Santa Fe Concorso ...
... shot, downloaded, backed up. Doing a third backup (Time Machine), just because. Three days of nonstop really physical shooting activity. Between all the fitness work I put in, along with a well-focused choice of rentals ... I call this a total success. And I never call things successes. I’m really happy with how things came out, how my body and mind stood up to the challenge. Images will trickle through as I begin the post-processing effort.
naked cap: New Data Disproves US Corporations’ False Narrative on Taxes.
Jeez. Take the money and run, why don’t you?
Reuters: Parent bloggers question role in Mylan’s EpiPen schools push.
“The bloggers, more than a dozen mothers of children with serious allergies, embraced the effort Mylan outlined in a series of ‘summits’ it held for them beginning in 2013. They wrote impassioned posts on blogs shared with tens of thousands of followers on social media. Their personal testimony helped persuade a number of state lawmakers to pass bills to get schools to stock epinephrine injectors, such as the EpiPen, according to legislators and others familiar with the lobbying effort. During the same period, the company was marking up its EpiPen to more than $600 per twin pack, six times the 2007 price, creating a burden for many of the bloggers’ followers, other parents of children whose lives are threatened by bee stings and peanuts.”
Note this is the same strategy big pharma uses with doctors; symposia held in exotic locations. Read: bribery. I used to wonder that anyone would accept such largess without having at least one night of moral indigestion. I’ve since learned humanity has an incredible capacity to rationalize just about any action.
Bloggers, wake up. List your favor-granting, tchotchke-supplying influencers. Even if offered for free or for ‘loan’. List your sponsors. I understand you want or need to make money. Be open and honest, please.
I have no sponsors, have had none. If I did, they would be prominently listed in my right-side nav section here.
WaPo: A teacher stepped on an American flag during a free speech lesson.
Interesting. In fifth grade, during a school play, I tripped over a cast iron prop and fell on my face, taking the American Flag with me. My schoolmates continued to badger me for ‘ruining’ a flag for about a month. “You’re going to JAIL!” I remember the earnest fifth grade conversations over whether floorboards were ‘ground.’ Teacher was an ex-Marine, Guadalcanal. He didn’t bat an eye, so I didn’t.
The Atlantic: Antoine Fuqua’s ‘The Magnificent Seven’ Is Anything But.
“Early on, when he [Denzel Washington] raises eyebrows by presenting himself in an all-white saloon as a ‘duly sworn warrant officer,’ it’s hard not to hear echoes of Cleavon Little in Blazing Saddles and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours.” Worried about that. But only a fool would try to remake Magnificent. That the original eclectic cast (astonishing in their variety) pulled it off, makes it a miracle that could never be re-approached by coherent processes, much less bested. Completely illogical on its face, almost to the point of insanity - yet it captivates.
FirstThings: On Reading Old Books.
“Censoring history helps nobody.” Agreed, wholeheartedly.
Science: Surface uplift and time-dependent seismic hazard due to fluid injection in eastern Texas.
Authority Nutrition: How to Choose The Best Yogurt for Your Health.
Yes, but only certain stores ever carry anything other than the sugar-loaded ‘candy’ yogurts. Annoying.
Vox: New research suggests an aging workforce is holding back economic growth.
Read to the end before, like me, you have a bloody fit. A lot of assumptions here. At 56, I’m more productive than I’ve been since my 30’s. But I have to be. I wonder if they included sole proprietors and/or freelancers in the study.
Reuters: U.S. lawmakers blast Mylan CEO over ‘sickening’ EpiPen price hikes.
Even a Republican’s pissed. Nice to know there’s still only so far down they’ll go.
Good: Alanis Morissette And James Corden Sing An Updated Version of ‘Ironic’.
Couldn’t stand her at the time, but the updated lyrics are funny. I always associated her hits with the Clintons, because allegedly Chelsea got her Dad to become a fan.
NY Mag: Ballerinas Hate This Kendall Jenner Video for Vogue España
“Speaking from experience, ballet is much less about ‘running around’ and ‘just not caring’ and much more about broken toenails, blisters, and the grueling pursuit of perfection.” When you get to be 56, as I am, the great span of years between myself and being 20 makes itself manifest. So there is that filter. The other is, the whole concept of this video is ill-advised. The narrative is 16-year-old fluff, the visual acting 8-year-old mannerisms - not a 20-year-old ‘top model’ narrative. Or at least I hope not. It’s ... uncultured, even. I’d had four different jobs by 20, working to get through school, to make a living. Life gets real. Fast. Hers is unreal, and Vogue’s framed it in disrespectful ways. People should act their age, don’t you think? You don’t buy ballet slippers - you earn them. She’s been terribly ill-served by the director here.
Guardian.UK: The Trump Foundation - what’s known is shocking. We need to know more.
So, be above board and fair. Investigate both Foundations. Let’s see what’s going on.
NY Times: Museum Officials and Archaeologists Sign Petition Against N. Dakota Pipeline.
“In this case, it’s pretty clear that the Standing Rock area is important to our national history for a lot of reasons.” Legal efforts to preserve the historical spaces will be the strongest argument for rerouting the pipeline; the judge pretty much threw out all else.
CycleEXIF: 8 Miles And Ridin’ - Detroit Bicycle Company x Williamson.
COPPER. Plating, of course. Otherwise you’d rest on the handlebars and they’d bend down to the front axle. Here’s your steampunk bike, kids.
NM Political Report: Audit - NM didn’t collect $193 million in taxes from insurance companies.
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Our Tiny Home is Revolutionizing How My Wife and I Fight.
“So is it worth all the money you saved? Well, let me put it this way… when I look into the eyes of my spouse as she does dishes in our bathroom-kitchen hybrid and I see the eternal look of resentment on her face, well, you can’t put a price tag on that.” Trouble in tiny paradises?
UN Dispatch: Why Angelina Jolie Means So Much to the United Nations.
A reminder for us all to keep out of others’ personal lives, and to stay focused on what’s important.
SciAm: “Last Shipwreck” from WWI’s Battle of Jutland Found Near Norway.
“Although the wrecks of the Tarpon and the Warrior are legally protected as war graves, McCartney said all war wrecks in the area are threatened by illegal salvage operators, who plunder them for the valuable metals inside. He said the most valuable items are the bronze condensers that were used in many wartime ships’ engines, which are worth tens of thousands of dollars as bronze scrap when melted down.” Dangerous work, that.
Aeon: Opposition to Galileo was scientific, not just religious.
“Science’s history matters. Anti-Copernicans such as Locher and Brahe show that science has always functioned as a contest of ideas, and that science was present in both sides of the vigorous debate over Earth’s motion.”
Guardian.UK: 375 top scientists warn of ‘real, serious, immediate’ climate threat.
BBC: How did Disney get Moana so right and Maui so wrong?
I suspect the character-modelers were very taken with Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, whose voice and presence seemed otherworldly and godlike, in spite of his very serious health issues. If they would just admit such, much of the controversy would go away (well, except for that terrible Halloween costume).
Macworld: How to better organize your classical music in iTunes 12.5.
FYI. If you have the time to do such extra work.
Macworld: macOS Sierra review - Mixing iOS with OS X to make a better Mac.
FYI. Mixed bag. Mine’s a 2011 iMac, so much of the whiz won’t be here.
Catapult: Do you believe in true love?
“I believe in the romance of the moment. It is a fleeting moment – sometimes submerged in the minutiae of life, buried amidst the debris of our busyness and distractedness. But that one fleeting moment can keep that flame of magic and life burning.”
The Atlantic: The Economic Woe of Young Liberal-Arts Majors.
“In the labor market for young college grads, non-college jobs have proliferated faster than jobs that have historically required a college degree.” Yet, don’t eschew the liberal arts. As I found throughout my career, if you’re not going for a specific engineering degree, the liberal arts give you a leg up in just about any other field (philosophy majors on Wall Street ... architecture graduates creating Broadway sets ... etc. etc.).
Discover: The Root of Gravity.
It’s amazing to me that we still haven’t sussed gravity. I was digging around this subject just the other week.
Aeon Essays: The civic drama of Socrates trial.
You know, going back to read Socrates as an adult (after grade school glances), you realize that to be stuck conversing with Socrates must have been annoying as hell. He wanted you to reflect on your own beliefs, and live in accordance with the logic of one’s choices. There would be no going to church and holding pro-choice beliefs - you’d have to live your conviction, or change that conviction. Yet ... we need to discuss the ‘noble lie’ ... pertinent to today’s political landscape.
DP Review: Fujifilm goes medium format - What you need to know about the GFX 50S.
Shoulder shrugs. First thing I think of. If Fuji’s beautiful color rendition translates to 50MP, this’ll be a stunner.
PS Mag: Early Childhood Education Is Not a Profession
“There is no recognized early childhood education profession. The early childhood education field does not conform to the standards of organized professions nor is it held accountable as such, as reflected in the variability in teachers’ knowledge and skills.” Really? Seriously?