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Master's Degree holder, telecommuting from the hot tub, proud Darwinian Dawkobot, and pirate librarian belly-dancer bohemian secret agent scribe on a mission to rescue bloggers from the wholesome clutches of the pious backstabbing girl fridays of the world.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

In Case I Don't Reply Right Away...

it's because I'm working on those New Year's Resolutions this long weekend.

For example, I dragged my sorry ass out of bed at a decent hour this morning, actually ate breakfast for a change (and I'm not talking coffee and the Internet), and managed to show up at dance class for the first time in months. And I'm ahead in my homework. Let's see how long that lasts.

Now it's off to the orchestra tonight (I got free tickets again), so not much time for blogging and commenting, but there's always tomorrow.

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Anonymous JanieBelle said...

Hi Kristine! How was the orchestra? I hope you had a lovely time.

When you grab a moment, I just came across This article about possibly some of the oldest human artifacts in North America having just been discovered in Minnesota.

I thought I'd point it out, since you've been so busy.

By the way, I've been having a terrible time trying to comment on your blog. I click the "comments" link, and the page just never seems to load.

It finally loaded this time, but took like forever.

I haven't been commenting much anywhere (I've been busy, too!), so it may just be a general blogger issue, I don't know. I haven't abandoned you or anything!

Just so y'know.


January 14, 2007 11:06 AM  
Blogger Rev. BigDumbChimp said...

Blogger blows.

January 14, 2007 6:49 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Dear JanieBelle. Of course I didn't think you and Kate and the boy had abandoned me. We are all busy.

Rev. Chimpy, you said it. Blogger blows goats! I don't know what the hell to do about the comments, because I'm having problems commenting at my own blog (plus I have to sign in a bazillion times!).

Thanks for the link. Those probable human artifacts were in the STrib--they actually aren't that much to look at. I know from my short stint at the archaeological dig last summer that it's terribly hard to discern, at least at first, which is human-made and which is just a freak of geology--and that was sorting for tools from just 100 years ago. It seems that the controversy will continue with the digging when spring comes.

The orchestra was great--Tchaikovsky's 4th. Plus, our friend Jan Elftman had her 50th birthday afterward, and she had her guests making crafts--spirograph in a washing machine, objects spinning in the dryer (ever thrown random objects into a dryer and turned it on?), costumes made out of duct tape, etc. I made a "grass skirt" out of an armful of green shoelaces and a "lei" out of some kind of weird, large, spiky plastic beads that had golden glitter in them.

Those beads were sharp. That lei hurt.

I loved it! ;-)

Hugs and shimmies!

January 14, 2007 8:20 PM  
Blogger Greg Laden said...

What was your archaeological stint last summer? Eliot park?

January 15, 2007 12:51 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

It was at the Mill Ruins Park archaeological dig, the Cataract Mill complex. John was filming for a documentary and I was digging.

Man, did I get into digging. I would be practically upside down, scraping with my trowel and yakking with the archaeologists, and pretty soon three hours had gone by!

I think that's scary, because it's not like we made exciting discoveries often (though a few were exciting--ceramic pipes, a seemingly bottomless shaft, and some red brick, unlike the usual yellow. Ooooh. (I used to work for a historic consulting firm and had to write up descriptions of all those same mills, too--lots of yellow brick).

January 15, 2007 11:33 AM  
Blogger Kevin Scott said...


Since you're busy I wasn't sure if you'd remember. Nothing to go to pieces over. Hold yourself together. [insert your own bad pun here]


January 15, 2007 12:50 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

No, my friend, I didn't forget! (Because I got an e-mail reminder from Pamela at the Black Dahlia Website.)

And I owe you guys a photo! When I get my act together... (I couldn't find a vise, though. I thought about putting my head in the orange juicer, but then decided that that looked silly.)

January 15, 2007 1:20 PM  
Blogger Greg Laden said...

Ah, ooh, cool... red brick ..... we Easterners miss our red brick. We have WHOLE CITIES made of red brick.

The street I grew up on was paved with red brick. No kidding. (but, not far away was a road through the forest, a few miles long and running over the creek down below the Billiard Ball factory and the Dairy Farm ... the road was ... and I'm not kidding ... made of Yellow Brick. So we would go down and Follow the Yellow Brick Road on hot summer nights.)

Kent told me you found some at the Mill Ruins, but I didn't believe him. Nice to have independent confirmation. Must have been really cool.

January 15, 2007 9:36 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

So you know Kent Bakken!

Here's a photo of me uncovering the brick.

January 15, 2007 10:23 PM  
Blogger Greg Laden said...

I am a colleague of Kent's. In the old days, I was a North American archaeologist (including some industrial archaeology, by the way). Kent is a grad student in my department. I work with him on the Eliot Park archaeology project.

Nice picture. Kinda hard to see the brick, though...

January 16, 2007 12:10 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Yeah, it didn’t turn out as well in the pic. (And you’re probably blinded by my white, fat thighs!) ;-)

January 16, 2007 4:04 PM  
Blogger Greg Laden said...

You should check out the Eliot Park project next summer. Kent runs it. We've been digging on property owned by the Minnesota Aids Project in, of course, Eliot Park Neighborhood. The project will probably happen there again this year.

I'll probably miss it as I'll be in South Africa (depending on when it is)

January 17, 2007 2:50 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Whoa, South Africa! The head of our department went there twice. Actually, there's a class in International Librarianship offered in South Africa this summer, but it costs an arm and a leg and besides, I'm going to the Galapagos this May. But enjoy yourself.

Thanks, I will definitely check out the Eliot Park site! (More than likely John will be filming it, anyway.) :)

January 18, 2007 8:51 AM  
Blogger Greg Laden said...

The Galapagos! That sounds like fun.

January 19, 2007 12:01 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...


January 19, 2007 5:21 PM  
Blogger Greg Laden said...

Well, OK, but I too will be following in the footsteps of Darwin. He did visit a few other places besides the Galapagos during that five year voyage, you know.

January 22, 2007 3:17 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

That's right! In fact, he went around the world before he even went to those islands. And he escaped a tidal wave in South America, I do believe.

January 22, 2007 4:29 PM  

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