Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Mi

Oh my:) see managinginformation.com
Mi pages will take me ages to explore and admire.

Boudicca

Today The Guardian publishes a very well written article about "our Queen"; headed by a photograph of that amazing statue of Boudicca beside the Thames at Westminster Bridge.

Eat Ox

Members of the ARA are known to be hungry book-buyers and one of their favourite sources, sauces, is Oxbow Books, in Oxford UK. Their stock contains every conceivable, delicious, publication on Roman Archaeology and they know what they are talking about. Here is the new feature -> on Roman diet and feasting . . Remember our hugely successful recent Banquet?

Our interest in this topic must surely go beyond the gluttony and excess aspect of feasting (in most cultures*) to the very topical and positive discoveries about the Mediterranean diet . . omega-3, fish oils, garum ! Roman military, technical, and academic achievements could be entirely due to nutritional policies?

re *, above, do not miss Sir Roy Strong's new book in the current Oxbow web feature.

The ARA books page is in it's infancy and more reviews are invited. The good news about this page is that members and visitors are already starting to buy from the page (Amazon section) . . and that assists ARA fundraising for rescue archaeology.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Golden Gates

"A picture = (sometimes) 1000 words" is a concept that Libitina and I agree upon? Is that where the development of a new ARA website should go? . . via the Golden Gate - Byzantium1200 approach. Their illustrations are so crisp, clear, and quick-loading . . . accessible; of a standard that will catch the imagination of pro-archaeologists + C21st school kids. I had to check: they are published as conventional jpeg images . . I wondered if they were in some new file format. My guess is that they are produced in vector graphics in Xara X or CorelDraw ? . . . software that I adore. Architects also now have amazing tools available . . and so do the games creators.
Here are Libitina's interesting observations (in her blog Roman Archaeology):

I found this spectacular website while checking a reference for Constantine. The 3D architectural renderings of the structures of Byzantium reflect thousands of hours of research and design. I was also impressed by the digital portraits of Constantine and Justinian. I have written to the artist to ask if he would share information about the software and techniques used to create them. Their eyes and skin are so life-like. Justinian even has the stubble of a beard.


In the ARA 2002 Annual Report, under the Canterbury link, there is an example of early (1997) computer graphics used to illustrate the likely appearance of this important city in Roman Britain.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Corius D.Litt.

Boing Boing: A Directory of Wonderful Things

1885 8th grade test
Here's a Grade Eight test from a 1895 Kansas schoolhouse:

1. What is meant by the following:
alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication?
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?
4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u'.
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e'. Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: Bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono,super.
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: Card, ball, mercy, sir, odd,cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
9. Use the following correctly in sentences, Cite, site, sight, fane,fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.


Thanks Corius - our Association for Roman Archaeology members will appreciate sight of this.

Festina Lente

Danny Garon writes in current w3reports re new dubious [?] SEO tactic:

. . . I’ve always believed in practical and simple solutions to things. Google is a festive company and . . .they replace their traditional logo with creative holiday logos on most major holidays. When users click on these logos, they are taken to a search for that holiday [cultural event].
My solution is to tap into this resource. Pick an upcoming holiday, and make a section about it on your website. Obviously make sure it fits in with your website. Clearly a website about Frogs shouldn’t have an article about Christmas . . The object is, tap into the millions of users searching for the same item at the same time.
Make sure to select a holiday or holidays at least two or three months away, to ensure you get indexed. Initiate multiple link exchanges with other websites for that specific page. Make sure the page about the holiday is informative, and use lots of keywords relating to the holiday [cultural event]. . . .

Despite current intentions re ARA web and membership development: please do not expect us to follow the above SEO proposal. Other suggestions are always welcome - especially after referral to previous Langreiter posting.

Anicetus ?

Roman villa unearthed in Dorset The Western Daily Press reports on the discovery of a Roman villa in Dorset. [i.e. Shillingstone - pw]

Archaeologists yesterday revealed they have unearthed a huge Roman villa and may have even identified who owned it. They believe the villa, in the heart of the Dorset countryside, was owned by a rich and important native Roman called Anicetus.
He was mentioned by Roman historian Tacitus [Tacitus mentions more than one Anicetus - pw]. . who said that he possibly donated money to the Roman army [a reference please? - pw].
The archaeologists have identified he lived there by using an eighth century transcription of a Roman map which listed all villa estates.
Because they know the names of places and people who lived in the area, they can make confident suggestions about who owned the villa.
The luxury residence was erected in the fourth century and fell into disrepair when the Romans left Britain in the fifth century . . .


Thank you Mirabilis for this WDP key report - linking a villa in Roman Britain with the owner - and with Tacitus.
I, and other ARA members, will immediately want to find out more about the eighth century map . . . and have a full report and photos for the next ARA Newsletter (or Bulletin).

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Miracle Material

IHT: Rome under glass: antiquity's miracle material:

. . . . understanding of the revolutionary effect that glass had on the Roman world and its role in the subsequent development of Western civilization. . . . thanks to the coming together of experts in different fields, the history of glass has been reappraised.
The benefits of this interdisciplinary approach are displayed in an engrossing exhibition, 'Vitrum: Glass Between Art and Science in the Roman World,' at the Palazzo Pitti. The show contains more than 400 pieces of ancient glass, some of extraordinary beauty . . . it continues until Oct. 31.

Glassmaking started between 3000-2000 B.C. in Mesopotamia but the most significant technological revolution occurred in the first century B.C. in the area of Syria and Palestine: glass blowing by tube. Overnight, glass became malleable, adaptable, multipurpose; much like plastics transformed the 20th century. The Romans saw the potential almost immediately, and began to invest massively . . . We are fortunate that some amazing examples of art glass have survived the vicissitudes of the centuries, such as the "Blue Vase", an amphora decorated with figures, animals and foliage. It probably came from the same workshop as the British Museum's famous "Portland Vase".
Mark Taylor and David Hill are world renowned ARA Members in this field. Our 2001 Association visit to their Quarley, UK, studio was memorable and an outline of that occasion is in this - > Report.

Magnus Portus

Association for Roman Archaeology: "ARCHAEOLOGISTS UNCOVER EVIDENCE OF PORTCHESTER CASTLE'S TRADING ... 24 Hour Museum - UK - June 24 '04
... site has revealed a number of previously uncharted structures dating from Roman, Saxon and ... of the outer ditch was an attempt to place the archaeology of the ...
This as-it-happens News Alert is brought to us by Google News (BETA)..."

Evidence of an early "trading haven" so far "upstream/inland" suprises me because Roman sealevels were 1.5 metres lower than today. Roman cargo vessels were quite large but goods may well have been trans-shipped into barges as Ostia? and as in Londinium up to the present century. The Late Hume Wallis was studying a likely Roman Canal feeding up to Noviomagus (Chichester). A significant length of Roman canal was "for Sale" in the East of England quite recently. I'll add a link to that in comments below in case you are a late bidder. . .
Q. why does Ptolemy, in his Geography, put the label for (near) this area as MAGNUS PORTUS rather than in the more usual word order like PORTUS DUBRIS or PORTUS ARDAONI or PORTUS LEMANIS with the descriptive element last?

Friday, June 25, 2004

Decline & Fall

The Day After Tomorrow? . . June 2004 . . Brighton's historic West Pier has just fallen victim to ferocious storms lashing the south coast of Britain. The remains of the Concert Hall slumped into the waves . . .
All that is now left standing of the Grade 1 Listed Structure is its Pavilion . .
Rachel Clark, of the West Pier Trust, said: "It was always vulnerable but we never expected such a severe storm at the height of summer . ."
It comes just after the Heritage Lottery Fund pulled the plug on 14 million GBP funding to restore the 135-year-old landmark.
The West Pier was the Masterpiece of Eugenius Birch, Britain's greatest pier engineer and was completed in 1866; one of only two Grade 1 listed piers in all UK . .
Climate change was a major factor in the collapse of the Roman Empire wasn't it? The term the "Roman Warm Period*" now appears frequently in the writings of climatologists. . (*the end of which occurred 2000 years ago). Berglund (2003) documented what he called a great "retreat of agriculture" throughout northwest continental Europe that was coincident with the declining temperature, based on assessments of insolation, glacier activity, lake and sea levels . ."
Do join in The Day After Tomorrow experiment < - (link to BBCi).

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Victoria Regina

Mention "VR" to anyone ten years ago and what would they respond? . . . "Queen Victoria" of course. VR was the prominent motif on millions of Royal Mail postboxes from Scotland to Singapore . . and often still is. I've seen them myself in Malta and the West Indies. And you also find inscriptions "VRI"; = Victoria Regina Imperatrix.
Virtual Reality, the new VR, is made slightly more accessible . . even on older basic PCs . . as demonstrated this week on the Extreme Archaeology website. I can't see the Association for Roman Archaeology adopting this technology immediately for it's presentations but do have a look at the Parallelgraphics VR Viewer adopted by Channel 4.
I think the Google image finder is likely to be the most handy tool for ARA illustrations for a while? But Libitina's database might outpace Google soon? Straightforward panoramic photography can work well on websites too (e.g.just scroll 360 degrees left or right). I'd appreciate some good URL examples of that.
Q. who was the famous Victorian novelist who invented the VR "pillar-box", which started the Empire-wide networking revolution . . and also thereby hastened the emancipation of women? . . and why?

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Limes Limites

Saalburg offers glimpse into Rome's past: Emperor Antoninus Pius hails you as you approach the Saalburg, a Roman fort tucked away in Germany’s Taunus mountains. Once it was an outpost guarding the borders of the Empire. Today it is a place to step back into time and get an idea of how Roman soldiers once lived.

Gratias Libitina for your interesting post which reminds us that July 2-5 MMIV sees the Assn. for Roman Archaeology members' educational tour of the northern Roman "Limes", rather than the eastern one, i.e. the central section of Hadrian's Wall.
Here is a page that includes a report on the ARA MMIII study of the Newcastle end of The Wall . . and, IMHO, it would be useful to have some good digital photos for the forthcoming ARA Report?

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Food For Thought

Last week_ we said we'd reveal the Roman menu upon which ARA members feasted at the weekend 19-20 June MMIV . . in the famous Fishbourne Roman Palace, Chichester (Noviomagus)_, UK. It can now be reported that the whole Fundraising Banquet was produced with archaeologically proven ingredients: all evidenced in the ancient environmental levels and in analyses of the Palace soil and Roman gardens. So the menu was thoughtfully based on today's local produce of the same kinds: crabs +pears +cabbage +pork +mushrooms and herbs.
We have not yet told you in what order these items were enjoyed - nor the original Roman recipe. . . . see the forthcoming ARA Annual Report?

Monday, June 21, 2004

BAA Awards

The British Archaeological Awards: entries are still open - till the 30th June 2004.

The Pitt Rivers Award is for The Best Volunteer Project 2004
This Award is given for the best project, or a series of works/projects, carried out in the UK by a voluntary body or individual; the work to be judged to have taken place over the past two years. It is fully understood that a project may continue over a number of years and it is not necessary for it to be completed before an entry is made.
Full consideration is taken of progress and plans for the future including publication. Do share the good work of your Association with the rest of the archaeological world.
For full details of the awards, please visit our Awards page.
http://www.britarch.ac.uk/awards/
Regards,

Andrew Selkirk
Current Archaeology
http://www.archaeology.co.uk/

Please send entries and enquiries to:
Dr Alison Sheridan, Hon Secretary, BAA
Department of Archaeology
National Museums of Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh EH1 1JF

Sunday, June 20, 2004

River Wye

Bridge over the River Wye:::Roman
As some readers will know, the stream in my farm flows into the River Wye*, So NB tonight: C4 TV UK, by the renowned producers of Time Team, the first of a new series starts at 08.00hrs BST. Extreme Archaeology is the title. Don't miss it. . . or if you do . . follow the C4 History Website reports which are usually available in plain text as well as graphic-heavy versions.

In the new series (which is sure to be syndicated world-wide) attempts are made to excavate British archaeological sites that are located in difficult environments. Tonight they will try to beat the tide to collect evidence for the Roman bridge between England and Wales at Chepstow.

[*Investment tip: buy a copy of Ekwall's classic E.R.N. today?]

Mercurial

Yesterday we were offered $$$millions? Today we are offered cents. Here is an extract from the (always mercurial) San Jose Mercury News which is relevant to our present ARA page-trials of Google Adsense:

Google has unleashed two new features that are aimed at smaller Web sites and could change the search habits of millions of people.

First, . . . a ``site-flavored'' Google search. It delivers results customized to reflect the content of a given Web site.

For instance, the owner of a computer-Web-site can place a Google search box on the site that returns only computer-hardware-related results. A search for the word ``mouse'' would get results related to the computer device, not the animal.

Google also unveiled a separate feature that lets owners of smaller Web sites put a Google search box on their site in return for a cut of advertising proceeds. Each time users click on ads running beside the search results from the box, the site operator gets a few cents. . .
San Jose Mercury News, Sat.June 15, '04

Saturday, June 19, 2004

EU Alpha Fund

42 MILLION € EUROS [ = $50M = £27M ] !
AGENDA DEL TURISMO CULTURAL - Julio 2004
Editada por Jordi Juan Tresserras (jjuan@ub.edu)
1 - INVESTIGACIÓN
IBERTUR - Proyecto de investigación sobre "El turismo cultural en Europa y América Latina: investigación, formación y desarrollo regional", financiado por el programa Alfa de la Unión Europea. Fase I: Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Cuba, España, México, Perú, Polonia, Portugal, Reino Unido, Uruguay y Venezuela / Research project - "Cultural tourism in Europe and Latin America: applied research, training and regional development", financed by Alfa Program - European Union. Phase I: Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Cuba, México, Perú, Poland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Info: Red Ibertur - www.gestioncultural.org/ibertur
Correo-e / e-mail: Jordi Juan Tresserras - jjuan@ub.edu
BUSQUEDA DE SOCIOS/CALL FOR PARTNERS - Proyecto "Turismo arqueológico en el Mediterráneo" / Project: "Archaeological tourism in the Mediterranean area". Se buscan socios para proyectos de la Union Europea (Interreg Medoc, Interreg Med, Euromed Heritage, Culture 2000,...) / We are searching partners for proposals re European Union (Interreg Medoc, Interreg Med, Euromed Heritage, Culture 2000,...).
Correo-e / e-mail: Jordi Juan Tresserras - jjuan@ub.edu

2 - CONGRESOS, REUNIONES Y JORNADAS ESPECIALIZADAS
FORUM BARCELONA 2004 -Diálogo Internacional "Turismo, Diversidad Cultural y Desarrollo Sostenible" / International Dialogue "Tourism, Diversity and Sustainable Development"
14-16/07/2004. Barcelona (España).
Info: Instituto de Turismo Responsable www.biospherehotels.org/tourism2004
Correo-e/e-mail: itr@biospherehotels.org
RED EUROPEA DE TURISMO CULTURAL - EUROPEAN NETWORK ON CULTURAL TOURISM. Primer encuentro.
23-25/08/2004. Barcelona (Catalunya, España/Spain).
Org: Turisme de Catalunya y Fundación Interarts.
Correo-e/e-mail: Greg Richards - grichards@interarts.net
ARQUEOTUR - RED DE TURISMO ARQUEOLOGICO / ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOURISM NETWORK - Reunión del grupo de trabajo de turismo arqueológico del Sudoeste Europeo (España, Gibraltar, Francia, Portugal y Andorra) / Meeting of the network of archaeological tourism of Southern Europe (Spain, Gibraltar, France, Portugal and Andorra).
Noviembre/November 2004. Zaragoza (Aragón, España/Spain).
Correo-e/e-mail: Jordi Juan Tresserras - jjuan@ub.edu
CULTURAL & HERITAGE TOURISM ALLIANCE ANNUAL CONFERENCE.
18-21/11/2004. Chicago (Illionois, Estados Unidos de América/USA)
Correo-e/e-mail: Jill Hurwitz - jhurwitz@cityofchicago.org
UNESCO - Reunión mundial de los centros de formación en turismo cultural / World Meeting of training centres of cultural tourism.
Febrero/February 2005. París (Francia/France).
Correo-e/e-mail: Bernard Morucci, Catedrático UNESCO en Turismo Cultural - bernard.morucci@univ-paris1.fr.

3- CURSOS
NUEVAS TENDENCIAS EN EL TURISMO: CULTURA Y NATURALEZA, EJES PARA UN MODELO RESPONSABLE.
13-17/09/2004. Maó (isla de Menorca, Balears, España).
Org: Universitat Internacional de Menorca Illa del Rei - www.ub.edu/uimir
Correo-e/e-mail: uimir@ub.edu
CURSO DE POSTGRADO EN TURISMO CULTURAL / POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN CULTURAL TOURISM. UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Febrero-Mayo / February-May 2005. Barcelona (Catalunya, España)
Info: www.ub.edu/cultural
Correo-e/e-mail: gestiocultural@ub.edu

4 - FERIAS ESPECIALIZADAS / FAIRS
FERIA INTERNACIONAL DEL TURISMO CULTURAL
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL TOURISM FAIR
14-17/10/2004. Málaga (Andalucía, España).
Org: Feria Internacional de Málaga con la colaboración de Turespaña.
Correo-e/e-mail: Martina Pineda mpineda@promalaga.es
SETTIMA BORSA MEDITERRANEA TURISMO ARCHEOLOGICO
7TH MEDITERRANEAN FAIR OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOURISM
18-21/11/2004. Paestum (Italia / Italy).
Info: www.borsaturismo.org

CONTACT: Dr. Jordi Juan Tresserras
Coordinador de IBERTUR-Red e Patrimonio, Turismo y Desarrollo Sostenible (www.gestioncultural.org/ibertur)
Coordinador de los Cursos de Posgrado en Gestión Cultural de la Universidad de Barcelona (www.ub.es/cultural)
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA, Campus Mundet, Pg.Vall d'Hebron, 171 Edif.Llevant Desp.008
E-08035-BARCELONA Tel. +34-934034427

Friday, June 18, 2004

Noviomagus

Noviomagus, in Romano-British, = "Newmarket" (or "Newport"). The inevitable question arises: where was the old one ? Read John Manley's new book AD 43 The Roman Invasion of Britain.
Noviomagus is recorded by ancient geographers and cartographers but the name fell out of use (unlike Nijmegen etc. across the Channel) and was superceded by the Anglo-Saxon forms such as "Cicestre" = the present day City of Chichester . . which is still surrounded by the Roman walls . . and approached from all directions on surviving Roman roads.
Assn. for Roman Archaeology members will be on all these roads today . . because 19-20 June is in our event calendar as the main social gathering of AD 2004. At Chichester Roman Palace. On Monday we might reveal our Roman menu and Roman recipes?
This ARA Annual Fundraising Dinner is actually _in_ Togidumnus' Palace; one of the greatest ever built in the whole Roman Empire. Togidumnus and his family can be likened to the present Saudi Royal Family; enriching the country by international trade . . and diminishing the threats to "world peace" from "celtic fundamentalist insurgents". Tacitus writes in 98 AD: " . . areas (of Britannia) were granted to Togidumnus to be his realm, and he has been consistently loyal down to our own time".
Manley points out that from AD 43 to AD 98 is quite a long time so our Togidumnus Rex may have lived (in his South of England luxury) until the age of 80+.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Eureka

Archimedes (287BC -212BC) killed by Roman soldier. I never knew that. Much was revealed in the fabulous 2002 film re-screened by the History Channel in UK last night. He was killed by an irritable soldier at the Roman Seige of Syracuse - against the specific orders of the "Pentagon" who, respecting Archimedes' military engineering achievements, wanted him kept safe and alive.

I'd give links to the "historychannel" but both their US and UK sites are currently so _very slow_ to load. (See the posting Tempus . . in this blog; or else get a Ctesibius water clock).

The chance finding of that elaborate Antikythera mechanism in the Roman wreck was amazing. So like a Babbidge or Enigma machine . . 2000 year old computers _fact_. And the Archimedes odometer described by Vitruvius that inspired Da Vinci (and Archimedes' work paid for by the Roman Army?). Plus the significance of the 8 Winds Tower in Athens. . What a story.

Feedburner

I've now fixed the Feedburner syndication . . partly. But have yet to see where to put the feed code in the css? . . (and how to place that nice XML orange logo?) Help from any reader will be much appreciated.

ASPROM

Ohh . . Missed it ! The Association for the Study and Preservation of Roman Mosaics (ASPROM), British section of AIEMA (l'Association Internationale pour 1'Etude de la Mosaïque Antique), a Registered Charity (like the ARA). Many ARA Members also belong to ASPROM.

Unforgivable: I live within sight of Hereford Cathedral . . had my diary been better organised . . I'd have joined ASPROM and been at the ASPROM Summer Symposium 2004, 11-13 June, City of Hereford, UK.

Friday: Gloucester Museum (mosaics, Roman gallery)
Saturday: Hereford Museum and tour of Hereford Cathedral and the Mappa Mundi and the Chained Library;
Symposium, Deveraux room, The Green Dragon Hotel
Judy Stevenson: The Romans in Herefordshire
Steve Cosh: The mosaics of Kenchester and Lydney
David Neal: The mosaics of Gloucester
Pat Witts: The Medusa & Seasons Mosaic at Brading - cult, culture or calendar?Sunday: Lydney Park Roman Temple complex with Sylvia Jones

The group hotel: The Green Dragon, Broad Street, Hereford HR4 9BG,
in the city centre opposite the cathedral. [ NB the huge City Walls here are not Roman but were built to keep out raiding Vikings who kept coming up the river Wye].
ASPROM Events Secretary can be contacted via the ASPROM website re forthcoming events.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Chuck Green

The ideabook, by Chuck Green, regularly publishes reliable reviews of graphic design principles. I especially like his new page (long and loaded) "little by little" re-vamp of a print page. Although print presentations differ in many, many, ways from web design I'm always fascinated by the "how many columns" argument.

I believe it was the London Times newspaper that first launched multi-column text (over 200 years ago?. That typesetting innovation made it's circulation soar.

The Google 2004 sitemap has 4 columns and I quite like that (for that purpose). For blogs - the way things have turned out - with a main blog column + sideblog surely can't be bettered? Yesterday I tried to find a few graphics bloggers but had difficulty. Only one caught my eye and that was Kadavy posting about Stijl - thanks Dave . . I'll have to try some blocky B/W web pages like that.

ARA text Report Pages have not (yet) been sorted out for readability. However some members seem happy enough with the lack of formatting because they like to print those longer pages so as to browse through them well away from their PC/Mac?

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Turning Pages

The British Library's Turning the Pages adventure is getting exciting. Quite an inspiration for our Assn. for Roman Archaeology archives and productions . . but sure to be way beyond our ARA budget . .

The BL's Diamond Sutra (printed 868 AD) Turning the Pages display shows how access to an original fragile Roman scroll could be given . . even ex-Herculaneum? Mouseover the actual scroll-text . . then with "hand" icon, you can roll it either way . . whilst listening to an audio commentary.

Let me know via comments, below, if you like it.

John Winer

Inevitably I always make a detour to find the origin of things . . yes, species . . rocks . . words . . artefacts . . concepts . . and I was struck by the many lively links in that concise Slashdot RSS report yesterday.

John Winer is evidently an original thinker and pioneer . . his forum/blog.

Saturday, June 12, 2004

RSS

Gratefully received - great email today, from beyond Atlantis, advising that an RSS feed is essential. Also an RSS aggregator - so that readers can view excerpts in their own aggregators.

This made me look at the Google/Blogger help/settings and -> feed info. So having started to grasp the _divergence_ between Atom and RSS . . I then get more good email, quite fortuitously, talking about the possible _convergence_ of syndication . . thanks to Google Alerts and Splashdot. I copy the Alert here - at least to remind myself to fathom this out next week:

GOOGLE Finally Moves Toward RSS Standard
Slashdot - USA
. . .declan writes: "My News.com colleague Evan Hansen just got onto an email thread revealing that Google is planning to embrace
RSS. ...

This daily-once News Alert is brought to you by Google News (BETA)...

Thanks , Google Team, and Slashdot, and everyone else taking the trouble to upgrade my grasp on the fast moving techie scene . .

re Peter's present mission outline (in above blue panel) please see - > here

Friday, June 11, 2004

Forum Romanum

"We have had under consideration" . . the addition of a forum to the Assn. for Roman Archaeology web pages. This would: A. encourage member interactivity; B. act as a first port-of-call for updates or changes re Assn. events and venues; C. Enable Trustees and members to voice suggestions and brainwaves; E. be the place to ask the top ARA pundits for advice/answers on fundamental research queries and debates.

My best-rated forum is Talkgraphics. As a member of Talkgraphics I've been helped significantly by teams of ace, and aimiable, designers on the subject of re-creating Roman mosaics in a web friendly way. . [a possible new unifying graphic theme for a site makeover]. An example of what I have in mind is the neat Lopen Mosaic site listed at the top of our current Links Page.

More forum format and function issues to follow later this week . . .

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Gmail

Gmail will revolutionise the working life of Grahame, our Assn. Chairman, along with other academics who inevitably become weighed down by filing systems and archives . . Gmail empowers a whole new way of networking and intelligent topic management and information retrieval.

Our Sherpa friends reveal important insights this morning, see June 9th/10th? : . . the Gmail roll-out via ingenious viral strategy . .

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Mirabilis

The Marisma de Hinojos has hit headlines in the past few days (after some millennia of obscurity) and although I know the area quite well I went to re-check the geography via Google . . and came across this excellent weblog Mirabilis which struck me as well written; with well selected topics too. . . impressive as a long-established weblog.

I'll leave you to follow this intriguing tale of Tartessos*, The Sea Peoples, and the 800BC Flood . . back to the Google toolbar.

*"Sparserat occiduus Tartessia litora Phoebus" - Ovid (43BC -17AD) - from 14th book of the Metamorphoses.

*"But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish . . ." - Bible/Jonah/Chapter1 !

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Bill Blogs

Paterfamilias Bill Gates new keynote speech proclaims blogs, in effect, as magnum bonum. . . how weblog technology will tend to _supercede_ traditional web pages and troublesome emails.

"These problems (website and email problems) could be solved, said Mr Gates, by using blogs and Really Simple Syndication (RSS), that lets people know when a favourite journal is updated . ."

" . . blogs are about development projects for new and old products, some are aimed at academics and students; others are more personal."

Monday, June 07, 2004

Chic Chirac

" . . there can be no future without memory . . "
Jacques Chirac, Arromanche, 6 June, 2004 at the commemoration of the AD 1944 Landings.

Note his good Gallo-Roman name: Carius-acum (Roman Estate of Carius) > Chir-ac. Similarly: Cognac ! Rifiac ! Bergerac ! Armagnac ! etc. But is it still true that not one single rural Roman name of this type survives in UK?

re AD 0043, similar size fleet crossing the Channel the other way, I have been re-reading John Manley's excellent recent book: AD 43 the Roman Invasion of Britain - a reassessment (Tempus 2002) ISBN 0 7524 1959 5 and copies may be ordered via the Assn. for Roman Archaeology Books Page.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Querida Christina

COMMENTS: Only five html tags are accepted when posting _comments_ [as at June '04]:
< a > (for making links)
< strong > and < b > (for making text bold)
< em > and < i > (for making text italic)

Thank you Christine, at Blogger Support, for clarifying this.

Friday, June 04, 2004

Colorado

Colorado (Sp.): coloured, esp. red; complexion rosy, ruddy; poner colorado a uno to make someone blush - Prof. Colin Smith, Cambridge, 1985.

Aggrieved viewers of some Assn. for Roman Archaeology web pages have been known to cry: "garish" . . re the color, colour, couleur choices. Grateful members have also reported: "Ahh! . . just like when we were in those Roman rooms on the 2002 ARA visit to Pompeii" . .

Another day we could go into the whole subject of Roman colour preferences and capabilities.

Today it's just an invitation to play with the infinite colour combinations that _you too_ can create on a web page - > here and now.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Classic FM

Sam Moorhead suggests a refreshed ARA web-focus on the ARA Bulletin (magazine); promoting it and providing more information about it. Plus: publishing helpful and encouraging "Notes for Contributors".

Re Hall of Fame . . have you listened to the way Classic FM currently hypes it's latest CD set: how many CDs? . . how many composers? . . their names? . . how to order? . . the colour? . . could we learn from them? And today they are expertly advertising the new issue of Classic FM Magazine . . out now! . . with 2 FREE CDs.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Delenda est Zeugma

ARA ≠ UNESCO ? But aims and objectives of both are very similar. The budgets do not bear comparison; so in the perpetual tragedy of Zeugma I wonder why UNESCO does not seem to act? Is it not a Roman World Heritage Site? See the ARA "News Agency" page today with the Al Jazeera report. [+ "Delenda est Troy" good essay too . . fuit Illium?].

"Cato's Delendo est Carthago survives as an ironic reminder that a ruling clique in a powerful nation can have it's way in crushing a helpless rival if it musters the rhetoric to stir irrational passions." - Eugene Ehrlich in his book Nil Desperandum, 1985.