Archives for October, 2007

Impressions of Luoyang

Came to Luoyang in Henan province on the Yellow River by train yesterday morning, passing factories and quarries, fertile fields and homes cut into hillsides like hobbit homes. We were booked into the Yaxiang Jinling hotel, a high-rise in Luoyang’s vast new area of airily spaced skyscrapers outside the old town. Such developments surround all…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The twenty-sixth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at The Primate Diaries. Archaeology and anthropology to rusticate your masonry and bevel your edges until your mind dissolves in bliss. The next open hosting slot is on 5 December. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to me. No need…

Beijing in October

Third day in Beijing, and I think my internal clock may finally have synched with local time. The past two nights have seen me spinning sleeplessly in bed in the small hours and finally reading Proust in the lobby. I padded around the hotel before four o’clock, listening to the snores of the night man,…

Gone to China

Junior and I have gone to China to join wife & sis in Beijing. We’re attending the wedding of two old workmates of my wife, a Swedish lady and a Chinese gentleman who met while working as guides in Stockholm city hall. After the festivities we’re taking the train to the groom’s home town of…

I’ve never understood the point of bars or night life. Most people seem to go to bars and night clubs to meet their friends, get drunk and possibly get laid. I don’t drink, from a very early age I’ve been in steady relationships with vigorous women, I see my friends on-line or at our respective…

Stuffy Inquirer

The Skepticality podcast and Skeptic Mag’s web site (9-page PDF file) have picked up on something I wrote on 5 July 2006. Thus, to keep you in the know, Dear Reader, I’ve copied the entry to Aard as well. Skepticism, for those of you who don’t use the word fifteen times a day, means an…

Wednesday 24 October will see the Four Stone Hearth blog carnival appear in all its archaeo/anthro glory at The Primate Diaries. If you have read or blogged anything good on those themes lately, then make sure to submit it to Eric ASAP. (You are encouraged to submit stuff you’ve found on other people’s blogs.) There’s…

Yay, Presents!

Yesterday I received a large package by mail from Dear Reader Twoflower in New York. He’d asked me for my address, and I was expecting a book or an off-print, but the minute I saw the box I realised I had been wrong. Guess what he sent me. Apparently, I have pained Twoflower by publishing…

Andrén and Baudou on Malmer

Mats P. Malmer in 1989, holding a miniature replica of a Bronze Age sword. Photograph by Dr Rune Edberg, published with kind permission. Yesterday, 18 October, was Swedish archaeology professor Mats P. Malmer’s 86th birthday. Sadly he passed away on 3 October. I wrote a brief appreciation when I heard the news. Here’s a longer…

I’ve just signed another one of Sage Publications’ ridiculous publishing agreements, prompting Aard’s first re-run of an entry from my old blog. Here’s something from 29 September 2006. I agreed to a really crappy business deal today. For a long time, academic journals from commercial publishers have grown in number and become more and more…