Outdated-timers round right here will keep in mind the lunchtime/espresso break/mid-afternoon distraction that was the noon open thread. Actually old-timers will keep in mind its predecessor, plain outdated open thread, the automated immediate to speak amongst yourselves and supply filler for when the front-pagers had been all in our outdoors day jobs and will sneak away to put up. It’s astounding how issues have modified.
I’m okay with that, truly, however with a minor exception. We used to take turns compiling the noon put up, which we all the time referred to as the “linky,” as a result of it was all the time a group of stuff we discovered attention-grabbing, or thought-provoking, or humorous, uplifting, no matter. I nonetheless discover myself hoarding tabs of this esoterica with no place to place it.
As of late it’s typically archeological stuff that grabs me. On a tip from Mark Sumner, mcmom and I pandemic binged on Time Staff, the U.Okay. sequence through which a group of archeologists, environmental scientists, historians, and the like explored the mysteries slightly below the plow soil of that history-packed island—and had simply three days to do it! (Sure, I’m all in on the reboot as a Patreon, as a result of I owe it to them for offering such an awesome distraction from the COVID nightmare.
Anyway, this linky could be a little bit heavy on that facet of issues, however be happy so as to add your individual random ideas, sparks, and musings. (However don’t bounce in with a primary remark of “first.” Do individuals nonetheless try this wherever?)
The traditional Egyptians had HR divisions, and also you needed to report back to them once you couldn’t come to work. “A pill held by The British Museum and courting to 1250 BCE is an unimaginable window into historical work-life stability. The 40 workers listed are marked for every day they missed, with causes starting from sickness to household obligations.” One of many excuses used for not coming to work? Needing to brew the beer. Additionally, being stung by a scorpion.
Within the archeological vein, the sphere hasn’t escaped two of the worst Twenty first-century tradition struggle scourges—science denial and white supremacy. Netflix sadly helped, streaming the pseudo-documentary “Historic Apocalypse,” an “an eight-part conspiracy idea that weaponises dramatic rhetoric towards students,” as one archeologist describes it. It does function Joe Rogan, in spite of everything. In a nutshell, the non-scientist Graham Hancock, who has plenty of cash and a seething resentment of precise archeologists, posits that a sophisticated ice-age civilization was—name it Atlantis—was worn out in an enormous flood 12,000 years in the past, the results of a number of comet strikes. A handful of individuals (white individuals) supposedly survived and so they introduced civilization and better considering, together with math, structure, and agriculture to all of the world. How’d this even get produced by Netflix? “Hancock’s son, Sean Hancock, is Netflix’s senior supervisor for unscripted originals,” Jason Colavito writes in The New Republic.
”As exhausting as it might be to consider, that is rather more about up to date politics than prehistory: Hancock’s present, and the attendant sparring its sudden recognition has spawned, has leapt from its bizarre pop-paranormal lane into the seething tradition wars fomented by an American proper wing that’s
marching steadfastly into a brand new zone of excessive weirdness.”
In Oregon’s Willamette Valley, a decades-long conservation administration effort has achieved a exceptional objective: the return of a uncommon butterfly, the tiny Fender’s blue. The butterfly exists solely on this valley and had been thought extinct from the Thirties till it was noticed within the Nineteen Eighties. It was listed as an endangered in 2000, when just a few thousand remained. However since then, the inhabitants has quadrupled, and it’s slated to be relisted to threatened. That may make it simply “the second insect to have recovered within the historical past of the Endangered Species Act.”
Want one other good story? Meet Herman Cruse, a college bus driver for Center Township Public Faculties in Cape Could Court docket Home, N.J. All he ever needed to be rising up, he instructed the Washington Publish, was a bus driver. Now he’s that, and a studying tutor to a couple dozen kids after discovering certainly one of his younger costs was having a tough time getting assist at residence studying to learn. “So he learn to me, I learn to him and we learn collectively, and from there, it took on a lifetime of its personal,” Cruse continued. “A second pupil needed to learn to me, then a 3rd. All these children had been going to the trainer asking, ‘Can I learn with Mr. Herman?’” Everybody reads with Mr. Herman now.
Right here’s one other one: Van Gogh, the one-eared rescue pit bull (his backstory is enraging and heartbreaking), is turning into well-known as an artist. There’s not a variety of contemplation and inspiration to his works—simply peanut butter—nevertheless it’s a candy story about resilience and love and therapeutic. All of the canines are good canines.
When you missed the final full moon of 2022, you may see some beautiful photographs of it right here. The “Chilly Moon” coincided (extra pics there) with the lunar occultation of Mars, when Mars can be straight against the solar and thus further seen. It was cloudy the place I stay, however the footage are nice.
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