Linky Friday: Summertime
These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after.” Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
[He1] Your toaster regularly turns electricity to heat. Pretty simple. If you can make the reverse happen and turn heat into electricity, you might really be onto something.
[He2] Mapping the “heat island effect” in urban areas. The idea is using the data to help city planners prevent the temperature phenomenon found in dense urban environments.
[He3] A Harvard study shows that heat can slow down the brain as much as 13%.
[He4] The old timers already know this, but when it’s ” It’s hotter than Hell and half of Georgia” the weather makes everyone more aggressive. But that shouldn’t be a problem in our calm, well-mannered society…right?
[He5] The high cost of electricity is causing concerns in the desert, where air conditioning, lack there of, or a power grid failure, spells troubled for thousands of elderly who tend to flock there for retirement.
[Li1] “According to the U.N.’s estimates, 3.97 billion people cram themselves into the highly populated countries of China, India, the U.S., Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, or Nigeria.” That’s 50% of the human race in seven countries.
[Li2] Paul Manafort was getting “VIP treatment” in prison, a fact he probably should have kept to himself as the judge has now ordered him moved for that very reason.
[Li3] An amazing story how a 28-year old farmer had a freak occurrence, died alone, but touched many. Incredible story of life and living.
[Li4] Living organ donors and advancements in procedures and technology have made the once-miraculous kidney transplant almost routine.
[Li5] Living free is a right in America, living free of a microwave is a statement of choice.
[So1] Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” is a classic, but NASA has the real thing from the Cassini spacecraft.
[So2] Speaking of NASA, some cool video of an Atlas V ripping a rainbow and cirrus formations to shreds with the sound wave it’s generating. Also a video on how water and mist is used to deaden the sound of blast off.
[So3] Yes, the sound of your own voice really does sound that bad, makes you cringe, and you aren’t alone. Here is the science to why the old adage is true.
[So4] “We can fix it in post” doesn’t work on a crab boat in Alaska: How the sound guys for shows like “Deadliest Catch” and “Amazing Race” make the reality in reality TV sound so good.
[So5] “A Quiet Place” was a huge hit movie, and the sound-or lack their of-was as much the main character as the humans. So the sound designers have some suggestions for making the home experience of silence more like the theater.
[St1] Stormy Daniels, yes that one, was arrested at a Columbus, OH strip club for touching what turned out to be undercover police officers during her performance. Chargers have been dropped, but with Avenatti on the case I doubt it’s the last we hear of it. Something seems off about this story.
[St2] Strange tingling in your legs? Probably nothing, unless you are this woman and it turned out to be parasites in her spine.
[St3] It’s titled “Strange Days” but as art installations go, this one using a brutalist building as it’s backdrop for 21 artist is pretty amazing.
[St4] I admire the ability it takes to perform it, but the Cirque shows always present as varying degrees of weird to me. When Montreal Cirque Festival gets into full swing, the weird and the wonderful go full bore.
[St5] With the pending vacating of the LA Times building, a short video of some of the stranger nooks and crannies of the papers long time home.
[Ma2] Scientists want to go Jurassic Park and test tube the recently extinct (earlier this year) Northern White Rhino, but conservationist and naturalist are not happy about it.
[Ma3] Sometimes I just reflexively feel we are too quick to write off things like mass shootings to mental illness, and now some research is starting to find the same thing, that the mentally ill are more likely to be victim than perpetrator of crime.
[Ma4] Stanley Cavell, philosopher who pushed for “ordinary language philosophy” and writer of several books including “Pursuit of Happiness” died recently.