Elsewhere for August 17, 2019

You should read this for 8/17/2019:

Art and Film

Brent Spiner on how Patrick Stewart’s pronunciation of “Data” changed how Americans say the word

Books, Writing, and Language

How To Handle A Lot Of Books In A Small Apartment
On the Gleefully Indecent Poems of a Medieval Welsh Feminist Poet
The Life and Death of an American Indie Press

In the three years that have elapsed since then, her publisher, Curbside Splendor, has withheld all royalties owed to her, according to a series of tweets she wrote on March 21. Victor David Giron, founder and publisher of Curbside, “didn’t honor our contract and kept the money he was supposed to pay me,” Martin wrote. “It was a complete nightmare and enormous waste of time trying to get paid and ultimately I failed and I’ll be pissed about it forever.”

Wood Case Pencils
Ari Reviews Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose by Constance Hale
Review of Don’t Believe a Word by David Shariatmadari review – the truth about language See also Shariatmadari’s article: Why it’s time to stop worrying about the decline of the English language
“Not That Kind of Bookstore”: How the Indies Are (Finally) Embracing Romance Romance sales drive publishing and retail sales. Fact. Romance readers are voracious readers, and tend to read widely and suggest books to read extensively to other readers.


Via BBC: A-levels: What subjects are students dropping and why?

Since 2014, the number of A-level entries in arts subjects, which include drama, music and art, in England has fallen by 13,000, almost 17%.
Similarly, there has been an 8% decrease in modern languages and more than a 25% decline in English.
Meanwhile, entries in science, technology, engineering and maths (known as Stem subjects) have increased by 15,500, a rise of 6%.

This is essentially what’s happening in terms of undergraduate enrollments in the U.S.
Top University Of California Scientists Tell Elsevier They’ll No Longer Work On Elsevier Journals

Food and Drink

Bellingham and Whatcom County are now home to 16 popular craft breweries

History and Archaeology

Unusual Parasites Plagued Bronze Age Fen Folk And Their Dogs
H/T Lisa Carnell: Dr. Erik Wade Steve King is wrong about rape in medieval Europe the same way he’s wrong about rape in modern America

Science and Nature

A Tissue Sample From 1966 Held Traces of Early HIV
Last month was Earth’s warmest July on record — and by most measures the hottest month, period.


Sarah Moss: By December, with only three official hours of daylight, I had learned to see modulations of light unnoticeable further south
Social media is helping keep a hilarious and brilliant Scottish language alive

Rude, crude and extremely funny, “Scottish Twitter” has garnered much attention in recent years for its uniquely Celtic wit—and for the specific ways it uses language.


Three Years Of Misery Inside Google, The Happiest Company In Tech
Apple’s new credit card comes with forced arbitration—here’s how to opt out
The History of Clarus the Dogcow

Women’s Work

Pompeii archaeologists uncover ‘sorcerer’s treasure trove’ “Archaeologists working in the buried Roman city of Pompeii say they have uncovered a “sorcerer’s treasure trove” of artefacts, including good-luck charms, mirrors and glass beads.”

“They are objects of everyday life in the female world and are extraordinary because they tell micro-stories, biographies of the inhabitants of the city who tried to escape the eruption,” Mr Osanna said.

Whitney Cummings Posts (Partially) Nude Photo Of Herself In Response To Blackmail Threat; Is That Revenge Porn?

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

Ayanna Pressley has a very blunt nickname for Trump

“I call him The Occupant,” she tells Stephen Colbert in the clip above. “He is just occupying space. We went from a president who sang ‘Amazing Grace’ to one who displays zero of it. He does not honour the integrity or the responsibility or the empathy or the compassion — and so for that reason I call him The Occupant.

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

How to Help Teachers Get Classroom Supplies Before the New School Year

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