Weekend Work 9-17-12: Kindred, Our New Hero, and a Revelation

Cross disciplinary studies are important to anyone working in academia or, in the case of museums, academia light. So we thought we would share a couple of our favorite science humor sites. They will restore your faith in professionals and support your lack of faith in customers (museums call them visitors).

Annals of Improbable Research Research that makes people LAUGH and then THINK

Veterinarians Behaving Badly A sarcastic veterinary blog dedicated to all of the money grubbing vets out there who are fed up with the insanity of the American public.

In researching an upcoming post, we happened upon our new history humorist hero: Jonah Begone of JonahWorld! Jonah has been at it since 1987 (on the web since 1996) keeping the Civil War reenacting community in stitches and its place. There doesn’t seem to be a topic he hasn’t taken aim at. We also added his pard Mal Adroit’s pages. Check out our blogroll for their links.

What do you see?

Last week we posted our thoughts about the American Association of Museums’ transmogrification into the American Alliance of Museums. Along with their new name, they got a new logo which has been described as a baby gate, a Christian fish symbol or a demented DNA strand, among other things. It’s as bland as a pharmaceutical symbol and as confusing to the general public as a gay-pride badge is to conservatives. However, it was not meant to be any of those things. See here for the explanation of what it’s supposed to be. By the way, the AAM is now too busy championing museums to talk to them so they posted the same link to their Facebook page rather than take time to explain it themselves.

Lastly, we rediscovered an old favorite, “This Old House” by Stuart Hamblen. We included it on our Music and Material Culture on  Curator’s Cuts. If you want a more rocking version check out Brian Setzer’s cover.

Just a reminder that this Wednesday is “ask a curator day.” Feel free to mention it to people who don’t work in museums.

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About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

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