Archives for November, 2008

Anthro Blog Carnival

The fifty-fourth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Moneduloides. Catch the best recent blogging on archaeology and anthropology! Submissions for the next carnival will be sent to me. The next open hosting slot is on 17 December. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to me for hosting.…

Commanding English

So you’re the principal of an English-language high school in Stockholm, Sweden. And you decide to put some serious money into an advertising campaign in the city’s subway. Now, you want to express what we in Sweden call att behärska engelska, “learning English really well”. And that’s when the idea hits you: “I’m gonna say…

A Blurred Pornographic Vision, Sir

Here’s a brand new and particularly fine piece of world-weary goth rock from prolific Uppsala decadents Kurtz. Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you “Sex Cult 10“. And don’t miss the band’s RSS feed!

Email Ghosts

I correspond with a lot of people and my email program remembers them all. Every time I type in the first few letters of an address, Thunderbird suggests a list of people it thinks I might want to write to. The software of course knows nothing about what goes on in the world around it,…

Here’s a grim thought about the environment. There is no way of life for humans on Earth that is ecologically sustainable for a global population of more than a billion. Our per capita environmental footprint doesn’t really matter at this stage. If we retain our current population and return to a Palaeolithic lifestyle, we’re still…

I accompanied my son’s new class to the Stockholm Museum of Technology today. An investment — it’s good for me to get to know everybody, and it’s good for Junior that everybody knows me as a present and available dad. At the museum, just about the first thing I saw was the XO laptop, about…

Non-Chicken Laid First Chicken Egg

What came first, the chicken or the egg? Easy, you say, eggs were laid by other animals aeons before the first chicken saw the light of day. But what came first, the first chicken egg or the first chicken? This boils down to whether a chicken egg is one laid by a chicken or one…

Wikipedia Academy, Lund

I’m at the first Swedish Wikipedia Academy conference in Lund. Yesterday I did a talk on inclusionism vs. deletionism (vs. mergism) on the online encyclopedia (text available on-line in Swedish). Above is my audience who asked a lot of questions and were nice & friendly. Most participants are not themselves Wikipedians, they’re largely librarians and…

Respectful Vandals

Here’s some characteristically excellent photography by my friend Lars of Arkland. He’s recently moved to Visby on Gotland, a big old limestone slab in the Baltic Sea, where he’s the Hauptnetzmeister of the National Heritage Board. The funny thing about the above picture is that it shows young vandals/graffiti artists to have a conscious and…

Tåby Figurine

Last Thursday I went to Norrköping and checked out the Town Museum‘s collection of prehistoric metalwork. Most of it is decontextualised, but I did manage to collect some useful data on the movements of my 1st Millennium aristocrats across Östergötland. Among the things I handled was, unexpectedly, the Tåby statuette. It’s a stray find from…