The Mischiefs of Faction: Will Republicans fall in line behind Romney?
NY Times: The Destruction of Mecca.
“Today, hajj is a packaged tour, where you move, tied to your group, from hotel to hotel, and seldom encounter people of different cultures and ethnicities. Drained of history and religious and cultural plurality, hajj is no longer a transforming, once-in-a-lifetime spiritual experience. It has been reduced to a mundane exercise in rituals and shopping.” Sounds terribly ... American.
ArtDaily: Monumental English case clock to lead Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ sale.
The Atlantic: Saving Paris’s Oldest Bookstore.
“This month, the Librairie Delamain’s lease is up for renewal by the Qatari company Constellation Hotel Holdings, which owns the block-wide property that also houses the soon-to-be-renovated Hôtel du Louvre. The company plans to double the bookstore’s rent to 100,000 euros per year—nearly a tenth of their annual revenue. With already slim margins, the shop would be forced to shut down or abandon the storefront where it has been since 1906 (the business itself dates to 1700).”
IFLScience: Over 50 Geoglyphs Discovered In Kazakhstan.
“Using Google Earth, researchers have discovered an archeological gem in northern Kazakhstan—more than 50 previously unknown geoglyphs of different geometric shapes and sizes sprawled across the landscape. Geoglyphs are large designs created on the surface of the ground, usually made by arranging stones or sculpting the earth.”
Philly.com: Longwood to begin restoring its most popular garden.
They’ve been talking about doing this for over 30 years. I don’t agree about the formal boxwoods - I like the regimented nature. I wonder what’s going to happen to the ‘Eye of Water’ on the clifftop above the Fountain Garden. I suppose it’s just way too old-tech.
It’s one of my favorite places, Longwood. Don’t ruin it with too many ‘new ideas.’ Flames? Please, no. Longwood does not need to be Las Vegas.
Archaeology News Network: Stone Age site challenges old archaeological assumptions about technology.
Given that pyramids developed independently all over the globe, I’d say this theory should be pretty obvious.
Archaeology News Network: New dinosaur from New Mexico has relatives in Alberta.
“The horns on the back of the skull are thick and curve downwards, and the snout has a mixture of flat and bumpy scales—an unusual feature for an ankylosaurid.” No doubt the snout was caused by the enormous amounts of prehistoric green chile eaten ... (joking, just joking) ...
Archaeology News Network: Amphipolis ‘Caryatids’ hint Olympias may lie within.
Archaeology News Network: Fourth chamber may hold key to Amphipolis riddle.
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.