February Pieces Of My Mind #3

Five days in Åre, Jämtland, with the Rundkvist ladies!
  • Indian food is just utterly Pradesh!
  • Snowmobile boots. In 1979 they were the absolutely coolest footwear a 7-y-o boy could have in my Stockholm suburb. But nobody there owned a snowmobile. How did that happen?
  • I think it’s reasonable to expect that sleep will end a headache.
  • Norway’s Østlandet, the East Land, is part of the country’s west end.
  • In the first Dirk Gently book, Douglas Adams credits a Mac word processor called Laser Author. It seems to have sunk without a trace.
  • It would be fun to tell teenage me “You will reread this Dirk Gently book at age 47, on a handheld dedicated computer that downloads books wirelessly from the Internet, and you will pay for it with your salary from a Polish university. Meanwhile, a pretty Chinese psychologist will try to take your book computer to read Jane Austen on it.”

Author: Martin R

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

10 thoughts on “February Pieces Of My Mind #3”

  1. It would be fun to compare people’s life experiences and what their teenage selves would have made of it if they had been told.


  2. I thought I was the only one who considered that state in India to be complete and uttar pradesh.

    Wow, Laser Author! I have a vague memory of that. When the Mac first came out in 1984, all sorts of software came out for it. An awful lot of it vanished within a few years as word processors and layout programs got better and more standardized. A quick search on the internet – where nothing ever quite goes away – got me to a PDF of the 1/1987 Byte magazine review of it. It was originally called Laser Quill. If the review is to be believed, it was a lot better than MacWrite, but lacked a lot of features one could find in Microsoft Word or Aldus PageMaker. What a blast from the past. Even more old time-y was the 500+ page issue of Byte. It’s hard to believe magazines were ever that thick. and full of ads.

    I looked up snowmobile boots. They look pretty cool. They’re big stomping boots and probably have pretty good traction. I’ll wear a dress shirt even if I’m not going to wear a dress, so I’m not surprised by the disconnect. (Does anyone put on elevator boots to ride in an elevator?)

    By the 1960s it was rather obvious where things were going. They talked about pulse code modulation, integrated circuits, cellular telephony, organic circuits and packet switching back then, and that meant going digital and wireless. The seeds had been planted. By the early 1970s, when I started college, one could even see prototypes if one knew what to look for. It’s kind of nice finally having all the hardware and software in place.

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  3. Yeah, Sylvester Stallone wears elevator shoes to make him taller, because he’s really quite a bit shorter than the average 26 year old American male.

    Or maybe that’s “lifts” I’m thinking of, which is also the real English word for elevators.


      1. I’ve visited all the ski regions there at least once. My favourites are Lindvallen and Högfjället.

        Compared to the Alps, it is less expensive, not as crowded, has more easy slopes (good for me) and has longer days (after the first day of spring, of course, but sometimes even before, since in the Alps one is often in shadow of the next, often much higher, mountain, while in Sweden one is usually skiing down the highest mountain in the vicinity). I also like the fact that there are practically no foreigners there—not because of xenophobia, but because I have the feeling that I am in a foreign country and not just in some generic location where most people are tourists. And the pizza is the best in the world. In addition, I can practice my Swedish, and the drive is very relaxing (almost no traffic, nice scenery).


  4. in 1976 the coolest footwear for teenage boys in my South African school, was Canadian hiking boots. I’m not sure why they were called Canadian. Anyway, 10″ high yellow leather with crepe rubber soles, terribly hot in S. Africa at any time except deepest winter of June/July. Mine did get used for hiking, but really were too hot.. fashion statement only.

    I frequently bore my children by telling them about a sci-fi story I read in that same time frame. It featured a portable music player which encoded the music using atoms in a length of wire. It could fit all the Beethoven symphonies !
    Now I have a 16G MP3 player which is big enough for mp3 of all the music I’ve ever bought..

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    1. And these days, 16 GB is considered small for an MP3 player. Even the iPod I bought back in 2006 had more storage than that.


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