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Here, we talk about books, history (actual and alternative), the latest discoveries in archaeology, music, movies, and just life in general.  Whatever catches my interest at the time.  Occasionally, I’ll post a scrap kit for you to download.  This doesn’t happen as often as I’d like anymore, but that’s life.

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Some Nerdishness

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new&nerdlyThey’ve discovered a Mycenaean palace near Sparta, complete with “archaic inscriptions.” Always love when new inscriptions are found.  One thing, though:

…excavations in the area have unearthed inscriptions on tablets detailing religious ceremonies and names and places in a script called Linear B, the oldest script to be discovered in Europe. It first appears in Crete from around 1375 BC….

I thought Linear A, also written in Crete, was older than Linear B.

A new study talks about how much more diverse large mammals would be, outside of Africa, if humans never existed. Think about it. In North America alone we had, just off the top of my head, two species of mammoths, at least one of mastodon, and three of bison plus horses and camels, two or three species of lions, cheetahs, dire wolves, cougars, jaguars, short-faced bears, and sloths. Of all of those only cougars, one or two jaguars in Arizona, and one species of bison remain. And the jaguars are a recent development.

Apparently those odd boulder mortars of the Natufian culture served a funereal function similar to modern church bells. Not sure I entirely agree with this.

A huge cache of some 500 cave lion bones belonging to 5 or 6 beasts has been found in a Siberian cave along with a giant cave bear skull pierced with a spear. There were also a few weapons, all Mousterain (a Stone Age tool technology usually associated with Neadertals), found in the cave, but no evidence that people actually lived in it. It’s likely that this cave had some sort of religious significance. Preliminary, guesstimated, dates between 30,000 and 60,000 years ago.

Song Obsessions: “Wrong Song”

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Heard this one yesterday, can’t remember if it was regular radio or Pandora, but I can’t get it out of my head.

What tune’s stuck in your mind this week?

Neolithic Warfare and other Nerdly Items

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new&nerdlyFirst, a look at those studies on First American DNA published last month from a Siberian perspective.

Some more early human bones found in yet another Siberian cave not all that far from Denisova.  What type of early human/s has yet to be determined, but researchers are hoping for the full Altai triumvirate of Denisovan, Neandertal, and anatomically modern human.

More evidence solidifying the overall impression of internecine violence at the end of the Linear Pottery culture (LBK), including evidence of torture (the thing with the teeth) and the mutilation of corpses to cripple the victims in the afterlife, possibly to prevent them from effectively haunting their attackers.

European Middle Neolithic

European Middle Neolithic
Image Credit: Joostik, obtained from Wikipedia

Downton returns

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PBS has announced that the last season of Downton Abbey will premiere here in the U.S. January 3, 2016, 9/8c.  I can hardly wait!

Regarding Friendship

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I love the Dear Kitten videos on YouTube.  They’ve posted some new ones.  This one made me laugh out loud.

DigiScrap Spotlight: Come One, Come All! by Magical Scraps Galore

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Here’s a completely adorable kit from Magical Scraps Galore called Come One, Come All!  Perfect for trips to the circus, zoos, fairs, and carnivals.

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Tea Sampler: Hibiscus Sangria Iced Tea

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TeaSampler-LightA few days ago, my latest order from The Republic of Tea came complete with samples.  One of these was their Hibiscus Sangria Iced Tea.  Yesterday was a really hot, humid day with temps in the mid 90s and the heat index over 100, so I decided to brew a glass.

The scent of citrus hits you the moment you open the package and gets even stronger as it steeps.  It tastes really good, too.  Light and refreshing.  If you brew it just a little longer, you could add some sparkling water to make a fun drink for an afternoon cookout or barbeque.

This one gets a thumbs up.

NPR’s 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances

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Back in June NPR asked us to tell them our favorite romance novels.  Last week, they posted the results:  Happy Ever After: 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances.  Oh, how many of these have I read?  This list is a trip down memory lane shrouded in a fog of nostalgia. I passionately adored some, and just as passionately loathed others.

Duke_JQWhen I read The Duke and I, the first of Julia Quinn’s hilariously entertaining Bridgerton series, I wanted Violet Bridgerton to adopt me.  The Bridgerton siblings had me in stitches and I adored Lady Whistledown.  I can’t tell you how happy I was when Ms. Quinn announced they were coming back in her next novel, Because of Miss Bridgerton.  You simply must read the first four books in the series if you haven’t already.

Judge_MacLeanNalini Singh’s Psy-Changling series made the list, as did Sarah MacLean’s Rules of Scoundrels, Outlander, Mary Balogh’s Bedwyns, and so many others.

Classics such as Pride and Prejudice and The Far Pavilions also made it.  And should be classics like Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor and Julie Garwood’s The Bride.  On the flip side, you guys know how much I hate Jane Eyre.

Dove_WoodiwissWhat about what wasn’t on the list (Heartbreakers: Why Some Books Didn’t Make The Final Romance List)?  Why was there nothing by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss on the list?  Sure, the classic The Flame and the Flower features an abusive asshole as hero and a too-stupidly-helpless-nitwit as heroine, but Shana does not.  Or Petals on the RiverThe Wolf and the DoveKadin_SmallCome on people.  Or Bertrice Small’s The Kadin?  I can’t stand Rosemary Rogers, so I’m happy her Sweet Savage Love wasn’t on the list.  Double standard, I know, but… :)

And what about Anya Seton’s Katherine?

I did add one series to my ever growing, already gargantuan TBR pile:  The Interitance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin.  Never heard of these, but they sounded really good.

DigiScrap Cuteness: Scientific Method by BoomersGirl Designs

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Here’s an adorable kit from BoomersGirl Designs called Scientific Method.  I love the periodic table word arts and the beakers and test tubes full of mysterious substances.  Perfect for scrapping science fairs, school projects, budding mad scientists with chemistry sets, and tongue-in-cheek cooking layouts!

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LibraryReads: Summer 2015

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library_reads_logo_websiteHow many of these are on your summer reading lists?  Discovered any new favorites?

June

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July

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August

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