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I finally got some photos from Dominica posted - they are up on Flickr here!

Now I gotta tackle Iceland and Greenland ...
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Daniel's cassava bread stand in the Kalinago Territory, Dominica

Cassava root, a little coconut, a tiny bit of sugar, mixed with a handful of water, shaped into the size and thickness of a frisbee and slapped on a 300-year-old chunk from a cast-iron sugar boiler to cook. SO YUMMY.

If you haven't been glued to it for the past two weeks, you should go read our Dominica posts at the Fiske Center blog!


In other news, it is ridiculously hot in Boston this week, and I still have to finish my taxes.
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I got into Northwestern! I found out on Thursday and have had very little time to digest this because I've also been packing for fieldwork in Dominica - a joint NU/UMB/USC project that will take me to the Caribbean for the next three weeks. We're taking all of our remote sensing equipment and hoping to locate and describe slave quarters at a couple of different plantation sites.

I'm used to packing for fieldwork in the Arctic, so my suitcase - only about half full of clothes (t-shirts, light cotton long sleeved shirts and similarly light cargo pants) - is slightly bizarre to me. I really feel like I've forgotten something important!

To switch gears again, I had a great time at my interview at Northwestern last weekend. I wish they could accept all the prospective students who were there - I felt like we really began to come together as a cohort. I think this kind of joint interview weekend is a great idea and I think more schools should do the same!

I'll probably be leaving MA in early July, then doing some more fieldwork and moving up to the Evanston vicinity in late August or early September.

Does anyone have suggestions for fieldwork in the tropics, or good Chicago neighborhoods for graduate students?
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I've been following the news reports on this for a while now, and this afternoon I finally spent some time on their website: FirstSounds.org. This group has been working for the last several years to virtually play back phonautograms (sound waves scratched on a sheet of coated paper by a needle - kind of like a seismograph) from the 1860s and later. You might have seen this 2008 NYT story. Everything is up on their site, with several more accurate renditions of that first recording of "Au Clair de la Lune." Just a couple months ago they put up some recordings from the earliest disks intended for playback, made in the 1880s - including the first recorded f-bomb.

And when you're done there (none of the recordings are more than few minutes - most are only seconds), you can listen to William Jennings Bryan talk about imperialism during the election of '08 - 1908, that is.
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As some of you may know, I've applied to PhD programs in anthropology for Fall 2012. I found out today that UNC-Chapel Hill turned me down. This is not entirely unexpected, but it's still a little disappointing.

I also applied to Northwestern, and they've invited me up for an interview next weekend. I already have what I hope is a fairly good relationship with a couple of the professors there, so I think I have a reasonably good chance of getting in. I really like the program a lot, and I think it may be the best possible program for me -- I'm very much hoping for this!

Anyway, fingers crossed! I'll keep you posted.

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