Reuters: Dutch restorers offer to repair Rome hooliganism damage for free.
So they should. Again, it amazes me that we have any historical aesthetics to enjoy, given mankind’s idiotic destructive tendencies.
BBC: Paris night drone mystery deepens.
“The security threat from these drones is minimal. Bird’s-eye images of Paris landmarks are available online in far higher quality than anything these devices could produce. And small, shop-bought drones are not strong enough to deliver a significant payload of explosives.” Probably just some numbskulls creating footage.
ScienceDaily: Scientists bring oxygen back to dead fjord.
Of interest. Could be classified as minor geoengineering.
Youtube: Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 Highlights.
ArtDaily: 2 masterpieces from Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden available in gigapixel resolution.
Homedezen: Concrete Cabin by Nickisch Sano Walder Architekten.
How do they heat it?! Needs more than that fireplace. I get the shivers just looking at it.
Guardian.UK: Sylvie Guillem - ‘You dance, and there is always an answer’.
Some have ledes about her being “a car mechanic’s daughter” for the sensationalism; more informative is the fact her mother was a gymnastics instructor. Ms Guillem, your unique artistry will be missed.
Daily Mail.UK: American Benjamin Miller gored by bull at Carnaval del Toro in Spain yesterday.
“Benjamin Miller of Georgia underwent a three-hour operation to repair damage to his thighs, sphincter and back muscles after being tossed and gored by a bull.” Darwin Award winner for the weekend. I now have a new mental image of ‘head butt’.
Mashable: Lost Sherlock Holmes story found in an attic in Scotland.
Italian Ways: The record-hunting Garelli 348cc.
Who needs functioning wrists? Look at the angle on those bars!
Guardian.UK: New hopes that tar sands could be banned from Europe.
“It would be incredibly useful for responsible investors to be able to look at the carbon intensity of different oil companies’ products – to put pressure on them to reduce it, and speed the shift to a a low carbon economy.” Indeed.
Science: Drones and satellites spot lost civilizations in unlikely places.
“When ecologists look at the Amazon, they see ‘virgin wilderness’ untouched by humans, Iriarte says. But thanks to the discovery of large-scale earthworks called geogylphs and terra preta — ‘black earth’ that was purposely enriched by humans in the past — archaeologists have concluded that at least parts of the rainforest must have been home to large, agricultural settlements.”
HuffPo: NYC Subway Cars - From Rolling Canvasses To Rolling Billboards.
“Twenty-five years later, whole-car graffiti trains are back in New York. Visually bombed with color and stylized typography top to bottom, inside and outside, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is pocketing some handsome fees for it. It is not aerosol anymore, rather the eye-popping subway skin is made from enormous adhesive printed sheets that are laser cut to perfectly fit every single surface of a train car.” You know, I’ve worn mostly plain t-shirts for years now for specifically this reason - I refuse to be an unpaid human ‘advertising wrap’ for any companies but the ones I genuinely admire.
The Luminous Landscape: Sony A7II and Tamron 150-600mm in Antarctica.
Given this, I have to believe the Tamron 150-600 I rented was a bad specimen. Look at those pix!
Petapixel: This ‘Flow Motion’ Time-Lapse of Dubai is Insane.
A crapload of hard work went into this. Both onsite and in post. Kudos.
Phnom Penh Post: Naked temple shoots perplex.
“Far from being harmless fun, the behaviour was deeply offensive to Khmer culture.” I suppose, with easy smartphone photography at your fingertips, everyone wants to do a fashion-quality (high production value) selfie. Narcissism run up against cultural mores. More will occur.
Italian Ways: Urban Geometry.
Vox: How to speak in Cockney rhyming slang.
Both cerebral and ghetto at the same time.
RT: Massive protests in Turkey after student murdered & burnt in attempted rape.
“... the driver of the minibus attempted to rape Aslan, and stabbed her to death after she resisted with pepper spray. He then sought the help of his father and a friend to get rid of the body, which they burnt.” Ladies, *incapacitate* your attackers. Make sure he can’t get up while you get away.
Guardian.UK: Germany moves to legalise fracking.
“Germany has proposed a draft law that would allow commercial shale gas fracking at depths of over 3,000 metres, overturning a de facto moratorium that has been in place since the start of the decade.” Oppose it with might and main. I should drive down south of Carslbad and do a video, so you all can see how bad it is.
NY Times: Museum Rules - Talk Softly, and Carry No Selfie Stick.
Folks are so intent on their framing, they inadvertently bruise others and destroy property. Reminds me of when skateboards hit it big; kids ground off the edging on so many beautiful buildings around Princeton. Ugly scars *everywhere*. Tens of thousands of dollars of damage, that the University and town quietly paid for. I approve the stick-bans.
ArtDaily: Work on ‘Museum of Bible’, under way in US capital
“We’re not discussing a lot of the particulars of the book; it’s more of a high-level discussion of, here is this book, what is its history and impact and what is its story.” The fact that they mention the Dead Sea Scrolls, may mean they recognize less-than-divine authorship. I reserve judgment until I know more.
Matador: 9 American habits I lost when I moved to Germany.
The Atlantic: Japan’s Oldest Businesses Have Survived for More Than 1,000 Years.
Telegraph.UK: Travel as a solo woman - 10 lessons for the intrepid.
“In many traditional cultures having your own wheels elevates you to ‘male’ status which equals instant respect – but be prepared to have conversations about brake pads and carburettors in a foreign language ...”