Beautiful photography of zoo animals

Fantastic project.


Auction Break Beat

Travel advice: Dress for success

I do think the author can’t help but come off as a bit of an elitist twit but I don’t fault the concept behind this article. As crappy as one can get to feeling after a long slog through the airways, it helps to at least be dressed nicely. Nothing extravagant and don’t compromise your comfort of course, but I find it easier to relax when I don’t look as wrung out as I feel, if that makes any sense. Dressing up for air travel: In defense of looking nice on a flight or train..

Handpanning: Spacedrum with Yuki Koshimoto

So I just got my first introduction to handpans from this interesting article about the production of them. After watching just this first video, of course I want one!

▶ Spacedrum by Yuki Koshimoto – YouTube.

Cherry Blossom – Washington DC 2014


The Eminent Child took this photo.

Everyone Was Completely Speechless. She’s The Only Woman In The World To Do This! | PetFlow Blog – The most interesting news for pet parents around the world.

Apparently She’s The Only Woman In The World To Do This! Pretty Cool.

One nice thing about living in North Korea

You don’t have to put much effort into picking a hairstyle since the government has several pre-approved styles ready for you.

Gears of war: When mechanical analog computers ruled the waves | Ars Technica

Gears of war: When mechanical analog computers ruled the waves | Ars Technica.

Neat-o article looking at the analog machines (gears, cams, and shafts, yo) that ran calculus to aim the massive guns on our navy destroyer fleet. Well written with fantastic videos too.

On the American failure to keep pace with the world: Broadband

This article examining the failure of American telecommunication companies to provide better service in exchange for greater control really nails the situation. The United States is a very pro-business economy with pro-business political ideologies influenced by pro-business lobbyists support by pro-business funding.  The notion of “public good” isn’t valued or applied as a legislative metric as much as in the past, and even when it is considered, the prevailing pro-business ideologies posit that market solutions will provide public goods better than any other alternative.  This is a theoretical fact but fails in the real-world because public goods are market externalities rather than the currency (i.e. markets are not designed to maximize public goods, even though they’d be very good at it if they were).

The authors of the article point out why the U.S. has fallen behind in the development of telecommunications infrastructure and it all comes down to the hands-off regulatory attitudes driving legislative priorities. I’m not advocating for or against either of these positions here. I just thought it was a well written piece that explains a lot. We seem to spend too much time in theoretical arguments of political decisions. This article examines the actual results of a regulatory approach. It’s up to us to decide if it is an approach worth keeping.

Obama Not Ruling Out U.S. Military Action In Congress

About time, really.