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April Pieces Of My Mind #2
Looks like the entire tourism infrastructure involved in taking Swedes on overseas vacations will be effectively shuttered for one whole year, from the bullet trains and bus services to the country’s airports onward. And when I say shuttered, I mean wiped out, since neither the companies involved nor their staff can afford to sit around and wait for a year. Arlanda Airport and supporting functions has 17 500 employees.
Blackbird singing contest at sundown!
Hey historians and civ gamers, remind me please: what happens to an empire when a major plague strikes during the reign of an insane emperor? And what are the knock-on effects on realms in economic and military contact with that empire?
Did you know that the McDonald’s logo is a graph describing the availability of bronze during the Scandinavian Bronze Age, with peaks in periods 2 and 5 out of 6?
I enjoy boosting & sharing good stuff on social media. I have very little interest in arguing with anyone. As for myself, I am here to proclaim my opinions and discoveries and bad jokes.
My buddy pointed out that most African countries have such low life expectancy that there aren’t a lot of old folks there who run the risk of dying from covid-19.
Blue tit nesting in the new bird box!
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that attendance in high school went way up when they moved teaching online. Apparently a lot of shut-ins, hikikomori and skivers want classes, just not in classrooms.
Jrette asked me what “to surf the web” is in French. I have no idea, because most of my French vocab dates from the 1980s.
I’m one of those men who run their own covid stats in Excel. I have only one sheet and it does only one thing: adds up and graphs the daily national number of Swedish ICU admissions per week. The graph is reassuringly flat.
So annoying when you email someone about something and they reply “Sure, call me!”. Fucker, if I wanted to talk on the phone I wouldn’t have emailed you in the first place.
Since the new year when I returned to academia I’ve written and submitted one meaty co-authored journal paper, a book chapter and two book reviews. Oh right, and the fieldwork report and the as yet not submitted journal note. I’m enjoying myself! And they’re about three unrelated things. And the manuscript I’m working on now is about a fourth unrelated thing. Whee!
OMG, in Polish double consonants are not long, and they say nothing about the preceding vowel, they’re feckin’ REPEATED!
Movie: Aliens (1986). On a rescue mission back to the now colonised moon visited in “Alien”, Ellen Ripley has to be someone’s mother — and fight a Mean Big Mama. Grade: great!
Some 19th century colleagues wordlessly taught me a neat trick through their archives. No printed margin on the sheet of paper you’re writing on? Fold the sheet to mark the margins.
I just invented reverse werewolves, wolves that turn briefly into intellectually disabled nude humans, but it turned out not to be an original idea.
Met a couple at Sanda Spring who were bringing tens of liters of water home to brew beer.
I first heard of Leisure-suit Larry from a 9th grade schoolmate. His English pronunciation wasn’t real great, so I was confused to learn about this man who apparently lived in a land of long lizards.
Hiked in the woods today. Met lots of people on the trail. Oddly only the dog owners were walking. Most people ran. A considerable number rode mountainbikes at great speed.