Archives for February, 2009

Unsuccessfully Greening Public Transport

Skiing Break was action packed for the kids. Monday museum, Tuesday playland, Wednesday skiing with grampa, Thursday swimming, Friday museum & puppet theatre and a museum-organised LAN party for the 10-y-o. Yesterday’s museum was the Public Transport Museum which shares an entrance and a ticket with the Toy Museum. Lots of buses and trams, including…

From my buddy Jonas Nordin, retiring head editor of Sweden’s main historical journal, a well-argued paper about the problems of applying bibliometric assessments and Open Access practices in the humanities. Historisk tidskrift, present and future Reflections on readers’ reactions, bibliometrics and Open Access In this article the author recounts his experiences as editor of Historisk…

With Juniorette at the Playland

I never thought I’d be writing about Iron Age political geography at a place called Andy’s Playland. It’s Skiing Break, and because of preparations for our recent move my wife and I never got round to booking accommodations up north as we often have in recent years. This week, instead we take turns with the…

New Photo Book on Abandoned Buildings

Now and then I blog about abandoned tree houses. But of course, real large houses are even more fascinating in their extended boundary state between dwelling and archaeological site (as I wrote about in January ’06). I recently read a new book (in Swedish) about abandoned houses: Svenska ödehus, finely written by Sven Olov Karlsson…

Great New Eclectic Folk Pop

Back in 2006 I gave Silver, the then latest album from Philadelphia folk rockers Maggi, Pierce and E.J., a rave review. Since then the band has put out a collection of covers, a documentary DVD, a side-project duo album, and last fall a new trio album mainly of original songs. I just bought it, and…

The BBC’s global tech news show Digital Planet reports from Belém in Brazil on a rootsy version of the new business model that’s likely to supersede the traditional music industry. It’s musical sneakernet. Since the invention of sound recording, musicians (and to an even greater extent, record companies) have made their money by putting out…

Best Reads of 2008

Looking for a good book? Here are my best reads in English of 2008. Will in the World. How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare. Stephen Greenblatt 2004. The great man in his historical context. Casino Royale. Ian Fleming 1953. Finely written about the greatest secret agent of them all. The Enquiries of Doctor Eszterhazy. Avram Davidson 1975.…

Mais Non, Mais Non

With thanks to Dear Reader Shelley, here’s a 1969 French cover version of the Muppets’ famed song: “Mais non, mais non”, as written and sung by Henri Salvador.

Archaeology Magazine’s Spring Issue

My favourite stories in Archaeology Magazine’s spring issue: J.T. Milanich on the practicalities, and the unforeseen hassle, of re-burying a collection of Native American skeletons he excavated in the 1980s before his recent retirement. E.A. Powell on some fake “Atlantean” ruins built into a Dubai luxury hotel that will one day make a very strange…

Let’s Turn The Population Trend

Imagine that you’re ten years old, you’ve got a cageful of gerbils and your weekly allowance is just big enough to feed five of them. If one of the females pops out a brood of pups, you’re in trouble. You can either try to weedle a bigger allowance out of your parents, try to give…