Coolist: Trakke Jero Yurt is a 21st Century Cabin for Cool Camping.
Replacing the traditional lattice and cloth with thin plywood. Kinda brilliant. Best for temporary use, of course. I like it.
Cool Tools: Car2Go.
A step on the way to self-driving cars (eliminating the ‘ownership’ mentality).
Italian Ways: The Bianchina’s good fortune.
A tinycar for the discerning collector. Audrey Hepburn drove one around Paris.
BBC: Burning Man closed on opening day by rain.
‘Smoldering Man’ doesn’t quite have the same cachet ...
Italy Mag: History of an Icon: La Vespa.
Vroom. The Airstream of scooters. Or should that be the other way around? Airstream is the Vespa of trailers?
Archaeology News Network: Sphinxes at Amphipolis tomb revealed.
More! Even though we pretty much know it’s not Alexander, I’m on the edge of my seat for this.
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?”
Collectors Weekly: What America Can Learn From Berlin’s Struggle to Face Its Violent Past.
“Imagine if a network of chains were embedded into the streets surrounding the White House and U.S. Capitol as a monument to the slaves that worked on these buildings, or if every major American city maintained one block of open space as tribute to the native people whose land we forcibly took from them. Could Americans finally come to terms with our forebears’ tragic mistakes by following Berlin’s lead?” Much food for thought here.
AO Art Observed: Met’s Full Collection of Van Gogh Paintings on View.
If you’re a Van Gogh fan, get thee hence.
You may also be interested in how to pronounce his name properly.
ArtDaily: Winterthur’s Director of Horticulture wins trade association award.
Most tourists go to Longwood Gardens, which is the largest of DuPont estate gardens. But Winterthur has a particularly interesting take on a formal garden - created in sections on a circle, each section is designed to bloom at a different time of year. So you can not only never miss flowering plants, but you also get to see a progression from dormant-to-vivacious any time of year. Well, except winter, of course. Do check out the other DuPont estates though. And Winterthur is an antique-lovers wet dream. The entire main building is chock full of amazing pieces.
MessyNessyChic: So, you can Buy an old Soviet Fighter Jet or a Boeing 747 just like a Used Car.
Macworld: Flight Cases for iMac review: Heavy duty protection for your traveling iMac.
Take it from me, a dude who used to fly with PCs just about every other week. Check the baggage insurance on flights, and have separate insurance to cover your computer. And have a source for a local replacement. Commercial airlines do not baby baggage. When you read the fine print on your ticket, you may find the replacement rates for lost luggage are comically low (they were $20 on some airlines in the 80’s).
Also, I would travel with four (4) duplicates of the hard drive’s content. One on the travelling computer. One on the backup computer. One Bernoulli removable disk in my carryon, and the last left at the office. Out of those four backup options, only twice did I have to resort to the carryon backup; never had to get the one from the office. Cloud solutions today make this easier, of course. But I thought the circumstance would be of interest to you all.
BldgBlog: The Spacecraft Cemetery.
“Wreck-diving the fallen airlocks of the International Space Station!” More like sinking in a bathyscaphe to see gnarled, barbecued chunks of metal.
Bicycling: 6 Tough American Climbs.
The Register: World’s only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs.
Neat. Will make for great photo ops.
Atlantic/Video: The Pros and Cons of Living on a Sailboat in the Caribbean.
Appropriate for a summer Friday.
ArtDaily: England’s Richard III to be reburied in one of three services at Leicester Cathedral.
“His mortal remains will be put into a lead-lined coffin and taken on a tour of villages linked to his final days, and back to the Bosworth battlefield where he perished. Accompanied by a cortege, his remains will arrive at the cathedral on March 22 before lying in repose for three days.” Hmmm. To save gas (and backs), wouldn’t it make more sense to employ an aluminum-lined coffin for the tour, to be replaced by lead at the cathedral? I don’t mean any insult or disrespect - just practicality. Richard’s dead - he doesn’t really mind.
Guardian.UK: Get used to toilet-to-tap water, Californians told.
“The state’s main sources of water, snow melt from the Sierra Nevada, imported water from the Colorado river, and groundwater, are all in decline.” We know that feeling here in NM. Of course, folks don’t think about the fact that all sorts of animals are defecating in river and reservoir water. And ... fish spit! Nematode armpit excretions! Such great stuff to imbibe. If mere human excreta were going to poison you, you’d be dead already.
Archaeology News Network: 2,100-year-old Chinese king’s lavish mausoleum unearthed.
Wow. I want to see more and better photographs.
The Salt Lake Tribune: Cobra rock formation near Moab topples.
Italian Ways: In awe of hard work - De Cagna light installations.
Wow. Scroll down to get the full effect.
Guardian.UK: Europe’s forests ‘particularly vulnerable’ to rapid climate change.
“The report, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows that damage from wind, bark beetles, and wildfires has increased significantly in Europe’s forests in recent years. Windthrow − the wind’s effect in damaging or uprooting trees − is an increasing problem.” Welcome to our current reality, Europe.
New Scientist: Robotic suit gives shipyard workers super strength.
Buzzfeed: The Rise Of Europe’s Religious Right
“We believe — strongly — that there is a global tea party movement,” I don’t. At least, I pray there isn’t.
BBC: In pictures - World War One battlefields 100 years on.
Seeing a lot of these galleries of late; better than most.