Archives for August, 2010

And here’s star philologist and religion scholar Ola Wikander with a guest lesson in Akkadian. The word of the day is nuḫatimmu. It means “a cook” in Akkadian (or sometimes “a baker”). Maybe something to interest Gordon Ramsay? And wouldn’t it be great if there was an Akkadian version of the TV show MasterChef, named…

Mitchell & Webb Fake the Moon Landing

Via Global Atheist and Lousy Canuck.

Anders Larsson’s Strange Vision

I met this nice guy at the gaming convention this last weekend. Anders Larsson is a talented artist and graphic designer who works in paint and pixels. Check out his site!

Anthro Blog Carnival

The ninety-eighth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at The Prancing Papio. Catch the best recent blogging on archaeology and anthropology! The next vacant hosting slot is on 15 September. 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…

Fornvännen’s Winter Issue On-Line

Fornvännen’s winter issue (2009:4) is now on-line and available to anyone who wants to read it. Check it out! Anna-Sara Noge looks at burnt mounds, Bronze Age heaps of fire-cracked stone, with bones in them, just like I once did for my first academic paper. But unlike me she has actual osteological data showing that…

Riff-raff at the School for Vampires

I’ve found out about the spooky cartoon show my daughter watches that I wondered about, the one where one character looks just like Riff-raff in the Rocky Horror Picture Show. It’s Die Schule der kleinen Vampire / School for Vampires, a co-production among Germany, Italy and Luxemburg. The Riff-raff look-alike is named Nestor (Lenny in…

There’s a new science blogging network, Scientopia, it’s full of ex-SciBlings and other good bloggers, and it has no ads! Janet Stemwedel of Adventures in Ethics and Science is there, as is Grrlscientist, Krys also of Anthro in Practice, the Voltage Gate, Drugmonkey, Christina Pikas, Mark of Good Math/ Bad Math, the Questionable Authority, Scicurious…

Swedish author, dramatist, director, comedian etc. Hans Alfredson once said that the brain is an organ with which we think (tänker) that we think. The Swedish word used here does not mean “believe”: it means “cogitate”. So, since my teens I’ve read this as a lovely materialist aphorism about how everything that goes on in…

The 98th Four Stone Hearth blog carnival will run at The Prancing Papio on Wednesday. Submit great recent stuff to Ray, 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 a line!…