Scandinavian archaeology, history, skepticism, books and music
February Pieces Of My Mind #1
In the well containing the Coppergate helmet was also found an iron weaving batten. Wonder if they were deposited together. By a woman?
I think it’s a shame that the media rarely ask for the opinion of Doctor and the Medics on the front-page issues of the day.
Having friends with good libraries living nearby is excellent.
Duolingo rattles off these Polish phrases really fast and I don’t understand, but increasingly comprehension dawns a moment later, like crystals forming. It would be hopeless to understand a long speech, but if you give me a sec between sentences I may actually get the gist on certain subjects.
I printed too many copies of my PhD thesis 17 years ago. People use it, I got a ping from Google Scholar about a citation just this morning. But I was one of the first Swedish archaeologists to put my thesis online as a PDF, and that’s how most people read it. So I’ve loaded up the car and tomorrow I’m finally taking most of the remainders to recycling, about 140 copies of each volume out of a print run of 600. Mixed feelings. Grad school was not great and I spent way too many years on it. But I’m happy with how the thesis turned out. And I’ve published a bunch of books since under much better circumstances, learning a lot. And now I finally have the job I went to grad school for in the first place.
”What a place! What a situation! What kind of man would put a known criminal in charge of a major branch of government? Apart from, say, the average voter.” Terry Pratchett 2004, Going Postal, ch. 2.
Got a bookcase today for the guest room from the free stuff website that I use to get rid of surplus gear. 6.4 glorious shelf metres! I’m moving my archaeo-library home from my dad’s house now that I’m back doing full-time research and neither Junior nor Cousin E is living with us anymore. Also all the CDs went out to the garden shed.
Hey wait, I haven’t actually done research full time since early 1999, because I used to spend like one day a week editing Fornvännen. And prior to that I had some coursework in grad school. So now is really my first full-time research gig!
24 m/sec in the gusts.
Listen, traditional Italian ice cream makers. You need to stop making stracciatella. Solid dark chocolate only really tastes anything at body temperature. It’s just a bad idea to stick it in ice cream.