BBC: In pictures - World War One battlefields 100 years on.
Seeing a lot of these galleries of late; better than most.
Longform: The Longform Guide to Miraculous Survivals.
Marked for later reading.
Colossal: 888,246 Ceramic Poppies Flow Like Blood from the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI.
Tasteful and raw, at the same time. I approve.
The New Yorker: Last Call.
Buddhist monk vs. suicide culture: “Sometimes Nemoto tells his attendees to put a white cloth over their face, as is customary with corpses in Japan, while he conducts a funeral ceremony. Afterward, he tells each to carry a lighted candle up a hill behind the temple and imagine that he is entering the world of the dead. This exercise, for reasons he doesn’t understand, tends to produce not tears but a strange kind of exhilaration, as though the person were experiencing rebirth.”
Design You Trust: Fantastic Landscapes of Tuscany, Italy.
I need a photographic sabbatical here.
2015 Polaris Slingshot: 3 Wheel Motorcycle - Reverse Trike.
Archaeology News Network: Viking warriors, treasures buried beneath Dublin.
Aristocratic Vikings. I’ll have my next Guinness out of a horn, please.
ArtDaily: ‘Ships, Clocks and Stars: The Quest for Longitude’ on view at the National Maritime Museum
“Crucially, it was Astronomer Royal Nevil Maskelyne’s observations at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, his work on the Nautical Almanac and the Board of Longitude that demonstrated the complementary nature of astronomical and timekeeper methods, ultimately leading to the successful determination of longitude at sea.”
Guardian.UK: Home-built plane crashes in Idaho en route to experimental aircraft convention.
This points more to engine failure, than any sort of specific ‘home-built’ issue. Lancairs are really nice planes. Media loves to make homebuilders sound like crazy daredevils with no regard for their own lives. Just as they love to cite “failed to file a flight plan” as a cause of an accident. I’ll put in another plug for ballistic parachutes on single-engine aircraft.
Past Horizons: Findings indicate ritual destruction of Iron Age warriors.
“We are fairly sure that this was a religious act. It seems that this was a holy site for a pagan religion – a sacred grove – where the victorious conclusion of major battles was marked by the ritual presentation and destruction of the bones of the vanquished warriors.” Boy, talk about obliterating your enemies.
LiveScience: Tonga May Have Been a Vast Seafaring Empire.
“They found that stone artifacts in Tonga often matched rock samples from Samoa and Fiji — in fact, 66 percent of stone tools analyzed from Tonga were long-distance imports. One tool apparently was made from rock that came from as far away as Tahiti, about 1,550 miles (2,500 km) east of Tongatapu.” There are many little-known, massive structures down there ... with only oral histories to give them meaning.
Guardian.UK: Mecca’s changing face matches the needs of its Muslim pilgrims.
“While Mecca is a site of great historical religious significance, it cannot be preserved in the familiar sense, as its history has not ended. You might not appreciate what it looks like – but it matches the tastes and requirements of the present, as every place of pilgrimage has done in its heyday. ”
Italian Ways: Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé, power and elegance.
For some reason, I imagine Mafiosi driving these.
c|net: A tour of the Royal Air Force Museum.
75 photos, all great. Some examples of German WWII aircraft that I didn’t realize still existed in physical form [HE-111, ME-110].
Guardian.UK: US climber condemned for filming his children in Mont Blanc avalanche.
Franck Goddio/Projects: Sunken civilizations - Heracleion.
“Thonis-Heracleion (the Egyptian and Greek names of the city) is a city lost between legend and reality.” Check the photos. Amazing trove. Would love to dive this.
ArtDaily: Ukraine rebels go to the museum ... to steal World War II tanks and two howitzers.
“When an AFP journalist visited the museum Friday there were still markings on the ground from where the separatist fighters had revved up their vintage loot and made off.” Old reliables. Whether they can find ammo in the right gauge, is a question.
The link’s spelling (should be -ers). Just beautiful engineering. I miss props on commercial airliners; they were like white noise for the mind. I could zone out for an entire flight, watching them.
Planet Princeton: Feds - We Have No Jurisdiction Over NJ Transit Rail Line Moves.
If any of you know Princeton, you’ll have heard of the ‘Dinky’. The shortest rail line in America at present. Now becoming even shorter, it seems. I’ve ridden it many times. I’m happy to see the original building will survive - I just hope they’re updating the utilities, otherwise it’ll end up abandoned. I remember too well what happened to the historic Princessville Inn. A note - for us legitimate Princetonians, the preferred name was “PJ&B”, said exactly that way. “Princeton Junction and Back.”
Guardian.UK: Shipwreck excavation may explain how 17th-century warship blew itself up.
“A surprising number of the human remains recovered so far have proved to be female, suggesting that as well as the 350 crew, plus extra gunners for the newly mounted artillery, the ship was carrying many of their wives and sweethearts.” In between tours, they’d allow wives and sweethearts on board, to prevent the crew from deserting if they got off the ship. Having read various maritime novels about the era, one could imagine the crew being pretty lax, what with the captain not on board, and wenches all over.
BBC: Possible Rodin and Degas works found at Gurlitt home.
“Two sculptures, possibly by Auguste Rodin and Edgar Degas, have been discovered in the home of the late art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt.” Good grief, sounds like the man was sitting on his own personal Louvre, and never really bothered to enjoy any of it.
Guardian.UK: The owl who liked sitting on Caesar by Martin Windrow.
“Throughout their 15 years together, Windrow filled notebooks with fascinating observations of Mumble’s behaviours, such as her improving flight and hunting skills, her eating and bathing habits, and even that she enjoyed drinking from a dripping kitchen tap. We also learn that the fledgling Mumble was a delight to Windrow’s friends, who later had to don protective helmets before Mumble’s growing possessiveness ruled out visitors altogether.” They are territorial birds. As my scalp can attest from various photographic misadventures.
Colossal: Mesmerizing Studio Visits with Five South Korean Master Ceramicists.
Startin-Sport: Assassin’s Creed en parkour à Paris.
A blast. The pacing could have been picked up just a bit, and it needs to be watched fullscreen. But nicely done. Feels like drone footage, but it looks to be all Steadicam. Kudos for having good backs, guys.
Medium: Let’s fly.
“Authorities recommend arriving two hours before international flights. I say four. Get there four hours before your flight.” We learned this when travelling for work in the 80’s. That way, little bits of graft to skycaps would get your heavy equipment on board without huge overage fees. I doubt that’s the case now. But still - arriving early gets special attention, always. Another tip - I purchased an Amex Platinum card, which gives special travel concierge service. One phone call, I could have a personal assistant reroute my interaries in minutes, get me access to all the airline lounges. Don’t know if that’s still the case, but if you travel a great deal, the $400 bucks a year was more than worth it. So many times it make the difference between sleeping on a sofa in a strange airport and sleeping in my own bed. I remain a faithful Amex user, though no longer a platinum card holder, because of those experiences. [And this is an unpaid plug, in case you were wondering.] Via Kottke’s sharp eyes.