Archives for March, 2008

For the past two years I’ve been packing a soap-sized handheld computer named the Qtek 9100. It’s a version of a design named the HTC Wizard, sporting a slide-out qwerty keyboard and running Windows Mobile. The machine’s been good to me, though is has a few annoying quirks & glitches, and I would never go…

It’s a running joke around Sb that the single most popular blog entry on the whole site is one where a scibling calls Britney Spears the High Priestess of something not very flattering. In fact, as Spears’s latest hit demonstrates, she is the High Priestess of Swedish dance pop. Look at her run of chart…

Local newspaper Ystads Allehanda reports on new fieldwork in Ravlunda by amateur archaeologist Bob G Lind and retired geology professor Nils-Axel Mörner. The last time the two enthusiastic gentlemen interfered with the Iron Age cemetery in question, they were reprimanded by the County Archaeologist. Now they are clearing brush from the site in order to…

Hayseed Dixie

Bluegrass music is rootsy acoustic proto-country. 70s heavy metal is bluesy electrified hard rock. Imagine what classic heavy metal songs would sound like if played by a bluegrass band — banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass… Imagine that. Imagine Hayseed Dixie! This US quartet has released nine albums in the past eight years. The first one was…

The thirty-seventh Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Hot Cup of Joe. Archaeology and anthropology from outer space!!! And check out the new Skeptics’ Circle!

A couple of recent Skepticality interviews (with environmental engineer Kelly Comstock and environmental toxicologist Shane Snyder) taught me something that may seem obvious, but which was radical news to me. Tap water is an industrial product. It occurs nowhere in nature. Water suppliers use natural water to make tap water according to current scientific understanding…

Daycare Sociolects

Childcare is a context where people from different class backgrounds come into intimate contact. Indeed, for as long as there has been childcare, this work has been done largely by working class women, even when the kids in question have been middle- or upper-class. There’s a common literary trope where an upper-class young man has…

Bajs-Arne (“Shitty Arnie”) is the family cat. Saturday, in a clumsy attempt to check out the view from the kitchen window, he overturned an hibiscus and created an archaeological pottery assemblage. It consists of a complete Swedish 2000s flower pot, a complete Swedish 1940s glazed China soup plate that the pot had been sitting on,…

Onion Peel Egg Dye

There’s actually a use for onion peel. Wrap it around an egg, wrap egg and peel in aluminium foil, and boil the egg the usual way. Red onion peel dyes the shell yellow, while yellow onion peel dyes it deeper tones of brown and orange.

A Pox on Both Houses

A reader has pointed out that a propaganda website friendly with the Chinese government and hostile to Falun Gong is quoting a recent blog entry of mine. She suggests that this means that I am aiding the government in its harsh persecution of the cult. I, of course, don’t see it that way. Two crooks…