Wednesday, September 24, 2014

8 Weeks to NEAS 2014

9:02am Wow! Finally able to start a post in the morning! One of the many benefits of being unemployed!

This morning I realized that I didn't post the abstract for this lecture, which I submitted back in March. I'm actually glad I didn't, because after composing the lecture, it turned out not to match it. I'm not yet sure if we're going to have an opportunity to revise it prior to the conference literature getting printed, but I'll compose a new one for clarification if necessary.

Yesterday I printed all 100 slides & script on 50 sheets (front & back) for a 3-ring binder. Still need to get a hole-punch, but I'm planning to rehearse it after I post this blog. Having to flip physical pages in addition to clicking the computer will slow me down a little, but this has the advantage of giving the audience time to absorb the content of each slide that I'm not actually reading aloud.

This morning I received an opt-out notification regarding the professional recording that's made at ETS each year by WordMP3:

As in the past, ETS has partnered with WordMp3, to record sessions from the 2014 ETS Annual Meeting. This partnership will allow access to scholarship by students, faculty, and pastors. We would like to invite you to include your ETS presentation in the 2014 recording library. ... By including your presentation in the recording library, you grant WordMp3 a non-exclusive right to publish your presentation in the ETS recording library. You will retain the copyright of your content and this non-exclusive right does not preclude publication in other venues. The right only grants WordMp3 the ownership of the audio copy created, not your work. The benefits of this partnership have been warmly received and we look forward to this year's library of recordings.

It'll be interesting to hear how that turns out compared to my own recording. In any case, it's nice to know it'll be available indefinitely in case my YouTube account ever gets deleted.

I now have time to elaborate upon pithom's comments from a couple weeks ago.

"Not all scholars think the scarab and winged sun are “religiously neutral”."

True. Off the top of my head, I don't know their names (might mention them in an upcoming blog after re-reading my Lv1 book), but I constructed my presentation to contrast my interpretation with that of Lipschits, & both of our interpretations contrasted with the mainstream/consensus. It's not my intention to explain every single scholar's interpretation of every single facet of this phenomenon due to my allotted 30-minute presentation window. It's funny that pithom found a problem with the simplest, least controversial slide in the show! He'll need a hockey/catcher's mask to prevent a concussion from all the face-palm's he'll be doing when he hears the whole lecture! And boxing gloves might alleviate hand-injuries from hitting the face mask!

Here's a list of the scholars quoted in my slideshow (in the order of their appearance):

  • David Ussishkin: The Renewed Archaeological Excavations at Lachish (1973-1994); 2004, p. 2142
  • Andrew Vaughn: Theology, History, & Archaeology in the Chronicler's Account of Hezekiah; 1999, pp. 14 & 141
  • Anson Rainey: Wine from the Royal Vineyards; BASOR 245 (Winter 1982), p. 58
  • Jeffrey Hudon: NEASB vol. 55 (2010), p. 30
  • Lipschits et al.: Reconsidering the Chronology of the lmlk Stamp Impressions; Tel Aviv 37 (2010) #1, p. 7
  • Lipschits et al.: ibid., p. 10
  • Israel Finkelstein: Comments on the Date of Late-Monarchic Judahite Seal Impressions; Tel Aviv 39 (2012) #2, p. 76
  • David Ussishkin: The Dating of the lmlk Storage Jars and Its Implications; Tel Aviv 38 (2011) #2, p. 222.
  • David Ussishkin: ibid. 2004, p. 2145
  • Andrew Vaughn: ibid., p. 152
  • Lipschits et al.: Judahite Stamped and Incised Jar Handles; Tel Aviv 38 (2011) #1, p. 15
  • J. Baker Greene: Some Remarks on the Interpretation of the Impressions on the Vase Handles Found at the Foot of the Temple Wall; PEQ vol. 13 (October 1881), p. 308
  • Yigael Yadin: The Fourfold Division of Judah; BASOR 163 (October 1961), pp. 7-8
  • David Ussishkin: ibid. 2004, p. 2145
  • Andrew Vaughn: ibid., p. 116
  • Yohanan Aharoni: The Land of the Bible: A Historical Geography (Second, revised edition 1979), Map 32
  • Yigael Yadin: ibid., p. 10
  • Olga Tufnell: Reviews & Notices: Tell En-Nasbeh; PEQ vol. 80 (July-October 1948), p. 148-9
  • David Ussishkin: ibid. 2004, p. 110
  • Jane Cahill: Rosette Stamp Seal Impressions from Ancient Judah; IEJ 45 #4 (1995), p. 247-8
  • Jane Cahill: ibid., pp. 247-50
  • Lipschits et al.: Judahite Stamped and Incised Jar Handles; Tel Aviv 38 (2011) #1, p. 29
  • Jane Cahill: ibid., pp. 251-2
  • Alexander Fantalkin & Israel Finkelstein: Khirbet Qeiyafa: An Unsensational Archaeological and Historical Interpretation; Tel Aviv 39 (2012) #1, p. 56-7

I'm also quoting Clermont-Ganneau & a couple non-LMLK scholars, but want to keep that content private until the lecture. Maybe in an upcoming post, I'll list quotations from my book, &/or the Bible.

Posting that bullet list was useful because I spotted a typo in my 2nd Yadin citation (was "pp. 10", is "p. 10")! Speaking of typos, I'm a decent English grammarian, but in scrutinizing 1 of my slides, I'm perplexed by this:

"Again, a significant quantity were illegible."

I'm fairly confident it should be "was" since "quantity" is singular, but it sounds wrong to my ears. Why is that? When I read quantity, my brain thinks it's a plural amount, & says, "Gimme a plural verb!" For now, I'm planning to leave it as "were" since it'll go by so fast during the presentation that no one will notice, but astute listeners to the recording might catch it.

Pithom also said, "I hope it’s not at all like Evolution Science." Here's my response:

Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord'll take you away...


G.M. Grena

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

9 Weeks to NEAS 2014

8:40pm Ugh!!! Received a totally unexpected layoff notice today, so the time I had allotted to this blog tonight was consumed by resume distribution. I have several prospects, so I'm not in Panic mode ... I'm actually quite comfortable because my NEAS presentation content is stable ... & the special Halloween prop I ordered last weekend was shipped today, & is estimated to arrive next Wednesday, though I probably won't be revealing it till the day of the lecture.

This past week I found out that the lecture room's seating arrangement will be a 40-seat theatre style, which means no desks, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to set camera #1 on my chair or not ... only if I get there early enough to reserve a front-row seat, which I'm planning to do since I also reserved a ($59) hotel room not far from the conference location. And because the lecture room is so small, there won't be any microphone for voice amplification, so that's one less concern. Really, the only remaining concern I have is whether there'll be enough room on the podium for both the laptop AND my paper, which I'm planning to put into a 3-ring binder, again, as a safeguard against computer/projector malfunction. Aside from weekly practice readings, I'm anxious to print out a copy to ensure readable sizing & finger-tabs.

The only other to-do item is re-reading my Lv1 book to ensure I'm not missing any important/relevant quotations. Ideally, I'd like to re-read all the major players (Ussishkin's RAEL, Vaughn's book, & the Lipschits articles), but that will all depend on my work schedule.

Sorry, no time to comment on Pithom's comment from the previous post, but maybe next week.


G.M. Grena

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

10 Weeks to NEAS 2014

10:03pm Fun time recording my first fully wired rehearsal last Saturday! I was not expecting any of it to be shareable, but lo & behold, there's one "neutral" slide that doesn't contain any earth-shaking content; & the fact that it contains a minor blooper at the end, prompted me to put it on YouTube for the record:

Also last weekend I found out the size of the conference room we'll be using, & it's about twice the size of my racquetball room. It's slightly smaller than the combination of that room & the office/gym where I'm at right now on the other side of the wall to the right in the video. I also found out that a microphone will be provided, & (at least) the audio will be recorded professionally by the ETS hosts. Not sure if they'll provide a copy, but as I've learned working for 3 decades in the aerospace industry, redundancy is crucial. Just ask Elon Musk (one of SpaceX's test rockets exploded last month because it relied upon a single faulty sensor for one engine).

Been to a few stores recently searching for a particular Halloween prop to use during one of the most interesting slides of the entire show. Wasn't able to find a suitable one, but know of one on eBay, & will buy it this weekend.


G.M. Grena

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

11 Weeks to NEAS 2014

Last week I timed my full draft at 45 minutes for 177 slides, then whipped out a virtual axe, & began chopping till I got it down to 100 slides read in 24 minutes (Rollston/Barkay pace) to 34 minutes (casual pace), which is right on target per NEAS guidelines of 30-35 minutes. It is so painful to see so many important points falling victim to my Delete key, but life's full of tough choices...

Next step will be practice recordings to see what I look like, & hear what I sound like, possibly this weekend. That will be the most dreadful part of this preparation since I hate both of those elements about myself.

No time to elaborate or philosophize tonight, so I'll just include a snapshot of slide #2 (the only one I'm 100% sure will not change), & be off to bed.


G.M. Grena