Elsewhere for April 2, 2023

You should read this for 4/02/2023:

Art, Music, and Film

decorative leaf bulletInside the Fan-Powered Push for a Bigger Extended Edition of Lord of the Rings Hardcore Tolkien fans have learned over the last 20 years of a huge treasure trove of scenes from these films that have never been publicly released, and now an alliance of online personalities, podcasters and educators are organizing in the hopes of a Second Extended Edition being released with the 25th anniversary of the films.

Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language

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Food and Drink

History and Archaeology

decorative leaf bulletThe Shaman’s Secrets

The ideology of 1930s Germany helped shape scholars’ initial interpretation of the grave. Discovered barely a year and a half after the Nazis took power, politics quickly became enmeshed in the skeleton’s story. Archaeologists were a fundamental part of Adolf Hitler’s nation-building program, which sought to locate physical evidence of the original Aryans, who the Nazis believed were blond-haired and blue-eyed and came from northern Europe.

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decorative leaf bulletMy impossible search for the best, most powerful, most private journaling app ever

I started out looking for a way to keep a digital journal. I ended up trying to figure out what it means to have a space of my own online — and whether an app can be both good and responsible.

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Women’s Work

decorative leaf bulletIndigenous elder removed from Barack Obama event for being ‘too difficult’

“I am 78 years of age. I have never been treated or spoken to in this way in the past. I do not want this to be a reflection on President Obama. I am a leader of the Wurundjeri Nation. I asked to be treated as an equal.”

Yes, of course, the Nazis got it pretty much completely wrong. Subsequent examination of the bones and artifacts revealed that the adult was a woman, from the Mesolithic era, much earlier than the Nazis asserted. Later excavation of the original site garnered far more data and material, including enough for modern DNA analysis. The adult woman was possibly a shaman, and positively someone important to her community, even generations later. Read the article; it’s detailed, reasonable and well documented.

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

decorative leaf bulletNathan Lane Says Robin Williams Stepped In To ‘Protect’ Him From Being Outed On ‘Oprah’

Something Wonderful

decorative leaf bulletThe Hereford Mappa Mundi, the Largest Medieval Map Still in Existence (Circa 1300) High resolution scans allow you to thoroughly examine the map, depicting one medieval concept of the known world.

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