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November Pieces Of My Mind #1
Had a Boomer moment yesterday. Somebody called me on the phone to ask for the email address of the head Social Democrat on the municipal council, of whose name this person was fully aware.
It’s the shifting of the seasons. And tyres.
Did my eighth public talk in less than a year about Medieval castles last night.
Michael Landon (Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie) had a Jewish dad and was named Orowitz before he took his screen name. No wonder we see him wearing Levis.
Wir pfeifen auf den Gurkenkönig.
Movie: Crazy Rich Asians (2018). Rom-com where a Chinese American woman realises that her Singaporean Chinese boyfriend is the heir of a real estate empire and has quite a demanding family. Grade: OK.
You don’t see a lot of movies these days where the hero’s adversaries stumble into a gay bar and have to dance the tango with guys wearing BDSM leather gear.
I just ordered a 1924 American book that is not in a single Swedish research library on the strength of a recommendation from Avram Davidson. Pretty sure it will prove useful as I finish annotating Nils Mattsson Kiöping.
Sudden realisation: being easily domesticated is adaptive. Cows and sheep are among the most successful large animal species on the planet.
Me and Jrette went out for her first driving practice yesterday. It went super well. She’s already been driving around on her moped for over a year. ❤
No CNN, come on, you can’t write “All four White House officials who are scheduled to give depositions on Monday … won’t show up” when you clearly mean that none will, and preferably not even if you meant that only some will.
Cool German word: Triebtäter, literally “one who does deeds because of his urges”, Sw. driftdådare. Means “sexual offender”.
Relieved to see no female nudity and no fucking in the film Alice and the Mayor. Always just makes me feel manipulated and embarrassed for the actors. There’s porn enough on the net.
A Social Democrat buddy gave me a flattering characterisation: “Oh right, I keep forgetting that you’re not actually an engineer!” No wonder that I find so much of current university humanities so pointless.
The Swedish government is preparing to make citizenship contingent on a language exam. This will probably result in a lot of families being split in their citizenship. The kids will make it, parents without exceptional language talent will not, particularly if they don’t interact much with native Swedes. And that depends heavily on income level. We should be frank about the fact that this measure will select future citizens based on social class.