ADD is a financial asset, who knew?

We had a fellow come into the office to conduct a workshop in ergonomics. It sparked more interesting thoughts than you might think. For example, if slouching is so bad for you, why does it feel so good? Further, does it add more fodder to the growing pile of data that anything one might enjoy: … Continue reading ADD is a financial asset, who knew?

More lessons from design

Just as “design anthropologists” are busy wringing their hands over who is or is not in the club, a recent post on Bruce Nussbaum’s blog shows that the arguments for the purity of the art are not limited to anthropology, design is engaged in its own angst. While some are lamenting that design schools are … Continue reading More lessons from design

Memories of Tech Support

This is a video that has been making the rounds for a bit, and it is still fun. I put myself through school as a tech support person and the only flaw in this depiction is the tech support fellow does not appear to be pulling his own hair out by the roots. I will … Continue reading Memories of Tech Support

Teaching Anthropologists to count

Ok, maybe not just anthropologists, but there should be something here for about everyone. The Social Science Statistics Blog is a collective blog from the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. They are described as a “series of hallway conversations on the site, and it is a pretty range of topics ranging from … Continue reading Teaching Anthropologists to count

I am quite twtter-pated!

It's always interesting to turn questions around to ask the mirror-image.  People are very concerned about the power of a connected world to threaten our given notions of privacy.  But what about the mirror image of that question, what do we ask about the internet exhibitionists, like me?  You name the new on-line doohickey and … Continue reading I am quite twtter-pated!

Cracking the Code: Why Californians are such bad drivers.

I’ve lived in virtually every part of the country at some point in my life, and can say without reservation that the worst drivers in the nation are in California. But finally, after years of enduring left-hand turns from right-hand lanes, people doing 50 in the passing lane of the 101, and slamming on my … Continue reading Cracking the Code: Why Californians are such bad drivers.

Visualization for anthropologists 401

I am always interested in examples of visualization because while it’s a wonderful way to communicate insights to people, its rarely utilized by anthropologists. We are a wordy bunch and in the culture of anthropologists countless pages of jargon are held in far higher regard than an elegant illustration. To address this weakness in our … Continue reading Visualization for anthropologists 401

What would you do with this ethical dilemma?

Anthropologists will face ethical dilemmas throughout their careers, and we don’t always agree on what the right thing is. This entry is a case study of an ethical issue I had when I was doing my graduate fieldwork in a state prison almost 15 years ago. Students: Try taking this entry into your class and … Continue reading What would you do with this ethical dilemma?

The Speech Accent Archive

I was listening to NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday and there was an interesting story about the Speech Accent Archive. Its run by Steven H. Weinberger, a Linguistics prof at George Mason University. At the site, you can listen to English speakers from all over the world reading a standard paragraph in English. It’s aimed at … Continue reading The Speech Accent Archive