Archives for March, 2009

Gothic Confusion

Dear Reader Derek asks, Perhaps you can help me out here. For years I’ve been confused as to whether “Goths”, “Geats”, and “Jutes” are the same people with different spellings, related people with different spellings, or different people with coincidentally-similar names. Also, where “derek” (or “dietrich”, or “teodric”) comes from. Is it goth, or hun,…

Mapping Swedes and Geats

How the mighty have fallen. I used to do all my plans and maps in a hard-core CAD program using a digitising tablet, but then WinXP came along and my mid-90s software would no longer run. For years now I’ve been tracing maps onto translucent film with a pencil, scanning them and editing them in…

Stockholm Blogmeet 9 March

It’s time for a blogmeet! On Monday 9 March at 17:30 I want to see you guys at Akkurat on Hornsgatan 18 in Stockholm. This place offers an awe-inspiring selection of rare ales and malt whiskeys, and serves great mussels. Please make your intention to be there known in a comment! Chances are you’ll meet…

ARKHAM, MA–Arguing that students should return to the fundamentals taught in the Pnakotic Manuscripts and the Necronomicon in order to develop the skills they need to be driven to the very edge of sanity, Arkham school board member Charles West continued to advance his pro-madness agenda at the district’s monthly meeting Tuesday. “Fools!” said West,…

Gonzo Investment Suggestion

Eight years ago I sold half an apartment to my former wife and found myself, for the first time, with a sum of money to invest. I did what conventional wisdom recommended at the time: stuck all the money into a mutual fund. I chose an “ethical” one, that doesn’t invest in the arms trade…

Beer Geek Website

When I give talks about Internet subcultures I like to say that I could devote the entire talk to on-line forums for retired Spanish-speaking transvestites. That’s how niched groups a global communication network makes possible. Myself, I’m on a Swedish site for skeptics, a US site for science bloggers and two sites for boardgame geeks…

The 2008 Open Laboratory anthology collecting last year’s best science blogging is now available on paper and for download. I’m not featured this year, but I was one of the judges, and I can tell you there’s some great stuff in there. Jennifer Rohn of Mind the Gap put it all together. Buy one for…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The sixty-first Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at the Moore Group Blog. 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 25 March. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to…

Elusive Randomness

Computers are built to preserve information, not to be creative, and certainly not to be random. Therefore it is a problem to get a really random number into a computer when you need one. A common source, looking at the hundredth of seconds in the computer’s clock, is not all that good as it leads…