Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Links

It's feeling a little holiday-ish today. The kids in the neighborhood have been on spring break and the thump-thump-thump of basketballs out in the street has been making it sound almost summery all week. And now even G-Dog is taking the day off (well, the morning, anyway). I'm going to have to get some work done at some point, but first, I'll pass along a few links that have caught my eye...

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
WhatWasThere is a really cool web site that overlays old photos with recent Google Maps versions of the same location, along with a toggle to fade from one to the other. They post a daily photo to facebook, often a "today in history" sort of thing, if there is something appropriate for that day (today's is a shot of Niagara Falls, because once -- on March 29, 1848 -- it actually froze over). But yesterday's took us back to 1979, and the scene of the worst nuclear accident in US history. And then when I flipped over to my rss-feed reader, I ran across these images from the now-abandoned Fukushima Exclusion Zone Town Namie-machi. It was a sobering reminder that we humans play with a lot of very powerful toys, and we are still struggling to to accept the capriciousness of nature and our own limitations in planning for the unexpected.

But on a lighter note...

I thought Joe McNally's instagram from atop the world's tallest building was bad (seriously, just looking at the photo gives me vertigo), but at least he was standing on something. Now a Ukranian guy who goes by the moniker "Mustang Wanted" is dangling from things. Yikes.

Thug Kitchen is probably the most awesome food blog ever.

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