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Medieval charm to keep your bees safe 

If you use straw skeps to house your bees, you probably find the swarm process (during which the bees move to a different skep so that you may collect their honey and wasp - see picture) to be a highly stressful one.

Not to worry! An 11th-century manuscript, most probably written in Winchester, provides us with a handy charm to protect bees from getting lost, being attacked, or even being stolen.

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In an earlier thread, I wrote briefly about trans people in medieval Europe, and discussed some of the main issues when studying the medieval history of trans people.

Today, if you'll indulge me, I want to spend some time discussing a single person in detail. I want to talk about the way she's been written about, and about her and what she can teach us about life as a trans person 600 years ago.

This is the story of Eleanor Rykener.

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IT'S HERE!

Four months ago I reached one thousand followers on this account. I wanted to give the wonderful people of the Fediverse something in return, and I offered to write an essay on a topic of my followers' choice. They voted, overwhelmingly, for @citrustwee 's birthday bit.

And now, after months of waiting, on her birthday, it is finally here. Happy birthday Evelien. And thank you, to all of you, for making logging on worth it.

write.as/garfield/in-her-book-

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On the 2nd of September 2004, just as France's children were preparing to go back to school, the "Law 2004-228 of 15 March 2004" came into effect.

Nominally, this law banned anyone from wearing "conspicuous religious symbols" in schools. In practice, however, it was widely understood to specifically target Muslim students and parents, in particular those who wore the hijab.

Girls and their mothers were now forbidden from "conspicuously" belonging to their faith.

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@garfiald what are you making an angel of the north for? showing it to other blokes???

it makes no sense that antony gormley is straight

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last time we went charity shopping it seemed like 60% of gays in the whole city were doing the same lol

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Bisexuality

My review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"hell yeah"

cw food 

Has anybody tried these? Being 100% genuine, they taste exactly like foie gras. It's unreal

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@garfiald what kind of cold-pisser do you need to be to even consider "writing an essay against cinema and getting French public radio to make you debate with one of the most famous living cinéastes ever" as a worthy use of your time

actually, seeing it written like this it kind of rules but maybe I enjoy the irony too much

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@garfiald true theorycels argue over whether X deserves to even exist, like Zagdanski and Godard on cinema (please do not look that up, I've seen it and it was horrendous)

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@garfiald mMmMmm mMm mi love the dirt yumme outside vitamins

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does the vaccine give you male autism or female autism? i can't let them get unbalanced or the they/them assembly will revoke my enby card

Very often, the people engaged in these discussions don't even acknowledge that they're using different definitions of "art"! And when they do acknowledge that this is the case, their arguments in favour of their chosen definitions are clusters of unexamined thoughts cobbled together a posteriori to make the definition fit the argument for X being or not being art, and therefore being or not being worthy of art's nebulous positive associations. True Scotsmen are threatened with extinction

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Arguments over definitions have been one of my biggest pet peeves for as long as I have been able to think. There are so many layers of sloppy thinking that go into any given "is X an instance of Y" conversation where the sides are using different definitions of Y. Obvs a very common one is "is X art" where "art" is silently weighed down by an insane connotative load, very often people arguing over whether X is art are actually arguing over whether it is good

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i was today years old when this morning. really makes you think!

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@garfiald@mastodon.social i'm sorry your weak podhuman weak metabolism can't handle vegetables that have been toroughly washed, peeling them waste time and precious nutriments. look into your secret french guide, they say to only eat the best ingredients. peeling your vegetables is unpatriotic and a treason to your country.

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@garfiald i think ive seen enough walter white sigma male clips to agree with this take

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the latter would be the preferred USian framing while the former would be the European choice. so its easily resolved

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