AP/Big Story: Bill Clinton company shows complexity of family finances.
Vox Media Acquires Re/code Owner Revere Digital.
Smithsonian: Why We’d Be Better Off if Napoleon Never Lost at Waterloo.
“In war, the game is always with him who commits the fewest faults.” An observation that Iraq revisionists should listen to.
WaPo/APNewsBreak: IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000.
“The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called ‘Get Transcript.’ In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address.”
NPR: Photographer Mary Ellen Mark Dies At 75.
NY Times: In Flight.
OK. The animations are just childish ... did we really need them? Why not use real video, if you feel the article needs that kind of embellishment?
Western Digs: Fire Reveals Human Stone Effigy, Bison-Kill Site in Montana.
“Among the formations are two large effigies — or figures made from arrangements of stones — one of a human and the other, perhaps, of a turtle. The burn also exposed six rock cairns, a multitude of stone tipi rings, and dozens of so-called drive lines — alignments of large boulders that ancient hunters used to chase bison into a killing pen.” Pretty cool find.
PS Mag: No to Vaccination - A Cultural Explanation.
“Opposition to vaccination becomes, for many, intertwined with their perception of themselves as intelligently skeptical (a.k.a., superior) parents.” Los Alamos has this problem. Tons of PhD’s, tons of antivaxxers.
Macworld: We miss you, Clarus the dogcow.
Farnam Street Blog: How to Read A Book
Would that school effectively taught switching between the levels. Most would just chuck a book at you.
Chronicle of Higher Ed: Mortal Motivation.
“While thinking about death directly [snip] folks do rational things to get away from it, like trying to get healthy. It’s when death lurks on the fringes of consciousness that they cling to worldviews and seek self-esteem.”
MessyNessyChic: A Forbidden No Man’s Land Poisoned by War.
Before the President or Congress marches off to war again they should view — and contemplate — this.
A great deal of chaotic energy aloft.
This stuff will be heading towards TX shortly.
Telegraph.UK: Mary Renault’s hardcore classicism.
DesignYouTrust: Arizona Desert “Boneyard”.
You’ve seen links like this before. Except this one has background on each of the aircraft; they each have a story.
I understand John Nash and wife have died in a car accident.
I wrote a piece a few years ago about my experience of John Nash during his ‘dark period’ in Princeton, over on Quora.
Youtube: Jeff Beck & Jimmy Hall - Red House (4-25-15).
After 5. Crank it.
Extra points: Jeff does The Thrill is Gone as an encore the day after BB passed on.
Solved by Flexbox — Cleaner, hack-free CSS.
Meat! - Git for Web Developers.
Another Git service to take note of.
Guardian.UK: Denton, Texas, banned fracking last year - then the frackers fought back.
“Oil and gas is allowed in every zone [in Denton, yet] bakeries aren’t allowed in every zone because there’s a bit of morning truck traffic.” I suppose they could hire some biker toughs from Waco. The state isn’t going to lift a finger.
Archaeology News Network: Ancient shipyard used by Admiral Zheng He may lie beneath construction sit
Wow. Noteworthy is the fact that ‘austerity’ destroyed Zheng He’s 3,500 ship fleet in 1525. So much for Confucianism. History repeats thusly [thinking of other voyages of discovery we need to commit to].
SciAm: “Young Blood” Anti-Aging Mechanism Called into Question.
Guardian.UK: King Henry I, like Richard III, could be buried in a car park, say archaeologists.
Who knew ‘car park monarch’ would be a thing?
Pacific Standard: Creative Thinking Can Inspire Unethical Behavior.
“According to a research team led by Ke Michael Mai, a creative frame of mind enables one to come up with compelling justifications for bad behavior.” Someone, somewhere is going to start using this as an excuse to further eliminate the liberal arts, just watch.
Italian Ways: The Osca 750S, beauty times eighteen.
A meeting this morning, then links.
Thanks for your patience.
Medium/Cameron Barrett: I wish, more than anything else, for Medium to have an API.
Yes. Wholeheartedly agreed.
Nice Marmot: The Growth of Oligarchy.
Yep. It’s been many years now since Princeton University made more money as a real estate holding company than as a university. They could drop the whole education side of things and be quite well off.
Alaska Dispatch News: Alaska’s first full mammoth skeleton may be lurking under Arctic lake.
Sorry for the vacuum.
The day picked me up by the neck and shook me a few times. Better now. Links as I have time.
Medium: The End of Global CSS.
Guardian.UK: ‘Nightmare’ California oil spill damages rare coastal ecosystem.
“Because it has not been urbanized, the Gaviota coast region, which stretches from Goleta to the northern boundary of the Vandenberg air force base, also has been viewed as the healthiest remaining coastal ecosystem in southern California – at least, until now.” *Crying*.
Discover: Young Blood Heals Fractures in Older Bones.
Guardian.UK: 1,000 weapons found in Waco restaurant – including one in a bag of tortilla chips
One could view this in a different light; the comedy scripts write themselves. One could see this in Blazing Saddles, for instance.
BBC: Prince Charles visits Lord Mountbatten 1979 IRA murder site.
Shaking hands with Gerry Adams. Surprised he could do it. Trivia: the same man who embalmed Lord Mountbatten, also embalmed King George VI, Winston Churchill, Judy Garland, Jimi Hendrix and Bon Scott, among others. Amazing where a hyperlink will take you.
Vox: Health insurance plans are getting crummier, and these charts prove it.
Deductibles are getting insane for the amount of $ paid. And many don’t allow HSA backup.
“A static markdown CMS built on top of Amazon S3.” Keeping an eye on this.
Guardian.UK: Stone tool discovery pushes back dawn of culture by 700,000 years.
The Atlantic: Many Americans Still Aren’t Spending.
“Volatility—especially for month-to-month earnings and consumption — continues to plague American families. Nearly half of respondents reported income swings of more than 30 percent on a month-to-month basis, and more than half of respondents said that their spending shifted by 30 percent or more in an attempt to balance budgets — with earners at opposite ends of the economic ladder seeing the most significant monthly variations.”
NY Times: Couple’s Kayak Trip on Hudson Included Missteps and Dangers, Experts Say.
This one is bizarre. Every time a new article on this incident shows up in my feed, I look for new clues.
What gets me is not the accused, and the attempts at using cultural excuses for her post-incident behavior. It’s the ‘experts’ weighing in. Everyone around NM has a whitewater kayak rotting in their backyard, in various states of disrepair. When season comes, they get used - drain plugs or not. They’re simply awful - AWFUL - on open water in wind and current. They have flat bottoms and wind can push you around wherever you want. Yet folks still use ‘em on lakes. I’d like to say even the biggest fool knows to wear a PFD, yet I see folks consistently go out on flat water with none, thinking flat water is ‘safer’ than whitewater. Whitewater kayaks are designed to roll easily - if you enter the water without a PFD, it’s often suicide. Further, it seems these folks had no sprayskirts (preventing water from entering the cockpit), no paddle-leashes, in addition to the other important equipment mentioned in this article. Saying these two were ‘experienced’ kayakers is ridiculous. Two people went out for an ‘adventure’, completely unprepared for the conditions. Whether she left him to drown or not, it wasn’t ‘kayak sabotage’, given the current clues. And there’s not enough circumstantial evidence to convict, if the jury’s honest.