Archive for May, 2009

The Antiquity of Man

Posted: May 26, 2009 in Archaeology

I’ve added another section to my essay, “The Antiquity of Man.”  It can be accessed under the Archaeology papers area “The Antiquity of Man 1.”  It finishes up a discussion of the three-age system.  (See section 4 “Three Ages of Man.”) 


Smoke on the Horizon

Posted: May 6, 2009 in Archaeology

Given all the talk about gay marriage in our time, my thoughts wander naturally to the subject of Sodom & Gomorrah.  The main question I’m curious about is where are they?  What is their location?  I agree with those archaeologists who believe the cities of the plain were located north of the Dead Sea, not south, as some other archaeologists have suggested.  While I’m not convinced that Tall el-Hammam is Sodom, I think the advocates of the northern theory are on the right track.  See,

I should add that for us (the New Courville theory), Abraham lived in Early Bronze Age 3 (around the time of the 4th dynasty of Egypt), so we would expect the correct cities to show a conflagration level during the EBA 3 horizon.  The southern theory has cities that are near the right time, but they are at the wrong location.


Britain’s Got Talent

Posted: May 4, 2009 in Culture

Looks like Susan Boyle has some competition.

A ten year old who sings like Julie Andrews!


My old friend Charlie

Posted: May 3, 2009 in Personal


I didn’t know Charlie had been wondering about me.  He says I gave him the idea to take up karate.  I don’t remember if that is what happened, but if it did, I’m glad I could be of some service.  I remember having a crush on his sister Linda at the time, probably because she looked like Olivia Hussey:

I think I had just seen Romeo and Juliet when I met Charlie and Linda, and had already developed a crush on Olivia, and proceeded to project my interest in her onto Linda.  However, Linda was really too young for me, so the romance couldn’t last.  (A couple of years can make all the difference when you’re in high school).

In any case, I’m sure John Dowland has a lute song to cover that sort of forlorn love!

Charlie and I went down different paths in life, and fell out of touch.  We had different interests, and I’m sure my personality grated on Charlie.  It was W. Somerset Maugham who said, “It’s no good trying to keep up old friendships.  It’s painful for both sides.  The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it.”

I guess that’s a sad reality, and it’s pretty rare for anyone to keep friends from youth.  But I also think George Eliot was right when she said something to the effect that as the years pass by, and we grow increasingly unlovely to our contemporaries, the better our old long lost friends seem to us.
I remember Charlie was more interested in what could be called the aesthetics of karate (form, movement, etc.), while I was more interested in the fighting aspects of it, combining boxing with what I knew of kenpo.  That sort of thing was quite new at the time (in the 70s), but now it’s everywhere.  Oddly enough, I’m now actually more interested in the aesthetics of karate than I am in the fighting.  How things change….

I’m glad Charlie stuck with it, and kept true to his vision of karate as art rather than as mere technical science of fighting.  Best wishes to him and his family!


aka: Chris Crisler