proposed date of 36,500 years ago for Homo sapiens footprints of Ciur-Izbuc Cave

August 26th, 2014

The previous date for these footprints was proposed as 10,000 to 15,000 years old. More details here.

more ghosts of the unloved Solutrean hypothesis

August 12th, 2014

A characteristic blade and pieces of a mastodon skull dredged from Chesapeake Bay in 1974 get a closer examination decades later.

Alice Bailey: secret font of Lovecraft’s mythology

August 12th, 2014

The Secret Sun has a hell of a fun, detailed post on Lovecraft’s probable resources in crafting his mythos. When I saw Jack London mentioned, I thought I knew where the rest of the post was going, but I was happily wrong to see the pivot to Theosophy, then beyond. Baily seems familiar, but I might just be fooling myself.

Slightly related, I’ve been combing my broken memory for details from when I was reading Gurdjieff, particularly Meetings With Remarkable Men. It was a grim, unfunny joke to see that the Yazadis trapped in a sort of circle on Mount Sinjar.

Alan Moore on Illuminatus!

August 9th, 2014
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What We See When We Read

August 9th, 2014

Here’s that interview with Peter Mendelsund on the New Yorker (via Three Percent.) I pulled What We See When We Read out of a tote yesterday and it did look interesting. The Calvino connection is hooking me too. Admittedly though, when i flipped through the book, it came off a little too cute for me. I’ll check it out most definitely, but with more skepticism than I expected. However, his ideas about packaging Italo Calvino is charming me all over again.


August 9th, 2014

Three Percent has a review up of Autobiography of a Corpse, which I’ve been vacillating on buying, as it’s not as if I’m reading what I already have at moment.

chipping away at Out of Africa 60k

August 9th, 2014

Bit by bit the evidence is mounting to overturn the Out of Africa at 60,000 years ago model. I’m patient.

The Toba explosion causing that genetic bottleneck still has my sympathy, although this study from last year disputing that is interesting. Hell, I’m grateful to that piece alone, as I forgot this bit about the excavation near Jwalapuram in India.

internet life in summer of 2014

August 8th, 2014

Most mornings and evenings that I have time to sit in front of the computer, I have a baby balanced on my lap. Browsing and reading stories can be managed but it’s nigh impossible to post anything of substance.

So yeah, I have a decent excuse for not following through on committing to keeping orbis quintus active for once.

Screwing around with Twitter and Reddit has been a pleasant source for news when stuck on a mobile phone, but I might be done with Reddit in the near future. What seemed like a gently moderated megaforum now feels like a soapbox for certain individuals who have figured out how to game the system. While I’ve stumbled across some wonderfully informed people on there, like a gentleman who had some great info on some untranslated Bioy Casares, about the only thing that I can comment on freely seems to be comic books, which isn’t really a subject that I feel that I need to communicate with many people about on a regular basis. Comics are a fun diversion, not a project to learn.

Twitter is far more rewarding for finding firsthand reporting and links to interesting articles, but it’s Twitter for fuck’s sake.  Most of my tweets are retweets of reports of various humanitarian crises, scandals of overreach of government overreach, archaeology/anthropology links, and reviews of books by authors I’m already partial to.  Pretty much the exact same content this blog once promoted regularly, but with the warmth of a bot.

Dandaleith Stone

August 8th, 2014

Photos and a few details on Pictish symbol stone from 6th to 8th century from Craigellachie.

Happisburgh prints

February 7th, 2014

This news of 800,000 year old human footprints in Norfolk seems too good to be true.

Let’s wait and see.