June Pieces Of My Mind #1

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  • “Collectible” is a redundant word. Everything in the universe is collectible.
  • 30 years ago I turned 20, graduated from uni, got married and got a job. I recently turned 50 and today my younger child is graduating from high school.
  • Thinking about the relationship between beer and distilled spirits, I realise that the concentration that a drug is available in is a really important parameter. Quite apart from the drug’s general properties. We wouldn’t have an opioid problem if you needed to drink six litres of the stuff to achieve one dose.
  • A completely undeserved antipathy. I have this older colleague in contract archaeology whom I can’t remember ever meeting or interacting with. He has never done anything to deserve my anger. He is a respected and productive archaeologist. We have never competed for jobs. Still I can’t read his name without a little twinge of annoyance. The thing is, his surname begins with RUN. And we have worked in some of the same fields of research. So through the decades when I have looked for myself in the bibliography of a new piece of work in one of those fields, and I haven’t found any of my own stuff, instead I have often found some of his. This has conditioned me to associate his name with disappointment.
  • Would you like to read a paper titled ”Gold foil figures and human skulls in the royal mead hall at Aska in Hagebyhöga, Östergötland, Sweden”? With my co-authors Axel Löfving, Rudolf Gustavsson, Jens Heimdahl and Andreas Viberg, I hope to submit it to a high-profile venue within a few weeks. In my own personal case, I don’t think it’s likely that I’ll ever have anything equally spectacular to offer again!
  • You know how all your life you’ve asked your parents and their friends for advice because they’re old and experienced and know how stuff works? I just realised that several of my buddies in my own generation are pushing 60.
  • A fragment for a future song lyric: My RealDoll™ passed the Turing test / But I failed it
  • Among Ola Aurell’s many amazing songs is one with an interesting wrinkle on the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. ”I’m really into you and I can see that we’re on our way to becoming a couple, but we’d really better not, because WHAT IF we’ve already been a dysfunctional couple and had atrociously bad sex and the reason that we think we’ve never met before is that we’ve repressed all the ugly memories?”
  • I will never get used to “levelling up”, a 1970s term from Dungeons & Dragons, being a UK political slogan.
  • It’s astonishingly difficult to book a low-CO2 rental car. You’d think that by now there would be a prominent tick box on the search pages, but nope.
  • Movie: Petite Maman (2021). As her parents clean out her deceased grandma’s house, a little girl finds a path through the woods to the past, where she makes friends with a childhood version of her mother. Not the same continuum as the one her actual mother lives in, since she has no memory of their meeting. Grade: OK.
  • It’s the high school graduation season when you need to buy presents for young folks who are moving out from mom & dad soon. And I have invented a new type of workout: cycling 15 km while lugging along two enamelled cast-iron stew pots.
  • A common expression in archaeology is that societies or cultures reproduce themselves. It’s become really concrete to me in recent years as my children have grown up and graduated from high school. I used to think — without any great reflection — that schools were intended to enable children to join grown-up society. Now I see that schools enable them to replace the current grownups. Without schools, society as we know it would just end with the current grownups and revert to inept subsistence agriculture.
  • Saved a guy who wanted to ride subway line 14 to the Royal Technical College but had instead gone to platform 14 at Stockholm Central and boarded the long distance train for Hallsberg.
  • Looking forward to six days of fieldwork with amateurs on Medieval and Early Modern blast furnace sites!

Author: Martin R

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

2 thoughts on “June Pieces Of My Mind #1”

  1. ” The thing is, his surname begins with RUN. And we have worked in some of the same fields of research. So through the decades when I have looked for myself in the bibliography of a new piece of work in one of those fields, and I haven’t found any of my own stuff, instead I have often found some of his. This has conditioned me to associate his name with disappointment.”

    Now you know why fans of folk rock have a certain antipathy to Fairground Attraction and Steely Dan.

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  2. “A fragment for a future song lyric: My RealDoll™ passed the Turing test / But I failed it”

    Second line: She got this problem off her chest/While I nailed it.

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