Friday Quick Hits and Varia
August 19, 2011 § Leave a comment
It’s a beautiful sunny day here in the Northern Plans (or North Dakotaland), so a perfect day for a robustly random Friday varia and quick hits:
- The first issue of Parekbolai: An Electronic Journal for Byzantine Literature. (via Kostis Kourelis)
- This has been making the Facebook/Twitter/Google+ rounds this week: 10 Reasons to Ban Pens and Pencils in the Classroom. A funny, but not particularly clever, response to calls to ban phones, laptops, tablets, et c.
- Some more examples of Taki 183.
- Just the other day, I was thinking of all the great things that DuPont has provided for the world (including a good part of my college education), but I did not remember that they invented Farming with Dynamite.
- A somewhat amusing info graphic on how to Twitter.
- Some pretty cool examples of the necessity for ruins:
- Beth Dow’s photography.
- Talk of turning the Reading Viaduct into one of those amazing elevated parks like the High Ling Park in Manhattan. Grand Forks needs to look into this idea that preserving historic landscape often costs LESS than destroying them.
- And, Danny Macaskill. This stuff blows my mind:
- Pace like Fire (keep watching to at least 5:20)
- This is a pretty depressing story about the impact of the London riots and the related fires on the independent music industry. It seems that a warehouse was destroyed containing a huge percentage of many labels physical media. (via The Needle and the Groove)
- What I’m reading: M. Maas, Exegesis and Empire in the Early Byzantine Mediterranean. Tübingen 2003. (How did I miss this when it came out!?)
- What I’m listening to: Fleet Foxes, Helpless Blues.
- This is just pure awesome. When I go on tour, it will be in this vehicle: