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Subject:Gone Archaeologizin'
Time:09:25 am
Current Mood:scaredscared
Mark and I are flying to Ecuador to spend the next month on a summer field course. With luck, both of us will survive the trip and return with many photos and a minimum of parasites.

Mark made a blog for the trip that we'll update as often as we can, considering we'll be out of internet reach most of the time.

See you in August!
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Subject:Life in the Basement: The Biology of the Grad Student
Time:10:22 am
Current Mood:amusedamused


The story of my life, more or less.
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Subject:Tick Tock
Time:10:17 am
Current Mood:distresseddistressed
So it turns out one of the things Mark was not used to when I brought him up to the Bay Area was ticks.

Apparently the population's been climbing the past few years.Collapse )
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Subject:The Ten-Dollar Chicken
Time:11:18 am
Current Mood:thoughtfulthoughtful
There is an amazing amount of food that barely tastes like food in this country.

Thoughts about local meat and food in general.Collapse )
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Subject:Pets are Gross
Time:12:58 am
Current Mood:nauseatednauseated
So this evening while I was fishing in WoW, I noticed a strike movement from the snake cage out of the corner of my eye. Curious as to what Gypsum's biting at now, I take a closer look.

Apparently she had just pooped and was now striking and eating it.

. . .

Sometime this week we need to get some vitamin powder and roll her next mouse in it to see if that will fix the behavior, but seriously. First we have a ferret that regularly piddles in corners then turns around to drink it, and then we have a neurotic dog that is aggressively sneaking into my room to eat used napkins and kleenexes, and now we have a poop-eating kingsnake.

God dammit. WTB some normal pets for a change.
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Subject:Adventures in Zooarchaeology Pt 2: The Raccoon
Time:09:18 am
Current Mood:nerdynerdy
Warning: Grossness ahead.Collapse )
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Subject:A Little Ray of Sunshine
Time:10:24 am
Current Mood:cheerfulcheerful

So we briefly reviewed art in anthropology in class today (and by "briefly reviewed" I mean "shot through the subject at the speed of light because we're incredibly behind"). Since my teacher likes showing videos in class, I thought I'd share this week's little shot of happiness: two video projects on the same general idea of art/music/dancing bringing people together across the world.

A friend of mine calls these 'unicorn chasers.'Collapse )
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Subject:RAEG
Time:04:51 pm
Current Mood:enragedenraged
So. Much. HATE.Collapse )
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Subject:Adventures in Zooarchaeology
Time:02:03 pm
Current Mood:accomplishedaccomplished
So for the last few weeks I've been spending my Fridays boiling and attempting to slowly deflesh an Eastern Fox Squirrel, Scuirius niger, which isn't native to the area but is basically standing in as a "practice animal" for building a zooarchaeological type collection (or rather, as "this is what we could scrape up on short notice"). What this is is a collection of boxed disarticulated bones from different animal species with the individual bone types identified (e.g. "femur", "tibia", "mandible") so that they can be compared to bones collected in archaeological settings. This is primarily used for faunal analysis, the determination of what animal species the people living there were eating/using, but it can also be useful for identifying the species source for worked bone artifacts.
Although a useful skill, it does have a bit of a learning curve.Collapse )
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Subject:The Redemption of Earl Butz
Time:10:47 pm
Current Mood:hungryhungry
Earl Butz isn't exactly a household name.

If he's remembered for much at all anymore, it's for the racist jokes and attitudes that cost him his political career in the 1970s (and indeed, when you look him up on the 'net these are about half of the links that come up first). This despite the fact that he seems to be the common link between two apparently disparate and often bemoaned facts: the nation's expanding waistlines and rising health issues, and the disappearance of the family farm and the rise of agribusiness. You've probably read his name before if you've been perusing the same books I have lately, books about eating locally and the adulteration of our nation's food supply, typically written by men with names that end in Pollan.

So what's so special about some racist old white dude?
Like most things in America, it tends to start with corn.Collapse )
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