Catherine and I have been out of town for the past few days, combining a business trip with a mini-vacation. We spent this past weekend in Monterey, revisiting some of our favorite restaurants.
Amidst everything else, I’ve also started reading Lynn H. Gamble’s new book on the Chumash. I’ve had somewhat of an interest in Chumash prehistory since long before I ever thought of becoming an archaeologist. My mother and grandfather both grew up in Santa Barbara, and I lived there myself as a teenager. I was a regular visitor at both the mission and the natural history museum (I hadn’t been drawn into archaeology yet, but I’ve been a science geek my entire life). I’ve even been told that a distant relative of mine is buried in the cemetery at the mission, although I don’t know who they were. And on top of everything else, one of the first anthropology classes I ever took was taught by Tom Blackburn, who assigned December’s Child as one of the textbooks.
I’ve only just started Gamble’s book, but it appears that one of her main concerns is the establishment and maintenance of political power by Chumash chiefs. At the SAA conference she gave a fascinating talk comparing Patwin and Chumash chieftainship, and I’m looking forward to finding out what she has to say on the subject in this book.
Yesterday my wife and I went out to a restaurant we both like for brunch. As I pulled in to park, I noticed that the car next to us, which had also just arrived, had the license plate: ENT CV6. An older couple was getting out, and I asked the gentleman if he had served aboard the USS Enterprise. He confirmed that he had, and we talked for a few minutes before going inside. I mentioned that my wife’s grandfather had been the supply officer aboard the USS Hornet, and the man told us he had watched the Doolittle Raid taking off.
A little later, while we were eating, he handed me a printed card with his name and dates of service, along with some basic facts about the history of the ship. The fact that he had such a card ready to give out, as well as the license plate, give an indication of how proud this man was to have served. Rightly so, in my opinion. I won’t post the man’s name here, out of respect for his privacy, but I am very glad that I had the opportunity to meet him.
ShelterBox is a group in the UK that provides emergency relief to victims of disaster worldwide. The put together boxes containing tents, blankets, tools, a portable stove, and other supplies. These boxes are delivered to people in disaster areas. Their response teams are already handing out boxes in Japan, where thousands of people have been made homeless by the recent earthquake and tsunami. I have added them to my links list, and I’m hoping that
both all of my loyal readers will be able to do something to help them out.
Over the past few years I’ve dabbled a bit in computer art, mainly using Poser and Photoshop Elements. I’ve added a link in the sidebar to a gallery of some of my pictures. Fair warning though; many of them involve artistic nudity and may be NSFW.
In astronomy, the ergosphere is a particular region of space outside the event horizon of a rotating black hole, in which spacetime itself is dragged around the black hole faster than the speed of light (relative to the outside universe). It also happens to be the name of a blog, published by a fascinating, unique, and completely wonderful woman named Catherine.
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