anonymous asked:

Jess, so is Korekiyo the SHSL Folklorist or Anthropologist? Thanks

Okay, so. The Japanese is “Folklorist” in the sense of someone who studies a group’s stories, beliefs, customs, etc. I think they picked “Anthropologist” for the English because it’s closely related in meaning and a better-known word than folklorist.

I mean really, a folklorist is a kind of anthropologist, just one that focuses on cultural practices as opposed to like…population statistics and stuff.

I still think of Shinguuji as a Folklorist, but Anthropologist isn’t wrong. It’s like saying Gokuhara is an “Zoologist” rather than the more specific “Entomologist”, you know?

Why are hackers so political?

Gabriella Coleman is the “hacker anthropologist” whose book on the anthropology of Anonymous is among the best books on hacking I’ve ever read; her new paper in Current Anthropology, From Internet Farming to Weapons of the Geek, poses a fascinating question: given that hackers are as well-paid and privileged as doctors, lawyers and academics, how come hackers are so much more political than other members of the professional elites?

Coleman posits that hackers have a long, deep culture of mischief and playfulness – embodied in easter eggs, jokes, pranks, and teasing – that she calls “craftiness,” which ties into the adversarial and creative nature of their work (finding and exploiting other hackers’ mistakes), and that hacking, despite its solitary and autonomous nature, is also bound up into groups – hackerspaces, collectives, software projects. The combination of valuing solidarity among autonomous agents and embracing anti-authoritarianism creates a natural politics. Throw in state suppression of hacker activities through heavy-fisted legal enforcement and the political activation is complete.

When I explain cultural misappropriation to children, I use the example of The Nightmare Before Christmas.  

It’s effective because especially for children, who don’t have enough historical context to understand much of the concept, you can still fully grasp the idea.  

There was nothing wrong with Jack seeing the beauty and differences in Christmas town, it’s when he tried to take what is unique about Christmas town away from those it originally belonged to without understanding the full context of Christmas things is when everything went wrong.

When Jack tries to get the folk of Halloween town to make Christmas gifts for children, etc., children understand that the Halloween town folk do not have the full context for the objects they are making, and they are able to see that the direct repercussions and consequences are very harmful.

Another illustration for my women in science series. Jane Goodall is a primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist and is the worlds top expert on chimpanzees.

Get one here at:

I don’t have any idea of who or what God is.  But I do believe in some great spiritual power.  I don’t know what to call it.  I feel it particularly when I’m out in nature.  It’s just something that’s bigger and stronger than what I am or what anybody is.  I feel it.  And it’s enough for me.
—  Jane Goodall

Figure 1) Diagram showing the seventeen cranial suture sites.

Figure 2) Table demonstrating Meindl and Lovejoy (1985)’s composite scores of the sutures on the vault and lateral-anterior, respectively, in relation to mean chronological age.

Quick Tips: How To Estimate The Chronological Age Of A Human Skeleton – Cranial Suture Closure Method.

This is the 4th blog post in this Quick Tips series on chronologically dating human skeletal remains, if you haven’t read the first post click here to start at the beginning. In my previous blog post I introduced the method of chronologically dating sub-adults using dentition, you can find out this information by clicking here.

Another method of chronologically aging human skeletal remains is by observing the cranial suture closure sites. The human skull has seventeen unique cranial fusion sites (Figure 1), that are positioned on the vault, the lateral-anterior sites, and the maxillary suture

Click here to read the full blog post and learn the 17 suture points on All Things AAFS!

Dr Cheikh Anta Diop

 “Most of the ideas we call foreign are oftentimes nothing but mixed up, reversed, modified, elaborated images of the creations of our African ancestors, such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, dialectics, the theory of being, the exact sciences, arithmetic, geometry, mechanical engineering, astronomy, medicine, literature (novel, poetry, drama), architecture, the arts, etc.,” Diop put forth in Civilization or Barbarism. He argued specifically that Aristotelian metaphysics, the Pythagorean theorem, the concept of pi, Platonic cosmogony, and other commonly believed Greek creations actually were developed in ancient Egypt. “Consequently, no thought, no ideology is, in essence, foreign to Africa, which was their birthplace.