I have to start this post with a sincere apology for the radio silence over the last few months. If you've kept up with social media, you know that we ran into a big snare with our immigration status in Germany and chose to head back rather than allow our savings to dry up completely … Continue reading The State of the ‘Spin, January 2023
Where Do We Go From Here?
The first semi-annual update for 2021. Here I discuss challenges and developments in navigating research projects in the late-stage COVID era.
Much Ado About Digitization
I’ve been doing a lot of research remotely over the last several years. Libraries, museums, historical societies, and even some historically-minded Facebook groups have done fantastic jobs of digitizing documents for immediate access from literally anywhere. Of course, digital collections have a long way to go—often times tiny fractions of collections have made it onto … Continue reading Much Ado About Digitization
The State of Rhode Island
In this post I talk about the ways my research has impacted my views on some local political topics
The Histories We Choose
It probably surprises few people besides myself that I’m fairly involved with local history. As an anthropologist, I’m perpetually of the view that all history is local, and that local history is global. However, also as an anthropologist, I’m also well aware that the history we celebrate is a choice, and often one that wasn’t … Continue reading The Histories We Choose
What Even is 2020?
In the strangest year we've seen in a very, very long time, I reflect on how Anthrospin has been impacted, and what to expect going forward (hint: it's a lot)
A brief update on Scrimshaw
An update on how Scrimshaw is going and how my abilities continue to improve.
Yesterday Was a Big Day for Scrimshaw
A summary of a full day of exciting research for Scrimshaw: A Whaling Story. Ships logs, skeletons, scrimshaw, and ceremonies. It was a big day.
One Person’s Trash is Another Person’s…Afternoon Research Project
A Noxzema jar was found in the sands of a tiny island in Narragansett Bay. This is its story.
Rhode Island’s Industrial Revolution
This article is more or less the written account of my documentary film entitled Rhode Island's Industrial Revolution: The Rise and Fall of an Empire. So if you've seen that and aren't much of a reader, there's not a whole lot of new information here.
However, there is a bit more discussion about things that would have been rambling in the film. There are also images that you can look at at your own pace, rather than how I decided you get to see them in the film. All of my research references will be provided through links at the bottom of this article.