Bicycling Mag: The $134 Miracle Bike.
Should probably have solid tires. For comparable ‘improvement in lives’, dig around and see what bicycles did for women in the late 1800’s. One could, squinting a bit hard, credit bicycles with the suffragette movement.
SciAm: Einstein’s “Time Dilation” Prediction Verified.
A Continuous Lean.: The Escape Artist/Dennis Hopper in Taos.
At some point, I’ll take a drive up and pay my respects.
Gawker: Iranians Sentenced to Six Months, 91 Lashes for Dancing to “Happy”.
Can we talk about implementing a worldwide “Prime Directive” now? Between IS and this. Those who want to go back in time and be medieval, well ... they can be medieval. Noone in the modern world does business with them. No arms. No supplies of food. No internet. No health advances. You break with the modern world, the modern world cuts you off until you choose to rejoin it. Enjoy the dentists.
ISAW Papers: “The Cosmos in the Antikythera Mechanism.”
This is a couple of years old, but since the mechanism is in the news these days, I thought it might enlighten some who didn’t take the time to skim through it.
Past Horizons: Deadly injuries to skull and pelvis of Richard III revealed.
Incorporates an excellently descriptive video. Everything you need or want to know, right here.
LRB: Andrew O’Hagan reviews ‘No Place to Hide’ by Glenn Greenwald.
A very good read. Very long, but do take the time.
ABC: Experts - Chopin’s Heart Shows Signs of TB.
“The experts said heart is ” very well preserved,” but they did not open the jar.” The benefits of a long soak in quality cognac.
APNewsBreak: Texas will allow Prada Marfa to stay.
Italian Ways: Celestial Veneto.
Archaeology News Network: Massive 5,000 yr old stone structure found in Israel.
The Atlantic: The Last Refrigerator.
BarnFinds: Unloved Pony - 1978 Mustang II King Cobra.
“After reading some old reviews from when this car was new, I’m starting to wonder if these are really as bad as everyone says.” Burn it in effigy. The Mustang II’s were worse than everyone says. Underpowered, boat-like steering, spongey brakes ... and a tendency to leak absolute oceans of oil. I’ll bet there’s still a stripe on my neighborhood’s street, from the Mustang II that used to commute every morning back in the 80’s. I’d restore it and offer it as target practice to former owners.
ArtDaily: Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs presents Chartres Cathedral in early photographs
“One of the finest examples of French High Gothic, it is a milestone in the development of Western architecture. Remarkably homogenous in style, its original stained glass windows and around 4,000 sculptures are largely preserved. Auguste Rodin stood in awe before those statues, during his first visit to the pilgrimage town in 1877, and referred to Chartres Cathedral as ‘the Acropolis of France.’” And, if you’re in Manhattan, this looks like a great short visit.
ArtDaily: ‘Horst: Photographer of Style’ on view at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
“Horst was one of the greatest photographers of fashion and society and produced some of the most famous and evocative images of the 20th century. This exhibition will shine a light on all aspects of his long and distinguished career. Horst’s legacy and influence, which has been seen in work by artists, designers and performers including Herb Ritts, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber and Madonna, continues today.” If you’re in Old Blighty, you’ll want to take this in.
Paris Review: Natty Bumppo, Soviet Folk Hero.
This took the top of my head off. Incredible.
Archaeology News Network: Third chamber at Amphipolis tomb deemed unstable.
Includes a diagram of the tomb, as excavated. I wonder if they couldn’t also remove the overburden above the tomb, to reduce the weight.
Archaeology News Network: The Amphipolis caryatids revealed.
Good lordy, just look!
Later: They’ve entered the third section.
The London Photograph Fair.
One of these years ... I’ll get to see this.
ArtDaily: Elizabeth I ‘airbrushed’ for 18th century make-over and a bug is found in Edward VI.
“The original portrait of Elizabeth I, revealed by x-radiography, shows her wearing an elaborate costume with large ‘wings’ around her head. This was almost completely overpainted in the eighteenth century to create the ‘prettified’ image we see today.” No plastic surgery, so revise the paintings ... after all, for politicians and royalty perpetuity is more important than now.
Vimeo: Fleetwood Mac “Rhiannon (Luxxury Edit)”.
Telegraph.UK: Oldest house in Britain discovered to be 11,500 years old.
Unusually interesting history here. Shines a beam in a very knowledge-dark time.
The New Yorker: Why Walking Helps Us Think.
“Joyce and Woolf were writers who transformed the quicksilver of consciousness into paper and ink. To accomplish this, they sent characters on walks about town. As Mrs. Dalloway walks, she does not merely perceive the city around her. Rather, she dips in and out of her past, remolding London into a highly textured mental landscape, ‘making it up, building it round one, tumbling it, creating it every moment afresh.’”
Italian Ways: Carrara’s marble quarries - setting beauty free.
“Michelangelo traveled personally to Carrara to select the blocks of marble from which his mallet, punch and chisel would free masterpieces such as the ‘Pietà’, ‘David’, and ‘Moses’.” Great selection of photos.