Archives for May, 2007

[More blog entries about archaeology, Sweden, ethnicity, saami, minorities, indigenouspeople; arkeologi, etnicitet, samer, minoriteter, urbefolkningar] I got an inspiring question from Z at Enkla bloggen. “Who made the rock carvings, hällristningar? Was it the Saami people? Is this a sensitive matter? I’ve already asked several archaeologists but they haven’t answered me.”

Here’s something cool. Google is attacking proposed Swedish wiretapping legislation. “We have contacted Swedish authorities to give our view of the proposal and we have made it clear that we will never place any servers inside Sweden’s borders if the proposal goes through.” Good thing someone outside the country is reacting! I don’t know much…

5 Minutes of Kiddie TV Fame

Two months ago my metal detecting team and I were visited in the field by the Swedish State Broadcasting company’s TV science show for kids, Hjärnkontoret. They tell me they’re running the story tonight, somewhere between 1830 and 1900 hours Swedish time. For those who choose to watch, it may be entertaining to know that…

[More blog entries about neuroscience, lamprey, computationalmodeling; neurovetenskap, nejonöga, datormodellering.] In Stockholm on 14 June, my psychedelic friend and fellow honorary Chinese Mikael Huss will present his PhD thesis in engineering (available on-line). He has built software models of bits of the lamprey’s spinal cord. The book’s title is Computational Modeling of the Lamprey CPG.…

This year’s issue of the Lund Archaeological Review reached me last week. It’s the volume for 2005-2006, and most of the papers are dated 2005. Such a delay is no big deal in archaeology: our knowledge growth doesn’t progress at the rate typical of the natural sciences. What caught my attention in the new issue…

My Eugenics Project

I have the soul of a stamp collector. Some might object that it’s an unusually loud and psychedelic stamp collector, but I think it’s so. It shows in my research (data-heavy, fussing over terminological definitions, with a lot of statistics), in my attacks on nebulous jargon and muddled thinking in archaeology, in my affiliation with…

Sublime Erotic Poetry

I love the ability to see what people type into search engines before they end up here (an ability provided, for instance, by Extreme Tracking). Much of the time, people are obviously looking for porn. Somebody just typed the following into Google: Where I can put my penis in the women pic? Yes, where, oh…

Swedish Heritage Blog

The Swedish State Board of National Antiquities, Riksantikvarieämbetet, has been putting more and more useful things on-line in the past few years. The most recent addition is a blog in Swedish, K-bloggen, where a number of Aard readers and buddies of mine are writing some interesting stuff. Go, see, comment, learn the Swedish word for…

Marshmallow Coast‘s 2000 offering Coasting is one of my favourite albums: quirky and cool neopsych with a lot of acoustic guitar and off-key singing. 2002’s Ride The Lightning also has some great songs (listen to “Classifieds”!), but their 2003 production Antistar is boring if not downright bad. It was thus with some misgivings that I…

Radiocarbon Summer Bargain

If you have a lot of samples lying around that you want to run through AMS radiocarbon analysis, then get thee to the Poznan lab’s informative web site. Tomasz Goslar tells me he’s offering a summer bargain. The standard price is €320 / $430 / £220 plus sales tax per carbon sample, with an additional…