Archives for May, 2008

Skeptical Dirty Limerick Carnival

Akusai of Action Skeptics has done something pretty ostentatious and very cool: he’s written the latest Skeptics’ Circle blog carnival entirely as a collection of dirty limericks! “An Irishman living with Swedes Speaks about bodily needs Eat and drink well So at sex you’ll excel But vitamins? Useless as weeds”

Anthro Blog Carnival

The forty-first Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Remote Central. Archaeology and anthropology, and all about Nswazwi. It’s a village in the Central District of Botswana, located close to the border with Zimbabwe. The village has primary and secondary schools and a clinic. The population was 1,741 in the 2001 census. The next…

My talented on-line buddy, Birmingham-based design student Tatyana Mircheva, has a new photo blog where she puts up some really interesting stuff. This series is a feminist commentary on the superficiality and narcissism of the beauty industry. The young woman worships her own reflection in the mirror, turning gradually into a Playboy Bunny. It’s the…

Local newspaper Skånskan recently published a highly credulous account of amateur archaeologist Bob Lind’s outlandish interpretations of an Early Iron Age cemetery in Ravlunda parish. I wrote them to complain, and staff writer Karsten Bringmark asked me for a statement. Which made it onto the paper’s web site, and possibly into print as well?

Sacred Field of the Shining One

Yesterday me and my buddy Per Vikstrand visited the third site in our little exploration program for fields with highly suggestive names on 18th century maps. We’ve already covered the Field of St. Olaf and the Hall of Odin. This time we went to the Field of Ullr near Gävle, an hour and a half’s…

With its extremely late urbanisation, Sweden doesn’t have much of an archaeological record compared to Italy or China or Peru. But we keep really good track of the stuff we have: active organised surveying for ancient monuments has been going on for over 70 years, aided by the fact that Sweden has no trespassing laws…

Skeptic’s Guide Interview

Getting up in the small hours on Thursday morning paid off: I’m on The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe #147!

Wikiblues

I’m frustrated about Wikipedia. Cultists are slowly and surely readjusting the Falun Gong article to their own rosy and “oh-how-persecuted-we-are” perspective. The other day I watched some anonymous loon create a new user account for the single purpose of deleting an article about someone he doesn’t like — and he’s succeeding. And Alun Salt is…

Liveblogging

I’m at my son’s end-of-term violin concert. Wonder if I can blog from the new smartphone w/o using email and a human intermediary? [Yay, I could! The Samsung for some reason comes with both IE and Opera preinstalled. Though Sb’s Moveable Type installation still doesn’t work with IE under Windows Mobile 6.0, it does work…

Tim of Remote Central has kindly stepped in to host the upcoming 41st instalment of the Four Stone Hearth anthro & archaeo blogging carnival. Send links to good recent anthroblogging to him! It needn’t be your own stuff: submit all the goodies you’ve read lately. The next open hosting slot is on 2 July. All…