Archives for March, 2007

Stockholm Library Vandalised

Dagens Nyheter reports that the Stockholm University Library has seen some pretty bad vandalism. Yesterday morning it was discovered that someone had disconnected the drain-pipe from an upstairs washbasin and opened the taps to the max. Several cubic meters of water flooded out during the night and drenched three floors. Luckily, few books were damaged,…

Reality-Based Child Rearing

My kids see a fair share of lukewarm religiosity with their grandma and teachers. At home, they’re taught that there are basically two types of characters: Real people who merit empathy and solidarity, such as themselves, Fictional ones that you can make up stories about, such as Spiderman, the Little Mermaid and Jehovah, Lord of…

Quest for Dick (Spotted) 2

I got Dick, babies.

Odin, Thor and Other Space Aliens

Regular Dear Reader Christina lives in a small town in western Canada, where there are “lots of nice rock art and arrowheads and Indians (though they don’t want to get excavated for political reasons) “. Here’s a cool snippet from a letter she sent me. “Speaking about books and the local library, I’ve discovered that…

Going Medieval

There’s childhood and youth and young adulthood. And then comes middle age. I’ve been wondering when my Middle Ages are going to begin. I’ve left the Iron Age of my youth, for sure, and I have a feeling that my Roman Imperial times are drawing to an end. So, the other day, I found the…

Hopeful Buttons

Dear Reader, please let me remind you of the Hopeful Buttons to the left under my profile. One will exalt this blog in the eyes of Technorati, the second will allow you to heighten the esteem in which the blog is held by a Swedish ranking engine, and the third will let you look at…

Twice Farewell to Meat

Carne vale is what you say to your usual meaty diet when the fasting of Lent sets in. Science fans do it at Tangled Bank 75, other skeptics at Skeptics’ Circle 56. I wonder if they say chili con carne vale in Mexico.

Four Stone Hearth 11

It’s a posthole! It’s a rubbish pit! It’s an elk-trapping pit with the remains of a wooden catch box at the bottom! No — it’s a hearth. A Four Stone Hearth! The eleventh carnival in the series, to be precise. And it’s all about humans. As the poet put it, “Now I’m the king of…

Scandinavian Attitudes to Nudity

Scandinavians are unusually cool about nudity in certain well-defined situations. The Finnish sauna is a well-known example. Within Swedish families, nudity is also commonplace, while many other nations feel that allowing your kids to see you starkers is tantamount to sexual molestation. (Which is a hot topic here at Scienceblogs at the moment.)

Kurtz

Dear Reader, are you at heart a shady character? Have you seen the seamy side of things? Is your outlook bleak? Is your appearance disreputable, your gaze shifty, your shirt unwashed, your hair style bedraggled? Are you familiar with spleen, anomie and ennui? Is your mother worried about you? I mean, Dear Reader, do you…