In "Of Cannibals", Montaigne describes what he has heard and read about the native Tupinambá of current-day Brazil. In particular, he tries to clarify what he sees as the stereotypical views his contemporaries have of the Tupinambá's cannibalism. He describes cannibalism as a very rare, highly ritualised practice whose primary purpose is to honour the ennemy.
Then it gets really interesting.
Zombieland is a great album. #Megaherz
Sarah Hagger Holt and Usborne have come under a lot of flack (you can probably guess where) for publishing a children's book that deals with a girl trying to understand her father's transition. This is the book:
Testing my websites on https://www.websitecarbon.com/ - they come out pretty well, better than 93% of other websites. Some of that is down to having a green host that uses mostly renewable energy, and some down to using really light code.
Amazon UK is pretty high carbon, as is Youtube. Mastodon is somewhere in the middle.
Jason Sanford on the lax security on Goodreads:
It is concerning that authors can be impersonated and trolled in this way. As an author, I tend to avoid the site anyhow, and as a reader the reviews can be pretty random, so I don't set much store by them unless I know the blogger's tastes. This sort of thing devalues it further.
Is anyone else looking at the crisis in Australia, thinking about reducing their carbon footprint, and coming up short because it seems like they've already thought of everything that can practically be done on a personal level? #ClimateCrisis
My friend Keri is really talented. This is Black and Blue singing their song Being Me Again, and IMO it deserves a wider audience. https://youtu.be/5aF6Nbh7b2s
2020 ne passera pas !
Ceci est un communiqué du comité du 32 décembre !
2020 ne pourra pas avoir lieu dans les conditions actuelles aussi nous demandons un abandon immédiatement de toutes festivités. Ni 2020, ni retraite à point ! Nous déclarons le 32 décembre comme celui du nouveau monde ! 2019, la lutte continue !
Vive la Secu ! Sus au nouvel an !
My reading resolutions for the new year are pretty relaxed. It's more about taking things easy on myself and the planet, and savouring experiences, than pushing to read X amount:
What are yours?
In my AU, Aurene isn't the only 'good' elder dragon. Jerixxa, formerly known as Plaguemaster Jeresyk, is the rightful heir to Mordremoth's throne, and took it himself. This is him in elder dragon mode \o/
The weird hand theme is still present, but unlike his Mordrem commander version, his eyes are not covered because he is no longer blinded by an oppressor.
Art sponsored by #GuildWars2 #gw2
Home sweet surveillance capitalism free zone? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/23/be-careful-you-are-not-giving-away-your-privacy-with-christmas-gifts-this-year
Watch out for reusable bamboo mugs.
"Bamboo mugs are made from a melamine resin reinforced with bamboo fibres. While they are reusable, they are often marketed as eco-friendly, even though they aren’t biodegradable. Melamine resin is a polymer and in itself not dangerous, but its monomers – 1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triamine and formaldehyde – are toxic and can cause cancer."
The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.