Archives for October, 2008

Arabic Brass Folding Tables

Here’s some Bedouin furniture and family history for y’all. To the left, a folding brass smoking table bought by my granddad Ingemar in Punjab, India, shortly before the Great Depression. Ingemar worked as a safety match salesman for Swedish industrialist Ivar Krüger, whom the Depression would make very depressed indeed. My granddad told lots of…

Pokémon and the Financial Crisis

A timely must-read: Kevin Nguyen explains the financial crisis to his kid sister using Pokémon cards as an analogy. Kevin: Imagine that I let you borrow $50, but in exchange for my generosity, you promise to pay me back the $50 with an extra $10 in interest. To make sure you pay me back, I…

Bookaholics Anonymous

From age 16 to 26 I was an active member of the Stockholm Tolkien Society (est. 1972). This charming association is organised around a schedule of annual feasts and a roster of themed activity guilds. There’s the Medieval Dance Guild, the Gaming Guild, the gluttonous Hobbit Guild, the erudite Friends of Daeron and many others.…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The fifty-first Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Clashing Culture. Archaeology and anthropology, and all from the perspective of mashpi’im! Mashpia (Hebrew: משפיע‎) lit. “person of influence,” pl. Mashpi’im (Hebrew: משפיעים‎) is the title of a rabbi or rebbetzin who serves as a spiritual mentor in Tomchei Temimim (the Chabad yeshiva), in a…

Irate Christian E-Mail

A rare piece of irate e-mail. Hi Mr. Rundkvist, This is Gregory from the US. I was reading your thoughts on Dr. Moller and the Exodus Case. You criticize Moller for not trying to disprove his hypothesis. Tell me; do evolutionists try to disprove their theory? You know they could if they tried. It is…

Astronomy Nerds In Love

Two of my favourite song writers have revealed themselves as astronomy nerds in love songs. Frank Black in “Sir Rockaby” (1994): How many stars girl Can you both count And then classify? I’m standing here in this big swirl Singing this lullaby Robert Schneider of the Apples in Stereo in “7 Stars” (2007): Seven stars…

Four Stone Hearth Call For Submissions

Everybody with an interest in anthropology and archaeology — it’s time to contribute good new blog entries to the forthcoming Four Stone Hearth blog carnival. You needn’t have written them yourself: if you’ve found something worth reading recently, submit it to Thomas at Clashing Culture.

Search Term Poetry

Extreme Tracking keeps a list of the most popular search terms that direct readers to this blog. Read in order from the most popular one down, they form the following quatrains. Aardvarchaeology nudity the Martin Rundkvist Chinese lyrics, molluscum and incest Sweden archaeology Blidmo Roger Lamprey contagiosum — what pop, Swedish emo Nude scintillating scotoma…

Why Am I Still Skinny?

I’m 36 and still as skinny as in my teens (BMI 20). Why is that, I have wondered. I have a desk job, I eat every three waking hours, I drink sweet tea and snack on cookies, I do no sports outside the marital bedroom, I scoff at gyms and jogging. Contributing factors to my…

Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

I bought two wooden model kits in Beijing last October. The kids and I finished the Imperial Dragon in late August. Since then, my daughter and I have worked on the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests (祈年殿) which forms part of the 15th century Temple of Heaven complex in Beijing. Now it’s completed, and…