I'm so excited to finally announce this: there's going to be an AI Weirdness book!!
Preorder here (preorders are like super-orders that really help a book do well):
Oh #sca name heralds ...
"Re‐evaluating English personal naming on the eve of the Conquest" - https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/emed.12298
And you thought the SCA camps fancy:
Medievalists.net has lots of good ones today. Let's start with some women warriors:
Medieval Western European priests had it easy, right? Right??:
A couple of Islam/Arabic oriented ones. First, a cool story:
And, an early mosque:
The MAA (Medieval Academy of America - https://www.medievalacademy.org/ ) is looking for feedback from non-traditional medievalists as well as those outside tenured or tenture track positions. Also look at their statement of support for such scholars - https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.medievalacademy.org/resource/resmgr/pdfs/ProfessionalDiversityPositio.pdf
Perhaps of interest to #sca folk
Interesting blog posting on Viking gender roles from/for an #sca class - https://sundries.alecstory.org/2019/07/essay-on-viking-gender-roles.html
Racism & white selfhood, swastikas, slurs mention
I hear this over and over with white people who do racist shit, that this is "not who I am" and they are "not a racist," as in this article about high school seniors who vandalized their school with swastikas and hateful slurs. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/local/teen-graffiti-hate-crime-divides-maryland-high-school/?utm_term=.cd86b0c05bb5
And the idea both fascinates and troubles me, that you can have a "self" separate from your actions that hurt people. How does that even work?
What happens in the machine room, stays in the machine room ...
"I thought unicorns were horses... or goats with scales, or something."
"They were, but those subspecies went extinct ages ago."
"So how is this... also... a unicorn," I asked.
It looked like a gray hare on stilt legs, but with an elongated neck. A single horn, iridescent and sharp, twinkled, spiraling upwards from the center of its forehead.
"One horn," explained the handler.
Well, it cured my eczema, I guess that's what mattered.
How Norway turns criminals into good neighbours.
"I really don't remember the last time we had violence here. Maybe we had one or two incidences of spitting?"
Actor/writer/musician/UNIX guru/cook/medievalist and more. http://www.aspiringluddite.com
Medievalists and Medieval-adjacent. Sort-of.