How an Abandoned Walmart Became an Award-Winning Public Library — This is pretty cool. (Thanks to
Library Copyright Alliance: Kirtsaeng case threatens library lending — Interesting set of issues around foreign copyrights. (Thanks to
Master forger comes clean about tricks that fooled art world for four decades — Ken Perenyi's memoir reveals how natural cracks and discoloured varnish would deceive even seasoned experts. (Snurched from Scrivener's Error.)
75 Years Since The Hindenburg Disaster — Some awesome airship photos. (Via AH.)
13 Of The Strangest Videos Uploaded To North Korea's Official YouTube Channel
Stand up if you want to live longer as it could increase your life by two years — Watching less than two hours of TV a day could increase lifetime by 18 months.
A Disheveled, Wandering Star (Has a Sneezing Fit)
The 50th anniversary of Starfish Prime: the nuke that shook the world
Landing on Other Planets: Seven Minutes of Terror — NASA's Mars Science Laboratory and the Rube Goldberg landing process.
Now That the Weather Is Going Crazy, Americans Believe In Climate Change Again — Sigh. It really isn't about the weather, except in the very large aggregate.
States and industry get a legal smackdown on climate — An appeals court draws an informative line between science and policy. Gee, I wonder if that has anything to do with climate change denial being a combination of ideology, business self-interest and willfully bad science?
Mysterious fatal crash offers rare look at U.S. commando presence in Mali — Uh, yeah. Feel safer?
States with Highest White Teen Births most Opposed to Obamacare — Nope. Nothing to see here in the moral heartland of real America. Move along, citizen.
Mitt Romney: It makes sense to use a TelePrompter — Sure, if you're a Republican. For Obama, it's a sign of intellectual weakness and lack of authenticity. Double standards on the American Right? Unpossible! (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)
Has the Obama Campaign Gotten Under Romney's Skin? — Confidential to Mitt: when your entire campaign is based on carefully constructed distortions of your public record and deep confidentiality about your personal life, you make a pretty easy target. Running for president makes you a very public person subject to intense scrutiny. Just ask your dad.
Mitt’s Gray Areas — Once upon a time a rich man named Romney ran for president. He could claim, with considerable justice, that his wealth was well-earned, that he had in fact done a lot to create good jobs for American workers. Nonetheless, the public understandably wanted to know both how he had grown so rich and what he had done with his wealth; he obliged by releasing extensive information about his financial history. But that was 44 years ago.
How the Failures of the Bush Administration Made Romney’s Nomination Possible — The effects of Bush’s disastrous tenure were so extensive that they continued to batter the new majority party and thus provide an opening for a wholly undeserved Republican comeback in record time.
?otD: Did you see the dawn?
Writing time yesterday: 3.0 hours (1.5 hours on Going to Extremes outline, 1.5 hours on workshop crit)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.5 (interrupted)
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate