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Archive for August 2005

Lost in Translation

Wednesday, 31 August 2005, 15:55

It’s SOP in Thailand for Hollywood movies to be marketed under two titles — one English, one Thai. This is often the source of some amusement for better-educated Thais. In 1997-1998, there was a rumour (false, I believe) that in the Northeast region of Thailand, Titanic was being marketed as ชู้รักเรือจม (Chū́ Rák Rʉa Com) […]

Better than Ethnography?: The Human Library

Wednesday, 31 August 2005, 10:46

A public library in Holland has been swamped with queries after unveiling plans to “lend out” living people, including homosexuals, drug addicts, asylum seekers, gipsies and the physically handicapped.

Wikipedia Needs You!

Saturday, 20 August 2005, 19:13

Dustin Wax recently posted to Savage Minds musing ‘What do they want from us?’ They, of course, are the hoi polloi, and us are the anthropological cognoscenti. He lists a number of good points, and then ends in a joke: ‘They want to know about the dinosaurs.’ I’ve got to say, I think that highlights […]

Fieldwork, Exchange, Debt

Saturday, 20 August 2005, 18:06

I get up, and we shake hands. I say ‘I’ll be back in a couple hours.’ ‘It don’t matter.’ ‘Yeah,’ I say, ‘but I’m bringing something.’ ‘Now that do matter!’

Oops: Trackback Mania

Wednesday, 17 August 2005, 22:41

Attention Anthropologosphere: I discovered, earlier today, that WordPress was leaving trackbacks on other blogs without my knowledge. This would be great, except that WordPress doesn’t always do a very good job of figuring out which blog entry to comment upon when all it has to go on is the base URL for a site. I […]

Permissions and permissions…

Wednesday, 17 August 2005, 22:30

‘Homie, when you write this down, it’s going to be the craziest story you ever told.’

Oh, No Effin’ Way… Brain Boy!

Monday, 15 August 2005, 23:11

I have a rule about film adaptations of comic books. And that rule is: No. But this was before Savage Minds’ Kerim Friedman and the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives and Human Studies Film Archives’ Robert Leopold introduced the anthropologosphere to the astounding Matt Price, Jr.

Fathers, Mothers, and the Politics of Creation

Friday, 12 August 2005, 00:20

A just so story about anthropologists and informants…

Savage Minds: Fisking David Brooks

Thursday, 11 August 2005, 16:09

This morning, I forwarded this New York Times op-ed piece by David Brooks to the Anthro-L listserv. I was going to tear it apart, here, but Dustin Wax over at Savage Minds beat me to the chase, and did a far better job than I would have. One of the things I’ve wanted to do […]

Well, blast.

Friday, 5 August 2005, 07:05

Here goes nothin’…