August Pieces Of My Mind #1

Fisksätra from the east during a hike in the Igelboda-Skogsö nature reserve
  • Listen to a previously unpublished Avram Davidson story about being in the Marines in the Pacific in 1945!
  • Padderokke is the wetland plant horsetails in Danish. Padderocker on the other hand is a member of a motorcycle gang who is a toad. I assume there is a cartoon.
  • Movie: Chappie (2015). The creator-creation theme of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” meets militarised policing in an action movie. Grade: good!
  • Wonder what galvorn and mithril sound like in the headphones of a metal detector.
  • The Curiosity rover landed on Mars nine years ago today. It’s still roving away happily, having rolled over 26 km, gained 460 m in altitude and analysed 32 drill samples.
  • Confusing when people use “generation” to mean “decade”. I was neither capable nor willing to become a dad when I was ten years old.
  • Movie: The Girl With All The Gifts (2016). A few survivors confront the limits of their own humanity in a post-apocalyptic Britain full of fast fungal zombies. Grade: great movie based on a great novel by Mike Carey!
  • I started working at 20 and I hope to continue until I’m 70. And now I realise that I’m only a few years from entering the last third of this odd career of mine. Feels like I just got started!?
  • It’s important for scholars in the humanities to have a strong theoretical awareness. I, for example, am aware of theoretical archaeology and strongly hostile towards it.
  • There’s a Bellman song where you have to sing “ENSKTBLÄ”.
  • Looking forward to spending a lot of time at the library of Royal Academy of Letters again in the coming months.

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 “August Pieces Of My Mind #1”

  1. I watched both of those movies quite a while ago, and agree with your assessments (although I haven’t read the novel by Mike Carey). I liked it when the girl ate the cat.

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      1. Felix Castor? A beaver-cat hybrid? That sounds incredibly cool! Or am I taking names that happen to look like snippets of Latin too literal again?

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