Vice: The Town Making the Horrifying Discovery That It’s Built Out of Jewish Tombstones.
“Fifteen hundred headstones have been found in Brest over the past six years, with the rate of discovery escalating since work on the supermarket began.” Remnants of Nazi and Russian attention in WWII.
Oct 15/WaPo: Dr Richard Besser on the risk of catching Ebola.
In all the media hype over the nurse in Maine, I thought what my former PHS classmate had to say on the subject was timely: “You are putting yourself in much greater danger if you don’t get a flu shot than if you talk to someone from West Africa.” Read the entire piece.
ArtDaily: The Vatican’s Sistine Chapel dazzles thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system.
“The LEDs have a colour spectrum specifically designed with the pigmentation of the frescos in mind to ensure the light faithfully reflects the original colours, as the artists intended.” Someone will probably want to throw a stone at me, but I miss the patina. Easier to take in as a whole, before. Now, I’d have to spend a half hour or more looking at each individual tableau.
Wired: Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal.
“The team then looked at every other kind of plane that could’ve flown over the Pacific at that time. But, again, nothing fit.” Pretty big statement. I see some (rivet) holes in this theory. Many other Lockheed-manufactured planes [Hudson, Lightning, Ventura] operated in that area; some might ostensibly have similar riveting - or also blacked out a window [windows were often standard sizes]. Or even a re-used piece of aluminum, inheriting double the rivet holes. Recycling was done extensively as planes were damaged.
A big question mark is Japanese aircraft, though the actual aluminum could be tested to rule most out (some models, such as the Zero, used a special grade of aluminum). Surviving specimens are thin on the ground to compare to, a problem. Yet they used stressed metal skins that would play directly into the damage patterns on this piece.
[Speaking as someone who has a relative still missing in action from ‘46 in the woods near Snoqualmie, WA. People find lots of metal, even tacitly link it to the plane type. Until you’ve got a part with a manufacturer number on it, your trail is but lukewarm.]
Guardian.UK: Drones spotted over seven French nuclear sites, says EDF.
Italian Ways: Tato’s dynamic aerial paintings.
Aw, these are great.
FWx: A Private Tour of the Eerie Abandoned Terminal at JFK.
Jaguar Heritage Experiences.
Drive (or ride) a vintage Jag.
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.