October Pieces Of My Mind #1

Ferdinand Boberg designed this mini observatory for the Skansen open-air museum in 1910. Would you want one too?
  • All arguments that the 700s should count as part of the Viking Period can equally well be used to argue that the 800s should count as part of the Vendel Period. It’s a pointless thing to try to change.
  • Historical dictionaries: most have such a long production period that by the time the last volume appears, some of the first volume’s definitions contain words that have fallen out of use or changed their meaning.
  • I used to be hailed over the Internet for confused conversations by this woman who had a series of relationships with bus drivers and train drivers because she was into men in uniform.
  • Talked to a Vietnamese man. He told me I look like a foreigner.
  • Yay! Today’s new paper is my 190th archaeological publication! Thank you Poland for recognising and rewarding my academic work! ❤
  • A recurring mistake I made as a young Game Master was to spend way too much time writing adventures as if they would get published, instead of just making brief notes to be able to run them once. Random tables for encounters etc., overkill.
  • About the facial expressions actresses and models assume at photo shoots in order to look sexy. I think they’re super embarrassing. Real randy women don’t look like that at all.
  • Movie: Blood Simple (1984). Adultery, jealousy and a confused series of misunderstandings lead to murderous mayhem. Grade: OK.
  • Annoyed. A mandatory software update just removed the useful step-back button from my Kindle.
  • Jack Vance’s 1965 scifi coming-of-age novel Emphyrio mentions “the Star Wars” (ch. 5) in an enumeration of calamities that have befallen the city of Ambroy through the centuries.
  • The Dutch used to build cellar flooring that acted like a raft when the inevitable flooding occurred.
  • I got to push a baby stroller for an hour today! Passenger prattled and cooed happily. ❤

Author: Martin R

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

One thought on “October Pieces Of My Mind #1”

  1. I remember Blood Simple. A friend of mine described it as a slasher for intellectuals. I rented it on VHS anyway. If I remember correctly, one of the characters stands around in front of an industrial incinerator trying to figure out how to dispose of a body. I was unimpressed.

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