Product review: Timex Weekender watch.
I wanted a nice, plain watch to replace my finer watches while they were out for repairs. I found a Timex Weekender [face is identical, my strap’s different] that looked really nice for about $17. Keeps excellent time, dead accurate. But. The ticking is incredibly loud. I can hear it while playing music at my computer, it’s that noisy. Now, certain days, it drives me to be better about time management, and I don’t mind at all. Other days, I have to bury the durned thing in a cabinet, wrapped in a sock.
Four stars for being simple, accurate timekeeping. One star off for unnecessary acoustic assault.
The Register.UK: Sophie the Stegosaurus was a teenaged fat lass claims triple-D model.
Where do they come up with these titles?
Media Matters: NY Times’ Deceptive Suggestion That Hillary May Have Violated Federal Records Law.
Mashable: “Let women fly!” Remembering history’s first female aviators.
The Register.UK: Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship.
In desperation, she was shooting her huge 18” guns directly into the water to create explosive geysers, intended to stop the torpedo bombers from reaching her.
NY Times: Hermosa Beach, Calif., Voters Give Thumbs Down to Oil Drilling.
“As a result of the vote, Hermosa Beach now owes E&B $17.5 million to terminate the contract, under the terms of an agreement ending litigation with the firm.” Ouch. With oil prices so low, companies may pursue mineral rights litigation not to actually drill, but to simply minimize the red in their ledgers.
Bike EXIF: The Amazing Motorcycle Models of Pere Tarragó.
Guardian.UK: Egyptian Museum to launch new conservation database.
Civil War Memory: “With Malice Toward None, With Charity For All”.
150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.
Historiann: Dad opens can of internet whoopa$$ on offensive Twitter jerks.
All Dads with daughters, take note.
Happy 14th, Euan.
EOSHD: Olympus E-M5 Mark II - love and hate at first sight.
“This is ultra silly. Sillier than a weasel riding a woodpecker.” C’mon, tell us what you really feel.
ArtDaily: 115-year-old Benz Ideal offered at Bonhams Mercedes=Benz sale.
The New Yorker: Squatters of the Lower East Side.
Some things don’t change all that much ... Alphabet City, I would have bet. Tompkins Square Park is quite clean now, I hear. Back in the 80’s, it was a needle-den. Dangerous as hell. And you’d see all these kids busking/selling/panhandling on St Mark’s Place. Fun places to go after dark, though.
Mother Jones: The Brief Life and Private Death of Alexandria Hill.
This will make you livid.
Nike: Classic Cortez.
Catching up after yesterday.
Linkage on time-allowed basis.
Here, do an experiment. Choose any politician, combine their name with “email.” You’ll find the great majority (esp. governors) attempting to circumvent public records laws. You’ll find a spate of ‘burner’ email accounts, mysterious drive crashes (no redundancy?), more.
Doesn’t make it right, but the media does need to recognize that many politicos are doing it when reporting on the circumstance.
Later: TechDirt does it well. If she was passing classified info over personal email, her goose is cooked for ‘16.
Vox: These twins can teach us a lot about racial identity.
Heavenly, the miracles Mother Nature throws at unappreciating bigots.
Slate: Baby boomers delaying retirement - It’s a myth, because retirement is bleaker than ever
Altered title for length. Read it.
Air & Space Magazine: Hamilton H-47 - Panoramas of cockpits.
They will be adding some great planes to this list.
Welcome to the new CJR.
CJR redesigns. Looks good, first impression.
ReadWrite: Google+ Is Poised For A Big Breakup.
I wondered for how long it would continue to limp along.
Independent.UK/Kristin Scott Thomas: Describes ageism ‘disaster’ for female actors as ‘boring’.
“Until the average life-span is 150 years or something, I don’t think women in their 50s are going to be considered at all viable.” Our media rarely accepts wrinkles. Most 50-ish men in Hollywood are slamming Color Camo (to minimize gray). Women have it significantly harder - their skin in thinner, so wrinkles become pronounced much earlier. In a world based on aesthetics ...
ArtDaily: Major exhibition of works by Dutch photographer Marie Cécile Thijs opens.
WSJ: The Destruction of Cultural Heritage Should be a War Crime.
I agree, of course. But we also have to ask ourselves why this gets us more outraged (as a culture) than the abduction and forcible rape of Yazidi girls.
I seem to have ingested something that had more than just cross-contamination. No fever, just the inability to think, a feeling of flu-like aches, and the requisite digestive issues. This is what leukemia must feel like. Energy drained through the heels, every muscle reduced to the size of a shoelace.
I’ve gotten very good at avoiding ‘the g stuff’. Only rarely am I caught, and even more rarely with this kind of severity.
Links will be slow to appear, in other words.
HowIRound: Andrew Jackson Is Not As Bad As You Think—He’s Far, Far Bloodier.
“The lessons of Bloody Bloody are seen in American society today. Today, Native women are murdered at a rate higher than any other race in America. The majority of the perpetrators of violent crimes against Native women are non-Native men. The ‘jokes’ in Bloody Bloody about killing Indians are not ‘jokes.’ They are a reality.” Never give a native individual a $20 bill in change. Never.
Return of the Cafe Racers: Plasma Customs BMW R65.
Why is it, that BMWs seem to always make the best-looking cafe racers? Everytime I do a double-take out on the street, 80% of the time it’s a BMW.
DBushell.com: Critical CSS and Performance.
Very interesting, for a content-person.
Pondering the confluence of ‘the dress’ and Scott Walker.
Both subjects of no real value, overdramatized. We live in a meta-world where a name mention — whether positive or negative — increases saturation for that subject, ultimately proving a boon. Instead of feeling the need to express an opinion, there’s significantly more value in just ignoring such things.
And if you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, I stand up and applaud in your general direction.
Past Horizons: Parisian hospital cemetery excavation: from medieval to modern.
An image to give you the heebie-jeebies.
Popular Archaeology: More on the violent death of Pharaoh Senebkay.
Perhaps horses were widely used earlier than previously believed.
Reuters: The ruins of Donetsk airport.
Autoweek: Carmen Jorda and Formula One’s money problem.
“Honestly, if Jorda were a man, most F1 fans would look at the Lotus deal with mild irritation. ‘Another guy with money is getting a gig he doesn’t deserve.’ But when it’s a good-looking woman who gets the job, people lose their minds.”
Exception Not Found: Doing it Right vs Getting it Done.
Dare I admit ...
... that the latest spate of animated GIFs in my feed on Facebook make me nostalgic for the abhorred BLINK tag ... ?
The Register: Churchill’s blood valued at £560,000.
“Dukes Auctions is estimating the phial of his blood obtained by a nurse in 1962 could fetch £1,000, although a spokeswoman from the auction house said that due to the age of the specimen it now resembles a congealed orange-red blob.” One can safely assume Hayley Atwell will not be choked up and dumping this in the Thames from Tower Bridge.
Mashable: The ISIS campaign to erase history
Anyone who has visited temples in Egypt and other ancient locations around the Mediterranean can always view the defacement perpetrated by ‘Dark Age’ Christians ... religious extremism breeds this behavior. KJV: “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” Orwell: “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
New site: Useful Mac.
If you use a Mac, add it to your RSS aggregator. Very new, but some nice tips so far. Recommended.