April Pieces Of My Mind #2

Stained-glass decoration at the Gröna Lund amusement park. Armand Rossander 1942.
  • The common Arabic name Abdul(lah) has the same sense as German Gottschalk: “Servant of God”.
  • Heard a really annoying Q&A on Quirks and Quarks. This older guy asked why ear & nose hair becomes way coarser and more plentiful as a man ages. Dermatologist replies by describing the hormonal mechanism that causes this to happen. No you fuck, he didn’t ask HOW it happens, he asked WHY!!!
  • Boss tells me he’s going to advertise a steady position similar to my current temp job and hints that perhaps I might want to apply for it.
  • Me: numismatics. Autocorrect: miniskirts.
  • I’m recording a covers album: pop tunes where I sing “inedible” for “incredible” and “spare tyre” for “desire”.
  • Today’s my 19th anniversary as co-editor of the archaeology journal Fornvännen!
  • Nils-Axel Mörner and Bob G. Lind publish another crank paper in a predatory Open Access journal from SCIRP. Now with Göran Henriksson as co-author! Supergroup!
  • Discovered that I can get a 25-minute scenic bike ride partway to work and only leave home 5 mins earlier. Out of shape after the winter.
  • Been reading about the big Beaker DNA study. Itching to learn what the two similar Swedish projects are coming up with! Actually, itching to be on those projects myself.
  • Realised why this person I help with their writing places the space before the comma or full stop, not after them. They’re used to reading Arabic from the right to the left.
  • Cycling to work this morning I interrupted a fight between two frenzied March hares. They fled along the road in the direction I was already moving, then turned off it and continued fighting.
  • In the movie The Graduate, the actress playing Mrs. Robinson is only 6 years older than the actor playing the titular graduate whom she seduces.
  • Junior texts me: “OMG my worldview just got shattered. GNOCCHI IS KNÖDEL”
  • Bought Tanith Lee’s highest-rated story collection Dreams of Dark and Light for $2.40 on my Kindle.
  • My solitary professional life has rarely involved any stressful tasks where others rely on me. When I do run into them, like today, it’s actually pretty invigorating.
  • Seems almost impossible to make a living from knowing archaeological small finds in Sweden. Not even the museums hire us. We have no Portable Antiquities Scheme.
  • I’m a member of three Swedish associations with paper newsletters. All three are eerily similar and depressingly redolent of 75-year-old contributors.

Author: Martin R

Dr. Martin Rundkvist is a Swedish archaeologist, journal editor, skeptic, atheist, lefty liberal, bookworm, boardgamer, geocacher and father of two.

87 thoughts on “April Pieces Of My Mind #2”

    1. That’s a good thing. I haven’t been to a wedding lately (most of my friends and relatives are either already married or not interested), but at least in the 2000s one could speak of the wedding industrial complex in the US. And there was the phenomenon of the “bridezilla”: a woman who revealed a monstrous temperament (sometimes temporary, but not always) in the run-up to her wedding. Unrealistic expectations are a problem.

      Rich people in the US still do throw extravagant weddings. A few years ago there was a case where somebody high up in Facebook had an extravagant wedding somewhere in coastal California and had to pay a substantial fine to the Coastal Commission for, among other things, trashing a bunch of redwoods. The person responsible (if that’s the right word) later claimed that he had never heard of the California Coastal Commission until they fined him. Dude, I have never lived in California, but even I knew that such a thing existed (even if I didn’t know its name).

      I don’t know if bridezillas are an issue in China, but I have definitely seen photographic evidence of a wedding industrial complex there. It seems to be a combination of traditional expectations and lots of money.


  1. 69 comments? I feel vaguely sleazy…
    – – – –
    Braco the gazer –a grifter too lazy to make even any magic gestures. https://www.csicop.org/specialarticles/show/braco_the_gazer
    -I approach things from the other direction… for a small fee, I offer to curse the enemy of your choice. You just need to bring along an image of the person on your cellphone. Then I will use morphic resonance to inflict anything from scrofula to mad cow disease.

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  2. Bloody hell! First The Economist showed a table about conservaitive pary issues that put Republicans alongside the French National Front, and now this.
    “59% of Republicans Don’t Want a Female President” http://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatches/2018/04/29/59-of-republicans-dont-want-a-female-president/
    This is what happens when you let the fringe nuts take over.
    Best comment: “Really, do we want somebody who will tweet inane things for a few days a month while she is bleeding out of her whatever instead of tweeting inane things *every single day*?”


  3. “You guys gotta stop putting Kellyanne [Conway] on your shows. All she does is lie. If you don’t give her a platform, she has nowhere to lie. It’s like that old saying: If a tree falls in the woods, how do we get Kellyanne under that tree?


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