Archaeology News Network: Bird populations in French countryside 'collapsing'.

Kinda the wrong photo to illustrate this with. Starlings are not the most beneficial of birds. I'm going out of my way to support my local bird populations - I suggest you do as well. If nothing else, a consistent source of water. The robins are moving through right now - poop all over my stucco courtyard walls. Have to take a hose out before the walls start looking like Jackson Pollock.

Recode: Tempe police have released new video rom inside the Uber self-driving car involved in a pedestrian death.

Related, I see another problem here. Overdriving your headlights. Lowbeams are traditionally focused about 200 feet out. You know what speed you'd have to be driving to stop safely, once you saw an object?


I would assume they were using some other detection technology than just a mere camera - but that is obviously not a safe assumption.

DP Review: East River helicopter tragedy prompts FAA to halt some doors-off flights.

Totally chuffed to see Bill Richards again! Man, we're all grey now. He was a great video producer in A/V. Tall, lean drink o' water with wild hair. The man could repeatedly elicit energetic interviews from rotting corporate slugs, get them to do amazing things for our candids modules. We worked a whole lot of cities and shows, back in the day. Watch the video!

[Bill, if you see this, what's Ozzie up to?!!]

City Journal: The Architectural Sacking of Paris.

Like so much else written about new architecture, this is nonsense.

Count me as opposition. Look at Philadelphia; tradition prevented any firm from constructing towers taller than William Penn's statue on their City Hall. If one believes skyscrapers make a city, Philly is now a city. But what it has lost ... I am a traditionalist. Would you go to see the Eiffel Tower if it were dwarfed by 'starchitect' constructs? The visual cacophony is pervasive, once you let the hounds loose.

DP Review: NYC photo tour helicopter crashes in the East River, claiming five lives.

I've flown as a photographer in helicopters with no doors. (Kauai. Hughes 500. Functional and aesthetic duplicate to TC's chopper from Magnum, PI.) Back then, all I got was a lap belt. I didn't give it a thought after initial takeoff (looking at the ground sideways encourages one to check all connections to the aircraft!). Though I kept my feet wound around the seat stanchions.

Today it seems you get a whole harness in case there's a buckle failure. That's great, but without a quick-release system for emergencies like this, it's bollocks.

Young photogs feel empowered to mount their GoPros to any knob or dial in a cockpit. There need to be failsafes. They'll probably never be able to prove it, but I expect the passengers flipped that fuel cutoff in their attempts to get a good in-cockpit 'selfie' video.

DP Review: The Broccoli Tree and the dangers of sharing photos of the places you love online.

The truth is, if we hoard and hide what we love, we can still lose it. Only then, we're alone in the loss. You can't un-saw a tree, but you can't un-see one either. The Broccoli Tree is gone... but it's beauty, survives.

You, my readers, will see the fallacy. Sheer numbers make this incorrect. We see this all over Santa Fe; the marketing of every single 'best kept secret' and 'locals only' spot has resulted in overlove, overpopulation, and destruction of natural areas. If one kept it quiet, exposure to 100 versus 100,000?

I'll show you photos, but I won't always tell you where I am. Not that I don't trust my readership; this blog is open to the wider internet. All I need is some NewMexicoTrue fool to swoop in and broadcast some of my places.

We're already contending with at least one Instagrammer revealing one of our favorite locations, bringing out-of-staters with MTBs to tear up some spots (I don't mind MTBers in general, but the fools who show up here start shifting trails and moving rocks so they don't have to lift their fat asses off their saddles, causing all sorts of problems in rainy season). Posts images of a perfected Santa Fe experience, that one cannot reach without significant $$$.

Santa Fe for Santa Feans first.

Futurism: Airplane Noise Can Be Reduced With a Simple Solution.

Oh, come on. No dB? And you call yourselves a science+tech site? If it's only a few dB over a longer period of time, I wouldn't be a fan. dB is logarithmic in nature - 10db generally doubles your loudness. The road in front of my house went from 60 to 70db after repaving using 'moneysaving' chipseal (which actually should not be used in a community for this purpose).

Doesn't sound like much on paper, but in reality, it's now near-deafening on busy mornings when I'm out watering trees.