The dish known as chili, or chilli, or chile, is a land of contrasts. Let's just get that out of the way up front.
The origins of chili are not fully clear, but it seems to have come primarily
from San Antonio Texas
in the 1800's, where a hash or stew of beef, chili peppers, and other spices called "chili con carne" was popular. It is apparently not of Mexican origin but rather a "Tex-Mex" recipe of primarily US origin.
Anyway, on to the recipes!
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:36 PM Feb 28 2024 - 89 comments [54 favorites]
From Erin Reed's newsletter
: In a legal filing Thursday, PFLAG National sought to block a new demand from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that would require the organization to identify its Texas transgender members, doctors who work with them, and contingency plans for anti-transgender legislation in the state. The civil investigative demand, issued on Feb. 5, calls for extensive identifying information and records from the LGBTQ+ rights organization. PFLAG, in its filing to block the demands, describes them as "retaliation" for its opposition to anti-transgender laws in the state and alleges that they violate the freedom of speech and association protections afforded by the United States and Texas constitutions.
posted by Bella Donna at 12:34 PM Feb 29 2024 - 24 comments [27 favorites]
Though Bateson was never truly on board with Lilly’s project of teaching dolphins how to speak, he spoke vaguely but fervently of the institute’s work as somehow connected to his larger goal of healing a sick society through interdisciplinary science. “I hope from the dolphins we may learn a new analysis of the sorts of information which we need — and all mammals need — if we are to retain our sanity,” Bateson pronounced grandly to reporters at a fund-raising gala for the institute. Anyone observing his daily work at the lab might have been surprised by such claims.
from Tripping on LSD at the Dolphin Research Lab
[Chronicle of Higher Education; ungated
posted by chavenet at 3:08 AM Feb 29 2024 - 21 comments [11 favorites]
"Archaeologists in Northern Ireland have uncovered well-preserved remains of a teenage boy dating back up to 2,500 years - including bones, skin and possibly a kidney - in a rare find that may shed new light on the region's ancient history
." Did you know that Wikipedia has a page entitled "List of bog bodies
"? Now you do. The Finns have bog bodies, and peat bogs have a special role in Finland
[PDF]. Finally, van Beek, Quik, Bergerbrant, Huisman, and Kama have conducted an exciting large-scale overview study
[PDF] "of well-dated human remains from northern European mires, based on a database of 266 sites and more than 1000 bog mummies, bog skeletons and disarticulated/partial skeletal remains."
posted by cupcakeninja at 4:08 AM Feb 29 2024 - 11 comments [11 favorites]
Writing for the New Yorker,
Manvir Singh asks whether the removal of Arabic elements from the language of the Fremen by David Peterson (the creator of Dothraki and other constructed languages) has more to do with making the language "realistic" or with Hollywood's inability to portray Arabs—especially desert-dwelling Arab freedom fighters—as good guys, rather than as terrorists.
posted by TheProfessor at 9:22 AM Feb 28 2024 - 95 comments [30 favorites]
Sheriff Robert Norris is speaking into his body camera. “Today’s date is April 20, approximately 7 a.m. Just want to document my visit to the Hayden Library. My attorney and I are just curious and would like to document this visit to see what kind of materials are on display here.”
Norris, the sheriff of Kootenai County, Idaho, meets up outside the library with Marianna Cochran, the founder of CleanBooks4Kids, a “grassroots group of North Idaho citizens alarmed at the abundance of books sexualizing, grooming, and indoctrinating kids in our local libraries at taxpayer expense,” to search for the book Identical, which Norris says he had “seen an image [of] floating on social media.” [...]
They walk into the library, and for the next 45 minutes search for “obscene” books in the Young Adult section while Norris’s camera is rolling in one of the most bizarre police body camera videos I’ve ever seen.
404media: Police Bodycam Shows Sheriff Hunting for 'Obscene' Books at Library
posted by Rhaomi at 11:43 AM Feb 28 2024 - 53 comments [25 favorites]
As we have seen before with other image models like DALLE-3, the AI is taking your request and then modifying it to create a prompt. Image models have a bias towards too often producing the most common versions of things and lacking diversity (of all kinds) and representation, so systems often try to fix this by randomly appending modifiers to the prompt. The problem is that Gemini’s version does a crazy amount of this and does it in ways and places where doing so is crazy.
from The Gemini Incident by Zvi Mowshowitz [Part I
, Part II
posted by chavenet at 1:46 PM Feb 28 2024 - 46 comments [18 favorites]
'After not one
positive reviews a day apart in The New York Times – “a warm, intimate book, a volume of apple-cheeked popular intellectual history” – and an excerpt
in The New Yorker, the book
vaulted into the NYT bestseller list. It went on to reel in a Pulitzer and a National Book Award. While The Swerve picked up these laurels in the non-fiction category, [...] Greenblatt, in essence, took a small truth and made of it a big falsehood; one that many people, given The Swerve’s critical and commercial success, are inclined to believe.' In a 2023 essay 'The Italian Job'
, Luke Slattery attempts to set the swerved record straight.
posted by mittens at 3:29 PM Feb 28 2024 - 11 comments [13 favorites]