Guardian.UK: Royal settlement linked to Sutton Hoo treasures.
“The low mounds on a ridge overlooking the river Deben were well known, but archaeologists believed grave robbers had emptied them centuries ago, until an eccentric landowner, Edith Pretty, insisted that she had seen ghostly figures walking on them.” Do the wee ghosties get credit for the finds?
Paris Review: An Audible Compendium of Typewriters.
Guardian.UK: 4,000-year-old Dartmoor burial find rewrites British bronze age history.
“The discovery of her remains is rewriting the history of the bronze age moor. The bundle contained a treasury of unique objects: a tin bead and 34 tin studs, which are the earliest evidence of metal-working in the south-west; textiles, including a unique nettle fibre belt with a leather fringe; jewellery, including amber from the Baltic and shale from Whitby; and wooden ear studs, which are the earliest examples of wood turning ever found in Britain.”
London.sonoma.edu: The Road - Holding Her Down
“The ‘shack’ (brakeman) takes a coupling-pin and a length of bell-cord to the platform in front of the truck in which the tramp is riding. The shack fastens the coupling-pin to the bell-cord, drops the former down between the platforms, and pays out the latter. The coupling-pin strikes the ties between the rails, rebounds against the bottom of the car, and again strikes the ties. The shack plays it back and forth, now to this side, now to the other, lets it out a bit and hauls it in a bit, giving his weapon opportunity for every variety of impact and rebound. Every blow of that flying coupling-pin is freighted with death, and at sixty miles an hour it beats a veritable tattoo of death.”
ArtDaily: Rare group of 9,000-year-old stone masks united for first time at the Israel Museum.
“Originating from the Judean Hills and nearby Judean Desert, the twelve masks on view each share striking stylistic features. Large eye holes and gaping mouths create the expression of a human skull. Perforations on the periphery may have been used for wearing them, for the attachment of hair, which would have given the masks a more human appearance, or for suspending the masks from pillars or other constructed forms.” Wild.
Lapham’s Quarterly: Living at Life’s Expense.
“The advantage of living is not measured by length but by use; some men have lived long and lived little; attend to it while you are in it. It lies in your will, not in the number of years, for you to have lived enough.” Michel de Montaigne.
SciAm: Did Dark Matter Kill the Dinosaurs?
“The authors suggest that as the Sun oscillates up and down, it crosses a denser layer of dark matter — like the ham in the middle — causing a gravitational push and pull that disturbs comets in the Oort cloud.” I’ve thought about this sort of scenario since starting sci-fi books back in the ‘60’s. Cool that they’ll be able to test it. Frightening the implications.
Telegraph.UK: Unseen interviews with WW1 veterans recount the horror of the trenches.
“As soon as you got over the top, fear has left you and it is terror. You don’t look, you see. You don’t hear, you listen. Your nose is filled with fumes and death. You taste the top of your mouth ... You’re hunted back to the jungle. The veneer of civilisation has dropped away.”
Byzantine Blog: Irony And Humor In The Semantically Subversive Byzantine Empire.
After Constantine’s death, they’d need a sense of humor.
NY Times: A Successor to Sagan Reboots ‘Cosmos’.
Sunday. The previews have pretty cheesy effects; don’t know if I can stomach it if they’re all on this par.
Geo for Bootstrap, a Timeless Theme by Divshot.
My eyes, my eyes. To have put this into Bootstrap … omigod.
Mashable: Queen Announces Tour With Adam Lambert Filling in for Freddie Mercury.
SciAm: Infrastructure Threatened by Climate Change Poses a National Crisis.
“The difficulty of strengthening the systems that support the American economy — from electricity to drinking water — poses significant problems requiring large investments at a time of rising risk and receding political appetite for big spending initiatives.” Climate change or not, I’ve been personally banging on about infrastructure since the Reagan years.
NY Times: Sean Potts, 83, Master of the Tin Whistle and a Founder of the Chieftains, Dies.
USA Today: Hillary Clinton - Putin’s tactics like Hitler’s before WWII.
Hrmmmm. And calling someone Hitler-like always makes things better, eh? Bush called Hussein “Hitler.” Kerry called Assad “Hitler.” The Right compares Obama to Hitler. World’s a better place for it, don’t you think?
Supercharged: 2014 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante in green & gold.
CNN: Baby left in toilet now 27, curious.
Born in ‘87. Middle of the crack cocaine epidemic in a state that suffered particularly badly throughout. There were many worse outcomes than being left in a bathroom.
Macworld: How to get old OS X installation discs.
NY Times: Recently Attributed Leonardo Painting Was Sold Privately for Over $75 Million.
“heavily restored”. And yet it still brought 75 mill. Wow.
ArtDaily: Very first Wolverine artwork, not known to exist, surfaces for auction at Heritage.
Letterology: Press Kit.
“Various model press kits included tiny rubber type, spacers, ink, adhesive back picture dies, tweezers for handling type, an inking brush, ink ribbon, mounting slugs, the rotary press and paper. Instruction manuals encouraged kids to print up handbills and postcards to advertise their yardwork and baby-sitting services, and to write and publish home, school and club activities in newspapers.” This one’s before my time; but I remember one of my friends had a press like this. Very cool then ... still cool today.
Guardian.UK: Nikola Tesla’s ashes spark row between Serbian scientists and Orthodox church.
Guardian.UK: Vikings at the British Museum - great ship but where’s the story?
The Guardian finds the recent exhibition wanting: “Just to reel off some nicknames is to get a taste of their vivid humanity: Ragnar Hairy-Breeches, Ivar the Boneless, Eric the Red, Thorstein the Black, Olvir Hump. The Vikings left a legacy of stories in which legend and truth mingle. They’d have told this exhibition as a story.”
Slate: Jonathan Livingston Seagull - new edition with fourth section is dumb as ever.
Foisting the ills of our modern world on the back of Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a bit much. I wonder what the author would make of Zhuangzi.
ArtDaily: Rare Martin Bros. stoneware birds set to take flight at Morphy’s March 8 auction.
Man, are they hideous or what? I’ll take two.