Variety: Hayley Atwell, Chris Evans vs Agents of SHIELD in Lip Sync War.
Hayley and James will win. No question.
Slate: Did Republican establishment donors create the spoiler they fear?
“... by imbuing the Bush operation with more primary cash than has ever been seen, they have already ensured that the Bush campaign — even a clumsy, poll-trailing Bush campaign — can go deep into the 2016 primary calendar. Unless Bush can really turn his image around, that means that the process of settling on an establishment candidate will play out far longer than the party may prefer—and perhaps even throw the nomination to the dreaded ‘outsider’ candidate of the establishment’s worst nightmares. Go ahead, fellas: Clutch those pearls.”
BBC: Five Chinese ships seen off Alaska coast, Pentagon says.
With our President up there, it’s interesting timing.
NY Times: A Once-Sunny Jeb Bush Appears Irked in Donald Trump’s Shadow.
The Griffith Institute: Tutankhamun, Anatomy of an Excavation.
The process-of-excavation photos are fascinating. I have to say, the unwrapping of Tut looks like a rushed hack-job compared to today.
NPR: Why Are Migrants Surging Into Europe Now?
MessyNessyChic: A Hidden Island Treasure of Lost Antique Machines.
Great stuff. I’ll take it all, just about.
Guardian.UK: Obama secures Iran victory as 34th senator endorses nuclear deal.
Popular Archaeology: 17th Century Scottish Soldiers Identified from Mass Graves.
“It is quite possible that there are more mass graves under what are now University buildings that would have been open ground in the early to mid-17th Century.” I would expect things to go bump in the night, in those buildings.
Archaeology News Network: Historic cannon found at Red Bank Battlefield Park.
“The crew loaded a massive cannon, lit the fuse, and fired - but the breech exploded, killing a dozen members of Rhode Island regiments who were manning the gun and earthworks.” And it seems they may have found a blown-apart chunk of that exact cannon.
NY Times: Is Ben Carson Really the Anti-Trump?
Good lord. Another hot mess.
DP Review: Tamron relaunches SP series with 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD and SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD.
Generally vibration control is pretty much wasted on wide angles. This may be a play for the popular (and very variable in quality) ‘street photographer’ niche.
Guardian.UK: Denali is not just the new Mount McKinley – it’s also 10 feet shorter.
Denali is, reportedly, no longer such a big deal ... [/rimshot/] ...
Vox: Hillary Clinton’s declining favorability numbers, in context.
“A majority of women (51 percent) now view her unfavorably.” Trump, and the email controversy, both serve to subsume her actual campaigning in the 24/7 news cycle. The email thing, being released in small batches, is like water-drop torture.
DP Review: The Raw and the cooked - pulling apart Sony’s Raw compression.
“... on a camera as expensive as the a7R II, which is likely to be used for quality-critical shooting, it’s hard to justify clumsy compression that can, depending on the image, throw away data you were expecting to have access to.” Shame on you, Sony.
Vanessa Jackman: Weekend Life ... Thames Path Walk, Pangbourne to Goring-on-Thames.
HolyCool: The Studio Roller Wall Mounted Paper Roller.
This is making the rounds again; was meta-linked a year ago. “Everything old is new again” ... especially when it hasn’t sold enough units.
Dazed: Taylor Swift catches criticism for ‘colonialist’ new video.
Hypersensitivity over just about everything seems to be the style today. How many similar fashion spreads have been done in the last year?
The Atlantic: How America Lost Track of Ben Franklin’s Definition of Success.
If you’ve not read Franklin’s Autobiography, you should add it to your list. I usually read it about once a year. A shame he didn’t get to fill it out with his later adventures, but what we have, is treasure.
ArtDaily: The Mercedes-Benz research vehicle at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz.
“One central idea of the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion is the continuous exchange of information between the vehicle, its passengers and the outside world. Six displays are installed around the interior for this purpose. Through gestures, eye-tracking and touching the high-resolution screens, the passengers can intuitively interact with the networked vehicle. Consequently, the F 015 Luxury in Motion becomes a digital haven and a refuge for relaxation or work.” Hoo boy. And imagine if hacked. [Not to rain on the parade or anything.]
NY Times: ‘A Walk in the Woods,’ With Robert Redford, Is a Scenic Trek Spoiled.
“Mostly, though, it is unexpectedly moving and occasionally delightful to spend time with these titans of cinema as they walk and sometimes wobble, delivering words that become meaningful because they’re lucky enough to be spoken by Mr. Redford and Mr. Nolte.” They deem it a bit slow, but with these two starring, I’m sure it’ll be worthy nonetheless.
SF New Mexican: New Mexico court schedules arguments on assisted suicide.
Scotch: What’s New in Bootstrap 4.
Techdirt: Comcast Users Now Need To Pay A $30 Premium If They Want To Avoid Usage Caps.
PS Mag: The Solar Revolution That Wasn’t.
“According to scientific observers from the Department of Energy who studied the plant, bursts of smoke can be seen roughly every two minutes as birds, insects, or other objects cross the mirror’s intense rays. It happens with such frequency that plant workers developed their own term for the phenomenon: “streamers,” so called for the trail of smoke left in the burnt feathers’ wake.”
Harpers: The Neoliberal Arts.
“This is education in the age of neoliberalism. Call it Reaganism or Thatcherism, economism or market fundamentalism, neoliberalism is an ideology that reduces all values to money values. The worth of a thing is the price of the thing. The worth of a person is the wealth of the person.” Good read. Read ‘o the day.
Haaretz: Young Israeli Girl Breaks 2,000-year-old Vase, Museum Says Thanks.
naked cap: Proof of Ongoing Foreclosure Fraud and Mortgage Document Fabrication, in Five Emails.
DP Review: BSI Boss? Sony Alpha 7R II added to studio scene.
Nice. Compare it to the new high MP Canon ... slide that box over the top of the champagne bottle in the studio scene, you’ll notice the Sony has better shadow detail.