Elsewhere for September 4, 2022

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Art, Music, and Film

decorative leaf bullet‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ is beautiful, banal boredom

According to news reports, the Amazon founder and J.R.R. Tolkien fan [Jeff Bezos] had his company plunk down an estimated $250 million just for the rights to make a TV show based on “The Lord of the Rings.” The resulting series, debuting Thursday, will be the most expensive ever made.

decorative leaf bulletThe new Lord of the Rings series, explained


decorative leaf bulletA Worthwhile Degree

Food and Drink

decorative leaf bulletSorry, Scoville. Peppers deserve better than an archaic heat scale

Take a pepper, dry it, and dissolve it in alcohol. Then, start diluting it with sugar water. Keep diluting it until three of a panel of five humans — yes, humans — can no longer taste the heat. If you have to dilute one unit of capsaicin-infused alcohol with 10,000 units of sugar water for the pepper’s flavor to be undetectable, that pepper rates 10,000 on the Scoville scale.

History and Archaeology

decorative leaf bulletCarvings Discovered at Ireland’s Grange Stone Circle

Irish Central reports that new photographs of a stone at the north entrance passage to Grange Stone Circle, which consists of 113 stones set in a wide earthen bank, have revealed previously unseen carvings of concentric circles and arcs. Grange Stone Circle is located in western Ireland, near horseshoe-shaped Lough Gur, prehistoric crannogs, and ring forts.

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Science and Nature

Justin Maki, Imaging Scientist and Mastcam-Z Deputy Principal Investigator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on decorative leaf bulletImages of EDL Debris

When Perseverance landed on Mars on February 18, 2021 the entry, descent, and landing (EDL) hardware was discarded onto the surface at a safe distance away from the rover. 

And we have pictures.

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Women’s Work

decorative leaf bulletBarbara Ehrenreich, author who resisted injustice, dies aged 81

Ehrenreich battled over a half a century as a writer committed to resisting injustice and giving a voice to those who were typically unheard.
. . . In Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, her 2001 bestseller, she wrote an immersive experience of living as a low-waged worker in Key West, Florida.
The book helped spread awareness of an economy in which it was necessary to work two or three jobs to survive, and acted as a catalyst of the minimum wage movement.

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