Archives for September, 2009

Retro Gamer

I never was much of a game console nut. My video game crazes mostly played out on the PC. But I did play the Atari in the 70s, the C64 in the 80s and the NES and SNES in the early 90s, when I wrote for Nintendo mags and borrowed the hardware from my employers.…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The seventy-fifth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Ad hominin. Catch the best recent blogging on archaeology and anthropology! Submissions for the next carnival will be sent to me. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to me for hosting. The next vacant hosting slot is on 7…

Begonia Joined by Spontaneous Mushrooms

When I left my PhD student office at the Museum of National Antiquities I rescued a couple of angel wing begonias. One has recently been joined in its pot by spontaneously appearing yellow fungus. Today four sizeable mushrooms popped up! And Dear Reader William identified them: they’re Yellow Houseplant Mushrooms, Leucocoprinus birnbaumii. That’s an eminently…

Heyting Algebras, Pointless Topology

My friend Tor reports, “Complete Heyting algebras are a central object of study in pointless topology“.

Archaeological Fatherhood

Back in April of 2008 I mused that strictly chronologically speaking, at 36 I was already a mid-career academic since I started working at 20 and retirement age is currently 65. I’m still years from the age when people get academic jobs in my discipline, 41, but anyway. Yesterday I had two experiences that opened…

Stereophonic Hearing

Yesterday I had a clear illustration of how the brain determines the direction of a noise. I was listening to a podcast in ear buds when my wife asked me something. I took one bud out and talked to her for a while as the podcast continued to chatter in my left ear. Then the…

Four Stone Hearth: Call For Submissions

The 75th Four Stone Hearth blog carnival will run at Ad hominin on Wednesday. Submit your best recent stuff to Ciarán. Anything anthro or archaeo goes! The carnival needs hosts. The next open slot is on 7 October 23 September. Drop me a line!

Weekend Fun

Played the new German board game Finca that my friend Eddie the heathen goldsmith brought along. It’s an abstract system lightly dressed up in a story about harvesting and distributing fruit and greens on Mallorca of all things. Good fun though! Then we played Blokus, always fun too. Took a sunny six-hour bike trip with…

Marsh Meringue

Visa större karta Here are two pieces of convoluted Scandy and English etymology that converge in my head. “Marshmallow” was originally the common name of a plant, Althaea officinalis (Sw. läkemalva), from which a thickening agent was made. This agent was added to meringue foam to produce the toastable sweet pillows we all know and…

Tell the Sb Overlords What You Think

The Sb Overloards have a poll up to learn what y’all think about the upcoming Sb on-line forum reform.