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April Pieces Of My Mind #1
Idea for ordering the graves of an inhumation cemetery chronologically. Check all the skeletons’ genealogy with DNA and build chains of ancestry.
The incoming books department at the British Library is named “Content Development Implementation”. Word salad!
I’ve got the flu. It’s scary when the ibuprofen goes out and the shivering starts.
Almost everything archaeologists do — at universities, excavation units and museums — aims at least indirectly at research and public outreach. It’s a constant source of surprise and disappointment to me that a strong record in research and public outreach isn’t worth much on the archaeological job market. For a job in archaeology, don’t try to do any of the stuff that the whole field is for. Just acquire some basic clerical skills, shut up and keep your head down.
Some guy on a forum for fossil collectors writes “Did you know there is a living fossil called a Coelacanth. It’s the only kind of fish that hasn’t changed and it’s only 1 of 2 species to survive the Great Extinction.” YES WE KNOW EVEN PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT FOSSIL COLLECTORS LEARNED THAT IN PRESCHOOL GO AWAY NITWIT
Academia.edu has a completely broken algorithm to suggest related works that you might want to read. I once published a large Iron Age cemetery that had been excavated piecemeal for 150 years. Academia now suggests that some guy’s “translation of the article VIOLON from Diderot’s Encyclopédie” is quite similar to my book.
My dad called and congratulated me on my birthday. “Feels strange though when your kids are pushing 50!” I told him it just means he did well: if your kids survive to 50, are able to support themselves and have kids of their own, then you did an OK parenting job.
Feasible: capable of being done or carried out. From Lat. facere, to do. It does not mean “likely” unless you’re willing to accept very recent usages from the hoi polloi.
I used to hear and read about stomach pumping all the time as a kid around 1980. Never any more. Doctors I know explain that research has shown the procedure to do more harm than good in most cases.
Remember dedicated strap bags for laptops?
How often does everybody use their Bullworkers these days?