Blog Roll

Quick post while my files are uploading to the work server. Blog roll! It sounds edible but is mostly time consuming.

First and foremost is It doesn’t get updated too often but the articles are always well thought out and referenced. Hominids, evolution, hooray!

A long term favourite is Colleen Morgan’s Middle Savagery. Colleen Morgan is an intrepid and pragmatic archaeologist. I find her dedication to quality archaeology, quality blogging and her work shoes inspiring.

Thanks to Middle Savagery, I have spent several hours on My Cartoon Version of Reality. It is the world of archaeology perfectly captured in slightly surreal cartoons. Also thanks to Middle Savagery is The Baking Archaeologist who also spends a lot of time thinking (and baking!) food.

Then there are the blogs of my dear friends; Katiefoolery with her abandoned houses and photography adventures, Flippyfrog with her knitted masterpieces (seriously, check out her daleks) and Dr. T’s exploration of historical figures’ medical histories. Oh and Matthew Asprey’s writings and cultural dalliances.

And much more but it’s time to get to work.


Venue 505


Thanks J. for having your birthday party at Venue 505. So good to have small venue music gigs with good food, good music and great company.

A Mongolian Sequitur


Baga Gazryn Chulu in the Middle Gobi region of Mongolia (Source: me!)

Mongolia is a nation currently undergoing rapid development. WordPress not so long ago fresh-pressed Khogjmiin Duureg, a blog looking at music and urbanisation in Ulanbaatar. Here’s an American artist who specialises in painting Mongolian animal life. In recent news, a Mongolian fossil dinosaur is up for auction in the U.S. It is believed that the fossil may have been exported illegally from Mongolia.



How curious…

The Yoga Hub

Plastic-Eating Fungi Found In The Amazon

A group of students and professors from Yale University have found a fungi in the Amazon rainforest that can degrade and utilize the common plastic polyurethane (PUR). As part of the university’s Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory educational program, designed to engage undergraduate students in discovery-based research, the group searched for plants and cultured the micro-organisms within their tissue.

Several active organisms were identified, including two distinct isolates of Pestalotiopsis microspora with the ability to efficiently degrade and utilize PUR as the sole carbon source when grown anaerobically, a unique observation among reported PUR biodegradation activities.

Polyurethane is a big part of our mounting waste problem and this is a new possible solution for managing it. The fungi can survive on polyurethane alone and is uniquely able to do so in an oxygen-free environment. The Yale University team has published its findings in the article ‘Biodegradation of Polyester Polyurethane by Endophytic…

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Emu egg, pigface, landscape




Sunset on the Station

Another week surveying, another week of sunsets from north of Balranald.






Mining History

Another “Primefact” from the Department of Primary Industries in NSW:

‘Mining by Aboriginies – Australia’s first miners.’

Informative, politically curious.

Be Good

Back in December 2010 I heard Gregory Porter perform ‘Be Good’ at Zeb’s in New York. The song has stuck with me and I’m happy to see Porter has made it the title song of his new album.


When money isn’t enough…

I like collecting data. I like graphs. I bought an INano and it can record my exercise sessions at the gym on it’s little fitness app which can then be uploaded to Nike’s website to make pretty graphs. I read the Terms of Use and here’s why I won’t be using it:

NIKE’s Rights to Your Posting
Your User Generated Content is not confidential or proprietary. You grant, and warrant that you have the right to grant, to NIKE a non-exclusive, non-revocable, worldwide, transferable, royalty-free, perpetual right to use your User Generated Content in any manner or media now or later developed, for any purpose, commercial, advertising, or otherwise, including the right to translate, display, reproduce, modify, create derivative works, sublicense, distribute, assign and commercialize without any payment due to you.”

I think it’s polite that if a company wants my personal data and my user generated content it should ask for it or offer to pay for it rather than consider it their right for developing a useful tool. Put a slightly different way, I would rather pay for a toilet and pay my rates for maintenance of the sewerage network than have a free toilet and allow someone to monitor and data mine every litre of piss that is evacuated from my bladder at any given time for commercial purposes.

So, anyone want my money without needing commercial rights to my location, mass, velocity and image across time and space?


I nearly stepped on several lizards during recent surveys. Theywere so convinced I hadn’t seen them that I was able to get the camera within 30cm of them. Here is one such fellow.