Guardian.UK: Is it justifiable to show footage of people being killed?
Depends on how its framed, IMHO. Characterising the Flanagan video as resembling a ‘first person shooter’ game got me very uneasy. I saw a five year old rack an unattended 9mm Beretta like an old pro - parents were alarmed also. How many guns/shootings do kids see by that age? Not so much ‘what are we doing’ as ‘what are we allowing to happen’ with our culture?
Pen Test Partners: Hacking DefCon 23’s IoT Village Samsung fridge.
“Whilst the fridge implements SSL, it FAILS to validate SSL certificates, thereby enabling man-in-the-middle attacks against most connections.” No flying cars, but SSL in your refrigerator. Welcome to the future. Thanks, @emceeaich.
WTKR: Roanoke reporter, photographer killed by shooter during live news interview.
Horrible. The perpetrator shot them down with no more consideration than a worker in an abbatoir. The frequency of shootings seems to be increasing.
So ... is ‘athleisure’ a thing now?
We’re already casual enough in Santa Fe. I had a business meeting two years ago with a CEO in a tracksuit. The new normal?
The Strad: US Airways criticised for ‘passing the buck’ after losing eight violins.
“At least 150 phone calls later, we have it!” Read through the entire odyssey, esp. the second-to-last paragraph. If I were a symphony, I’d book rows of seats for my valuable oversize instruments.
BBC: ‘Temperamental’ Big Ben was ringing up to six seconds late.
Adding a ‘Future’ category to the blog.
That last post made me realize the deficit in not having one.
Italian Ways: “Il Borro”: a mix of old and new beauty for splendid relax.
They had me at the garden, but the cellars made me swoon.
MessyNessyChic: Tango on the Seine, for Strangers in Paris.
Now this looks like a blast. Of course I’d have to work on supressing the punk-rock moves from City Gardens ...
A Continuous Lean: The Long Lasting Style of a Real Character.
Buster Keaton, style icon. Your clothes need never shout, or even talk at all.
William Reichard: Self-employed as what?
Will’s got a stumper. Without looking, ‘professional scalp-taker for the Redskins’?
Vice: The Battle to Save the Businesses That Make New York Unique.
NY Times: From the Right, a New Slur for G.O.P. Candidates.
“Cuckservative is an amalgamation of the word cuckold — the husband of an adulterous woman — and conservative.” Excuse me for laughing, but who on Earth was so highbrow?
BBC: Elderly man ‘calmly’ smokes pipe while ‘sinking’ in Loxley lake.
Gotta give him points for style, if nothing else.
The Register: Typewriters suck. Yet we’re infinitely richer for those irritating machines.
Bit misleading. Manual typewriters, mostly. Depended on how their type was rendered to the page ... long twangy arms, etc. They were designed for speed, eventually. Electric typewriters, no problem with key overlaps.
Yet I have to go with other conclusions here. I’ve stated time and again, based on watching various organizations move to new accounting software on a near-yearly basis, that old fashioned ledger-books and pencils, Funky Winkerbean accountants, would be both more economical and accurate.
Guardian.UK: Tali Lennox ‘shattered’ after boyfriend confirmed dead in Hudson river.
What is it, this thing with NY’ers not wanting to wear life jackets when kayaking?
You recall this.
TG’s Political Wire: Sanders Passes Clinton in New Hampshire.
Wow. The opposition has not yet begun with slings and arrows in his direction yet; this may wake them up. Because in ‘conservative-speak’, socialism = Soviet communism.
Busy busy morning.
Links when I can. Trying to gang trips, get everything done at once ... you know the routine.
Ana White: Build a Leaning Wall Ladder Desk.
Looks pretty nice. Been thinking about putting a desk in one of my double-door closets. This might serve!
New Statesman: In search of authenticity - what’s the difference between a traveller and a tourist?
“And, remember, to the locals, especially in countries that are less well off, there will be no doubt as to your status as a visitor – for a Greek or Portuguese person getting by on €700 a month, you are a tourist above all else, your pretensions to greater awareness notwithstanding.”
I think that’s what galls the most. More tourists these days seem to believe - whether you’re a gallery clerk or a resident - that you exist purely for their own pleasure and convenience. As if every tourist location were a Carnival cruise or a Disney experience. Respect, manners are missing. Even tourist-to-tourist contact is fractious and rude ... pushing past one another to check out, more. Busy market days here can turn into anarchic free-for-alls.
Not trying to chase folks away from Santa Fe - not at all. Come. But be respectful and polite when you do! You will be rewarded beyond the effort taken. Most of us love to show off our town, when asked nicely.
Guardian.UK: Are plants intelligent? New book says yes.
... if you can’t eat animals, and you can’t eat plants ...
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.