Elsewhere for December 11, 2022

You should read this for 12/11/2022:

Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language

decorative leaf bulletSmithsonian exhibit digs out the ‘nature’ in old books

decorative leaf bulletA new writer tweeted about a low book signing turnout, and famous authors commiserated

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Food and Drink

decorative leaf bullet10,000 Vintage Recipe Books Are Now Digitized in The Internet Archive’s Cookbook & Home Economics Collection The collection of recipes is here.

decorative leaf bulletAmid 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

decorative leaf bulletAncient 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.

decorative leaf bulletHand 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.

decorative leaf bulletEarly medieval female burial site is ‘most significant ever discovered’ in UK

Politics and Society

Maria Farrell: decorative leaf bulletYour platform is not an ecosystem

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decorative leaf bulletA Case Study on Raspberry Pi’s Incident on the Fediverse

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Women’s Work

decorative leaf bulletMinnie M. Cox: A Postmaster’s Story

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

Robert Reich: decorative leaf bulletDo 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.

Something Wonderful

decorative leaf bulletHe misses his wife on Christmas. Thousands sent cards to cheer him up.

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