Elsewhere for September 15, 2018

You should read this for 9/14/2018:

Art and Film

The oldest drawing in the world was done with an ocher crayon

Books, Writing, and Language

Report from the Field: Seeing Is ChangingUK poetry publisher Eyewear’s Twitter meltdown is a symptom of deeper problems.
Is Amazon getting too big?
Via Cory Doctorow and Boing Boing: Not in our name: Why European creators must oppose the EU’s proposal to limit linking and censor the internet

But the Society of Authors and its allies have it wrong here. Articles 11 and 13 are catastrophes for both free expression and artists’ livelihoods. They’re a bargain in which Europe’s big entertainment companies propose to sell Big Tech an Eternal Internet Domination license for a few hundred mil, cementing both Big Content and Big Tech’s strangleholds on our ability to earn a living and reach an audience.

Who wrote that anonymous NYT op-ed? Text similarity analyses with R
How Baltimore’s independent bookstores are thriving in the age of Amazon

Food and Drink

Via Katie Workman from Simply Recipes: Chicken and Black Bean Tostadas
H/T MEC: Apple Turnovers With an All-Cheddar Crust
7 Things to Know About Making Cold Brew Coffee at Home (+ a Recipe!)
Angel Hair Pasta with Salmon, Arugula, and Creamy Lemon-Parmesan Sauce

History and Archaeology

Archaeologists have uncovered a medieval board game in a secret chamber beneath an ancient Russian castle.
When is it OK For Archaeologists to Dig Up the Dead?
Ritual Sacrifice May Have Shaped Dog Domestication
Bogs are unique records of history – here’s why
Greek Farmer Stumbles Onto 3,400-Year-Old Tomb Hidden Below His Olive Grove
Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/greek-farmer-stumbles-3400-year-old-tomb-hidden-below-his-olive-grove-180970197/

Hundreds of Roman gold coins found in basement of old theater

The coins, at least 300 of them, date back to the late Roman imperial era and were found in a soapstone jar unearthed in the basement of the Cressoni Theater in Como, north of Milan.

Science and Nature

Deteriorating Kepler Space Telescope Refuses to Die
Via NPR Podcasts: Bird Notes “When not in the radio studio, Dwight Davis likes to go afield with his binoculars and watch birds. “Birdnotes” is a result of his long-time interest in birds, a short feature that can be about almost any aspect of bird life, from migration to coloration to birds in art to song.”
Eight bird species are first confirmed avian extinctions this decade “Most of the extinctions were caused by deforestation in South America’—deforestation which those of us not living in South America or Asia, probably benefitted from. Also: æThe poo-uli, or black-faced honeycreeper, was found on the island of Maui in Hawaii but was last sighted in 2004. Attempts to breed the bird in captivity failed.” Feral cats are partly to blame, but we introduced felix to the islands.
Pass It On: Sheep and Moose Teach Knowledge Of Migration Routes
There’s audio, as well as text. Worth listening to!

For birds, where and when to start that journey is based on genetics, and signals from stars, and magnetic fields from the earth. But for some larger mammals like sheep and moose, they’re not born knowing where to go. They need to learn a mental migratory map—and it’s often passed down from other herd members.


BBC issues internal guidance on how to report climate change

Be aware of ‘false balance’: As climate change is accepted as happening, you do not need a ‘denier’ to balance the debate. Although there are those who disagree with the IPCC’s position, very few of them now go so far as to deny that climate change is happening. To achieve impartiality, you do not need to include outright deniers of climate change in BBC coverage, in the same way you would not have someone denying that Manchester United won 2-0 last Saturday. The referee has spoken.

How Big Tech Swallowed Seattle

And yet, as cities try to crib from Seattle, the town itself is full of doubt and anger. The turbocharged growth has exacerbated traffic, despite huge investments in public transit. Housing prices have shot up faster than in any major city in the U.S. for most of the past two years. Homelessness has reached crisis levels. Formerly subdued City Council meetings routinely devolve into shouting matches.

Australian firefighters shot at while battling US wildfire


Warm light bulbs vs cool light bulbs: Which should you buy? “Different color temperature light bulbs have different purposes. Here’s what color you need.”

Women’s Work

Inside The Culture Of Sexism At Riot Games. And see also: Two Riot Employees Leave Under Complicated Circumstances After PAX Session Excluding Men [UPDATE]

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

Donald Trump’s grandfather Friedrich Trump ran a restaurant, bar, and brothel in British Columbia.

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