Archives for September, 2007

Anthro Blog Carnival

The twenty-third Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at The John Hawks Anthropology Weblog. Check it out! Archaeology and anthropology to scratch your itch and soothe your yearnings. The next open hosting slot is on 24 October. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to me. You don’t have…

Jules Verne’s Tomb

Being an archaeologist, I like tombs, and being a science fiction fan, I like Jules Verne. So you can imagine that I’d like Jules Verne’s tomb regardless of what it looked like. As it turns out, David Nessle has pictures from Amiens showing the tomb in question, and it’s an incredible piece of work. Look…

Dawkins & Haggard Parrot Sketch

Seen this? A mashup of a filmed conversation between atheist crusader Richard Dawkins and meth-user cum charismatic preacher cum gay john Ted Haggard, set to audio from Monty Python’s parrot sketch. W00t! Many thanks to Dear Reader Martin C for the link.

Stockholm Blogmeet 11 September

Last night’s blogmeet was even better than the previous one: more people, some lady bloggers, some archaeologists and all presided over by Prof. Steve Steve. The professor was in a wild mood and immediately upon arriving did something indescribable with a large tabasco bottle, claiming that this was “good for his posture”. Kind of disconcerting…

Boat Under Ex-Pub Awaits Excavation

Here’s a story kindly brough to my attention by Tegumai, Paddy, Hans and Ian Joe (am I forgetting anyone?). Pub in Wirral near Liverpool is torn down in 1938 to make room for a car park. Buried wooden boat is found by demolition men, who are ordered to keep quiet and cover it up. Nottingham…

Oseberg Skeletons Exhumed

The Oseberg ship burial of Norway is a mind-blowing find, full of Early Viking Period carved woodwork and textiles of unparalelled quality. Dated by dendrochronology to AD 834, the long ship and its contents were sealed under a clay barrow, perfectly preserved when excavated in 1904. I consider myself a stakeholder in the Oseberg find,…

2nd Science Blogging Conference

As mentioned here before, I’m going to The Amazing Meeting 5.5 skepticism conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 25-26 January. Now I’ve also signed up for the 2nd Science Blogging Conference in Durham, NC, the preceding weekend. If everything goes according to plan, I’ll be co-organising a session at the NC conference with John McKay of…

Toys to Teach Little Girls their Place

Back in July I went to a big toy store to buy presents for my daughter’s fourth birthday. I got her some street crayons, a magnetic drawing board and a head dress with silver antennae. While browsing I found the product in the above picture. I didn’t buy it for her. Let us cleaning!

Indecipherable Punk Reactions

Punk musician G.G. Allin (1956-93) led a short hard life marked by drug binges, violence, mental illness and on-stage coprophagy. I’ve never heard any of his music, but reading about this legendary underground figure I came across the above remarkable photograph. Dear Reader, please disregard for a moment the guy to the left who is…

I’m Feminine

A memory: Eric, one of the kids from mellanstadiet when I was ten or eleven. Him and another boy were taught a tap dancing routine by our gay counter-tenor music teacher Rune, performing it woodenly in the lecture hall for the entire school. They wore striped vests and straw hats, their faces expressing a mixture…