just like the summertime lemonade-stand crackdown. Politicians actually debated whether kids should have to get a $450 business license to shovel Old Lady Johnson’s walk down the street before passing a bill giving them special permission to shovel. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) signed it into law last week, just in time for the snow.” My incredulous italics. Via Medley on FB.
Mashable: Hardcore Amish horse and buggy pulls tanker truck out of snow.
One of the only situations where you’ll see four horsepower beating 600 plus.
Slate: Good, bad, and ugly approaches to geoengineering.
I know I shouldn’t be linking Slate for such a subject. Just wanted to ask those who know more - good article, bad article? Or is this just pushing an agenda?
Yep, that’s it.
NY Times: America’s Best Days May Be Behind It.
“Americans like to think they live in an era of rapid and unprecedented change, but this kind of comparison — pitting the momentous changes of the mid-20th century against the seemingly more modest progress of our present era — raises a critical question about the nation’s future prosperity.” Feels like we’re doing a lot of flailing sometimes.
What do you want to bet ...
... the “Oregon Standoff” eventually ends with a “Bilbo Baggins” move? A dramatic exit to garner what little attention will be left: “We’re leaving - NOW!”
The media celebrate. And the populace neither particularly notice nor care.
Pricenomics: How Young Adults Spend Their Time, 2004 vs 2014.
A warning about facts and news sources.
Okay, here are two articles:
Rolling Stone: WTF Is Happening in the Oregon Militia Standoff, Explained.
In specific, look at how Vox apologetics work: “The dad and son have been sentenced to five years in prison for starting fires on their land in 2001 and 2006 — supposedly to kill invasive species and protect their ranch — that spread to public land. No one was hurt as a result of the fires, but federal law required a judge to give the ranchers at least a five-year sentence anyway.”
WTF? No mention of either deer poaching or amateur wildfire mitigation. I’ve seen this hazing over of facts a few times now on Vox, and I really don’t like it. Not-so-subtle manipulation of public opinion, IMHO. If you were as used to the shovelfuls of BS that I have to go through to find links these days, you’d have smelled a rat here too.
My point: Beware.‘Facts’ may be incomplete. When a legal case is involved, I expect news sources to quote the evidence from the case, at the very least.
And Vox is solidly in my ‘Probation’ RSS channel, to be removed if I see one more of these. Three strikes.
Things the above neglected to mention: Deer Poaching in Oregon. US Attorney’s Office, Oregon Ranchers Convicted of Arson Resentenced (mentions the game violation evidence, that other sources are ignoring, and the fact these folks could have killed BLM firefighters with the later fire).
AlisonTurnerPhoto: Gift Ideas For A Traveler (Things I use on the road).
Advice from a person who uses/needs these every day.