Slate: Creativity is rejected.
Boston Review: Segregation by Culture.
No earthshattering revelations, yet an interesting read.
LA Times: ‘Fast and Furious’ star Paul Walker dies in car crash.
Given the amount of FB and Twitter laments over this actor’s demise, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m officially old. No idea he even existed. Bigger lesson here - when you ride in a performance car, know the driver *well*. As Sir Stirling Moss said (and I paraphrase), street driving and race driving are completely different. There’s no reason to try to exercise racing chops on the public streets - you can’t even approach the limits you need to, and you just endanger everyone else. Get your car to a track, and then push your limits.
NPR: Say ‘Rabbit, Rabbit’ For 31 Days Of Good Luck.
Yes, well … to me, the modern online renaissance of this phrase should be attributed to Heather Champ. I seem to recall she was the one who made it popular back in the early days of weblogs. Credit where credit is due.
WSJ: When Superstition Works.
“People who have both a high need for control and a sense of helplessness in a given situation — such as the straight-A perfectionist who didn’t have time to study for an exam — are the most likely to succumb to conditioned superstition.” One to read and remember. No wonder economically challenged folks are such easy marks.
Yahoo News: Dog-doo scofflaws get bagged through DNA testing.
Fan-damn-tastic. Some inconsiderate loon and his/her dog left a ‘present’ right in the middle of my driveway the other week. You bought the damned dog, not I - you clean up after it. I’m hoping this spreads far and wide. Our trails here in Santa Fe are disgusting when spring warmth hits … trails being the most convenient place to let dogs go, sans cleanup. The first 1/2 mile is a penance on just about any NM trail.
Guardian.UK: Driver escapes 185mph crash in Californian desert - video.
I’d need a year for my brain to unwind from all that twisting. Monococque frame, I assume … from all the pieces flying off.
IdiotPull: Compost Today! [Screenprinting with spices?!]
Cinnamon and Paprika. Sounds a bit sneezy.
The Brander: The Gantenbein Winery – A Taste of Happiness.
Youtube: 1972 750 Norton Racebike at Mosport ‘13.
This’ll get your blood pumping.
The Hairpin: How I Found Out I Didn’t Have the Herpes I’d Been Living With for Four Years.
Another well-written piece. Batting 1000, in this last few minutes of blogging time on Sunday night.
The Morning News: The Window Cleaner.
99U: When Being an ‘Expert’ Is a Bad Thing.
“Sometimes we think we need to specialize to survive, but maybe the future will better reward “Expert Generalists.”” Noone believes in polymaths anymore. The market’s been saturated with poor exemplars of late.
How To Not Suck Online.
Another one, better this time. I truly admire ‘Ten Ideas in Ten Minutes’. I can’t help but think that if someone needs a guide like this, they should find another pursuit. But I’ll add one important item: Don’t just tell. ASK. Sometimes you have to sit back and listen to your audience.
Colossal: Meet Luigi Prina, the 83-Year-Old Builder of Flying Model Ships.
Omigod. Isn’t this the BEST thing you’ve ever seen? Makes me feel guilty for sitting reading a book. I need to build some stuff like this for MY office.
Youtube: Heating your home office for 8 pence a day.
In US dollars, about 15 cents a day. I certainly wouldn’t leave it on a paper magazine, however. Tea lights get hot. But totally brilliant. I have to try it out.
HiConsumption: PetChatz - FaceTime Video Phone for Dogs.
ArtDaily: New World Trade Center deemed tallest United States skyscraper.
“In deciding the title of the tallest US skyscraper, the committee looked at three criteria: the height to the ‘architectural top,’ which includes spires but not ‘functional-technical equipment,’ the highest occupied floor, and the height to the absolute highest point on the building, including antennas and flag poles.” Bah. Counting the antenna’s cheating, IMHO.
J&D’s Foods, Inc.: Power Bacon.
Gizmodo: Make Matches Into Mini Missiles.
Is it just me, or does it seem like Gizmodo has recently uncovered a trove of ‘60’s Boy’s Life magazines? Is there any kid on the planet who DOESN’T know how to do this? Or mixing baking soda and vinegar in airtight containers to make them pop their lids? Using waxed paper on slides? Just serves to remind me that once upon a time, a piece of chalk and a rubber ball, or even just a throwaway soda can could entertain a dozen kids for hours.
Kahunaburger: Google Voice - this alone was worth the switch.
I’ve been slowly reapproaching Google Voice, and hadn’t even considered this benefit. Isn’t the service on the ropes, as far as Google’s concerned? I thought we heard it might go the way of Reader soon … ?
MailOnline.UK: Almost 400-year-old New Hampshire family farm sold.
“The 132-acre farm in Dover, NH, sold last month to Massachusetts farmer Matt Kozazcki for just over $1 million after being on sale for three years. It was in the Tuttle family since 1632.” Not a peep from a Tuttle in the article, unfortunately. I’d like to hear their side.
Mac app; pretty cool. “Just type your problem as you’d write it on paper. You see your answer instantly. No setting up formulas, no equals button.”
WSJ: Motorcycle Road Trip From Las Vegas to Yosemite.
Fun. Though many talk of thousand-mile days on a bike, it’s much more tiring than driving in a car. Best to keep the mileages lower (per day) than what you’d do for a comparable car trip.
[If you’re too freaked out: That is, I believe, a flying fox. A fruit bat. He wants a sip o’ your morning OJ, or your morning smoothie, not your blood.]