Global Investigative Journalism Network: Secrets of the Wayback Machine.
It’s been so handy as I parse my new mobile design for this blog. Seeing what I’ve done in the past. Anarchic, lazy, meticulous, more.
BBC: Italian court acquits Knox and Sollecito of Kercher murder.
Circumstantial evidence cases are notoriously difficult. From my reading, the Knox guilt was threadbare.
Guardian.UK: High time Lance Armstrong realised that only humility earns redemption.
He must accept his scarlet letter at some point, and act accordingly. Showing up in France just prior to the TdF, will do nothing to help his reputation. Notoriety, yes. Reputation, no. Notoriety will not boost rehabilitation.
NY Times: Richard III Gets a Kingly Burial, on Second Try.
Royal funeral, bargain-basement style. Perhaps it is time to pull the bones of the ‘two princes’ out of the wall of Westminster, and see if they’re actually DNA matches. ‘Tis the season. And the poem’s not bad.
Later: The Tomb, finished.
Popular Archaeology: Archaeologist Discovers Mysterious Ancient Maya Citadel.
Let’s hope it’s undisturbed.
Guardian.UK: Richard III DNA tests uncover evidence of further royal scandal.
“... before we raise questions about the legitimacy of the Yorkist kings and the Lancastrian kings, there are questions higher up the line, raising doubts about nearly all of the Plantagenets.” Sewing the seeds of familial discord in the Plantagenets. You may quote me.
Vox: Here’s how incredible computer word processing seemed in 1982.
“And the comically underpowered computers people bought in 1982 were expensive.” Underpowered but not incapable. The dedicated word processors could churn out formatted text faster than today’s overaccessorized word processing software because they had *dedicated keyboards*. Indent? Press a clearly labelled button. Columns? Press a clearly-labelled button. It was the PC and WordStar that started us on the standard keyboard three- and four-finger keyboard commands (that so few people actually learn to use beyond the basics). Those of us using dedicated machines used to make terrible fun of the bargain-basement PC folks (PCs were cheaper than dedicated systems by a long chalk, and WordStar was trying to offer the same capabilities as the highest end dedicated setups. Trivia: Doing columns easily was a big deal back then, a litmus test of sorts.).
Granted, the output was limited by daisywheel printers. But you could switch fonts by snapping in and out different daisywheels. You know, working around a daisywheel could be why my left ear seems to not be as sensitive as my right anymore (that, and driving with the window open). And sheetfeed tractor-feed paper! Ah, the memories. How many forests we burned through.
WordPerfect, I think, is still the closest thing to living history you can experience. Do they still have the ‘codes page’ - access to the source code of documents?
OpenCulture: Quentin Tarantino Lists His 20 Favorite Spaghetti Westerns.
And they’re so good. They know when not to fill a movie-moment with blather.
New Scientist: Should we thank god for civilisation?
“The most important is Göbekli Tepe in Turkey: a cluster of 11,000-year-old buildings with spectacular statues and other monumental architecture. The archaeologists who found it interpreted these as having a ceremonial purpose: a “cathedral on a hill”, as one put it. Yet the people who built them were nomads, not farmers. So the radical suggestion now is that it was not agriculture that drove the revolution, but religion.” Chaco research would seem to indicate that settled farming appeared alongside ceremony; big, dramatic to-dos to guarantee crop success. Drought threw them back to nomadic lifestyles. In fact, they were so p-d off at the failure of religion and its trappings in the face of drought, they burned the buildings, carried out the contents and broke everything in the middens piles. But this is only one of many theories. Thought it worth mentioning. As climate change settles in, who’d want to be a minister?
Italian Ways: The Iso Grifo A3C and Giotto Bizzarrini’s challenge against himself.
Too hippy for me; sunken in the middle. Iconic, but the styling cues leave me cold.
Pecos National Historical Park: Civil War Weekend 2015.
Oooh, if’n I get my camera back from service, I may have to stop over.
Flavorwire: Pretty Woman at 25 - The Dark Movie It Could’ve Been.
BBC: Will the Dalai Lama reincarnate?
“His holiness has said that the 15th would be born outside of Tibet, outside of China, because this 15th Dalai Lama would have to continue the work of the present Dalai Lama.” Lots of Tibetans around Santa Fe. Apparently the climate is similar.
Autoweek: One-off Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS ‘Porter Special’ crashes into rare Lister-Jaguar.
Oh, that hurts.
Archaeology News Network: Mummified pre-Inca baby found at historic tomb complex in Peru.
Archaeology News Network: Acropolis of Athens built to withstand earthquakes.
“The modular columns, other than the fact that they were made to be constructed and transported more easily, they are designed so that they have excellent seismic performance properties” But can you prove it was intentional.
Past Horizons: Rare first edition of ‘The Map that Changed the World’ unearthed.
“Since then, its ‘disappearance’ means it has rarely been exposed to light, preserving the incredibly bright original colours.” Again, the frequency of finding ‘lost’ original works simply makes me believe forgers are having a field day. Perhaps I’m wrong, but the near-weekly occurrences are beggaring my belief system.
Politico: Hillary Clinton seeks clean slate with press.
“... Clinton said she was ‘all about new beginnings…. A new grandchild. A new hairstyle. A new email account. A new relationship with the press. No more secrecy, no more zone of privacy ... After all what good did that do for me?.” I had to double-check to be sure this wasn’t the Borowitz column or something similar. I suspect she’s speaking jokingly to her audience ... ?
Nautilus: How to Make Art That Withstands the Test of Time.
“Wood, rabbit-skin glue, and oil paint have certainly stood the test of time.” Making an inkjet-style device that spits those compounds onto wood planks. My next billion-dollar idea.
ET Canada: Canadian Actress Alberta Watson Passes Away At 60.
Madeline from the original La Femme Nikita TV show passes away. Cancer sucks. RIP, lovely lady.
Collectors Weekly: Sex and Suffering: The Tragic Life of the Courtesan in Japan’s Floating Wor
Surprising, how much of this I already knew just from reading James Clavell’s Shogun.
Youtube: ASTROBOY Reboot Teaser.
Some things should stay cartoon.
“Help us put names on the maps of Pluto and Charon!” Choose early weblog names for features. I mean, why not?
Atlas Obscura: John Paul Jones Crypt.
Barnacles? When I saw the thumbnail, I thought cows had defaced it. What a backstory, though.
Italian Ways: The mixed beauty of Villa della Pergola’s Gardens, in Alassio.
A vision for your Monday morning.