Archives for May, 2009

The 68th Four Stone Hearth blog carnival will run at Remote Central on Wednesday. Submit your best recent stuff to Tim before Tuesday evening. Anything anthro or archaeo goes!

A friendly Englishman who recently settled in southern Sweden wrote me to ask how a law-abiding metal detectorist should go about getting a permit to pursue their hobby in this country. The first thing to understand is that the Swedish system makes it effectively impossible to metal detect on a whim while vacationing (unless you’re…

The Man Who Wasn’t There

Magnus Ljunggren has a lovely little piece about two Russian writers in today’s Svenska Dagbladet. 1. In fiction, a man who doesn’t exist. Yury Nikolaevich Tynyanov (1894-1943), a Latvian Jew, wrote the satirical novella Lieutenant Kijé (1927) about a non-existent military officer who gets entered into the rolls through a misunderstanding and rises through the…

I just got home from Alan Sokal’s talk at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on the outskirts of Stockholm. He was on the same stage where astronaut Christer Fuglesang spoke a year ago. The headline was “What is Science and Why Should We Care?”. Sokal’s reply to his first question was, briefly, that science…

Nose Balloon

[More blog entries about health, ears, cold; hälsa, öron, förkylning.] When she has a cold, my 5-y-o daughter often suffers temporary hearing loss. Her ears don’t get infected, there’s no pain or fever — she just can’t hear very well, sometimes for weeks. The reason is that the lining of her eustachian tubes becomes swollen,…

Geoshagging

Geocaching is a fun nerdy outdoors hobby where you hide tupperware under boulders in the woods and publish their GPS coordinates on the web for other geeks to go look for the tupperware. Sometimes when you look for geocaches in public spaces such as parks, you get funny looks from passing non-geocachers (“muggles”, in potteresque…

A headline caught my eye: “Archaeology in the Struggle for Jerusalem“. As usual when archaeology is used for political ends, it is actually subservient to written history in this case. In the Bustan neighbourhood of the Silwan precinct in East Jerusalem, the municipality of Jerusalem has ordered 88 buildings torn down. Most are inhabited by…

Three SciBlings Move

Three of my favourite SciBlings — Afarensis, John Wilkins of Evolving Thoughts and John Lynch of Stranger Fruit — have left the Mothership to set out on their own. All had been with Sb since 2006, none explained quite why they left. Find them at their new sites: Afarensis John Lynch: A Simple Prop John…

A lesson in Swedish from the mall at Sickla. Last = noun from the verb lasta, “to load”. In = in Fart = noun from the verb fara, “to travel”, cf. “wayfarer” and “fare thee well”. Load-in-travel. Delivery entrance.

Anthro Blog Carnival

The sixty-seventh Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Sorting Out Science. 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 15 July. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to me…