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"The Torture Victim's Backside Hymnal" – music transcribed and played from a sheet music inscription on the butt cheeks of a torture victim in Hieronymus Bosch's "The Garden Of Earthly Delights."

The piano arrangement is surprisingly plinky and cheerful (The Ice Cream Truck Of Earthly Delights?) and there's a Gregorian chant version linked too.

cnet.com/news/listen-to-the-mu

Sentences in today's duolingo Latin include: 'the husband has a husband' and 'the wife has a wife.'

Excellent.

Some days I wonder why I don't spend more time reading disability activism blogs. Sure, it's reminiscent of beating my own head against that wall too many times, but I admire the work they do.

For instance, here's a great piece on why "assume good intent" in a code of conduct is a red flag.

thebias.com/2017/09/26/how-goo

Right call - I finished the first book in Ely, fifteen minutes from home.

The number of pages left in my current book was right on the edge - I had to decide whether to take another book or risk having nothing to read for the last few minutes of my commute. I took the second book and now find myself reading faster than usual because if I don't finish the first one, I'll have been hauling the second one around all day for no reason.

The first Self-Defense cocktail of the season - basically a vodka sour, but with Self-Defense Cider instead of the citrus. - aspiringluddite.com/PlusPoraPi - (Our apple tree has all kinds of very tart windfall apples. I don't want to them to go to waste. I have to make cider in self-defense.)

Did I mention that I got one of these the other week? It’s for when my bike is down and I need a backup mode of transport.
Really.

xkcd.com/2188/

Favorite quote so far:

'More than that, the authors seem to regard the retention of the ‘warrior grave’ hypothesis as a badge of scholarly integrity rather than seeing it as perpetuating a problematic and widely discounted inheritance of an antiquarian functionalist reading of burial assemblages. '

Viking Warrior Women: An Archaeodeath Response

As my friend James says, an analysis of the recent kerfuffle by 'one of Britain’s leading mortuary archaeologists. '

Good stuff.

howardwilliamsblog.wordpress.c

The trains are all late /
Thunderstorms down power lines /
While on the same days /
Record heatwaves sweep the land /
And still some deny the change.
challenge

When I was trying to come up with a title for the AI Weirdness book, I tried training a neural net to generate titles.

There were a LOT of rejected titles.

aiweirdness.com/post/186656280

Pizza with store-bought mozarella and home-made pesto (spinach, garlic, ground almonds, olive oil, and home-made cheese) about to go in the oven. I'm pleased with the result.

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Medievalist

Medievalists and Medieval-adjacent. Sort-of.