365/2: 258. How I know it’s autumn ...
Slate: Should gentlemen still open doors for women? Pragmatism and patriarchy, considered.
On this, I open. 99% of the time, I get a verbal “thank you”. 1% of the time I get “misogynist bastard.” I can handle that - I’ve been called worse. Besides, I’m somewhat equal-opportunity. I do it for encumbered and aged men, too.
NY Times: Artificial Sweeteners May Disrupt Body’s Blood Sugar Controls.
So then ... what’s the point?
NY Times: F.D.A. Panel Weighs Restrictions on Testosterone Drugs.
“A fifth to a quarter of men who are prescribed testosterone have not had a baseline test for their testosterone level. And 60 percent of the prescribing is done by primary care doctors, while just 20 percent of the drugs are prescribed by specialists like endocrinologists and urologists.” So it’s treated like the depression pharmaceutical market then. So what’s the problem? (tongue in cheek)
BarnFinds: California Z-Car Dreamin’
$5k. Fond memories of my own Z, similar but silver. The slide control in between the seats was the choke. When was the last time you saw a choke in a car?
InspirationFeed: 20 Simple Tips That Will Dramatically Improve Your Writing.
“Don’t use words unless you know what they mean.” @^#$@$%^@
ISAW Papers: “The Cosmos in the Antikythera Mechanism.”
This is a couple of years old, but since the mechanism is in the news these days, I thought it might enlighten some who didn’t take the time to skim through it.
$3 Million Gift Creates Stuttering Institute at UT Austin, Provides Free Treatments.
Youtube: The Story of You+Me.
Alecia Moore and Dallas Green. See if you recognize Alecia. She remains so charmingly “Doylestown.”
Watch Odile hit Arizona and NM on the National Weather Services’ advanced weather data display.
Here. Took a minute or two to boot up on my browser.
SERoundtable: Bing On URL Keyword Stuffing Spam.
Science of Us: It’s (Mostly) Smart to Trust Your Fellow Humans.
“In other words, over time, the gains you get from choosing more often to trust your fellow humans tend to outweigh the rarer losses.” Hmmm. Maybe we should ask Richard III (see previous link in today’s blog-scroll).
Past Horizons: Deadly injuries to skull and pelvis of Richard III revealed.
Incorporates an excellently descriptive video. Everything you need or want to know, right here.
ProPublica: A New Way Insurers are Shifting Costs to the Sick.
“Health insurance companies are no longer allowed to turn away patients because of their pre-existing conditions or charge them more because of those conditions. But some health policy experts say insurers may be doing so in a more subtle way: by forcing people with a variety of illnesses — including Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and epilepsy — to pay more for their drugs.” Aha. I wondered why some rudimentary generic drugs had gone exponential in price.
LRB: Andrew O’Hagan reviews ‘No Place to Hide’ by Glenn Greenwald.
A very good read. Very long, but do take the time.
Reuters: Gas production blamed for rise in Colorado, New Mexico quakes.
“The USGS scientists said there are now 21 high-volume wastewater disposal wells in Colorado and seven in New Mexico, and that since mid-2000 the total injection rate across the basin has ranged from 1.5 to 3.6 million barrels per month.” Holy cats.
NewsMax: Google Wants to Fly Drones Over New Mexico.
Show Focus Points Plugin for Lightroom.
ABC: Experts - Chopin’s Heart Shows Signs of TB.
“The experts said heart is ” very well preserved,” but they did not open the jar.” The benefits of a long soak in quality cognac.
APNewsBreak: Texas will allow Prada Marfa to stay.
Comicbook.com: Guardians Of The Galaxy Fans Can Now Text Groot.
You can now read “I am Groot” anytime, anywhere.
Daring Fireball: The iPhones 6.
“There’s one use case where I think I prefer the flat-sided iPhone 4/5 design: using the iPhone as a camera. In hand, the flat-sided iPhones simply feel more like thin cameras. And, those flat sides allow the iPhone to be carefully stood on its side.” One of the major reasons (unbelievable, I know) I moved from Android to iPhone. You have a no-accessory ‘tripod mount’. Stand it on its side, take a nice sharp photo. If I upgrade, this one feature will cause me a great deal of angst.
Macworld: Don’t pull the trigger on upgrading to iCloud Drive just yet.
Because Yosemite isn’t here yet, answer “Not Now.”
Valet: Get Fit.
No. Work with a trainer who knows kettlebells first. It’s so easy to get injured from using bad form with these. Round your back at the wrong time, and you’re in for a world of pain.
BikeEXIF: Roland Sands x Indian - “Track Chief”.
Looks like a barrel of fun. The last photo is the best; the details alone don’t do it justice.
Italian Ways: Celestial Veneto.
365/2: 257. She’s mad at me.
I was trying to use a bounce card to throw some more light on her underside, and she tried to rip my finger off.
Archaeology News Network: Massive 5,000 yr old stone structure found in Israel.
Guardian.UK: Texas proposes rewriting school text books to deny manmade climate change.
Stop it (again). I deal with so many clients overseas now, I find myself constantly apologizing for media-reported American idiocies.
The Atlantic: The Last Refrigerator.
The Verge: Leica strips display from digital camera in 60th anniversary return to basics.
“The M Edition 60 is a special version of the M-P Type 240 digital rangefinder, but there’s a twist — the new model features no screen at all, forcing you to use it as if it were a film camera.” I want one. Nothing like hardware limitations to push your creative bounds. But for the price? Oucha-magoucha. Nope.
BarnFinds: Unloved Pony - 1978 Mustang II King Cobra.
“After reading some old reviews from when this car was new, I’m starting to wonder if these are really as bad as everyone says.” Burn it in effigy. The Mustang II’s were worse than everyone says. Underpowered, boat-like steering, spongey brakes ... and a tendency to leak absolute oceans of oil. I’ll bet there’s still a stripe on my neighborhood’s street, from the Mustang II that used to commute every morning back in the 80’s. I’d restore it and offer it as target practice to former owners.
Guardian.UK: Emma Thompson - ‘It’s a different patch of life, your 50s’.
“People wanting to be 35 when they’re 50 makes me think: why? Why don’t you be 50 and be good at that?” The interview is much more wide-ranging than this soundbite; but it’s good soundbite. I didn’t realize her mother was Phyllida Law.
Wired: Digital Literacy Is the Key to the Future, But We Still Don’t Know What It Means.
I sort of disagree. Coding is nice and all. I find logic and problem-solving skills, disconnected from specific programming languages, are more important.
I’ve told the story of a group of my interns before [All from art or science/technical colleges]. I asked them to create a soft-edge circle mask for use in a video project. Then I went to a meeting for four hours. After, I walked down to find all three banging their heads against the monitor trying to do it with the primitive software we had at the time. They said, in a group, that “It is impossible.” Disgusted, I sat down at one of the workstations, turned on the video camera we used as a scanning device, put a piece of white paper down, threw a lens cap on it, pulled the lens out of focus, and took a scan. I then cut out the black portion of the image, reversed the colors, and I had a perfect soft-edge circle mask to use in an alpha channel. Took me two minutes. It was a valuable lesson for the interns - “don’t just think inside the box.” Coding and coding languages can be just as restrictive a box.
Analog thinking dovetails beautifully with digital literacy. Don’t forget it.
ArtDaily: Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs presents Chartres Cathedral in early photographs
“One of the finest examples of French High Gothic, it is a milestone in the development of Western architecture. Remarkably homogenous in style, its original stained glass windows and around 4,000 sculptures are largely preserved. Auguste Rodin stood in awe before those statues, during his first visit to the pilgrimage town in 1877, and referred to Chartres Cathedral as ‘the Acropolis of France.’” And, if you’re in Manhattan, this looks like a great short visit.
ArtDaily: ‘Horst: Photographer of Style’ on view at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
“Horst was one of the greatest photographers of fashion and society and produced some of the most famous and evocative images of the 20th century. This exhibition will shine a light on all aspects of his long and distinguished career. Horst’s legacy and influence, which has been seen in work by artists, designers and performers including Herb Ritts, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber and Madonna, continues today.” If you’re in Old Blighty, you’ll want to take this in.
Vox: Winter is coming, in one gif.
Stop that. I love summer.
BBC: Rare colossal squid thawed for examination in New Zealand.
During the video we find that sperm whales like to play with their food.
In the Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailers ...
It looks like they’ve got some of those easy-to-down jets from SHIELD. Can’t wait to see if they have helicarriers, too.
c|net: Canon reveals details for future telephoto lens line.
“The 100-400mm zoom is a good example. Canon introduced it in 1998 with its first-generation image stablization technology, which counteracts some camera shake, and still sells it for $1,700. But a new model is in the works, said Canon technical advisor Chuck Westfall in an interview here at the Photokina show Monday.” HOORAY. This is one of my favorite lenses on a crop frame camera (160-640 equivalent). Versatile as heck for sports and wildlife.