FirstWeFeast: How Coffee Became the Hottest Accessory (Literally) in Men’s Fashion.
“Thinking about how to take your coffee isn’t as simple as adding cream or sugar anymore — now, you have to consider what to wear while drinking it.” Personally, I think more about *where.* I don’t enjoy coffee in a mass-market noisy coffeeshop. I prefer the out-of-the-way, empty restaurant … with sidewalk tables.
Aeon: If everyone’s an idiot, guess who’s a jerk?
“I submit that the unifying core, the essence of jerkitude in the moral sense, is this: the jerk culpably fails to appreciate the perspectives of others around him, treating them as tools to be manipulated or idiots to be dealt with rather than as moral and epistemic peers.”
Coolist: Ford Troller V4.
“We’ll start with the good news– the new Ford Troller V4 is one of the most exciting SUV revelations in years. It is rugged, it is contemporary, and it’s one of the toughest-looking SUVs to approach the market today. The bad news? It won’t be coming to the United States …” Are they crazy? This is almost exactly what I’ve been asking for. It would be an ideal Santa Fe vehicle.
Mental Floss; 11 Awesome Things You Can See At The Explorers Club.
“These days, the Club serves as a fellowship that awards grants and provides a social and professional network for continuing generations of explorers. Entry into that network, which includes dozens of chapters around the world, requires a background of extensive travel and a number of recommendations from current members.” There is a patina of age that extends beyond the objects; check the dust caked in the carpet in the background.
Blog warning. I’ve had two beers now.
God only knows what I’m going to post next. If you know me, you know I’m an alcohol lightweight. Always have been a cheap date. Sandra will, of course, take my keyboard away … or hide my mouse.
Later: Yep, she saw what I was going to post. I’ve been banned. Later, taters. (hic.)
Flickr: Multi-story VW Bus.
OK. It’d last what … five seconds in NM winds?
Paris Review: Wizards of the Coast.
Just a fun read.
Supercharged: Ferrari 412 pickup.
If you didn’t like yesterday’s MINI Superleggera, perhaps this will fit your lifestyle. [Ducking swiftly]
CycleEXIF: Mercatone Uno Bianchi.
Bianchi green is the only - the ONLY - green I like.
WSJ/MarketWatch: 5 food additives even grosser than ‘pink slime’.
BBC: French mayor ‘castrated and killed by jealous husband’.
And here we thought the French were OK with extramarital affairs ...
Mashable: English Gardener Grows Dragon in Front Yard.
Youtube/Roadkill: Muscle Truck vs. Baja Bug!
Bug looks like a whole lot more fun.
Vimeo: Twenty Eight Feet - life on a little wooden boat.
Looks lovely; yet among books I’ve read about longtime sailors, eating fish constantly made them crave land-animal meat to an inordinate degree.
Paris Review: Exploring Alexander Pope’s Grottoes.
ArtDaily: NPS reopens Washington Monument after $15 million earthquake repairs.
“Some 2.7 miles of sealant was injected between the stones, and 53 stainless steel anchors bolted into place at the top to secure the structure in the event of another temblor.” Caulking. The last caulking job on the monument ‘lasted 30 years, ten years beyond the 20 year expectation.’ Long before the shake-up. I’ll trust the anchors more.
The Mischiefs of Faction: Are the Super-Wealthy Buying Democracy?
“We know Congress has grown more polarized over the past three decades. And we know that the very wealthy are donating more and more each year. But the very wealthy aren’t necessarily that polarized. If they were buying the government they wanted, they’d be getting a more moderate one than we currently have.”
Youtube: The Porsche from the Winter of ‘53.
Hah. My late uncle was a travelling salesman; he’d trade his car for a VW during the winters - in spite of their reputation as a terrible winter driving car. He’d put snow tires on the back and a sandbag in the front, and drive through every kind of weather. Come spring, he’d clean it up, sell it for a better summer driver (and often make a profit off the VW) … and do the same thing next winter.
OilPrice: Coal - The World’s Deadliest Source Of Energy.
“Still, some estimates are that global mining accidents kill around 12,000 people per year. And that only quantifies the direct deaths caused by coal extraction, not the deaths caused by its combustion.” One might say the deaths are mine, all mine.
The Millions: The Literature of the Standing Desk.
“For writers, the standing desk has a long and prestigious lineage. It’s often seen as a workhorse of productivity and inspiration. Great novels and speeches, treaties and philosophical tracts, have all been written at the height of the sternum. Kierkegard, Dickens, Hemingway, Woolf, Nabokov, Churchill, and Thomas Jefferson all used them. ”
Youtube: Watch Tanker10 doing its thing over Lompoc, CA.
The video’s mislabeled, it’s a modified DC-10. But just look at how much retardant that baby can drop. Read more about the plane here. Check their video page for even more. (I’ve linked this before; probably at the start of each fire season.)
BBC: The Shed at the National Theatre sheds its name.
“We only had a licence to use the name The Shed for a year from April 2013, which was the length of time our venue was originally built for.” While in America, our local restaurant has used the name for years ...
Dazed: Watch Shia LaBeouf skip for an hour.
“Hit play and pick up a rope to see if you can achieve spiritual oneness with him.” If you can, have you been … wait for it … “Transformed”?
The Atlantic: How a Small Plane Crash Looks When Passengers Are About to Survive.
Parachute systems have been available for a while, but they do exact a weight penalty, and as such, aren’t installed as often as they should be. [When I was learning to fly, my instructor (a very pretty young lady who wore incredible heels) would sometimes have to leave her purse behind, if the line crew filled the tanks to ‘full’. Weight and balance is so important.]
Some pilots refuse to fly a single-engine plane at night without a parachute. Ever thought about it? One engine, and you can’t see the ground. Any sort of failure in the powertrain, and you’re basically toast. Another reason why twin engine planes are popular - if you didn’t know.
Graupel and rain.