Archives for April, 2007

Queer Theory of Ancient Gods

Very timely with the discovery of the Kaga foil-figure model, my buddy Ing-Marie Back Danielsson has published her PhD thesis in archaeology, Masking Moments. The transitions of bodies and beings in Late Iron Age Scandinavia (available on-line). There’s a picture of a foil-figure or other late-1st Millennium human representation on almost every page. The viva…

Seven Brooches in Kaga

This entry was first published over the cell-phone network on my old site, without pix, on Tuesday 10 April. Our Kaga site was very good to us today as well. 26 person-hours of metal detecting, six 1st Millennium brooches: four small equal-armed of the later 6th century, one disc-shaped with inlay socket of the 6/7th…

R.U. Sirius Show Turns 100

Another one of my favourite podcasts hits 100 instalments: the R.U. Sirius show. It’s cyber-counterculture talk radio with ample references to sex, drugs and rock’n’roll, but done in a geeky, distinctly literate manner. R.U. Sirius himself used to be the editor of seminal cyber-mag Mondo 2000 back in the day, and is now an elder…

Kaga Gold Foil Figure Model

This entry was first published over the cell-phone network on my old site, without pix, on Monday 9 April. This morning I woke up in an unexpected and not very welcome winter wonderland. Driving the 2.5 hours to Linköping on summer tyres was scary. But the snow was gone by lunch. An icy wind persisted.…

Ophistokont

A Dear Reader who calls themself Ophistokont made me curious about what this intriguing word might mean. It’s very rare, with only seven Google hits and no entry in Merriam-Webster. Ophi- should have to do with snakes. -stok- calls stoichiometry to mind, having to do with elements. -ont has to do with being. Something that…

I’ve run Firefox 2.0 under three different operating systems on several machines. And every time I start this otherwise excellent program after re-booting, it gives me the following error message “Your last Firefox session closed unexpectedly. You can restore the tabs and windows from your previous session, or start a new session if you think…

This week I’m doing fieldwork in Östergötland with friends, colleagues and Aard regulars from the Gothenburg Historical Society, the County Museum and the State Excavation Unit. We’re continuing our metal detecting campaign from last spring, returning to the sites in Kaga and Hagebyhöga, and having a look at four new ones in Heda, Varv, Askeby…

Escape Pod turns 100

One of my favourite podcasts, Escape Pod, currently offers its one hundredth weekly show. Congratulations Steve & Co, that is so impressive! I’ve listened to almost every one of the shows, offering excellent short stories in the science fiction and fantasy genres. Number 100 is Isaac Asimov’s classic “Nightfall”. And it’s not just about the…

Melodic Psychedelia

I’ve made a long-overdue update to my psych-music web page. Have a look, lots of album recommendations! And I’m aware of new releases for myself to check out from the M Coast, Mars Volta, Minders and Of Montreal, so I guess I’ll be adding more stuff shortly.

Toad Love

Geocaching in the little nature preserve at Lake Kyrksjön in the western burbs of Stockholm, I came across this passionate couple. Every spring there are wild toad orgies in the wetlands around here. The males sing madly for days, mounting and clinging to anything vaguely like a female — including human hands. The females are…