Mets Blog

1 09 2008

Outside of archaeology probably my biggest interest is sports.  My favorite team (in any sports) is the New York Metropolitans, or Mets to most.  This past year I discovered the site a great site for any and all info Mets.  The Mets are entering the time when, a year ago, they slowly fell apart losing a 7 game lead to the Philadelphia Phillies.  The team this year looks completely different in terms of confidence and leadership, perhaps having something to do with Jerry Manuel, who took over for Willie Randolph mid-year.  Anyways, if I don’t post for awhile later this month its likely because I’m huddled in a corner whispering to myself “Why Mets, Why?!?!”  So lets hope that doesn’t happen.

And Now For Something Completely Different

1 09 2008

Back to Safut, time to take a break from the politics and get back to archaeology.  With teaching, work, and class I haven’t kept up with blogging on an area of Safut a month (or week, whatever I wrote).  So a new idea, one picture per week.  Until I start actually working on the dissertation this will be the main weekly update.

statue representing Egyptian god Thoth

Statue representing Egyptian god Thoth.

I have previously posted on this statue from Safut.  However I recently found this picture while searching for information on Safut.  Unlike the previous picture, this one is in color and shows the side of the figurine.  So now one can see that the monkey is actually carrying an animal.  It appears to be a lamb and this type of figurine is very unusual in the Levant.

Opinions on Palin

1 09 2008

Apparently there are some dissenting voices amongst the Republican, conservatives, women who Palin was going to help bring to McCain.  David Frum, conservative author for the National Post, writes “Ms. Palin is a bold pick, and probably a shrewd one. It’s not nearly so clear that she is a responsible pick, or a wise one.”

The Anchorage Daily News, which is the most well regarded of Alaska’s newspapers, in an article on various Alaskan politicians reactions to Palin for VP quotes State Senate President Lyda Green, a Republican from Palin’s hometown of Wasilla, as saying “She’s not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president? Look at what she’s done to this state. What would she do to the nation?”  Obviously there is some kind of feud going on, but still interesting.  To read why Green thinks these things and what other Republicans think click here.

Lastly the NY Times has an article based on interviewing numerous women around the US about Palin.  Opinions varied, most who said they were Republicans viewed the choice positively, most Democrats viewed it negatively, and independents opinions were mixed (all big suprises), however the one fact that spread across party lines, “Not a single woman interviewed had heard of her before Friday.”