items of interest to me and, possibly, to you.

Jul 28

Sutro Tower and the Fog (by Frankenstein)

Sutro Tower and the Fog (by Frankenstein)

“When 60 percent of readers don’t know if the stuff they’re reading is paid for by advertisers or is, you know, what used to be called journalism, we have pretty solid objective proof of the deception inherent in the practice. More to the point, 73 percent of readers say that native advertising adds no value to general news sites. So please spare me the somewhat creepy idea that these exercises in propaganda actually enhance the reader experience. The readers don’t think so.” — Sponsored Content Helps Brands, Hurts Publishers « The Dish

My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2014-7-27) From Last.fm -

  1. Bleachers (44) 
  2. Courtney Barnett (39) 
  3. Hamilton Leithauser (26) 
  4. Bob Mould (24) 
  5. Peter Matthew Bauer (22) 

Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz

Privacy and the Pool of Information - NYTimes.com -

"But when it comes to the N.S.A., there is no privacy policy. The storage of our incidentally collected data treats us as means, not as ends. And that is another reason such programs should worry us. A government that sees its citizens private information as subject to tracking and collection has implicitly adopted a stance toward those citizens inconsistent with the respect due to their inherent dignity as autonomous individuals. It has begun to see them not as persons, but as something to be understood and controlled. That is an attitude that is inconsistent with the demands of democracy itself."

cappstreetcrap:

Glitter Caddy.

cappstreetcrap:

Glitter Caddy.

Jul 27

As requested! Sugar Gliders in slow motion! - Imgur

As requested! Sugar Gliders in slow motion! - Imgur

(via Otter cuddle puddle - Boing Boing)

(via Otter cuddle puddle - Boing Boing)

Whiteness Is Still a Proxy for Being American - Atlantic Mobile -

"One even sees traces of this tendency to un-Americanize immigrants from the developing world in the way some Americans see Hispanics. When Arizona in 2010 passed a law empowering law enforcement to detain anyone who presented a “reasonable suspicion” of being in the country illegally, critics rightly wondered what criteria the police could possibly use to suspect someone of being undocumented other than the fact that they looked or sounded Hispanic. A 2012 poll by the National Hispanic Media Coalition found that one-third of Americans believed most Hispanics in the United States were undocumented. In other words, many Americans associate being Hispanic with not being legally American. That’s pretty similar to the assumption Congressman Clawson made about Biswal and Kumar."

A Sad, Pointless War - Atlantic Mobile -

"It was a sad, pointless war, for which we’re still paying a price. A hard-hearted peace treaty and a ravaged economy produced a “lost generation” of young Germans and led directly to the rise of Hitler and an even uglier worldwide conflagration. The secret Sykes-Picot Agreement reached by Britain and France in 1916 drew arbitrary boundary lines across the postwar Middle East—around Iraq, for instance—that are returning deadly dividends to this day. The toppling of the Russian monarchy and the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire created a balkanized Europe that, as recently as the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over strife-torn Ukraine, pains us still. The world was a nastier place after the war than before it."

Metaphysical Sleight of Heart - NYTimes.com -

"Worse is the sour taste left by the romance between Stanley and Sophie. Ms. Stone, spindly in her flapper dresses, looks younger than 25, which makes the nearly 30-year gap between her and Mr. Firth — a discrepancy never alluded to on screen — even more striking. Stanley has a briefly seen, occasionally mentioned fiancée named Olivia (Catherine McCormack), who is a fellow skeptic and an intellectual peer, meaning that she has no chance with him."

Jul 26

(via CPR For Your Dog - It could save their life! (Saving your pet with CPR) - K9 Instinct - Dog Nutritionist in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. K9 Instinct Blog! Dog Nutrition consultations online!)

(via CPR For Your Dog - It could save their life! (Saving your pet with CPR) - K9 Instinct - Dog Nutritionist in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. K9 Instinct Blog! Dog Nutrition consultations online!)

“A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court’s ruling regarding the use of antibiotics in animal feed, which is great news for fans of dying from previously-treatable infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.” — Court Rules Antibiotics in Animal Feed Are Just Fine, So We’re Screwed

A serious attempt to understand Blake Lively’s Goop-like website | PopWatch -

"You know that whole plotline on Arrested Development where Charlize Theron plays a character who seems like a Manic Pixie Dream Girl but actually has a serious mental disability? I feel like Blake Lively’s website has inadvertently crossed an equivalent uncanny valley, where the artisanal movement suddenly becomes a LARPing party that actual LARPers would refuse to participate in."