And, suddenly, I need to have read, digested, and contextualized Walter Benjamin’s entire corpus.

I love/hate when this happens.

SAA 2007

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The title of my paper:

“Geohacking, Memory Maps, Spacialized Wikis, and Landscape Archaeology”

I asked my friends to give me one positive comment and one critique, which I think it a pretty good way to get feedback. I got a pretty good turnout, even though I was first at 8am on a Friday morning.

The other papers in the session were interesting, particularly the “hip hop archaeology” paper and a paper about prepping a world heritage landscape in Fiji.

Sorry for the rather mundane post–I’m exhausted! I posted all my slides on flickr and I’m uploading my paper as a pdf to this post. Any commentary/critique is welcome!

SAA 2007

PROCESS

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The folly of taking photos of writing about taking photos instead of writing about taking photos.

PS: No, my writing actually comes out perfect the first time, I was just trying to make everyone else feel better. Really. C’mon.

PPS: Brought to you by Amy Winehouse and Man Man. I never said I had good taste in background writing music.

SCA SQ 2007

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I just finished the semi-mediocre powerpoint presentation that I cooked up for the paper that I co-authored with the four other San Quentin teachers. I don’t really like powerpoints and when I do them I try to do something nontraditional. I just didn’t have time to do much with this one. Tufte be damned, I guess.

No, I didn’t come up with the title to the paper.

Spring break is next week and everyone is cranky. By everyone I mean me.

Stay tuned for more academic make-work!

So, while I enjoy browsing at the lovely little clothing boutiques around the Bay Area, the true hot ticket shopping is done at home:

Oh yes, the Forestry Suppliers 2007-2008 catalog has arrived. 700+ pages of tree ball carriers, reptile tongs, and crack hammer belt holsters. While I’m very happy as an archaeologist, when I was young I wanted to be a park ranger and this catalog fits both professions just fine.

They have a website too:

http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/

But the catalog just feels nice. On the to-buy shortly list:


Dirt guides!


Munsell Color chart, as mentioned in jlowe’s post:

http://whereinthehellami.blogspot.com/2006/10/when-is-brown-not-brown.html


And I really need a new compass.

A girl can dream.

A few weeks ago I desperately needed a photo scale, so I ordered it and threw in a plum bob for good measure. Plumb bobs are really nice to map with because when you position a tape measure over an area you are excavating (particularly if it’s a broad, areal excavation), it’s often hard to see where exactly that tape measure is in relation to the artifact/feature/whatever you are trying to plan map. So, you measure from a plumb bob string back to the measuring tape and it gives you a better reading than just estimating with your eyes by standing above it. I don’t think I’m explaining this very well. Nevertheless, plumb bobs are nice to have around.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t notice the size/weight of this thing when I ordered it and ended up with a what could be described as a small missile. It’s heavy, too. Whenever I heft the thing, I immediately think about it falling into my eye. Though that might be a residual from being in grad school.

My next one will hopefully be about two inches long. I might keep this one though, in case I need to do some real cartographic violence.

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“The philosophical argument of this book is simple in its outlines: images are like living organisms; living organisms are best described as things that have desires (for example, appetites, needs, demands, drives); therefore, the question of what pictures want is inevitable.”

“We need to reckon with not just the meaning of images, but their silence, their reticence, their wildness and nonsensical obduracy. We need to account for not just the power of images but their powerlessness, their impotence, their abjection.”

“…when students scoff at the idea of a magical relation between a picture and what it represents, ask them to take a photograph of their mother and cut out the eyes.”

What Do Pictures Want: The Lives and Loves of Images by W.I.T. Mitchell

Growing Up

Urban assemblage #2. Click on the picture for notes.

Woozy drowsy from staying up too late reading and the sleeping pill I finally had to take hasn’t worn off yet. I’ve been watching Masculin/Feminin while sorting through the million emails from my students…oh, to be a french girl in the 60s. I do pretty okay though, ever since my New Year’s resolution I’ve been out out, running around and socializing, meeting people and going to lectures, art shows and DJ sets.

As far as scholarly life goes, I’ve been reading a lot of visual studies work, and I find most of it incredibly naive. Trying to link modernity and postmodernity to some kind of increase in visuality seems ridiculous to me, but I’ve been unable to articulate it in any kind of manner acceptable in an academic arena.