Archives for April, 2008

Raine Borg is the Keymaster

Raine Borg has an amazing web site about locks and keys through history. And it so happens that he’s made reconstruction drawings of how keys identical to the one me and Per Vikstrand found in Torstuna recently were used. It’s not a padlock key: it’s most likely for a lock mounted permanently inside the lid…

Hilarious Tea Rap

From UK rapper Elemental, an extremely witty song about tea with a funny video! Via Paddy K and Brass Goggles.

Skyping

I’m messing around with Skype and I find it’s working very well indeed. (Skype is in fact the only part of my linux installation that can interact with my Logitech USB headset.) So, Dear Reader, feel free to give a shout to mrundkvist!

Commenters on yesterday’s entry broached the subject of being the descendant of European royalty. I’d say everybody alive today with even a vaguely europid complexion is such a royal scion. Do the math as you count generations into the past. Two parents, four grandparents, eight great grandparents, sixteen great-great-grandparents, and so on through the centuries.…

In the mid-to-late 19th century, just as Scandy (and thus, it’s fair to say, world) archaeology was making its first big breakthroughs, a lot of furnished 11th century female burials unexpectedly turned up in the churchyards of Gotland. The chain of events that led to this windfall of new data is convoluted and, in my…

I just installed Hardy, the brand new version of Ubuntu Linux, on the household’s two Dell PCs. They’re a Dimension 4550 mini-tower and an Inspiron 6000 laptop, and I’m happy to say that everything’s running fine so far. (Almost.) The release is so new that Google hasn’t even had time to update their toolbar for…

A number of prominent people in science and science fiction have had samples of their body tissues launched into space after they died. Thus Gene Roddenberry, thus Timothy Leary, thus Clyde Tombaugh, to name only three. Now, I’ve come up with a similar honour for particle physicists. Currently, it appears that the matter being shot…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The thirty-ninth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Hominin Dental Anthropology. Archaeology and anthropology in honour of Maximiliano Gómez. He was the leader of the Maoist Movimiento Popular Dominicano (MPD), a militant organization opposed to the Joaquín Balaguer government and to U.S. presence in the Dominican Republic. Commended by some, repudiated by others,…

The former Cistercian abbey of Alvastra in 1639. My brother in arms against pomo nonsense, human/cultural geographer Clas Tollin, has put half the manuscript of his forthcoming book on-line beforehand (fully illustrated, in Swedish). The title is Storgårdar, egenkyrkor och sockenbildning i Omberg-Tåkernområdet under äldre medeltid, “Manorial farms, private churches and the genesis of parishes…

There was a time, around the age of twenty, when I saw some pretty weird movies. First I lived a short bike ride from the Swedish Film Institute, where I caught Kenneth Anger and Luis Buñuel (neither of whom I liked much — I walked out on Anger’s shorts). Then I moved to a place…