It's a cloudy and grey Friday here at Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Headquarters.
I've been mucking about with the VUE (Visual Understanding Environment) application produced at Tufts University. It allows one to create flow charts of complex ideas that integrate a wide range of media (from web pages, to Zotero bibliography, to documents). This method for organizing one's thoughts has not yet perfectly coincided with my processes, but I can see the utility to an application like this.
I have found Zotero 2.0 really useful and have used to to sync my bibliography between multiple computers. I'll admit to having lost some interest in Zotero once I began to split my time between a Mac and PC, but now with 2, it is easy to sync the bibliographies. I also like the public nature of our Zotero databases. While I haven't found many opportunities to surf around for what other folks are reading, it does produce a great environment for work on collective projects.
This is a really cool story about how Google works. In particular, it does a great job at presenting the complex variable that occur within any search environment and provides some idea of how Google goes about coping with this. I've added this article to my History 240: The Historians Craft syllabus. If students understand how searches work from the back-end, maybe they'll become more clever at searching for things on the front end.
I've fielded lots of questions about this Newsweek article on Göbekli Tepe this week. Claiming something is the first, oldest, or only brings out the press. It also makes it very difficult to put something into any meaningful context.
Who better to score the first double century in ODI Cricket history than the Little Master, Sachin Tendulkar. He is 36 years old (almost 37) and appears to be still getting better. Amazing.
The highlight of my weekend will be watching my Richmond Spiders play Xavier on ESPN2. It's the first time in 24 years that the Spiders are ranked in both polls.
Have a good weekend!