Té Café may have been saved by one of its occasional patrons who's wealthy enough to take it on and doesn't want to see it go. Both the actuality of this and the idea of it makes me happy.
Umm, this might be mildly disgusting in a body-ish way (not sexual though):( Collapse )
And a bit more traditional BS.( Collapse )
There have been a lot of interesting articles in the Middle East Journal recently. The question of what to do with traditional (tribal) subsocieties seems to be present throughout big parts of the world, and the "let them do their own thing" tactic is working increasingly less well as a solution. Tempting to connect it to the "city folk" versus "town folk" divide in the US, except much more extreme. When there are big parts of a country where there is no rule of law, no social services, and only local government, what does it mean to consider those regions part of a government? Being someone who believes in civilisation, I am interested in figuring way to create/increase that societal buy-in, bring universal (secular) education to those regions, and create infrastructure as well as social changes. The question of "how" is daunting. I wonder what it'd look like for an advanced society to backslide into that ("local rights" movements to a much higher level?)
Finished what I consider to be a "first chapter" in the New England story. Despite not making much progress in making my people look like the people they're modeled after, I'm reasonably pleased at progress on making them emotionally expressive. I sometimes cheat a bit by moving outside the bounds of what's within the bounds of sketchery, but I'm not at all ashamed about that.
Anyhow, off to jog, then likely tea somewhere unless by any odd chance I get invited to hang out or do something (hint hint... oh how I torture myself with hope)