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I think that many educated people today are missing a lot of ideas from the 1940s through 1980s because they never actually read the original books or a good textbook with a full definition, just tried to absorb the gist.  The handful of experts assume that everyone got the idea and moved on to what is new and exciting to them, and did not realize that most people are at the "maybe light is both a particle and a wave?" level of understanding and that there is a lot more work to be done in educating people about these foundational ideas. 

One of those ideas is identity.  This blog post looks at the habit of calling all kinds of social categories 'identities' and argues that we should return to the clearer, narrower definition that someone identifies with something when they says "I am that thing."

In the tea, Jubal said that people have trouble finding good things and community on the open web.  Obviously a lot of that is people using the heavily censored and wacked internal search engines on closed social media rather than a real search engine on the open web.  So in this thread, lets post some cool things which are on the open web not a giant social media platform.

I don't have a good definition of the open web, but "findable on any search engine not just an internal search engine" is a good sign, and so is "creators can export their work in some simple standard format like bbcode, html, etc. and re-post it somewhere run by someone else."  If you have to enable scripts and log in to see it, that is a bad sign.

Today I will post three out of the United States.

Adventure Cartoonist Lucy Bellwood with comics about tall ships and jerk brains and how soap is a metaphor for breaking up with her ex

Statistician Andrew Gelman of "Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State" fame has a very active blog

Siderea in Boston was posting about the present emergency since January

What about you?  What on the open web still brings you joy?  What do you wish more people knew about?

There don't seem to be any threads right now on the hand work we are doing, lets start one.

I am working on a short round embroidered mantle.  These were fashionable in western Europe from the 14th century into the 17th.  The later ones usually open from neck to crotch and often have fake sleeves, the earlier ones are pullovers with hidden fastenings, ones for men tend to be a bit longer than ones for women.

Example from my period of interest.

Double checking that the red linen lining and the blue woolen cloth facing are the same size and shape.

Test fitting the collar.  The buttonholes are lined with silk dupioni.

Powdering the cape with stars.

My post on the theories of Vincent le Chevalier (real name, not a pseudonym) and Peter Johonsson has popped!

So efforts to contain COVID-19 may have failed, and some areas may be facing something on the order of the 1918 Spanish Flu (about half of the population infected, on the order of 2% of those infected die and very large numbers are in bed for weeks).  Italy, for those reading this in the future, has quarantined itself and some cities in UK are running out of toilet paper due to panic buying.

Edit: As of Thursday 12 March, a friend in Sardinia tells me that Italians are only allowed to leave their homes for work, grocery shopping, or medical treatment.

The World Health Organization has a webpage

This woman, I think Boston MA based, has a pretty sensible amateur site  I love this: "I discount a story's credibility if the content is either explicitly or implicitly trying to tell the audience what the audience should feel, rather than informing them about what they think the audience should know."

I have lacked a full-time job for a year and live in a space with a small shared kitchen and freezer so I am SOL.

So after a couple of very eventful years, Canadian politics are in a sleepy phase.  Newly goateed Justin Trudeau seems to have realized that he does not actually know what he wants to do after his advisors talked him out of his pledges from 2015, the Conservative leadership race is just getting started (Aron Seal seems to have dropped out because he could not secure his first 1,000 nominations by members by 27 February, party stalwarts Peter Mackay and Erin O'Toole are the only candidates who have already passed all stages of the application process), Canada is caught between the USA and China after the USA thought it would be a good idea to charge a Huawei executive while she was passing through Canada and have her extradited south of the border, and Coronavirus is keeping people at home and indoors.

Discussion and Debate - The Philosopher's Plaza / Canadian Politics 2019
« on: September 25, 2019, 01:07:13 PM »
So we are at the beginning of one of our six-week elections.  Would there be any interest in a post on Canadian politics for non-Canadians focusing on structures and the fairly limited stakes?

There are many structural issues which affect most European and settler societies in the 2010s, and idiosyncratic things which are specific to a country, and American and British media are dreadful at separating the two.  Looking at the former in other countries where you don't have preconceived opinions can be helpful.

A few years ago, I got myself out of a slump by reading a gamer-friendly book on the second millennium BCE Geoffrey Bibby's Four Thousand Years Ago.

(Aside: Ken Hite and Robin D. Laws have one-sentence reviews of gamer-friendly books on )

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