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miscellaneous ramblings and stuff - athene
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Life stuff behind the cut

I have a new laptop! There is much squee. Actually, I got a new laptop last weekend but have only just got round to posting anything but fic on lj. I still haven't managed to install Office and stuff on it, mostly due to not having enough time in the evenings, but that should get sorted at the weekend. And there will be even more squee next Friday when i get wireless broadband connected, and then slow-mo dial-ups will be a thing of the past and I can enjoy all those lovely picspams from the comfort of my own home, and not have to have furtive picspam sneaky viewing from work. 

Speaking of work, next week is going to be insane. I've already worked late twice this week, and suspect I'll be working late most days next week as well. Just a vague warning that I'll either be very quite on lj next week, or else quite loud and ranty. I'm not sure which way it's going to go, may depend on how stressful work is. But I have the day off next Friday, so long bank holiday weekend. yey! 

In other news, it's the Alt.Fiction event in Derby this Saturday. I've got my ticket, and I'm quite looking forward to it, even though they don't appear to have got any particularly big names to attend this year. It's basically a day of talks, workshops and discussion groups for fantasy, sci-fi and horror literature, and tends to have a large array of writers and publishers from said genres. Previous events have had the likes of Simon R Green, Ramsey Campbell, Iain M Banks, and Harry Harrison. It's the third year the event has run, I've been to all of them, and I hope it keeps going into the future. I may post about it when I get back on Saturday night. If anyone is in the Derby area and is interested, chances are you can still get tickets on the day.

Check out the Alt.Fiction webpage at www.derby.gov.uk/altfiction or visit the Alt.Fiction blog at www.altfictionday.blogspot.com 

In random archaeological news, I spotted this article today:

7000 years older than Stonehenge: the site that stunned archaeologists

My first thought was 'wow, monumental site *that* early!' Hot on the heels of that thought, I found myself scouring the article for exactly what evidence they were basing this extremely early date on, and couldn't find any. Don't suppose anyone else has heard of this site or knows anything else about it? 

Even more random miscellany; one of my cacti is flowering. It has huge bright yellow flowers budding at the moment. It's quite pretty and slightly unexpected. I don't remember it doing that this time last year. 

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fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: April 24th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for new laptops and soon-to-arrive broadband! Being left out of comment porns will soon be a thing of the past :)

The Derby thing sounds fun, but it's not an easy place for me to get to unfortunately, otherwise I;d be tempted.

No, I haven't heard of that site, and nor does the article give any cluse as to how they are arriving at the possible age. The quote from Ian Hodder could easily have been taken wholly out of context, so I'd be wary of taking that as an endorsement from him, that's for sure. It does sound interesting, and I would really like to see what the dating evidence is. There might have been something on this published in Antiquity. It does ring vague bells. I'll try and remember to look it up when I get the chance.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 24th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've just re-read the article to make sure I hadn't missed something (I was reading it quickly in my lunchbreak at work). It really doesn't say what evidence they are basing the date on anywhere, which makes me suspicious.

I may have to try to find other news about it, as the Neolithic is one of my main areas of interest in archaeology. Okay, they're saying this site is pre-Neolithic, but if it is then it's important, and even if it isn't, it's still an important site, just not for the reasons this article is shouting about.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: April 24th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Laptop with broadband! Yay for you! Although you should neglect the skill of furtive picspam sneaky viewing from work - you never know when it might come in handy! *g*

The Alt.Fiction things sounds soooooooo interesting, but since I live nowhere near there sadly I won't be able to go *sniffs* Let us know what it was like, yes?

And I am also dubious about the dating claims of the archaeology. We had a whole lectue on my MA about how you shouldn't take popular interpretation at face value, and actually think about how the researches might have arrived at that conclusion, and that might be be relying precisely on the fact that you're not thinking too deeply about it!

And don't cacti flower only once every few years? Sure I read that somewhere...
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 24th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, we had a number of lecturers who stressed the importance of never relying on just secondary sources, and always reading the original site reports to see exactly what the evidence is. This one is annoying me now; the more I think about it the more I want to know exactly where they got that date from.

I'm sure some of my cacti flower every year, I just don't remember this one having quite such impressively big flowers last year. I used to have a good collection of cacti, but they all died in the last rented house I was in, so I've been rebuilding my collection since I moved into the new place. Possibly explains why I haven't worked out how and when they flower yet - I've only had some of them for about a year.
partofthequeue2 From: partofthequeue2 Date: April 25th, 2008 09:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I've never heard the of the site, and I also think it may be a tad suspicious that they've got an anthropologist rather than an archaeologist talking about it, and no dates apart from '7000 years older than Stonehenge' (and that in itself is a pretty wide time line as Stonehenge was build over a period of thousands of years...)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 25th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm... the entire thing seems to be a bit wishy-washy. There isn't a particularly good description of the stone circles either. I'm wondering if they are basing the date on other sites in the nearby area, rather than directly dating the stone circles themselves. It's all a bit strange and lacking in detail.
entangled_now From: entangled_now Date: April 26th, 2008 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Hurrah for new laptop, and an extra hurrah! For the acquisition of broadband.

I was skimming the archaeological article and got to 'an animal, half-human, half-lion' and for a fraction of a section my brain went WHA? Clearly I haven't had enough coffee yet this morning!

Though Oooh flowering cacti! Ours aren't out yet, though with the weather we're having lately they probably think the apocalypse has already happened.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 27th, 2008 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I *so* can't wait for the broadband to be installed. And assuming it all works fine on the Friday then it means I will inevitably end up spending the entire bank holiday weekend on some kind of non-stop internet orgy of broadband joy!

I was convinced that I'd managed to kill one of my cacti last year, but that one also flowered a few months ago, so I can't have done that much damage to it! I really must learn what species I own, because mostly I just describe them as things like 'the short fat round one', 'the tall one with broad pads' and 'the long straight slightly phallic looking one'!
entangled_now From: entangled_now Date: April 28th, 2008 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
'the short fat round one', 'the tall one with broad pads' and 'the long straight slightly phallic looking one'!

LOL! I think I have all of these too, along with 'the one that leaves weird little prickles in your hand for days' and 'the one that looks like like missile silo' :D
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 28th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
"'the one that leaves weird little prickles in your hand for days'"

I used to have one of those as well. I think that may have been the only time that i was happy when a cactus died, because I hated the nasty prickles.

I love the little 'living stone' succulents as well, but haven't been able to find any since I started restocking the collection.
entangled_now From: entangled_now Date: April 28th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Exactly, the prickly one I don't dare touch. I don't mind being spiked as long as I can let go and it stops!

I think I know what you mean there, I saw something like them once in the nursery/garden centre here, only tiny ones though.
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