Open Thread For April

Extra likes for mentions of West African polyrhythms, An-Nasir Salah ad-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub (known as Salah ad-Din or Saladin) and soap.

Author: Martin R

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

310 thoughts on “Open Thread For April”

  1. This is pretty funny. When you need to start a fire, never mind popping into the nearest convenience store to buy a cheap disposable lighter. Tramp to IKEA instead, buy a whole trolley load of stuff costing far more than a lighter, and then proceed to wreck it all.

    And notice the band-aid on the guy’s finger where he has cut himself with the knife. It’s not there at the beginning, before he has unpacked the knife, but then it suddenly appears after he has started to use the knife 🙂

    Yes, we get the idea of a fire-drill aka bow drill (as opposed to a fire drill), but you can actually make one with stuff that you don’t need to go to IKEA to get. Any San hunter could tell you that.


    1. That guy seems to be on the road to constructing Rube Goldberg machines. I will quote the description of the device (a self-operating napkin) illustrated on the Wikipedia page:

      Soup spoon (A) is raised to mouth, pulling string (B) and thereby jerking ladle (C), which throws cracker (D) past tucan (E). Tucan jumps after cracker and perch (F) tilts, upsetting seeds (G) into pail (H). Extra weight in pail pulls cord (I), which opens and ignites lighter (J), setting off skyrocket (K), which causes sickle (L) to cut string (M), allowing pendulum with attached napkin to swing back and forth, thereby wiping chin.

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  2. Soft spring rain falls outside, as the almost-summer of the last weeks is replaced by cold, near-freezing air, overcast, occasional snow-mixed rain and rain-mixed snow.
    Actually, the ground is dangerously dry so I welcome the change but without enthusiasm.


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