Archives for August, 2008

Mushroom Harvest

An hour and a half in the woods around little nearby lakelet Knipträsk garnered us a fine harvest of mushrooms. The last time I blogged about a shroom-picking expedition we had ten kinds. Today we had eleven, most of them hedgehogs and boletes: Terracotta hedgehog, Rödgul taggsvamp, Hydnum rufescens Birch bolete, Björksopp, Leccinum scabrum King…

I Lost World War II Today

Continuing our military theme from the other day, I regret to inform you, Dear Reader, that the Axis won World War II. After Pearl Harbour, the US couldn’t decide whether to concentrate its efforts in the Pacific or the Atlantic, and ultimately came to play only a minor role in the war. Britain, meanwhile, defended…

A few weeks ago, Kai gave me an interesting book on a subject of which I am almost entirely ignorant: recent military history. Auf den Spuren des “Elbe-Kommandos” Rammjäger by Dietrich Alsdorf (2001) deals with an episode toward the end of the Second World War, the so-called “Sonderkommando Elbe“. Things were grim in the Third…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The forty-eighth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Tangled Up In Blue Guy. Archaeology and anthropology, and all about various aspects of Hrodgaud of Friuli! Hrodgaud or Rodgand was Duke of Friuli from 774 to 776. Probably he was already duke under Desiderius, even if some Frankish sources, such as the Einhardis annales,…

Chinese Model Dragon Kit

Back in October I picked up a couple of wooden model kits in a mall near the Drum Tower in Beijing. Yesterday my daughter and I finished the first one, an Imperial Chinese dragon (count the toes), brought to life by a talented but uncredited kitmaker. I built one of these kits, an apatosaurus, when…

Roman Coin Prank

For many years, the Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm was strictly a custodian and exhibitor of archaeological finds, performing no excavations of its own. Recently, however, its staff has resumed excavations on a small scale. The unusual nature of this fieldwork identifies it as inspired by post-modernist trends in museology. I have already blogged…

Favourite Things

My current ten favourite things: Books Boardgames Podcasts Tea Sunshine Archaeology Sleep Nookie Music E-mail And yours, Dear Reader?

Ocular Character Recognition

Ever since individual personal computers first came on-line in large numbers, they have been utilised as a huge opt-in distributed computing array by projects such as SETI at Home and Folding at Home. But there are information processing tasks that can be distributed yet are still impossible to perform with computers. The Stardust at Home…

Cosmic Miroslav Provod

I get a small amount of crank e-mail, and I usually don’t blog about it. In the case of Miroslav Provod, however, I’ve been mildly mailbombed for some time, and today he attached the above enigmatic image (titled “Kondenzátry 1″). Since his brand of whack physics is so whacky and also archaeology-related, I have now…

Watch That Windshield

I got my driver’s licence late, at age 22, because I wasn’t interested in cars and didn’t want to support automotive culture. When I finally did get myself a licence, it was because I was starting to feel embarrassed at being driven everywhere by my wife and my colleagues. I didn’t buy a car of…