You should read this for 11/13/2022:
Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language
H/T Brad Dowdy: John Dee’s marginalia
Via Tim Bray: Just Don’t
How My Latest Book Ended Up Self-Published
Food and Drink
How to make creamy soups without adding dairy
From basmati to jasmine: how to choose the right rice for your meal
Write Note Pads: Notebooks and Planners Referral link.
History and Archaeology
The Yasmina Dog From an archaeologist:
The story of my favorite ancient Roman dog
Politics and Society
The culture wars are pushing some teachers to leave the classroom
The growing polarization in the nation’s classrooms comes as many schools are struggling to hold on to teachers and staff. One recent study estimates there are more than 36,500 teacher vacancies across the country and more than 163,500 teachers are either not fully certified or not certified in the subject they are teaching. Those figures are conservative, because data from more than a dozen states could not be collected, according to the study. Meanwhile, a report released last month by the Government Accountability Office says “[negative] perception of the teaching profession and perceived lack of support for current teachers” are “among key recruitment and retention challenges.”
Science and Nature
The plot thickens: new study reveals complex identity of ancient Britons
They are the oldest human fossils ever found on British soil. Excavated 30 years ago at Boxgrove, in West Sussex, the leg bone and teeth of an early human species were subsequently dated as being around 480,000 years old.
Other finds made at Boxgrove also revealed these ancient men and women were hunting horses, deer and perhaps even rhinos and butchering them. Crucially, they were doing so with sophisticated stone tools long before the appearance of Homo sapiens – though the exact identity of these individuals remained a puzzle. . . . In an attempt to resolve the issue an ambitious British and Spanish project has tried to uncover the identities of these mysterious people by attempting to link them with the former residents of another remarkable fossil site, La Sima de los Huesos – the Pit of Bones – near Burgos in northern Spain.
Original paper here.
Can a daily crossword puzzle slow cognitive decline?
H/T @snailseyeview: Older male Superb Lyrebird excluding a younger male from his territory.
@RickiCoughlan: Not uncommon this time of year in Royal National Park. I observed this for around 20 minutes. At one point they flew straight over my head and brushed me with their wings.
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Twitter Now Asks Some Fired Workers to Please Come Back
The tech CEO spending millions to stop Elon Musk
Dan O’Dowd says Tesla’s ‘Full Self Driving’ software shouldn’t be on the road. He’ll keep running over test dummies until someone listens.
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Did pandemic stress change women’s periods?
During the pandemic, many women experienced high levels of stress as they took on a disproportionate share of child care and housework and dropped out of the labor force in large numbers.
Now, a new study suggests that all of this extra stress may have changed women’s menstrual cycles in a variety of ways.
Most of them are rather charming, charismatic too (these are known and consistent traits of psychopaths).
I observe the arrogance, the deceit, the explicit language and framing choices. (In a somewhat bizarre way, it is so creative that it’s really interesting). I also ask clarifying questions. But here’s the thing: they are much better at this game than I am. More sophisticated. Remorse is not part of their repertoire. They are in it to win it, regardless of the reality of facts or the consequence of actions.
Princess Diana was the queen of revenge fashion
Pay It Forward and Make It Better
An amazing feeling’: asylum seeker stuck in hotel thanks Observer readers for sending books
he ranks of TDF unite people of many civil specialties, including archeologists.
While constructing a defense line, the soldiers of the 251 TDF battalion discovered and preserved previously unknown archeological artifacts and were featured in the @archaeologyEAA publication.
‘It was giving me a hug’: video captures rare giant octopus encounter
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