Scandinavian archaeology, history, skepticism, books and music
October Pieces Of My Mind #2
What are the best arguments to keep your home wifi password protected? I think it’s a pain in the ass. My retired neighbour makes prophecies of doom involving child pornographers standing around with laptops outside my fence, distributing contraband files and leaving me to do the jail time.
I tell my students that the two most important pieces of information I’ll be handing out, the ones they should remember after they’ve forgotten everything else from Scandy Archaeology 101, are these. 1. Agriculture starts in 3950 BC. 2. From that time and 5000 years on, most Scandies live in post-borne wooden long houses.
I miss my toddlers sitting on my lap.
Medieval Scandy laws didn’t differentiate between rape of and consenting extramarital canoodling with other men’s wives and daughters. The main wronged party in either case was the man who owned control over the woman’s sexual favours and fertility. A man raping his own wife was a contradiction in terms and no concern of the judicial system.
The burp at the start of Saint Vitus’s doom boogie tune “Thirsty and Miserable” sounds a lot like the one at the start of the Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog”.
Jrette is now so old and mature that not only does she have no interest in pink conical Bratz(tm) party hats, she thought I was joking when I found some and asked.
I put a tray on the conveyor belt at airport security. The guy behind me in line puts his laptop into it and ignores me. I put another tray on the belt. He puts his jacket into it, still ignoring me. Dafuq?
A week ago I emailed my local public library and asked for an inter-library loan. They just texted me that they’ve got the book for me. This is on a multi-ethnic working-class council housing estate.
Lasagna typifies dishes that, though they may be tasty enough, aren’t worth the time and effort compared to quicker and easier recipes with similarly tasty outcomes.
Using Google Translate to communicate with cleaning lady. Good thing I tested the output phrase by retranslating it before printing. The first version I got when translating “How is your back?” meant “How is your eyesight?”
Soon remodelling of the Slussen traffic bottleneck in Stockholm will add 5-10 minutes to my daily commute for a period of years. I look forward to investigating whether the Nacka strand to Nybroplan commuter boat will gain me any time.
Kim Stanley Robinson’s 1998 novel Antarctica is set in some nearish future where Earth’s human population is ten billion. But they still use faxes, modems and chemical photography. And there’s no wifi.
Ha! Screw you, Telenor! I found two of the comfy chairs in another part of the Bromma airport departures hall!
Insight: a planet’s rotational poles will only be cold if the axis is roughly at right angles to the planet’s orbit around the star.
After a day working at home I’d quite like to be chased by the Nazgûl.