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Cautious optimism about the postponement of Nazi War Diggers

by meanlouise April 1, 2014 academia

updated 2:30 p.m. EST with two more links at the end of the post. I was on campus until rather late last night and didn’t get a chance to update the list of articles critiquing and opposing the National Geographic Channel’s Nazi War Diggers, a proposed 4 part series which appeared to portray archaeology as […]

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Nazi War Diggers, part II

by meanlouise March 28, 2014 academia

Yesterday, I posted about a new NatGeo TV show, Nazi War Diggers. The list of blog posts and open letters criticizing the show continues to grow. Alison Atkin (Deathsplanation, doctoral researcher at The University of Sheffield Department of Archaeology) “Dear National Geographic Channel UK.” This post also contains a pdf of the letter the National […]

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Nazi War Diggers

by meanlouise March 27, 2014 academia

That title sounds like the lead-in to a post about craptacular SyFy movies. Or maybe a political post about the rhetoric around the NeoLiberal military-industrial complex. Sadly, it’s about neither of those things. Nazi War Diggers is an upcoming 4-part series on National Geographic International. TV Wise announced it will begin airing on May 13th. […]

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Dr. Isis: On Waking Up From Your Fear of Academic Writing…

by meanlouise January 15, 2014 academia

Dr. Isis: On Waking Up From Your Fear of Academic Writing… While directed at scientists, this post is applicable all academic creatures. Unless you’re a delicate flower & can’t handle profanity…in which case you should read this shit twice because you might actually need an extra dose of Dr. Isis’s character-building ass-kicking. Or not. Whatever. […]

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Thinking about the Bechdel Test

by meanlouise December 7, 2013 academia

The Bechdel Test is (was) a hot conversation topic at the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA) conference (last month, which is when I wrote this post I’m only now getting around to editing & posting). In 1985, a strip from Alison Bechdel’s Dykes to Watch Out For comic titled “The Rule” featured two […]

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Urban Legends, Halloween Candy edition

by meanlouise October 31, 2013 academia

My neighborhood gets pretty festive for Christmas, but I find the amount of time and money that goes into Halloween is staggering. Fun, but a bit crazy. I love Halloween and, admittedly, I require vigilant adult supervision in the Halloween aisles so that I don’t cart home every single novelty item pertaining to bones or […]

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Jim Croce cover band

by meanlouise May 31, 2013 academia

When I was a kid, our next door neighbors had a Hammond organ. They used to let me play it but their sheet music selection was pretty limited. Very limited. Let’s put it this way: if you ever form a Jim Croce cover band and need some funky organ breaks for “Time in a Bottle,” […]

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There should be a kickstarter, but for dares

by meanlouise April 26, 2013 academia

No, actually, there shouldn’t. There absolutely should not exist such a thing. But if such a thing did exist, it would be fantastic to be able to raise pledges to do things like watch the double=feature I saw on HBO’s schedule on May 3rd: Glitter and Wrath of the Titans. Glitter. And Wrath of the […]

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finals + fighting koalas (and never the two shall meet)

by meanlouise April 25, 2013 academia

If you have a final research project proposal to write and you’ve been editing some drafts of blog posts about it that are helping you organize your thoughts and remember how the project developed, that doesn’t count as procrastination! Watching a video of koala bears fighting, however, does qualify as procrastination. Just so we’re clear. […]

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Alligators!

by meanlouise April 19, 2013 academia

As I hurtle towards the inevitable end of the semester, it’s a good time to polish up some of the drafts that have been piling up. Instant content, just add coffee. Yes. Well. In my Anthropological Research Design seminar this semester we’ve been, um, designing research. Specifically, ethnographic research. (As a biological anthropologist, this is […]

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