June Pieces Of My Mind #2

  • Didn’t realise before that computer implementations of D&D are almost as old as the tabletop game itself.
  • Half of Sweden’s adult population has now had at least one shot. One quarter has had both shots.
  • Movie: Minari (2020). Unhappy Korean couple starts a vegetable farm in 1980s Arkansas. Grade: OK.
  • Talked to a Ukrainian about Łódź. He looked confused, then said “Oh right, you mean Vlotz!”
  • Today’s 29 years since I started my first archaeology job. I’ve worked almost exclusively in the discipline since. Made very little money and hardly any pension savings, but I’ve fed & raised two kids and had a lot of fun!
  • Confusingly, Scandinavian Airline Systems plays porn groove on the phone while you wait in line for customer support. When I finally got to talk to a rep he spoke in a slightly braying rural accent and, though quite helpful, did not seem erotically inclined at all!
  • In a radical departure from its previous stance, the National Heritage Board sends a loud and clear signal to anyone who finds an ancient hoard in Sweden: DON’T STOP DIGGING AFTER YOU FIND JUST A FEW OBJECTS, RIP ‘EM ALL OUT! Dude finds 8 objects outside a badger sett, calls in archaeologists who find 42 more, dude gets reward for 8 objects.
  • Some gneisses form from sedimentary rocks. Are there gneisses that have formed from biochemical sedimentary rocks? To me, that would be a mind-blowing illustration of how old life on Earth is.
  • I never understood that all the characters in the 80s text adventure The Hobbit were autonomous, running around the game following their own priorities, nor that you could give them orders.
  • Early-80s computer games like The Hobbit and King’s Quest would draw scenery line by line and then fill it out like a colouring book. This took way less storage space than a big image file for each scene.
  • In the 80s Hobbit game you could pick Elrond up and carry him around as your personal portable elf-bread baker. Useful to beef up before fights.
  • Reading Amos Tutuola and having a blast. He pays no respect to Western narrative conventions and little to those of the Queen’s English. Deadpan, sly, absurd. Constant surprises!
  • Layne Staley, crazy amazing singer! ❤

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 “June Pieces Of My Mind #2”

  1. Dude finds 8 objects outside a badger sett, calls in archaeologists who find 42 more, dude gets reward for 8 objects.

    Buh? Clearly it would be better for everyone involved if you go “aha, there’s an archaeologically-significant hoard, let us leave things and get the professional(s) in!” as soon as possible. Because that way, at least in theory, there’s a chance that things will be documented as well as possible.

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      1. Grumblegrumblegrumble. On the plus side, I have my first vax shot booked, for later this week. Once that’s landed, I will book #2.

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      2. Self-reply, really.

        Had shot #1 Thursday, they booked my second shot as I registered for the first. All in all, pretty efficient.


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