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Does anybody know of any historic revolts that led to a group splitting off and leaving to form a new colony?

Any time period, any region, as long as it's pre-industrial.

@eleanorkonik just read your - I'm gonna see if I can find it, but there was a really cool article about a dude who bonded with a peregrine falcon who took her(?) skydiving, she managed to go probably faster than any other peregrine ever, owing to ya know, them not casually flying that high.

slavery, prisons, question 

I don't personally want to debate this, but if anybody is aware of any high quality academic articles addressing the similarities and differences between Bronze Age slavery and modern prison labor, I'm interested in reading them and would appreciate a link.

Is there a special name for female spiders, like how we have "bucks" and "does" for deer and rabbits?

I just scheduled a newsletter for Monday. It's about armor, from the origins of horse barding to why Amazons only protected half their bodies.

I'm excited because it's a chance to include scholarship from @bookandswordblog who I met specifically through & would not have known about if not for this community.

Sean has done fascinating work on ancient warfare, & tho I am not of his caliber, I'm excited to share his work.

Sign up to get it Monday:

"Teachers’ ability to absorb and transmit information quickly, manage stress and multitask are high-demand skills"

Can confirm, I am good at these things <.<

Not sure where I'm going to land in the summer, but I'm looking around... 👀

The last thing I expected when I visited Las Vegas was the a duck-filled wetlands area, but I had a lot of fun at this Clark County park, only a 10min drive from the Strip.

Since publishing my newsletter that touches on some weird jewelry history,

including how a fibula is a brooch that functions as a giant safety pin; unlike other brooches, it has a practical purpose, like securing a cloak.

my father has reached out to me with a bunch of texts about my grandmom's brooch-wearing habits.

Apparently she used to wear a brooch made out of walnuts to church, like, all the time?

This is one of the reasons I love writing my newsletter.

history of censorship question 

Do we know anything about ancient governments performing censorship of communications? Was that even a thing? Or, conversely, was it so normal and expected no one even really cared?

I'm trying to get a sense of how mass communication options impacted censoring efforts.

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history of censorship question 

I've been thinking about the tension between free speech and censorship and other than a brief mention of Socrates (which somehow feels like muddying the waters?) I wasn't able to find anything about the history of this tension.

What forms did government censorship typically take before mass communication tech like the printing press and the internet, beyond leaders getting mad at dangerous popular speakers like Socrates?

One of the neatest things about visiting Las Vegas was visiting the nearby wetland. Las Vegas is basically synonymous with "desert" so it was cool to realize that it's actually built right next to a river.

One of the cool things I learned recently from the folks over at Classical Wisdom is that in Ancient Greece, most of the known female painters were themselves the daughters of artists.

Here's some other neat stuff I learned about art history lately:

Thanks to following the bot on mastodon, I recently learned that Mexican food, with its many uses for different hot peppers, may be one of the world's oldest cuisines.

Plus, most pre-Columbian protein apparently came from easy-to-harvest insects like ants, grasshoppers, manuey worms, & jumil bugs. There was also super useful blue algae that was harvested with nets.

I collated more information about the history of food for my newsletter if you're curious:

I had a lot of fun exploring this overgrown amphitheater in Germany. The locals turned it into an orchard after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, but it was in surprisingly good condition. One could easily imagine watching a horse race from the surrounding hilltop.
In Germany's Black Forest, there exists a neat little "map" pointing out all the different nearby mountain peaks, what they're called, and how high they are.

It was surprisingly easy to interpret, and feels like the sort of monument / monolith that would be handy for navigating a mountain range in a world with limited infrastructure.

Don't go all to #Stripe just because they're your nextdoor Big Tech payment provider :D

There are other payment providers, and I realize I should start keeping track of them as well on the #delightful #funding candidate list 🤔

Went to one of the oldest German sawmills still in use and saw this delightful little car on some tracks leading into the mill, like something out of an old cartoon. It was pretty neat to see this kind of stuff in person!
I can't decide if this fountain thing is INCREDIBLE or INCREDIBLY IMPRACTICAL. How would one repair it? Would it ever need to be repaired? How does it work? I don't know, but I wish I knew how to find out!

Does anyone know of any resources where if I plug in a color, it'll spit back out an appropriate accessible color that is similar?

Telling me a particular color isn't accessibility-friendly is useful, but it's less useful than giving me an alternative instead of plugging in seventeen different progressively less similar colors until I find a good one...

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