Links for 2/6/16

This winter’s freezing season in the Arctic is falling short. The extent of Arctic sea ice this week is hovering near record-low values for early February, based on observations that extend back to the start of satellite monitoring in 1979. Data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) shows that last month had the lowest overall Arctic sea ice extent of any January in the satellite record. Hand in hand with the skimpy ice cover, temperatures across the Arctic have been extraordinarily warm for midwinter, also setting January records.

Source: Absurd January Warmth in Arctic Brings Record-Low Sea Ice Extent | Dr. Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog


 

Source: Bodysurf Skills Required


 

Los Angeles’ fast-food stands are an iconic part of California’s tradition of car-oriented architecture. But as the city rapidly transforms, the hamburger stands are being erased from the urban landscape

Source: The disappearing roadside hamburger stands of downtown Los Angeles | Cities | The Guardian


 


 

Tiki cocktails are making a comeback, but where and when did the trend take root? We take a brief look at the history of tiki cocktails and bars in the U.S.

Source: Tiki Cocktails: Then and Now – KegWorks Blog

Links for 2/4/16

Guardian photographer David Levene travelled across the San Francisco Bay Area photographing the sites that transformed one of the great cities of the world

Source: San Francisco, then and now


 

The apartments at 310, 320, and 330 Esplanade in Pacifica, California are literally hanging over the edge of a cliff. Rain, storms, and rising ocean levels are steadily eroding the sandy bluffs on …

Source: Video: cliffside apartment buildings near San Francisco are about to fall / Boing Boing


 

Source: Thrillville: Introducing THRILLVILLE PRESS!


 


 

Back in ’77 when shorts were short, socks were long and hair was big, professional photographer Nick De Wolf took these excellent shots of young skateboarders or as they were called in the early days Sidewalk Surfers showing off their skillz. These shots were taken in Aspen, Colorado about the time when freestyle skating was [&hellip

Source: Sidewalk Surfers of Seventy Seven – Voices of East Anglia


 

Links for 12/2/15


 

Opponents of $250m project on island Barbuda say the government is trampling on citizens’ rights by approving project under new celebrity-incentive law

Source: Robert De Niro’s plan for Caribbean mega-resort opposed by island residents


 

Bruce’s Beach and the Inkwell served as sites of leisure, agency, community, and controversy, and demonstrate the complex racial history of the Golden State.

Source: Fighting for Leisure: African Americans, Beaches, and Civil Rights in Early 20th Century L.A.


 

Come explore these corals in 3D (no SCUBA certification required)

Source: Corals, Now Playing in 3D

Links for 11/29/15

All images courtesy Joanna Bird Gallery unless otherwise noted As a child, Danish artist Steffen Dam loved poring over his grandparents’ collection of scientific books and cabinets of insects. This fascination of how we catalogue and understand the natural world followed through to his artisti

Source: Exquisite Marine Life Specimens Imagined in Glass by Steffen Dam


 

Nurtured by three generations of African Americans with a shared vision of economic self-empowerment, the patronage of black businesses, the cultivation of black arts, and the maintenance of a public commons for political discourse, Leimert Park is not just the crown jewel of black Los Angeles, it is its center.

Source: The Center Can Hold: Leimert Park and Black Los Angeles


 


 

Jeff Goldblum explains the Clean Power Plan to “reptilian nincompoops” (aka fossil fuel execs)

Source: Don’t Be Garbage People

… and don’t be a tool of garbage people, I’d like to add.


 

These 10 business leaders show how fighting climate change is good for everyone’s bottom line

Source: The onEarth 10


 

Dewey Weber’s 22nd Street Cutback Becomes History Written In Bronze – the Full Story

Links for 11/23/15

The World’s First Utility-Scale Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage System. Located off Toronto Island, Canada, Hydrostor converts electricity into air and stores it underwater. When electricity is needed, the process is reversed, sending electricity back to the grid.

Source: Hydrostor


 


 

Crab invasions, tropical visitors, and massive marine die-offs. What’s going on in the Pacific?

Source: Starved by the Sea?


 


 

Tracing Raymond Chandler’s early days in L.A.

Source: Looking for Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles : Longreads Blog

Links for 11/18/15

In June 1943, L.A. witnessed some of its most surreal scenes of street violence: sailors coursing through the city streets in their Navy uniforms, carrying sticks and targeting anyone wearing a zoot suit.

Source: Los Angeles’ 1943 War on the Zoot Suit


 

Source: 25% of people shot to death by LA police were unarmed. No cops were prosecuted.


 

Die afrikanische Inselgruppe Sansibar ist stark vom Tourismus geprägt. Auf der einen Seite ist das gut so, weil die Besucher aus aller Welt viel Geld dort lassen. Auf der anderen Seite wird der Müll, den die Touristen auf dem Archipel im Atlantik lassen, z

Source: Bottle Up will das Glasmüll-Problem in Sansibar lösen


 


 

There’s a secret world of hidden independent nations, with their own populations, governments – and football leagues. In fact, you’ve almost certainly visited one without realising.

Source: The countries that don’t exist

Links for 11/4/15

Move allowing state to build shelter for families more quickly comes after officials clear one of largest homeless encampments in US

Source: Hawaii governor declares state of emergency amid homelessness crisis


 


 

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Three’s usually a crowd.

Source: Magicseaweed Photo of the Day of


 


 

Today, nearly 20 food, farming, public health and environmental organizations submitted a letter in support of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s (OEHHA’s) determination to list glyphosate as a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (aka Proposition 65).

Source: Public Interest Groups Support California Intent to Label Glyphosate Carcinogenic | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community