Flytenow: Ride Sharing for Small Planes.
Guardian.UK: Vikings at the British Museum - great ship but where’s the story?
The Guardian finds the recent exhibition wanting: “Just to reel off some nicknames is to get a taste of their vivid humanity: Ragnar Hairy-Breeches, Ivar the Boneless, Eric the Red, Thorstein the Black, Olvir Hump. The Vikings left a legacy of stories in which legend and truth mingle. They’d have told this exhibition as a story.”
Telegraph.UK: Heavy rains bring down Pompeii wall.
If they can’t afford to repair it, perhaps they should re-bury it. Preserve it for a future generation that can afford to keep it in good shape.
Guardian.UK: Snake eats crocodile in Queensland lake.
Well now, you don’t see this everyday.
MeFi: You can call Bruce Springsteen “King B”...
BBC: Dolly Parton to play Glastonbury.
Fast Co: Oral History - Sex! Drugs! Apps! SXSW Interactive At 20.
Long read; familiar names and faces. Leave for when you have the proper time to stroll through it.
The Art Newspaper: Turkey plans to rebuild religious school next to Hagia Sophia.
Torn on this one. You know the Hagia Sophia was, once upon a time, the great basilica of Constantinople. New construction might give archaeologists access to the grounds around the structure, and reveal new info.
ArtDaily: New research on Byzantium - Adolescence, polished language.
“The project is dedicated to analysing the ‘discharge’ of youth from the family in the period from the 6th to the 11th century. ‘At that time, the reasons for this discharge were for general or professional education, marriage, and entering a monastery.’” Sounds limited to the affluent, to me. Wider net?
Look in Art: Allora & Calzadilla.
The hippo’s great, but I’d call the wooden-leg-in-the-tree a close second.
Youtube: EPIC storm off South Coast of Ireland.
Mother Nature is supposedly gentle. She obviously hasn’t had a talk with Poseidon.
BBC: Bird smashes through cockpit window in Florida.
Every pilot’s nightmare.
Guardian.UK: Should meat be displayed in butcher shop windows?
“In fact, his meat delivery arrives in a van from the abattoir round the time that children are walking back from school, past the butchers. ‘They’re not squeamish at all,’ he says. ‘The whole pig carcasses come off the back of the lorry, and it doesn’t seem to bother them in the slightest. If anything, they’re intrigued, and their parents like it, because they know they’re buying meat cut from the whole carcass.’” Beats bleach-soaked, gas-pumped shrinkwrapped bits, if you ask me.
Correction: See comments.
The Art Newspaper: Great Pyramid of Giza vandalised.
ArtDaily: Anne Frank’s Diary vandalised in Tokyo libraries sparking alarm.
Disturbing, to say the least. I wonder why they tear away words, but leave the faces?
Giz: The Goodyear Blimp’s an Even Better Joyride Than You Thought.
Aaaah. What it must have been like to travel in one of the great zeppelins ...
50 Watts: Hoogspanning! — More Dutch Safety Posters.
Ouch. Almost leaves nothing to the imagination.
ArtDaily: “Sylvette, Sylvette, Sylvette: Picasso and the Model” opens at Kunsthalle Bremen.
ArtDaily: Rijksmuseum acquires spectacular collection of watercolours.
There’s just something about well done watercolours.
SciAm: New Highly Radioactive Leak at Japan’s Fukushima Plant.
I ask again, why are we letting this continue to deteriorate?
DesignYouTrust: 75 Parisiennes.
I think I’ve linked this before; however, many of the images seem new to me. Boy, talk about tchochtkes.
ArtDaily: Cuba makes Ernest Hemingway trove available to the JFK Library & Museum.
Hemingway fans in the Northeast should take this one in.
OpenCulture: Watch the Experimental Short Films by Tezuka Osamu, the Walt Disney of Japan.
Brilliant man. A friend from high school who lives in Japan sent me the 80th anniversary book with an overview of his works [Thanks again, Helene]. For those of us in America, most of our memory is centered around Kimba the White Lion and Astroboy.
ProPublica: A New Road Rage.
Hmmm. Given the penchant of Darwin award-winners to fill up their cars while fiddling with cigarettes and cellphones, I suppose hydrogen cars may have the unintended effect of reducing population.
Much later: A reader posts a response in the comments area here, which is in response to ProPublica’s original post.
The New Yorker: The Strange Story of Chopin’s Heart.
What a strange journey; one that may not be over, methinks.