Indiana Jones and the Myth of the Moundbuilders (Big Time Spoiler Alert)

The hat. The whip. That crooked, knowing smile. For Indy fans, any excuse to be in the big-screen presence of their idol is a cause for celebration. Yes, as an archaeologist who was a teenager in the late 80’s, of course I have a soft spot for Henry Jones, Jr., but for the record, I … Continue reading Indiana Jones and the Myth of the Moundbuilders (Big Time Spoiler Alert)

Epiphanies Happen Even When Speaking German

I have been in Germany since August, and taking German lessons since September. I force myself to go to events that are in German, even though I know that I will not be able to understand everything, and that as the evening wears on, I will slowly come to the realization that I understand nothing … Continue reading Epiphanies Happen Even When Speaking German

Is Being A Scholar Right For You? What Business Are You In?

I have often said that I am not in the business of anthropology. By this I mean that while I am trained in the methods and theories of anthropology, I use that training in a different business. I am in the business of insight generation, risk reduction, sometimes cross cultural understanding. But I am not … Continue reading Is Being A Scholar Right For You? What Business Are You In?

Message to HTS Anthropologists: You Need an Experimental Control

Colonel Martin Schweitzer testified before two House Armed Services Committee Subcommittees on April 23 about the Human Terrain Team operating in Afghanistan. After reading it, I was not sure whether to jump up and down and yell yippee! because the military is discussing the role of culture in rural Afghanistan, or simply groan because so … Continue reading Message to HTS Anthropologists: You Need an Experimental Control

School Bureaucracies and Childhood

Well, I just got another contract to write another great thriller. The first title was “Bureaucratizing the Child,” and it is about how schools shape childhood and adulthood in the United States. This is no longer the title, but it is not clear yet what it will become. First, I need to come up with … Continue reading School Bureaucracies and Childhood

The HTS program has released the sad news of the death of an HTS team member and military personnel

The following announcement can be found on the HTS website at http://humanterrainsystem.army.mil/In%20Memoriam.htm.  This announcement is also found at the SWJ Blog were it includes multiple links that tell you more about Mr. Bhatia. It is with deep sorrow that we must inform you of the tragic death of Michael Bhatia, our social scientist team member … Continue reading The HTS program has released the sad news of the death of an HTS team member and military personnel

Cindy’s Top Ten Things Anthropologists Should NOT Do When They Are Drunk

10. Operate heavy machinery (for those of you who are looking for a loophole - this not only includes pick-up trucks, but also flot machines, all remote sensing equipment, AND tape recorders) 9. Call your ex and read your CV over the phone 8. Pinch the silver-back male while he’s sleeping just to see what … Continue reading Cindy’s Top Ten Things Anthropologists Should NOT Do When They Are Drunk

More on AAA “Do No Harm” Policies, and Human Terrain System

All this Ethnography.com writing about the Human Terrain System, AAA, and the various ethical questions involved leads me to reflect on my own impressions of the US government overseas during the ten years I have been an expatriate. Except for the one year I was a Fulbright Scholar, I have always been impressed at at how … Continue reading More on AAA “Do No Harm” Policies, and Human Terrain System

Time again for Maker Fair, May 3 and 4 in San Mateo, California!

This weekend is the annual Maker Faire in San Mateo, California.  This is far and away my favorite event of the  year, and I am going to miss it.  I have been to CES, NAB, E3, Detroit Auto Show and the original Cabela's, but nothing beats Maker Faire for kick ass inspiration.  The exhibits range … Continue reading Time again for Maker Fair, May 3 and 4 in San Mateo, California!