Digest at L. Rhodes Things seen and heard. 2019-05-20T12:49:44-04:00 http://lrhodes.net/digest/ lrhodes.net/favicon-32x32.png L. Rhodes Pico Powered down and decoded L. Rhodes 2019-05-16T00:00:00-04:00 tag:lrhodes.net,2019-04-02:digest/05162019 Links on foraging, Mayan personhood, friendless men, low-energy websites, and the Voynich Manuscript. Numb in the garden L.Rhodes 2019-05-09T00:00:00-04:00 tag:lrhodes.net,2019-04-02:digest/05092019 Links on bee-sharing, data dehumanization, Mennonite supremacists, anasthetic gas, a tiny T. Rex, and Eudora Welty's photography. Obscure and Mistaken Identities L. Rhodes 2019-05-02T00:00:00-04:00 tag:lrhodes.net,2019-04-02:digest/05022019 Links about digital privacy theory, national prosperity, free will and the tragedy of the commons. American divisions and the ties that bind L. Rhodes 2019-04-17T00:00:00-04:00 tag:lrhodes.net,2019-04-02:digest/04172019 Links on population and immigration, Lost Cause education, and an intersex war hero. enveloping and dividing L. Rhodes 2019-04-02T00:00:00-04:00 tag:lrhodes.net,2019-04-02:digest/04022019 Links on "letter-locking," Oaxacan portraits, an African Cartesian, a modern schism, and the tyranny of Bayesian statistics recovered histories, corporeal remains L. Rhodes 2019-03-18T00:00:00-04:00 tag:lrhodes.net,2019-04-02:digest/03182019 Lynchings are associated in the popular imagination with the revanchism of former slave states against emancipated black populations, but as this NYT article shows, they also occurred farther West, where the victims were often Hispanic Americans. Descendants working to expose that history to public scrutiny face some heavily politicized opposition, including this bewildering example of both-sidism, no doubt influenced by Charlottesville, as spoken by a Texan with a remarkably on-the-nose name: ... muddled histories, unknown selves L. Rhodes 2019-02-28T00:00:00-05:00 tag:lrhodes.net,2019-04-02:digest/02282019 The Cyclorama was a mainstay of public school field trips growing up, but I never realized its contested history before reading this NYT piece on its most recent restoration. Though it originally depicted a Union victory at the Battle of Atlanta, the buyer who brought it to Atlanta had the uniforms repainted so that the football-length panarama instead depicted an ahistorical Confederate victory. The original polarity has since been restored, though that hardly kept partisans of the "Lost C... hidden ideals, permissable assaults L. Rhodes 2019-02-21T00:00:00-05:00 tag:lrhodes.net,2019-04-02:digest/02212019 The blockbuster urban planning game SimCity repackaged and popularized the theories of a darling of the conservative/libertarian establishment, according to this piece in Logic. Part of the argument is that popular ignorance over the background that informed Will Wright's design has rendered us less capable of assessing SimCity's value qua simulation than if we had imbibed the theories of urbanism directly from the source. Mandatory service in the Israeli military, along with a heavy emphasis o... wholesale slaughter L. Rhodes 2019-02-06T00:00:00-05:00 tag:lrhodes.net,2019-04-02:digest/02062019 A relatively short update this week, while I work my way through a chain of reference that may eventually lead to a post on Agora & Polis. Or may not. It's hard to say, sometimes. Political polarization tends to get worse in communities where local news sources have shuttered, according to research published in the latest Journal of Communications. As a summary from the AP explains: With fewer opportunities to find out about local politicians, citizens are more likely to turn to national ... invasive species, unknown lives L. Rhodes 2019-01-30T00:00:00-05:00 tag:lrhodes.net,2019-04-02:digest/01302019 There's some vital oral history in this piece at The Bitter Southerner memorializing a largely black and industrial Atlanta neighborhood that was displaced by the construction of the Georgia World Congress Center and a (now demolished) stadium. Some of the usual patterns in development and racial inequality crop up: "[O]nce Lightning was in view of developers, there appeared to be a real disinvestment in the community, to the point where it became blighted and an eyesore for downtown. It ma...