May 29th, 2007

writing one-eyed jack

best of all I won't stop dreaming just because i'm rich and famous.

Book Report #44: Bill Bass, Ph.D, and Jon Jefferson, Death's Acre.

Bill Bass is the founder and head of the University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility, a pioneer in forensic anth. I first heard about his project in one of Douglas Ubelaker's publications lo these many years ago, back in the dim mists of history, when I was going to be a forensic anthropologist.

And this is a seriously interesting book.

The organization could be a little better, and there's a fair amount of repetition, but the material is clearly and cogently presented. Bass's personality shines through (sometimes I like him more than others) and he does not stint on either the black humor or the praise of his associates.

The book is also full of usefully macabre details, like the fact that fat people skeletonize faster than skinny ones do. And apparently, if you soak dessicated skin in Downy fabric softener, it becomes pliable enough to finerprint.

Also, I liked this photo caption: "One of our early experiments studied whether body bags are leakproof. They aren't."

Far less squeamy than actual textbooks, this is written for the interested layman.

criminal minds reid and garcia shit

so it seems you've been running in circles. now you can't even get to first base.

Progress notes for 29 May 2007

All the Windwracked Stars

New Words:  1,065
Total Words: 29,585
Deadline: November 1
Reason for stopping: quota, scene

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29,585 / 100,000

"Shoggoths in Bloom"

New Words:  1,114
Total Words: 1,114
Deadline: June 5
Reason for stopping: had to work on the book.

Tyop du Jour:  his shadow was sleeting
Today's words Word don't know:  saddleback, obdurance,
Mean Things: roomate fight
Miles to Rivendell: 221.6. I am climbing towards Weathertop. And someday I might get there.

Speaking of big things: having just watched Nova, I am really possessed of the desire to climb Kilimanjaro. And it appears to be affordable enough that if I saved my pennies for a couple of years, I could swing it.

By 2009, I might even be in shape to try....