I keep a tumblr at lloydshep.tumblr.com called A Pound of Obscure. Here’s the last week’s posts from it.
- Britain enters the Drone Business, from home soil
Britain enters the Drone Business, from home soil, for the first time. Wired salivates. (via For the First Time, Brits Launch Drone Strike From Home | Danger Room | Wired.com)
- London Environs 1832 – David Rumsey Historical Map overlaid on Google
Beautiful – David Ramsey?s extraordinary map collection, overlaid onto Google Maps. Here?s London in 1832.
- “Consider this; the range of good guys has expanded”
?Consider this; the range of good guys has expanded, but not the bad. We now have investigators from all over the world, from Deon Meyer?s South African detective to William Ryan?s Moscow cop. There are Maasai warriors and Thai Buddhists solving murders, and a complete timeline of historical sleuths, not to mention cases being cracked by Oscar Wilde and Josephine Tey. With such a variety of crime-solvers to choose from, it?s a little mystifying to realise that our available choice of villains seems to have shrunk.?- Whatever Happened To The Art Of The Con? ??Christopher Fowler?s Blog
- lifeHappy birthday, Willie Nelson.?Happy Birthday, that man.
- “Can you imagine Oscar Wilde on Twitter?”
?Can you imagine Oscar Wilde on Twitter? Holy shit, that dude would?ve had, like, four million followers, and every tweet would?ve been essential. Every tweet would?ve been the best part of your day.?- Interview: ?NOS4A2? Author Joe Hill Talks the War on Christmas, Mark Twain?s Twitter, and Movie Adaptations | Complex
- Would-Be Pirates Get a Taste of Delicious, Delicious Irony…
- Ghostly Plane Wrecks Found in Remote, Exotic Locations
- “The key to understanding this is that the anti-Keynesian position is, in essence, political”
?The key to understanding this is that the anti-Keynesian position is, in essence, political. It?s driven by hostility to active government policy and, in many cases, hostility to any intellectual approach that might make room for government policy. Too many influential people just don?t want to believe that we?re facing the kind of economic crisis we are actually facing.??- Knaves, Fools, and Me (Meta) – NYTimes
After learning my flight was detained 4 hours,
I heard the announcement:
If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic,
Please come to the gate immediately.
Well?one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there.
An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress,
Just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to the floor, wailing loudly.
Help, said the flight service person. Talk to her. What is her
Problem? we told her the flight was going to be four hours late and she
I put my arm around her and spoke to her haltingly.
Shu dow-a, shu- biduck habibti, stani stani schway, min fadlick,
Sho bit se-wee?
The minute she heard any words she knew?however poorly used?
She stopped crying.
She thought our flight had been canceled entirely.
She needed to be in El Paso for some major medical treatment the
Following day. I said no, no, we?re fine, you?ll get there, just late,
Who is picking you up? Let?s call him and tell him.
We called her son and I spoke with him in English.
I told him I would stay with his mother till we got on the plane and
Would ride next to her?Southwest.
She talked to him. Then we called her other sons just for the fun of it.
Then we called my dad and he and she spoke for a while in Arabic and
Found out of course they had ten shared friends.
Then I thought just for the heck of it why not call some Palestinian
Poets I know and let them chat with her. This all took up about 2 hours.
She was laughing a lot by then. Telling about her life. Answering
She had pulled a sack of homemade mamool cookies?little powdered
Sugar crumbly mounds stuffed with dates and nuts?out of her bag?
And was offering them to all the women at the gate.
To my amazement, not a single woman declined one. It was like a
Sacrament. The traveler from Argentina, the traveler from California,
The lovely woman from Laredo?we were all covered with the same
Powdered sugar. And smiling. There are no better cookies.
And then the airline broke out the free beverages from huge coolers?
Non-alcoholic?and the two little girls for our flight, one African
American, one Mexican American?ran around serving us all apple juice
And lemonade and they were covered with powdered sugar too.
And I noticed my new best friend?by now we were holding hands?
Had a potted plant poking out of her bag, some medicinal thing,
With green furry leaves. Such an old country traveling tradition. Always
Carry a plant. Always stay rooted to somewhere.
And I looked around that gate of late and weary ones and thought,
This is the world I want to live in. The shared world.
Not a single person in this gate?once the crying of confusion stopped
?has seemed apprehensive about any other person.
They took the cookies. I wanted to hug all those other women too.
This can still happen anywhere.
Not everything is lost.
– Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), ?Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal.? I think this poem may be making the rounds, this week, but that?s as it should be.? (via oliviacirce)
- Obama: Still a class act.
Obama: Still a class act. President Obama at 2013 White House Correspondents? Dinner (C-SPAN) (by CSPAN)