JSTOR Daily linkdump (long)
I haven't read JSTOR Daily in a while, but I finally got to it today while waiting for a call.
I'm organising these links a few ways. I'll start with links directly from the newsletter, with a couple behind specific content warnings. Then the recommended reading links.
Ecovative is using mushroom mycelium to make replacements for plastics, adhesive resins and styrofoam: https://daily.jstor.org/company-uses-mushrooms-grows-plastic-alternatives/
The historical importance of HBO's 'The Young Pope': https://daily.jstor.org/why-young-pope-matters/
The importance of interjections in studying the origins of language: https://daily.jstor.org/origins-human-speech-like-raven-writing-desk
Imagining a cooperatively-owned Facebook, and how it might work: https://daily.jstor.org/can-we-build-a-better-facebook
In 1968, a psychiatrist suggested shaming American men into giving up their guns: https://daily.jstor.org/why-one-psychologist-thought-women-should-mock-men-into-giving-up-their-guns
The politics of male facial hair: https://daily.jstor.org/the-meaning-of-a-mustache/
Video: the founding of Gravesend, Brooklyn: https://daily.jstor.org/video-lady-deborah-moody-gravesend-brooklyn/
More new finds from the Antikythera shipwreck: https://daily.jstor.org/the-antikythera-shipwreck-keeps-revealing-wonders/
Reptiles are neglected by many conservation efforts - here's what you can do to help them: https://daily.jstor.org/reptiles-need-love-especially-today/
In 2017, the head of the SIS indicated that he's not a fan of Bond films: https://daily.jstor.org/the-marketable-misogyny-of-james-bond/
Tips on writing from professional novelists in the the JSTOR vaults: https://daily.jstor.org/7-pieces-of-expert-writing-advice-for-nanowrimo-and-beyond/
How changes in employment in the 1830s led to changes in parenting advice and children's lives: https://daily.jstor.org/why-our-work-affects-how-kids-play/
How important is Biblical literacy today? https://daily.jstor.org/what-good-is-knowing-the-bible
Why do Martin Luther's looks matter? https://daily.jstor.org/why-martin-luthers-body-type-mattered/
How a 1945 cookbook kickstarted America's love of Chinese food: https://daily.jstor.org/the-cookbook-that-brought-chinese-food-to-american-kitchens/
(CW: medical, death) How grieving can affect physical health: https://daily.jstor.org/when-a-heart-literally-breaks/
Trust is much on my mind.
What it is, what benefits it provides, how it is established, how it is lost.
It's fundamental to our knowledge and media systems. It's fundamental to our institutions and interactions. It's fundamental to how we respond to those we know, and to strangers, near, and far.
I'm looking for interesting observations and discussions concerning it.
politics, drug mentions
Acid Corbynism is...a thing.
"Mark...liked the idea of ‘acid’ as an adjective, describing an attitude of improvisatory creativity and belief in the possibility of seeing the world differently in order to improve it.
taking an online class on buying property/mortgage stuff.
so we have Real Estate?
what about Unreal Estate?
for real though, when I talked to a lawyer about property law, he shuddered and said it was 400 years of crufty weirdnesses and not to ask him *any* questions.
.... do we have any property lawyers in the house? I'd like to read that history.
Centralized/Decentralized/Distributed illustrated https://mastodon.social/media/0QAbGoYA5vX_wfs3x-0
Worldbuilding: medicine, medications
Something that's been on my mind a lot is how medicine works for the Artesian Free States.
They went to great lengths to secure and preserve technology and technical knowledge, but there's a lot they can no longer do with the collapse of governments, international communications, etc.
Specifically, I'm trying to figure out where they're at with medicine. I know pencillium moulds can be cultivated fairly easily, but I'm not sure what sorts of technology are involved in getting from the mould to the end antibiotic. I'm also not sure if other antibiotics are produced similarly.
Likewise, I don't really know how NSAIDs are produced; aspirin I *think* is isolated from willow bark...which would be an issue since willows aren't native to Australia and are considered invasive...
About the only thing I *do* know a fair bit about is topical antiseptics that can be obtained from fairly low-tech methods. Salt water, ethanol, steam-distilled EOs...okay I don't actually know that many but there's not a ton of options.
I...am actually realizing that I have no idea how a lot of medications are produced.
But I'm guessing that anything produced pre-1950 (probably) is out because it would require far too advanced tech. We're talking about a world reliant on human production for all components and parts because the electrical grid collapsed and nobody can generate enough power to do large-scale automation anymore.
(It's sort of post-apoc, in the sense that the apocalypse was the collapse of governments and the world economy in the face of a major crisis of capitalism and rampant climate change, but people tended to survive just fine...for better or for worse.)
Work takes more out of you then you take out of it.
You can purchase numerous commodities, but you can't ever buy back the hours of your life sold to capital.
Whether you get paid in grades for you academic piecework or wages for facilitating commodity consumption, work is everywhere an alienation of your capacity to determine your own life.
- No Loyality for bosses -
- no loyality to the institutions -
Did you know there's a beautiful Scottish Islamic tartan?
-Blue = the Scottish Flag
-Green = the colour of Islam
-Five white lines = the five pillars of Islam
-Six gold lines = the six articles of faith
-Black square = the Holy Kabah
I love this and I want more stuff like this. Scottish-Muslim weddings with pakoras next to the haggis. Sikh bhangra drummers jamming with bagpipers at independence marches. It's happening and it's fantastic.
I'm starting my own small compositional project in which I am making short musical landscapes, inspired by the world outside.
This first piece is called Interlocking Parts. I was noticing a tree with branches that were fusing in on itself, twisting and turning. The song comes from there.
Interlocking Parts (listen at Soundcloud)
politics, capitalism, food waste
I missed this quote as well:
"Retail giants argue that they are operating in consumers’ best interests, according to food experts. “A lot of the waste is happening further up the food chain and often on behalf of consumers, based on the perception of what those consumers want,” said Roni Neff, the director of the food system environmental sustainability and public health programme at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future in Baltimore."
politics, capitalism, food waste
Ah, finally someone has realised that it's not 'consumers' who are the problem because we don't really get to tell the supermarkets what to do.
"Roger Gordon, who founded the Food Cowboy startup to rescue and re-route rejected produce, believes that the waste is built into the economics of food production. Fresh produce accounts for 15% of supermarket profits, he argued.
“If you and I reduced fresh produce waste by 50% like [the US agriculture secretary] Vilsack wants us to do, then supermarkets would go from [a] 1.5% profit margin to 0.7%,” he said."
"Some supermarket chains and industry groups in the US are pioneering ugly produce sections and actively campaigning to reduce such losses. But a number of producers and distributors claimed that some retailing giants were still using their power to reject produce on the basis of some ideal of perfection, and sometimes because of market conditions.
The farmers and truckers interviewed said they had seen their produce rejected on flimsy grounds, but decided against challenging the ruling with the US department of agriculture’s dispute mechanism for fear of being boycotted by powerful supermarket giants. They also asked that their names not be used."
That last sentence is terrifying, but I have anecdotal accounts from some market gardeners here that it's not unusual for a supermarket to cut off suppliers who complain too much, especially to the media.
I've also heard anecdotally that the expense of 1st-grade produce and the lack of suppliers providing 2nd-grade ('ugly') produce is why most restaurants and cafes make heavy use of farmer's markets or direct supply agreements with farms. 1st-grade is expensive, and they only need it for dishes where the appearance of the produce is important. For stocks, soups, mashes, etc. nobody cares what the potatoes or carrots look like as long as they're edible.
Whatever happened to retro as a descriptor for clothes that are a bit old, and a bit daggy because you can picture your parents in them? There was also an element of being mass-produced to it. Like, how back in the 90s the 60s and 70s were retro, and the 50s and earlier were vintage. Anyway, a lot of brick-and-mortar and online shops are calling some pretty bad 90s stuff vintage, and I cringe at the prices on Adidas track pants and No Fear shirts.
so tomorrow starts the annual perversion of the solstice festival, celebrating the Winter King in a red suit who brings gifts for children.
and then the howling about how the Risen King, born in the fall, should be celebrated in place of the Winter King.
spare me your holidays. spare me your feasts. spare the gatherings moaning about the replacement kings.
So, about those belt bags. I don't have my old design sketches, and I keep getting too frustrated to draw new ones. But I'll work on it.
In the meantime...inspiration. The main use case has been that I have a lot of staple outfits that don't have pockets, and because I prefer smaller A-body bags I tend to have some bag space issues. I wear (or could add) a wide fashion belt with most of these outfits, so I've got somewhere to anchor another bag. There's also the ongoing issue of pants with fake pockets, or pants with pockets too small to be particularly useful - most of these need a belt, and somehow to me, belt bags seem less likely to go wrong than pocket extensions.
A couple of years ago, I used a large bag like this one as a pursue with a Halloween costume. I looped my belt through the drawstrings. It was ok, but it pulled the belt down a bit once I accumulated some change. Historically as well, this style of purse was abandoned due to theft issues.
Before that, I had seen bags like these on Etsy. They looks good, but gosh they're expensive - and the belts can't be used to hold a garment up either. (I may consider leg straps.)
I found these cheaper options very recently...but there's a problem. None of them fit me. And again, I can't use them as regular belts. One of them also has a single, one-size compartment, while another uses overly complex closures for the pouches.
The closest to what I want to make is this. But I don't think I'll have it hanging from loops - I would prefer loops further down on the bag, so it sits more securely. And again, single compartment and complex closure.
So you can see what I'm going for - belt-mounted bags of varying sizes, with simple fasteners, some anti-theft measures (I'd love to add a cut-proof liner, but those fabrics look expensive and hard to work with) and possibly space for a leg strap on larger bags. They'll use a belt you already have, so you can still probably use it to hold up clothes. I want to keep hardware to a minimum, at least where it might be sitting against the body (because that's uncomfortable).
I haven't worked out how to handle wide fashion belts (which is the main reason I wanted these, ironically) but I'm thinking clips or something.
Locked In 2
The patient could string off associations with a speed that was superhuman, but nearly gibberish.
I looked for mutations in their cerobrospinal fluid.
The DNA was utterly scrambled, unreadable. Not even the right nucleotides. Someone far away had planned a long time for this to come before my eyes.
The only nonrandom structure was a repeating nitrogen pattern. A message in binary code.
"This brain is encrypted. Recoverable. Send payment to 1KSKrrfSMijNwJQSgxFyg9jwFHfro63Hqi"
Huge red flag for me is when consulting companies reformat and retype your resume. Call it my Van Halen M&M dish but seeing my resume reformatted with a company header and a copyright on it means in just another piece of meat to them.
That's why I put a CC-BY-NC-ND license on my resume. And I just called out a company on violating the license for my resume.
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