October Pieces Of My Mind #2

Closing up the summer house for winter.
  • The Soviets were good at heavy lift missiles, because they were bad at miniaturising nuclear bombs. They were also good at bathyspheres because of their oceanography. To shoot Gagarin into space, they basically welded a bathysphere onto a missile.
  • All the datable Medieval finds we make at this site have to do with textiles. Lead seals from imported bolts of cloth. Small spindle whorls for spinning thread rather than yarn.
  • More than half of US citizens think the GOP is appalling. Well, I’m Swedish: to me the Democrats are a really nasty right-wing party. I can barely even accept that the GOP is real. So far beyond the most basic human decency.
  • Gah. Lady who is not used to reading and has a poor general knowledge base is nevertheless reading trivia questions to her friends on the train. Heard about the “Minoitians” of ancient Crete?
  • When clothing manufacturers started printing stuff on the right-hand shoulder blade area of shirts and jackets, everybody started looking like they were wearing these garments backwards. That shit used to be above the left-hand shirt pocket.
  • Argh. “Zombie Love” by Bohnes. Another song lyricist who thinks that when you want to write “God-given” and need an extra syllable for scansion, “God-forsaken” is a useful synonym. People just shouldn’t be allowed to write. Or sing. Or speak.
  • Taken my annual flu shot.
  • We’re play-testing Crusader Kings. I’m pious, cruel, chaste and dim-witted.
Decadence: DIY Reese’s Pieces!

Author: Martin R

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

95 thoughts on “October Pieces Of My Mind #2”

  1. Re. defamation. Yes, a very famous guy married a girl when she was six years old, and consummated the marriage when she was nine and he was in his fifties.
    According to Austrian courts, and now the European court of human rights it is not permitted to call the pervo a “pervo”, because Religion.
    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    My wife is six
    And I’m fifty-two


  2. Absolute classic. 80 year old Singaporean Chinese guy Liu Thai Ker, a globally recognized (deservedly so) expert in city planning, has created a new Chinese proverb: “City planning is not a matter of joining separate, smaller plans,” Liu said. “You can’t build a phoenix by putting five turkeys together.” Ouch. He was describing the town planning process in HK. Spoken with the appropriate tone, ‘liu’ is Cantonese for ‘urine’.

    Mr Liu has just very accurately pissed on HK’s planners. I hope they feel appropriately pissed on, but I doubt it.


  3. Happens every year at this time – weather changes abruptly from very humid to very dry, and suddenly I can no longer unlock my phone with my thumb print. Yes, I put disgusting moisturising cream on the ravaged skin on my hands. Doesn’t help.

    Wet sauna here I come. It might not help, but it surely can’t hurt.


    1. Kaz Ross lumping Jordan Peterson in with the others as ‘far right’ tells you more about her than him. It’s not my job to defend him and I won’t, but don’t take her word for it that he belongs with the rest of that crew – he certainly doesn’t.


    2. But it seems that the others don’t go there to lecture Australians about masculinity; they go there seeking support because they regard Australia as the last bastion of white supremacy, and the best option for creating a ‘white homeland’. My lived experience is that they are not too far wrong about that.

      And my wife keeps saying she wants to go back there to live. And I keep trying to talk her out of it, because I don’t think she is aware of the direction things are headed, especially in relation to Chinese.


      1. My hunch is that there is a similar dynamic in Australia as in the US. In certain parts of the US, mainly cities and universities, you must adapt to having peers whose ethnicity and/or religion differ from yours, while in rural areas pre-existing ethnic and religious hierarchies are easier to maintain. This is a big reason why US cities and universities tend to be much more liberal, on average, than rural areas. For instance, in Oregon Portland (the big city), Eugene (home to the University of Oregon), and Corvallis (home to Oregon State University) are liberal, while most of the rest of the state is conservative. Oregon tends to vote for Democrats at the state level because the liberal areas have more people, while the conservative areas are much more sparsely populated (one Oregon county covers so much area that its one public high school is a boarding school–the logistics of getting some of the kids to and from school five days a week are prohibitive).

        I expect that things are broadly similar in Australia: people who live in the urban cores and university towns are accustomed to dealing with foreign-born peers, while suburban and rural residents are not. The latter fear losing the privilege that comes with having white skin, as their American counterparts do. In Australia the competition is Chinese, rather than black or Hispanic as in the US.


    1. Called hill fires here. Normally the most dangerous hillfire season is winter, which is mostly very dry. With such steep terrain, and with dense vegetation dried out by lack if rain, the fires spread uphill scarily fast, often pushed by dry wind as well.

      Can’t find a reference, but the most disastrous hillfire on record here happened decades ago, when some teachers took their pupils out on an outing, hiking in the hills, towards the end of winter. A fire started and raced uphill so fast that they couldn’t escape it, and emergency services had absolutely no chance to get there fast enough to rescue them all by helicopter. They got some out in time, but a lot of others died.

      Ever since then the HK Observatory has been issuing public fire warnings on a daily basis – always low in summer unless there is an atypically long dry period, and always medium to high through winter. Towards the end of winter is the most hazardous time. People have been burying their deceased relatives in illegal graves in the hills for a long time, and at certain festivals they go to the graves to maintain them and to burn paper offerings, and that is the biggest cause of hill fires starting.

      Really pisses me off. Grave clearance is a tedious and very time consuming legal process, despite the graves being illegal. Every time we need to build something somewhere, we have to search for any graves around the site, and either design to avoid them, or go through the grave clearance process. The preferred approach is to design around them and leave them where they are – if that pisses off the family concerned, so much the better; it’s what they deserve.

      I have done the burning thing myself, but my mother in law’s grave was in a legal cemetery, and we made sure we had a steel bucket to burn the stuff in. Don’t need to do it now, we dug her skeleton up and cremated it, and put the ashes into a wall in a Buddhist temple/columbarium which provides suitable steel containers for burning incense and stuff. Don’t know why we didn’t just cremate her in the first place – it would have saved all of that messing around with her bones. Still, I guess I am in a minority who can say they have seen their mother in law’s skeleton.


    1. The reason I don’t read the Onion anymore is that they have difficulty keeping up with what is happening in the so-called real world. In 2003 they had a scarily prescient article with the headline “North Korea Wondering What It Has to Do to Attract US Military Attention”. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that you are reading the Onion and not BBC News.


  4. “Decadence: DIY Reese’s Pieces!”

    I’ve occasionally combined peanut butter and chocolate myself. There are some competitors to Reese’s, but Reese’s still taste the best. Bought 6 peanut-butter cups at a petrol station last night (after filling up my tank).

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