Monthly Archives: March, 2007

Archaeology (March/April)

Some random musings on some of the articles in the latest Archaeology mag from the Archaeological Institute of America…

“Who’s Buried in St Paul’s Tomb?” Unlikely to be Paul, I would have thought, statistically… I find the last sentence a bit weird: “Naturally for us archaeologists it would be interesting to know if the remains inside really belong to St. Paul,” says Giorgio Filippi. If he is speaking for all archaes, then ‘I doubt it’ is my response; if for his fellow Vatican Museum archaes, then maybe. But how would you be able to tell anyway?

The world roundup is always fun… favourite item this time is the fact that Indiana Jones made it in…

“Publish or be Punished,” says Israel to diggers there – and while I feel sorry for the archaes who feel pushed to do more and more and have no time for it, I understand where Israel is coming from too. Having your cultural heritage stolen, or just forgotten because it lies gathering dust (outside of the ground where no one else can find it) can’t be too much fun.

I really enjoyed “Beyond the Family Feud”, about the question of where the Olmecs fit in with other Mesoamerican cultures and whether that’s even a valid question to ask. I love a whole new take on old issues.

Haven’t seen Apocalypto, don’t plan on it. The article trashing its portrayal of the Maya, by David Freidel, was pretty entertaining though.

I (heart) the Antikythera Mechanism. Every now and then someone discovers/decides something new about it, and it gets into the news as if the thing itself has just been found – rather than oh, a few decades ago. But the new stuff being used and found out is very cool, especially the geodesic dome to shine light at it at different angles.

I like Vikings too, so the stuff in “Iceland’s Unwritten Saga” – about investigating early settlements there – was interesting too. And it linked nicely to “Diamond Rush,” about the diamond-hunters who went to Brazil in the C19, in that both are looking at the impact of humans on the environment and what we today can learn about how it happens – and, hopefully, what could be done about it.

There were other bits and pieces in this issue, but I just find it a bit hard to rustle up a huge amount of interest for much American archaeology. Bad of me, I know. Oh well.

Done!!

I wrote myself a list on Wednesday of all the things I had to do today, my day-away-from-students (not really a day off, I think…). And I’ve just completed it all! I’m not convinced that my prep for VCE is spectacular, but it will get me through Mon and Tues at least… and I got marking done during lunch and after school detentions yesterday… but still, I’ve polished off the entire list, and i am very proud of myself.

That even includes an hour or so of riding the bike, and an hour of practising le bass, which I’ve basically not picked up until this week for… oh, more than a year. I no longer feel like I will sound like a complete loser on Sunday at church.

Payment in Icecream

Not a good way to make a living, but pretty good on the side.

For editing the entirety of Wishbone St, Kate is giving me ice cream from Jock’s ice cream palace in Albert Park.

My first installment was fig ripple – with a cinnamon base. I was a bit dubious, at first – haven’t had many figs in my life, not quite sure why. But it is delightful.

700th post

It’s a bit depressing that my 700th post was about Life Support, rather than something more meaningful, but it does rather reflect my life at the moment – hectic during the day, not allowing for all that much more!

But I promise there will be more on books and fish and history in the near future.

Maybe.

Life Support

I’ve mentioned this show before – SBS’ faux lifestyle show from about 5 years ago. We’re watching the tenth and last episode right now. In ep 9 and 10, it really went downhill. There were a couple of funny-ish sections in them, but overall they’ve been very disappointing. A bit repetitive, a bit gross, and just dumb. Nowhere near as funny as the earlier episodes. It’s not a huge surprise that it didn’t get a second season.

A Perfect Day

Today was great.

Wake up about 8.30am.

Go for a ride down to Docklands and up home through the city and Melbourne Uni – about 17km.

Go to church – I was on kids’ programme, so we talked about the rich young man and being Jesus’ friend.

Have eight friends back for lunch (mmm chicken).

Have two friends stay for most of the afternoon, watching the Grand Prox, Top Gear and the worst episode of Life Support yet, because their car was being used by the other people who came for lunch to move house.

Finish off with pasta and wine and… something on TV….

Lovely!

TMNT

I cannot believe that they are making another movie of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Of all the daft 90s shows to bring back as a film….

Transformers is completely different. Because they haven’t already had a movie made about them. With Vanilla Ice doing the title song. Or MC Hammer.

Politics n stuff

“In the West there has been a tendency to stress the political aspect of democracy rather than its economic aspect, and although at times this may be carried too far, the fault is on the right side, seeing that a people which surrenders its political rights in return for promises of economic security will soon discover that it has made a bad bargain, as it is helpless if the promises are not kept.”

RN Carew Hunt, The Theory and Practice of Communism, Penguin 1950.

Substitute security in general and it seems like this is a good description of what Bush and Howard would like to do with their draconian laws….

"Do’s and Don’ts"

That may well be one of the most annoying phrases – at least in its written form.

1. It’s got an apostrophe in the wrong place! My bete noir if ever there was one!

2. It’s not even internally consistent. If you were going to have an apostrophe in the first, you’d have to have it in the second as well – so Do’s and Don’t’s – which clearly looks ridiculous, although I have actually seen it written like this in some places.

3. It should just be Dos and Don’ts. And if you’re not happy with Dos because you hate PCs, then DOs and DON’Ts is probably the way to go.

Ok. End rant,

Lady Friday

It was good; I enjoyed it. That is, I really just want to find out how Nix is going to resolve the whole issue, so I was bound to enjoy it unless it was dreadful. This wasn’t dreadful. Some of the characters were a bit annoying, and the action seemed to take a while to get going, but it was still fun. Lady Friday wasn’t quite the same opponent as some of the others, though… and the Piper only appeared personally for a couple of pages. Most of the time it was Arthur dealing with lots of issues, which is the same in the others but I seem to remember that there were more personal conflicts in the others. Probably one of the more interesting things were that Dame Primus is being more dreadful, which is a bit of fun – will be interesting to see how that turns out – and Arthur starts to wonder more about Superior Saturday and Lord Sunday.

Now I have to wait for the next one. Again.