Smeg: Small domestic appliances.
Very pretty. And likely pricey. “Available Soon” always makes me wonder where I put my wallet last.
SciAm: Parched Texas Town Turns to Treated Sewage as Emergency Drinking Water Source.
Why not sell treated wastewater to the frackers instead? Spare the good stuff.
Guardian.UK: Authors’ incomes collapse to ‘abject’ levels.
“This rapid decline in both author incomes and in the numbers of those writing full-time could have serious implications for the economic success of the creative industries in the UK.” Overlooked this item the other day. My bad.
Guardian.UK: US drought to deplete Lake Mead to levels not seen since 1930s.
“California, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming wouldn’t see direct cuts in their share of river water, but officials have acknowledged there would be ripple effects.” Water wars are gearing up. Just wait.
Aeon: I learnt to survive like an 11th-century farmer.
Funny, in that I mentioned thinking of buying a scythe just the other day.
Holiday: Living in a Trailer (1952).
VQR: Losing Sparta.
NY Times: Why the Research on Viewing Is Best Ignored.
“Anyway, yes, television affects our lives, as do microwaves, cellphones, cars, polyester, Tupperware. You can either study those effects to death — ‘Study Finds That Trying to Keep Up With Studies of TV Viewing Causes Insanity’ — or just accept that there’s a good-bad trade-off in watching television, and that you should negotiate it as best as you can, using common sense. ”
Messy Nessy Chic: The Town that went Underground.
ArtsJournal: Aging, as in Fine Wine.
Finally took the plunge; trying a ‘cardboard box’ standing desk.
Stacked some storage boxes on my desk. I need a wider space for the keyboard and mouse. I’ll let you know how I fare as I give this workstyle a try.
Modern Farmer: The Abstinence Method.
“Large-scale agriculture proponents reject any link between farms and human health problems. In publications and testimony, spokespeople for conventional meat production have said that taking away antibiotics would cut productivity and raise costs. But the Netherlands’ success demonstrates this isn’t true.”
NPR: Eccentric Heiress’s Untouched Treasures Head For The Auction Block.
“She had three apartments on New York’s Fifth Avenue, all filled with treasures worth millions, not to mention a mansion in Connecticut and a house in California. But the enigmatic heiress Huguette Clark lived her last 20 years in a plainly decorated hospital room — even though she wasn’t sick.”
Las Vegas Sun: Jane Fonda puts New Mexico ranch on market for $19.5 million.
First Val Kilmer, now Jane Fonda. Hollywood seems to be abandoning NM.
Medium/The Nib: The Case Against Sharing.
Collectors Weekly: The Otherworldly Sounds of the Clavioline, From Musical Saw to Wailing Cat.
WCPO: Burt Reynolds faces foreclosure.
The Bandit is looking fragile. Man, time has flown.
WSJ: Fed Officials Downplay Financial Stability Concerns.
My old man used to call Wonder Bread, “The Incredible Shrinking Bread.” Why buy air, was his point. Like that unfortunate product, this article manages to give us text that reveals absolutely nothing we don’t know already.
Vox: It’s three times cheaper to give housing to the homeless than to keep them on the streets.
“A new study is out providing support to one of my favorite ideas in public policy — that the best way to deal with the challenge of homelessness is to give homeless people homes to live in.” One of the early popular Almanacs (remember that book craze in the ‘70’s) created an infographic showing that if you took the American defense budget and rerouted it for just one year to housing the homeless, you could give each homeless person a $250,000 house.
WSJ: Lawsuit Filed Over Cooper Union Tuition.
KickStarter: Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere.
Linked all over, but you’d have to be heartless not to give it just a little more promotion.
NY Times: Please Turn to the Chapter on Obscurity …
NPR: How Far Your Paycheck Goes, In 356 U.S. Cities.
I find the unhighlighted background lines a bit more interesting.