Register.UK: Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it.
Some iconic films should stand alone.
Archaeology News Network: Antikythera Mechanism older than thought.
“Starting with the ways the device’s eclipse patterns fit Babylonian eclipse records, the two scientists used a process of elimination to reach a conclusion that the ‘epoch date,’ or starting point, of the Antikythera Mechanism’s calendar was 50 years to a century earlier than had been generally believed.” Any links to Archimedes are getting thinner (at the moment).
Slate: Turkey eggs - Why we eat white and dark meat at Thanksgiving but not eggs.
Okay. And I suppose quail are similar. Imagine the little tiny omelets one could make.
Happy Turkey Day, all!
And a song suggestion. Stills *and* Hendrix.
Reuters: Romney tops Republican poll for ‘16; ahead of Clinton in election.
“Among possible Republican candidates, Romney’s 19 percent put him ahead of former Florida governor Jeb Bush with 11 percent, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ben Carson each with 8 percent each, and U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky with 6 percent.” I. Can’t. Even.
Guardian.UK: Shakespeare First Folio found in French library.
“One of the most interesting things about the book is that the Henry IV play has clearly been performed because there are notes and directions on the pages that we believe date from around the time the book was produced.” Now that’s cool.
NPR: ‘Paper Love’ - Box Of Love Letters Reveals Grandfather Didn’t Escape WWII With ‘Everyone’.
PS Mag: The Long War Between Highbrow and Lowbrow.
“Shakespeare was The Avengers of the 19th century. To say that Shakespeare was The Avengers, though, is to say, in part, that Shakespeare was not high culture at all. Instead, Shakespeare was popular culture — and treated as such.”
Italian Ways: Genius unnoticed – the Mitterhofer Typewriter Museum in Parcines.
naked cap: Who Will Wind Up Holding the Bag in the Shale Gas Bubble?
The taxpayer, ultimately.
BarnFinds: Period Nasty Boy - 1956 Austin-Healey 100.
Quite the project. I ran into a Midget once, with a Chevy carburetor *welded* to the top of the MG engine. Wires all over the top, strung from side to side. The depredations these poor British cars had to suffer in America! Anyway, thought you might like to see a particularly beautiful one, from Santa Fe Concorso.
BarnFinds: The Big Boy - 1937 Terraplane Pickup.
Hudson, to be precise. Like something the Mafia would stick you in, along with bags of concrete, scooting you oh so stylishly to your destiny.
PS Mag: Yes, Republicans Can Still Win the White House.
Of course they can. The closest-to-center wins, usually. Remember “Reagan Democrats”? I found the referenced article (“Blue Wall”) an invitation for Democratic complacency. That’s a strategy for catastrophic loss, IMHO.
Youtube: Antares rocket explosion from the launch pad.
My ears hurt, even with the sound turned down.
Yahoo News/AP Exclusive: Letter that inspired Kerouac found.
Written by Neal Cassady. “The letter is so good, and you see why these guys loved him. [snip] The writing, it just breathes off the page.” I think we all want to take a gander at this one.
ThinkProgress: Cleveland Police Shoot And Kill 12-Year-Old Carrying A Fake Gun.
This was a problem even when I was a kid. I used to have a really realistic Luger cap-pistol in the ‘60’s - it could have been my one-way ticket to a dirt nap. Never let your kids out in public spaces with these damned things; especially now that the police are gearing up with military tech.
NY Daily News: Bill Cosby paid off women says ex-NBC employee.
He’s finished. The handlers have started talking. I was going to post yesterday that this was too large of an operation to be a one-person deal. It needed coordination ... booking flights, renting cars, maintaining security. Many are complicit.
Daily Beast: Hillary Adviser/Bush-Portman Ticket Could Doom Dems in 2016.
But closer-to-centers win, generally speaking. They should grow beards and run as the vintage/hipster ticket, really.
BBC: Pilgrims flock to Goa to see Saint Francis Xavier remains.
io9: This 2000-Year-Old Pigment Can Eliminate The Third Dimension.
So cool. The Chinese had ‘flat UI’ before we did.
Archaeology News Network: Ancient Coptic ‘Handbook of Spells’ deciphered.
“This codex, with its mix of Sethian and Orthodox Christian invocations, may in fact be a transitional document, written before all Sethian invocations were purged from magical texts, the researchers said.” Cool. So much was destroyed by Christian zealots of later periods, chipping and burning ‘heresies’.
PBS/Frontline: New Report - Adam Lanza “Did Not Just ‘Snap’”.
“The authors describe a symbiotic relationship between mother and son, with Nancy going to excessive lengths to protect him from stress, which had the damaging effect of isolating him from the outside world. She treated him as a close confidant, but ‘that may have been well beyond his relatively immature emotional capacities.’” Alas I know of more than one tragedy of this kind. I’ll agree with the psychologists who say, “Suffer the little children to grow at their own pace.”
They need goals, don’t get me wrong. But we do them a disservice to ‘adultize’ them too soon. One can begin to accept them as ‘another adult’ and misperceive the actual abilities of the child, allowing them to get into situations where older and wiser heads are required to make safe choices.
Youtube: Buddy Guy & Jimi Hendrix - Jam Session.
Ted Cruz has lost it. Quoting Cicero v. Catiline?
Catiline was a Senator wanting to overthrow the Republic.
Pot. Kettle. Black.
ArtDaily: O’Keeffe painting sells for more than 3x the previous world auction record ...
... for any female artist. Here: “Seven bidders competed for Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, but it was a prolonged battle between two determined bidders that drove the price to this record height – nearly tripling the work’s high estimate of $15 million.”