UCLA loses to USC, but is Still Afraid to Challenge Chico State in College Rankings!

     It is college ranking season again, sponsored by US News and World Report.  Once again, US News left Chico State out of their ranking system, I think because the big kids thought that they would lose if it came to any measure of undergraduate education.  After all as I have long asserted, Chico State beats … Continue reading UCLA loses to USC, but is Still Afraid to Challenge Chico State in College Rankings!

Is it Time to Deport the State of Arizona from The United States?

      One of the other blogs I participate on is a local one in our local county.  There is lots of local politics on the blog, of little interest outside of our little county in California.  Except that our Congressman, Tom McClintock, is a national figure.  He is the guy who stood up in on the … Continue reading Is it Time to Deport the State of Arizona from The United States?

Musings about the Theft of Culture from Anthropology

  Some years ago, I asked the question, "Who Stole Culture from Anthropology?" in a brief essay in  Anthropology News in 2006. I raised the question because many anthropologists had complained to me since about 1987, about how they had trained “too many” anthropologists with the result that they were unemployed.  The discipline seemed to be … Continue reading Musings about the Theft of Culture from Anthropology

Rants, Ranting, Flame Wars, and the Like

Most of us like to rant now and then.  Usually we do this in the quiet of a bar, with the assumption that as long as we never run for political office, the rants stay in the bar.  But with the invention of the world wide web, there are new parameters to the dissemination of … Continue reading Rants, Ranting, Flame Wars, and the Like

Is “Indiana Jones” a Psychological Hazard for Male Archaeologists?

     My son Christopher graduates next month with a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology.  I think that this happened because we made him a sandbox as a child, and he seemingly has not grown out of it, as most of us do after age 8.  Only now he is more geeky.  So instead of digging for … Continue reading Is “Indiana Jones” a Psychological Hazard for Male Archaeologists?

Well I’m not blogging either, so there.

Cindy's not the only one not blogging.  Here are a few things I'm not writing about: 1)Transparency. Mark wanted me to write about it ages ago, and I've thought about it, and don't know what to say. Part of what troubles me about HTS is the overt lack of transparency (does that make them transparently … Continue reading Well I’m not blogging either, so there.

As folks head into the AAA, a few thoughts about anthropology in the military –Part 1

Yes, I know. I rant about the AAA and yet I still download the PDF of the conference program. I wonder why we all do things like that? It’s not like I’m looking to change the stance of the AAA or the stance of people that get hysterical over anthropologists working in the military or … Continue reading As folks head into the AAA, a few thoughts about anthropology in the military –Part 1

Hurry, Deadline July 25th! Scholarships Announcement

I just received this from the EPIC folks! Scholarships Announcement 2008 Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference We [EPIC, not ethnography.com] are pleased to announce 3-5 scholarships for the EPIC conference in Copenhagen, 15-18 October 2008. Any student (undergraduate, master’s, Ph.D.) can apply! Scholarship recipients will receive free registration, in exchange for working 12-16 hours before … Continue reading Hurry, Deadline July 25th! Scholarships Announcement

Well, at least the AAA meeting gave me some perspective

I didn’t say it was a happy one, but it is a perspective. Of course there were the expected strident calls of moral outrage over anthropologists in the military. Then it got worse when a voice vote was taken and passed that “no reports should be provided to sponsors [of research] that are not also … Continue reading Well, at least the AAA meeting gave me some perspective

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?

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

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.