Friday, November 28, 2014

Friday Reading

My family's Thanksgiving on the reservation is a rebuke to America's colonialism
by Frank Waln
My family is Sicangu Lakota, and I was born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. My family was in no way wealthy, but we were lucky enough to have food on our table when we got together at my grandma’s house to eat every day. My mother taught me to give thanks for the things we have every day, because that’s what Lakotas do.
Read More at The Guardian


Giving thanks for new traditions
by Mermaid Rising
It’s been several years since I abandoned the mandatory trek to a family members home amid tensions and stuffed resentments. I had already started the process while my mother was still alive; it is just that now, I feel no guilt. I planned to spend the holiday alone and prepared a day for myself. Being alone is not my first choice but I am still  in sore need of a chosen circle of family (not necessarily biological). However, I suspect that will change in the future as my former isolating ways are now being replaced with attempts at connections.
Read More at Mermaid Rising


Old School Sim City
by Keir Clarke
Micropolis.JS is a port of the original SimCity game created with JavaScript. The game includes all the features of the original game and requires you to build residential, commercial and industrial zones. To ensure that your city continues to grow you will need to plan carefully to ensure you have enough power stations. You will also need to keep your town's citizens happy by keeping crime and pollution to a reasonable level.


I remember well the momentous nature of the 1984 recording, and my Dad instructing all of his children to buy the record, despite our meagre pocket money. And we were happy to play our small part in something that was clearly of a magnitude to which we had hitherto not been exposed. Yet watching the artists arrive to take part in the 2014 recording, l felt no such euphoria. In fact, l felt a distinct sense of unease. And clearly, l am not alone.


Anyway, there is one bit of the palace that made an impression from the very first time we went round with the kids, when it was newly open to the public. And that is a small room called the "Guard Room" at the top of the Grand Staircase. There are two amazing statues there -- of Victoria and Albert as Romans (not the ones at the top of this post -- these are variations on the same theme). And as we spotted last night there are some other Roman themes in that little room too.





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