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Eye Candy for Today: Fantin-Latour – Still Life with Carafe, Flowers and Fruit

Still Life with a Carafe, Flowers and Fruit; Henri Fantin-Latour Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Somewhat larger than most of Fantin-Latour’s still lifes, this is a prime example of his beautiful approach. Most striking here, I […]

East Bay Industrial Reaches Lowest Vacancy Rates In 10 Years

Tony Webster / Wikimedia Commons The East Bay’s industrial market is thriving. Low vacancy rates, strong rent growth and heavy demand have led to new projects and millions of square feet to deliver over the next two years. Expansion plans from Tesla, Amazon, FedEx, UPS and Apple helped spark much of [...]

Chargers Moving From San Diego To Los Angeles

Wikimedia Commons, Bspangenberg Call them the San Diego Chargers no more — the NFL franchise is moving to Los Angeles. The team is expected to officially announce the move today, ESPN reports, almost exactly one year after the Rams moved to the City of Angels. The move's been under discussion since 2015, when [...]

Apple Seeks Approval For Domestic High-Tech Manufacturing

Victorgrigas / Wikimedia Commons Apple is awaiting approval to manufacture high-tech equipment for data centers in Mesa, AZ. The tech company also applied for special status to designate the area as a foreign trade zone, allowing the products to be exempt from duty payments, reports Business Insider. Manufacturing will be limited to [...]

Wikimedia Foundation nabs $3 million grant to improve accessibility of free Commons content

The Wikimedia Foundation may be better known for a vast crowdsourced online encyclopedia called Wikipedia, but the not-for-profit also operates a repository of free-to-use media assets, including photos, audio clips, and videos called Wikimedia Commons, the content of which is used to illustrate other Wikimedia projects — such as Wikipedia. As with other Wikimedia Foundation […]

Women’s March, Like Many Before It, Struggles for Unity

(Photo: Center for Jewish History/Wikimedia Commons) The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom F or those who believe Donald Trump’s election has further legitimized hatred and even violence, a “Women’s March on Washington” scheduled...Show More Summary

Grading the Seahawks' Season: Even with Win Over the 49ers and a Playoff Berth, the Hawks are Merely Average

2 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Even with Win Over the 49ers and a Playoff Berth, the Seahawks are Merely Average by Spike Friedman Punter Jon Ryan. By Mike Morris - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37351045 The Seattle Seahawks...Show More Summary

The Gates Foundation Just Invested Millions in Technology to Stop the Spread of HIV

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Image: WikiMedia Commons Over the past two decades, HIV has gone from a lethal diagnosis to a manageable condition. And yet, the virus continues to spread as some 1.9 million new people are infected each year. HIV is no longer always the fatal disease it once was, but catching it is still common. Show More Summary

Your Crappy American Diet Might Leave Your Gut Bacteria Stunted

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Image: Rocky Mountain Laboratories/Wikimedia Commons Adopting a healthy lifestyle might not seem that hard on the outset. You ate a lot of cheeseburgers and drank a lot of soda, and now you’re going to stop doing that. But a new study in mice suggests that it takes a while for the gut’s bacterial zoo, or microbiome, to adapt to dietary changes. Show More Summary

Adoration of the Shepherds, Nicolas Maes

Adoration of the Shepherds, Nicolas Maes Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Getty Museum. The Getty’s version of the image looks dark to me, as often seems to be the case with museums’ online representation of their collections. The Google Art Project version, […]

You can’t replace the F-35 with an F-18 any more than you can replace an aircraft carrier with a cruise ship

3 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

An F-18 cannot do everything an F-35 can do, unless stealth doesn’t matter. John Nimmo Sr, Department of Defense, via Wikimedia Commons F-35As In Flight Picture above: three airplanes with a combined worth of at least $324 million. Stealth planes are complex machines. The science of stealth...

Who Founded Christianity? Some Say Jesus; Some Say Paul. What If Neither Did? The Answer Will Surprise You

Jesus Preaching in the Temple at Capernaum by Maurycy Gottlieb; Wikimedia Commons Nowhere in the New Testament does Jesus or Paul say he is rejecting Judaism and starting a new religion. In fact, the term "Christian" doesn't appear at...Show More Summary

Sea Scorpions: Terrifying Predators of the Paleozoic

4 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

 Photo courtesy of wikipedia  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eurypterus_Paleoart.jpg   Eurypterids: your may never have heard of them, but you will come to fear them. They appear in the fossil record during the Ordivician Period, over 400 million years ago, and finally went extinct … Continue reading ?

Review of the Clever Coffee Dripper

By Julius Schorzman [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons When different aspects of who we are come into conflict, it can sometimes be challenging to resolve them. One one hand, I am cheap. I often have a difficult time spending money on myself for things I want but do not really need. Show More Summary

California Democrat Zev Yaroslavsky Tells Robert Scheer Why the State Is a Model for Progressives

Neon Tommy / commons.wikimedia.org On this week's "Scheer Intelligence," Robert Scheer speaks with Zev Yaroslavsky, one of the leaders of California's Democratic Party, about the California paradox, or how progressives swept the nation's...Show More Summary

Math Book Sells for Record $3.7 Million (Or the Price of Like Two College Textbooks)

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Images: Getty/Wikimedia Commons The first edition of Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica was sold for $3.7 million at Christie’s on Wednesday, becoming the most expensive printed science book ever sold at auction—[insert joke about outrageous college textbook prices]. Show More Summary

A Brief History of Shinobu Kandori

Image via Wikimedia Commons When Rizin announced that Gabi Garcia would be facing the much smaller and much older Shinobu Kandori on their New Year’s Eve card, the news was met with a fair amount of suspicion, bemusement, and maybe even disgust. Those reactions aren’t necessarily wrong, but it is, to a certain extent, a matter of perspective. Show More Summary

New Research Suggests Monogamy Killed the Penis Bone in Humans

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Dog penis bones via Wikimedia Commons Although we call erections “boners,” anyone who has basic familiarity with human anatomy knows our slang deceives us—for unlike most mammals, men have no penis bones. For decades scientists haveShow More Summary

If Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Freaked You Out, You Won't Like What's Coming

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The Mediterranean fruit fly. IMAGE: Wikimedia Commons Over the past few years, as people have been freaking out about a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys, the company behind those mosquitoes has been quietly toiling away on another project. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Pissarro’s Autumn, Poplars, Éragny

Autumn, Poplars, Eragny; Camille Pissarro Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Denver Art Museum which also has a zoomable version (and, oddly, has another, somewhat different looking version of the image). This is Pissarro at the height of his classically Impressionist style. The […]

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