Elsewhere for September 5, 2021

You should read this for 9/5/2021:

Art, Music, and Film

decorative leaf bulletA2: One night only Wednesday August 19 Stream Green Knight

Tickets have a 4-hour viewing window starting Wednesday, August 18 at 9:00pm EDT.
Available in US only. Exclusive Q&A with the cast and crew after the film.

decorative leaf bulletTwelfth Night review – impeccable staging of Shakespeare’s merriest romp
decorative leaf bulletGrammy-winning folk artist Nanci Griffith dies at 68

Biden Begins

decorative leaf bulletBiden faces mounting criticism as Taliban advances across Afghanistan – US politics live

Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language

decorative leaf bulletFairy Tales Could Be Older Than You Ever Imagined

It turns out that it’s pretty hard to figure out how old fairy tales are using simple historical data. Since the tales were passed down orally, they can be almost impossible to unwind using a historian or anthropologist’s traditional toolbox. So the team borrowed from biology, instead, using a technique called phylogenetic analysis. Usually, phylogenetic analysis is used to show how organisms evolved. In this case, researchers used strategies created by evolutionary biologists to trace the roots of 275 fairy tales through complex trees of language, population and culture.

decorative leaf bulletHow Extortion Scams and Review Bombing Trolls Turned Goodreads Into Many Authors’ Worst Nightmare

Scammers and cyberstalkers are increasingly using the Goodreads platform to extort authors with threats of “review bombing” their work–and they are frequently targeting authors from marginalized communities who have spoken out on topics ranging from controversies within the industry to larger social issues on social media.

decorative leaf bulletAnalysis unlocks secret of the Vinland Map — it’s a fake

The Vinland Map, once hailed as the earliest depiction of the New World, is awash in 20th-century ink. A team of conservators and conservation scientists at Yale has found compelling new evidence for this conclusion through the most thorough analysis yet performed on the infamous parchment map.

Climate Change | Climate Repair

H/T Bruce D. decorative leaf bulletClick to drop a raindrop anywhere in the contiguous United States and watch where it ends up

Coronavirus | COVID-19

decorative leaf bulletClamoring for ivermectin, some turn to a pro-Trump telemedicine website

History and Archaeology

decorative leaf bulletPart of Hadrian’s Wall discovered in Newcastle city centre

The newly discovered stretch of wall was constructed using large blocks of stone, allowing historians to date it back to the earliest days of the build, as later stages used smaller pieces.
The first sections of the wall are believed to have been built in around AD122, when the emperor Hadrian visited Britain and constructed what became the Roman empire’s north-west frontier for the next 300 years.

decorative leaf bullet‘It’s exactly like a puzzle’: experts on piecing together Roman fresco find

On the right bank of the Rhône in the Provençal town of Arles, the Roman-built House of the Harpist is being hailed as a remarkable record of ancient architecture and interior decoration.
Now, experts have opened their workshop to reveal their painstaking attempts to piece together the vast jigsaw of magnificent and never before seen frescoes discovered in the property thought to date back more than two millennia.

Politics and Society

decorative leaf bulletMap: See Which States Have Restricted Voter Access, And Which States Have Expanded It

Science and Nature

H/T Sunyi Deandecorative leaf bulletGEEKS ON TOUR: THE NORTH COAS

The North Coast 500 is a 516-mile route that winds through the Scottish Highlands, and is sometimes called Scotland’s version of Route 66. How you travel the route is up to you–campervan, luxury tour, motorbike enclave, cycling tour, or even walking. Different travelers also tend to focus on different aspects of Scotland; some are coming for the wilderness, others for the history, many for the usual tourist spots.

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Women’s Work

decorative leaf bulletBelarus Tokyo Olympics athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya defected after being told not to return by grandmother
decorative leaf bulletThe dark side of the pill, as revealed by new research

Stuff I Wrote

decorative leaf bulletAugust from Walters W.425

Something Wonderful

H/T Mr. Persimmon: decorative leaf bulletThis is the best ABBA cover played on plumbing supplies that you’ll see all day.
decorative leaf bulletNew McDonalds Has a Cool Design Element: an Ancient Roman Road

When ancient archaeological remnants are uncovered at a building site, it usually means a big red light for the construction project. But why not incorporate newly uncovered cultural treasures into the building, instead? That’s what McDonalds did when it found an ancient Roman road beneath an Italian construction projec

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