The website, The Culture Trip, has posted an article on “The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in North Dakota.”
The author, Helen Armitage, identifies Medora as one of the top locations, which is no real surprise.
Her other choices include Valley City, Walhalla, Jamestown, Garrison, Bottineau, Fort Ransom, Hillsboro, Devils Lake and Lisbon.
Why these towns?
Armitage is a freelance journalist who lives in England, which suggests her picks reflect an outsider’s perspective on what in our state would appeal to others.
Check out the article (http://bit.ly/1ELyBDH), which includes photos and links.
If you’re a Beatles fan, you’ll enjoy a website called “The Beatles Ultimate Experience” (www.beatlesinterviews.org).
It’s an excellent repository of Beatles interviews, photos and song commentaries.
The site also has a nicely curated list of the best Beatles-related websites to date.
If you haven’t been to this digital gem before, I urge you to visit. The songwriting section alone is worth the trip. Every Beatles song features comments made by The Beatles over the years about writing and recording.
By the way, you might also want to check out the Abbey Road Crossing Cam (http://www.abbeyroad.com/Crossing).
Sent from a camera mounted outside and above the famous Abbey Road Recording Studios, the live video features the crosswalk The Beatles made famous on the cover of the “Abbey Road” album.
You can watch as locals and tourists gather around and cross the intersection. The tourists are easy to spot — they’re the ones who recreate the “Abbey Road” cover by posing and stopping in the crosswalk while a friend or stranger takes a photo.
The road going through the crosswalk is a busy one and you can see vehicles constantly stopping for people crossing the street.
Watch the feed for a while and you’ll wonder how there haven’t been at least a dozen accidents at the location.
Online energy monitoring
How would you feel if your home appliances were sending digital data to a government agency monitoring how “energy efficient” the appliances — and you — are at any given time?
According to a study published in “Nature Climate Change,” (http://bit.ly/1GchHTg and http://bit.ly/1B1fZhu), about 20 percent of those surveyed in the United Kingdom would be “uncomfortable” sharing all that private data from inside their homes.
The issue involves a proposed British program to use smart technologies over the Internet to manage energy use more efficiently.
It’s called “Demand Side Management,” and many UK residents, who value their privacy and personal data, are wary of the program.
While the majority of those surveyed indicated they were willing to reduce personal energy use, they just weren’t quite supportive of having a system send data from their homes to be used and shared with others.
(Keith Darnay is the Tribune’s online manager and has worked in the online world for more than two decades. His site is at www.darnay.com.)