Scandinavian archaeology, history, skepticism, books and music
September Pieces Of My Mind #1
“Overkill” and “The Ace of Spades” are pretty much the same song.
Sexologists have done big intercultural investigations of what men find attractive in women. There’s one huge factor that dominates the results, from Kamchatka to Table Bay. It’s not your age, weight, boobs or butt. It’s simply whether you act like you’d like to go to bed with the guy. Yes? You’re super attractive. No? You’re a plain Jane. Now, I just realised something. This means that the biggest built-in intercultural turn-on in us men is simply consent. Not bad!
Movie: John Carter (2012). Baroquely exaggerated sword & sandal in the tradition of Milius’s Conan the Barbarian. Grade: OK.
On Tenacious D’s 2006 track “Master Exploder”, Jack Black parodies over-the-top heavy metal singers who think they can blow your mind while actually blowing your mind with his over-the-top heavy metal singing.
Jarlabanke was a big landowner and an avid runestone patron in Täby near Stockholm during the 11th century. Runologist S.B.F. Jansson once quipped that he was quite saddened when a runestone was found announcing Jarlabanke’s death.
Love writing research! Currently a paper collecting the evidence for Aska hamlet as a possible assembly site in the period AD 1000-1350. I have the best job!
Unexpected feeling of familiarity and belonging in the History Museum’s Viking Period exhibition. I’ve never had a job at the museum despite a number of applications through the decades. But if knowing this period’s material entitles you to membership of the tribe, then I do belong after all.
Movie: Andromeda Strain (1971). A pathogen from space threatens humanity in what starts promising as a lavishly produced techno thriller. Soon it sadly bogs down into a long slow lavishly produced techno yawner. Grade: OK.
I napped on the ground in the woods today. I usually get extremely sleepy around half past one.
Imagine you’re at a conference about something you know super well. Maybe it’s been your job for decades. But nine tenths of the participants are completely ignorant of the subject. Of course you’ll find it pretty annoying to listen to all the ignorant questions asked there. But I’m guessing that what will really drive you nuts is the slew of enthusiastic and wildly inaccurate answers given to each question. That’s why I can’t stand the main Facebook group about Swedish archaeology.
In the mid 80s a young relative of mine was into synth pop and home computers. So he stole a Commodores album in a shop. He was disappointed.
Asked at the Swedish History Museum’s shop if they wanted some more copies of my Medieval castles book. “Yes please, bring us fifteen”. That’ll be the big backpack, then.
Hey steampunk people, I’ve got a paper coming up in the Post-Medieval Archaeology journal titled “Chivalrous Knights in the Age of Steam”.
The oldest, ugliest, clunkiest and flakiest web sites I use regularly are those maintained by major scientific publishing houses to handle submissions for their journals. In fact, modern submission website design could probably be used as a criterion to identify predatory fake online journals.
A memory from high school. It’s the last gym class of the spring semester. We’re playing brännboll outdoors. Suddenly two shirtless, deeply tanned men appear. One is carrying an axe in one hand and a gay porn magazine in the other. Our kind gym teacher Ola looks worried and goes over to speak to them. We all think “That guy is going to kill Ola with his axe”. But they leave quietly. What was that all about!?