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Gatlinburg Fire 1-2017

Gatlinburg after the November 2016 fire. Arson was suspected from the beginning, though a drought and a burn ban had been in place and wildfires were anticipated. Last I heard, the two teenagers accused of starting the fire were hanging … Continue reading

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Sourdough Recipe

Sourdough 1/4 cup starter (2 parts wheat, one part rye, one part quinoa) 1 cup whole wheat Enough water to make a wet dough or thick batter Mix together well, refrigerate 24 hours Add 3 scant cups bread flour, 3tbps … Continue reading

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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are the best. I used the scientific method. 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (5 ounces or 142 grams) all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted … Continue reading

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Online history of online histories.

Though the series is on the decline of the tunnel as related by ever-improving technology, the apparatuses to document the transmission of information from one source to another have changed as well. In oral histories, autoclitics express the degree of certainty of the speaker, and parentheticals like, “as we were just saying” confirm the place of the utterance in a larger context; in writing, citations perform these functions– but paper is static, and the internet is not. Consequently, the changing nature of documentation online has shaped the various reports on the turnpike. Continue reading

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Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike part 2 (1989-2000)

Despite a serious lack of sex appeal, the turnpike’s online history is almost as interesting as its physical history. The post I wrote in 2009 had by 2016 become completely defunct– the pictures were outdated and of poor quality relative to what iphones upload by the million to Instagram; half my links were dead; excellent writers made better posts than I had on the same material; and the internet just works better now. At rewriting, the most interesting thing I can share about my experience with the turnpike is witnessing the decline of the tunnel as relayed by exponentially improving technology. Continue reading

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Murderous Mary and the Darkness in the South

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the hanging of performing elephant Mary. During a parade in Erwin, Tennessee, Mary’s handler prodded her away from a watermelon rind and struck her on an undiscovered and painfully impacted tooth. Mary, a generally … Continue reading

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Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike Part 1

Before the asphalt was even poured, the turnpike was born of abandonment. Today the tunnels are in a precarious situation– caught between conservation efforts and financial realities, and merit more than the casual interest of road trippers. Continue reading

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