Browsing All posts tagged under »paleolithic«

Ancient Computing Revolution

January 18, 2010

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NOTE: Don’t let the title fool you.  This is a post about the nature of humanity. Humans have built computing machinery for thousands of years, but in the 1800s an incredible transition began: programmability.  Born for the purpose of more flexibly automating looms, the technology of machines that can execute arbitrary lists of instructions was […]

Old Stone Age

December 20, 2009

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In the 1820s a Danish archeologist named Christian Jürgensen Thomsen divided prehistory into three ages.  He did this to help him classify artifacts for the Danish Royal Commission for the Preservation and Collection of Antiquities.  He picked out a trait easy to discern: What are the artifacts made of?  That’s how we ended up with the oft-heard […]

Miscellaneous Update

November 15, 2009

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Greetings! I had a good weekend.  🙂 But, once again, the full report will not be immediate.  I have to admit, this month is proving to be overwhelming.  There’s a lot going on in addition to my first month of Grok Project.  But I foresee getting the hang of the project (insomuch as that is […]

A Good Day

November 7, 2009

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Today’s expedition was a lot of fun.  It was not without some disappointment, but I’ll talk about that later.  The important part is that I learned a lot and had a great time.  Thank you again to Alex and Tim! I have a lot of information to process now and a lot to talk about, […]

Paper Mill Hill

November 6, 2009

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Can anyone tell me where Paper Mill Hill in Peabody, MA is, specifically?  Is it on someone’s private property?  According to http://www.mindat.org/loc-33589.html it seems there is some chert (flint) to be found there.  The first challenge of making stone tools is to find the right rocks to work with!  If I can’t find a natural […]

Question me an answer.

November 5, 2009

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Today’s dinner was sashimi.  I squirmed my way through it.  I think paleolithic humans were less picky about food textures than I am. Tim McCormack commented with some good questions and suggestions regarding this paleolithic diet, so I’ll respond to them here… 1. “You may wish to find out what the natives in some region […]

So it begins…

November 1, 2009

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Oh, boy.  What have I gotten myself into?  Well, if you haven’t read it yet, start by reading What is the Grok Project? The basic concept for this project has been lurking in my mind for years, popping up here and there in various forms… I could write a book?  Teach a class?  Start a […]