Link Buffet: Personal and Political

I have trouble articulating why I’m so attracted to Sith imagery lately. Obviously I don’t identify or even sympathize with the Empire. But as I sit here in my cute minimalist Darth Vader shirt looking at this beautiful Death Star valentine pie, I think it might be that there is something soothing and amusing in defanging fictional villainy in this way. Heaven knows the real-life villainy isn’t so easy to swallow. I am willing to be talked out of this, though.



This month has been a balancing act. My work is fulfilling, but hectic and demanding. I’ve been trying to be more present in my friendships, which were rather neglected while I finished my degree. I want to dedicate a little time and money each week to participating in or supporting actions of political resistance. I think I can have all of these things in small doses. This is a Link Buffet that alternates relief and resistance.

NPR: Frederick Douglass on how slave owners used food as a weapon of control.

If we want to know of archaeologists of the future will interpret the detritus of contemporary capitalism, we need only look to ancient Rome. From National Geographic:

While excavating an ancient Roman villa buried in volcanic ash, 18th-century workers found an unusual lump of metal small enough to fit in a coffee mug. Cleaning it revealed something both historically important and hilarious: one of the world’s oldest known examples of a portable sundial, which was made in the shape of an Italian ham.

Mother Jones: Inaugural Meals, from Turtle Stew to Jelly Beans

🌰😆🌰 From NPR:

To design an emoji, you need the absolute minimum number of characteristics required to effectively communicate what that thing is, explains Maheux. There’s no text to help people understand whether that’s a chestnut or an acorn, and space, color gradients and shading are all restricted, so making food look representative and appetizing is tricky.

Tag yourself I’m Valerian:

The Catholic Church used a calendar of saints, which named each day of the year after an associated saint. To reduce the influence of the Church, Fabre d’Églantine introduced a Rural Calendar in which each day of the year had a unique name associated with the rural economy, stated to correspond to the time of year. Every décadi (ending in 0) was named after an agricultural tool. Each quintidi (ending in 5) was named for a common animal. The rest of the days were named for “grain, pasture, trees, roots, flowers, fruits” and other plants, except for the first month of winter, Nivôse, during which the rest of the days were named after minerals.

A vivid, fascinating look behind the scenes at the Kitchens of Standing Rock. The images reminded me a little of being on a food truck serving people rebuilding their homes in the aftermath of Hurricana Katrina; organized by a Southern Baptist Church, the preparation and distribution of food was an enormous operation involving gigantic equipment and fleets of trucks. The Standing Rock kitchens may not have access to the same resources, but it is absolutely incredible to see what a collective of determined volunteers can do.

From xkcd:


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