On top of that, it was the first week of school, and my kids' school isn't done with its renovation project yet. Which means that some of the classrooms still don't have air conditioning. Which means that the district called for two extra "minimal days" this week, due to the heat. Luckily, the YMCA after care extended hours (their room has air conditioning), but that was only available for people who are already signed up for after care, and today, one of Pumpkin's friends didn't have any place to go for the surprise half day. I decided to store up some working parent karma points and offered to have her come here. So I picked Pumpkin and a couple of her friends up at 12:45, when school let out, and they've been here doing homework and playing since. Mostly, this worked fine, but they got a little noisy at one point and I was doing my big quarterly accounting... and ugh, my head hurts now.
The heat is supposed to break over the weekend and that will be nice. Now, on to the links.
First, the self-promotion (and sorta self-promotion):
I'm running a sale on Academaze, Xykademiqz' collection of essays and cartoons about life in academia. The ebook will be $2.99 through next Saturday. The sale price has already gone into effect at Amazon, BN.com and GumRoad, and will go into effect at iBooks and Kobo tomorrow. This is a pretty big discount: the usual price is $8.99.
Reviewers say things like "an absolute must-read for anyone who is either thinking of a career in research or has already embarked on the path" and "Reading Academaze was like having a long chat with a colleague who’d had experiences similar to mine, but actually processed them instead of simply surviving." I am not even in academia and I found things that were inspiring to me (the essay "Ride It Like You Stole It" is one example). I don't run many sales on this title, so grab your discounted copy now!
I have something for people interested in careers outside of academia, too! I finally decided to go ahead and offer an online version of my most popular in person seminar, which is about preparing for and running a non-academic job search. You can sign up for the early bird price of $25 through Wednesday.
And that's all the self-promotion. On to the other links!
This first person story about Joe Arpaio's "tent city" jail makes me ashamed. This should not happen. I was glad when he was finally held responsible for a small fraction of the wrong things he'd done. I am furious that he was pardoned.
The pardon of Arpaio makes me glad to see Mueller working with the NY state attorney general.
It was also an example of Trump playing to white racial grievances. German Lopez wrote a good explanation of how white identity politics often gets camouflaged as something else, so that even the people motivated by it don't necessarily realize that this is what is motivating them. There are some people who argued with me on Twitter after the election who I wish would read that link.
If you, like me, have been watching the news out of Texas more than the Russia investigation, here's a nice overview of what happened in the investigation this week.
I liked Henry Grabar's article about bollards. I'd like to see more use of bollards to reclaim space from cars!
Josh Marshall's post about running a business that depends on Google is really good. If you want to think about how the big tech platforms are amassing and using monopoly power, don't miss that post. I have been thinking a lot about how much power Amazon has over my publishing business. I don't have the sophisticated level of thoughts about this that Marshall has about Google, but maybe some day I will. In the meantime, I'm thinking hard about how to insulate my business a bit more from Amazon's clout.
Eric Holthaus on how Harvey is what climate change looks like.
David Roberts wrote a good summary of what we can say about Harvey and climate change. I particularly liked his section about the difference between adapting to climate change and mitigating it.
The Weeds podcast episode about inequality was really interesting and I learned a lot from it.
This tweet made my jaw literally drop open:
#1 question I heard from people when I was a tour guide at Drayton Hall: "if they didn't like slavery, then why did they come here?"— Ashley Darland (@ashleydarland) August 31, 2017
As did this one (click through to see the jaw dropper):
You should probably google Charlie Hebdo https://t.co/YJ6i48ys4a— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) August 31, 2017
I don't know what to do about such aggressive ignorance.
I love this art:
Basket entitled “Cultural Burdens'' by Native American craftswoman/artist Carol Emarthle-Douglas #womensart pic.twitter.com/3quHSYf6ev— #WOMENSART (@womensart1) August 31, 2017
That's all for this week. It is almost time for me to go collect Petunia from after care and start our long weekend. Have a good weekend, everyone!