Guardian.UK: The world’s largest cruise ship and its supersized pollution problem.
Autoweek: Indian cars score zero stars in Global NCAP crash test, with video.
Cut to the chase: Everyone dies.
NY Times: Signals From Plane Hint at Swift Catastrophe, Aviation Website Reports.
“Some of the messages appeared to be alerts reporting smoke in a lavatory, smoke in the avionics bay of the plane and problems with several windows. The smoke warnings do not necessarily indicate a fire; those sensor warnings can also be set off by conditions like condensation from a sudden drop in air pressure.”
Atlas Obscura: Johnnie Meier Classical Gas Museum.
Great place. Been there a coupla times. Looks like he’s added some stuff. I’ll have to haul my larger MP camera up there soon.
Mashable: Pilot escapes with only bruises after 1942 biplane crashes in Arizona desert.
“1942 biplane.” Let’s sensationalize a revered Stearman, shall we? Plenty of parts around. She’ll be back in the air shortly.
Atlas Obscura: Acorn Woodpeckers Hoard Thousands of Acorns in a Single Tree.
MessyNessy: The Most Beautiful Car Race that Ever Was.
Italian Ways: Nine literary cafés to visit in Italy.
Oh man. The one with the white round marble tables.
Dazed: Why I chose to have an illegal abortion.
“Irish residents are not covered by the NHS and so have to go private – meaning that between flights and the procedure itself, you could be paying up to 1500 euros (£1186), possibly more. The abortion pills in comparison cost me 80 euros, and the fare to Belfast to pick up the pills was only 20 euros.” Not the coat-hanger variety of Texas and the rest of America. Guns are OK, safe and easy abortions are not. Interesting that both are designed to end human life, but are treated very differently. Be a good riff for a longer article.
ModelShips.DE: Photos of Vasa ship in the Vasa museum Stockholm.
I knew of the recovery, but I’ve not seen such a lovely set of photos before.
BBC: Barbie challenges the ‘white saviour complex’.
“... work and volunteering can work as long as some basic points are observed. Firstly, that people are aware that they are coming not to ‘save Africa’ but to help out locals who are already doing the work. Secondly, they need to acknowledge the privilege that they come with.” Even some budding journalists head over thinking they’ll find Africa still exists as 60’s National Geographic tableaus.
Flickr: Labels and Tags.
I may have pointed to this before, or maybe just something similar. Tickles the back of my brain. Well, it’s always an aesthetic joy.
Atlas Obscura: The Epic Century-Long English Battle to Rid Itself of American Squirrels.
Excuse me if I remind our Brit friends that they gifted us with overabundant English sparrows and starlings (to name just a couple of invasives).
ArtDaily: London’s Big Ben to fall silent for months during “desperately” needed repairs next year.
Mashable: ‘Urgent’ fix ordered for some Dreamliner planes because engines shut down mid-flight.
A bit inconvenient, no?
Atlas Obscura: 8 Places From Shakespeare That You Can Actually Visit.
Always helpful to have the actual place in one’s head, when one reads the works. Tangential: I recently found a program on British castles; overwrought and overproduced with too little actual information for the time allotted, but seeing Stirling Castle and Stirling bridge gave much color to RLS’s Kidnapped. Re-read it last night in one fell swoop.
Inverse: This Community in Sulawesi, Indonesia Keeps the Dead in Homes for Years.
If deceased persons and buffalo sacrifice bother you, don’t watch the video.
Steampunk Vehicles: The Steampunk’s Guide to Travelling on Amtrak.
Fond memories of travelling “The Southern Crescent”, before it was devoured by Amtrak. Bread pudding, served fresh daily.
Italian Ways: Italy, land of seafarers and illustrators.
More great posters. Insta-link.
Giz: Stephen Hawking and a Russian Billionaire Want to Build an Interstellar Starship.
It’s about time.
Archaeology News Network: French tourist arrested for Colosseum drone flight.
No droning in Italy, without prior approval. “For most urban flights people will need to obtain a permit and we invite people to read our guidelines before they try anything.”
Atlantic: The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life.
Hmmm. Yes. When I was a kid, Dad’s car only came out on weekends, for shopping days (Trenton Farmer’s Market). Everything else we all did on foot.
Looks to me like they went with a wider tripod. What do you think?
Popular Archaeology: Archaeologists Survey Damage from Cyclone Winston in Fiji.
WaPo: Switzerland shocked by Muslim teens who refused to shake hands with female teachers.
“The Swiss Muslim community has largely suggested that the boys are misinterpreting Islamic teachings with their refusal to shake their teachers’ hands.” Isn’t the overriding consensus that immigrants fully integrate to the dominant culture within two generations? If so, accommodation of such fringe interpretations just hinders that process. Esp. when it’s not the consensus interpretation of Islamic teaching?