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How to Read the Land | The MIT Press Reader

By: John R. Stilgoe

Landscape smells of the sea. Wading into the ocean on a summer day reveals the essence of landscape. Seaward lie deeper water, surf, riptides and undertow, ocean rollers, and an arc of horizon never still and mocking human control. Landward the beach glows in sunlight, interrupting the storms which sweep sand and dunes and smooth cobbles and boulders. Like the margin between the end of type on a page and the edge of the page itself, every beach is marginal, literally the marge, a limicole zone contested by but hurricanes and incremental sea level rise. Somewhere in that space lies the ragged edge of what most people too casually dismiss as landscape, the controlled spatial and structural construct, permanent (presuming ceaseless maintenance and continuous renewal), the common built form easily taken for granted, all too easily half seen.wilderness and human order. With back to the sea, the wader sees sand and seawalls, as well as cottages and hotels and pathways that are beyond the reach of all 

Ethnoscape - Wikipedia

Ethnoscape is one of five elementary frameworks (ethnoscapesmediascapestechnoscapesfinancescapes, and ideoscapes) used by Arjun Appadurai, in purpose of exploring fundamental discrepancies of global cultural flows. The suffix -scape indicates that these terms are perspectival constructs inflected by the historical, linguistic, and political situatedness of different kinds of actors: nation-states, multinationals, diasporic communities, and subnational groupings and movements, whether religious, political, or economic, etc..

foobar2000: Frequently Asked Questions

Foobar2000 the music player that puts you in control.

What Nihilism Is Not | The MIT Press Reader

Clears the mind to read these comparisions.

(Why) Trumponomics is Going to be Disastrous for Americans

Hence, needless to say, these trade wars are going to Americans poorer. How much poorer? A lot poorer is the simple answer. 

How to Propagate an Orchid Cactus

The common name orchid cactus refers to a group of succulent plants within the genus Epiphyllum, which are prized for their large, waxy flowers and flat, segmented stems. As tropical plants, orchid cacti cannot tolerate cold temperatures and must be grown indoors below U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 10. They propagate quickly and reliably from stem cuttings. Although orchid cacti will root well year-round, they perform best when started between mid-winter and early spring when the plant is partially dormant.

Treeline (2019)

Via: Warren Ellis-

Here is a stunning, contemplative film about trees. 40 minutes of following "a group of skiers, snowboarders, scientists and healers to the birch forests of Japan, the red cedars of British Columbia and the bristlecones of Nevada, as they explore an ancient story written in rings."  If you need extra incentive, 27 minutes in we get the "wood wide web" - the mycelial network!

Psychogeography - Icon Magazine

psychogeography , a practice exploring the interaction of place, memory and identity 

House in Ajuda / SMG Arquitectos

Article in Arch Daily about a house remodel in Adjuda. 

Cook this: Slow-cooked chicken with a crisp corn crust from Ottolenghi Simple | National Post

Yotam Ottolenghi’s slow-cooked chicken with a crisp corn crust is serious comfort food. The filling is rich with peppers and dark chocolate, and the light topping gluten-free by nature.

“It’s the Mexican-North African equivalent of a shepherd’s pie in the sense that you’ve got a crust and you’ve got something bubbling underneath,” says Ottolenghi. “It’s really rich and wonderful in winter, and you can cook it in the winter because it’s absolutely fine with frozen corn as well as fresh corn.”

If you’d like to make this warming dish head, he suggests cooking the chicken up to three days in advance (or a month if freezing; defrost fully before using) but prepare the corn batter fresh and pour over the filling immediately prior to baking.