March Pieces Of My Mind #2

“Qualitative research” seems largely to mean “anecdotal material with no statistical representativity”. I’m starting a support group for people who think the novel American Gods is not great, not bad, not particularly memorable. Woah-ho, dude. Lucid dreaming is when you train yourself to a) know that you’re dreaming, b) direct events in the dream. This…

March Pieces Of My Mind #1

A great thing about a cross-country skiing holiday is that you don’t feel any obligation to make good use of the ski-lift money you’ve paid. Because you haven’t. Gene drives. Amazing, potentially scary piece of science news. Insert code to actively edit the next generation’s genome into the current genome. In order to comment on…

My Ancestry

Inspired by Karin Bojs’s and Peter Sjölund’s recent book Svenskarna och deras fäder, I’ve looked into my ancestry by means both genetic and genealogical. Here’s a few highlights. Like most Stockholmers, I’m of mixed rural Swedish stock. My great grandpa’s generation contains 16 people born mainly in the 1880s. Only one of them was born…

February Pieces Of My Mind #3

Couldn’t quite catch a word in an old Blur song. Turned out to be “jumbojet” with the stress placed on the wrong syllable. JumBOjet. Grötrimslyriker, as we say in Swedish. The Swedish Anti-Theft Association offers tags for keyrings. You put the tag on your keyring and pay an annual fee, and then if someone finds…

February Pieces Of My Mind #2

Nalin Pekgul: “Us Muslim immigrants used to invite Jehovah’s Witnesses to practise our Swedish”. Movie: Sweden, Heaven and Hell. Hilariously over the top Italian exploitation mockumentary about late-60s Sweden that manages to tell volumes about Italy instead. Narration similar to the closing voice-over in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Relentless blonde breast flaunting throughout.…

Why I Don’t Worry About Immigration

Aard regular Phil often expresses worry about the effects of immigration. This has reached the point where I’ve decided to collect a few points to explain why I am not worried. Phil recently even claimed that when I say I’m not worried, I create more support for anti-immigration movements. This makes no sense to me.…

Viking Imagery Contested On Pizza Box

A buddy & colleague of mine took this picture in an Eslöv pizza place, commenting drily that it’s a fine example of how the cultural heritage can be used. We’ve got Thor’s hammer, we’ve got two cartoon Vikings, we’ve got Swedish flags, and note the three yellow crowns on a blue background: the arms of…

February Pieces Of My Mind #1

Me and Cecilia von Heijne have just submitted our paper on the coins from Skällvik Castle to a numismatic journal. Yay! Current Swedish Archaeology has just published my enthusiastic review of Cecilia Ljung’s doctoral thesis on 11th century burial monuments. Well done, Doctor! Danish is such a badass language. It’s got words like skaktavlkvadre — note…

January Pieces Of My Mind #3

Stockholm municipality’s high school authority is running an ad on Fb saying “Do not enrol your kid in the science programme. Consider vocational programmes instead. Like the cook programme.” Wtf?! Ads for wristwatches. Guys, I have a mobile phone, OK? I’m going to assume for the next few years that most Americans are basically like…

Sb Has 15 Active Blogs

A year ago I took a look at the surrounding landscape here at Sb, investigating which of the blogs were active – defined as which ones had seen an entry during the month up to 19 Jan ’16. Now I’ve looked at the month up to 24 Jan ’17. The result isn’t great. Four blogs…