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Still on hiatus but…

August 6, 2009

…I’m now not writing stuff on my central site, which has finally gone live. Archaeoastronomy entries will be cross-posted here – where possible, but otherwise everything else will be aggregated there.

On the other hand it might look like I’ve put up new stuff because I’ve embedded a couple of videos that have been sat around for a while. There’s also a few entries which were on the black site and not cross-posted here.

There’s various reasons for moving back off, but the main one is that I can aggregrate things easier on a self-hosted version of WordPress. I also go ad-free ( carries Google Ads on site). Well, more or less ad-free.


The Lunt

August 2, 2009

I’m still busy working on re-formatting which is proving to be very slow and tedious. I’ve also found out the version of Photomatix I was using to develop my photos was out-of-date. Here’s some photos I reprocessed to test the new version. They were taken at the Lunt, a recontructed 1st century AD Roman fort near Coventry. It was one of those days it was either about to start raining, or else it was raining or both. If you’re wondering about both, I got to the car while it was raining. Then it really started to rain.

On Hiatus

July 26, 2009

I’ve run into a small problem with my work. While chasing up a typo I found evidence of another correlate between astronomy and the Greek calendar. Slightly odd is that that I predicted that this period would have a goat festival, and and what I’ve found seems to be connected to Aphrodite. As a goddess she was famous for getting everyone’s goat in the ancient world. It sounds good, but now I’m wondering if my framework is so flexible anything could fit.

…and while I was writing this up, it finally clicked that some features of Himera astronomically link to Aphrodite. This shouldn’t be news. The word Himera translates as Desire and it’s associated with Aphrodite as far back as the Theogony by Hesiod in the 8th century BC. Fine, but it indicates this thesis will not die.

<24hr iPhone bargain

July 20, 2009

If you have an iPhone, Carina software are giving away SkyVoyager for free today. I can’t remember the normal price, but it’s lots.

Vidi: Various things seen

July 20, 2009

This is another test of the new bookmarking script I’m working on. It it works then it should collect links during the week and then compile them into one post on a Sunday.

Many excluded from opportunity to get tickets for Michael Jackson memorial services – Crooked Timber
An view of how mumble mumble mumble’s memorial highlights the digital divide in America.

The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust Ltd: GGAT pioneer the use of new mobile phone technology at Community Excavation
The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust have been introducing QR Codes at their public excavation. As camera phones and internet connections become more mundane, these will become more common.

Conceptual Trends and Current Topics
Here’s an interesting publishing model combining sales of a limited number of hard copies with free PDF access. I’m not sure about this I think I prefer Print-On-Demand, but the limited edition nature of the publication could be a good marketing ploy.

What Helps YOU Be a Better Writer?
Commentators leave their tips on what help you write.

A small example of how our economy went terribly wrong – Philobiblon
Now I thought feeding the birds was a good thing. Natalie Bennett on why you might want to rethink that.

The Truth About the Moon

July 19, 2009

It was going to be theology today, but it’s still a boring post. Instead I’ve got a conspiracy theory which I think will have a short shelf life. This post left me inspired.

Some people will try and tell you that the Lunar landings were faked. They’ll pull out all sorts of spurious details like flapping flags, lack of stars etc to claim the landings were a hoax. They are wrong. Today I can reveal the secret NASA doesn’t want you to know about the Moon Landings. They landed because they had to. The Moon was the only place they could enact their nefarious plan. A plan so awesome and stunning in its scale it is only now coming to light.


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Vidi: Sunday Thoughts

July 19, 2009

This is another test of the new bookmarking script I’m working on. It it works then it should collect links during the week and then compile them into one post on a Sunday.

Eugenie Scott Powerfully Makes the Case for Science-Religion Compatibility | The Intersection | Discover Magazine
This is an oddity. As far as I can tell Scott says that if Science and Religion clash, you take the scientific explanation. It’s the God of the Gaps argument. That would seem an peculiar use of the word compatible to me.

Svante Pbo on Religion Afarensis: Anthropology, Evolution, and Science
Afarenis asks an incisive question: “Why is it alwas phrased in terms of science fighting religion as if science is the aggressor and religion is the null hypothesis?”

normblog: I’d have baked one
Norm on why critics of religion get it wrong when they criticise belief. It’s about practice. Which is based on belief. Umm… no that can’t be right. Also on how you can’t have your cake and eat it.


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