Category Archives: Site News

New feature for “Scientific Tourist” fans

An SOS reader asked for some way to see which scientific tourist posts came from one location or another for use in travel planning. So I wrote up a quick hyperindex to all those posts, organized by country and (for the U.S.) state…

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Happy Holidays!

SOS is taking a year-end holiday break — Happy Holidays to all, see you in the new year!

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Pardon my dust…

I recently discovered a very persistent infection on this site — it turns out that some old Wordpress plugin was insecure, and as a result was giving an outside party a backdoor into the site. So my apologies if they were able to use this to push any malware at you (although it appears the backdoor was more likely used to enlist SOS in DDOS attacks on other sites).

So the good news — the infection is gone, and shouldn’t be coming back. The bad news — I’ve had to update how I handle permalinks to SOS posts, so not only will old incoming links be broken, but a lot of folks following SOS via RSS readers will see every one of SOS’ 4 years of blog posts reappear in their readers.

Again, my apologies for any inconveniences this inflicts on people — but it appears to be the price of clearing up this security problem.

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A little reminder…

If you missed my note in last week’s Carnivalia post — I’m going to be hosting The Boneyard blog carnival right here next Tuesday, the 5th of April…

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Site status — pardon my dust…

SOS needs to move to a new hosting service; things will be funky in the meantime. Please stay tuned… Continue reading

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Four Stone Hearth — call for submissions

I’ll be hosting the Four Stone Hearth blog carnival this Wednesday, the 12th — so if you’ve run across any interesting archaeology- / anthropology-related posts lately, please send them along!

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Should be all better now…

Just so everybody’s up to date with what’s going on, I rebuilt the site’s database over the weekend, and it looks like nothing important was lost. Meanwhile, I’ve slimmed the site down a bit (got rid of some bells & … Continue reading

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Pardon my dust…

Database is messed up, I’ll need to pop the hood and mess around over the next few days…

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Skeptics' Circle — call for submissions

In case you didn’t read yesterday’s “Carnivalia” post closely, you might have missed the note that I’ll be hosting the “Skeptic’s Circle” blog carnival right here, next Thursday, the 17th of July…

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Maintenance

Just wanted to let folks know that I upgraded the site’s Wordpress software over the weekend. This should be entirely transparent to you, but if you find SOS behaving oddly in any way, please drop me a line and let me know…

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