DesignYouTrust: Abandoned Motors At Makeshift Car Graveyards.
Gorgeous and painful in the same instant.
Paris Review: Wordsworth’s Most Famous Poem Turns 200.
“I am sure it is a great poem [snip] but every ten-year-old Indian is tortured and tormented by [it]... As a kid I remember I had to memorize pages dissecting this poem, but one question always remained — What the hell is a daffodil? No Indian kid ever laid eyes on that flower.” Pffft.
Today’s Zaman: Byzantine İstanbul in 10 iconic monuments.
Italian Ways: Limonaia Pra’ de la Fam.
It is, indeed, charming.
Messy Nessy Chic: The Underground World of Tunnels beneath Disney.
You didn’t know this? Also, there are three Mickeys (and presumably other characters) spaced around the park at any one time. All have headsets and are tracked. Disney feels a child seeing two Mickeys in close proximity could be traumatic. So they do their utmost to keep ‘em apart. Also, the individuals who put on the suits are never to be seen donning the suits except by fellow employees. I and my techs made this mistake once, walking into the wrong room looking for A/V equipment. We were quite surprised by the person skinnying into the suit, and were warned we had threatened our contract with Disney. Sure ‘nuff, it was in the contract, in black and white.
Mashable: Marine Corps helicopter makes emergency landing on beach.
But that’s good. That’s great. That’s the way it’s supposed to work. Low oil pressure means potential imminent engine failure ... the pilot got it on the ground safely, no panicked unpowered autorotation landing, no casualties, no injuries. Good job, Marines.
TechDirt: TSA Agents Outwitted By Cory Doctorow’s Unlocked, ‘TSA-Safe’ Suitcase.
Check out the photo. Back when I used to fly regularly, the major airlines had a $25 per bag liability. Hair-raising, when I was having to haul a system worth $60k with me.
ArtDaily: Timbuktu rebuilds mausoleums destroyed by Islamists.
Now that’s kind of nice to hear. Amid all the other useless, idiotic destruction going on.
Messy Nessy Chic: From Paris to Provence in Under an Hour.
Pretty pix, though I’d suggest not using HDR next time.
A Continuous Lean./Checking In: Vahine Island.
5 PM tomorrow, I could use a double dose of this.
ArtDaily: Dominican church Mummies reveal tuberculosis’s Roman lineage.
“Walled up and forgotten for about 150 years, the coffins were discovered when a construction worker tapped on a wall during renovation work 21 years ago. When he found the wall was hollow he removed a brick to investigate. Part of the wall gave way to reveal coffins, many decorated with skulls, stacked from floor to ceiling.” Now that must have been a surprise.
BBC: US judge strikes out Prince Andrew sex claims.
“BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said Judge Marra had expressed no opinion as to the “validity or veracity” of the allegations against Prince Andrew.” Certainly not exoneration; just ‘impertinence.’ I wonder at that very curious, specific choice of word.
Photo Attorney: Federal Lands Photography Rules.
FYI. A bookmark is definitely in order.
Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York.
Old-style weblog alert. Content over design.
Alison Turner: Letting Go Of Things.
“Stuff is just stuff and it can be replaced.” I’m getting there.
Italian Ways: Hermann Hesse and the Explosion of the Cart in Florence, on Easter 1901.
First I’ve ever heard of this.
Alison Turner: My Favorite Travel Apps.
Recommends from someone who travels a great deal and actually uses these.
Guardian.UK: Drinking too much iced tea caused man’s kidney failure, doctors say.
Doesn’t this mean the entire nation of Great Britain is about to drop dead (tea-drinkers)?
Slate: Satellite images show ISIS, other groups destroying archaeological sites.
War vs. history. And you can’t blame Daesh alone.
KOB: Amtrak says Southwest Chief’s New Mexico routes to remain.
“The announcement ends more than two years of fear and uncertainty in Northern New Mexico’s smaller communities about whether Amtrak would alter the route.” But for how long, unless we infuse some money into infrastructure repairs ... ?
Guardian.UK: World’s largest aircraft looking for investors to give it liftoff.
“People say, God, the Hindenburg [the German hydrogen-filled airship that crashed in flames in 1937]. But on this, you are flying the world’s biggest fire extinguisher.”
NY Times: Islamic State Destruction Renews Debate Over Repatriation of Antiquities.
I used to be pro-repatriation. I suppose Zahi Hawass made such a strong case for Egyptian artifacts to be best appreciated in their country of origin, I was convinced. The Bamiyan Buddhas, Arab Spring, etc. have convinced me otherwise now. Spread cultural treasures widely throughout the world - with liberal travel/touring displays. Humanity’s art and history belong to no individual nation, region or political system.
Past Horizons: Rare medieval devotional panel found by River Thames goes on show.
Some interesting backstory here. Go Google a bit on Thomas, Earl of Lancaster. Links to all sorts of trivia.
The Atlantic: Pilots on the Germanwings Murder/Suicide.
“And when people start looking for whom to blame, the answer is simple: Joe-six-pack who wanted a $99 flight from New York to L.A, or Pierre Baguette who wanted a 65 Euro Paris-Casablanca…and the cynical bean counters who make this possible” Pilots used to be paid well, have peerless training and plenty of *useful* hours in type. Not so today. Huge issue.
BBC: Italian court acquits Knox and Sollecito of Kercher murder.
Circumstantial evidence cases are notoriously difficult. From my reading, the Knox guilt was threadbare.