What I learned in 2021 Week 2

Goats silhouetted against the morning sky.

Goat rental is both effective and very entertaining. We’re probably paying a 10-20% premium over what we’d have paid for people to rip out our English ivy, but this is way more entertaining. It’s worth the extra.

Bret Deveraux (A Collection of Unmitigated Pedantry, @bretdeveraux) is a four-square awesome writer and historian. He is one of those people who can take the intricacies of something dry and academic and make it accessible and interesting. I recommend his blog to anyone, but especially anyone interested in military history, A Song of Ice and Fire, Star Wars, gaming, or just interesting writing. (A confession: I did not learn about Dr. Deveraux this week, but he finished up his deconstruction of the Dothraki in ASoiaF this week, so it’s appropriate. He makes book recommendations in his posts that have been extremely helpful. I’ve picked up several great texts including Shattered Sword on his recommendation.)

There is a twitter account dedicated to retweeting people talking about dropping their AirPods into toilets. Because of course there is.

Unsurprisingly, the various Histories of Atlanta [still] gloss over the “…nastier aspects of the [city].” Latest offender is Civil War Atlanta by Robert Scott Davis. It deletes the forcible removal of the native tribes during the run up to the founding of Atlanta, and very much glosses over the horrendous conditions of chattel slavery. I suppose I can’t expect more of a 113 page book dealing with several decades of history, but it’s possible to do better. Do better, authors.

Coincidentally to the above comment, there was an AJC news article this morning concerning this very topic. A UGA professor, Claudio Saunt, recently published “Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory.” I’ve ordered it through my library.

Massachusetts may get a state dino. And that’s just cool.

Apropos of that last, GA has a state fossil. It’s the shark’s tooth. “In 1976, the shark tooth was designated the official state fossil. Probably one of the most sought-after fossils by amateur collectors, the shark tooth is a relatively common fossil in the Georgia coastal plain. In fossil form, the shark tooth can be traced back 375,000,000 years.”

Speaking of Georgia, during the beginning of this year’s legislative session, several State Senators who actively abetted the Stop the Steal Conspiracy have been removed from their committee chairmanships. So, good on that.

Speaking of State legislators who deserve to be punished for their anti-democratic and seditions positions, here’s a long thread of mine:

There are people in Georgia who went beyond the background hum of racism and bigotry common to our state and our nation. They actively stood up to disenfranchise us (and I mean ALL of us) to further their personal agendas. 1/— 917 FTW!! (@bruhsam) January 7, 2021

Captain Awkward has a great post on productivity. Even better, they cite Zoe Keating (who is the best Cellist, evah!) as great for productivity music (because she is!) which I totally agree with (hell yeah!)!!

The term “hectare” implies there is an “are.”

I’ll leave you with…goats.

Goats, Sheep, and Donkey, cleaning my yard of english ivy.
Goats (and a sheep, and a donkey)
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