Past Horizons: Rewriting the history of Glastonbury Abbey.
“... the site of Arthur’s ‘grave’ was revealed to be a pit in the cemetery containing material dating from the 11th to 15th centuries, with no evidence linking to the era of the legendary King Arthur and Queen Guinevere.” Aw, rats.
DYT: This Man Spent 25 Years To Create The ”World Map” in Lake Klejtrup, Denmark.
NY Times: Syrian Passport by Stadium Stolen or Fake, A.F.P. Reports.
“Agence France-Presse is reporting, citing a source close to the investigation, that the passport bore the name of Ahmad al-Mohammad, a soldier in the Syrian Army who was born in 1990 and died months ago.” Which means, all the crazy anti-refugee rhetoric can stop now. But it won’t.
naked cap: Will the Paris Attacks Herald the End of the Schengen Agreement?
“... it’s hard to continue to argue for more fiscal integration while assembling border crossings. The accompaniment to such border closures would likely be a rise in right-wing, Euroskeptic nationalism across the continent, and subsequent tensions could spark exits.” I hope they don’t feel the need to go from nothing to full-shred TSA in one swoop.
Mashable: Fiat’s all-electric 500e is worth adjusting your life around.
“The entire time, every second I was behind the wheel, I was thinking about the car. I was altering my driving style, suffering from icy toes because turning on the heat would zap precious battery life. And I wonder if I ever looked directly out the windshield at all, as my eyes were oft locked on the battery charge-level screen.” Oh yeah, sounds delightful.
Autoweek: Nurburgring gets safety fixes, set to go full speed next March.
Bucket list drive, that.
SF Reporter: New York City transplant is rescued by Search and Rescue teams in Carson National Fores
Proper prep is key. Eric [‘from Santa Fe’], were you in on this one?
Atlas Obscura: Lower Trenton Bridge.
“In fact, Washington’s famous Crossing of the Delaware was also somewhere near there.” Who writes the crap? I mean, really Atlas Obscura. You can do better than this. Greenwood Pottery in Trenton supplied the US Navy with china in WWI, enriching some of my ancestors. And there is a Washington Crossing State Park, where Washington *actually* crossed. More likely the Hessians put in where the Old Trenton bridge resides.
Vox: The Great British Baking Show breaks all the reality TV rules.
I took a shot and previewed it on Netflix. And got addicted. They’ve only got Season One available for viewing, but I’m already slavering for Season Two. And I wonder why everyone in the UK isn’t the size of a bleedin’ house.
naked cap: Hysteresis and Aircraft Maintenance - Don’t Go Up In Any Large Planes.
MeFi: His Noodly Appendage.
Cool. I’ll have to try this with a gluten-free dough.
SF New Mexican: Passenger traffic still on decline at Albuquerque airport.
“It’s not just passenger numbers that are in decline — the average number of daily departures has fallen by about 40 percent since 2008.” Hmmm. Makes one wonder where NM True is getting their shiny positive numbers from, including increases in air visitation (Here, check “Visitor Profiles”, 2013 and 2014, two PDFs about halfway down the page). I suspect some flaws in their econometric analyses.
Guardian.UK: Undelivered letters shed light on 17th-century society.
“One woman wrote enclosing a cut-out paper dove holding a flaming heart, bitterly recalling ‘the fidelity which you promised me and which I have given with all my soul’. Whoever the faithless lover was, he never got the letter.”
ArtDaily: Hitler marble bust by official sculptor Josef Thorak found buried in Gdansk, Poland.
Apart from the subject, it’s a well-crafted work. Yet there’s a brutality to it, too - appropriate in hindsight. You Europeans seem to have all the fun. Dig a few inches anywhere, you’re bound to find all kinds of amazing historical bits ... if you don’t hit a UXB.
Mashable: Archaeologists have discovered a giant graveyard of Greek shipwrecks.
As I’ve mentioned many times before, the Bermuda Triangle has *nothing* on the Mediterreanean. Greater traffic over a longer period of time.
Daily Mail Online: Rome’s Trevi Fountain re-opens following £1.4m Fendi transformation.
Looks good. I assume the metal walkway is removed.
TechDirt: Law Enforcement - Traveling From Anywhere To Anywhere Is Suspicious Behavior.
Serendipita: Rodalber Felsenwanderweg.
Kasha-Katuwe, in Germany? Cool.
NY Times: A Rainstorm in Penn Station.
“And that is all I have to say for today about the state of America’s mass-transit infrastructure, the inability of government to build and maintain decent public spaces, the abandonment of excellence in construction and infrastructural integrity, and the gross loss of dignity suffered daily by workers who are forced to depend on neglected, rotting, overcrowded, underfunded, abysmal, soul-deadening transportation systems to get to work and home and back again.” Think about all the damage you *can’t* see. Here’s a thought - infrastructure failure may start killing more people than gun violence.
WaPo: The ‘driest place on Earth’ is covered in pink flowers after a crazy year of rain.
Cool. I came within a millimeter of being hired to shoot the lithium mine(s) in the Atacama, last fall.
SF New Mexican: Feds deny New Mexico an extension to comply with Real ID.
“People without valid federal IDs might eventually need a passport or have to go through other screening processes in order to travel on commercial airlines or enter federal buildings.” So, I can’t prove I’m a citizen unless I have a passport? Great. What about my SS card?
Atlas Obscura: The Manhattan Burial Crisis of 1822 Makes Every Cemetery Today Seem Amazing.
Jeez. I used to take my lunch there, occasionally.
Archaeology News Network: Domitian’s ramp to Rome’s Forum restored.
Interestingly, someone’s using one of my burner Outlook.com addresses ...
... to order Domino’s Pizza, delivered.
The receipts are quite entertaining. I’m flummoxed at how to stop something like this. Since the user is the one entering the wrong email, I guess I just sit back and enjoy seeing their choices.
Longwood Gardens - New Heights.
Beautiful and informative, but the design is slightly annoying. The ‘idle’ music in particular, makes you want to jab nails in your ears after a bit. If you love Longwood, you’ll find lots of info here.