Google LatLong: Google Earth Pro is now free.
SF New Mexican: Flying Star Cafe closes in Santa Fe, Bernalillo.
“She said the higher minimum wage in Santa Fe is not a factor in the closing; the lack of foot traffic around the Railyard and the still-sluggish Santa Fe economy is.” The Railyard has not performed as promised. With Flying Star gone, how long will REI last? Will the Railyard return to abandoned hulks, once again?
Further, everyone keeps talking about how “#NewMexicoTrue” is revitalizing Santa Fe. I beg to differ. The campaign is bringing more people in aggregate - that is a success, certainly - but not the right demographic. Social media is not the best spot to engage the affluent tourists that Santa Fe requires. Gallery and store owners are not impressed. Lots and lots of foot traffic, uninspiring sales for the amount of people passing through. You need big spenders, not cheap-tchotchke-buying tourists who gawp at all the expensive artwork, take selfies, leave naught but footprints and a bit of wrapper from a bargain burrito.
It’s a terrible thing when you see a fine art gallery selling postcards, keychains and gag gifts to help pay the rent. $5.00 purchases next to $50,000 artworks. Just terrible. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
NY Mag: Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say.
Playing Devil’s Advocate seems to fly over more and more peoples’ heads these days. And that’s almost the whole fun of conversation/civil argument.
AVweb: Two Airplanes Successfully Ditch In Pacific.
GadgetFlow: KeyMouse™ Re-invents the Keyboard and Mouse.
This is the kind of gizmo I’m usually a sucker for. Not at this price, though.
DesignYouTrust: Robi, the Humanoid Robot.
You build it over the course of 70 magazine issues. Does anyone have that kind of patience anymore?
BBC: Pope Francis - No Catholic need to breed like ‘rabbits’.
“Good Roman Catholics do not need to breed like ‘rabbits’ ...” Dude must be giving the traditionals in the Vatican nightmares.
Open Culture: Cab Calloway’s 1939 “Hepster Dictionary.”
It’s really the mezz.
BBC News: AirAsia plane ‘fuselage located’.
Doesn’t look to be in good shape. I think authorities are being optimistic. Split below the window line. Hard hit. I wonder what the black boxes will tell us.
KK/CoolTools: Stayhold. Prevents grocery bags from tipping in your trunk.
Brill. Backordered, so stuck on my wishlist for future reference.
France 24 [Article from 2011]: Govt targets Marseille’s AK47-wielding gangsters.
I was wondering how easy it was to obtain AK-47s in France. Very easy, apparently.
Then there’s America.
This morning, opinions galore via the Golden Globes.
Amazing, how many people mortgage their opinions to a television awards show. Not that any given opinion isn’t good; it’s just odd where we Americans gather closely-held beliefs.
SciAm: AirAsia Jet Tail Found Underwater, Black Box May Be Close.
But how deep? If divers confirmed, such a depth makes things a little easier. If it were below diver access, it would take months to find the black boxes.
Macworld: Top tips for working with the Mac’s menu bar.
The tip about accessing the Library folder alone is reason enough to link this.
Macworld: Four text skills every Mac user should have in 2015.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. My clients *hate* markdown in CMS environments.
SciAm: Rebrand Stage Fright to Overcome It.
“People who viewed their anxious arousal as excitement not only reported feeling more excited, they also performed better on all tasks than the other participants: their singing was about 30 percent more accurate, their scores on several dimensions of public speaking were approximately 20 percent higher, and their performance on a timed math test was about 15 percent better ...” This has been a public-speaker-coaching trick for years. We’ve become too much of a ‘victim’ fear-filled society. Rebrand anxiety and panic as excitement, and the world is your oyster. Not easy to retrain a wild ungovernable brain, but the rewards are significant.
Happy 2015, kids.
Kickin’ back today. Might have a photo or three later. Enjoy your day!
Medium: Celebrity Oxford Comma.
Entertaining. I use it without thought.
Backup services (including one for Evernote).
I’ve been looking for a simple method to pull a searchable, formatted backup of Gmail for a while now. Anyone using one, and like it? I’m getting close to 1/2 of my Google free allowance (7GB). That’s a lot of old email.
Archaeology News Network: Secrets of Roman concrete revealed.
“The mortar resists microcracking through in situ crystallization of platy strätlingite, a durable calcium-alumino-silicate mineral that reinforces interfacial zones and the cementitious matrix. [snip] The dense intergrowths of the platy crystals obstruct crack propagation and preserve cohesion at the micron scale, which in turn enables the concrete to maintain its chemical resilience and structural integrity in a seismically active environment at the millennial scale.”
BBC: A Point of View - The strangely enduring power of kitsch.
“At Christmas we are surrounded by kitsch - worn out cliches, which have lost their innocence without achieving wisdom. ” Quote of the season, that.
Unroll.Me Spammys Awards 2014.
I use Unroll.me. This would be entertaining, if it weren’t so burdensome (spam). But if you click through, I think it’s good information to know - and use to winnow your own spam busters.
Vox: Amal Clooney married down. She’s way more fascinating than George.
I kinda like the idea of George being Amal’s ‘arm candy’.
The Millions: Garrets Etc.
“Most writers, unless they’re lucky enough to have an ideal place in which to work, make do with the best space available.” In my case, my own head (heh).
Ballou Projects: Cinderblock Speakers.
Oy, great idea!