Archives for June, 2007

Read Thou Daryl Gregory

Daryl Gregory’s short fiction is quite remarkable. For the two past years, he’s managed to top both the Hartwell & Kramer and the Dozois Year’s Best anthologies with “Second Person, Present Tense” and “Damascus”. I don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun by saying too much about the stories: just that they are science fiction stories…

Medieval Brick Kilns

Longtime Dear Readers may remember me blogging about the excavations in my friend Jan Peder’s garden last summer. Beside his house is a ruin mound full of heavily burnt and vitrified Medieval-style bricks, and he’s gotten funds together to do some excavations there. The original idea was that the feature might be the remains of…

Here’s an idea for bloggers with an archaeological bent. I’m thinking of putting together a one-off carnival about people’s nearest archaeological sites. You go to the nearest site you’re aware of, snap a picture of it and explain (in as many or few words you like) the site’s significance and life-history in a blog entry.…

Send Me Archaeopix Please

It’s been a while since I ran any reader-submitted archaeopix. C’mon everybody, I’m sure you have some good snaps sitting on your disk! Please e-mail them to me with a bit of contextual info.

Helico-ptera

The other day I suddenly understood the etymology of the word “helicopter”. Many would probably try to take the word apart as heli-copter, which makes no sense. I mean, what does it mean to copt helis? “I am a copter and I sure love coptin’ them old helis.” What you need to do is look…

Yesterday I met a Slovakian colleague, the amiable Matej Ruttkay of the Institute of Archaeology at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. We had an animated conversation in broken German about 1st Millennium graves and he showed me loads of find pix. Matej’s own excavations are absolutely ace, with some really weird Style II metalwork, not…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The seventeenth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Hominin Dental Anthropology. I love that blog’s name. Check it out! Archaeology anna anthropology anna boom shakalaka.

Radio Stars

You listen to a podcast that you like for months and years and you start feeling like you know the people on the show a little. Their voices are certainly familiar and you know a bit about their personalities. And so you start to wonder what they look like. At least I did. So by…

Me and My ISP

Me and my Internet Service Provider go way back. I got my account with algonet.se in early 1995 and put up my still current web site there after a few months. I’ve been using my e-mail address there as my main one ever since, publishing it indiscriminately all over the web and UseNet, and still…

Wednesday 20 June will see the Four Stone Hearth blog carnival appear in all its archaeo/anthro glory at Hominin Dental Anthropology. If you have read or blogged anything good on those themes lately, then make sure to submit it to Jason ASAP. (You are encouraged to submit stuff you’ve found on other people’s blogs.)