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For over a century, one particular Viking Age grave-site has been considered a major example of a high-status warrior's burial.

Turns out, the warrior was biologically female:

It's a fascinating read, esp. the consideration given to gender vs/and sex issues.

For the and folk - useful and interesting both in itself and for highlighting that many of our assumptions are just that - assumptions, and not really backed up by data.

The full article is also available at

Sadly I can't make it to this one day event - Scribal Cultures in Late Medieval England - but what a powerhouse lineup! Linne Mooney (one of my thesis examiners, by the way), Nicola McDonald (one of my thesis supervisors, by the way), and Derek Pearsall whose edition of Piers Plowman is the standard one, among others.

@banjofox A fox is cat software running on dog hardware, so I'd be surprised if you had the dog libraries loaded.

Relevant to some of your interests ... so I grew up listening to classic rock stations in the American West. I never even heard of, much less heard, Fanny until Deb Frost (musician and rock critic), mentioned them to me in passing. Somehow this groundbreaking, damn good, band got overlooked. And it's really hard to believe that the fact that they are all women had nothing to do with it ...

I will be starting the upgrade to Mastodon v2.7.2 for all instances hosted on now.

You should expect under 30 seconds of downtime during the upgrade.

You can read the changelog here:

Jobless, inventory clearance to pay the bills 17 Feb: hand flowers (3 black, 2 green, 1 red, 1 blue, 1 purple, 1 green/orange in stock) and hand armor (purple shown, also have 1 in blue), $25 each including USA shipping, #maille #chainmail #jewelry #art #mastoart

The mist hides the field
Skeletal trees stand sentry
A lone dog appears

Found this old sigfile today, dating to 2012. Good times ...
Me: Hi, I'm Alexandre d'Avigne, Premier White Scarf of the Outlands. Damn glad to meet you.

Thomas de Castellan: Hi, that was Alexandre d'Avigne, Premier White Scarf of the Outlands. He was damn glad to meet you.

In AD 629 the monk Xuanzang went from China to India to gather texts from which the Chinese could learn more about Buddhism. He translated and returned with 700 texts in 645.

I like to think of what it must have been like to take the full Silk Road while guarding 700 Buddhist works.

This English translation of a 7th-century Chinese text includes the biographies of 56 Chinese Buddhist monks who visited India on pilgrimage, with the accounts of their travel adventures.

To be started soon.

My day job got eliminated. The vet bills from recent livestock losses have put our family farm behind on the mortgage. We're facing foreclosure and eviction. I'm offering this #handmade #maille #rainbow #pride shirt for $600 including USA shipping, originally priced at $900 plus shipping. If the shirt is out of your reach, please boost. I have links below.

hmmm nope don't like how "creator burnout" has been reframed into a personal failing due to lack of self-care, rather than a horrifying consequence of late-stage capitalism and the gig economy

Ever wondered why computer games like Simcity and Cities Skylines will selfdestruct the towns if you raise taxes?

Here's a long read about the right wing economic theories that laid the foundation for Simcity when a logic was needed during its creation and then continues to influence game makers (and policy makers) today

(from Logic Magazine)

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Medievalists and Medieval-adjacent. Sort-of.