BoingBoing: Customer fined $250 for complaining, told “You are playing games with the wrong people”.
Read this one. Wow.
Cool Tools: Car2Go.
A step on the way to self-driving cars (eliminating the ‘ownership’ mentality).
alexcornellblog: Why It’s Impossible to Make Plans Anymore.
Cellphones. So this writer maintains. I’d critique, but I have to call someone ...
Not One-Off Britishisms: “Expiry date”.
Ha! Say ‘expiry date’ anywhere inland of the two coasts, you’ll get some mighty curious looks. “What kind o’ date?”
NPR: A New Golden Age For ‘Silver Bullets’? Airstreams Make A Comeback.
Even in the local RV parks, you’ll hear “mumble-mumble ... over there, THEY’VE got an AIRSTREAM.” A modern mark of distinction.
Flavorwire: Stunning Writing Studios.
Chock full of clichés. Writing comes best for me in places and times where I’m at least slightly uncomfortable. I need something to drag me to the pen or keyboard. Give me a comfy chair, a nice view ... forget about it. The muse goes on vacation.
Dazed: Palestinians tweet tear gas tips to Ferguson residents.
Hyperallergic: Marfa’s Art World Gentrification Is Pushing Out Long-Time Residents.
“Move to Marfa today and you can purchase a five-bedroom home that Judd once owned for $735,000; though cheaper than a New York brownstone, it’s astronomical by West Texas standards. Several homes in Marfa are priced above $350,000, and many more are in the $200,000 range, according to the newspaper. That’s significantly higher than the $22,000 that Hughes paid for her house 14 years ago; it’s now worth $120,290.” Time for the residents to get together, move and take over a town nearby, and name it “Old Marfa” just to mess with some heads. If they do it right, they might even cause another gentrification, and make double the cash on their homesteads.
Bloomberg: The 1% are more affluent than we think.
“Failure to get a better handle on the actual amount of wealth and income means economists and policy makers don’t have a proper understanding of the degree of disparity, which represents a hurdle in addressing it. ”
NY Times: A Resurgence in Inequality and Its Effects on Culture.
“What makes the middlebrows so contemptible? Woolf’s tautological response is their very middleness, their inability to be either one thing or another, and their habit of ‘indistinguishably and rather nastily’ mixing up art and life (the pure, complementary pursuits of the high and the low) with things like ‘money, fame, power or prestige.’” Perhaps, but who wants to be a lowbrow ‘dancing monkey’ for the higbrows? The ‘affinity’ of the high and low could only be expressed in such terms by the highbrow urbanity of the NY Times; happy to look down upon their readership.
LA Times: Marina Abramovic Institute responds to critics of unpaid positions.
“But the come-work-for-free ad — I mean, ‘volunteer’ — strikes a dissonant note when the foundation’s namesake has her multimillion-dollar real estate transactions regularly covered on Curbed. And when the organization seeking the unpaid work is fund-raising for a $20-million headquarters in New York’s Hudson Valley designed by starchitect Rem Koolhaas. Not to mention that the skills the institute is demanding for these positions is quite specialized.”
Pacific Standard: The Most Popular Ways to Share Personal News.
“Despite all of the technology, face-to-face communication still came out on top as the most popular method of sharing.” Which emphasizes the fact that a social media persona is a fictional construct (not that all personas aren’t constructs; just more fictional than the historical mean).
Pacific Standard: California’s Lax Policing of the Fracking Industry.
“The problem is that at least 100 of the state’s aquifers were presumed to be useless for drinking and farming because the water was either of poor quality, or too deep underground to easily access. Years ago, the state exempted them from environmental protection and allowed the oil and gas industry to intentionally pollute them.” !^$%$^@#^%!%$ [Holding my hand to my throat, practically strangling myself, so I don’t start shouting again.] There is no such thing as a useless resource.
CR4: Dangerous Rail Tankers - Coming to a City Near You.
Worse than I’d imagined. Read the whole thing.
OneHeadlightInk: Turns out movies DO make money for New Mexico.
Archaeology News Network: Ancient temple to be buried under apartment block.
OpenCulture: Wearable Books - Medieval Manuscripts Were Recycled & Turned into Clothes.
Um. Yes. Well. Newspaper and book-paper are pretty good insulators, it turns out. We had a family friend who grew up in Austria post-WWI, and he related how he managed to keep warm in the terrible post-war poverty by lining his clothes with newspaper (and in the process, making me curious about what the Treaty of Versailles wrought that textbooks weren’t telling me). I later tried it myself (what kid wouldn’t?) … and found it worked extremely well. Except for the ink all over your skin.
Collectors Weekly: Caftan Liberation - How an Ancient Fashion Set Modern Women Free.
“It allowed you to wear really comfortable clothing in public, things that you might have reserved for just wearing behind closed doors in your own house. [snip] It was teasing the boundaries around your domestic space, like what you’re wearing at home versus what you’re wearing out. It had an ambiguous sexuality to it. It both freed the body and emphasized the body, while still remaining somewhat dignified.” Better than having to look at folks in sweats and house slippers at WalMart.
Paris Review: Notes from the Milk Cave.
“Even if someone had told me ‘twenty minutes per breast per feeding,’ it would still have taken sitting down every two hours for forty minutes for me to understand, because just like every other aspect of pregnancy and motherhood—morning sickness, contractions—the imagined experience turned out to be laughably unlike the experience itself.”
Messy Nessy Chic: The Romeo & Juliet Villages of Santa Barbara.
One could wish more American architects took chances like this.
Reason.com: Mom Jailed Because She Let Her 9-Year-Old Daughter Play in the Park Unsupervised.
Pffft. I walked by myself to kindergarten. Today, state-enforced helicopter parenting? Man, I’m so glad I grew up when I did.
KomoNews: Man sets house afire while trying to kill spider with lighter, spray paint.
Today’s Darwin Award winner.
Neatorama: “Human Props” Who Stay in Luxury Homes But Live Like Ghosts.
The trick is, one must be ready at all times to vacate the premises completely at the drop of a hat.
The Atlantic: Turbulence Ahead - The Coming Pilot Shortage and How It Came to Be.
“The First Officers I flew with at American Eagle came there with over $200,000 in debt for a job that pays $22,914 per year, to start.” Becoming a pilot used to be a virtual guarantee of a high-paying job; the industry was ‘Napstered’ even before Napster existed.
Smeg: Small domestic appliances.
Very pretty. And likely pricey. “Available Soon” always makes me wonder where I put my wallet last.