Archives for January, 2009

Kuhnian Huns

Back in August I blogged about a manuscript where a scholar appealed to Thomas Kuhn’s old theory of paradigm shifts in order to evade criticism of their work. At the time I couldn’t give the real details as I had received the manuscript in my capacity as journal editor. I’ve said before that I consider…

Bronze candlesticks, early 15th century, made in Germany or Flanders. Top: Rute parish, Gotland. Height c. 18 cm. Photograph by R. Hejdström. Below right: Fragment from Tåby parish, Östergötland. Photograph by M.R. Back in November I checked out the enigmatic Tåby figurine and blogged about it. Now I’ve found out what it is: it’s part…

Walls Impede Wifi

My experiments with the wifi installation in our house and the excellent Bredbandskollen TPTEST bandwidth tester (mainly for machines in Sweden) has taught me a few interesting things about wifi. Your operating system may report the quality of the connection in percent or columns or somesuch. This is not directly proportional to the actual bandwidth…

New English Gold Hoard Tpq AD 15

Thanks to a good metal detectorist and a swift response by British Museum archaeologists, all English Iron Age aficionados can now enjoy and study a hoard of 824 indigenous gold stater coins, buried in AD 15 or shortly thereafter. The hoard was in a plain pottery vessel, buried in a rectilinear cultic structure near Wickham…

Gratuitous “Of” In US English

Listening to podcasts and reading blogs I’ve come across a new dialectal quirk of US English. I don’t like it. It’s ugly. In standard English worldwide, people will tell you how much or little there is of something, how few or many of them. “I can’t get enough of her”. “I put too much of…

Finally On-Line Again

After a bit less than a month’s wait our new house is finally on-line! The winter of our off-line discontent dissolvèd made glorious broadband summer. So far only at 11 Mbps when we were promised at least 12, but the ADSL modem isn’t currently on the first phone socket, so I hope to eventually be…

Wikipedia Eight Years Old

Today’s the eighth birthday of that excellent open on-line encyclopedia, Wikipedia. Let’s all celebrate by going there and contributing some information! Even if it’s your first time — it’s easy.

Anthro Blog Carnival

The fifty-eighth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Moneduloides. Catch the best recent blogging on archaeology and anthropology! Submissions for the next carnival will be sent to me. The next open hosting slot is on 28 January, two weeks from now 11 February. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome…

Film Review: 10 MPH, 10 Yards

When I was offered a review copy of the new documentary film 10 Yards Fantasy Football, I replied, “No use sending that to a guy with no interest either in real nor imaginary football. But please do send me your award-winning 2006 Segway documentary road movie, 10 MPH Seattle to Boston!”. Film makers Hunter Weeks…

De-Lurk

It’s been over half a year since the last de-lurk. Aard currently has over 150 returning visitors daily (out of about 730 uniques). Since not everyone checks in every day, this translates to several hundred — possibly a thousand — regulars who read the blog at least once a week. So, everybody, please comment away,…