Mapping a name

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You ever spend a really long time just to get a visual, or organize a huge amount of information for your own personal digestion?  And then you do nothing with it.  Well, welcome to mine.

In the course of doing some genealogical research I started to wonder where my name-sake got her name, and then to also wonder about the popularity and the spread of the name LeEtta.  And so I poured through the census and made a map of LeEtta movement from the 1860 census to the 1940 census in 40 year increments.  It looks like we’re taking over the world, but really there are only 249 of 132 million people in 1940.  That’s like one in half a million.  :)

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Given name LeEtta/Leetta in the 1860 Census.

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when pigs fly

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pigsfly It feels like an eternity already since I properly posted anything, especially a Levi Levi update.  And sadly, I’m not ready to jump back in with two feet, yet, either.

I’ve hinted already, but we have bought our first house and it is currently sucking all our time and money away.  Even so, it’s terribly exciting.  Wrestling with thorny, overgrown bushes in the hot Florida summer sun doesn’t even make it less exciting.

Expect more and more posts on house and garden stuff inspired by my house and garden.  Eventually, I might even manage a before and after slide show.  Aren’t you excited?

Bechdel test rating movies

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Because I’d never heard about this before and now that I have I cannot stop applying it whenever I am confronted with a movie preview: The Bechdel test:

To get an A rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel test, which means it must have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.

And of course, a reminder:

“There are far too many films that pass the Bechdel test that don’t help at all in making society more equal or better, and lots of films that don’t pass the test but are fantastic at those things,” said Swedish film critic Hynek Pallas.

via Swedish cinemas take aim at gender bias with Bechdel test rating | World news | theguardian.com.

As an advertizement strategy, it’s pretty awesome.  At first, I’d say that it shouldn’t be put in a position to shut out movies that don’t fit, though, it couldn’t do worse than any current rating system.

Recipe – more things on toast

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eggtomatopoachI mentioned before about making things on toast for dinner.  The distraction of looking for a house meant I only made two such meals before the mold came.  Obviously, it’s been a while since that happened; I’ve been keeping this post in my drafts while buying, packing and moving.  Yes.  I have a house!  And pretty soon, this blog will be replete with fix-its and design finishes…once I have a computer set up at home.

Anyway, back to the food.  My husband and I love the taste of this meal, but I hate to cook it since simmering tomato sauce is so messy.  If you are game, I suggest you try it:  poached eggs in tomato sauce on toast.  Here, with a side of steamed and buttered mustard greens.

I don’t really have a recipe for this.  Just fill a pot with enough tomato sauce to poach the eggs.  Add whatever seasoning you want.  Drop eggs in simmering sauce and keep simmering until they are as hard as you like them.  Ladle them on to toast and voila, you have a decadent tasting dinner.

Your email privacy

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I am the kind of person who organizes the emails they want to keep into folders and saves them indefinitely.  It’s nice to be able to search back through them when I’ve forgotten something.  Are you that kind of person too?

If you are, I bet you’ve been functioning, as I have, with the delusion that this was a safe place to put your emails.  That emails, like the post, are protected from data harvesting and warrantless snooping.  The reality is that there are a lot of holes to email privacy.  EFF explains:   Deep Dive: Updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act | Electronic Frontier Foundation.