On Sept. 2, 2017, I hiked the Walls of Jericho from the Alabama trial head in Jackson County, Alabama, with my brother in law and my dog. The hike is a strenuous 6 miles round trip and leads to the headwaters of the Paint Rock River. At the end of the hike is a large natural stone amphitheater which usually has at least a small flow of water running through it, feeding a series of waterfalls.
- Is “buying local” even possible? “Imagine my surprise when I encountered a sign promoting a “local” food product in the bakery aisle of our town’s Safeway.”
- X-Ray views of the New York City subway system.
- Lies our tech overlords told us: A list of the bold promises on which we’re still waiting for Silicon Valley to deliver.
- What one reporter learned by working as a butler at the Plaza Hotel.
It’s hard to find a list of Amazon RSS feeds, but they do exist for best sellers, new releases, movers & shakers, most wished for and gift ideas. You can navigate to the sections linked above and choose one of the subcategories. At the bottom of each subcategory page there is a link to an RSS feed. There are hundreds of subcategories for which you can find feeds.
- Zume pizzas are made by robots, and they’re cooked in ovens inside delivery trucks on their way to delivery.
- While dental X-rays account for less than 3 percent of all the radiation that Americans get through medical imaging, every effort should be made to minimize their use.
- Let’s clear up some of the most common myths and misunderstandings about sulfites, wine, and headaches.
- There are two reasons why almost all digital B&W is like drinking rotten pond scum.
- Nancy Pate reviews six summer thrillers.
- Joe Manning tracks down the identity of the woman in an historic Dorothea Lange photo which is also a Shorpy favorite.
- Why the highball is the ideal whisky cocktail. At least during the summer.
- Tyler Cowen wonders if Dali, Yunnan is the very best place in the world to visit right now.
- Photographers chosen to participate in Feature Shoot’s print swap will each give and receive a print.
Featured image: Ruby Nell Shepard in photograph by Dorothea Lange.
I was talking with my mother-in-law in 2012, getting her to reminisce about some of her past homes when she mentioned a house in St. Louis in the late 1950s that had a hanging refrigerator. Stop, back up, “let’s talk some more about this refrigerator, Mom.” Yes, she says, it was as neat as it sounds but it had a worrisome habit of not working all of the time. This came with the added complication of having to be removed from the wall to be repaired. We’ll file this under the category of good in concept, bad in execution. She was most likely describing the GE wall-mounted refrigerator.
The Dictator’s Handbook by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith sheds light on how politicians get and keep power. In a nutshell, the most important thing to a politician is not the welfare of the citizenry, but the welfare of the politician’s winning coalition. Keep the coalition happy by lavishing rewards on them and the politician will stay in power.
It’s relatively easy to make yogurt at home without any special tools. After getting a brief demonstration from my uncle, I decided to give it a shot. Although my uncle uses an Instant Pot to incubate the yogurt, I had success with a 1 gallon insulated Coleman jug. The insulated jug is definitely the cheapest way to proceed and for now I don’t see a need to buy a special appliance.
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In Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud author Elizabeth Greenwood recounts several stories of individuals attempting, with varying results, to fake their own deaths. As it turns out, it’s a hard thing to do successfully and there are many ways in which such attempts frequently fail.
(Hint: If you want to fake your death, pass on drowning. Bodies are almost always recovered and it’s suspicious when they’re not.)
There are some interesting facts in the book about death fraud but, unfortunately, not enough to fill even this short, 246 page book. The author fluffs out the narrative with too many stories about how and where she met her sources. The book would have been better presented as a series of magazine articles.
There’s a wonderful interview in The New York Times with pioneering photographer William Eggleston. He is refreshingly blunt and unendingly confident. Continue reading William Eggleston is a genius, he agrees