This probably dates me and outlines my entire squishy lefty philosophy, but ...

watching the Discovery opening credits, I tear up every time the original Trek fanfare plays.

The mail program on my Mac has flagged something that I MYSELF sent to a mailing list as junk.

Will my fragile ego survive the blow? Stay tuned, true believers ...

#DIY #sewing #hat
Spouse is making hats! And I'm helping. Here is a wool tweed pillbox style hat she sewed out of some scrap wool from another project. It is lined with linen. The wool was pretty easy to work with. This a style is called a pilleus Pannonicus, or a Pannonian cap and was common in late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages.

i was listening to some teenagers talk in staccato in public, mimicking the way people talk in youtube videos when the ums, ahs and dead air is edited out, and i realized i was hearing an accent. like people from different towns and countries have accents, people from different parts of the Internet have accents.

Because I am getting too many strange signups in the last 24 hours and most people don't read the Terms of Service, I added a Temporary Notice to Pricing page:

"If you are looking for an alternative to Parler, this is not it. Please look elsewhere. Thanks."

I hope that's clear enough :)

Just remember that sea shanties are a gateway to FInntroll.

I would highly recommend the Medievalists of Color website for anybody interested in medieval history, and particularly the intersection of race and medieval studies (CW for eye contact on the website):

Looking for medieval history podcasts? These ones are all good:
- Medieval Death Trip
- Byzantium and Friends
- The Medieval Podcast

discussing state repression 

There are so many prisoners and victims I'm gonna fight for before I worry about these assholes, but I'm also not going to celebrate the bad actions of the state.

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I'm going to try to post more stuff this year, and since my focus is cooking a lot of it will be cooking-related.

That said:

In 1472, a year after his death, the estate of William Gale of York paid for a mass and a meal, and 'Paid to John Gaunton, cook, for his work 1 s . 2 d .'

Gale lived in York, so Gaunton ought to be a guild member there. Which means it's nice to find John Gaunton, cook, son of John Gaunton, locksmith, entered in the roll of the Freemen of York in 1440/1441.

hit 15% of the chicken startup costs recouped! good work, ladies!!

Nobody was answering my question of what happens if the chambers split on certifying a state's electoral votes, so I went to the statute.

Which is how I learned that the Electoral Count Act was written by a pack of drunken lemurs.

Please boost if your account is safe for non-binary people. :nonbinary: :nb:

suicide 2020 dumpster fire 

My 2020 started pretty well. I was on holiday in Helsinki with my wife.

Then, just a couple of days in, I got an email from a dead man. A friend of ours killed himself and sent timed emails to a handfull of people.

He was a disturbed man, and did some terrible things, but he didn't need to die. He needed help. A year ago tomorrow, I got the email, a day or two after he killed himself. It was a harbinger of the shitstorm to come.

2020 was a dumpster fire.

This link is an interesting story about a recently rediscovered book that belonged to Thomas becket.

So the holiday slide begins ... checked out of work - on a positive note! - drinking a cocktail I invented called a Trigger (I said to my wife, 'it's a Rob Roy variant, I'll call it a Roy Rogers,' said she, 'I think there's already a cocktail called a Roy Rogers,' 'fine,' I replied, 'then it shall be a Trigger.'), and playing The Long Dark with said wife kibitzing ...

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Medievalists and Medieval-adjacent. Sort-of.