National Post: Student finds something that sets the archaeology world abuzz.
“We have found other religious objects in Ferryland but none from the 1620s, not from that time period when Calvert had cemented his vision of a colony of religious toleration. [snip] And then here we have it, the physical manifestation of his belief.”
Blue Magic/Sideshow has ‘bings’ that exactly match iPhone’s text alert.
Thought it was important for everyone to know.
Medium: Let’s fly.
“Authorities recommend arriving two hours before international flights. I say four. Get there four hours before your flight.” We learned this when travelling for work in the 80’s. That way, little bits of graft to skycaps would get your heavy equipment on board without huge overage fees. I doubt that’s the case now. But still - arriving early gets special attention, always. Another tip - I purchased an Amex Platinum card, which gives special travel concierge service. One phone call, I could have a personal assistant reroute my interaries in minutes, get me access to all the airline lounges. Don’t know if that’s still the case, but if you travel a great deal, the $400 bucks a year was more than worth it. So many times it make the difference between sleeping on a sofa in a strange airport and sleeping in my own bed. I remain a faithful Amex user, though no longer a platinum card holder, because of those experiences. [And this is an unpaid plug, in case you were wondering.] Via Kottke’s sharp eyes.
Guardian.UK: E-readers vs books - the debate.
Never thought I’d say it, but I miss our old Borders Books. I preferred NYC-style B&N’s, but all Santa Fe had was a Borders. I support independent bookstores, but they just don’t have the huge storespace, the strollspace that the chains had. And I could kill hours - even days (after returning from a long a/v tour) - in bookstores.
BBC: My friend, Picasso.
ReadWrite: An Ode To Jim Rockford’s Answering Machine.
Funny; my old man was an attorney, and drooled over the idea of having such an answering machine. Problem was, they were expensive at the time. Eventually a dual-cassette one was purchased ... and come to think of it, very similar to Rockford’s.
Past Horizons: Well preserved Roman remains at Binchester.
“The trooper described his rank as ‘architectus’ and this is the only example from the whole of the Roman Empire, outside of Rome itself, which shows that architects were on the staff of auxiliary cavalry units and not just the legions of the Emperor’s personal protection unit, the Praetorian Guard.” Click through and check out the gorgeous ring.
Hemmings: One man’s collection of more than 600 vintage cars and trucks heads to auction.
ArtDaily: Here’s sellin’ to you, kid. Casablanca piano up for sale on November 24 by Bonhams.
SALMON? Never in a million years would I have guessed such a color ...
Italian Ways: The transparent mystery in Antonello da Messina’s portraits.
Very lively, knowing looks. I’ve not seen a group of his portraits in a row like this - gave new insights.
Youtube: Super Selfie - Legit feat. The Manoeuvres.
Too good to miss.
Archaeology News Network: Ancient temple to be buried under apartment block.
BBC: The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up.
“The incident is a perfect example of how even when inside a steel container, sunken items don’t stay sunken. They can be carried around the world, seemingly randomly, but subject to the planet’s currents and tides.” No mention of how many fish are choking on small Lego parts.
Colossal: An Amazing Collection of Mechanical Singing Bird Automata.
Leave the volume up and drive your office-mates to distraction.
OpenCulture: Wearable Books - Medieval Manuscripts Were Recycled & Turned into Clothes.
Um. Yes. Well. Newspaper and book-paper are pretty good insulators, it turns out. We had a family friend who grew up in Austria post-WWI, and he related how he managed to keep warm in the terrible post-war poverty by lining his clothes with newspaper (and in the process, making me curious about what the Treaty of Versailles wrought that textbooks weren’t telling me). I later tried it myself (what kid wouldn’t?) … and found it worked extremely well. Except for the ink all over your skin.
Past Horizons: 70,000 year-old African settlement unearthed.
“This find, according to the researchers, seems to contradict the previously held belief that the construction of permanent structures was associated with the so-called Great Exodus from Africa and occupation of the colder regions of Europe and Asia.”
ArtDaily: The ultimate connoisseur’s Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale headlines RM’s Monterey Sale.
Oof. I’d give an eyetooth for that baby.
BBC: James Garner, Rockford Files star, dies aged 86.
This one hurts. When I was a kid, I wanted to be as cool as James Garner. RIP, good sir. You will be sorely missed.
Later: A good observation, from Mashable? Yes! Check it out.
SciAm: Bread Wheat Genome Contains “Shocking” Plot Twist.
“In short, the wheat family tree is beginning to look distressingly similar to that of the Hapsburgs.” Worth the read, even if you don’t share an interest in such things. You can baffle the foodies in your social circle.
The Airship: Gonzo Today - What Hunter S. Thompson Means to Modern Journalism.
“The definition of journalism most of us are familiar with would align with ‘just the facts ma’am’ — that is, objectivity over all. Yet, it’s hard not to associate the term with a certain cigarette-chomping, gravel-voiced professional hooligan who obliterated the wall separating himself and his subject via a homemade cocktail of narcotics, explosives and fearlessness (some would argue foolishness, no doubt).”
MetaFilter: Ah yes, the old rumpscuttle and clapperdepouch (aka “fadoodling”).
Oh, yes. Period slang. Just the thing to add to the weblog.
Ghost in the Machine: Tagged and Archived.
Sheesh. I’d best get my arse in gear. Did you sitemap.xml all that, Kevin?
Popular Archaeology: Archaeologists Uncover Lost Population of Ancient Amarna.
The many builders who lived short and hard lives.