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    Krystal D'Costa Krystal D'Costa is an anthropologist working in digital media in New York City. You can follow AiP on Facebook. Follow on Twitter @krystaldcosta.
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  • Why is the grass always greener on social media?

    Image by Kitty Terwolbeck. Used without alteration. Click on image for license and information.

    Are you on social media? I’m willing to bet you’re on at least one channel (and it’s probably Facebook). In December 2013, 73% of adults online were using a social networking site of some sort. You’re a part of that number. And as our world grows increasingly connected, and the need and ability to share [...]

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    Green Thumbery: Water, Sunlight, and Data

    Peas in bloom. Photo by KDCosta, 2014 Garden.

    All of those concerns I had at the beginning of the season have disappeared. My plants are healthy and flowering—and they’re slowly taking over the backyard, much to my delight. Now, if only I were home more often to enjoy them. My Flower Power has kept watch these past months and it’s been helpful is [...]

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    What can teeth tell us about our prehistoric ancestors?

    Photo by Justin Mclean.

    Our distant past is just that: the distant past. It’s this murky place that science is slowly filling in but the landscape still largely exists just on the periphery of our imagination, and it’s dominated by raw, somewhat violent natures. And in this distant past, we’ve cast our ancestors with personalities and traits to match [...]

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    “Rethinking Home” with Citizen Anthropologists

    A traditional Samoan fale overlooking the water. Photo by NeilsPhotography.

    There is something to be said for having a space that you call home. It grounds you in social and cultural ways. As much as your home is a reflection of who you are, it also becomes a mirror for larger social observances. While we may add our own personal touches to our homes in [...]

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    Green Thumbery: Flower Power

    Planting officially underway!

    Things have been quiet on the Green Thumbery series because I’ve been watching my plants anxiously. The lengthy winter we experienced has made for a sluggish start and it was touch-and-go for a few weeks. But I’m getting ahead of myself; I should take a few steps back and bring you up to speed. We [...]

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    Why are we sleeping with our phones?


    When you woke up this morning, did you reach for your cell phone? Was it right next to the bed? Or under your pillow? Did you use it as an alarm clock? And if you did what was the first thing you did after you disabled the alarm? Read email? Check Facebook? Tweet? If the [...]

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    True Calling Interview: Anthropology in a Non-Traditional Path


    Last week I was interviewed by Renee Masur of Sokanu as part of the “True Calling” series, which looks at people who have found careers (allegedly) doing things they love. I am definitely fortunate to be one of those people, although my path has been far from the norm. I get to meld anthropology with [...]

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    The Stories Our Refrigerators Tell


    Do any of you remember The Brave Little Toaster? Anyone? It was an animated feature from the ’80s in which a group of older appliances leave the cabin where they “lived” to find their master owner in the big city. It’s a story about talking appliances—plus one electric blanket—but it also very much highlights the [...]

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    Why Aren’t We Talking About Burnout?

    Creative Commons by Pedro Moura Pinheiro. Click on image for license and information.

    In offices throughout the United States, workers are anxiously looking to the coming of Friday. For many of you—myself included—Monday meant a return to the office and a reinvestment in wage/paid labor. By this point in the week, you’ve hopefully hit your stride and are comfortably settled in your work week rhythms, and you’re probably [...]

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    Green Thumbery: Death and Destruction

    From top to bottom: Dragon beans, sugar snap peas, and Chinese long beans.

    Quick Garden Stats: Zone 7 – New York Anticipated last frost date (per local nursery): 5/20 Plants in ground: None It’s been a rough start to the planting season. The seedlings are dead. All of them. It happened essentially within 24 hours: I left for work and came home to find most of them bent [...]

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