Guardian.UK: Bronze gun found on beach near Darwin is 250 years old, tests show.
Bit of a mystery, that could rewrite Australian history tomes.
BBC: Life on a British Cold War submarine.
Sounds like hell. No wonder submariners on shore leave acquired ‘hellraiser’ reps.
Guardian.UK: FDA to crack down on antibiotics in animals reared for meat.
A little behind the eight ball, what?
Zeldman: This is a Website.
“Blogging may have been a fad, a semi-comic emblem of a time, like CB Radio and disco dancing, but independent writing and publishing is not. Sharing ideas and passions on the only free medium the world has known is not a fad or joke.”
OpenCulture: Discover Nietzsche’s Curious Typewriter, the ‘Malling-Hansen Writing Ball’.
Youtube: Mercedes-Benz TV - Magic moments.
The New Yorker: Out Loud - The Roots of Our Tragedies.
Slate: What it was like to read literature’s ‘midcentury misogynists.’
“Young women are often barred from feeling the easy pleasure that comes with reading and identifying with the classics. But we also benefit from a critical perspective on these books that many of our male peers don’t have. We don’t see ourselves in them, so we grow up challenging them.” When you realize the language of misogyny is even being perpetuated in ‘young adult’ literature, you begin to realize the magnitude of the problem.
Mlive: Remains of Civil War-era shipwreck rumored to carry gold found in Lake Huron.
“Nobody even knew the ship had sunk until more than a week later, when wreckage was spotted off Port Austin and the Keystone State’s wheelhouse washed ashore. Since then, the ship has remained one of the many Great Lakes shipwreck mysteries; a tragedy that claimed the life of 33 crew members and sparked rumors about a clandestine cargo load of gold and war materials.” Smells like a trove. Thanks, @apachebird1!
NY Times: Eleanor Parker, 91, Oscar-Nominated Actress, Dies.
Ms Parker played the Baroness Schraeder in The Sound of Music. “A family friend, Richard Gale, told The Associated Press that the cause was complications of pneumonia Ms Underwood’s performance.” My little addition. Sorry, couldn’t resist. RIP, good lady.
I just realized it’s been decades since I’ve heard “male chauvinist pig” used in casual conversation ...
Metafilter: Is the Affordable Care Act a ‘Republican’ Health Plan?
Apparently hyperbole. The individual mandate is shared by the Heritage Foundation concept, little else. Perhaps that explains the Roberts/Supreme Court opinion. The comment thread on this one is less helpful than usual.
The Observer.UK: ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show’.
A worthy read. I believe the only way to cure this is on the micro-level. Almost to the point of having local community ‘debates’ about politics, where everyone can listen, shout, gesticulate, foam at the mouth … and perhaps a more reasonable future can be realized. The question is, how to arrange such a device.
NJ.com: Princeton University dismayed by leaking of J.D. Salinger’s unreleased stories.
“The school disclosed last week that the short story ‘The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls’ was one of three unpublished manuscripts sold on eBay and scanned and uploaded to a file-sharing site Nov. 27 without the authorization of the Salinger Literary Estate or knowledge of the university library …” Ruh-roh. Ties to The Catcher in the Rye.
Guardian.UK: WWII bomb discovered underground in Belgrade.
And it looks like he’s digging with a *metal* shovel. Lordy. I hope he got hazard pay. Didn’t they remove the TNT with steam while the bomb was in-place, back in WWII?
NPR: Don’t Call It Fanfic - Writers Rework Their Favorite Stories.
Fun. I’ve rewritten parts of beloved books in my head for years; perhaps I should commit some to paper.
ArtDaily: Bob Dylan guitar sells for nearly $1mln in New York.
“An electric guitar on which Bob Dylan performed a legendary set at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 sold for a record $965,000 at an auction in New York on Friday.” Worth every penny. Virtually a holy relic, that is.
Collectors Weekly: What Mannequins Say About Us.
“At the turn of the 19th century, you had bustier mannequins with tiny waists. Suddenly, going into the teens, they got a little more slender. Close to World War II, female mannequins had these broad shoulders. After World War II ended and the soldiers were coming home, all of a sudden the female mannequins were very voluptuous, almost like sirens calling them home.”
Mashable: 12 ‘Sound of Music Live!’ Performances You Should Rewatch.
Omigod. One thing continues to make me sad: Julie Andrews’ four octave soprano was an international treasure, and the doctors who ruined her vocal cords should be in jail. My other observation is, Captain Von Trapp needs to embody his profession. Does this actor look like he served on battleships and commanded a U-boat? No way. He looks like another soccer dad from down the block, nice voice or not. Suspension of disbelief: none.
ArtDaily: The Whitney presents “Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s.”
If you’re in NYC, don’t miss it.
SF New Mexican: Sam Pick - ‘Don’t tell me how to brush my teeth’.
“Local governing is … a civic commitment. It’s not political. It’s keeping the streets clean. It’s keeping the libraries open. It’s paying for the police and the fire and planners and the parks. That’s what it is.”
The New Yorker/Postscript: Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013.
The Art Newspaper: Time is running out for America’s historic houses.
“A lot of historic buildings have huge deferred maintenance problems.” Isn’t this the problem for America in general?
ArtDaily: Six years raising the shipwreck, China to recover ancient treasures.
Surely much safer, though hardly as romantic to be digging treasure out of a steel box.
Guardian.UK: Roy Orbison - ‘My voice is a gift’.
25 years ago this week, we got a little more lonely.