July Pieces Of My Mind #3

Patrik’s place, Sickla
  • American: “Life’s a bitch, huh?” Pole: “Tak, ‘to be’ jest być.”
  • Had a girlfriend once who broke up with me because of my cheap binoculars. She was a Zeiss queen.
  • Remember 9/11 Truthers?
  • A considerable chunk of the European working class is voting right-wing populist. I believe the main reason is that, having poor powers of source criticism, they’ve been duped into buying Russian-sponsored conspiracy theories by alternative news sources online. We’ve got to come up with a meta-conspiracy here. What are the aims of the conspiracy that wants me to believe this? And who’s behind it? Whose agenda am I unwittingly furthering? It’s clearly not just the Left in general, they are quite open about their goals here which disqualifies them as conspirators.
  • Just gave the finger to a large, fast and extremely loud motorboat.
  • Idea for a personality: the Incel Poser. You’re not actually celibate, you just aspire to the cool subculture.
  • Movie: Pig (2021). A drama for romantic foodies about rival master chefs, lost love, dad issues and a stolen truffle pig. Grade: OK.
  • Radio astronomers are planning a telescope on the other side of the Moon to avoid interfering transmissions from the Earth. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to build a time machine and send the telescope back to AD 1800?
  • Conflicting messages from some missionaries. They were playing a country song with the chorus “God is good all the time”. Meanwhile one of them was shouting that unless we repent we will all go to hell.
  • Movie: Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (1988). Stylised slapstick jealous confusion among three women who love a philandering actor, who himself is rarely on-screen. Grade: OK.
  • When I read about immersive virtual reality, I feel like going out into the woods and sitting on a tree stump. Or eating something greasy. Or making sweaty hairy love.
  • Reading a book whose author has the rare discipline not to write anything interesting in the endnotes. It’s all just literature references, so you can ignore them while reading. 👍
  • Funny when authors slip into home country parochialism. Here’s a British author who says that unlike the famous Mohamed al-Fayed, Lyndon LaRouche is less known. He’s forgetting that the book will probably be in read in countries where nobody knows or cares who owns Harrods.
  • I was angry recently because I learned that a New Age distance healer had caused a relative of mine to go off their blood pressure meds. Now I remembered two boyhood conversations about books with healer lady’s husband, who is a charming man and an alternative medicine practitioner too. 1) He hinted that Mika Waltari’s 1945 novel The Egyptian was so accurate about conditions in ancient Egypt that Waltari had probably been using memories from a past life. 2) He recommended Baigent et al.’s 1982 made-up historical conspiracy book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail as an excellent exposé of what was really going on.
  • Henry Lincoln, a scriptwriter on 1960s Dr. Who, also co-wrote The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.
  • Not only have I organised frequent game nights of my own for 14 years, I often also procure gamers for friends who need to fill a chair at their sessions.
  • So annoying how many Americans believe Viking Period boat burial involved burning on the water, for which there is no evidence. The pyres were on land and we have excavated hundreds under mounds.
  • The lyrics to the 1985 hit song “St. Elmo’s Fire” is a very long collection of disconnected cliché motivational phrases.
  • Thinking about anti-Semitism. As a Leftie I can totally understand hostility towards the global banking & capitalist system, including those global bankers or capitalists who happen to be Jews. But most of those bankers & capitalists are not. And most Jews are not bankers or capitalists on any scale. It’s kind of a stretch to believe that every Jewish hairdresser, archaeologist and pop musician is in on an evil global conspiracy.
  • And another teenager killed over drug turf in the municipality, most likely by a teenager, again. You stupid sad fucks. Even Hell’s Angels think your subculture is idiotic and stay away from you. Because they want to make money, not die or serve prison time for murder uselessly.
  • Weird aspect of research in the humanities: each speciality has so few participants that it is often meaningless to seek a consensus of opinion. Almost nobody takes a stand for or against most published interpretations. Compare physics, medicine etc.
  • 45 says the US is going to hell. He’s right, and it’s because of his voters.
  • Movie: Soul (2020). On the brink of his big break, a frustrated jazz musician gets mixed up in the business of unborn souls. I was astonished to learn that the music is by Trent Reznor! Grade: good!
  • Customer comes up to Jrette at the supermarket where she works, starts to ask where the noodles are, interrupts themselves, looks really embarrassed, “… if it’s OK to ask you about noodles?” Jrette laughs and replies, “You know what? I’m Chinese and I know everything about noodles.” ❤
  • The only conservative I’ll take seriously is one who’s hostile to business and wants to reinstate the hereditary privileges of the nobility.
  • Movie: Insomnia (2002). Under the shadow of an internal affairs investigation, two LA homicide detectives are sent to Alaska to help investigate the not very complicated murder of a highschooler. But things do get complicated. Grade: good!
  • Very much not impressed by the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm’s Old Town. It’s tiny. It exhibits very few original objects. About half of the little floor space is currently devoted to an exhibit on the prize banquet.
  • On my way into town I often cycle past the spot where Elisabet Ehrlin was found dead one morning in late November of 1975. Almost all the absurd damage her body had suffered from a john in the throes of an alcoholic psychosis was post-mortem. Two months later he murdered another woman. Then he went out to find a police car and made a full confession. I’m not dignifying him by mentioning his name. But I send a thought to Elisabet now and then.

Author: Martin R

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

5 thoughts on “July Pieces Of My Mind #3”

  1. The polish quote, even google translate leaves it obscure.

    Maybe the working class do have an issue if lefty liberals just want to further pull the wool over their eyes, rather than address their concerns.

    Harrods? Why should even a Brit care who owns it.


  2. The thing which really scares me is not provincialism in print media (its fair to assume that most people reading Macleans magazine are Canadian and of a certain political orientation) but on the Internet. When you write for the Internet, you can take almost no background knowledge for granted. But so many people do take that knowledge for granted (often down to the level of “my audience follows live news and my chosen news source’s instructions on who to be scared of or angry about as if five minutes ago”). For me, the whole point of following people on the Internet is to learn about people who are different, but many people assume that their Internet readers are exactly the same as them.

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    1. I have to admit I always found the 1985 hit uplifting, especially when depressed, which has been most of my life. Along the same lines I now like Tom Petty “Learning to Fly,” Brooks and Dunn “Red Dirt Road,” and chumbawamba “Tubthumping.”

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