Scandinavian archaeology, history, skepticism, books and music
July Pieces Of My Mind #2
Tarzan was named for the little community of Tarzana, not the other way around.
Holy shit! I just realised that my Kindle contains the complete searchable offline-available Oxford Dictionary. 0-:
Got the ranking list for the last academic job I applied for (13 months ago), the last I plan to apply for. For once I have no complaints, though I am not on the shortlist. The first two names on the list are the ones I expected to see, and solidly qualified people who deserve the job. The shortlist is also refreshingly non-ageist, dominated by much older folks than usually get lectureships.
A French memory. The husband of my language exchange supervisor looks North African. I ask him if he’s a Muslim (which would still be exotic to me in 1988). He says “Non, je suis chrétien”, which confuses me since I take it to mean that he’s from Crete.
So I hear a lot of you are wondering how I’m holding up on the purity of my sacred Germanic cultural heritage. I’ll just say this: I’ve got ONE LITRE, and believe me, I’m not making this up, ONE LITRE of gratuitous sesame oil in my kitchen.
In a real D&D dungeon, the inhabitants of the first room would alert all the others when the party entered. The party would have to either fight or chase 75 forewarned adversaries at once on each dungeon level.
Saw an Arctic loon up close for the first time today. Popped out of the lake 3-4 metres from me, grunted quietly, dove again, came up almost as close by, swam off. Such beauty!
Outing to Mariefred by steam boat and steam train: photos here!
Rode five railways and tram lines in 2½ hours on my way from Mariefred to Fisksätra.
There are X-ray and gamma ray pulsars too. How cool!
I just tried to turn the page in a paperback book by poking at the right-hand margin with my finger.
I’ve just signed on to work for the County Archaeologist in Linköping from mid-September to the end of the year. I’m going to take care of the Vadstena branch of the EU’s SHARE project, “Sustainable approach to cultural Heritage for the urban Areas Requalification in Europe”. Vadstena is a Late Medieval town that grew up around the mother convent of the Bridgetine Order in an area that had an extremely pronounced elite presence already from the 9th century on.
One of my childhood’s favourite authors has died. Thank you for the books, Christine Nöstlinger!
New begging method: a woman was wandering around the grocery store with a chicken, asking shoppers to buy it for her.
Tried some Hershey’s chocolate, did not like its indistinct taste and mushy consistency. Thought it was a Chinese knockoff. Turned out to be made in Mexico for the US market. I guess each country has its own varieties. I’m a Marabou man myself.
Ours is an astonishingly ugly lawn.
My meditating technique is based on the initiates concentrating on the sound of them waggling their own ears.