The paper about the airburst set off an Akira-like nuclear fireball of controversy. Lots of methodological issues, potential image manipulation (!) and some of the authors have a rather suspicious obsession with biblical literalism. https://retractionwatch.com/2021/10/01/criticism-engulfs-paper-claiming-an-asteroid-destroyed-biblical-sodom-and-gomorrah/#more-123196
Fascinating thing about being a Quaker-Jew with a wife raised Episcopalian: I learn about all these bits of Judaism that are straight-up *claimed* in Christianity as "things Jesus innovated". We'll see them in a Jewish context, and then she'll tell me "yeah, in Sunday School, they represent that as something from Jesus, not from Judaism".
Like, wow, no, he did not invent the Sh'ma, *Mark*.
There's this entire Twitter genre of historical-explainer threads that are _very slightly_ wrong, not in any substantive ways, not in ways that change the essential point, but in "someone half-remembered or half-understood this, but is good at storytelling" ways.
And what does this mean for me? Nothing. I nod and pass on by. Forget it, Jake, it's Twitter.
Hey so I am obsessing (OBSESSING) over this comic. It feels like what I love about Mignola's work, with a softer humanist edge. The creator cites Miyazaki as an influence, too.
Apparently there's a print version of it in the works, so gonna get that when I can.
Just typo'ed a servername while reconnecting to an IRC channel, and accidentally put in libera dot net instead of the correct dot chat, and you wouldn't believe where I found myself: Back on Freenode. Who've apparently secured that domain, and are using it to try to trick people back on to their services.
I really need to convey the shape of the hull here. Constitution doesn't have a lot of tumblehome, but this looks like a floating brick.
sea fever af
be the eldritch horror you want to see in the woods.
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