Sunday, January 20, 2013

Vacuum

As you may have noticed, activity has been very low on my various anthroblogs for some moment now.

Real life is the main cause : for those interested, after years of hesitation (maths, political science, civil service, law, ...) not taking my true passions to which I'm devoting much of my time into account (linguistics, architecture, my home region, ...), fate has decided I would be a lawyer.

Hopefully enough for my readers, I am currently unemployed which means I benefit from leisure time these days. : )

Another reason behind my blogs being somehow abandoned is that I have realized I find myself stuck into choices I made years ago. To sum up, I have long ceased to believe the antiquated terminology used in physical anthropology is that interesting : I used it as a way to appeal to the people. But the future belongs to genetics and indeed recent articles on my blogs deal with that issue through my own prism.

Still, I haven't lost my interest in human variation : I have many more samples to upload. To make my task easier though, I have devided to sack classifications the way I did it : no more Mediterranean or Atlanto-something stuff. Just faces, a quick description of how people may look (essentially brachy vs lepto, local features) and morphotypes if I'm still able to produce them (it takes hours and my sight is partially ruined !).

I don't have the courage to correct past entries. Some would need much reordering : I wrote things in which I don't believe anymore for instance. Comments may be used as a way to update the discussion though. We'll get to see ! Let's pray I don't find a job or a girlfriend, haha !

3 comments:

  1. I think it's a reasonable evolution. IMO you should have been more diversified in your blogs, mixing this and that and not being so specialized and monotone. Your first post at Anthrofrance was on genetics but you never again posted on that.

    There's no reason why a single blog cannot host a diversity of anthropology (widest sense) materials. Sorting some specific projects can be done other ways that creating a zillion hyper-specialist blogs. Like using labels and pages dedicated to your most important projects or index or whatever fits you best.

    Best luck with whatever you're up to. And try to enjoy life as much as you can because there are not two.

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  2. Nice to hear from you again. I think your collection of faces is very valuable, and I hope you'll go on completing.

    Even if the terminology may seem a bit shallow or unsastifying, by browsing through your collection one can feel tendencies, most of time without being able to express it with words. It's a common thing in morphological studies, you can also encounter it in difficult taxonomic groups in botany or entomology for example (where's there more and more use of genetics in the hope of a better understanding of population structure and mating).

    Anyway, once again I like your work very much, so thanks a lot !

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  3. Amazing blog. Looking forward to see further research on the Adriatic. Come to Italy/Marche (set of narrow parallel valleys from N to S Apennines running parallel to the Adriatic W/E) and have fun!

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I've chosen to let people comment freely on my posts. Nevertheless, you'll lose your time taunting me and calling me a fascist (which I'm really not) : I pray you to read my introduction which will reassure that my intentions genuinely aim at achieving amateurish knowledge. I understand that you may not share my passion for the history of the peopling of the World, just don't let me know as clear conscience gained by bashing a humble documentary work is useless.