Archives for August, 2010

Anthro Blog Carnival

The ninety-ninth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at A Very Remote Period Indeed. Catch the best recent blogging on archaeology and anthropology!

A Hungry Grave

For everybody who’s in a Lovecraftian mood after that podcast, here’s a ghoulish news item. Reports Emma Persson Hennig in Sydsvenskan, and I translate: Staffanstorp municipality. A woman placing flowers on a grave at Brågarp churchyard suddenly sunk into it when the earth collapsed. One of her legs sunk into the grave and she could…

My friends Petra Ossowski Larsson and Lars-Åke Larsson have synchronised and analysed large chunks of the Belfast dendrochronological data (that were made publically available by court order), and published them on their web site in standard dendro file formats.

When was the last time you read H.P. Lovecraft’s 1921 story “The Outsider“? Have you ever? Let me tell you, it’s a rare dark pleasure. Written when Lovecraft was 31, the story is one of the high points of his early work when the influences of Poe and Dunsany were still strongly in evidence. It…

The 99th Four Stone Hearth blog carnival will run at A Very Remote Period Indeed on Wednesday. Submit great recent stuff to Julien, your own or somebody else’s. Anything anthro or archaeo goes! The next open hosting slot is on 15 September. If you’re a blogger with an interest in the anthro/archaeo field, drop me…

I used to play a lot of computer games, and 12-y-o Junior loves them. His gaming experience is of course different from mine back in the day, not only because the games look much better now, but also because of on-line interactivity. There are a couple of developments that surprise me a great deal. One…

The Public Library of Science publishes a number of peer-reviewed Open Access research journals, most of which specialise in some specific field within the natural sciences. But PLoS ONE has a much wider remit within the sciences. When it first opened a few years ago, I looked for archaeology in it and was disappointed. But…

There’s ScienceBlogs and recently we got Scientopia. And now I discover Field of Science, another good science blogging community, which has apparently been up for a year and a half though I’ve managed to miss it. Check it out!

Drugs and Me

In the podcast liner notes to his new album (starting at 14:21), George Hrab talks to Milton Mermikidis for a space about how neither of them does any heavier drugs than caffeine. I realised that in close to five years of blogging, I’ve never talked specifically about my own drug abstinence, though I’ve mentioned a…

Shortly after my buddy Jeff Medkeff died in 2008, a joint book review of ours was published in Skeptic Magazine. Here we criticised a book by Alan Bond and Mark Hempsell, two aeronautics engineers, where they claimed that a 7th century BC cuneiform tablet from Mesopotamia described an asteroid striking the Austrian Alps in 3123…