Nepotism. Academic Dynasties: Decentralization and Familism in the Italian Academia, via BBC News. From the linked (pdf) report, ‘Academic Dynasties‘: ‘Between 2000 and 2010, there are 37 instances of sons or daughters hired or promoted during the mandates of either a preside [head of faculty] or a rettore [head of university], eight of sons- or daughters-in-law, seven of nephews, and three of spouses’ / The SCP Foundation, a collaborative experiment in writing expansive ‘fiction’: ‘Classified Material Beyond This Point – unauthorized access will be monitored, located and dealt with – This is your sole warning’.
Waxy brings you More Angry Songs About Record Labels. To which we would add, Do the Hansa / Bear in Space, a Russian children’s book from 1970 in which a bear fakes going to the moon with a sophisticated studio set-up. Capricorn One meets Sooty and Sweep. At Dreams of Space, a fabulous site devoted to ‘non-fiction children’s space flight books from 1945-1975′ / buy a Frank Lloyd Wright house, flat-pack.
Carnet Imaginaire, a tumblr / Show Caves, a gallery of subterannean tourist traps by Austin Irving / the massive panoramic photograph of London from the BT Tower, put here so we can find it later / an animated gif showing 30 years of music format by market share / the 10 Biggest Known Asteroid Impacts, sourced from National Geographic. See also this Google Earth .kmz file of the 25 largest craters (via Wikipedia) / How much bigger can container ships get?