Archives for December, 2006

Toy Steam Engine

As a Christmas present for my eight-year-old son, I bought a miniature hammerworks and had the rubber gaskets (Sw. packningar) on my old steam engine replaced. The gaskets dried out years ago, so it’s never been possible to get the vapour pressure up in it. To my knowledge, Samuel had never seen a steam engine…

Here’s my reply to the reader’s question about the effects of being harshly criticised by a colleague you respect. I was a highly independent grad student. Some might say obstinate and unruly. This was due to a combination of my personality, my tender age and the science wars of the 1990s. I came to the…

Settling In

Jeez, so much to learn, so many tweaks to do at the new site! I’ve turned off comment authentication since people were having trouble with TypeKey. Comment away! The RSS feed isn’t publicised yet, but it works: http://scienceblogs.com/aardvarchaeology/index.xml (Thanks, Johan Jönsson!). I’ll be posting in Eastern Standard Time, not because I’ve suddenly relocated across the…

Checking Out the New Neighbours

Back before Christmas, as I was waiting for Scienceblogs to open its doors for me, I checked out the people already inside. Specifically, I wanted to know what sort of scientific backgrounds they had, and what their Technorati rankings were. How would I fit in? Was I a minor player?

Cephalopod Noodle Soup

Here’s one for Peezee.

An Archaeologist in Lab Coat Land

Dear Reader, I’m really thrilled to be on Scienceblogs! You see, I’m the first second or third scholar from the Arts wing that Seed‘s let in here. Archaeology was long seen as an adjunct to historical research, which is why it’s classed as a humanistic discipline and not a social science. We reconstruct societies lost…