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Monitor Quotes

"I became an archaeologist because I wanted to drive around in a big Landrover, smoking, cursing, and finding treasure."
  • Schrire, Carmel. Digging through Darkness: Chronicles of an Archaeologist. University Press of Virginia, 1996.

Working Thesis
"From its earliest days, exo-anthropology was an old boys’ club, and people who did not fit the pattern, did not play the game, were hounded out of the profession, set up for failure, or in other ways silenced.”
  • Roggerta, Severata. Mischief. Bozart University Press.

Sales Brochure
"To be unaware that a technology comes equipped with a program for social change, to maintain that technology is neutral, to make the assumption that technology is always a friend to culture is, at this late hour, stupidity plain and simple."
  • Postman, Neil. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. Penguin Random House, 1986.

Alice at Work
"Very few anthropologists opt for the soft life when it comes to their fieldwork. In fact, I know only two—one went to the Vatican to study the domestic economy of a male-dominated society, and the other went to Monaco to study sense of place and permanence amongst tax exiles. Both of these were rather condescended to by their peers later on—they were treated as if they had not really earned their spurs, so to speak, as anthropologists. There were sniffy remarks about doing one's research in a meadow rather than a field—that sort of thing. Not really funny, but very barbed."
  • McCall Smith, Alexander. Love over Scotland. Anchor Books, 2006.

“A loaf of bread, a pot of choice Seville marmalade, a knife, fork, and small spoon for stirring, 2 fresh eggs packed with care in unspun wool, a tomato or love-apple, a small frying pan, a small sauce pan, a spirit burner, a chafing dish, a tin box of salted butter of the Italian type, 2 bone china plates. Also a portion of honey comb, as a sweetener, for my breath and for my coffee. Let my readers understand me when I say to them all: A true gentleman should always be able to break his fast in the manner of a gentleman, wheresoever he may find himself.”
  • Gaiman, Neil and Terry Pratchett. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. Workman Publishing Company Inc., 1990.

Glass Palace
"The Crystal Palace’s supremely rational basis denies all that makes human beings free individuals and will not only be 'terribly boring (because what will there be left to do when everything has been calculated by tables)', but will ultimately lead to slavery, because it can only exist if people’s status is reduced to that of cogs in a machine."

"People who live in glass houses have to wash their windows all the time." Art Buchwald (1986).~~
  • Buchwald, Art. You Can Fool All of the People All of the Time. Fawcett Books, 1986.

Bezetta State
Harassment… has reduced the diversity of our discipline by driving some researchers away from specific areas and topics, and by pushing others out of the field altogether. Consequently, harassment not only affects individual archaeologists but also shapes archaeological research and our interpretations of the past.
  • Voss, Barbara L. "Documenting Cultures of Harassment in Archaeology: A Review and Analysis of Quantitative and Qualitative Research Studies." American Antiquity, vol. 86, no. 2, 2021, pp. 244-60, Cambridge Core, doi:https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/aaq.2020.118.

Stella and Stilts
The (Illinois Sexual Harassment Myth Acceptance Scale) measures the degree to which people hold attitudes and beliefs that serve to deny and justify sexual harassment (e.g., “Women who claim sexual harassment have usually done something to cause it”).
  • Peixotto, Becca et al. "Rethinking Research Sites as Wilderness Activity Sites: Reframing Health, Safety, and Wellness in Archaeology." Advances in Archaeological Practice, vol. 9, no. 1, 2021, pp. 1-9, Cambridge Core, doi:10.1017/aap.2020.50.

Stella and Ooze
"Consumers should be skeptical about any recommendations provided on television medical talk shows, as details are limited and only a third to one-half of recommendations are based on believable or somewhat believable evidence."
  • Korownyk, C. et al. "Televised Medical Talk Shows--What They Recommend and the Evidence to Support Their Recommendations: A Prospective Observational Study." BMJ, vol. 349, 2014, p. g7346, doi:10.1136/bmj.g7346.

Alice Meeting Stilts
"I have a very close friend who is a brilliant clown, and I always wanted to do a show with him. So I did one year at La MaMa Theatre. I had not done stilts before that show, and I had about two weeks to learn how to do that, and they were just made with off-off-Broadway money. The ones that I had in Rogue One were made by Industrial Light & Magic. So they were really easy. They were made with actual prosthetic feet on the bottom. They were athletic, in a way. I could run in them. There was a bounce to them that I could use."
  • Zuckerman, Esther. "Alan Tudyk on Making Moana’s Chicken Noises and His Fear of Becoming Rogue One’s Jar Jar." Film, AV Club: Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed, 7 December 2016.
https://www.avclub.com/alan-tudyk-on-making-moana-s-chicken-noises-and-his-fea-1798255485

Stella in Waiting
"History is not what you thought. It is what you remember. All other history defeats itself."
  • Sellar, Walker Carruthers and Robert Julian Yeatman. 1066 and All That. Methuen, 1930.

Molly and Stilts
"Cook squid briefly (for a few seconds) or braise it long enough for it to toughen and then become tender again."


A Delivery Issue
"Baby, you can drive my car. Yes, I'm gonna be a star! Baby, you can drive my car, And maybe I'll love you. Beep beep, beep beep, yeah!"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfSQkZuIx84

Molly in the Palace
"(Our study shows that compared to later children), first-born children are more likely to achieve higher levels of education, better occupations and higher likelihood of receiving financial transfers (from their parents.)"
  • Mechoulan, Stéphane and François-Charles Wolff. "Intra-Household Allocation of Family Resources and Birth Order: Evidence from France Using Siblings Data." Journal of Population Economics, vol. 28, no. 4, 2015, pp. 937-64, doi:10.1007/s00148-015-0556-x.

Lucy in Orbit
"But no city-state ever solved the problem of incorporating new territories and new populations into its existing structure, or involving really large numbers of people in its political life."
  • Strayer, Joseph R. On the Medieval Origins of the Modern State. Princeton University Press 2005.

Molly at Club Sylv
"It is well known that the transition into microgravity can be accompanied by symptoms of the Space Adaptation Syndrome (SAS). Roughly 50% of all space travellers suffer from nausea, dizziness, disorientation and/or visual motion illusions during the first 2-3 days of the flight."
  • Nooij, S. A. E. et al. "Space Sickness on Earth." Microgravity Science and Technology, vol. 19, no. 5, 2007, pp. 113-17, doi:https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF02919464.

BEE History Sylvan
"Television is altering the meaning of 'being informed' by creating a species of information that might properly be called disinformation. Disinformation does not mean false information. It means misleading information—misplaced, irrelevant, fragmented or superficial information—information that creates the illusion of knowing something, but which in fact leads one away from knowing."
  • Postman, Neil. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. Penguin Random House, 1986.

Molly and Noodles
"Humans need fantasy to be human… to be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.”

Beach Scene
"I’m happy. I’m happy because I’ve just fallen in love—an hour ago. This is the happiest part of a love affair—just after falling in love and just before the problem of money comes up. Aphrodite makes me feel weak and stupid. And the reason she makes me feel weak and stupid is because of my two biggest faults. I’m weak and I’m stupid."
  • Shulman, Max. The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Doubleday, 1951.

All About Liminal
"The literature of science is filled with answers found when the question propounded had an entirely different direction and end."
  • Steinbeck, John and Edward Flanders Ricketts. The Log from the Sea of Cortez. Penguin Books, 1951 (1995).

Eleni's Plan
"The back region of the human personality is culturally identified with the koi, which refers to the abdominal cavity inside a person where knowledge, thoughts, and emotions are located. If a person is clever, for example, this cleverness is contained in the abdomen (tare kaa ikoii; literally, “cleverness is in your abdomen”; freely, ”you are clever”). The fact that the abdomen is inside the human body means that knowledge can be withheld and remain hidden there, an idea that informs much of the cultural symbolism. For example, the metaphor of corn (gbai) in the following proverb (sag) symbolizes, through contrast, the idea of the hidden dimension in human nature: “A person is not corn that you peel and see the seeds.”’
  • Murphy, William P. "The Rhetorical Management of Dangerous Knowledge in Kpelle Brokerage." American Ethnologist, vol. 8, no. 4, 1981, pp. 667-85, doi:https://doi.org/10.1525/ae.1981.8.4.02a00010.

Playing Hopscotch
"(It) might happen that Traveler's arrival would be like an extreme point from which to try again the jump of one into the other and at the same time of the other into the one, but that jump would be precisely the opposite of a collision..."
  • Cortázar, Julio. Hopscotch. translated by Gregory Rabassa, Random House, 1966.

Another Fine Plot
Stan: “If I had any sense, I'd walk out on you.”
Ollie: “Well, it's a good thing you haven't any sense.”
Stan: “It certainly is.”

Tinfoil Hats
"Well, we had discovered that metal was relatively impervious to the telepathic effect, and had prepared for ourselves a sort of tin pulpit, behind which we could stand while conducting experiments. This, combined with caps of metal foil, enormously reduced the effects on ourselves.”
http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?56223

Disaster Averted
"The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men / Gang aft agley."

Hacking History
"The Skylab space station, at 77 tons the largest object ever orbited, flashed through the atmosphere and disintegrated in a blaze of fireworks over the Indian Ocean today, showering tons of debris across the Great Australian Desert, one of the world’s most remote places."

Stars Fall on Sylvan
"We lived our little drama, we kissed in a field of white
And stars fell on Alabama that night
I can't forget the glamour, your eyes held a tender light
And stars fell on Alabama last night."

Currant and Cattle
"(Speaker A) A sleeping woman is an inactive thing. (Speaker B) I agree. (A) But when she is awake, her ‘hors d'oeuvres' are a much better route to pleasure than the main course. (B) Then my question to you is: are there ‘hors d'oeuvres' of sex?"
  • From a fragment of Plato’s Europa, cited in Hadjittofi, Fotini. "Sleeping Europa from Plato Comicus to Moschus and Horace." The Classical Quarterly, vol. 69, no. 1, 2019, pp. 264-77, Cambridge Core, doi:https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0009838819000545.

Reports from Generally
"Never give up! Never surrender!"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ2hJezvd2I.

Alice Among the Canes
"The na losa falaya... is of about the size of a man and walks upright, but its face is shriveled, its eyes are very small and it has quite long, pointed ears. Its nose is likewise long. It lives in the densest woods, near swamps, away from the habitations of men. … Often when hunters are in the woods, far from their homes, late in the day when the shadows have grown long beneath the pine trees, a na losa falaya will come forth. Getting quite near a hunter, it will call in a voice resembling that of a man. And some hunters… are so affected that they fall to the ground and even become unconscious. And when the hunter is thus prostrated on the ground, the na losa falaya approaches and sticks a small thorn into his hand or foot, and by so doing bewitches the hunter…"

Miscellaneous Papers
"Those eccentric English archaeologists who had stumbled into Egyptian tombs had more or less got what they deserved, in von Igelfeld's view, when they were struck down by mysterious curses (probably no more than long dormant microbes sealed into the pyramids). That would never had happened had it been German archaeology that made the discovery; the German professors would undoubtedly would have sent their assistants in first."
  • McCall Smith, Alexander. "On Being Light Blue." At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances, Anchor Books, 2004.

Bozartene Molting Festival
"Based on centuries of cross-cultural research across multiple star systems, feasting is a deeply rooted behavior in all sentient beings, as well as many semi-sentient fauna and flora. In whatever form feasting occurs—tearing into the flesh of a hard-earned prey, diving in tandem to lay waste to a densely packed swarm of krill, or attending a stately dinner with ambassadors and chandeliers—people instinctively gather together to share sustenance and practice the art of intraspecies detente."
  • Roggerta, Severata. “Cross-Cultural Currents: Investigating the Root Realities of Life as it Exists in the Universe” Boxford University Press, 3582

The Sea Turtle and the Octopus
"What do you seen now? …
Light, just light, making everything below it a toy world.
Very well, we’ll make the glasses accordingly."

Epeius Discovered
"As soon as they had had to eat and drink, Ulysses said to Demodocus, 'Demodocus, there is no one in the world whom I admire more than I do you. You must have studied under the Muse, Jove's daughter, and under Apollo, so accurately do you sing the return of the Achaeans with all their sufferings and adventures. If you were not there yourself, you must have heard it all from someone who was. Now, however, change your song and tell us of the wooden horse which Epeius made with the assistance of Minerva, and which Ulysses got by stratagem into the fort of Troy after freighting it with the men who afterwards sacked the city. If you will sing this tale aright I will tell all the world how magnificently heaven has endowed you.'"

Alice in the Outback
"The process of writing Ancient and Modern: Time, Culture and Indigenous Philosophy changed my thinking to the point where I thought some aspects of the liberal critical agenda will have to go. I can name them: the moral high ground; weak cultural relativism; utopian, redemptive, and apocalyptic storytelling; moral judgment. In their place, I suggest a renewed and radical empiricism (interrogating facts until they tell us their values); negotiation and collaboration; essaying and experimenting; and, finally, protecting our institutions, including the government, from postmodern politicians who have no regard for truth."
  • Muecke, Stephen. "Australian Indigenous Philosophy." CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, vol. 13, no. 2, 2011, doi:10.7771/1481-4374.1741.

"Stella Altered"
"Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore chuse to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them."
  • Joseph Addison. The Works of the Late Right Honorable Joseph Addison, Esq. edited by Thomas Tickell, vol. 3, John Baskerville, 1761.

"The Myth of Communication"
"Ethnography of rock art through the content of accompanying inscriptions… sometimes provides not only reliable interpretations. It also imbues the rock art with a human dimension; it lets its producers communicate their thoughts, concerns, priorities and desires to us. They, as actors in deep history, become individuals through the contents of their messages."
  • Robert G. Bednarik. "Ethnographic Interpretation of Rock Art through Rock Inscriptions." Rock Art Research, vol. 38, no. 1, 2021, pp. 70–83, doi:10.3316/informit.039831624986349.

"Memoirs of BobbyFlee"
"Misunderstanding is my cornerstone. It's everyone's, come to think of it. Illusions mistaken for truth are the pavement under our feet. They are what we call civilization."
  • Barbara Kingsolver. The Poisonwood Bible. Harper, 1998.

Stella on Ice
"Certainly no other race from temperate climates is likely to try to colonise the Arctic, since the Nordics alone show that distaste for gregariousness and that capacity for enduring solitude which are essential for the task. We may even grant them a greater measure of physical enterprise and love of wandering than other people."
  • Scottish explorer Robert Rudmose Brown, quoted in Wråkberg, Urban. "A. E. Nordenskiöld in Swedish Memory: The Origin and Uses of Arctic Heroism." Acta Borealia, vol. 36, no. 2, 2019, pp. 166-82, doi:10.1080/08003831.2019.1680511.

Minnie Knows Swimming
“When targeting krill, (Macaroni penguins at Cape Cotter) dived more than 40 meters (mean 42.9±0.4 m) and were observed to travel through the patch, rapidly capturing large numbers of single prey items (max 153 krill within a dive), with individual captures lasting under a half-second in duration.”
  • Sutton, G. J. et al. "Fine-Scale Foraging Effort and Efficiency of Macaroni Penguins Is Influenced by Prey Type, Patch Density and Temporal Dynamics." Marine Biology, vol. 168, no. 1, 2021, p. 3, doi:10.1007/s00227-020-03811-w.

Transcendental Buffoonery
"(Transcreation is) translation that unsettles the single reference, the logocentric tyranny of the original, translation that has the devilish dimension of usurpation; translation that disturbs linear flows and power hierarchies—daemonic dimensions that coexist with the a priori gesture of tribute to the other inherent in translating and the giving of one’s own vitality to the other. Transcreation—the poetics that disrupts the primacy of the one model—a rupture and a recourse to the one and the other."
  • Vieira, Else Ribeiro Pires. "Liberating Calibans: Readings of Antropofagia and Haroldo De Campos' Poetics of Transcreation." Post-Colonial Translation: Theory and Practice, edited by Susan Bassnett and Harish Trivedi, Routledge, 1999, pp. 95-113.

Waldo Inc
“Each mass of them turned, wheeled, reversed the order of their flight, changed in one shimmer from brown to grey, from dark to light, as though all the individuals composing them had been component parts of an individual organism.” British ornithologist Edmund Selous (1857-1934, quoted in Vallee and elsewhere)
  • Vallee, Mickey. "Animal, Body, Data: Starling Murmurations and the Dynamic of Becoming in-Formation." Body & Society, vol. 27, no. 2, 2021, pp. 83-106, doi: https://dx.doi.org


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