Eight by Seven

Timothy Burke
Organized distractedness: eight doses of history, politics, the future, photography, cooking and geek culture every week.
Created 10 Jun 2021
  • The Photo: Gone
    16 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    So, yeah, our home service was down for the day. The line on photography from Susan Sontag that’s become famous—justifiably so—includes the idea that photography is trying to preserve moments in time,...
  • The Re-Read: Robert Jordan, The Eye of the World
    14 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    I’ll probably watch the upcoming adaptation of Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, but not with any great feeling of anticipation, mostly just because I think Rosamund Pike is a good actress. I don’t have ...
  • Cookbook Survivor: The Resolution
    14 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 3 0
    Pretty good, and not a monstrously complicated prep also. The pork belly needed an earlier start than the rest, of course. Braising is not a complicated technique, but I think the flavors it produces ...
  • Cookbook Survivor: Maria Elia, Smashing Plates: Greek Flavors Redefined
    13 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    This is a book that maybe deserves its place on the shelf for a couple of really great ideas that I’ve already cooked. Top among them is using fig leaves in a number of recipes, which works surprising...
  • The Read: Trevor Getz, A Primer for Teaching African History
    12 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Why did I get this book? It’s my field of specialization and I really like how Trevor Getz thinks as a scholar and teacher. Is it what I thought it was? Yes. It’s exactly what’s promised and I think m...
  • Academia: Viewpoint Diversity (Not Again! Edition)
    11 Nov 2021 • 15 min read • 5 0
    Doesn’t matter how many times you think you’ve beaten the Terminator, it always comes back to life. Doesn’t matter how many times folks try, wearily, to challenge a very particular subset of self-vali...
  • The News: Civility, Tactics and Power
    10 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 3 0
    The Washington Post this morning has a story about how school board members are resigning in parts of the US where they and their families have been targeted by death threats, online abuse, intense mo...
  • The Photo: The Image in an Age of Mechanical Simultaneity
    08 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 5 0
    Taking pictures inside the small mammal, primate and reptile houses at the Philadelphia Zoo is an interesting technical challenge. I’ve tried using tripods and circular polarizers but the quality of t...
  • The Re-Read: Giffen and DeMatteis' Justice League
    07 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Reading superhero comics as a young boy through to young adulthood, I was mostly a Marvel devotee. I disliked most of DC’s Silver Age work for its weird misogynistic boyishness, its whimsy. I’d watch ...
  • Cookbook Survivor: The Resolution
    07 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 2
    So that went reasonably well, but it was a technical challenge in a couple of ways that surprised me. I skipped the kimchi for now—I was short on time, which ended up being an issue. I wouldn’t have b...
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