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June Pieces Of My Mind #2
Saying “Don’t delete history” about statue removal reveals a misunderstanding of the function of statues. Many of them communicate values in the present. Our knowledge of Hitler and Stalin doesn’t decrease when we remove their statues. We remove them to communicate values in the present. Because we are no longer people who honour Hitler or Stalin with public statuary. Despite them both being unavoidable historical figures. You don’t remove history by removing statues. Those are neither historical source material nor effective teaching tools. Almost none of them are even coeval with the person they depict.
No strong / stinky cheese in the fridge. Must go hunting.
Jrette has levelled up to junior camp counsellor.
A friend has invited us and a group of botanists and journal editors to her isolated summer house at a picturesque lake in the woods. Nobody knows each other. This is clearly the setup for a movie, and I see three possibilities. This is a murder mystery. Or a Lovecraftian horror story. Or a 1970s soft-porn comedy.
Junior’s podcast: “Jumping Flash made a splash in 1995, when it was the first 3D platformer to hit consoles. But did you know there’s a third game in the series, released only in Japan?”
Today’s the 28th anniversary of me starting my first archaeological job. It’s also the day when my dear old thesis supervisor Jan Peder Lamm passed away.
I’m running Microsoft Teams under Ubuntu Linux. A native Microsoft application. Unaccustomed!
Played Call of Cthulhu. My character the psychoanalyst got axed down by a possessed mental hospital orderly. But my other character the fake spirit medium helped take the killer down by beating him over the head with an enema pump filled with salty water. Happy ending!
Czech colleagues asked if I will show up to their conference in August, with an eye to the pandemic. I checked whether it would be safe for me to visit this potentially scary foreign country. Turned out that I would be much safer there, but that there is no guarantee that they’ll let me in as they consider Sweden one of the scariest countries in Europe.
The Spandauer Zitadelle has an exhibition of statues pulled down in Berlin in the 20th century.
Movie: Parasite (2019). The members of a poor family infiltrate the home of a gullible rich family as employees. Mayhem ensues. Grade: OK.
Heinlein’s Methuselah’s Children is set in AD 2175. There are still phone booths, no cell phones. In ch. 5 a man rents a jet plane, then lands halfway to find a phone booth because he needs to make a call. Space stations receive physical paper mail by mail rocket.
I assume that linguists prefer linguine over all other pasta.