Takin’ Care of Business


Tomorrow is the end of the world as I’ve known it for forty-plus years. A simple twist of fate has meant that I will have no visible means of support beginning on January 1 and continuing indefinitely. In preparation for my departure from the University of California Observatories I’ve been busier than the proverbial one-armed wallpaper hanger. For the past week and more I’ve arrived home in the evening with one thing on my mind–a glass of wine and sleep. Sorry. Two things on my mind–a glass of wine, seasonal songs and sleep. As this is beginning to sound too much like a Monty Python’s Flying Circus sketch, I’ll drop the meme.
     But I won’t drop the euphoria that I’m feeling at the prospect of notworking. You can have your networking. All I’ve ever wanted was notworking. Don’t worry. I’ll keep working here. And I won’t have the brutalizing office environment to drag me down. So, I’ll return to the Subversive Archaeologist with renewed vigour after a brief holiday.
     And, wouldn’t you know it? I just received word of this, which promises to be a real hoot.

“Protective buttressing of the human fist and the evolution of hominin hands,” by Michael H. Morgan and David R. Carrier, Journal of Experimental Biology 216, 236-244.

The authors have made the claim that fist-fighting might explain the evolution of the human hand. Or, do they say it’s the other way around? I can hardly wait to have my say. Stay tuned!

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