IBT: Twitter Allows For Rapid Public Opinion Formation But Not Evolution.
“In the larger sense, the pair found that the online hivemind’s opinion very rapidly reaches an opinion on an event, aided in part by endorsements from influential users and groups, and tends to dig in its heels once formed.”
365/2: 070. Cold!
Lotta wind. Almost got blown over the Jersey barriers by a passing hay-truck.
Mashable: You’re Not Crazy - Google Search Results Look a Little Different.
BBC: England ‘divided into readers and watchers’.
Medium: How We Make Chocolate.
An ad, really, but an interesting one.
Rocknerd: Neil Young launches new music player based on magic beans and unicorn poop.
“If Neil Young, age 68, who’s played feedback-drenched noise on stage for the past forty-odd years, can reliably tell a Pomo file from a FLAC prepared from said Pomo file in A/B/X testing, I will give you a lollipop. Two lollipops.” I play FLAC through VLC, on half-decent speakers, and love it. Listening to FLAC quality through earbuds is a waste of time, for this old A/V dude … [Thanks, BillSaysThis!]
Still crankin’ on a deadline.
Extended for late submissions. Links when I can.
365/2: 069. Sunset.
Didn’t have time for anything else. Enjoy.
Guardian.UK: Fukushima operator may have to dump contaminated water into Pacific.
The poor Pacific, another of mankind’s dumping grounds.
SciAm: Does Climate Change Stand a Chance against the Oil Boom in U.S. Elections?
Nope. Not as long as the realities of extraction tech keeps getting papered over.
Guardian.UK: Royal settlement linked to Sutton Hoo treasures.
“The low mounds on a ridge overlooking the river Deben were well known, but archaeologists believed grave robbers had emptied them centuries ago, until an eccentric landowner, Edith Pretty, insisted that she had seen ghostly figures walking on them.” Do the wee ghosties get credit for the finds?
Discover Magazine: Birth of El Niño?
“If unusually strong westerly winds continue over the equatorial Western Pacific during March and April, this Kelvin wave has the potential to trigger a strong El Niño event over the Eastern Pacific later this year.” Hey, Aeolus, eat some garlic. We need to get this moving.
NPR: Family Trust Wins Supreme Court Fight Against Bike Trail.
“The federal government loses its control of land that’s granted to railroad companies after the track has been abandoned.” I expect a flurry of land grabs. The oil and gas folks won’t sit still, certainly.
Paris Review: An Audible Compendium of Typewriters.
Digital Photography Review: Getty and Flickr to cease partnership.
But they keep the images and relationships they’ve made … ?
Tootle along elsewhere today.
Very busy. As in VERY. Links perhaps later.
365/2: 068. My fave tree is still destroying the adobe wall ...
Outtake, a bit of faux wet-plate fun.
Guardian.UK: Fukushima’s children at centre of debate over rates of thyroid cancer.
If equipment sensitivity is suspected, it’s easy to prove. Pick another group of children, far removed from Fukushima, and run the same tests. Every experiment needs a control.
I assume it’s not a joke?
Guardian.UK: 4,000-year-old Dartmoor burial find rewrites British bronze age history.
“The discovery of her remains is rewriting the history of the bronze age moor. The bundle contained a treasury of unique objects: a tin bead and 34 tin studs, which are the earliest evidence of metal-working in the south-west; textiles, including a unique nettle fibre belt with a leather fringe; jewellery, including amber from the Baltic and shale from Whitby; and wooden ear studs, which are the earliest examples of wood turning ever found in Britain.”
London.sonoma.edu: The Road - Holding Her Down
“The ‘shack’ (brakeman) takes a coupling-pin and a length of bell-cord to the platform in front of the truck in which the tramp is riding. The shack fastens the coupling-pin to the bell-cord, drops the former down between the platforms, and pays out the latter. The coupling-pin strikes the ties between the rails, rebounds against the bottom of the car, and again strikes the ties. The shack plays it back and forth, now to this side, now to the other, lets it out a bit and hauls it in a bit, giving his weapon opportunity for every variety of impact and rebound. Every blow of that flying coupling-pin is freighted with death, and at sixty miles an hour it beats a veritable tattoo of death.”
ArtDaily: Rare group of 9,000-year-old stone masks united for first time at the Israel Museum.
“Originating from the Judean Hills and nearby Judean Desert, the twelve masks on view each share striking stylistic features. Large eye holes and gaping mouths create the expression of a human skull. Perforations on the periphery may have been used for wearing them, for the attachment of hair, which would have given the masks a more human appearance, or for suspending the masks from pillars or other constructed forms.” Wild.
Nice Marmot: Later that same afternoon ...
Dave’s kickin’ it with the bird shots today.
Crazy clouds and snow.
The outtake’s just as insane.
Lapham’s Quarterly: Living at Life’s Expense.
“The advantage of living is not measured by length but by use; some men have lived long and lived little; attend to it while you are in it. It lies in your will, not in the number of years, for you to have lived enough.” Michel de Montaigne.
DP Review: 500px Prime goes live, photographers now get 70% not 30%.
“Would you be happy with selling an unlimited license to one of your pictures, forever, for $175?” $250 is the lowest price for any photographic work. Not exactly Etsy now, is it?
We did get the snow.
365/2: 066. Snow’s a-comin’.
SciAm: Did Dark Matter Kill the Dinosaurs?
“The authors suggest that as the Sun oscillates up and down, it crosses a denser layer of dark matter — like the ham in the middle — causing a gravitational push and pull that disturbs comets in the Oort cloud.” I’ve thought about this sort of scenario since starting sci-fi books back in the ‘60’s. Cool that they’ll be able to test it. Frightening the implications.
BBC: Boeing checks 787 Dreamliners for wing cracks.
I assume carbon fiber manufacturing problems. Spec ‘em badly, you spell d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r.
The Outlet: The Great 2014 Indie Press Cheat Sheet.
Ghost in the Machine: My God It’s Full of Stars.
Ursa Major, in almost … unbearable … detail.
The Smart Set: The Sound of Difference.
The video’s hilarious. Aw, don’t pick on German/Dutch ...
VQR Online: A Grand Tour.
“Our passion to perfect ourselves runs roughshod over our reason, bending it toward its own ends—ends that, by their very nature, are endless. Thus, Rousseau laments, the ‘human race, debased and dispirited … brought itself to the brink of its ruin.’” In this article about Boswell and Rousseau, even Facebook gets a mention.