Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Morning Coffee (8/16/17)

Oh, good: Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues in Overnight Operation

Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost

Donald Trump is offering comfort to racists and extremists

While Trump was distracted, North Korea calmed down. That’s not a coincidence.

And here's what's actually happening in Guam right now.

Seeking Greater Global Power, China Looks to Robots and Microchips

Oh hey, Hugo Award winners! Glad THAT process was less of a mess this year, at least.

This whole thing is kind of hilarious: Costco Owes Tiffany More Than $19 Million, Judge Rules

Hmmm: MoviePass Now Offers Unlimited Movies in Theaters for $10 a Month (From what I've read, their business model is a. selling your data [they were just bought by an analytics firm] and/or b. proving their worth enough to get theaters to "partner" with them in the future. I tried to join yesterday but their servers were overloaded - it's 2017, people, do load tests! - and then AMC said they're going to try to block it, so... I guess I'll wait.)

Antarctica’s Ice Hides 91 Newly Described Volcanoes

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Afternoon Tea (8/15/17)

How Driscoll's Reinvented the Strawberry

Todd is speaking my language here: "But in episode three, one big element of the show clicks into place: You realize that Manhunt is a series about catching a killer by playing word games."

This is an interesting read of the movie Marie Antoinette: Tragic Queendom

Identity Crisis: What do you do when someone who isn’t you shows up on the internet — and starts finding your friends?

The Hunt for a Missing Canadian Lily

Morning Coffee (8/15/17)

The Battle of Charlottesville

2017! Tiki Brand Does Not Condone the Use of Its Torches by White Supremacists

Of course he is: Trump says he’s considering pardon for Joe Arpaio

Alabama GOP Senate Primary Gets Even Strange-er After Trump Intervention

Thanks, Germany! An American tourist gave the Nazi salute in Germany — so a stranger beat him up, police say

GoDaddy and Google have refused service to a notorious neo-Nazi site

Aww: Big Ben to be silenced for four years for maintenance

GOOD. I am all for piracy arrests: Police Make Arrests in ‘Game of Thrones’ Piracy Case in India

Huh: Paramount Is Making a Leonardo da Vinci Biopic Starring Leonardo DiCaprio (No offense to Leo, but I'm not super-convinced by the idea of him playing a genius. HOWEVER, I hope this means we are a step closer to my dream of a Thomas Hardy adaptation starring Tom Hardy.)

Ooh! Major archaeological finds at Greenwich uncover lost Royal palace

Monday, August 14, 2017

Afternoon Tea (8/14/17)

What a Fraternity Hazing Death Revealed About the Painful Search for an Asian-American Identity

The Women of Formula One

This is great: Explore Smiley's London

Time-Travelling with Merriam-Webster's Dictionary

The 1922 Eclipse Adventure That Sought to Confirm the Theory of Relativity

Morning Coffee (8/14/17)

Me elsewhere: The week's TV news.

Well, this was some shocking TV industry news to wake up to: Shonda Rhimes Says Farewell to ABC Studios and Hello to Netflix

The Washington Post story about Charlottesville is pretty comprehensive and well-done, if you want to catch up on what's happened.

Here's an interesting first-person account by a New York Times reporter in Charlottesville.

What a surprise: Alt-Right Media Framed Wrong Person in Car Attack, Labeled Him ‘Anti-Trump Druggie’

We need to stop acting like Trump isn’t pandering to white supremacists

This was well-articulated: I’m a White Man. Hear Me Out.

Russia-West Balancing Act Grows Ever More Wobbly in Belarus

Interesting: Words We're Watching: 'Record Scratch'

Almost Edible, 106-Year-Old Fruitcake Found in Antarctica