A World Without Sherlock Holmes

I recently caught up on the show Elementary, a modern-day Sherlock Holmes adaptation, and it raises a number of concerning questions about its worldbuilding and alternate history for me. The show is set

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The Non-Alphabet

You are probably familiar, as someone reading this English-langauge text, with the Latin alphabet. But perhaps you are less familiar with all the letters that aren't in the Latin alphabet, but could be.

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API Access to Grimoire.org

TLDR: There's an API for grimoire.org data and it's documented at grimoire.org/api. Grimoire.org is my pet project of a website about (mostly) early modern (mostly) European magic texts. The

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Questionable Love Spells from History

In 1486, Heinrich Kramer, a Dominican monk and Inquisitor, published the famous witch hunters manual, Malleus Maleficarum. The text enumerates theological arguments for the existence of witchcraft, and devotes pages to the ins

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Vegan Oatmeal Waffles

I looked high and low (read: I did a cursory search) and couldn't find a recipe for oatmeal waffles that was vegan but not gluten free. As someone who likes to deal with

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How to Sort Your Books

Let us say you own books. Where do you put them? At the moment I write this, I own 402 books. This is the fewest I've had in a long time; I recently

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Uses of a Bird's Tongue

I collect and read grimoires - books of spells, invocations, and magical instructions. My focus is on early modern European grimoires in the Christian tradition. As I read, I index the information in

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Brand New Facts

@brand_new_facts is my twitter bot the creates new facts by merging sentences from two different wikipedia pages. These are a couple of its tweets. animals can be easily confused with poetic

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Technologies of the Decentralized Web Summit

The Internet Archive hosted the Decentralized Web Summit June 7th - 9th; more info and videos are available at decentralizedweb.net. Why a decentralized web? The core vision of a decentralized web is

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On Vegan Shortbread

Shortbread cookies are usually celebrated an all-butter affair; they have a very simple recipe, and the flavor of the butter is a central part of the cookie. The usual recipe is something like:

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