Anthropology

Pompeii Graffitti

Jun 15th, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Anthropology, History

These examples of graffitty in Pompeii give us an insight into what the Romans were like. Not unlike us, seems to me:

Figulus loves Idaia
Vibius Restitutus slept here alone and missed his darling Urbana
Samius to Cornelius: go hang yourself!
We have wet the bed, host. I confess we have done wrong. If you want to [...]



The crappier the movie, the bigger the Box Office

Jan 31st, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Anthropology, Movies, The way we live, What's YOUR take on this?

Looking at the list of recently released movies, I see a really ironic trend. It seems that the higher the rating a movie gets on the tomatometer, the lower-grossing that movie will be at the Box Office. The obvious conclusion: Aim for crap! Eskew quality! Run from art!
Makes you think of The Producers, doesn’t it? [...]



Thoughts on Bill Gates’ Harvard speech

Jan 30th, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Anthropology, Celebrities, Featured article, Human Rights, Leadership, Making things better, Philosophy, What's YOUR take on this?

Today I’m reading Bill Gates’ Harvard Commencement speech.
What drew me to this was his seemingly new passion for activism. However, reading his speech I realized that it was not a new passion, but a natural progression (with perhaps the catalytic effect of some recently gained insights.)
One of the most striking points of Gates’ speech is [...]