Plantations Were Slave Labor Camps

enslaved cotton workers


“Plantation” is a genteel euphemism for slave labor camp. Let’s change the history books to say so. Michael Todd Landis:

Why should we continue to employ wording that is biased, false, or laden with myth? Compromise, plantation, slave-owners, Union v. Confederacy, etc.: these phrases and many others obscure rather than illuminate; they serve the interests of traditionalists or white supremacists; they do not accurately reflect our current understanding of phenomena, thus they should be abandoned and replaced.

Via PNH’s Particles at Making Light.

Makes Me MOVE

Cool, uncool, don’t care. This album: Makes. Me. Move. The man can play.

Cover of Carlos Santana's 1977 album MoonFlower
Studio and live; lots of overdubs likely; don’t care. Makes. Me Move.

Douglas Adams on The New

Khoi Vin:

Douglas Adams, in his book “The Salmon of Doubt,” wrote that “I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies.” The rules are:

  1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
  2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
  3. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.

I’m as guilty of this as anyone, I must admit. Youngsters: it will happen to you, too. Via

Words to live and work by in a university.