ScienceDaily: Origins of human culture linked to rapid climate change.
Yes; it doesn’t take much imagination to consider that when humans transitioned from hunting-gathering to farming, such landscape alterations might cause climate pattern disturbances.
Later: My above comment is nonsensical when cast against the information in the article - apologies. Thinking about too many things at once. Fingers got ahead of my brain. Thanks MGR for pointing it out.
CNet: U.S. Navy dolphins find antique torpedo.
A totally steampunk object, don’t you think? Even down to using a hand-wound propeller mechanism.
NY Times: Ray Manzarek, 74, Rock Keyboardist And a Founder of the Doors, Is Dead.
RIP. “Riders on the Storm” remains my favorite Doors tune.
Guardian.UK: Giant 1950s robot Gygan up for sale.
The video’s a hoot-and-a-half. I sorely miss that style of narration.
BlessThisStuff: 2014 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC.
The reason I didn’t buy one? I couldn’t straddle the bike at stoplights without standing on my tip-toes. Short inseam, long body. I felt it was a little too dangerous, given my beginner-mind. I bought the Nighthawk, where I could plop both soles flat on the ground. Wish I’d bought the TransAlp, in retrospect. Nighthawk’s got all the caché of a sewing machine. And it can’t even competently handle a logging road.
ArtDaily: The central role of the Eucharist in the Middle Ages is explored.
Interesting history within.
BlessThisStuff: 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spyder.
Well, if I can’t have a Porsche 550, I suppose this’ll do.
ArtDaily: Death mask of Napoleon to be auctioned.
“I came to the conclusion that the best thing to do was to offer it for sale in the hope that, as a result, it was something more people would then be able to see and enjoy.” Nothing cheers one up more than a nice deathmask.
Economist: Barack Obama and the presidency — W’s apprentice.
“Increasingly, however, the exigencies of office seem to be trumping the legal qualms of the campaign trail—something Mr Obama’s supporters will regret when a future Republican president perfects the dodges he is pioneering.”
Selectism: John Lennon’s first car to be sold at auction.
A ‘65 Ferrari 350GT 2+2 Coupe. Imagine.
A Continuous Lean.: As it Happened — Brimfield.
Each year, I drool. Each year, my savings account is so happy I was not close enough to visit.
[Vintage tip: Remember to buy moldy leather, not dry leather. Mold can be removed and the leather restored, with a little elbow grease. It will still be strong and have a service life ahead of it. Dry and cracked leather, though it may look more palatable, will crack, fail and need replacing.]
Tibet Post: China destroys the ancient Buddhist symbols of Lhasa City in Tibet.
“Ignoring both religious freedom and the outcry of the Tibetan people, the Chinese authorities have begun demolishing the ancient capital of Lhasa, including one of the most important Buddhist sites of the city, Tibet’s holiest Jokhang Temple.”
OpenCulture: Jimi Hendrix Invites Paul McCartney to Join a Super Group with Miles Davis.
Curious choice. I would suspect disaster.
HypeBeast: Fiat x Smeg “Smeg 500” Mini Fridge.
And here I always thought a VW Bus resembled a refrigerator. Version two?
Valet.: Oakley Frogskin Sunglasses.
Business Insider: Europeans All Closely Related, Gene Study Shows.
“In fact, it’s likely that everyone in the world is related over just the past few thousand years.” Brothers and sisters, I welcome you to the fold.
Observer.UK: Stewart Brand and the Whole Earth Catalog, the book that changed the world.
“If you want to start a revolution, you’d do it on Facebook.” FB? Oh, gag.
LA Times: Ray Harryhausen videos—Poetry in stop-motion in five highlights.
RIP, oh driver of youthful imaginations.
ArtDaily: Documentary reveals story of WWII unit that duped Hitler’s army - with rubber tanks.
Discover Mag: New Species Suggests Small Dinosaurs Were More Numerous Than We Thought.
Maybe T-Rex developed in such a way as to catch lots of small fry with thick skeletons … ?
SciAm: Tests Confirm Pablo Neruda Had Terminal Cancer.
RIP … hopefully.
emptywheel: The Blame Game Begins.
“What’s new, apparently, is an attempt to blame all this — and with it, our imminent failure in Afghanistan — exclusively on the CIA.” We’ve been talking about this for a long time now … the unsustainability. For anyone within the Beltway to declare ‘quelle surprise’ is disingenuous.
Grand Central: 100 Years Grand, The Parade of Trains.
They should have asked NJ Transit for one of their retired GG1’s.
National Geographic: Wright Brothers Flight Legacy Hits New Turbulence.
The relationship between Langley and the Smithsonian is well-known. The ‘proof’ is in building a replica and flying it, really. The photos of Whitehead’s creations are not exactly belief-inspiring. Lots of wing, not enough control surface for all three axes of flight.
Later: A thorough debunking. Apparently replicas have been flown … but with modern engines.
ArtDaily: French archaeologists uncover a Gallic necropolis from the 4th/3rd centuries BC.
Bullseyes mark the spot.