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A little French never hurts…

Julie de Muer gives us a sample of Marseille but the video is only an ‘amuse-gueule’ (appetizer); the real treat is when she leads us on a Google Nightwalk:

https://nightwalk.withgoogle.com/en/panorama

(Google: always doing more in increasingly interesting ways. As it should be.)

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This is fun: Golf Digest has a million photos of great women golfers playing great golf but, for the cover, they choose a sexy babe (Wayne Gretzky’s daughter!) and get her to pose in a ridiculous way in a ridiculous outfit. Everybody (except Golf Digest readers) complains! The Wire hits extra hard off the tee and calls golf “tacky, gross and exclusionary” and they give a breakdown of golf’s racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic and environmentally-damaging history! Wow! 
Of course I agree. Golf? Really? As Harry Leon Wilson said in 1904:

Golf has too much walking to be a good game, and just enough game to spoil a good walk.

Exactly. 
http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/04/yes-the-cover-of-golf-digest-is-tacky-gross-and-exclusionary-but-so-is-golf/360199/

This is fun: Golf Digest has a million photos of great women golfers playing great golf but, for the cover, they choose a sexy babe (Wayne Gretzky’s daughter!) and get her to pose in a ridiculous way in a ridiculous outfit. Everybody (except Golf Digest readers) complains! The Wire hits extra hard off the tee and calls golf “tacky, gross and exclusionary” and they give a breakdown of golf’s racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic and environmentally-damaging history! Wow! 

Of course I agree. Golf? Really? As Harry Leon Wilson said in 1904:

Golf has too much walking to be a good game, and just enough game to spoil a good walk.

Exactly. 

http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/04/yes-the-cover-of-golf-digest-is-tacky-gross-and-exclusionary-but-so-is-golf/360199/

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this is going to be very cool: a Hot Rod phone!

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Medical equipment can be scary! But it can save a life.
In war zones, 80% of wounded people and soldiers die from blood loss. Now there’s a piece of equipment that should reduce blood loss fast and, as a result, keep more people alive. It’s got a cool name too: XStat. PopSci explains how it works:

The 2.5-ounce syringe slides deep into a injury, such a bullet track, and deposits pill-size sponges that soak up blood and rapidly expand to stem bleeding from an artery. Each sponge is coated with chitosan, a substance that clots blood and fights infection. The FDA says the sponges are safe to leave in the body for up to four hours, allowing enough time for a patient to get to an operating room. To ensure they don’t get left inside a wound, X-shaped markers make each sponge visible on an x-ray image.

http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/simple-invention-sealing-gunshot-wounds-gets-fda-approval

Medical equipment can be scary! But it can save a life.

In war zones, 80% of wounded people and soldiers die from blood loss. Now there’s a piece of equipment that should reduce blood loss fast and, as a result, keep more people alive. It’s got a cool name too: XStat. PopSci explains how it works:

The 2.5-ounce syringe slides deep into a injury, such a bullet track, and deposits pill-size sponges that soak up blood and rapidly expand to stem bleeding from an artery. Each sponge is coated with chitosan, a substance that clots blood and fights infection. The FDA says the sponges are safe to leave in the body for up to four hours, allowing enough time for a patient to get to an operating room. To ensure they don’t get left inside a wound, X-shaped markers make each sponge visible on an x-ray image.

http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/simple-invention-sealing-gunshot-wounds-gets-fda-approval

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When I set up house in Korea, I bought a bunch of cheap pots and pans. They all broke. They didn’t really cook very well but I ignored that fact and I bought new cheap pots and pans. They all broke too. I began to see a pattern.
I went out and spent $300 for a pot and the same amount for a pan: Le Creuset. They cook well, look good and don’t break. They’ll probably last forever. And now they come is cool new colors. At the same scary price but think about the price spread over ‘forever’. 
http://lecreuset.com/content_shop-le-creuset-matte

When I set up house in Korea, I bought a bunch of cheap pots and pans. They all broke. They didn’t really cook very well but I ignored that fact and I bought new cheap pots and pans. They all broke too. I began to see a pattern.

I went out and spent $300 for a pot and the same amount for a pan: Le Creuset. They cook well, look good and don’t break. They’ll probably last forever. And now they come is cool new colors. At the same scary price but think about the price spread over ‘forever’. 

http://lecreuset.com/content_shop-le-creuset-matte

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We hear a lot about Americans because American media dominate the information landscape, especially in English which is everyone’s second language. Often we hear about how great the USA is. Sometimes we hear about how stupid. Unfortunately, this latest story goes in the later category:
In 25 years, the number of Americans who worry about climate change has dropped by 1%. That’s right, despite increasingly hot summers and rising sea levels and increased CO2 levels and wildly unpredictable storms in both summer and winter - not to mention a million media stories! - Americans are less concerned now than they were 25 years ago!
Well, not quite! When Gallup separated the liberals and conservatives the difference is shocking. Democrats are worried; Republicans simply don’t care. 
http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/04/americans-dont-care-about-climate-change-any-more-than-they-did-in-1989/360215/

We hear a lot about Americans because American media dominate the information landscape, especially in English which is everyone’s second language. Often we hear about how great the USA is. Sometimes we hear about how stupid. Unfortunately, this latest story goes in the later category:

In 25 years, the number of Americans who worry about climate change has dropped by 1%. That’s right, despite increasingly hot summers and rising sea levels and increased CO2 levels and wildly unpredictable storms in both summer and winter - not to mention a million media stories! - Americans are less concerned now than they were 25 years ago!

Well, not quite! When Gallup separated the liberals and conservatives the difference is shocking. Democrats are worried; Republicans simply don’t care. 

http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/04/americans-dont-care-about-climate-change-any-more-than-they-did-in-1989/360215/

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wow! 6 minutes of magical music from Steve Coleman and Five Elements

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Coleman

(Source: kamakwa)

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Great review by the indispensable Lifehacker of all the issues and options concerning microphones and your computer!
http://lifehacker.com/how-to-choose-the-best-microphone-for-your-pc-1550386418 

Great review by the indispensable Lifehacker of all the issues and options concerning microphones and your computer!

http://lifehacker.com/how-to-choose-the-best-microphone-for-your-pc-1550386418 

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The last hot Hamlet was David Tennant in 2012.  Now Benedict Cumberbatch is going to hold the skull and say, “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him..” and all the other wonderful and famous lines. Should be good if you’re in London! 
To prep or not to prep? Prep! By listening to the play on BBC4:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03xhkyv

The last hot Hamlet was David Tennant in 2012.  Now Benedict Cumberbatch is going to hold the skull and say, “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him..” and all the other wonderful and famous lines. Should be good if you’re in London! 

To prep or not to prep? Prep! By listening to the play on BBC4:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03xhkyv

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Bertolt Brecht, probably the greatest playwright of the terrible 20th century. He was small, rude, a constant cheater with his numerous lovers and he probably didn’t smell good either. Worst of all, he caved in the end. When he knew the Soviets were murderers and liars, he stayed silent to stay safe. Ouch. So what do all the words mean, in the end, if…
But before we judge, we should read the new biography that’s getting stellar reviews: Bertolt Brecht: A Literary Life by Stephen Parker .
And, in a life that was full of false, there are words by Brecht that still ring true :

In the dark times Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing.About the dark times.

http://www.literaryreview.co.uk/sassoon_04_14.php

Bertolt Brecht, probably the greatest playwright of the terrible 20th century. He was small, rude, a constant cheater with his numerous lovers and he probably didn’t smell good either. Worst of all, he caved in the end. When he knew the Soviets were murderers and liars, he stayed silent to stay safe. Ouch. So what do all the words mean, in the end, if…

But before we judge, we should read the new biography that’s getting stellar reviews: Bertolt Brecht: A Literary Life by Stephen Parker .

And, in a life that was full of false, there are words by Brecht that still ring true :

In the dark times 
Will there also be singing? 
Yes, there will also be singing.
About the dark times.

http://www.literaryreview.co.uk/sassoon_04_14.php