365/2: 237 ... end of season already.
It amazes me that every year, immediately after Indian Market, the weather shifts subtly into the autumn pattern. We’ll still get hot days, but the leaves are suddenly browning, yellowing on the edges. The fuse has been lit for an explosion of winter. Until then, the marigolds are still happy ...
I’m on Comcast Blast! service. Very fast. But Flickr continues to get worse and worse. The interface doesn’t paint for whole decades of seconds. The share features work some days, not on others. I don’t know what they’re doing, but it totally sucks. Rather than move, I just wish they’d stop fiddling, make up their minds and stick to a design for a month or three. I need to find some email address so’s I can b-tch and moan.
For the umpteenth time, I’m tempted to blow everything away and find someplace else to park stuff.
Went to visit Pecos NHP again, and started looking at Glorieta battle sites.
Got curious about the weaponry; forgot it was all black powder. The Colt 1860 Army, for instance. Scary accurate, slow reload, big holes.
Later: And by happenstance, a really cool ‘Old West’ Pinterest board.
94.7 WCSX: ZZ Top/Jeff Beck Tour CANCELLED.
Dusty Hill of ZZ Top fell on his hip onboard the tour bus, and got injured. Best wishes for a fast recovery, Dusty!
Later: Hold the phone. Jeff’s going to pick up some of the dates as a solo. Stay tuned to your local venue.
Bible History Daily: Severed Hands - Trophies of War in New Kingdom Egypt.
“A narrative found in the tomb of Ahmose, son of Ibana, at Elkab describes how after each battle against the Hyksos at Avaris and Sharuhen, the soldier presented an enemy hand as a trophy and was given as a reward the “gold of valor.” Among additional evidence from the New Kingdom are representations depicting severed right hands being counted and put into a heap.”
SF New Mexican: Study - Tree deaths outpace new growth across state.
“New Mexico trees are dying faster than they are being replaced with new growth across much of the state, according to a study on forest health released Tuesday. Brown trees dotting landscapes around the state are a highly visible sign of what’s happening.” Well now. I’m going to start giving trees as housewarming and general gifts.
Coolist: Trakke Jero Yurt is a 21st Century Cabin for Cool Camping.
Replacing the traditional lattice and cloth with thin plywood. Kinda brilliant. Best for temporary use, of course. I like it.
SciAm: Do Antidepressants Work?
Linkbait. From my understanding, SSRIs when combined with conventional talk therapy have proven very effective. To prescribe an SSRI without accompanying therapy, there is little benefit. To phrase it in my own language, the SSRIs put the brain into a more receptive state for change ... or that is the remnant of my admittedly ‘90’s knowledge of the subject. To test them in a virtual ‘test tube’ is worthless. IMHO. I’m not defending, I’m just pointing out discrepancies. The fact that family practitioners used to (and may still) hand out these things like Pez, just fills the coffers of the pharmaceutical companies.
The drug ain’t enough. You’ve gotta talk it out. [See the comment thread; I’m wrong.] And picking a suitable psychiatrist/psychologist/social worker is like trying to find a good suit. Takes time and money.
A warning: If any doctor is handing you books about anxiety and you’re starting to manifest every symptom in those books - you’re getting played, in a most cruel and inhuman way. I saw this happen with about a dozen people in NYC in the 90’s. It’s a racket. Get you on benzos and then let the half-life of the drug addict you both to the medication and the therapy. SSRIs are added to the mix. Next stop: Agoraphobia. It’s not pretty, and the climb out is long and torturous. It can be done, however. And a normal life can be restored.
A step on the way.
Archaeology News Network: Inside the antechamber of the Amphipolis tomb.
“The hole in the decorated wall and signs of forced entry outside the huge barrel-vaulted sculpture are of concern to scientists and indicate that the tomb may have been plundered long ago.” Drats. ‘Course, it depends on what ancients thought was valuable (precious metals, likely) ... treasures may still be found.
SERoundtable: YouTube Now Lets You Import Your Google+ Videos.
Cool Tools: Car2Go.
A step on the way to self-driving cars (eliminating the ‘ownership’ mentality).
DSLR Video Shooter: Metabones Finally Releases Canon MFT Speedbooster.
List $599. Dat’s a lot o’ bones.
OpenCulture: Brian May’s Homemade Guitar, Made From Old Tables, Bike and Motorcycle Parts & More.
Knitting needles, knives, more. Jeff Beck reference at 2:50 - May wanted to do the same feedback techniques.
CSM: US government - Monkey selfies ineligible for copyright.
“Marking an end to the controversy surrounding the “monkey selfie,” a self-portrait snapped by a particularly photogenic macaque in Indonesia in 2011, the US Copyright Office noted on Tuesday in a public draft of the Compendium of US Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition, that to be eligible to register an original work of intellectual property – be it a patent, trademark, or trade secrets – one must be a living, breathing, Homo sapiens.”
And that’s the end of that. No more monkeying around.
Youtube: World-Renowned Swordsman Takes on Fruit Ninja in REAL LIFE.
An ad, but who could say ‘no’ to watching a skilled swordsman slicing flying fruit?
APOD: Milky Way over Yellowstone.
Dropbox Pro Users Now Get 1TB of Storage, Other Goodies.
365/2: 236. The precious gift of rain.
They’re tearing up our road again - gravel on the westbound side. Lots of traffic noise - sorry. [Click through to Flickr to play video.]
Later: Storms breaking up.
Guardian.UK: Global warming is already here and could be irreversible, UN panel says.
Italian Ways: The Bianchina’s good fortune.
A tinycar for the discerning collector. Audrey Hepburn drove one around Paris.
DesignYouTrust: GoPro Fetch. Mount a GoPro to your pooch.
You know, might be a really useful tool for search & rescue folks.
The Register.UK: That 8TB Seagate MONSTER? It’s here ... Have a look (sans specs).
Precious little info, really. But worth keeping an eye on.
JasonOrmand: A pro tip for reducing visual noise in OSX.
Designer News: How much time do you guys need to complete a 10 page website?
The comments. Surprised noone’s responded to the ‘guys’ thing yet.
DP Review: Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review.
A lot of buzz, a lot of articles today. Slide to the last two paragraphs.
Wired: Hyperlapse, Instagram’s New App, Is Like a $15,000 Video Setup in Your Hand.
OpenCulture: The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Most Popular Physics Book Ever Written, Now Completely
Macworld: 5 iOS apps to easily manage your Twitter account.
Hmmm. I’ve just been using the plain Twitter app so far, though I use Tweetbot on the iMac. Perhaps I should ‘upgrade’ my iPhone to one o’ these. Any prefs, peeps?
BikeEXIF: Indian Scout by Analog Motorcycles.
Sweet. Read the text to see how custom is actually is (styrofoam bucks from which the aluminum artistes crafted tank and tail, for instance).
Dazed: Grimes turns down her Ice Bucket Challenge nomination.
“Last Friday, Pamela Anderson declined her Ice Bucket Challenge nomination on the grounds that the ALS Association has a poor record of testing on animals. Over the weekend, Grimes has followed suit and turned down Canadian DJ Richie Hawtin’s nom, announcing that she’d be happy to give the money to a charity – just not the ALS organisation that kickstarted the charity challenge.”
Dazed: No ice? Gaza is doing the Rubble Bucket Challenge.
Youtube: F1 2014 Belgian GP - Huge Crash For Konsantin Tereschenko.
Paris Review: What Makes a Classic Endure?
“Manzoni famously announced that The Betrothed would reach only “twenty-five readers,” yet his book became a national treasure. Its inability to attract a non-Italian audience isn’t the result of its artistic shortcomings, but of the nature of its questions and themes, which simply don’t appeal to a contemporary audience.” Cross-culture is why our movies are getting dumbed-down into action flicks, with no emotional nuance.
alexcornellblog: Why It’s Impossible to Make Plans Anymore.
Cellphones. So this writer maintains. I’d critique, but I have to call someone ...
BBC: Burning Man closed on opening day by rain.
‘Smoldering Man’ doesn’t quite have the same cachet ...
Hyperallergic: Cultural Destruction by Islamic State Continues with No End in Sight.
The opening GIF animation pretty much says it all.
365/2: 235. Sandra and Skeeter Doo.
Given the affinity, methinks a tinydog may be in my future.
Writefully: Turn a Github Repo into a CMS.
Archaeology News Network: Amphipolis tomb entrance gradually revealed.
More and more tantalizing. Read the comment, also.
Barn Finds: 1955 Porsche 356 Continental.
Oh, ouch. I can, however, double down on their estimation of eventual worth. Fixing it to concours shape, you could make a tidy profit on the project. Six figures virtually guaranteed.