Archives for January, 2008

MLK Day in Chapel Hill

Above is a candid pic by Nathan L. Walls, showing yours truly at Saturday’s hum & soc sci session. The teeshirt is from the Swedish Skeptics and reads “I am skeptical” in an obscure North-European language. Yesterday’s highlights were An informal brunch with congressman Brad Miller, who came across as low-key, thoughtful and friendly, with…

Sunny Winter Morning in RTP

A good thing about jet lag is that it gets you up in the morning. I awoke at five, played around with the computer, showered, breakfasted and was outside at half past seven. It’s a brisk, cold sunny morning with snowy lawns and smoking breath. I took a short walk over to the nearest geocache…

Whew, what a day! I’ve been to the Second NC Science Blogging Conference, and I’ve had a blast. The best part was actually to meet loads and loads of blogging friends whom I’d only seen in pictures. Amazing to actually meet them, hug or shake hands, talk and laugh. I even listened in as Bora…

Evening in the Research Triangle

I’m back in the US for the first time since 2002. Before that, the last time was in 1978, when I had lived in Greenwich, Connecticut and gone to Kindergarten for two years. Everybody’s way fatter than I remember them. But very cheerful and friendly. My first time in North Carolina: I’m at the Radisson…

Any Readers in Ft Lauderdale, FL?

Anybody in the Ft Lauderdale area want to meet up some time 23-24 January? I’d like to befriend some natives! I’m touching down at FLL at noon on Wednesday the 23rd and will be staying in Plantation. I’ll be a tourist during Wednesday and Thursday, and then I’ll attend the TAM 5.5 skeptical conference on…

Anybody in the Chapel Hill / Durham area want to meet up some time 20-22 January? I’d like to befriend some natives! I’m attending the NC Science Blogging conference in Research Triangle Park on Saturday 19 January. After that, I’m staying on in Chapel Hill until Wednesday morning 23 Jan. I’m going to be a…

Jenny-Rita Næss Honoured On-Line

Around the time when a senior academic retires, she will, if she’s lucky, receive a Festschrift. The word is German and means “celebration publication”: typically, it’s an anthology put together by her colleagues and students. The contents of a Festschrift often vary wildly in quality and level of ambition: solid research papers occur alongside humorous…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The thirty-second Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Testimony of the Spade. Archaeology and anthropology and anthropology and archaeology! Also, don’t miss the 78th Skeptics’ Circle over at Skeptical Surfer.

Here’s breaking news. Many European archaeologists feel bad about Nazi archaeology in the past. In my opinion, this is usually way overstated: a few of our pre-War colleagues were Nazis, which was opportune at the time, but archaeology had (and has) nothing like the kind of political oomph necessary to take any significant part in…

Conservation of the early-16th century sword I found back in August continues apace at Studio Västsvensk Konservering. Its preservation is exquisite, and as usual with conservation of metal objects, a lot of new discoveries are made in the lab. Check out Vivian Smits’ photographs! This is clearly a battle-worn weapon that has been lost during…