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pandemic,lockdown-meltdown, basically positive though 

So I'm doing pretty well during lockdown and so on. What I do miss is the sort of 'crowd all together in a similar headspace, and it's a good headspace' thing. That was sometimes a festival or a concert, more often an event.

Today I stumbled across this video and it made me weepy - a wide spectrum of humanity doing a thing together that they enjoy. And I enjoyed it too.

Despite what Republican Margorie Taylor Greene says, there is no such thing as 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions'.

Dr MRO has an excellent article discussing the history of the term 'Anglo-Saxon': Misnaming the Medieval: Rejecting “Anglo-Saxon” Studies, by Mary Rambaran-Olm

"Rather than accurately portray the early English people as separate tribes (most notably, Angles, Saxons, and Jutes) that migrated to the British Isle, the Anglo-Saxon myth links white people with an imagined heritage based on indigeneity to Britain. This false account of the ‘Anglo-Saxons’ as a nation and ‘race’ has played heavily in political discourse over the past 500 years, often reconstructed to include fictitious narratives to promote political messages of patriotism, imperialism, or racial superiority."

"We do not need to change previous scholarship or titles that include the term ‘Anglo-Saxon’ or ‘Anglo-Saxonist,’ but we can take corrective measures because language is always evolving. It matters when we use a racist dog-whistle term like ‘Anglo-Saxon,’ which is neither neutral nor correctly represents the early English people. As the old adage goes: ‘words matter.’"

#AngloSaxon #WhiteSupremacy #Racism #EarlyMedieval #Language

gaming, XCOM, comedy 

I'm currently on a mission along docks crammed with fishing vessels.

In Pheonix, AZ, USA.

#sca fighting 

So, I drove 45 minutes to practice today.

And realized I had forgotten my helmet.


Last night I dreamed that a golden eagle landed next to me and wanted scritches like a cat.

That was a pretty good dream.

Big bird.

#medieval trans history 

This looks like it could be quite interesting ...

The table of contents and intro are available from that link.

We saw the backyard bats for the first time a couple of nights ago - Spring is here!

RT @aaReese
My first focaccia! Made it to celebrate the much-welcomed coming of spring 💐 ❤️🌷

In other obsolete computer gaming news 

Yeah, Thief is just about my sweet spot for first person s(hooter|tealth) type games.


The biggest problem so far in the latest fortress is Giant Grey Langurs. They've massacred twenty or so dwarves in several incidents over several years. The gate defenses are getting sorted out, so that should help.

The second highest cause of death is Strange Mood Syndrome.

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.

📚 💀 🖤

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).

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