Though we’ve heard far more about the 2240 people who died on the Titanic, the story of the Lusitania sinking 3 years later is a more compelling story.
1198 died on the Lusitania.
On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants.
The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.
But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds”—the fastest liner then in service—and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack.
The Vornado VH200 (similar to the VH5) surpassed almost every other space heater in speed and total power, delivering an immediate temperature increase that built steadily and evenly across the room over the course of an hour.
The VH200 is also quieter than most other ceramic heaters we’ve tried, emitting only a soft, fan-like whir, and it’s compact enough to tuck away in a corner.
It’s also one of the safest heaters we tested, featuring overheating and tip-over protection, and a plastic exterior that stays relatively cool to the touch—so you can warm yourself without having to worry.
The VH200 does get mixed reviews from some owners—those who find it slow to heat a particularly cold space or who have problems with the airflow from the fan—but Vornado tends to respond to critical reviews more reliably than other manufacturers do.
McKinty quit writing in 2017 after being evicted from his rented house, citing a lack of income from his novels, and instead took work as an Uber driver and a bartender.
Upon hearing of his situation, fellow crime author Don Winslow passed some of his books to his agent, the screenwriter and producer Shane Salerno.
In a late-night phone call, Salerno persuaded McKinty to write what would become The Chain. Salerno loaned the author (“advance on the advance”) $10,000 to help him survive financially during the process.
It’s a very intense book. As a parent, what would you do to get your child back?
“McKinty is one of the most striking and most memorable crime voices to emerge on the scene in years. His plots tempt you to read at top speed, but don’t give in: this writing — sharply observant, intelligent and shot through with black humor — should be savored.”— Tana French
For me a authoritarian regime (dictatorship) is a place where the leader can order opponents murdered, without consequences. Russia and Saudi Arabia in 2020, for example.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) scores countries on five categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture.
Nations are then classified under four types of governments: full democracy, flawed democracy, hybrid regime and authoritarian regime.
With the election underway, both camps are pushing their “get out the vote” messages. This week, On the Media looks at the origins of the modern presidential campaign, and how livestream technology is transforming the look and feel of voter outreach. Plus, how a mysterious network of fake news sites duped real journalists into creating propaganda. And, the empty, recurring trope of Republicans “distancing” themselves from Trump.
1. Makena Kelly [@kellymakena] explains the rising role of fandom in politics, and how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s event on Twitch this week was a landmark in online organizing. Listen.
2. Greg Mitchell [@GregMitch] and Jill Lepore on how modern methods of seeding lies and hysteria into a campaign can be traced back to a single race in 1934. Listen.
3. Priyanjana Bengani [@acookiecrumbles] on the emergence of “pink slime” news outlets, which take legitimate journalism and use it as a cover for more nefarious goals at home and abroad. Also featuring Pat Morris and Laura Walters [@walterslaura]. Listen.
4. Bob [@Bobosphere] explains why outlets need to stop saying Republicans like Ben Sasse are “breaking” with Trump. Listen.
Emerson Knight is introverted, eccentric, and has little-to-no sense of social etiquette.
Good thing he’s also brilliant, rich and (some people might say) handsome or he’d probably be homeless.
Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard Law and Harvard Business.
Her aggressive Texas spitfire attitude has helped her land her dream job as a junior analyst at Blane-Grunwald. At least Riley Moon thought it was her dream job until she is given her first assignment, babysitting Emerson Knight.
It has more editing magic than I’ve used in the past: Sound effect, Color balance, Slow mo, Intro flash, Ken Burns pan, Speed ramp, Focus blur, Zoom, Directional blur, Gausian blur, Radial centre. 3 cameras.
Audio the most time consuming part, however.
Here are the BASICS for upcoming shoots:
I’m usually shooting solo
3 cameras (Sony ZV-1, GoPro 7 and iPhone X with DJI OM 4 gimbal)
Shoot, edit and export 29.97 frames / second
Shoot, edit and export in 1080p
Any video with vocal audio shoot in 24 fps
Shoot in 60 fps for most slow motion
Timelapse 60 fps
Shoot 120 fps only for smoke, fire
Shoot 240 fps or higher for fast moving sports, etc.
Only shoot 4K when I might want to edit later using zoom or Ken Burns zoom.
As little hand held video as possible. Use tripods.
Happily Follett released a prequel in 2020 starting 997 AD.
Another long book. Very engaging.
I love reading about the technology of the day.
Follett, too, writes love stories as well as anyone.
… the end of the Dark Ages, and England faces attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Life is hard, and those with power wield it harshly, bending justice according to their will – often in conflict with the king. With his grip on the country fragile and with no clear rule of law, chaos and bloodshed reign.
Three Lives Intertwined Into this uncertain world three people come to the fore: a young boatbuilder, who dreams of a better future when a devastating Viking raid shatters the life that he and the woman he loves hoped for; a Norman noblewoman, who follows her beloved husband across the sea to a new land only to find her life there shockingly different; and a capable monk at Shiring Abbey, who dreams of transforming his humble abbey into a centre of learning admired throughout Europe.