Check out this thing; I command it

My BFF, Jim the Editor, who proofreads everything on this blog and helps me think over most of the questions I receive, has a new podcast, starting in a few days.  He calls it Nearly Experts, and it is a series of interviews with PhD students from around the world and in different fields about their research, their lives, and academia (I do not feature in season 1, because Jim and his recording studio are at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, whereas I normally live in Ohio and am currently spending a year in Greece, but the stars may yet align for me to make an appearance in season 2).  If that sounds like the sort of thing you might be interested in, check out the introductory episode below!

https://soundcloud.com/nearlyexperts

https://www.facebook.com/NearlyExperts/

Vikingboybilly asks:

Are you out on a dig again?

Actually, I hit crunch time on submitting a proposal for my PhD thesis topic.  But I survived that, my topic was approved (I’m going to be researching the role of window glass in the evolution and social meaning of Roman architecture), and my students in the Roman Civilisation class mostly did pretty well too.  I’m going back to New Zealand for a bit in late June, then from there to Athens in late August for a year-long intensive study program.  It’s… pretty full-on, from what I’ve heard, but since I’ll be staying at a cushy research institute, my internet access will be much better than when I head out to the middle of nowhere for an archaeological dig, so it’s hard to say how often or how long I’ll vanish.

Anonymous asks:

ARE YOU DEAD?

YES

I recently chose to spend some time dead, for tax reasons

Accordingly, I booked a few weeks at a luxury resort in the inner ring of the seventh circle of hell, concealed my treasures within a hermetic vault beneath the Southern Alps, and arranged my own murder at the hands of an international cabal of mystic assassins

My remaining agents on the mortal plane have now established a psychic link to allow me to answer reader questions, as well as orchestrate terrible vengeance against all those who have abandoned my service or otherwise wronged me during my absence, in preparation for my inevitable resurrection

The ritual will commence shortly; please do not be alarmed if you are struck by falling frogs while outside, and if you have pets, try to keep a qualified translator of Old Babylonian on hand to record any instructions they may give you

Anonymous asks:

Do you have a master post for all the Pokemon reviews?

Hmm.  Not… really?  If you go here you can find links for all of the reviews sorted by type, so that’s probably the best way to find any particular Pokémon you’re looking for, or you could look at https://pokemaniacal.com/category/unova-pokedex/ for everything from Unova.  We are working on getting everything sorted into categories and hopefully by the time you read this, all those options will be available in the ‘Post Categories’ section.

One day, I hope to be able to upgrade the site plan and then everything will be searchable… One day…