Scandinavian archaeology, history, skepticism, books and music
May Pieces Of My Mind #2
Movie: Ida (2013). A girl who has grown up in a church orphanage learns from her aunt about their family history in a road movie about post-war Polish guilt and accommodation. Grade: great!
On the Left, many despise Israel’s nationalist government but are not hostile to Jews in general. On the Brownshirt Right, it’s the other way around.
There’s no longer a phone connected to the landline we get for free with our broadband subscription.
I’ve signed an agreement with the Royal Academy of Letters today: they are publishing my annotated translation into modern English of Nils Mattsson Kiöping’s African and South Asian travelogue from 1667! To my knowledge it’s the first translation of this colourful and fascinating work into a foreign language, and I hope it will make a splash among 17th century historians worldwide. This will be my second book with the Academy. In 2011 they published my study of Östergötland’s Late Iron Age in the antiquarian series of their Proceedings, and Nils Mattsson will appear in the history series.
Wonder if plant geneticists have identified the secret ingredients in Coca-Cola by means of trace DNA.
Surprised to find that for the first time in my life, I have a longing to take part in a pub quiz. I guess that’s what 14 months of social distancing will do to you.
The battery in the wireless headphones is not running out. It’s the microwave oven that’s interfering with the bluetooth.
You know the distance from the earth to the sun? Almost exactly 1 astronomical unit. Makes you think!!!
Today’s porn cam operator on Messenger: Burnzee Cokidonk.
Reading the current issue of Fornvännen, I learned among other things that bakelite is still made and used. When preparing a sample for sectioning and metallographic study, scientists will encase it in bakelite. It was the first synthetic plastic, discovered in 1907.
My new album project is a collection of Julio Iglesias covers that will be marketed primarily towards the Baltic States. Working title: Latvian Lover.
There’s an urban legend among archaeologists about a tourist in Sweden who asks if the Vikings are all living on reservations these days.
Another archaeological urban legend. An awestruck tourist picks a stone out of the spoil heap and asks the archaeologist: “Is this stone Medieval?” “You know what”, replies the archaeologist portentously. “It’s even older than that!”
“Broken crockery brings happiness, but only to archaeologists.” /Agatha Christie
Two fifths of adult Swedes have had the first shot.
Hope Hodgson’s Carnacki stories are silly. But the Electric Pentacle device is fun. (Thank you Birger!)
Movie: First Wives Club (1996). Three women get dumped by their husbands for young girls, then band together for revenge. Rich in snappy one-liners and completely unrealistic in style. Grade: OK.
Revered fantasy author Erik Granström has a degree in veterinary medicine. He once told me about watching Carpenter’s The Thing and being quite entertained when the autopsied man in the film proved to have calf kidneys.