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March Pieces Of My Mind #1
Remember Krycek’s treachery in The X-Files? Horrible!
The name Jessica is Shakespeare’s coinage, possibly from the biblical Iscah.
Arthur C. Clarke’s collected short stories take up over 1300 pages. Good stuff!
Clarke’s first published stories from 1937-38 are scifi parodies.
A Polish colleague asked me what my Swedish excavation budget was. I fell down a rabbit hole and gave him three wildly divergent numbers, as per exchange rate, relative average wage and Big Mac Index.
Lecteur paisible et bucolique, / Sobre et naïf homme de bien, / Jette ce livre saturnien, / Orgiaque et mélancolique.
It’s a shame that Veðrfölnir, the hawk that sits on the beak of the eagle at the top of the world tree, is not a household name like Níðhöggr and Ratatoskr.
There’s only one thing that my old smartphone does surprisingly fast. And that’s read the QR code and communicate with online Swedish bank ID.
So far there have been 42 lunar orbiters and 16 Martian orbiters. Artificial satellites, that is.
Swedish neo-Nazis are settling in a few otherwise dying villages in southern Dalecarlia. There’s dirt cheap property and potential for local political influence. But I wonder if they are also attracted by National Romantic ideas about Dalecarlia as keeper of the nation’s undiluted essence. These ideas predate Nazism by about a century.
On the Swedish protest against the pandemic restrictions: I am organising a protest against stoplights that keep me from stepping in front of speeding cars! Who’s with me?
Surprised to learn that the sea shanty craze involves only one shanty, and that young people believe that this is the one and only shanty.
Vasaloppet is the biggest Norwegian skiing competition in the world!
With small children you can have a good kids week. My kids are grown, and I have had a really good kids week with them. Skiing & driving & cooking with Jrette, moving house with Junior. ❤
I just got a news update on my phone titled “This morning’s most important news: Meghan Markle says…”. Really?
The KORG synthesizer brand name means “Kato-Osanai organ”, after the company’s founders.
I’m employed full time to do archaeological research, fieldwork and outreach with a little teaching on the side. Today I’m writing about a Viking sword found in a lake. How about that?
Happy because someone near and dear to me has received their first shot!