Scandinavian archaeology, history, skepticism, books and music
April Pieces Of My Mind #3
Wut? Raymond Chandler wrote a story named “The King in Yellow” in 1938!
There’s currently a major unsatisfied demand for field archaeologists in London. A friend of mine explained to me why there are so few people on this job market. She has an MA in archaeology and is working on a big contract excavation in Cambridgeshire. Her monthly salary is £1640 = $2300 = €1870 = SEK 19400. That is, after the great unsatisfied demand has already pushed the salaries up a lot.
In Sweden the County Archaeologist chooses which contract archaology bid a land developer has to accept. In the UK the developer chooses. No wonder UK archaeologist salaries are ridiculously low.
In 2017, 97,000 Swedes actively left the former state church. Most were young affluent urban men.
I didn’t like Crackerjack when I was 5. Haven’t tried it since.
Just saw spring’s first bumblebee!
Yay, Deezer has a new music discovery mode that plays tailored stuff but nothing you’ve heard before!
When a political party sends public messages, they are usually distasteful to its members. Because they are designed to draw in non-members, to flip people who support other parties.
A funny thing about teaching English in Swedish high school: along with gym and pretty much no other subject, spoken English is actually highly valued by the cool kids.
Have lost 0.45 litres of blood. Shall replace it with meal at recommended Persian restaurant.
You hear stories of PhDs who never manage to have a research and uni teaching career and instead end up teaching high school. I never expected to first have a voluminously productive research and uni teaching career, then end up teaching high school. For a higher salary.
Ceylon tea is a little weak. The trick is to use lots of leaves. And never remove them from the pot or cup. So good.
New Friendly Local Game Store in central Stockholm! Dragon’s Lair II, Sveavägen 118.
Why is the 1997 film In & Out so similar to Michael Chabon’s 1995 novel Wonder Boys, which was made into an eponymous movie in 2000? I asked this two years ago and I still don’t know.
Gaia Project: left the box and solo-play gear at home, went to gaming event. Discovered I’d also left the round-pass boosters & purple advanced tech tiles. Game perfectly enjoyable without them.