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.]
Giz: America’s Newest and Deadliest Destroyer Has Finally Set Sail.
Anki: Bringing Consumer Robotics & AI Into Everyday Life.
Mixing slot cars and video games. I gotta tell ya, I get enough of a blast just racing against others on slot car tracks. Adding weapons? Meh. But then, I’m out of the demographic.
FT.com: Can the art of letter writing survive?
You know, that gives me an idea. Let me percolate on it a bit, and I’ll get back to you.
Colossal: A Yarn Bombed Tree Squid.
Kids, if they ever play outdoors anymore, must love it.
Entrepreneur.com: 10 Words to Cut From Your Writing.
I may argue over ‘perhaps.’ But given that this is an entrepreneurial magazine, perhaps I won’t.
Autoblog: Jessi Combs hits 440 mph, becomes World’s Fastest Woman On 4 Wheels.
“Jessi actually topped out at 440.709 mph in the North American Eagle (NAE) Supersonic Speed Challenger, a 14,000-pound, 50,000-horsepower F-104 Lockheed Starfighter jet converted for land speed record use. Effectively a four-wheeled wingless fighter jet, in a previous life, the land speed record (LSR) car served as a chase plane for the Air Force and NASA’s X-15 experimental plane, along with the legendary SR-71 Blackbird.” Well, there’s a concept I never thought of. Reusing a supersonic jet. I’ll bet they kept the ejector seat intact, just in case.
SF New Mexican: Furloughed workers volunteer to put mud plaster on San Miguel Mission.
Slinging mud for a good cause. I approve.
Google Maps/Streetview: Lamborghini Museum.
Lambos have never been a favorite of mine, except for the Muira. That one, I want to crawl through the screen for.
BBC: Who, what, why: How hard is it to land a plane?
Most folks have never experienced ground effects, and that’s where they can make the most dangerous mistakes. AOPA has had a wonderful “Pinch Hitter” course for decades, if you’re truly interested in learning how to handle an in-flight emergency where a pilot is needed.
Guardian.UK: If the 1% stifles New York’s creative talent, I’m out of here.
This phenomenon has been the center of artistic/creative worry even in the 80’s. Can a city import or commute its creative class? It’s not worked in the past, that I know of.
HiConsumption: BaseCamp Bonn Young Hostel—Indoor Vintage Camper Park.
I had a similar idea decades ago. I might like this one even better.
Mashable: 9 Essential Apps for Storms and Emergencies.
Assuming you have power and/or cell service, that is.
NY Times: Sense and Superstition.
“No, knocking on wood won’t change what happens. [snip] But knocking on wood does affect our beliefs, and that’s almost as important.” We are actually experts at controlling our moods; knocking on wood happens to work better than meds.
DHMO.org: Facts About Dihydrogen Monoxide.
[This is a joke, people.]
My Modern Met: Father with Terminal Cancer Walks Unmarried Daughters Down the Aisle.
He found a way to do his duty. You’ll bawl your eyes out.
NPR: Man Who Set Fire To Himself On On National Mall Reportedly Dies.
Not something you generally survive.
Writer’s Digest: How to Start a New Novel in 22 Easy Steps.
So true, it’s uninteresting as a post.
BBC News: US budget deadlock closes Cambridge and Woking cemeteries.
I doubt a single Republican Congressperson realized how far a shutdown would reach.
New category added: Security.
Only because I keep looking for it, thinking I’ve already got it in the list. Empty at present, but will fill fast, methinks.
McClatchy: Pentagon report rips Texas F-35 fighter jet plant.
Normally, I wouldn’t link this. But this quote, “Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas, quality-management system and the integrity of the F-35 product are jeopardized by a lack of attention to detail, inadequate process discipline and a ‘we will catch it later’ culture …” When you’re laying carbon fiber, there is no ‘we will catch it later.’ You do it right the first time, every time. Patching is only marginally effective. Look at the problems Airbus has had/is having with their carbon fiber manufacturing.