Archives for January, 2008

Scintillating Scotoma

Last night I suffered a less than hour-long bout of scintillating scotoma. It’s a weird kind of snow crash in your visual cortex where part of your field of vision is replaced by sparkly geometric patterns. It happens to me once every few years and is sometimes associated with a headache, sort of migraine lite.…

Dear Reader, remember the remote-controlled Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity? How long is it since the last time you thought of them? Spirit landed on Mars four Earth years ago today, Opportunity on 25 January — and both are still going strong! These machines were originally meant to work for three months, yet they continue…

US Stoners Afraid to Report ODs

A stoner friend (who is also a dedicated father of two and a successful computer consultant) sent me a link to a sad and thought-provoking story. A Seattle teen girl takes ecstasy with her friends, the drug apparently triggers undiagnosed diabetes, she dies from ketoacidosis. The girl’s friends tend to her for hours before she…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The thirty-first Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Walking the Berkshires. Archaeology and anthropology, oh my! Also, don’t miss the 77th Skeptics’ Circle over at White Coat Underground.

Swedish Golden Age Science Fiction Mags

Here’s something for lovers and collectors of classic science fiction. Häpna! (“Be Amazed!”) was the seminal Swedish sf fiction mag, published from 1954 to 1966, with many translations of the US Golden Age greats but also much work by Swedish writers. Now the Alvar Appeltofft Memorial Foundation is offering nearly the entire backlog of the…

Aard in Open Lab 2007 Anthology

I just learned that my blog entry Your Folks, My Folks in Prehistory has been selected for inclusion in the 2007 Open Lab science blogging anthology! Yay! I was likewise honoured a year ago when I had an entry about the field-archaeological paradox in the volume for 2006. The 2007 volume is edited by Reed…

Mindless Blog Popularity

Here are the ten most popular non-carnival entries on Aardvarchaeology for 2007. Djurhamn Sword Excavated Stockholm Art Shows Scandinavian Attitudes to Nudity Wish I Could Do That in Linux Lamprey’s Spinal Cord Modelled Djurhamn Sword Star Wars Lego Girls Toys to Teach Little Girls Their Place Indecipherable Punk Reactions Subway Beggar Retaliation These ten have…