Archives for June, 2010

Reiner Knizia is one of the board-gaming world’s greatest celebrities, famous for a long string of hit games. According to the members of Boardgamegeek.com, the best of Knizia’s games is Tigris & Euphrates (1997), which is #11 on the site’s thousands-strong ranking list. I can’t really compare against other Knizia games, but I do know…

Californian Roy Zimmerman is a satirical singer in the vein of Tom Lehrer (who endorses him). He recently released his seventh solo album, Real American, and I’m happy to say that Zimmerman has lost none of the brilliance us fans have come to expect. The disc has 13 tracks of which 3 are spoken political…

The Earth After Us

Jan Zalasiewicz is a geologist active at the University of Leicester. His 2008 book The Earth After Us: What Legacy Will Humans Leave in the Rocks? is an interesting read even though the title does not correspond very well to the contents. Zalasiewicz does answer the question about what legacy humans will leave in the…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The ninety-fifth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Afarensis. Catch the best recent blogging on archaeology and anthropology! The next vacant hosting slot is already on 21 July. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to me for hosting. It’s a good way to gain readers. No need…

Four Knife Sheath Chapes

Friendly correspondent Peter Woods is working with chapes or ferrules, that is, metal mounts from the ends of knife sheaths or sword scabbards. He has sent me lovely images of these things in the hope that Aard’s readers might be able to suggest parallels. Neither of the finds has any solid provenance, and though I…

Using the @johndoe method to communicate over Twitter is a really stupid way to use the medium. Aren”t people aware that all their followers receive those tweets just as if they were normal ones? And aren’t they aware that many of their followers will thus receive only half of a usually pretty pointless chat conversation?…

For me, the main drawback of switching to an Android phone was not having a physical keyboard any more. Typing on the touch screen keyboard is infuriatingly slow and error-prone, even if you use the word-suggestion feature. (It isn’t very smart, offering word suggestions not in order of how frequent each word is in everyday…

Summer temp journalists are here again. Today, Swedish Broadcasting’s radio news ran a really silly piece about invasive species. It made two main points: a new foreign species of plant or animal is discovered every month in Sweden, and some of them are poisonous. It’s basically a case of botanical xenophobia. The journalist also made…

There’s not much detail available yet about the event, but I for one have written an Oslo trip onto my schedule for the last weekend in October. See you there! WWW: www.kritiskmasse.no Facebook: www.facebook.com/kritiskmasse Twitter: twitter.com/kritiskmasse [More blog entries about skepticism, Norway; skepticism, Norge.]

The 95th Four Stone Hearth blog carnival will run at Afarensis on Wednesday. Submit great recent stuff to the hominid, your own or somebody else’s. Anything anthro or archaeo goes! The next open hosting slot is already on 7 July. If you’re a blogger with an interest in the anthro/archaeo field, drop me a line!…