Dissent: Presidential ADD.
“No topic seems to hold his interest very long, and so he bounces around without ever persuading the American public.” Given that, the perfect President for our burgeoning social media culture.
Medium: Last Call. (For print newspapers, that is.)
“Contrary to the contrived ignorance of media reporters, the future of the daily newspaper is one of the few certainties in the current landscape: Most of them are going away, in this decade.” A must-read. Via George Kelly on G+.
Italy Mag: History of an Icon: La Vespa.
Vroom. The Airstream of scooters. Or should that be the other way around? Airstream is the Vespa of trailers?
Archaeology News Network: Sphinxes at Amphipolis tomb revealed.
More! Even though we pretty much know it’s not Alexander, I’m on the edge of my seat for this.
Archaeology News Network: Scythian ‘Princess’ discovered in Kazakhstan reconstructed.
NY Times: U.S. Tried to Take Foley and Other Hostages From ISIS.
A Continuous Lean.: A True American Craft - Handsewn Shoes.
Every guy in America should have at least one pair. But then, I’m originally a natural-born Princeton prep.
BBC: New dates rewrite Neanderthal story.
“The most comprehensive dating of Neanderthal bones and tools ever carried out suggests that the two species lived side-by-side for up to 5,000 years.” “Yo, conehead. Toss me another chunk of paleo Sabre-tooth, will ya? Well-done this time, poozer.”
Vox: Five fascinating charts on the plummeting teen birth rate.
I’d just heard about the dropping rates via radio on the way home, and here’s extra info. Saves me having to go dig.
Youtube: Black Lodge Singers - Ask Your Mom For Fifty Cents.
Indian Market this weekend in Santa Fe. Events are already going on. You need a bit of flavor.
ABC News: Laura Ingalls Wilder Memoir to Give Gritty View of Prairie Life.
Bookanista: Here be sea monsters.
The Luminous Landscape: Remembering Uwe Steinmueller.
Digital Outback Photo was one of those groundbreaking early digital photography weblogs that got into my hand-typed links list immediately. I found out about so many techniques (‘expose to the right’, early HDR) there first. I’m very sad to learn of his death. My condolences to his family!
BBC: Bradford company rebuilds Citroen 2CV French classic.
I’ll take one. It’d be great for local shopping runs.
NPR: Lessons From The Last Time Civilization Collapsed.
Longtime readers know I’m getting very tired of history being rewritten from a climate-change perspective alone. Climate change is all too often interchanged with global warming, and both terms tend to be misunderstood as ‘manmade’ when used.
Here, ‘climate change’ caused the complex systems to collapse. Climate is but one factor. No doubt drought is a serious event to deal with. But it was not caused by humans at that time. Nature mitigated against complex systems, and the most complex and fragile collapsed causing a domino effect. Using the words ‘climate change’ here would make some believe Ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, etc. were causing manmade global warming. I picture King Tut ‘rolling coal’ through Amarna, heading for Memphis and Thebes.
One of the theories about the Chacoans [Chaco, up in NW NM] is that the complexity of their buildings and religious system was challenged by long periods of drought and brought that civilization crashing down. When the people left, they hauled the contents of the buildings out to the middens piles. They burned and broke everything. All that is left is mostly in chunks and shards. Signs of anger at the religion? So angry one goes back to hunting/gathering? We know they believed that their religious ceremonies had to be exactly timed to celestial events, and if these ceremonies were not performed perfectly, the crops and bounty for the next year might suffer. A drought, especially an extended one, would certainly shoot a hole in that religion’s faithful. Anything that disrupted the production of food would make that civilization unstable.
BUT - take away the climate change interpretation, mixed with new discoveries - another theory has surfaced. Another people, or another religion may have infiltrated. Violent, cannibalistic. The burning and destruction may have been the result of violent overthrow. The cannibalism, ritualistic. Taller-than-average remains have been found, with leg bones split longways, for eating of marrow. Tosses the climate change narrative out on its ear (mostly).
(Later, related to the paragraph above, by total coincidence: Violence in the Ancient Southwest Offers Insights into Peace, Western Digs.)
My point, finally. We are never operating outside of Nature, nor is Nature operating outside of human influence. This current fad of history through the single lens of ‘climate change’ is missing many details that ought not be missed.
A Conversation On Cool: Redford, Newman.
They look skeptical. [heh]
Vintage oil cans, on Flickr.
Note, I’m adding a long-needed category ... “Vehicles”. Since I post so frequently about autos and motorcycles lately. I’m not going to update old entries right now. Strictly a ‘from this point on’ addition.
NPR: A New Golden Age For ‘Silver Bullets’? Airstreams Make A Comeback.
Even in the local RV parks, you’ll hear “mumble-mumble ... over there, THEY’VE got an AIRSTREAM.” A modern mark of distinction.
Youtube: ‘Art and Craft’ Trailer.
Past Horizons: Fighting and feasting: the life of a medieval king.
“Although an alteration in the chemistry between the femur and the rib of Richard III could indicate relocation, historical records show that Richard did not move from the east of England in the 2 years prior to his death when he was King. As such, this chemical change is more likely to represent a change in diet relating to his period as King. The difference suggests an increase in consumption of freshwater fish and birds, which were popular additions to royal banquets at the time and included swan, crane, heron and egret.” And more wine.
BarnFinds: The Anti-Concours - 1918 Stutz Hot Rod
A mongrel. But a looker!
Collectors Weekly: What America Can Learn From Berlin’s Struggle to Face Its Violent Past.
“Imagine if a network of chains were embedded into the streets surrounding the White House and U.S. Capitol as a monument to the slaves that worked on these buildings, or if every major American city maintained one block of open space as tribute to the native people whose land we forcibly took from them. Could Americans finally come to terms with our forebears’ tragic mistakes by following Berlin’s lead?” Much food for thought here.
Messy Nessy Chic: Into the Woodstock Crowd, 1969.
I think what’s hard to express is that this is how kids dressed back then, walking around on the streets. This is not isolated to Woodstock. You see that long hair and beards are not the majority look ... mostly just hair a bit too long, and some sort of facial hair. Truly long hair on men was still a major cultural statement, drawing looks and ire from even average citizens. The nudity was pretty much Woodstock and rarely elsewhere - though there were a subset of guys who could grow the long hair, go shirtless with hiphugger jeans and tire sandals, and affect Robert Plant. Every town had at least four, with attendant preteens drooling over them. The other thing is to watch the videos of Woodstock. The audiences were rather staid; you would almost say unemotional. A few dancing with glee, but the majority stone-faced, just sitting. Looking at other concerts of the era, even shorter ones, same thing.
An irony I’ve missed all this time - for Hendrix’ Star Spangled Banner, the crowd had dwindled to less than 1/10 of its size ... the “single greatest moment of the ‘60’s” was missed by over 90% of attendees, in order to go home and dry off.
Once again, the Hartley quote is applicable: “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.”
The Airship: Why Writers Should Read the Classics.
“The classics are able to achieve this timeless quality because they are not descriptive; they are introspective. They are not focused on the world in which human emotions exist, but on human emotions themselves.” Yes, yes, YES.
I recently viewed the movie Renoir. European pacing, slice-of-life, no real conclusion. I admired the film for what it was ... they gave me room to imagine the character’s inner lives, without specifically depicting it. It’s all the things the actresses/actors don’t say. The negative space gives your mind room to fill in the blanks, instead of having CGI and sound effects limit your imagination’s range.
Too many modern novels overdescribe [just for the sake of describing] to the extent of dust textures in a bedroom [snore]. Is the texture of dust important? Rarely. A good lesson is Dickens’ description of Miss Havisham’s cake-room in Great Expectations. Just about everything has symbolic meaning. An adjective applied to one aspect, overshadows every other. Tableaus beautifully, succinctly, vividly created in one’s mind. When students read this, ask them to describe the room (without the book). You’ll be astonished at how similar the descriptions are. Dickens knew his business.
My personal fear has been to study and analyze classics I love too closely. It would be like putting your life partner under a magnifying glass, purposely looking for hidden springs and levers, putting a Post-It on every tiny flaw. It might affect the character of my love. So I tend to analyze books in in my B-list.
NewMexiKen: Little Sure Shot.
Happy B-day, Annie Oakley.