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Way back on Jan 23, @AspiringLuddite wrote a toot about manuscript fragments used in bindings of early print books. Here's another example: this one of an Irish translation (probably via Latin) of an Arabic work:
atlasobscura.com/articles/iris

So, not only the coolness of finding an old manuscript, but also an example of how much knowledge travelled across the world. "All cultures were isolated from each other" Nope.

I moved an old scratching perch to a new spot, and suddenly, The Lion Kings.

theverge.com/2019/3/10/1825813

<< During a talk at SXSW, an audience member asked Ocasio-Cortez about the threat of automated labor. “We should not be haunted by the specter of being automated out of work,” she said in response. “We should be excited by that. But the reason we’re not excited by it is because we live in a society where if you don’t have a job, you are left to die. And that is, at its core, our problem.” >>

I've launched a roleplaying game Patreon, to develop and publish my Dynamic Balances game engine and game worlds for it. The starting world is early medieval, low magic, neopagan, with queer content built in from the inception. #rpg #patreon #games #gaming #ttrpg
patreon.com/wanderingbeekeeper

so we have a student who we asked to train a VAE to generate memes. he was showing us his newest model, which has problems with mode collapse, and was only outputting one thing over and over again (I swear I am not making this up):

"one does not simply make memes"

Gusts of wind blew last night, but with pauses in between, so there was also a pause to write a thing.

.:.
The night is breathing
in and out of the bare trees,
silence in between.
The dark lungs of this winter
move as in meditation.

-poetry

Inspired by a note in our weekly veg box, I made a kale/ground almond/homemade cheese pesto last night. It was a serious win. (There was also olive oil and garlic and a bit of salt.)

Another forgotten beast has just appeared, Ubbul Gakittithleth, "A gigantic blob composed of snow."

Oddly, it is swimming in the lava about 130 z-levels below the top of the volcana with either melting or catching fire.

The fire raged on but was isolated to the level with the field. One elk bird and our only trained giant cave spider perished, the rest of the livestock fled, and now that the fire has burned out, the dwarfs are returning the animals to their field, where new cave moss and floor funugs have already begun to sprout.

Udil Likotorrun (Inkroars) the Scholar is one badass Dabbling Bowdwarf. When Adur Fevilceshfot, the forgotten beast, a giant, fire-breathing hairy mantis with a trunk showed up, Udil was the first of the militia to arrive in the field where Adur was beginning to terrorize the flock of elk birds. With two arrows (I think it was two, it might have been three), our hero dropped the beast where it stood amidst the flames, much to the relief of her husband and children (we assume)

@BasilDragonstrike
National Geo ran an article about that, too; aimed at a less academic readership: news.nationalgeographic.com/20
It includes a quite impressive photo of Viking/Slav reenactors in Wolin, Poland.

In middle school I once brought a very large onion with a flamboyant green top to class and asked my teacher to plant it in the school garden. My teacher asked "why" and I told her my mom bought it a while ago to cook. Then it sprouted.The sprout just grew bigger and bigger. Until finally my mom couldn't bear to chop it up "because it was trying so hard". My teacher looked at me and was like "okay that's weird" but she planted it and it was the only onion in the garden. #smallStories

Today, the first thing to pop up on my duolingo Swedish lesson was to translate "I am a fish" which was just surreal enough to make me giggle.
(Jag är en fisk for those who care)

I cannot for the life of me figure out what “there is no ethical consumption under capitalism” is SUPPOSED to mean, considering people always use it to mean whatever they want it to mean

Plan for today, get started on reading Santich, 'The Original Mediterranean Cuisine', 2nd Edition (supertitled, 'Medieval Recipes for Today') for a review I need to write for FC&S - food-culture.org/fcs-journal/

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