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November Pieces Of My Mind #3
With three weeks left of my first stint with the Örebro County Museum, I have scored a fun assignment. I’m looking at everything from the Iron Age in the province of Närke, starting with the Swedish History Museum’s online catalogue. It’s for a survey of powerful people during the period 150-800, similar to my 2011 book about the adjacent province of Östergötland.
In addition to the very productive Kent Andersson and Kenneth Svensson, I’ve discovered that there is also a Kenneth Andersson in Swedish archaeology who is not a lazy man either. Now I’m confused.
One hundred pages into Casanova’s autobiography he is still a virgin.
Syphilis was endemic in Central America in 1492 and raged through Old World populations in the same way as smallpox did in the New World after contact. Sadly it appears that modern Native Americans have no particular innate protection against the STD.
Space-time is expanding. The universe is like a rising dough. Our planet is a grain of starch caught in the gluten filaments of gravity.
I’m glad I bought the scifi role-playing game Ashen Stars and got such a good, dependable group together after all these years. I enjoy the prep and the play sessions and the shared storytelling!
The Mars InSight lander has been active on Mars for three years today!
Four people who went to Narbonne High School in L.A.: Frank Black of the Pixies, Mat Kaplan of Planetary Radio, Quentin Tarantino, Bo Derek.