Archives for May, 2007

My dear SciBling and fellow big-nose European, Bora/Coturnix, has a wonderful story to tell! After seeing an interesting job ad (regarding a position as on-line community manager for the Open Access journal publishing house Public Library of Science) he blogged about it and said he’d really like the job. In a matter of hours, a…

500 Hidden Plastic Jars

Dear Reader, I have a confession to make. During the past two years I have invested a lot of time, effort and gasoline into locating 500 plastic jars, most of which were hidden under rocks. Some were in crevices in stone walls, others fastened with magnets behind metal fuseboxes and the like. Many were at…

Carnivalesque 27

[More blog entries about history, carnival, ancient, classics, medieval, middleages; historia, antiken, medeltiden, klassisk.] Welcome, everyone, to Aardvarchaeology and the 27th Carnivalesque blog carnival! Aard is a blog about archaeology and skepticism and stuff, hosted here at ScienceBlogs among a bunch of natural-science blogs, most covering the life sciences. Carnivalesque deals in Ancient, Medieval and…

Ebba During 1937-2007

Photograph from Per Dahlberg’s blog. Woah, I don’t like the attrition rate among my colleagues right now. Magnus at Testimony of the Spade informs me that professor emerita Ebba During died on Tuesday 15 May after a battle with illness. Ebba was an osteologist, which means that like all Swedish bone people she combined the…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The fifteenth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Greg Laden’s blog. Check it out! Archaeology and anthropology to move you and soothe you and treat you right, baby.

Medieval Monastic Graffitti

One of the most recent additions to the on-line catalogue of the Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm is deliciously enigmatic. It’s a little sandstone tablet (SHM 18011:100) measuring 73 by 60 mm, covered on both sides with vaguely script-like and architectonic graffitti. The edges are neatly notched, prompting a museum curator to suggest in…

Technorati Quits Ranking Us

Popular blog indexing service Technorati has revamped its graphic design and appears to have quit ranking blogs. Now how will I know if I have any personal worth? Technorati keeps track of how many different sites have linked to yours over the past six months. This figure is called your blog’s “authority”. Engadget, Boingboing and…

Hyphenation is a Drag

15 years ago, the word processing software I used was WordPerfect 5.1. It wouldn’t be able to compete with any current software, except for one thing: hyphenation. I have yet to see any word processing or type setting software with hyphenation as good as that of WordPerfect 5.1. I co-edit two journals typeset by two…

Michael Allen, a.k.a. the Grumpy Old Bookman, has a new novella out for free download: Mr Fenman’s Farewell to His Readers. It’s historical fiction with an unreliable narrator. I can’t wait to read it! “Who was the mysterious Madame de Mentou? And how did she become such an expert teacher in many different art forms?…

Wednesday 23 May will see the Four Stone Hearth blog carnival appear in all its archaeo/anthro glory at Greg Laden’s blog. If you have read or blogged anything good on those themes lately, then make sure to submit it to Greg ASAP. (Yes, you can submit stuff you’ve found on other people’s blogs.) I’m hosting…