Message #157: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: Your Career is Over -- So Have a Sense of Humor Date: Sun, 19 May 1996 20:56:29 -0700 (MST) Mime-Version: 1.0 For some diversion in the sciences, check out The Scientist - The Newspaper for the Life Sciences Professional. Recent letters and commentaries in the Scientist may be of particular interest to archaeologists -- I especially refer to two commentaries: A Career Is Finished Before It Starts, and Malthus And Graduate Students:Checks On Burgeoning Ranks Of Ph.D.'s. I think Gene Rogge of the firm Dames and Moore has written reports and presented specific statistics about the burgeoning ranks of PhDs in archaeology. A colleague recently remarked that SWA (or was it just me?) was too serious and did not have any sense of humor. Our only response is "Oh well, the colleague probably hasn't read SWA's Anti-Archaeology page." Realistically, when it comes to humor, we probably should have agreed with the colleague -- SWA can't compete with a recent (April 1st) article in The Scientist that noted these research titles while reporting on humor in science: "Seasonal changes of circadian pattern in human rectal temperature rhythm under semi-natural conditions" "An experimental study of the olfactory and visual modalities in the systems of communication between the child and the family dog" "A study of the influence of ageing [sic] on the mechanical properties of Cheddar cheese" "Explosives uptake by existing vegetation and crops at Army ammunition plants" "A limited mathematical model for the fermentation of dry sausage" "Precautions when lightning strikes during the monsoon: The effect of ozone on condoms" It is SWA's opinion, indeed regardless of individual career length, that we are lucky to be studying archaeology!