You should read this for 12/11/2022:
Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language
Smithsonian exhibit digs out the ‘nature’ in old books
A new writer tweeted about a low book signing turnout, and famous authors commiserated
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Food and Drink
10,000 Vintage Recipe Books Are Now Digitized in The Internet Archive’s Cookbook & Home Economics Collection The collection of recipes is here.
Amid rising energy costs, Italian cooks go old-school to save gas
In this Tuscan town, some cooks have rediscovered the energy-saving cooking box, a tool their grandparents used during World War II. An enterprising nonprofit here is producing useful — and stylish — insulating boxes that use less gas than traditional Italian cooking.
History and Archaeology
Ancient barn conversion with steam room found at Roman villa in Rutland
Archaeologists at the site of a Roman villa complex in the east Midlands have discovered that its wealthy owners converted an agricultural timber barn into a dwelling featuring a bathing suite with a hot steam room, a warm room and a cold plunge pool.
Hand of Irulegi: ancient bronze artefact could help trace origins of Basque language
More than 2,000 years after it was probably hung from the door of a mud-brick house in northern Spain to bring luck, a flat, lifesize bronze hand engraved with dozens of strange symbols could help scholars trace the development of one of the world’s most mysterious languages.
Although the piece – known as the Hand of Irulegi – was discovered last year by archaeologists from the Aranzadi Science Society who have been digging near the city of Pamplona since 2017, its importance has only recently become clear.
Experts studying the hand and its inscriptions now believe it to be both the oldest written example of Proto-Basque and a find that “upends” much of what was previously known about the Vascones, a late iron age tribe who inhabited parts of northern Spain before the arrival of the Romans, and whose language is thought to have been an ancestor of modern-day Basque, or euskera.
Early medieval female burial site is ‘most significant ever discovered’ in UK
Politics and Society
Maria Farrell: Your platform is not an ecosystem
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A Case Study on Raspberry Pi’s Incident on the Fediverse
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Minnie M. Cox: A Postmaster’s Story
Pay It Forward and Make It Better
Robert Reich: Do we really need more stuff? A proposal for a recycled economy
My shelves are already overflowing with books. My attic is full of old chairs and tables, chafing dishes, pictures, games, children’s toys, ski equipment, stereos, a broken easel. My closet can’t fit any more clothes, most of which I haven’t worn in years. I’m drowning in stuff.
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