Please be specific

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Oh, how helpful. "An object" was found in an archaological dig, I just read. What size was it, what was it made of, what was its context, etc.?! 
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Liars/hallucinators

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Why do some archaeologists -- very few -- lie about their "finds"? It makes me ignore all of their writings, because I don't want to repeat potential fabrications. It would be much more useful if they must indulge their religious or whatever leanings if they just admitted they're speculating and have fun with that, but meanwhile clearly present the actual facts. Perhaps like a few sad people I've met around the world, some of them hallucinate so much they don't realize they're presenting fiction.
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An aesthetic question?

At https://associationoftimetravelers.blogspot.com/2016/10/aesthetics-and-some-south-asian.html I spoke of the attention to beauty of archaeological work in India. After the original post, I wrote...

Here is the annual report on many archaeological sites' gardens (see other post about how they're common on already-excavated sites here): Re each, it was "well maintained…maintained properly…kept in a presentable condition…kept neat and clean throughout the year." Re apparently the worst of the lot: "Efforts have been made to keep the garden in a presentable way." Better-sounding were "maintained nicely." Another site had the labor-intensive addition of 7,000 plants! The best-sounding said that they were creating a "pleasing environment" after clearing a "jungle" (around Agra Fort, which is surprising).
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Archaeological code words and other work

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Since the century (actually 2 weeks) ago I was able to post I've done a lot of very complex archaeological sites with unusually large numbers of excavated houses, plus other sites. There were even lots of wonderful floorplans, including of stone houses I think even modern-day people would find fascinating to live in. I had fun with some 1800s journals showing how things were gradually figured out, including through good-natured arguments among linguists. One site though literally took days not so much because of much info but because it was reported by a kook who fudged evidence including dating so I had to redo a lot. When researching another site, I ran across a history book published in 2004 called Prehistory and [some Indian period of history] -- which gave new meaning to the term "prehistory"-- the author only used archaeological reports and other writings from the 1800s and very early 1900s, though far later sources are readily available. I also got back into my Sanskrit work. I also started a list just for myself (and my husband who's planning some historical fiction) of how different terms are used very differently by some archaeologists here (eg, a "bathroom" in very long-ago India in their reports is almost always only a bathing room, not a toilet-sink-bathing place combo, even when all those items exist in that time).
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 Update from 2017! You may have noticed the page in this blog featuring my very much updated list of archaeological "code words" from South Asia: https://associationoftimetravelers.blogspot.com/p/archaeological-code-words.html.

Work and play and snakes

A glimpse at life in India, as chronicled in your researcher's journal as I researched my history of early lifestyles in South Asia...

In the past couple days: Have been doing a lot of complicated archaeological sites, though some are complicated only because the writing is unclear or unreliable. Also studied French. Yesterday cleaned the library quite a bit and organized a just-for-fun reading project. Also ran errands. Today indulged for a few minutes in my favorite hobby: rearranging furniture! And in my 2nd-favorite hobby: iTunes playlists! Feeling great possibly because of so much fun stuff! Also did really fun writing this morning and will try some more this evening. Not fun: yesterday the water delivery guy spied near the front porch possibly a KING COBRA and a smaller snake my husband thinks the huge snake wanted for lunch. 
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Sabbatical time, 2009

From September 2009 in my old Diary of a History Writer...

I'm going to be going on a sabbatical trip; my writing gets boring and I get fewer ideas when I'm not having enough variety in my "real" life. I think I'll take a look at other Asian history just for fun...which fits in with some quick stops in Japan and Singapore...

Getting there!

Thank you so much for your patience. I just finished going through page proofs this morning for Lifestyles in Early South Asia...and hope that volume I (of III) will be available to you soon. An extremely dear loved one has been in the hospital, however, which of course may slow me down in what I still need to do...

A 1931 trek through England by a non-fabulous author

English SummerEnglish Summer by Cornelia Stratton Parker
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I wondered why I found my fabulous copy of this book for such a low cost, and now I know: Mrs. Parker takes turns looking down on and swooning over England, complete with jarringly flowery language and unreliable history....My favorite bit of this book by far was that my copy had been owned by someone who followed Mrs. Parker's itinerary and had penciled in her own impressions, such as re the Feathers Inn in Ludlow, that she agreed it had a charming dining room, "but the BEDS -- awful, window wouldn't close -- FROZEN."

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Very miscellaneous thoughts on learning -- and typing -- a foreign language

As chronicled in your researcher's journal as I researched my history of early lifestyles in South Asia...Sorry, it's long, but may be of interest to anyone starting out learning another language.


Gleaned from a talk with a fabulous grad student in history.

I've been TERRIBLY distracted with a sick kitty, but of course a sick loved one really trumps everything else, doesn't it. Though actually I started studying more German to get my mind off my worries, though of course not off caring for her....There's a lexical tool at http://www.canoo.net (hmm, not working in 2017 so far...) with conjugation stuff that sounds SO helpful! In French I finally had to buy a Starter French Dictionary by Oxford which had some things like that, but computerized is so much better. Now I finally don't need that French thing, but it really helped!...www.dw-world.de has vocabulary podcasts that sound absolutely perfect! I'm trying to restrain myself for a couple more lessons before diving into German podcasts, but the prospect will keep me going....Before our little old lady got sick, I felt like my brain was finally adjusting to learning a new language, much more quickly. Somehow I just could get into a better learning frame of mind. I could feel when I could take in new stuff (best in the AM for me). Though it could also be, one gets to a point when a language really makes sense, and it's easier to build on it then. But I think it was more than that; somehow my brain opened up and was happy to take in new words or whatever. On our patient's good days I'm able to do this again....Though one thing that definitely helped me was -- I used to have stacks and stacks of flashcards, but I would find it so hard to get the info into my head. Finally I realized (everyone's different!) that I needed to see words in context, and then they stuck in my head AND were ever so much more interesting then. Also -- and this has ALWAYS helped me IMMENSELY -- I choose a very manageable number of high-quality resources and use all of them, so they're teaching me some of the same stuff in different ways. I used to read, e.g., 3 biology textbooks for high school biology, and the same time spent studying 3 texts 1x worked much better than 1 text 3x....Flashcards still work for some things for me, though. (My old problem was I put everything I didn't learn in a day or two onto a card, and that was frustrating -- now my much-loved reward for learning is not needing to make a flashcard.) I had a sample flashcard software that was flaky so I didn't buy it and now it's gone, but it'd be nice to find a great one....Lastly -- I used to have lists of things to learn and would go merrily down the list without mastering the earlier stuff. Now -- trained actually by how my French for Reading textbook is set up -- I don't go on without learning whatever it is I have to (plus I occasionally review, at the very beginning of a new lesson, anything from earlier I marked as needing help, or whenever I am really bad at something). The only exception is, e.g. when I've been studying a certain conjugation and it's just not getting into my head and I need a break, I will go on just to the next thing on the list, but then will go right back. If it's still difficult I'll approach it differently, look for help online, whatever. Or just sleep on it and tackle it the next day.



Lastly, he taught me how to make umlauts! He writes, "they are SUPER easy to do on the Mac.  Just press ALT + u (that is, hold down the ALT/OPTION key while pressing 'u'), then release both keys, and then type whatever vowel you want to put the umlaut over (a, u, o).  Check it out: ä, ü, ö.  Simple!!" AND other stuff: "also, did you know you can do all of the letters for French/Spanish, etc, similarly?

I don't know all of them, but... ALT+e + a vowel = é, ALT+i + vowel = â, ALT+~(the tilda) + vowel = è, ALT+n + letter = ñ

And I forgot the esset!! ALT+s = ß

And I think French uses this, right? ALT+c = ç

Anyways, pretty much any letter you need is really easy to type on the Mac.  just google it if there is something i'm not showing you that you need."

Oh dear, now I don't have an excuse to be so sloppy in my typing!
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English word du jour

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begarlanded
(from Jataka No. 535)
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Another idea for when you're bored

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Be like the princess in Jataka No. 458: "sitting quiet...meditating upon her own virtue."
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And you thought your(?) preacher was long-winded

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"Then the Bodhisatta's preaching went on for 60,000 years." (from Jataka Tale No. 388)
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I was away, time-traveling

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I was away, time-traveling.

Well, sort-of. I experienced life for some days, until just a half hour ago, without electricity, TV, refrigeration, phones, or computers. I rediscovered candles (and which uninvited guests in India eat candles) and was thankful we had gas for cooking. First our TV died, then our battery backup for all our lighter appliances died, then there was a short circuit at the electric pole on the street, which made it so we did not have a refrigerator even when the power was on. Our battery backup is also our voltage stabilizer and surge protector for all the lighter appliances, so it was not safe to plug in cell phones, iPods, etc. to recharge. One lighter appliance, thankfully inexpensive, we did plug in was killed. Everything is fixed now

-- Um, no. Actually, our water heater (backup to the solar power for cloudy days) just died.
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Another little trip to my past

Cape May in Vintage PostcardsCape May in Vintage Postcards by Don Pocher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the pictures of where I lived ages ago, but I found it distracting that they seemed to be barely in any order, even on the same spread. I also wondered why they cropped so many postcards. Also, I would have had a hard time figuring out what they were talking about in their captions/notes if I had not just read a history of Cape May -- and had an even harder time when they referred to elements of the postcard that apparently had been cropped. However, if you have an interest in this area, you may enjoy this book for its rare illustrations.

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An idea for the next time you're bored

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Do some krida -- Sanskrit for "working miracles for one's own amusement."
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Using the Latin

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Yikes, when older English translators ran across a passage in Sanskrit or Pali that had way too much sex, they translated it only into Latin, so that kids couldn't read it (though any educated older kid could). A whole Jataka tale I just got to is completely in Latin! I've just gotten out my old Latin books to see what sense I can make of it, just to get an idea. I don't look forward to the story, judging by how gross the English stories often are, but it will be fun to use my old Latin (though I've not used it half enough so have forgotten a lot -- let that be a lesson to anybody who's studying a language!). 

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I've been time traveling to my own past...and it's been lovely

The Summer City by the Sea: Cape May, New Jersey--An Illustrated HistoryThe Summer City by the Sea: Cape May, New Jersey--An Illustrated History by Emil R. Salvini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I lived in Cape May for about a year when I was much younger and have become very interested in its history, which makes me feel like I'm there again with the ocean breeze on my face and loud ocean sounds in my ears. It was so fun to learn the history of the building where I lived, which I'm happy to hear is now a beautiful bed and breakfast -- as well as the history of most of the other gorgeous buildings I would walk by every day on my way to work...

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A useful but not fun time travel source

Women In Print: Writing Women And Women's Magazines From The Restoration To The Accession Of VictoriaWomen In Print: Writing Women And Women's Magazines From The Restoration To The Accession Of Victoria by Alison Adburgham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am extremely interested in the topic of this book, and very much enjoyed discovering periodicals I didn't know...but I didn't enjoy the weird sermonizing against sermonizers (perhaps to be expected in a book of this date).

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To get through the icky bits

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Had a good idea -- I'll double up on the French I do (anyway I'm behind) when I'm having to spend time with the gross ancient writings I described in the last post. The French doesn't usually take that long, and it will be a Beauty Break in the midst of horrors I need at least to skim. (Of course I'm sure there are horrors available in the French language as well, but what I read and study is either practical or beautiful.)
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An unforeseen problem

As chronicled in your researcher's journal as I researched my history of early lifestyles in South Asia...Note it needs a * GROSS ALERT *



As I mentioned, I often find ancient writings difficult to get through because of how they recommend treating women, and because they're religious. However, I'm now running across even worse problems -- graphic descriptions of beating women, child abuse including incest, and unbelievable stories of religious "devouts" defacating on other humans. Totally unsurprisingly, it's coupled with an apparent hatred of beauty. I'm beginning to wonder if it was a group of completely uncultured ruffians who wrote these stories (earlier works I read were by highly educated -- for their time -- scholars). Oh, well; I'm getting lots of (other) information and it's yet one more goad (too literally for my taste) to speed toward the finish line.
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