Guardian.UK: Tropical spider burrows under man’s skin through scar - video.
Will be featured in one of Hollywood’s next horror films, methinks.
Italian Ways: The Castle in Soncino - “Si vis pacem, para bellum”.
Whenever I see a brick castle, I think “I could build that.” Leftover Lego mentality, I suppose.
Italian Ways: The Temple of Valadier, a refuge for the soul.
WSJ: Where Germs Lurk on Planes. [Pre-Ebola link.]
The media seem intent on convincing everyone that airline travel is safe as can be. It’s not. H1N1 and SARS have exposed some of the weaknesses of airline travel. This article is from 2011, before the current spate of ‘safety’ bullsh-t you’re being fed by the 24/7 news cycle. Forewarned is forearmed.
Later: I do not wish to fan the flames of panic and irrationality. I would like the media to be straight with people about risks on board a flight. Shep Smith of Fox News [quelle surprise] has a message I agree with. There is zero risk for anyone in the general population at this time.
Guardian.UK: French soldier’s room unchanged 96 years after his death in first world war.
“The parents of the young officer kept his room exactly as it was the day he left for the battlefront. When they decided to move in 1935, they stipulated in the sale that Rochereau’s room should not be changed for 500 years.”
The Amphipolis Tomb - Map, photos and information.
Nice. Someone’s compiling all the latest on the tomb.
NY Times: Forecast for Ebola Worsens as Mortality Rate Rises.
Mortality rate seems to have jumped from 50% to 70%. Caveat: the particular type of Ebola in the current outbreak has been, from my previous reading during the early press, always been pegged at 70%.
KOB.com: Sandia Tramway passengers stuck for an hour Monday morning.
“Worst tram episode ever? Probably in 1978, when a tram got stuck overnight. A prominent Albuquerque attorney was among those on board. His wife was out of town, but she discovered he was up there with his secretary – oops!” Local color.
NY Times: Highway Guardrail May Be Deadly, States Say.
If the ends aren’t properly installed and maintained, they become spears. It is truly amazing how many people manage to skewer themselves on the ends of guardrails. There’s been an uptick with smartphones and texting, in my observations.
Planet Princeton: Princeton Police and Health Department Enforcing Quarantine of NBC Crew.
“Snyderman and two crew members were quarantined Friday night after the New Jersey Health Department has issued a mandatory quarantine order. The mandatory order was issued after a voluntary 21-day isolation agreement was violated.” Journalists being stupid.
BBC: Beyond Angkor - How lasers revealed a lost city.
“Harnessing the monsoon provided food security - and made the ruling elite fantastically rich. For the next three centuries they channelled their wealth into the greatest concentration of temples on Earth. One temple, Preah Khan, constructed in 1191, contained 60t of gold. Its value today would be about £2bn ($3.3bn).” [Pfooosh ... Sound of my breath exhaling in a rush.] Amazing. Just amazing.
Archaeology News Network: Archaeologists to look for Capt. James Cook’s historic ship in the US.
“Abbass discovered during an archive search in 1998 that the roughly 100-foot Endeavour was part of a fleet of 13 ships that the British scuttled during the Revolutionary War in 1778 to blockade the port.” In Newport Harbor?!!! Wow.
[Just for laughs, if you’re a web creator, do a ‘view source’ on this site. Get ready to scroll a very long way before you see content.]
GreekReporter: Stunning Mosaic Floor Revealed in Amphipolis Tomb.
“According to archaeologists, a section of the mosaic floor has been destroyed. The Amphipolis team was able to recover the disturbed pebbles during the excavation process, however, and plans on being able to eventually piece the mosaic back together.” Um ... how did it get destroyed?
BBC News: Coptic Christian landmark church restored in Cairo.
“The church is in a compound close to Cairo’s first mosque and one of the oldest synagogues.” Nice to hear a story of respect and tolerance these days.
Daily Kos: Germany offers free college tuition to U.S. and international students.
Wow. Totally great. And I was just cracking open a Goethe again - and preparing for the next Presidential season by reading Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Zeit für mich zu lernen Deutsch. Thanks, Craig.
Irish Archaeology: Ancient Ski Discovered in Norway.
Past Horizons: New digital map reveals stunning hidden archaeology of Stonehenge.
Tech rules the day. Howard Carter would have loved quads and Wacom tablets.
Italian Ways: Furore - a hidden pearl on the Amalfi Coast.
What is not depicted, is that the little canyon there is dark for most of the day.
DailyIcon: Abbaye de Fontevraud Hotel.
Now here is a truly interesting adaptation of modern interior design cast against ancient structure. I surprise myself and find I admire it.
CJR: Reporters struggle to stay safe covering Ebola.
“Really, if you’re going anywhere that requires personal protective equipment, you need to be under the supervision of someone who knows what he or she is doing. Proper removal requires about 20 sequential steps, with spraying and hand washing throughout.” In which we may see the act of feeding the 24/7 cable news behemoth is a suicide that involuntarily takes others along for the ride. Freelance journalists are free to go just about anywhere; the question is, should they? In this case, their barebones modus operandi and ill-preparedness can kill innocents.
DailyMail.UK: Footage emerges of Jules Bianchi’s Japanese Grand Prix crash.
Jeebus. Frankly, I’m surprised he’s alive. Looked like his head was getting lopped off. And then, the immediate deceleration. I’ll wager he’s got much more than just severe head injuries to deal with. Best wishes for his recovery.
NOAA Aviation Weather Center.
Want to know if you’re facing a bumpy ride?
Guardian.UK: Haiti shipwreck is not Columbus’s Santa Maria, says Unesco.
Archaeology News Network: Greece says the Acropolis is not in danger of collapse!
Archaeology News Network: Marble door found in third chamber at Amphipolis.
“The collapse of the marble door was caused either by Bulgarian artillery shells in 1913 or by an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 on the Richter scale that occurred in the sixth century AD or possibly from earthquakes that struck the area in the 19th century. At the same time, however, we cannot rule out the likelihood that the damage was caused by looters. Only further excavation will reveal this.”