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Its been a hell of a month. I lost one of my jobs at the beginning of the month - my major employer. Did I deserve it? Hell no. Am I mad? Yes. Did I get severance and an NDA? Yes. But STILL.

So I took a few weeks off to grieve, because it was a job that I really identified with. Now that I no longer need to do that, I’m looking for a way forward in the tech/music field. Any and all suggestions and sympathies welcome.

Oh hi!

I wrote a dark but sweet fantasy novel of libraries and necromancy.

It would be amazing if you shared this post around.

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Buy links and sample chapters:

#medieval #lent #food 

Medieval(ish) Lenten Food - Three things to do with Lenten Chili

❝Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.❞ — Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)


• Cecilia Payne won a scholarship to Cambridge.

• Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said to heck with that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

• Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

• Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne — after telling her not to publish).

• Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

• Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard and the first woman to head a science department at Harvard. She also inspired entire generations of women to take up science.

• Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

I won a prize for sewing!

Spouse and I entered the purple linen pillbox (pileus pannonicus) hat into an online Arts and Sciences contest for the #SCA. We won the Northshield Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences award. You can see our entry here:

Brixia Argyopennos and Radeswinth Altdorfer - Pileus Pannonicus.

Spouse also won a gift certificate from her work for a pandemic arts contest.

Any Medievalist around? You might be interested in a Zoom lecture by Claudia Rapp, "New Religion - New Society? Aspects of the Impact of Christianity in Late Antiquity." The lecture is tomorrow 17 Feb 2021, at 17:30 CET (10:30 CST).

Whiteness, evangelicals 

So that's why it's easy for extremism to seep in. When people don't know who they are, a leader with enough charisma can TELL them who they are.

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History of racism, medieval monsters 

Interesting article about monsters in medieval times from Yle (Finnish national broadcast):
The pictures themself are super weird and the explanations even weirder, but even more interesting is the way the interviewed scholar ties together the monsters and history of racism. I'm going translate a passage in this thread >

Clothing - Ecology & Economy #sewing 

Some brands are starting to work on this, but I don't think relying on brands is the answer. I've decided to go with linen, hemp and wool clothes I sew myself. I was worried about going off of techno-fabrics for bike riding, but so far linen and wool is working well. I know sewing isn't an option for a lot of people, but if you want to seize the means of production for yourself it's fun! Stay tuned for toots on economies of pre-Industrial clothes.

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Well, Sweeney seems unimpressed, but I’m pleased to see my issue of the Compleat Anachronist, ‘A Cookery Primer: A Programmed Approach’ is out! (And available at the marketplace -

#sewing #diy #sca

Spouse finished sewing me this beautiful green linen tunic! She hand sewed every single stitch! I did the historical research, design and pattern making. It fits great! This is for a an early Medieval Celtic persona in Society for Creative Anachronism. I imagine I'll be wearing this for mundane clothes, too, just a tad eccentric. I suppose it looks like a dress.

Do you ever randomly remember the massive bullshit that was the "Reconquista"

today's #blackhistorymonth spotlight is on comrade Fred Moten, one of the foremost theorists of blackness of our time and a dazzling poet

Real *nix nerds look at all the 4:20 posts and think, 'write only is a weird group permission.'

Wombats are the only Earth creatures to poop cubes. The article I read about this used the phrase "six-sided brownies."

I need to make sure I put this phrase to good use in our Pathfinder game sometime.

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.

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