SciAm: Wine Snobs Are Right - Glass Shape Does Affect Flavor.
“Different glass shapes and temperatures can bring out completely different bouquets and finishes from the same wine.” I imagine the same holds true for whisky.
Firebox: Cafflano Klassic ... All-in-One Coffee Maker.
Expensive, but might allow one to avoid the unholiest of beasties while travelling ... road coffee.
BBC: Woman wounded in US armadillo shooting.
Armadillos, taking potshots at people? No, just stupidity. “Police say the bullet ricocheted off the animal’s hard armour, entered the woman’s mobile home, and hit her in the back as she sat in a reclining chair.”
Oh, I could be very wrong. But I feel that as long as the Watch is tethered to an iPhone in order to function fully, it’s sort of doomed in this first generation. Particularly out West here. We in NM have a hard enough time with a cellphone alone, maintaining contact with cell towers (a lot of dead areas). What good are all the features of an Apple Watch if the paired iPhone can’t make contact with cell service? If a tree falls in the forest ...
Strikes me ...
Cockney rhyming slang might be great for passphrases.
I love Lynda.com. Can’t stand LinkedIn. If they bust it, I’ll never EVER forgive them.
Vimeo/Staff Pick: The Reinvention of Normal.
I adore this.
Memory vs. intelligence.
I’m reminded of a story I heard about a friend. A headstrong individual, he felt the power of mind overcame all obstacles. He read a very detailed book about parachuting and decided he had all the knowledge required to succeed without having to waste time with ‘boring instruction’. He convinced a buddy to take him up and ... broke his leg into about a dozen pieces upon landing.
There’s book learning, and there’s practical application. Mentorship seems to get short shrift sometimes. The above example should make clear how handy a good mentor is. Saves one from excessive ... legwork.
Later, footnote: Zhuangzi and education.
WBUR: With Typewriters And Rotary Phones, Tech Firm Goes Analog For April Fools’.
NY Times: Modern Explorers Seek a Place in a GPS World.
“Even in the 19th century [snip] people understood that ‘the end was in sight.’ They felt a new age coming, one in which humans dominate the planet, for better and for worse.” Exploration ain’t what it was. It takes proportionally larger amounts of money and teamwork to get to the remaining frontiers (deep space, deep ocean), reflecting the difficulties involved.
Pretty much as expected. Better with a flowered poofy couch inside, though.
McSweeney’s: Turn Your Life Into the Story You’ve Always Known It Could Be.
“Ever wish you could invent your own dogma?” Tongue-in-cheek.
The Millions: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids.
“The perfect life does not and never will exist, and to assert otherwise perpetuates a pernicious fantasy: that it’s possible to live without regrets. Every important choice has benefits and its deficits.”
The Atlantic: Pilots on the Germanwings Murder/Suicide.
“And when people start looking for whom to blame, the answer is simple: Joe-six-pack who wanted a $99 flight from New York to L.A, or Pierre Baguette who wanted a 65 Euro Paris-Casablanca…and the cynical bean counters who make this possible” Pilots used to be paid well, have peerless training and plenty of *useful* hours in type. Not so today. Huge issue.
Youtube: AAA video analysis provides shocking results among teen drivers.
Ouch. Important to watch this; you’ll drive all the more defensively now. The way I used to cure this, was to have kids learn to drive a stick shift. No automatics until good driving skills are ingrained. The eye/hand/foot coordination required by shifting relieved boredom, and served to keep handheld distractions at a minimum. Not to mention that being able to disengage the engine via clutch in emergency situations saves lives. Via Cam Barrett on FB.
Nautilus: What your tombstone material says.
“A pile of rubble clearly does little to aid in the remembrance of a body that walked and talked and dreamed and thought. But a marker that remains too pristine loses its authority. An inscribed date might reveal when a monument was erected, but it’s the lichens, dirt, chips, and scratches that make that date convincing. We want time to be gentle, but not to stop.” Plastic hasn’t made any inroads. Surprised solid hunks of cloudy acrylic aren’t all over graveyards yet, come to think of it. Surely someone could come up with a recycled-plastic aesthetic as a business model, link it to the green graves movement.
Later: Speaking of interesting tombstones ... extra points for recycling.
Mashable: German flight’s 8-minute descent is key mystery in crash.
“The Airbus 320 has not recorded the slightest accident since it has been used by Lufthansa group.” Yet the 320’s been cited for being prone to ‘glass cockpit blackout.’ Power outage with no navigation and no communication capabilities. On a cursory glance, it would certainly fit the overall profile.
Later: Photos have been released of the crash site. As with any mountain crash, the slopes and terrain shred airplanes to tinfoil. There are no survivors. My deep condolences to the families.
Youtube: Showing IKEA print to art experts.
Like putting oenophiles on the spot.
Reddit/IAmA: I am Carl Estersohn, veteran and a WWII B-17 pilot. Ask me anything!
Re/code: Monica Lewinsky Gives Poignant TED Talk on Cyberbullying.
“A marketplace has emerged. [snip] Shame is an industry. [snip] The more shame, the more clicks. The more clicks the more advertising dollars.” And she’s right. No link, Re/code? Shame.
Project MUSE/Postmodern Culture: Zombie Apocalypse as Mindfulness Manifesto (after Žižek).
“The terror of the zombie apocalypse is not the xenophobic fear of alien invasion, but the horror of our own radical (and contagious) dehumanization (perhaps resulting from foreign contamination); it is precisely our imagination of the human condition after the death of the ego.” A distant acquaintance discussed arming themselves for the ‘coming zombie apocalypse’ the other day. Some people really believe this stuff. I’ve only had time to skim the article, linked for my audience and for deeper reading later. I feel like a zombie myself sometimes, what with the seeming lockhold of corporations over government. Via always surpassingly excellent wood s lot.
On the uses and abuses of ‘charity’.
Lance Armstrong. Will Ferrell. Compare, contrast. For the TdF, I can see how they wouldn’t want Armstrong and his legacy anywhere near their event, charity or no. Because a given effort benefits a ‘charity’, does that automatically make it ‘right’?
Modern Mechanix: Unique Bus of Future to Duplicate Speed of Railroads.
‘Cruise ship of the prairies’. I like it.
c|net: Apple extends iPhone 5’s on/off button replacement program.
Battery replacements, too. Bookmarked for my 5s.