Guardian.UK: Saltwater crocodile named world’s most aggressive.
“A two-metre croc won’t eat a human, but once you get an animal that is four metres long, humans are certainly on the menu.” Forego the bacon-scented deodorants.
ArtDaily: Masks sold in Paris to be returned to tribes by The Annenberg Foundation.
“… these are not trophies to have on one’s mantel, they are truly sacred works for the Native Americans. They do not belong in auction houses or private collections. It gives me immense satisfaction to know that they will be returned home to their rightful owners …” Clued into this by frequent commenter Emmett.
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.
Guardian.UK: Taxpayers to pay for fracking pollution if companies go bust.
“Minister rejects proposal to amend regulations to make companies sign a bond to pay for potential pollution incidents.” MISTAKE. Don’t know if the UK is the same as here, but larger outfits set up smaller corporations, in order to shield themselves. They take the smaller corporations bankrupt before cleanup is necessary.
Guardian.UK: Nevada family burned tyre to stay warm before rescue from mountains.
“The situation became dire as time passed without any sight of the missing party, the temperature plummeting to -26C (-16F) on Monday and -23C (-10F) on Tuesday.” Pretty smart to burn a tire … tires release thick, black, acrid smoke.
CNN: NTSB probes fatal Asiana Flight 214 crash.
Backstory is being revealed, slowly. As usual, multiple points of failure combine to create disaster.
Later: And more. Sounds like a significant lack of training … ?
Syracuse.com: Snowy owls strike 5 planes at NYC area airports over past five weeks.
Waiting for the polar bears to show up.
FT: Artist-run art schools.
[Applause.] But. This makes it sound like existing art institutions don’t hire artists to teach. They do. But art schools are more and more overlooking the important things for mere profit. For instance, kids are graduating art school without ever being exposed to one-, two-, three- or four-point perspective. One must verify a grounding in the basics, before advanced techniques are introduced. Some schools say the old techniques are ‘limiting’ … did they limit the greats of the past? No. This idea that modern art doesn’t stand on the shoulders of the past is part of the reason we’re ‘enjoying’ more and more artistic dreck. Picasso started as a very conventional artist before beginning his experimentation. You have to understand the rule, before you can break it. Perhaps smaller class sizes, more ‘mentorship’, will cure today’s art education.
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!
BBC: 10 French novels loved by readers.
Perhaps some suggestions for your GoodReads list.
NY Times: Hearings on San Francisco Crash to Explore Broader Problems.
“Humans are bad automation monitors.” Full auto or full manual - never the twain shall be managed.
Guardian.UK: Native American artefacts sold for £1m in France.
Wrong. Many tribes are still in the process of reconstructing their past, after the failed ‘Americanizing’ policies of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Any and all relics help them in this process. The Hopi have a particularly hard row to hoe; their small reservation was surrounded by the US Government’s various grants to the Navajo (one of the Hopi’s traditional enemies). I wish this sale had not occurred. It may be right in law, but not in ethics.
Guardian.UK: Royal Mail to phase out post bikes completely in 2014.
“Royal Mail says the removal of bikes reflects the changing nature of mail: thanks in part to our growing love of online shopping; with more packages and fewer letters modern mailbags are bulkier and heavier. Royal Mail will now mostly deliver on foot using trolleys which, it says, are more efficient than bicycles.” My italics. Responding to the realities on the ground. I expect a bike/trailer combo would be too dangerous/unwieldy.
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?
SlashGear: “Christmas Tinner” goes viral: authenticity unconfirmed.
Hilarious, even if theoretical.
Youtube: The Aokigahara Suicide Forest in Japan.
Heartrending, but wisdom within.
ArtDaily: The Whitney presents “Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s.”
If you’re in NYC, don’t miss it.
Vimeo: Wyoming Wildscapes II.
Lovely. Wyoming being one of my favorite places of all time.
Trunk Club: Men’s Clothes Selected By Personal Stylists Shipped Free.
NY Times: 36 Hours in Kauai, Hawaii.
Sounds like it’s gotten much more commercialized, since I was last there. They used to ship food over to Kauai on an old WWII landing craft.
DesignYouTrust: Unbelievable Photos from Lamborghini’s Birthday Tour of Italy.
Pretty pictures. I just don’t like the current Lambos; basically everything after the Muira is uninteresting to me.
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.
ArtDaily: Nigella Lawson admits using cocaine, cannabis.
A celebrity used drugs. This is news?
Boston Review: Segregation by Culture.
No earthshattering revelations, yet an interesting read.
Design You Trust: 83-Year-old Man Lives in Makeshift VW Beetle.
Makes me feel ashamed for believing I’ve got a rough life at times.