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TG’s Political Wire: Obama Should Prosecute the Torturers.

The question is whether the nation will stand by and allow the perpetrators of torture to have perpetual immunity for their actions.” This is arguably the most important article in the news today, and many can’t read it because of the paywall. The impact is therefore limited. Important news should be free.

12/22/14 • 11:01 AM • HistoryHuman RightsLawNewsPolitics • No Comments

SciAm: Plankton Pee May Alter Ocean’s Chemistry.

Heh. I used to joke with a former assistant, afraid of swimming in the ocean: “Imagine octopi. Each one has eight armpits, all sweating into that water. And you don’t want to go swimming ...”  If I’d only thought of plankton pee.

12/22/14 • 10:51 AM • PersonalScience • No Comments

Roads & Kingdoms: The Holy Bones of Pittsburgh.

The more popular relics include: 22 splinters of the True Cross; threads from the Virgin Mary’s veil; a cloak of St. Joseph; and bone fragments of all 12 apostles; the entire skeleton of St. Demetrius; the skulls of several older and newer (and thus lesser known) saints; and a molar once belonging to St. Anthony, the very tooth missing from his skull in Padua.” Of course, there are enough ‘true Cross’ splinters around the world to construct a small Sequoiadendron giganteum tree.

12/22/14 • 10:48 AM • ReligionTravel • No Comments

Shakespeare Forever: Cate Blanchett as Richard II in the Sydney ...

I just might be tempted to empty my savings to experience this.

12/22/14 • 10:38 AM • ArtsBooksEntertainmentTravel • No Comments

Atlas Obscura: St. Nicholas’ Church in Hamburg.

This source seems to short sights (and sites) in Germany. Get cracking, AO. Lots of interesting stuff in Germany. LOTS. And not all connected with WWI and WWII.

12/22/14 • 10:34 AM • HistoryPhotographyTravel • No Comments

Medium: Ten Years of Podcasting - Fighting Human Nature.

Yes. To this, I would add overwrought intros and outros, and rambling slow-to-get-to-the-point subject matter. I say it many times, Hemingway, not Tolstoy.

12/22/14 • 10:02 AM • PersonalPodcastingWeblogs • No Comments

Wired: Dystopian Fiction’s Popularity Is a Warning Sign for the Future.

I think what these films tell us is that we’re taking a future of environmental catastrophe for granted. [snip] And that’s the hardest part of my work, actually convincing people that we’re capable of something other than this brutal response to disaster.” Not just climate change; there’s a lack of belief a brighter future.

12/21/14 • 09:52 PM • ArtsBooksPsychology1 Comment

365/2: 353.  Cristo Rey church, on Canyon.

365/2: 353.

I was downtown, so I took a few local color snaps: Dragon, dogs, shoppers, building, sellers. Enjoy.

Later: Shapes of things.

12/21/14 • 08:30 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local(2) Comments

Telegraph.UK: Female codebreakers reunited at Bletchley Park.

What more can I do, than get a tear in my eye and clap for these ladies? We owe them almost as much as we owe Churchill.

12/21/14 • 12:06 PM • HistoryHuman RightsTravel • No Comments

Bittbox/Photoshop 101: True Black (CMYK).

75. 68. 67. 90.

12/21/14 • 11:52 AM • AdobeArtsBooksDesignSoftware • No Comments

Medium: Celebrity Oxford Comma.

Entertaining. I use it without thought.

12/21/14 • 11:51 AM • ArtsBooksGeneralPersonal • No Comments

Automatic Earth: Drilling Our Way Into Oblivion.

Of note. “Anyway, this is what we have on offer: the oil industry faces a triple whammy. Oil prices are down 50%, oil company share valuations are also down 50%, and their production costs are rising, in quite a few cases exponentially so. That’s what they, and we, face while slip-sliding into the new year. Do I need to explain that that does not bode well?” My italic emphasis.

12/21/14 • 11:38 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHome & LivingPolitics1 Comment

Reuters: Obama vows ‘do everything I can’ to close Guantanamo.

Six years and counting ...

12/21/14 • 11:34 AM • HistoryHuman RightsLawPolitics • No Comments

Backup services (including one for Evernote).

Revert.io’s got your back(up) for Evernote. Searchable, too.  Backupify gets Google Apps (including Gmail) and social channels.

I’ve been looking for a simple method to pull a searchable, formatted backup of Gmail for a while now. Anyone using one, and like it?  I’m getting close to 1/2 of my Google free allowance (7GB). That’s a lot of old email.

12/21/14 • 11:21 AM • GeneralInternetMobilePersonalSoftware • No Comments

Spam: Seriously?

Asian movers? As in furniture movers? Some poor schmuck putting comments on ‘The Luminous Endowment’ and ‘Wikipedia: The Dictator’? Folks need to work on their targeting ...

12/21/14 • 09:36 AM • InternetPersonalWeblogs • No Comments

The Luminous Endowment.

The Luminous Landscape looks to give back. With some help.  Great idea.

12/20/14 • 08:28 PM • ArtsBooksEconomicsPhotography • No Comments

ArtDaily: Skeleton from Greek mystery tomb to be identified next month.

The result of macroscopic study of the bone tissue (identifying) sex, age and height will be announced in January.

12/20/14 • 08:09 PM • HistoryScholarlyScienceTravel • No Comments

ArtDaily: Calligraphers cry foul as Vatican shuts down scrollmakers amid reports of fakes.

Instead of being made by hand, the parchments will be computer prints produced by the Vatican’s Office of Papal Charities ...” Oh, bad form. Especially now that letterpress is having a nice renaissance. Pope’s on the wrong side of this issue.

12/20/14 • 08:08 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryReligion • No Comments

365/2: 352. Amaryllis.

365/2: 352.

It was labelled as ‘red’.  TJs screwed up.

12/20/14 • 07:54 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments

Wikipedia: The Great Dictator.

Interesting to read, in the wake of “The Interview” and NK.

12/19/14 • 06:46 PM • EntertainmentHistory • No Comments

365/2: 351. Eschewed the traditional stuff this year, went with a Scandinavian red/white theme.

365/2: 351.

A bit more spare; room to be, room to think. The visual clutter of Xmas gets to me.

12/19/14 • 05:30 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments

Canon tip.

I’m still doing some tests to verify, but it does look like a repeatable phenom so far. Using multiples of 160 ISO render greater dynamic range in still images than other ISOs. Found the comment on a video thread; most of us knew to use 160 for best video, but I’d never heard this applied to stills. YMMV.

12/19/14 • 05:20 PM • Photography • No Comments

Archaeology News Network: Secrets of Roman concrete revealed.

The mortar resists microcracking through in situ crystallization of platy strätlingite, a durable calcium-alumino-silicate mineral that reinforces interfacial zones and the cementitious matrix. [snip] The dense intergrowths of the platy crystals obstruct crack propagation and preserve cohesion at the micron scale, which in turn enables the concrete to maintain its chemical resilience and structural integrity in a seismically active environment at the millennial scale.

12/19/14 • 12:02 PM • GeneralHistoryScience • No Comments

Archaeology News Network: Dental plaque reveals key plant in prehistoric Easter Island diet.

Sweet potatoes, not bananas or taro or breadfruit.

12/19/14 • 12:01 PM • FoodHistoryScience • No Comments

Archaeology News Network: Taxes and costs, 70 Italian castles on sale.

I need to win a lottery.

12/19/14 • 11:57 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingTravel(2) Comments

Stanford: Stanford psychologists show that altruism is not simply innate.

Digging deeper.

12/19/14 • 11:52 AM • ChildhoodPsychologyScience • No Comments

Dazed: The top 20 music videos of 2014.

Observations: Precious little beauty, other than pretty girls.

12/19/14 • 11:06 AM • Music • No Comments

EOSHD: Fuji X-T1 v3.0 firmware now available/24p video mode/full frame with Speed Booster ULTRA.

Of note.

12/19/14 • 10:48 AM • ConsumptionDesignMotion GraphicsPhotography • No Comments

Washington Examiner: Future uncertain, Romney sits atop GOP polls.

In discussions this week, they pointed to what they think is a widespread belief among voters, certainly among Republicans, that Romney was right about some key issues in the 2012 campaign.” When your average American can’t even remember Obama’s campaign promises about Guantanamo, how can a reasoning individual claim *anyone* remembers a Romney position?  Other than his use of hair gel?

12/19/14 • 10:38 AM • Politics(3) Comments

Colossal: Spectacular Ice Formations Atop a Windswept Mountain in Slovenia.

We’ve seen similar pix before, but never so dramatic.  Enjoy.

12/19/14 • 10:25 AM • NaturePhotography(2) Comments

Dazed: The cult of buying fake followers exposed by Instagram cull.

There were incredible scenes at the top of the ‘percentage lost’ table, where a user called @chiragchirag78 lost 99.998% of his followers, falling from a gargantuan 3,660,448 followers to a measly eight.” Said it before, I’ll say it again. Be careful who you mortgage your opinions to.

12/19/14 • 10:21 AM • InternetMobileSocial Media • No Comments

Github: Vulnerability announced - update your Git clients.

Of note.

12/18/14 • 08:37 PM • InternetProgramming • No Comments

DiscoverMag: Aspirin May Help Prevent Skin Cancer.


12/18/14 • 08:30 PM • HealthScience • No Comments

GigaOm: Flickr kills sale of Creative Commons prints, issues refunds.

Even though the Flickr Wall Art service only offered images for which the owner had granted a Creative Commons license for commercial use, some complained that they believed the terms of the license only extended to online use — and not to physical prints as well. Some withdrew their works from Flickr altogether.”  It should have been opt-in. Really dumb. Previously discussed.

12/18/14 • 08:27 PM • InternetPhotographySocial Media • No Comments

Art Daily: Hebrew U. archaeologists find 20-meter-high corridor at Herodium National Park.

Better and more photos, please.

Later: Two impressive interior photos here.

12/18/14 • 08:06 PM • HistoryReligionScholarlyScience • No Comments

Supercharged: Akrapovic Full Moon Motorcycle Concept.

Wild. Art Deco and modern.

12/18/14 • 07:57 PM • DesignVehicles1 Comment

It is astonishing, that on Flickr ...

I can have absolute no views, but someone’s favorited a photo. Astonishing.

12/18/14 • 07:26 PM • PersonalPhotographyProgramming(10) Comments

365/2: 350.  Just after dark.

365/2: 350.

12/18/14 • 07:19 PM • PersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • No Comments

Mashable: Texas plumber baffled after truck ends up in the hands of Syrian rebels.

What’s more disconcerting is that no commercial - or national security - sources seem to know how these trucks ended up in terrorist hands. I hope reporters follow up on this, find the paper/shipment trail.

12/18/14 • 06:56 PM • ConsumptionLawPolitics • No Comments

Client Christmas parties.

Never heard of “White Elephant” gifting before.  Next year, I’m hitting Archie McPhee.  Instant (just add water) underwear, anyone?  I can’t wait.

12/18/14 • 05:30 PM • ConsumptionPersonal1 Comment
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