Elsewhere for January 29, 2017

You should read this for 1/29/2017: The Wisdom of Jobs, thank your foremothers, it’s not always the Others, and cauliflower can be tasty. 

Note: We’ve Placed Trumpery in an Isolation Section at the End

You know what…
Take my $1.37… I want my PBS.
Take my $.46… I am all for federal funding of art programs.
Take my $.46… I love my museums, colleges, and libraries.
Take my $.11… I support developing minority businesses.
Take my $.66… I am for entrepreneurship and innovation.
Take my $1.60… I want us to export more goods overseas.
Take my $0.43… I would like to see more American manufacturing.
Take my $0.88… I think community policing needs vast improvement.
Take my $1.48… I support programs for women.
Take my $1.55… I believe in due process for all.
Take my $0.48… We need a civil rights division in the justice department.
Take my $0.38… I think we need to defend our Mother Earth.
Take my $0.03… I know more work needs to be done for climate change.
Take my $8.95… because we need more sustainable energy.
Take my $2.71… we should reduce our carbon footprint.
If saving these programs means I’m out $22.36 a year, I’m good with contributing my $.07 a day to save American jobs and these federal programs (Derivation unknown, but sentiments heartfelt).

Steve Jobs

You Are Not Equal. I’m Sorry. (So say “thank you” to all the ones who went beofe.)

We Finally Know What’s Causing Namibia’s Mysterious Fairy Circles (It’s not the Good People.)

Via The New York Times Cooking section Pan-Roasted Cauliflower With Garlic, Parsley and Rosemary

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

Crowd Scientists Say Women’s March 
in Washington Had 3 Times as Many People as 💩🔥💰’s Inauguration “The women’s march in Washington was roughly three times the size of the audience at President Trump’s inauguration, crowd counting experts said Saturday.”

How these Los Angeles-born pink hats became a worldwide symbol of the anti-💩🔥💰 women’s march “Knitters — mostly women — started crafting handmade pink caps with cat ears, a reference to 💩🔥💰’s vulgar statements about grabbing women’s genitals, which were revealed in a leaked video shortly before the election.” (You can find the pattern here; it’s not difficult!)

Donald 💩🔥💰 delivers speech to CIA to deny feud and criticize media coverage“Pool reports later clarified that the attendants who were cheering and clapping when Mr Trump spoke were not CIA staffers but people who accompanied Mr Trump to the briefing.”

Via NPR: President 💩🔥💰’s Inaugural Address, Annotated

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary Has Been Trolling 💩🔥💰 On Twitter For Months

Charles M. Blow in The New York Times: A Lie by Any Other Name
“Donald [💩🔥💰] is a proven liar. He lies often and effortlessly. He lies about the profound and the trivial. He lies to avoid guilt and invite glory. He lies when his pride is injured and when his pomposity is challenged.”

It’s Not Just The Park Service: ‘Rogue’ Federal Twitter Accounts MultiplySome of these accounts — this list has compiled more than 80 of them — initially claimed to be run by members of these organizations, but many have since altered their descriptions, or in the case of the alternative National Park Service have said the account was handed off to environmentalists and activists.

Elsewhere for January 22, 2017

You should read this for 1/22/2017: You are what you read, the other Washington remains a beacon of hope, progress and opportunity for all, the cake is a lie, grace all the way, you voted for him, you fix him, and thighs are the way to go.

Via The New York Times President Obama on What Books Mean to Him and, a bonus link from the same interview Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

Saying goodbye: U.S. Digital Service

Governor Jay Inslee: Washington will always be ‛a beacon of hope, progress and opportunity for all’ “Our state has a proud history of inclusivity and compassion for all — regardless of class, race, gender, ethnicity, immigration status or sexual orientation. This legacy is integral to the character of our state and a foundation for what makes the Evergreen State so exceptional. . . . No president or administration can change that. We’ll continue our fight and ensure that whatever happens in the other Washington, this Washington will remain a beacon of hope, progress and opportunity for all.”

💩🔥💰’s inaugural cake was commissioned to look exactly like Obama’s says the baker, made by Duff Goldman. Here’s more about Duff Goldman’s original cake for President Obama. (The baker in question donated her payment to the Human Rights Campaign).

Hillary Clinton was not required to come to the 💩🔥💰 Inauguration as either a former First Lady or as a defeated candidate by anything other than custom and grace.

We have just entered a poorer reality “And now we have a president who represents the worst of us: narcissistic, ill-informed, petulant, prejudiced, simplistic, lying and combative. Those of us who see this will resist him. Those who voted for him, it is upon you to press this man to be better. Otherwise, he drags us all down — with you at the leading edge.”

Ree Drummond’s pan-roasted chicken thighs

Elsewhere for January 15, 2017

You should read this for 1/15/2017: Just five books, please, ones that the Suck Fairy hasn’t visited, whales in their crone phase, horses know how to train humans, humans feeding other humans, humans removing health care from other humans, and everything you need to know about cooking beans.

Five Books: The Best Books On Everything An interesting premise, and a great way to find books to read: “We ask experts to recommend the five best books in their subject and explain their selection in an interview.”

Jo Walton on The Suck Fairy “The Suck Fairy comes in when you come back to a book that you liked when you read it before, and on re-reading—well, it sucks.” Jo Walton is one of my favorite writers, of fiction or essays. Walton is smart, she’s funny, and writes true things.

A New Type Of Food Pantry Is Sprouting In Yards Across America I think this is a super idea; “Tiny pantries” are a spin-off from the Little Free Library concept, also a great idea. I’d like to do both, if I can figure out where and how.

Why do Orcas go Through menopause? “Almost all animals reproduce until they die, even very long-lived ones like elephants and blue whales. As far as we know, just three species buck the trend: killer whales, short-finned pilot whales, and humans.”

Via NPR: How Smart Are Horses? Pretty smart; they train humans to feed ’em.

The Anti-Obamacare FAQ Everything you need to know about why conservatives want to repeal the president’s health care law.

From The New York Times and Melissa Clark: How to Cook Beans What beans, what prep, what seasonings, and what to do with all those dried beans.

Elsewhere for August 7, 2016

You should read this for 8/7/2016:

Dear Hillary: How Very Dare You!“I bought into a narrative about Hillary Clinton that has been produced, packaged, and perpetuated by mostly the GOP with the help of many democrats and independents.”

For the love of stuff: I am my things and my things are me. I don’t want to give them up: they are narrative prompts for the story of my life

Campaign to help archaeologists search for an Iron-Age broch in Scotland

An Artist’s Pet Dog Photobombs the Middle Ages Elizabeth Morrison at The Getty: The same charming dog appears in illumination after illumination by late-medieval artist Simon Bening. Was it possibly his own pet?

Elsewhere for July 31, 2016

Hillary Clinton Helped Me Realize That Powerful Women Deserve Love

Trump: Clinton should have congratulated me for making history

Nature published a Neolithic DNA study revealing “three genetically distinct farming populations living in the Near East at the dawn of agriculture 12,000 to 8,000 years ago: two newly described groups in Iran and the Levant and a previously reported group in Anatolia, in what is now Turkey.” The data suggests that “agriculture spread in the Near East at least in part because existing groups invented or adopted farming technologies, rather than through population replacement.”

The British Library has just added digital facsimiles of manuscripts related to the Roman de la Rose, Christine de Pizan, and what scholars call La Querelle des Femmes. See
Metaphors, Misogyny and Courtly Love for back ground and links to some stunning medieval manuscripts.

Muslims across France have attended Catholic Mass in a gesture of solidarity after the murder of a priest on Tuesday.

Thousands of tricolored Blackbirds saved by California farmers

Amazon Escalates the Attack Against Hachette

Amazon has moved from discouraging customers from buying books published by Hatchette (AKA Hachette Livre, including Hachette, Grand Central Publishing, Little, Brown and Company, Orbit), to removing books from sale; you may remember that on January 29, 2010 Amazon pulled all of Macmillan’s books from sale—two days after Apple announced the iPad and the iBooks bookstore. In response, John Sargent of Macmillan announced the adoption of an agency model.

The New York Times “Bits” blog notes:

Amazon, under fire in much of the literary community for energetically discouraging customers from buying books from the publisher Hachette, has abruptly escalated the battle.

The retailer began refusing orders late Thursday for coming Hachette books, including J.K. Rowling’s new novel. The paperback edition of Brad Stone’s “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon” — a book Amazon disliked so much it denounced it — is suddenly listed as “unavailable.”

James Patterson has weighed in in a post titled “Read Four of the Most Important Paragraphs I’ll Ever Write“:

The press doesn’t seem to consider this newsworthy, but there is a war going on between Amazon and book publishers. . . . There are other significant issues people might want to consider. Currently, Amazon is making it difficult to order many books from Little, Brown and Grand Central, which affects readers of authors such as Malcolm Gladwell, Nicholas Sparks, Michael Connelly, me, and hundreds of others whose living depends on book sales. What I don’t understand about this particular battle tactic is how it is in the best interest of Amazon customers. It certainly doesn’t appear to be in the best interest of authors.

On University Presses and the Nature of Scholarly Publishing

From Scott Sherman in The Nation: “University Presses Under Fire How the Internet and slashed budgets have endangered one of higher education’s most important institutions.”

Another setback in the 1960s and 1970s was the rise of large publishing conglomerates such as Elselvier, Springer and Wiley, which aggressively expanded their acquisition of science journals. This is a fact of considerable importance: subscriptions to science journals are expensive (a one-year subscription to Brain Research costs $19,952), so academic libraries have had to devote considerable financial resources to retain them, and that has diminished their budgets for humanities and social science monographs. In Books in the Digital Age (2005), the Cambridge sociologist John B. Thompson explains that “in 1997 journals were thirty times more expensive than they were in 1970,” and the trend shows no signs of changing.

The article presents multiple points of view, and a number of recent efforts to change the way university presses work—including the roles of ebooks/digital scholarship and open access scholarship, but notes one age-old problem inherent in the interactions between scholars, tenure, and university presses:

A crucial question faces university presses and the universities themselves: Who will pay for the dissemination of scholarship? University presses provide a number of vital functions for the academy as a whole—starting with the fact that, by and large, young professors achieve promotion and tenure based on monographs they publish. But the funding for the entire system is lopsided. If the University of Colorado Press publishes a monograph by a young professor at Dartmouth that enables that scholar to obtain tenure, then the University of Colorado Press, with its very modest budget, is in effect subsidizing Dartmouth, which has an endowment of $3.7 billion as well as its own small press. In his New Media & Society essay, Pochoda noted that approximately 100 university presses are subsidizing “at least 1,000 other universities and colleges who are free riders on a system that they rely on but do not support.”

I note that the price of a printed scholarly monograph, say a book that began as a Ph.D. dissertation, runs between $40.00 and $90.00 dollars. This makes it unlikely that the book will be purchased widely by younger scholars at the dissertation stage, or independent scholars or engaged readers of the general public. It seems to be a reasonable middle-way to provide a digital version for half the price, even if that digital version is a non-printable .PDF file derived from the file sent to the printer.

I note, for the curious, that it is not even slightly unusual for a scholarly monograph from a university press to not only not provide the author with an advance, the author likely will not be offered royalties unless it’s one of the larger presses with wider distribution.

What’s Happening to Division Street? The Gentrification of Portland

It feels like the aspects of Portland that are so valued are facilitating the influx of people that are destroying what we all love about the city.

There’s a phenomenon where a slightly run down neighborhood in an urban area, often with lots of warehouse space, becomes a residential area for artists, musicians and queers because the slightly run-down part and the older houses and warehouse space means artists, musicians and queers can afford to rent there.

So they move in, they create businesses and artists studios and co-ops and homes. Those funky shops and artists studios attract people who like art and music and good food and kid-friendly neighborhoods and single dwelling and small shared housing.

And then the rent goes up. And then the landlords decide to demolish the turn of the century houses, the old warehouses turned into lofts and studios and small businesses for artisans, and build condos.

I’ve seen it happen to Minneapolis, Portland Maine, San Francisco. It’s happened to Pearl Street and the Rose quarter in Portland, and now, it’s happening to Division street.