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George R.R. Martin: Genius or Hack?

June 16, 2012

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Originally posted on Fabulous Realms:
One of the most popular multi-volume fantasy epics of modern times is George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire – a popularity which has been magnified tenfold by the success of the recent HBO adaptation, Game of Thrones. Martin’s immense saga, which spans five books and around four…

elementary school economics

June 13, 2012

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I don’t understand this money thing. Never did. When I was 4, I was at K-Mart with my mother, and I picked up a pack of Tic-Tacs and put them in my pocket. It wasn’t until later that day, back at home that my mother saw me with the Tic-Tacs and asked where I had […]

June 12, 2012

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Originally posted on FoodAnthropology:
By Elizabeth Danforth, MPH PhD, Iowa Food Systems Council picture by Elizabeth Danforth The average hunter is white, rural and male.  His father hunted, and he likely hunts close to home.  This description perfectly describes my husband, although he also tracks the mileage of his meals, knows more about local microbrew…

Ethnically assimilated/culturally queer; Culture hack primer

June 12, 2012

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Jews are not simply the “white” people many of us nowadays see them as. That, is a result of a process of opening up pathways of social mobility, which ultimately led to a shift in cultural perceptions. Once Ivy League schools shifted admissions to a meritocracy in the early 1900s, the number of Jews in […]

Your “Lawn” Should Feed You; Detroit as an Urban Laboratory

June 7, 2012

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From Wikipedia: Most lawns are composed of a monoculture (single species) of plants, which reduces biodiversity, especially when the lawn covers a large area. They usually are composed of introduced species not native to the area, which can further decrease a locale’s biodiversity and vital habitats supporting an ecosystem. Lawn maintenance often uses inorganic fertilizers, synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, which can harm the environment. The United […]

The Tree of Life

June 7, 2012

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The concept of the Tree of Life has been used in science, religion, mythology and philosophy, and is in fact the central motif of most of these concepts which seeks to explain the deep interconnectedness of the world around us. The Tree of Knowledge, which connects Heaven and the Underworld just as the Tree of […]

Midnight Mythology Series #1: Ischin [Bne-aleim]

June 7, 2012

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According to the Zohar, a foundational work in Jewish mysticism known as Kabbalah, the Ischin were a beautiful group of angels that consorted with men at the beginning of creation and taught them many subjects. Like the muses, each had its own specialty: Akibeel taught the meaning of signs, Amazariak mathematics, Amers magic, Asaradel the […]