May Pieces Of My Mind #3

Bug love on Mörkö Island near Hörningsholm
  • I’m pretty OK with pushing 50, but it confuses me that the members of my old favourite bands are also around 50 and having reunions and playing oldies events, as if they were feckin’ Deep Purple.
  • Pascal’s wager assumes that you can choose what to believe, which is ridiculous.
  • Middle age: first you’re muddle-headed because you need a nap, then you’re muddle-headed because you’ve had a nap.
  • Unusual end to a Call of Cthulhu investigation tonight. We knew that the villain was the body-jumping spirit of an evil wizard and that he was planning a big scary summoning ritual. So we waited in our Model T Ford and shot him. No body available to jump to this time. The End.
  • The Church of Rome claims papal succession from St Peter, who they claim to be guarding the gates of heaven, and the papal symbol plus St Peter’s iconographic attribute is two keys. Sudden insight: the Church of Rome claims it offers exclusive access to Heaven.
  • Movie: Burn After Reading (2008). An alcoholic CIA agent getting fired, two affluent couples moving towards divorce and a pair of inept blackmailers getting their hands on a CD-ROM. Grade: great!
  • ABBA’s 1977 song “Eagle” owes a lot to the Eagles’ 1975 song “Journey of the Sorcerer” (of Hitch-Hiker radio fame) and was in fact an explicit tribute to them. Both productions owe a lot to Ennio Morricone’s 1966 score for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
  • Movie: Sorry To Bother You (2018). Surrealist comedy about labour organisation and race. Grade: OK.
  • 33 hours after my first Pfizer shot I feel like usual and not even the injected muscle is sore anymore.
  • Gustave Tiger has a pretty cool album title: Chaste and Mystic Tribadry. It was Hungarian Album of the Year in 2016.
  • I wonder if there’s a classified Security Service report on the BBS conference systems I hung out in c 1988-2006. We did have one guy who was implicated in environmentalist direct action, so the authorities almost certainly looked at least briefly at what we were doing. I bet the report concludes “These are just a bunch of geeks talking about Friends and making silly jokes.”
  • Yay Johan & Jakob Söderberg Foundation! Thank you for funding another month’s excavations on the Aska platform!!!
  • Here’s a new experience. My daughter’s excellent boyfriend has agreed to drive me and my friends an hour off to the head of a hiking trail. Life has its chapters!
  • Movie: Game Night (2018). Game night inside fake kidnapping plot inside real kidnapping plot. Grade: OK action comedy.
  • Somehow I feel that At the Mountains of Madness would not have been as effective a horror story if Lovecraft had written “yoghurt” instead of “shoggoth”.
Excavating on the Duvnäs platform, c. AD 1530. Early Modern archaeology!

Author: Martin R

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

3 thoughts on “May Pieces Of My Mind #3”

  1. Hm, why is it ridiculous to think that you would be able to choose what to believe in?

    Keep telling yourself that X. Whenever you find yourself doubting that X, double down on telling yourself X is.

    Eventually, you will start doing this out of sheer habit. And now you believe X.

    At the end of the day, isn’t that how all self-directed education works?

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      1. I would not expect one to try to modify one’s belief without either a predisposition towards or some level of investment in the eventual belief.

        I mean, at the end of the day, “choosing what I believe in” is the process I went through from being of a vaguely Christian denomination to being an atheist, somewhere in my pre-teens.

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