Scandinavian archaeology, history, skepticism, books and music
April Pieces Of My Mind #3
Happy archaeo-dad pastime: Jrette helped me enter the humongous tables of stats on rock art from Mats Malmer’s 1981 book into a computer spreadsheet, and we checked his sums, finding them all to be correct.
Funny how common it is even for educated people to believe that the Vikings would send their dead out to sea in a (sometimes burning) boat. Have they never considered what would happen two hours later when the boat landed on the other side of the fjord?
I’m measuring stuff on my computer screen with a ruler to get the relative scales right on two shots of an ard tip.
Trying to convince myself that major funding for meta-archaeology shouldn’t annoy me any more than does the existence of film studies departments. Archaeology will never get all the funding in the humanities. Just ignore them. But then film studies never make any pretentious claims to a privileged perspective on knowledge production in archaeology. So they’re easier to live with.
“Tonight you’re a star. And I’m the Big Dipper.” /Prince
I thought editing one of your country’s few major journals in your discipline was a pretty good academic qualification. Instead it means that everything you’ve published in that journal counts for less. *sigh*
Anybody know how Göran’s dwarf warrior Bornuld Dolvad Duauild is doing these days? I lost touch with him in 1986 when he fell through a trap door into an underground stream and was washed away. Can’t find him on Facebook.
Danish guy just posted a picture of a standing stone and said “Not everyone has a menhir up their entryway, but I do!” Bless his innocent heart.
You need a really strong reason to eat at a restaurant next to an Indian one.
How could anybody who heard “This Charming Man” wonder whether Morrissey was gay?
Almost all runestones are Christian memorials with crosses and prayers. Have nothing to do with paganism.
I sang Tom Lehrer’s “Irish Ballad” and Ivor Biggun’s “I Have A Dog” at the trad session.
OMG Salt n Pepa’s “Let’s Talk About Sex” is 26 years old.
Very authoritarian dad. Have told daughter she may only marry someone smart, funny, tender and kind.
I know an old lady who stalks the lovers of her youth on LinkedIn.
Just applied for my 75th academic job in 13 years. Got 3 of them. Friends don’t let friends do PhDs in the Humanities!
All trad Swedish “cuisine” including lutfisk is just food preservation methods. Lutfisk is mummified, keeps well.
Viking Period society kept slaves and mixed enthusiastically with them in the hay. We’re all descended from princes and foreign slaves.
Ordered 10 socks online. Take that, shop-strewn pre-Internet cityscape! Take that, suburban mall! Take that, recreational shopping!
Swedes generally see US Democrats as hardline Conservatives and US Republicans as batshit crazy extremists / theocrats.
Swedish folk music will get you resoundingly laid among young folkies.
Västerbotten is the country’s single best cheese.
Should have read Canticle for Leibowitz as an 80s teen when we still feared the Bomb and played a post-apocalyptic role-playing game, Mutant.
I foresee epic non-stop D&D campaigns at old-folks’ homes in the 2050s.
Both my kids are now in that useless short phase when they won’t come along to gaming conventions.
I wonder what adaptive trait fortuitously caused men to also grow hair inside their ears after 35.
Awesome. My LeGuin book recommendation was just endorsed by the official Twtter account of a bicycle-based weed delivery service in Seattle.
Played games with this really nice guy at TableTopDay. Think he’s the first married younger gay dude I make friends with.
“Sleep, baby darling, do not cry / Or I will sing a lullaby” /Beatles
Jrette out on the burb with her buddies on Walpurgis, no parents, for the 1st time. Competent kid. We have raised her well.
The annual toad orgy at Lake Knipträsk hasn’t started yet.
Kibo, who once parsed the entire UseNet and responded to mentions of him, sadly does not do Twitter.
I agree with C.G. Bernadotte only on the subject of La Camilla.
Could we please discontinue the Eurovision and all spectator sports?
Americans think nudity and the organs we pee with equal sex.
I don’t care who uses the same restroom as me as long as they don’t spray pee all over the place.
I understand the paper presentations at a Danish conference but not the bar conversion afterwards.
Hehe, after a week of me, Conservative Swedes on Twitter are complaining about uneven political representation!
Midsummer’s Eve, Fri 24 June. People will be unavailable. And drunk. And make out with their in-laws.
“Bog roll” means toilet paper roll in UK English. Bogreol means bookshelf in Danish. Maybe not lend them your books.
Earl Grey means “Beer Object” in Swedish.
The Swedish language has a word meaning “so insane that the person must be tied up”: bindgalen.
My week as Sweden’s official voice on Twitter concludes. It’s been fun! Lots of curious and friendly people. And Twitter RULES when it comes to trolls. I tweet stuff to peeps who have chosen to follow me. There is no way that a troll can even become visible to them unless I comment or re-tweet the troll. And of course I just block the racist fucker on the first offence.
I just joined the Wartburg Society for Research into Strongholds and Castles.