This is a much more random collection of interesting things than last time.
- Weaponized Fossil Kin and the Alberta Economy: Dr. Zoe Todd explores the indigenous concept of “kin” in relation to petroleum products, geological objects of study, and specifically the culture surrounding the Alberta Tar Sands. Really exciting to me to discover that there’s already a cultural framework for understanding and relating to these kinds of beings as I got hit in the fucking face with it when I brought my first car home a few years ago. (On that note, pagans are eerily and disappointingly silent on the topic of fossil fuels. Tree spirits, rock spirits, they’re sufficiently benign to have opinions on. But the spirits of peat and diesel? Gaskets and engine oil? Let’s just pretend we didn’t hear that.)
- The Internet As We Know It Is Doomed: The author draws a comparison between the development and collapse of complex societies in the Neolithic to what she sees going on with development of complex societies on the internet. “We’re building technologies that are supposed foster bigger, more complex communities, but instead they are leading us into mistrust, privacy invasion, fragmentation, and loss of shared public rituals.”
- Elk Heart Tacos: Just a really tasty-looking recipe that reminds me that I want to learn how to cook offal.