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Ready to tackle MIT's recommended reading list for summer 2021?

As we enter the heart of summer, many of us will find ourselves with added time for relaxation and deep reading. The following titles represent a selection of recent offerings from MIT faculty and staff. Happy reading!Novel, Biography, and Memoir"The Planet After Geoengineering" (Actar, 2021)By Rania Ghosn, associate professor of architectureThis graphic novel makes climate engineering and its controversies visible in five stories assembled from the deep underground to outer space. Each "geo-sto...
Tags: Asia, Books, New York, Science, Technology, Mexico, America, Spain, Mit, Culture, Britain, Williams, Ford, Innovation, Literature, Homeland Security


Migrant Invasion

If you're in to dawn-of-civilization type history, this find from Spain is pretty interesting."Beginning in the Bronze Age, the genetic makeup of the area changed dramatically. Starting in about 2,500 B.C., genes associated with people from the steppes near the Black and Caspian seas, in what is now Russia, can be detected in the Iberin gene pool. And from about 2,500 B.C. much of the population’s DNA was replaced with that of steppe people. The “Steppe Hypothesis” holds that this group spread e...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Books, Science, Guns, Russia, Spain, History, Iberia, Tam, National Geographic Society, Vilar, Miguel Vilar, Wolves of the Dawn


Staying Ammo Wealthy with a Henry 44 Big Boy Rifle ~ VIDEO

Henry 44 Big Boy Rifle and 44 Mag Ammunition USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- There is this underlying issue with me and lever-action rifles chambered in pistol cartridges. Since my college days, I have been attracted to the concept of having a handgun and a rifle chambered in the same cartridge. There was a brand X lever gun in 44 magnum that I owned before I was old enough to acquire a used Ruger, Super Blackhawk in 44 mag. When I finally put both together it was a defining moment in my gun ownership...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Guns, Navy, US, Brooklyn, Air Force, Henry, Webster, U S Air Force, Milwaukee County, Jeff Cooper, Henry Big Boy, Ammunition News, Firearm News, Henry Repeating Arms


From the Archives: A Cookbook from Cairo’s Flourishing 14th Century

For the epicure, medievalist, Egyptianophile, or collector of interesting moments from the past, Nawal Nasrallah’s translation of the fourteenth-century Egyptian cookbook Treasure Trove of Benefits and Variety at the Table (2018) is a delight. It includes a vivid introduction, bringing us back to the food culture of the time, and glossary complete with Nasrallah’s versions of the recipes, some of which can be found online: Nasrallah, an independent scholar who also translated Annals of the Ca...
Tags: Asia, Books, Greece, Interviews, Egypt, Italy, Middle East, Sudan, Medieval, Baghdad, Cairo, Cookbook, Mosul, Nasrallah, Kanz, Nawal Nasrallah


Proust Geometrica Armhair by Alessandro Mendini

Proust Geometrica Chair by Alessandro Mendini Is #12 of the 999 Armchairs Book. The Geometrica chair I featured here already in January 2011. He designed it for Magis: Alessandro Mendini was an Italian architect, designer and artist, born in Milan in 1931 who died in Milan in 2017. He graduated in Architecture in 1959, and his first place of employment was Studio Nizzoli Associati. In 1970 he abandoned architectural design to focus on journalism, specializing, naturally, in architecture and ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Books, Milan, China, Chicago, Vienna, United States, Italy, Korea, Seoul, Hiroshima Japan, Wroclaw Poland, Incheon, Francesco, Groningen Netherlands


Proust Geometrica Armchair by Alessandro Mendini

Proust Geometrica Chair by Alessandro Mendini Is #12 of the 999 Armchairs Book. The Geometrica chair I featured here already in January 2011. He designed it for Magis: Alessandro Mendini was an Italian architect, designer and artist, born in Milan in 1931 who died in Milan in 2017. He graduated in Architecture in 1959, and his first place of employment was Studio Nizzoli Associati. In 1970 he abandoned architectural design to focus on journalism, specializing, naturally, in architecture and ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Books, Milan, China, Chicago, Vienna, United States, Italy, Korea, Seoul, Hiroshima Japan, Wroclaw Poland, Incheon, Francesco, Groningen Netherlands


9 new books to explore our shared cultural history [reading list]

How did the Peanuts gang respond to—and shape–—postwar American politics? How did a single game become a cultural touchstone for urban Chinese Americans in the 1930s, incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II, and Jewish American suburban mothers? Were nineteenth-century Brits very, deeply bored?Cultural and social history bring to life the beliefs, understandings, and motivations of peoples throughout time. Explore these nine books to expand your understanding of who we are. 1. Charli...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Books, London, Featured, America, History, World, Rome, Britain, United States, Egypt, Middle East, Shanghai, British, West End


This Is Why Bigelow BOTANICALS Blackberry Raspberry Hibiscus Cold Water Infusion Can Help You Stay Hydrated

We all know how important it is to stay hydrated during the day. But, we also know what it’s like to want to jazz up our plain water. That’s where Bigelow’s Botanicals Cold Water Infusion line comes in. All you need to do is infuse in your glass or bottle of water, and in a few minutes, you’ll tickle your taste buds with a refreshing combination of fruit and botanicals. In fact, if you haven’t tried Bigelow BOTANICALS Blackberry Raspberry Hibiscus Cold Water Infusion, you’ll love the flavo...
Tags: Tea, Asia, Europe, London, Greece, Scotland, Turkey, Rome, Egypt, Raspberry, South America, Blackberry, Green Tea, Botanicals, Bigelow, Hippocrates


Alan Lau This Week on Riding Shotgun With Charlie #102 ~ VIDEO

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Alan and I have been following each other on social media for a while. We were officially connected by Patrick Collins RSWC #91 & #99 Part 1. He thought Alan would be a great passenger for the show. And he was correct! Alan grew up in Hong Kong and moved to the Boston area when he was 13.  He had other family members living in the area, so Massachusetts is where they went. He’s got years of martial arts including Muay Tai and used to referee MMA in New Hampshire until ...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Hong Kong, Usa, Guns, Obama, Boston, Massachusetts, Mit, New Hampshire, Alan, Skype, MMA, Mao, Public Garden, Charlie


Patriotic Education

I came across this little geography text from 1846 and was reminded how students have always been at the mercy of the textbooks they are issued and that just because your textbook says something doesn't guarantee its accuracy. But many people cling to what they learned at their mother's knee or in grammar school, despite evidence to the contrary.    When I hear people on the right yammering on about patriotic education and their fear that impressionable youth will be taught to ha...
Tags: Asia, Gardening, Usa, US, Benjamin, Vicki Lane, Patriotic Education


In Defense of Inclusive Biodiversity

As a follow up to Elizabeth’s post last week remarking on the sorrowful tone of Margaret Renkl’s NYT article on non-native spring color, The AHS kindly allowed GardenRant to run an excerpt of my recent column in The American Gardener this month. A link to the full article is available at the end of the excerpt.  Please consider supporting the American Horticultural Society and the valuable work they do by becoming a member this year.  LAST SPRING , a friend volunteered her time to create a poll...
Tags: Asia, Gardening, North America, Elizabeth, Rosa, Bureau of Land Management, Ministry of Controversy, Achillea, American Horticultural Society, Margaret Renkl, Buddleia, Marianne Willburn


From colonialism to Covid: Viet Thanh Nguyen on the rise of anti-Asian violence

Anti-Asian racism is on the rise around the world. The Pulitzer-winning author reflects on his own experiences as a Vietnamese American – and the dark history that continues to fuel the current hateOn 16 March eight people were killed in Atlanta, Georgia, by a 21-year-old white man: all but one were women, and six were Asian. The shootings take their place in a much longer story of anti-Asian violence. The Covid pandemic has given us a particular insight into this phenomenon: verbal and physical...
Tags: Asia, Books, Fiction, Race, US, Atlanta, World news, US news, Culture, US domestic policy, Atlanta Georgia, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nancy Wang Yuen


This Is Why You Need To Try Bigelow Matcha Green Tea With Turmeric

These days, matcha is everywhere. And right next to it on the shelf or menu, you’ll often see turmeric. Both ingredients are not only popular, but boast amazing health benefits, too! And matcha and turmeric together? Talk about a powerhouse. Look no further than Bigelow Tea! With each sip of Matcha Green Tea with Turmeric, you’ll feel like you’re ready to take on the world. But what exactly makes matcha and turmeric so great? Like green tea, matcha comes from the Camellia sinensis plant,...
Tags: Tea, Asia, Turmeric, Green Tea, Camellia, Matcha, Bigelow, Tea Flavor Varieties, Tea Health News, Bigelow Tea, Bigelow Teas, Cindi Bigelow, Bigelow Green Tea, Iced Tea, Constant Comment Tea, Teaproudly


Funding Friday: Vanishing Asia

Kevin Kelly, who has been an editor at Wired and Whole Earth Review, is funding this book project on Kickstarter. He is attempting to capture the many cultures in Asia that are disappearing with modernization. I backed the project today and decided to get the book too. You can do that here. USV TEAM POSTS: Albert Wenger — Mar 22, 2021Preparing Communities for the Climate CrisisNick Grossman — Mar 20, 2021Bitcoin as Battery
Tags: Asia, Books, Crowdfunding, Trends, Kevin Kelly, Albert Wenger, CrisisNick Grossman, Wired and Whole Earth Review


Tasmanian Tiger USA Introduces New TACVEC Series Products

Tasmanian Tiger TACVEC Series New Products for 2021 Miramar, Fla. (Ammoland.com) – Tasmanian Tiger®, a tactical nylon line of products distributed exclusively for the US market by Proforce Equipment, Inc., increases its offerings in the TACVEC series. The TACVEC series of products are designed for use in police and SWAT vehicles providing instant accessibility, customization, modularity, and scalability of medical, tactical gear and tools. The first new item for 2021 in the TACVEC series is th...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Guns, US, Gear, MOLLE, Facebook Twitter, Proforce Equipment Inc, Tatonka GMBH, Miramar Fla Ammoland, Tasmanian Tiger USA, TT Modular Front Seat Panel, TACVEC, TT TACVEC, Tasmanian Tiger TT Container Bag, TT TACVEC Container


Swine fevers: how to prevent and control the spread [infographic]

With the world’s attention set on the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns have been growing over the lack of concentrated efforts in preventing the current spread of swine fevers. Both Classical Swine Fever (CSF) and African Swine Fever (ASF) cause high mortality in pigs but are the result of two unrelated viruses and, if safe and efficacious prevention methods are not present, can cause significant socioeconomic impacts in endemic countries.CSF was the most devastating disease of swine in the US betwee...
Tags: Infographics, Asia, Europe, Books, Featured, China, US, Usda, Philippines, Journals, Multimedia, Science & Medicine, Earth & Life Sciences, CsF, ASF, Disease Control


Three Reasons Why You’ll Want To Add Bigelow Benefits REFRESH Tea To Your Day

We all know how important it is to put good things in our bodies to help us stay strong. And a great (and #TeaProudly) way to help guide those healthy decisions throughout the day is with a cup of Bigelow Tea. That desire was the inspiration for the Bigelow Benefits line of teas: everyday teas that fuel your body with good-for-you ingredients. It’s a win-win – as you know, flavor is everything to Bigelow Tea, so we designed this line to taste amazing and help support your well-being. We bel...
Tags: Tea, Asia, Green Tea, Camellia, Bigelow, Tea Flavor Varieties, Bigelow Tea, Bigelow Teas, Cindi Bigelow, Bigelow Green Tea, Iced Tea, Constant Comment Tea, Teaproudly, Bigelow Tea Company, Bigelow Benefits, Lavender Chamomile Herbal Tea With Probiotics


To know Russia, you really have to understand 1837

The assertion might seem strange. Even among historians of Russia, it is likely to produce head-scratching rather than nods of knowing approval. Most would point to other years—1613 and the birth of the Romanov dynasty; 1861 and the end of Russian serfdom; 1917 and the Bolshevik seizure of power—as more consequential. But in fact 1837 was pivotal for the country’s entry into the modern age and for defining many of Russia’s core attributes. Russia is what it is today, in no small measure, because...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Books, Featured, Russia, History, Siberia, St Petersburg, Stalin, Romanov, Wikimedia Commons, Pushkin, Alexander II, Winter Palace, Alexander Pushkin, Arts & Humanities


Tasmanian Tiger USA TT Urban Tac Pack 22

Tasmanian Tiger’s TT Urban Tac Pack 22 for discreet carry. Miramar, Fla. (Ammoland.com) – Tasmanian Tiger®, a tactical nylon line of products distributed exclusively for the US market by Proforce Equipment, Inc., introduces the Tasmanian Tiger TT Urban Tac Pack 22,  a modular daypack designed with a civilian appearance but made with many practical features typically found in a more tactical daypack. Perfect for civilian use for students, commuters, and professionals, the affordable Tasmanian T...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Guns, US, Gear, Miramar, MOLLE, Facebook Twitter, Tasmanian Tiger, Day Pack, Proforce Equipment Inc, Tatonka GMBH, Tasmanian Tiger USA, Tasmanian Tiger USA TT Urban Tac, TT Urban Tac Pack TT


The cookbook-memoir hybrid: 'You’re really putting yourself on the plate'

While books that combine recipes with personal narrative have always existed, they’re increasingly becoming the norm “In the early stages, I would read it and I would cry, have tears streaming down my face,” Chinese-Australian cook and food writer Hetty Lui McKinnon says of her latest cookbook, To Asia, With Love. “They’re not sad tears … it’s me feeling this happiness of reaching this point where I’m able to tell this story.”McKinnon says she’s never been the authority on Asian cuisine like Kyl...
Tags: Food, Asia, Books, Australia, Chinese Food And Drink, McKinnon, Kylie Kwong, Australian lifestyle, Hetty Lui McKinnon


Whether it’s a TDY or Another Day of Patrol, Grab the TT Officers Bag

Tasmanian Tiger’s TT Officers Bag Miramar, Fla. (Ammoland.com) – Tasmanian Tiger®, a tactical nylon line of products distributed exclusively for the US market by Proforce Equipment, Inc., introduces the new TT Officers Bag, a lightweight, super-organizer trip or duty bag complete with an IFAK pouch in case of emergency. TT Officers Bag showing IFAK pouch The TT Officers Bag is a versatile grab-and-go bag or light travel bag designed to carry gear, accessories, and clothing to keep in a p...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Guns, US, Gear, MOLLE, Facebook Twitter, Shooting Industry News, Proforce Equipment Inc, Tatonka GMBH, Miramar Fla Ammoland, Tasmanian Tiger USA, Duty Bag, TT Officers Bag interior


Haruki Murakami Has Created New T-Shirts Featuring Words & Imagery from Norwegian Wood, 1Q84 and More

Haruki Murakami is a novelist, but for some time his name has been no less a global brand than, say, Uniqlo’s. Though both the man and the clothing company happen to have come into existence in Japan in 1949, this comparison goes beyond mere nationality. In their homeland, both Uniqlo and Murakami came into their own in the 1980s, the decade when the former opened its first casual-wear shop and the latter published the name-making A Wild Sheep Chase and the cultural phenomenon that was Norwegia...
Tags: Google, Asia, Books, Fashion, Japan, College, Haruki Murakami, Seoul, Kafka, Uniqlo, The Beach Boys, Honolulu, Facebook Twitter, Murakami, Knopf, Colin Marshall


Six Pack Interview with Erik Norlander on the Uno Synth Pro

I was fortunate to snag an interview with synth designer, prog-rock keyboard wizard and IK Multimedia Product Manager / Sound Designer Erik Norlander about his work on the new UNO Pro synthesizer. Erik is an accomplished keyboardist, composer and producer with over 40 album credits. He has toured for many years with his own band as well as with Asia featuring John Payne. He has been involved in synth design since the early 1990s and has worked extensively with the Bob Moog Foundation. Q. I thoug...
Tags: Asia, Florida, Interviews, Wikipedia, Berlin, US, San Francisco, Dave, Italy, Bob, Guitars, Skype, Cto, Keith Emerson, Erik, Northern California


Tasmanian Tiger USA TT Modular Trooper Pack

Tasmanian Tiger TT Modular Trooper Pack Miramar, Fla. (Ammoland.com) – Tasmanian Tiger®, a tactical nylon line of products distributed exclusively for the US market by Proforce Equipment, Inc., introduces the TT Modular Trooper Pack, a military or tactical backpack designed for all-day comfort built on Tasmanian Tiger’s V2-Carrying System. Made to go the distance on any hike or mission, the Modular Trooper Pack features an optimized design with modular functional features including an integrat...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Guns, US, Gear, MOLLE, Cordura, Tactical Backpack, Proforce Equipment Inc, Tatonka GMBH, Miramar Fla Ammoland, Tasmanian Tiger USA, Tasmanian Tiger USA TT Modular, TT Modular Trooper Backpack


When Cooking Meets Art

This is absolute spectacular matcha inspired cheese cake carefully deliberated with other ingredients like black sesame and dried fruits. Asia meets Europe via Middle East. The decoration inspired by Japanese culture is made of dark and white chocolate, that goes great with flavor of matcha. [Author: Aleksandar Pavlovic]
Tags: Crafts, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Aleksandar Pavlovic


Beyond polemics: debating God in early modern India

The early modern period in India (roughly from 1550 to 1750) has been increasingly understood as a time of heightened religious self-awareness—the fertile soil from which Hinduism emerged as a unified world religion. Yet it was also a tumultuous period of intense rivalry across scholarly and religious communities. Scholars debated one another on matters of doctrine and religious practice, turning as well a critical gaze toward the founding figures of their respective schools of thought. Traditio...
Tags: Asia, Books, Featured, Religious Freedom, India, Religion, History, Advaita Vedanta, Hinduism, Hindu, Vedas, South India, Vedanta, Arts & Humanities, Colonial India, Tamil Nadu South India


The Tasmanian Tiger Modular Gunner Pack; Versatile Military-Style Backpack

Tasmanian Tiger TT Modular Gunner Pack Miramar, Fla. (Ammoland.com) – Tasmanian Tiger®, a tactical nylon line of products distributed exclusively for the US market by Proforce Equipment, Inc., introduce the TT Modular Gunner Pack. Designed as a modular military-style backpack, the TT Gunner Pack can easily be configured for military gunners or law enforcement SWAT teams. Made from T-Square ripstop material, the TT Gunner Pack is super lightweight at only 35 oz. but packing a solid 854 cubic in...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Guns, US, Gear, MOLLE, Facebook Twitter, Shooting Industry News, Tactical Backpack, Proforce Equipment Inc, Tatonka GMBH, Miramar Fla Ammoland, Tasmanian Tiger USA, TT Modular Gunner, Instagram TT Modular Gunner


TT Load Carrier and Packsack from Tasmanian Tiger

Tasmanian Tiger TT Load Carrier and Packsack Miramar, Fla. (Ammoland.com) – Tasmanian Tiger®, a tactical nylon line of products distributed exclusively for the US market by Proforce Equipment, Inc., introduce a unique system for operators, professionals, and outdoorsmen and women to carry gear into the field that would not ordinarily fit into a traditional backpack. The TT Load Carrier and TT Load Carrier Packsack make easy work of awkward items and can make carrying loads up to 110 lbs. much ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Guns, US, Gear, Facebook Twitter, Proforce Equipment Inc, Tatonka GMBH, Nylon Gear, Tasmanian Tiger USA, Packsack, Packsack Miramar Fla Ammoland, TT Load Carrier Packsack, TT Load Carrier


Who Says Native Plants have Longer Roots?

“Secret Life of Roots” exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden Still Ranting about Generalizations Over my 14+ years of garden-ranting here, my number one target has been sweeping generalizations about plants – they’re stupid and misleading!! On that subject, I recently signed a letter objecting to misstatements about native plants in my local newspaper by the city’s “environmental coordinator.” The statements we took issue with are here in italics, followed by our rebuttals. The only information ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Gardening, Minnesota, Usda, Kansas, Epa, Michigan State, Penn State, Susan Harris, Native Plants, Ministry of Controversy, Rain Gardens, Deep Roots, U S Botanic Garden Still Ranting, UMD NC State Penn State


A Dozen Books; Or What I Read in Late January

Happy February! As I mentioned on Saturday, I know I've been little seen on social media as of late, but that suits my current needs. Still, I wanted to share what I've read and listened to since my last summary. If you follow me on Goodreads, then you've already seen my thoughts on these books. Thanks to the publishers, audiobook publishers, and/or Libro.fm for the review copies. Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T. A. Willberg (Park Lane; Dec. 29): Fun mystery/fantasy set in a secret, u...
Tags: Asia, Books, Florida, England, London, France, US, New Orleans, Archer, Nashville, States, Smith, Long Island, NICK, Midwest, Jamie



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