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Road Trips
Published 8/27/2014 in Neuroanthropology: The Course
Author skcharles1
Ever since I passed my driving exam and got my driver's license, I have enjoyed driving.  This has been especially true of me when it comes to road trips.  Every time I have the opportunity to, I like to take road trips, whether by myself or with friends.  This past Christmas, my family all met up in Cleveland, Ohio to spend Christmas together, and even though my younger sister, who also lives in Tuscaloosa, decided she would fly up there, I packed up my things and my dog and road tripped the both of us to Cleveland, stopping at historical sites and museums along the way.  When I came to college from my parent's house in the Bay Area of California, my parents flew one of my friends out to California and we road tripped from there to Huntsville, Alabama.  We spent a week travelling in my MINI Cooper and... read more ❯
Ich Kann Klettern.
Published 8/27/2014 in Neuroanthropology: The Course
Author Angela Ray
As I stood on a cliff face looking down to the ground a whopping 30 meters below, past which was another 200 meter drop, I wondered, again, what the hell I was doing with my life. The answer was easy: I was rock climbing in Croatia. The more difficult question was why. On the surface, I shouldn’t have been: I unfortunately inherited much of my father’s fear of heights, I was never one of those kids climbing trees or jungle gyms or fences or anything, and I had never had an interest. But here I was on yet another climbing trip, and I was loving it. Two years ago I started dating my boyfriend, a climber and an employee of UA’s Outdoor Recreation program, leading climbing trips and working the indoor rock walls. He spent months trying to convince me to climb with him, but I resisted up and down. It... read more ❯
Into the Unknown
Published 8/26/2014 in The Schema
Author Greg Batchelder
In the days leading up to a vacation, be it spring break, fall break, beginning or ending of summer break, and occasionally during winter break, you can find me hunched over maps spread out on my floor, planning a route into the wilderness which will take me and my lucky companions beyond established trails and as far away from anything man-made as possible. The preparation for such a trip is always exciting to me. For days leading up to the excursion you will find various pieces of gear strewn about the house, being checked and double checked to make sure everything is in working order. I live for these excursions. Being deep in the wilderness I find peace. When I am in the wilderness I know what to expect; if I do not pay attention to the map and compass I may get lost,... read more ❯
The Road
Published 8/26/2014 in Neuroanthropology: The Course
Author kakennedy2
One of my greatest hobbies is traveling. With my dad's family in Oklahoma and my mom's in Missouri, we make eleven hour drives every Fourth of July and Christmas to both states. When I was around 8 or 9 we made a three day long road trip to Arizona in a RV. Because of all this, my love for travel started pretty early on in life. I've continued that in my adult life by going on road trips with friends. I've been to every southern state, a few in the Northeast and Nevada, Texas, and Arizona in the Southwest. The most recent trip was in the spring when my sister, a friend and I drove to Austin, Texas. On our way home, we stopped in Galveston and New Orleans to visit friends and have a quick drink. By the time we finally got back... read more ❯
Head Above Water
Published 8/25/2014 in Neuroanthropology: The Course
Author Genevieve Miller
When I came to UA as a freshmen, the first club I joined was the Alabama Kayak Club.  I have always loved kayaking, and growing up I would often drag my kayak across the street to a channel leading into the Back Bay (I'm from Biloxi, MS, which is on the coast).  However, I soon learned that the club's kayaking has nothing in common with my own experiences.  We do white water kayaking here. White water, which means going down a narrow river with tons of waves and currents that are just waiting to flip you over and drag you over the underwater rocks.  Meanwhile, the bay that I am used to paddling in is so tranquil that it appears more like a lake than part of the ocean. I had always loved adventure and the outdoors and wanted to go white water kayaking, so this was a challenge that I... read more ❯
The thrill of whitewater chill
Published 8/25/2014 in Neuroanthropology: The Course
Author nahand
Ever since I first went out with the old neighborhood crew back in the day to the pool on the weekends to "boat it out I've always loved to hit the water, especially on these dog days of summer and this fixation reaches Uncle Miltie proportions when it comes to whitewater rafting. To me, its fatal attractions lie in the ensembles of teamwork and the affixing personalities of the river. Despite all the dangers of it and how needless it may be it is an exhilarating catharsis and escape from confining in the safe monotony of the every day hustle and bustle. More often than not, it features obvious ex fraternities who accentuate this. They'll go about their river guide jobs as if its a perpetual party times on the river times. They'll engage in prank competitions where each wagers and vies to have the best showmanship on each pass.... read more ❯
My Love for Art
Published 8/25/2014 in Neuroanthropology: The Course
Author Andrea Roulaine
Art to me is a way to disassociate myself, or disconnect from all the madness around me, and just breathe. With all the pressures of everyday life, sometimes I just need a place to hide. Whether it’s creating art, or looking at it. It’s my release from my worries. Art for our ancient ancestors could have started the same way, a release from the constant struggles of trying to stay alive.   Symbolism is a form of art. For our ancestors, and even in today’s world, it has always been a way for people to communicate their ideas, beliefs, or actions. Our ancestors used places like cave walls to express themselves. Or created stone tablets to interact and translate their ideas, or beliefs with others around them. Except now, symbols are created digitally, on a computer, and seen on a global scale. Art is... read more ❯
The Neuroanthropology of You & Me (aka, Us)
Published 8/22/2014 in Neuroanthropology: The Course
Author Christopher Lynn
To get us started on this blog thing, I want to give everyone a short practice assignment that will give you the opportunity to play with the bells & whistles of WordPress & for us all to get to know a little bit more about each other. This assignment is due by midnight this coming Tuesday. That way we'll have the time to read about each other before our next class. By the way, when you start seeing everyone else's posts, be sure to subscribe to them, so you get our witticisms delivered post haste directly to your inbox. I want you to put a little effort into this assignment but not a lot. It should take you longer than 15 minutes but not more than a few hours, depending on how define "little effort." You'll see what I mean below. Here's the assignment: By Rob Mieremet (ANEFO) (Ga het na... read more ❯
The Chicken in Black
Published 8/13/2014 in Neuroanthropology: The Course
Author Christopher Lynn
In the recent biography of Johnny Cash, The Life, (which is great, btw), author Robert Hilburn notes that this song/video are his greatest embarrassment.  It's no "Hurt," but I friggin' love it!  We'll start the course by dissecting it. Bring your scalpels & brain probes. http://youtu.be/y_uM87NTFW4 read more ❯
Blogging instructions
Published 8/11/2014 in Neuroanthropology: The Course
Author Christopher Lynn
Below is a video showing you how to post to this blog.  The first few seconds get cut off, but I think all I said was "Welcome to the Anthropology Blog Network. I'm going to show you how to post to the Neuroanthropology blog."  Let me know if you have any questions. http://youtu.be/0k5JlKTPOsk read more ❯

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