March Pieces Of My Mind #1

Leksand seen from Granberget
  • 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!

Author: Martin R

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

4 thoughts on “March Pieces Of My Mind #1”

  1. “I am organising a protest against stoplights that keep me from stepping in front of speeding cars! Who’s with me?”
    (thinks of all the vaccine-hesitant (at least) around myself) – Count me in.

    “a news update on my phone titled “This morning’s most important news: Meghan Markle says…”.”
    Well, for some people from the Royal family, that would be. Is your phone second-hand? Maybe the previous owner was HRM.

    “Today I’m writing about a Viking sword found in a lake. ”
    Has the sword-founder been elected king?

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