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Newsweek: Shipwreck of S.S. Central America Yields More Gold.

Yeow. I suppose every teen of my generation dreamed of someday diving for treasure. Captures the imagination, both the history and the haul.

08/30/14 • 06:03 PM • GeneralHistoryScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Collectors Weekly: Paper Dresses and Psychedelic Catsuits - When Airline Fashion Was Flying High.

I was just a little kid in the ‘60’s, and I still recall eye-popping outfits.

08/29/14 • 04:04 PM • DesignHistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Design You Trust: Moose Comes to Work in Dresden, Germany.

Bullwinkle wanted to know more about Germany’s ‘glass ceiling’, but found glass walls are more problematic ...

08/28/14 • 02:52 PM • GeneralNatureTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Past Horizons: Roman wooden toilet seat found at Vindolanda.

Now we need to find the toilet that went with it as Roman loos are fascinating places to excavate – their drains often contain astonishing artefacts. Let’s face it, if you drop something down a Roman latrine you are unlikely to attempt to fish it out unless you are pretty brave or foolhardy.”  I have to ask, who’s the poor sod who has to fish it out of the very-well-ripened bog? I mean, look at that photo. Eeee-yuck. I’d wear noseplugs.

08/28/14 • 02:44 PM • HealthHistoryScholarlyScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Art Newspaper: Serrano’s Piss Christ stokes controversy once again.

Shades of the 80’s, rising up through the effluvia of history ...

08/28/14 • 10:09 AM • ArtsHistoryReligionTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

94.7 WCSX: ZZ Top/Jeff Beck Tour CANCELLED.

Dusty Hill of ZZ Top fell on his hip onboard the tour bus, and got injured.  Best wishes for a fast recovery, Dusty!

Later: Hold the phone. Jeff’s going to pick up some of the dates as a solo. Stay tuned to your local venue.

08/27/14 • 03:20 PM • MusicTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Bible History Daily: Severed Hands - Trophies of War in New Kingdom Egypt.

A narrative found in the tomb of Ahmose, son of Ibana, at Elkab describes how after each battle against the Hyksos at Avaris and Sharuhen, the soldier presented an enemy hand as a trophy and was given as a reward the “gold of valor.” Among additional evidence from the New Kingdom are representations depicting severed right hands being counted and put into a heap.

08/27/14 • 03:09 PM • HistoryHuman RightsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

08/27/14 • 11:01 AM • ConsumptionDesignGeneralTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Cool Tools: Car2Go.

A step on the way to self-driving cars (eliminating the ‘ownership’ mentality).

08/27/14 • 09:54 AM • EconomicsGeneralHome & LivingTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Italian Ways: The Bianchina’s good fortune.

A tinycar for the discerning collector. Audrey Hepburn drove one around Paris.

08/26/14 • 12:52 PM • ConsumptionDesignEntertainmentHistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Burning Man closed on opening day by rain.

‘Smoldering Man’ doesn’t quite have the same cachet ...

08/26/14 • 11:11 AM • ArtsGeneralTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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?

08/21/14 • 10:04 AM • ConsumptionDesignHistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

08/20/14 • 06:55 PM • HistoryScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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?”

08/19/14 • 10:52 AM • GeneralHome & LivingTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

08/16/14 • 02:29 PM • HistoryHuman RightsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

08/14/14 • 09:36 AM • ArtsHistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

08/13/14 • 10:20 AM • ArtsNaturePersonalTravel • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

MessyNessyChic: So, you can Buy an old Soviet Fighter Jet or a Boeing 747 just like a Used Car.

Surprisingly affordable.

08/13/14 • 10:12 AM • ConsumptionHistoryTravel • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

08/12/14 • 11:47 AM • ComputingConsumptionHardwarePersonalTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

08/12/14 • 11:16 AM • GeneralScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Bicycling: 6 Tough American Climbs.

Um... seven.  Our own Santa Fe Ski Basin road.

08/11/14 • 12:11 PM • Physical FitnessSportsTravel • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Register: World’s only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs.

Neat. Will make for great photo ops.

08/08/14 • 03:51 PM • HistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Atlantic/Video: The Pros and Cons of Living on a Sailboat in the Caribbean.

Appropriate for a summer Friday.

08/08/14 • 11:02 AM • Motion GraphicsTravel • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

08/07/14 • 10:39 PM • HistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

08/07/14 • 12:07 PM • EnvironmentalPoliticsScienceTravel • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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