Daily Archives: March 14, 2009

March 14 Saturday stats

You will have noticed I mention a bit of a glitch over at Journalspace a couple of days back, though all seems well at the moment. Ninglun on Journalspace had 51 page reads in the past seven days. Now to the WordPress blogs.

In the past week top individually visited posts were as follows. * Recent post.

Floating Life

3,070 views so far this month.

  1. How good is your English? Test and Answers 75 views in the past seven days
  2. Australian poem 2008 series #10: Peter S 43
  3. The Great Surry Hills Book Clearance of 2005  42
  4. * The American Dream – Vanity Fair, Howard Fast,…  40
  5. Australian poem 2008 series #17: "Australia" — A D Hope 38
  6. * “Must read” is inadequate for Worldman’s latest 32
  7. Dispatches from another America 25
  8. * Catholic Taliban – very, very ugly 24
  9. Delia Malchert – Migraine Aura – Scintillating Scotoma 24
  10. * Pakistan on the Brink – Four Corners 23

Neil’s Modest Photo Blog

266 views so far this month.

  1. * Surry Hills graffiti 42
  2. Light, texture, architecture: Surry Hills 8
  3. * Redfern Oval – cloudy Sunday morning 5
  4. * Journalspace 4 – February 2009 — 2  3
  5. * Journalspace highlights 1 3

Ninglun’s Specials and Memory Hole

567 views so far this month.

  1. Sequel: Art Monthly Australia July 2008 22
  2. Family stories 3 — About the Whitfields 20
  3. 10. But is it art? Responses to the Bill Henson controversy 14
  4. Top poems 2: John Donne (1572-1631): Satire iii 14
  5. Gustave Dore’s "Ancient Mariner" illustrations 11
  6. Surry Hills 11
  7. Surry Hills 24: just a walk around the block 2 10
  8. The Bard, a Rabbit, and Ninglun 9
  9. Top poems 5: Thomas Hardy  — "The Oxen" 9
  10. Family stories 1 – mother 8


6,070 views so far this month.

  1. Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein" — and "Blade Runner" 538
  2. How should I write up a Science experiment? 303
  3. The "Belonging" Essay 198
  4. HSC English NSW Area Study Standard and Advanced "Belonging" 1  168
  5. Studying the Gothic, or Emily Bronte? 158
  6. Physical journeys and Peter Skrzynecki’s poems 127
  7. Belonging pages: HSC 2009-2012 125
  8. NSW Module A English HSC Advanced: on not seeing the wood for the trees 83
  9. Backgrounding my essay: question and resources to be used 65
  10. Workshop 02 — NSW HSC: Area Study: Imaginative Journeys 49

Here are some overall stats on English/ESL:

Top Posts
  1. Studying the Gothic, or Emily Bronte? 18,058 views since first posting
  2. Physical journeys and Peter Skrzynecki’s poems 17,969 views
  3. How should I write up a Science experiment? 13,248 views
  4. Workshop 02 — NSW HSC: Area Study: Imaginative Journeys 8,274 views
  5. Physical journeys and Peter Skrzynecki’s poems updated 3,144 views
  6. Workshop 01 — a theme unit in four different text types: senior English Studies 2,930 views
  7. ESL+ 2,840 views
  8. Scaffolding 2,764 views
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Posted by on March 14, 2009 in site news, site stats


Bad Archaeology

And is there a lot of it around! Bad Archaeology explains itself thus:

We are a couple of real archaeologists fed up with the distorted view of the past that passes for knowledge in popular culture. We are unhappy that journalists with no knowledge of the methods, aims, techniques and theories of real archaeology can sell hundreds of times more books than real archaeologists. We do not appreciate news programmes that talk about ley lines as if they are real. In short, we are Angry Archaeologists.

One of us is Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, who began work on a version of this site as part of his personal home pages as long ago as 1999. Keith is a local authority archaeologist in North Hertfordshire with a long-standing interest in Bad Archaeology and who has grown increasingly concerned at the profession’s evident unwillingness to deal with it. He is also worried at the growth of anti-Enlightenment attitudes during his lifetime, which he worries may return us to a Dark Age of superstition-based belief.

The other of us is James Doeser, who is currently trying to finish his PhD in government and archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. James is interested in the way efforts to increase public understanding of archaeology (museums, media, tourism etc.) collide with a the belief that everybody has a right to understand the past in whichever way they want. We can’t all be right, can we?

Highly commended. Just to name one field, there is unfortunately a great deal of nonsense out there in the realm of Biblical archaeology. In that area you may also look at another good site, The Bible and Interpretation.

There are many other sections in Bad Archaeology. I will certainly be spending time on it.

Bad Archaeology is all around us: many of its ideas are pervasive in popular culture; its publications sell more than Good Archaeology publications; its web presence is much stronger than that of Good Archaeology. What we are trying to do with this site is to show the utter vacuity of most Bad Archaeology and provide a reference point for Good (or at least, Better) Archaeology.

At the same time, we hope that this site will be a useful resource to people puzzled by various claims about the past, about apparently anomalous artefacts, about religious claims to knowledge that are in conflict with those of science and about assertions that just seem a bit dubious.

Above all, we hope that this site will entertain and amuse you!

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Posted by on March 14, 2009 in awful warnings, Bible, historiography, History