Cyclic models aren't new, but they've been disproven when scientists proved the expansion of the universe is accelerating. This new model tried to explain it, but it's all way over my head. Maybe it will make sense to some other Readers.
I had used Reddit for around a decade when the redesign launched (though I was already then looking for a replacement). The new design has some features I liked; infinite scroll, no duplicate links when loading new content, and comment sections loading in a lightbox. It had issues too; loading content and comments felt slow, and occasionally it would fail to load at all. I kept using it for about a year, figuring they would probably fix the issues in time, and that we would all be forced to switch eventually, so might as well get used to it. No fixed ever came though, so eventually I got so frustrated i turned back to the old design (which is still available). I've also used Reddit less and less, as I've found some alternatives (including Readup) which I like better.
He died by hanging, in what is believed to be a ritual sacrifice.
Tollund Man’s final meal does not appear to be anything out of the ordinary, and it’s likely representative of a typical dish served in northern Europe during the Iron Age. That said, the presence of seeds from pale persicaria was considered to be a bit strange. Persicaria is a weed, and it grew alongside barley and flax but was harvested together with the grains. Its seeds were typically removed during threshing, but in this case, the threshing waste that fell to the ground—seeds included—along with grains of sand and charcoal, was picked up and thrown into the porridge, according to the research.
Now, I'm no expert in Iron Age society, but I'm thinking this man may have been sentenced to death and executed, rather than it being a sacrificial killing. Throwing waste products into his last meal indicates disdain to me.
I played Puerto Rico with my family last night. It definitely glosses over the murkier sides of colonialism. Neither slaves nor natives are mentioned even a single time; the workers are just referred to as colonists, and you're free to move them between plantations and factories or administration buildings at a whim.
Games are about having fun though, and I think Puerto Rico would be less fun if it had constant reminders about genocide and slavery, just like Risk would be less fun if it gave you constant reminders of the human rights abuses your armies incur on the civilian population as you march them across your opponents lands. I'm curious what changes they'll do to the 2022 version of the game, if they really manage to keep it as fun while making it less offensive. (And I really hope they keep the wooden components; plastic just doesn't feel the same.)
I also want to try Spirit Island. It's currently ranked higher than Puerto Rico on BoardGameGeek anyway.
The attack happened 10 years ago yesterday, and I was convinced there would be at least one major terrorist attack to mark the occasion. I haven't seen any such news reports though, which gladdens me. Maybe the world isn't as messed up as I believe it to be.
Or maybe the combination of Covid lockdowns and devastating floods and forest fires threw a wrench in some prospective terrorist's plans.
I noticed from the screenshots that this anti-censorship device comes with Brave as the default web browser. This amuses me, since Brave's business model revolves around censorship (specifically; censoring all advertisement on the web and replacing them with their own).
But Brave has long been touted by right-wing wackos as "the conservative browser". Why? The short version is that Brave's CEO once made an anti-gay-marriage political donation, and the sad state of US politics is that if you want to be a conservative you have to be anti-gay, and if you want to be anti-gay you have to be a conservative. So that means Brave's CEO is a conservative, which means the company and its products are conservative, which means the Brave browser (despite its extremely liberal business concept) is "the conservative browser".
Readup doesn't yet have an Android app, but I've found this workaround.
You'll need to install Firefox Nightly, create a Firefox account (if you don't have one already), then jump through a few hoops as described in this article. But it works! Really well, in fact. The user experience is basically identical to desktop.
To show the front page of Readup, you'll have to open the menu and toggle "desktop version". It's a bit squinty, but with some zooming and panning, it's usable. Let me know if you know of a good text wrap add-on.