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Plainview drawing.

Its blurry, but you get the idea.

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Spring break is halfway done for us Baylor students. I’ve been spending it in about as frugal a way as you can imagine. I’m staying at my apartment and working in order to save up some money. The Texas Collection library employs me as an archival assistant; I’ve been spending much of the week there keeping an eye on the researchers who stop by. Besides working, I spend my time not buying things and finding amazing ways to stretch out my food supply. If you could picture some montage from a movie of a kid smashing his piggy bank, looking under the couch for change, and selling lemonade all for the sake of buying a new shiny red dreambike, that would be how I’m living my life right now.

Baylor class ring savings fund? Raided.

Stock I bought when I was 14? Sold.

21st birthday gift-checks? Not spent on booze.

I’m doing all this for just one reason: I will be going to Jordan this summer to take part in the 2010 el-Hemmeh excavation at Wadi el-Hasa (funded by National Geographic) along with some Stanford undergrads.

I just really need a plane ticket.

The fact that a significant portion of that statement was both italicized and bold-faced should show how excited I am about this. I’ve got my passport, my Jordanian Antiquities Department security forms are fine, and I’m purchasing my first Marshalltown trowel as I write this very sentence. Did I mention my excitement?

I just don’t have a plane ticket.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to find out what the market value of a kidney is.

P.S. Baylor Vs. UT at Kansas City tonight. Sic ’em Bears!

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A while after I wrote that post on Jared Diamond and the Easter island research that was published in Yoffee and McAnany’s Questioning Collapse, Rhonda Shearer of Stinkyjournalism.org commented on it with some links to new posts on that site. Jared Diamond had a book review of Questioning collapse published in the February 18th edition of Nature. Although the book itself is practically dedicated to discrediting much of Diamond’s research, there wasn’t any sort of disclosure in nature about his position in regards to the book. Needless to say, the review is heavily critical. At the very least, the editors of Nature were not giving McAnany and Yoffee a fair shake without letting the readers know about the potential biases that Diamond may have brought into his review. So, this is an interesting example of a science media ethics debate.

Stinky journalism has been regularly updated with new information on all this. I’ve got some links for you.

first report on Diamond’s review

Later update with Nature‘s response

Comments section of my post.

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