Amuse-Bouches [Links I Love]: October 19 – October 25


Here’s the latest list of stuff I found interesting on the interwebz, October 19 through October 24:

  • Mali: no rhythm or reason as militants declare war on music
    I can't imagine a day without music, let alone a world in which music is banned. This is heartbreaking.

    (via @Marilyn_Res on Twitter)

  • Italy scientists guilty of manslaughter
    So, I'm not sure how I feel about this.

    A court in Italy has found six Italian earthquake scientists and an ex-government official guilty of multiple manslaughter & sentenced them to six years in prison. All of this stems from the 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila that killed more than 300 people.

    "Prosecutors said the defendants gave a falsely reassuring statement before the quake, while the defence maintained there was no way to predict major quakes. … Lawyers have said that they will appeal against the sentence. As convictions are not definitive until after at least one level of appeal in Italy, it is unlikely any of the defendants will immediately face prison."

    I wasn’t there – I didn't see the warnings. If they weren't appropriately serious, maybe this judge has a point. Based on what I heard after the quake, however, it seems to me more of the blame ought to be laid at the feet of construction companies/workers who cut corners that led to their shoddy buildings collapsing.

    It will be interesting to see what happens with this ruling during the appeal process.

    via @ebertchicago on Twitter

  • L’Eroica | A Special Day Where Old Is New
    In early October, the husband joined nearly 5,500 other cyclists in a vintage bike ride in Tuscany. He still talks about it in reverent terms, & these pictures certainly help explain why the ride is so special. There's even a shot of the husband in this set of photos!
  • L’Eroica 2012 on Flickr
    Here's the Flickr set of photos from L'Eroica by the guy who did the article linked above; some of the photos are the same, but it's a more complete set (with more photos of the husband). It's just such a photogenic event!
  • 28 startup skills you can’t live without
    This list is really heavily geared toward people who work in an online world (at least a little bit), but I think some of these things are good to keep in mind when you're starting any big project – whether it's a company or not.
  • Cat discovers 2,000-year-old Roman catacomb
    Points of interest here include:

    1. Yes, there's still ancient Roman shit that hasn't been found yet in Italy. I like to picture the country as a kind of honeycomb, with only half the crevices discovered so far. (If that.)

    2. Of COURSE a CAT discovers a CATacomb. I mean, duh.

  • Season 1, Episode 8: The Stelvio Pass
    I've no desire to ride a bike up (or down) the Stelvio, but this is a very cool video of three cyclists doing just that. The views are incredible, the video of the descent is a bit freaky (passing a bus! in a tunnel!), and the shots of their dinner the night before aren't bad, either.

    (via @_Gavia_ on Twitter)

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