Archives for June, 2008

Time Travel Story

[More blog entries about fiction, timetravel, sf, sciencefiction; sf, sciencefiction, tidsresor, litteratur, novell] Alvin Gavel just graduated from high school. (He’s the son of Aard regular Kai who keeps the bilingual Pointless Anecdotes blog.) This young man has to my knowledge grown up entirely in Sweden. But I would be impressed by his recent time…

The micro-SD flash memory chip that came with my new smartphone has some interesting issues with data integrity. I mostly use it to store sound files in the mp3 format, both pop songs of a few MB each and podcasts taking up tens of megabytes. And while listening to podcasts, in the middle of them,…

Good news from Egypt: the country’s parliament has passed a new child protection law that, among other wise measures, criminalises female genital mutilation and raises the legal age of marriage to 18 for both men and women. Daily News of Egypt has a long article on the subject (from back when it was still a…

Phoenix Lander Contortionist Video

Here’s an ace animated film clip showing how the Phoenix Lander manoeuvered its camera/digger arm to take a picture of the surface under its own belly a few days ago. Gives you a good sense of how the thing looks way out there… More recent clips here.

I’m not a very frequent theatre-goer, and if I don’t like a play, I leave in the intermission. But I have had the good fortune to see some excellent productions through the years, notably of Shakespeare. (It is of course entirely possible to play Shakespeare poorly too, and I’ve seen it done both by professionals…

Orkney Photographs On-line

After some culling and editing, I’ve put 74 snaps from my visit to Orkney on-line. Comments and questions are most welcome! [More blog entries about orkney, photography, Scotland; Orkney, Skottland, foto, fotografi.]

Anthro Blog Carnival

The forty-second Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Neuroanthropology. Archaeology and anthropology, and all related to the song “If You Should Try To Kiss Her” by Dressy Bessy. The next open hosting slot is on 16 July. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to me. No need…

Orkney Field Trip

After yesterday’s paper session and civic reception in the church hall, I’ve had an amazing bus excursion today. The weather’s been perfect, sunny and with little wind, and I’ve been shown great sites by some very knowledgeable people. And the landscape… Unbelievable. Brough/broch is a Norse loan word around here, corresponding to Swedish borg. As…

Orkney Food

I’m in the Bangladeshi restaurant Dil Se having a nice chicken achari. I tried to get Orkney mutton, but it was only available on advance order. Seems fitting to have a curry even in this storm-swept outpost of the British Empire. I started my dinner with a cold steak & gravy pie (from Hawthorn Bakery,…

Heard Ten Papers

Began the day with a solid English breakfast, then a walk to the conference venue, heard ten paper presentations, did one myself, had dinner with colleagues, walked up the hill west of Kirkwall, logged a geocache, walked back to B&B. Phew! Of today’s papers I found particularly interesting the one by con organiser James Barrett,…