Archives for June, 2008

LeGuin Physics Bug

Since some time in the early 80s I’ve laboured delightedly and intermittently to catch up with Ursula K. LeGuins oeuvre. I’ve covered her collections of short fiction and essays, and I will soon have her novels done, leaving the poetry and short kids’ books. Apart from her latest novel, I’ve yet to read 1980’s The…

Classics at Sunset

Drove yesterday to the village of San Giovanni d’Asso (Sw. Sankt Hans på Dass). Stopped on the way at an excavation, the church site of San Pietro in Pava, where as yet poorly known Roman activity gave way to continuous church use from the 6th through the 13th century. Nobody was on site because of…

Snakes and Saints and Ants

Got up early this morning, six thirty, and slipped out for an hour’s walk. The sun was already pretty high but still veiled in mist. I walked past vineyards and olive groves toward a farmhouse until yapping guard dogs made me turn on my heel, and then I left the road. The area is heavily…

Tuscany with Children

I write this sitting in a rental car near the Cathedral of Montalcino, a small Medieval fortified hilltop town in the heart of Tuscany’s brunello wine district. Sweat is running freely down my forehead and nose, no matter that the windows are open and the car is in a shaded alley. Wife and children are…

The Work of Beavers

The beavers are rallying in Sweden, multiplying and repossessing old habitat. The other day I rode my bike to Lake Källtorpssjön and photographed some beaver work.

Surrealist Love Story

Over at Podcastle, I just heard an amazing reading/performance of an amazing surrealist love story, “Fourteen Experiments in Postal Delivery“. It was written by John Schoffstall, first published as text two years ago, and read by Heather Lindsley at Random Jane. It’s got some gore and a few naughty words, it’s nerdily intellectual, it’s lyrically…

Euro Skeptics Forums

The European Council of Skeptical Organizations (ECSO) has set up an on-line forum. Explains ECSO chairman Amardeo Sarma, “The purpose of this forum is to promote discussion with ECSO and other Skeptics Organisations. So if you have some question or a suggestion to a particular Skeptics Organisation and do not have direct access to them…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The forty-third Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Paddy K’s Swedish Extravaganza. Archaeology and anthropology, and all regulated by the rota system! The Rota System, from the Old Church Slavic word for “ladder” or “staircase”, was a system of collateral succession practiced (though imperfectly) in Kievan Rus’ and later Appanage and early Muscovite…

Snow White Engrish

Looking closer at this cover of a Chinese pirate edition of Disney’s 1937 animated feature Snow White, we find a couple of fine Engrish phrases. “Latinum Edition” is pretty good. But wouldn’t you agree that “Still the Fairest of the Mall” takes the cake?

It’s been almost a year since the last de-lurk. Aard currently has over 150 returning visitors daily (out of about 800 uniques). Since not everyone checks in every day, this translates to several hundred — possibly a thousand — regulars who read the blog at least once a week. So, everybody, please comment away, as…