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January Pieces Of My Mind #1
The introductions to academic paper anthologies often consist of descriptions of the contents. I never read them. That information is in the title to each contribution. Pointless.
H.G. Wells became public domain on 1 January!
My new project is writing a Latin grammar in Pidgin English.
Have you ever been to a Yule Spruce Looting event?
The blotter pad at the bottom of a supermarket meat tray would probably work well as a wound dressing or a panty liner.
Be it known that I cooked 1/4 of a goose with wine, garlic, onions, celery and carrots for dinner, and that the Rundkvist ladies ate several helpings each.
Movie: Stranger Than Fiction. Meta-literary story about a man who finds his life being narrated by an unwitting novelist. Grade: OK.
Free academic style tip. Do not write “Ben’s car was quite a large car”. It’s redundant. Write “Ben had a large car”.
Most of Kungsträdgården in Stockholm doesn’t deserve to be called a park. It’s a tarmacked surface with many small holes in which trees grow.
Told Junior I’d had toast & marmalade for a night snack. “Isn’t that kind of a 50-y-o thing?” “I’m just five years and a few months from 50.” “Really?! You seem more kind of 30ish to me.”
Birds need to eat more in the winter to stay warm. Realised recently that they also have way less daylight to find each day’s meals by.
“Nervous breakdown” is not a clinically used term in psychiatry or psychology. There is an academic literature about what laypeople might mean by it.
Reading a paper about the insertion of large mosques into 1960s council housing projects on Stockholm’s fringes. The author hints that all people want to shop and/or practice religion. And I realise that I am a strange man, whose lifestyle would create strange town planning if more people were like me. I am hostile to shopping and religion. I don’t need public urban spaces. I want to spend my time at home or at my friends’ homes, with occasional trips into the woods or to museums. I want to order minimal quantities of needful stuff on-line.
My study debt is down to $3,100 = SEK 28,000. It bought me a PhD of highly questionable market value.
I put all the nasty chocolates in the compost bin.
Why doesn’t government bailout of failing banks make them public property?
Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t “coin spill” a type of archaeological context that has been discovered and named by amateur detectorists? It means small coin hoard.
I wish I could avoid all news about the US for four years with a possibility for extension.
Always surprises me when fellow Lefties romanticise extralegal action. If we take that direction, then what argument can we advance against neo-Nazis doing likewise?
Love the shave and shower at the end of illness.
A huge proportion of Sweden’s able-bodied males were culled young in the 17th century because they were conscripted and sent south to die from dysentery or more rarely musket wounds. It’s a typical population bottleneck with an unusual selection mechanism. I wonder what it did to our genetics.
I’m becoming increasingly convinced that the only art anyone really needs is @70sscifiart.
Received a couple of paper manuscripts to review. Encouraging to feel useful.