#Respect - For our sisters and brothers in the field #IStandWithWildlandFirefighters

December 2017, California: Tehachapi Wildland Fire Crew 11 cr ew sleeping after 24hr shift. Photo Credit: Kern County Fire   Where there is smoke, there is Wildland Firefighters.    Fire, when finally mastered by our ancestors hundreds of thousands of years ago, cast the very light which illuminates the darkest shadows of our shared history. Unlike lithics or ceramics, fire is a capricious tool of mankind; both benevolent and malevolent in what it can do to shape our destiny. From a single errant spark a conflagration can erupt and devastate entire ecosystems. Fire has no pity, no premeditation, no plans, just potential. In our modern era we are fortunate to have those, who as much as is humanly possible, understand fire. Those who think like fire. Those who can try to predict fires ravenous desire for fuel fanned by always fluctuating  temperatures, winds, and precipitation. When the call goes out, they are the #WildlandFirefighters and their peers. These professionals do not run blindly at...
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VOTE! Election November 6th 2018 - WWID (What Would Indy Do?): Or "How is the country doing so good? It's the Trump Stimulus Stupid!"

Regardless of how the election turns out today it is worth noting that in late October 2018, after the big drop, all of the "gains" from 2018 were effectively wiped out (someone made a profit, and it wasn't most of us!). And while jobs grow continues (*)(a trend started early in the Obama's administration) wages are not rising in any meaningful way (and have yet to top 3% during this entire run).    It is also worth noting that while Trump did inherit a steadily recovering economy (unlike the recession Obama inherited) and there has been growth, this growth has not been "free". It is a direct result of the Trump Stimulus Plan. The combination of the massive tax cuts for the wealth and businesses and the massive increases in government spending have now pushed out National debt to over $21,000,000,000,000/21 Trillion dollars (when Trump took over it was $19,000,000,000,000/19 Trillion dollars. So why has...
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Get Your Absentee Ballot In Two Minutes. Also a list of Absentee Ballot deadlines by state.

Get Your Absentee Ballot In Two Minutes I got mine. Please get yours. It takes two minutes and requires no site registration (tip: you do not need to provide your phone number). http://shovelbums.net/l/get-your-absentee-ballot-here List of all states Absentee Ballot Deadlines: https://www.vote.org/absentee-ballot-deadlines/    
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MUST READ -> Major ShovelBums News: And so it begins...

TL;DR Is at the bottom:   —> MUST READ:   I always wanted to find myself standing on some dramatic landscape. A vista of foreboding clouds billowing across a distant horizon as a dusky golden sunset beautifully glints off the armor of the vast army behind me waiting for my command as we face our mortal enemy in the final great battle that will see us either victors of the principles we value or smote from the memory of both time and space. Standing before those who have entrusted so much to me I raise my arm to signal our advance, as I utter quietly, to myself:     “And so it begins…”     Welllll now I don’t see that happening anytime soon. So I will take this opportunity as probably the only time I will have the chance to utter those words and actually have some meaning behind them. So here it goes: ...
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The greatest tragedy of the Brazil Museum Fire? The hydrants were dry: A parable for the dangers we face today.

The greatest tragedy of the Brazil Museum fire? The fire departments are now reporting that when they arrived on scene all of the local fire hydrants were dry. While the design of the building (wood supports and floors) and the apparent failure of any existing fire suppression to contain the fire contributed to some of the loss. The primary cause of the complete destruction was a failing in basic modern infrastructure that allowed for what is effectively a 100% loss of most collections of more that 20,000,000 specimens. This is what happens when societies build without preparing for infrastructure support into the future. There will of course be little stories of miraculous "finds" among the rubble, but their significance pales in comparison to the loss that could have been limited in scale. This is a modern equivalent to the ultimate destruction of the  Library of Alexandria of Brazil. A loss that could have been minimized in scope and scale....
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ShovelBum's Presents #AskAnArchaeologist Day 2018 July 18

Today is #AskAnArchaeologist day! Share the hashtag and help educate your friends and family on social media about what it is archaeologists really do! http://www.shovelbums.org/gear  
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Good Night Koko

 Good Night Koko Hanabiko "Koko"  (July 4, 1971 – June 19, 2018)  
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National Melanoma Day (United States)

National Melanoma Day The first Monday in May was designated as "National Melanoma Day" by the American Academy of Dermatology in 1984 to help raise awareness of skin cancer.  Melanoma is one of the deadliest types of skin cancer. And skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US. According to the American Cancer Society, one person dies from Melanoma every hour. Last year one of those people was a friend of mine. They were bright, vivacious, strong: But then they were diagnosed, and the melanoma came on fast and hard.  On average, a person's risk for melanoma doubles if they have had more than five sunburns. You are smart about so much of what you do. Be smart about taking care of your skin. If are a real ShovelBum and have done time enough in the field to have been exposed more than the average population, then you are at risk: Make...
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May The 4Th Be With You!

May The 4th Be With You! Happy Star Wars Day!  
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A true tale of Archeology Today by Monty Python

Archeology Today by Monty Python       
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What the Hell is wrong with you Archaeologists and Anthropologists?

ShovelBums Turns 10, R. Joe enjoying a margarita
ShovelBums Turns 10, R. Joe enjoying a margarita
ShovelBums turns 19 today. 19!   DON'T YOU PEOPLE HAVE HOBBIES? :-) Seriously though, thank you, everyone. Both the companies and institutions that have believed in ShovelBums enough to feel it was worth your resources to spend the time posting positions and the 45,000+ "ShovelBums" who have been the right fit for the jobs advertised, whatever the level: Archaeology Field Technician, Crew Chiefs, Lab Directors, Field Directors, Principal Investigators, TV Shows, University faculty, etc... And there is only one, one very singular, reason any of this has happened. Because of you. Because you, and only you, reading this, have helped to spread the word about Shovelbums "No, really, it is not just for "ShovelBums"(*) Jobs" you would tell your friend with their nose up in the air at such a banal collection of below the bottom of the Shovel Test Unit jobs. From my first announcement to the "Pocket_Grophers" at Uark around 4am on April 25 1999,...
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Every Kid In A Park: Fourth Graders can get free access to all national parks, lands, and waters through August 31, 2018.

          Every Kid in a Park  This is a national program for federal parks and properties. If you have a 4th grader (or homeschool equivalent) your fourth grader can take his whole family to Federal Parks until August 31, 2018. You can sign up for the program here:   https://www.everykidinapark.gov Please share this information with your children's schools. With reduced funding and opportunities at schools, even entry fee cost can be a barrier to families from exploring these great places on our shared landscape. The best way to build up a generation that respects our cultural and natural environment and wants to help protect and preserve it is through exposure and experience.   Details about the Every Kid in a Park Annual 4th Grade Pass Available to U.S. 4th Graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age). Educators can also be involved! Learn more at the  Every Kid in...
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Medieval Conservatives

   Reblogged from Merritt Burton  https://twitter.com/chaotichamster Thanks to Bernie S. for the find:
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Note: The Nov 16, 2017 Keystone Pipeline oil spill is *not* the Keystone XL Pipeline (the XL is not complete yet).

The TransCanada Keystone pipeline spill of 210,000 gallons/5,000 barrels near Amherst, SD is *NOT* the Keystone XL pipeline that has been in the news so much this last year. The Keystone Xl is not completed yet. { Hat tip to JS for the heads up } The spill reportedly occurred because of a loss of pressure around 6:00 AM CST Wednesday, Nov 16th. The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources  was not notified until 10:30 AM CST.  So how much is 210,000 gallons/5,000 barrels? It's about 500,000 times as big as a Beer Keg. (source: Measure of Things ) It's about five times as big as The Goodyear Blimp. (source: Measure of Things ) It is about equal to 5 days of all coffee drinks sold by Starbucks worldwide (source: Leo Qin ).          Read More: TransCanada updates on the "Amherst Incident"  https://www.transcanada.com/amherst-incident http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/16/us/keystone-pipeline-leak/index.html https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/16/564705368/keystone-pipeline-oil-spill-reported-in-south-dakota https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/keystone-oil-spill-south-dakota-spd/    
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Some of the oldest paper in the world are from the Diary of Merer documenting the building of Khufu's pyramid in Giza.

  I have been casually following the work of French archaeologist Pierre Tallet and his work with  Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale, the University of Ismailia and the University of Paris-Sorbonne on the ancient harbors at  Ayn Sukhna and and the even more remote Wadi el-Jarf for a few years. Channel 4 just produced a neat documentary on the researchers discoveries and translations of the "Diary of Merer". It is fascinating because in this diary Merer (Merrer, Mererer) details the daily work in mining the stone to build the pyramid for Pharaoh Khufu, what would be the tallest man made structures for over 3,000 more years. The diary also definitively answers some of the questions researchers have had about the technology and the process of moving large scale materials for the construction of the pyramids.  My favorite quote from Tallert is: “Most new evidence is found in the periphery.”  Watch the episode here: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/egypts-great-pyramid-the-new-evidence/on-demand/67194-001 Read more:...
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Help Change (the) History (channel): "Amelia Earhart – The Lost Evidence": A petition to get History Channel to acknowledge the photo evidence used is wrong (it pre-dates her disappearance by two years!).

  Did you see this picture on the History Channel special in July 2017 “ Amelia Earhart – The Lost Evidence ”? It purported to show Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan in Japanese custody. There is a small problem...the photograph was taken two years before they disappeared!  While the History Channel has removed the episode from it's streaming service, they have yet to publicly acknowledge to their audience this error. Please sign this petition  to Paul Buccieri President A&E Networks to get the History Channel to correct this mistake. This is a perfect example of bad science making headlines, but when refuted, there is little coverage or attempt to correct the spreading of misinformation.      Sign the Petition
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Beauty in Chaos: Lesson in data visualization from the near realtime wind visualization of Hurricanes Katia, Irma, and Jose

As a scientist one thing I genuinely appreciate is high quality visualizations of data to give lay people an idea of scale and complexity presented in a format they can understand without specialized training. I believe these wind maps from https://earth.nullschool.net/ do a great job of this type of visualization. They allow you to view interacations on both a regional and a global scale and see how these different scales overlap and influence each other. The maps do not necessarily represent the winds in realtime, but the data is usually no more than a few hours old at most and some of it is very current. Archaeologists can learn a lot from studying other disciplines ways of representing complex information. Or just sit back and chill out and admire the beauty in the organized chaos of global wind patterns.     The start page for https://earth.nullschool.net/     A snapshot from Friday, September 8th 2017...
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{Not arch, but important} Big data breach at Equifax - shortcut to checking if you were compromised

TL:DR Hackers compromised 143,000,000 Americans (and some foreign) accounts at Equifax with important personal info like SSN, address, etc...  You have to dig through a few links on their statement page to find the page where you can check if your accounts might have been compromised (and if so, get free credit monitoring - they give you a "call back" date for registering with no reminders, how nice of them)  Here is the page where you can start the process to see if you were compromised (you can verify the link below from Equifax homepage):  https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/ Read More: https://gizmodo.com/hackers-steal-personal-information-of-143-million-ameri-1802136954 Equifax statement:  https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com You can find a link to the statement and the potential impact page via the Equifax homepage to verify them if you want: https://www.equifax.com/personal/  
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What is the #1 job Brits daydream about giving up their 9-5 for?

You guessed the obvious (considering the source ;-) folks! That is right, Archaeology!  Yep - 24% of Brits sampled in a 2,000 person survey listed Archaeology as the number one job they daydream about giving up their regular 9-5 job (you know, the ones with benefits, insurance, vacation, and co-workers with a slightly above average sense of acceptable hygiene). And of this sample one in four women surveyed choose archaeology as their number one choice of new profession.  But...you know what the #2 and #3 jobs were? Treasure Hunter (21%) and Adventurer (21%). Somehow I think these people surveyed might have a slightly distorted idea of what these "jobs" entail...and is "Adventurer" really even a job? The survey did find that in this sample set people spent about 12 minutes a day fantasizing about a different career. It also found that four in ten have also looked into moving out of Britain to find a different...
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R. Joe & Family: Our 2017 eclipse experience. Location: Southwest of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

{Eclipse 2017} Feel free to share! But see the audio note below. Watch in HD if able, it does look appreciably better :-) I haven't posted many pictures of our trip to see the eclipse in Kentucky yet because I first wanted to try and help crystalize my families memories of the experience in my mind by putting together a quick video. Note: Quick & Video do not go together in the same sentence! LOL! The end result is not what I was hoping for and I feel it needs some refinement. But it does give an idea of what our day with the eclipse was like (minus the traffic home!). I will use this video as a spring board to make the kids a better version this fall. There is a typo I need to correct, a few scenes didn't transition quite right, and I need to get the audio synced all the way through....
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