Archives for June, 2009

[More blog entries about wheretheactionis, rockfestival, Sweden, duffy, magicnumbers, jennywilson, elperrodelmar, musik, rock, pop; musik, rock, pop, rockfestival, wheretheactionis, duffy, jennywilson, magicnumbers, elperrodelmar.] Second day of a rainy festival. This time I had the best of company: my wife joined me to hear Duffy. But we started out with excellent popsters the Magic Numbers. Good…

[More blog entries about wheretheactionis, rockfestival, Sweden, pixies, seasicksteve, missli, musik, rock, pop; musik, rock, pop, rockfestival, wheretheactionis, pixies, missli, seasicksteve.] I spent yesterday afternoon and evening at a rock festival out near the university. I arrived early through pouring rain to scope the place out, wearing my army surplus rain cape and southwester and…

A month ago news of a wreck found in Sweden’s largest lake, Vänern, made the rounds of international media. The story gained traction by an early mention of Viking ships and weapons found alongside the wreck. Finder Roland Peterson from the Väner Museum now explains that though the ship-building technique used in the wreck was…

Cultural Evolution

Dear Reader CCBC disagrees with me regarding cultural evolution. Here’s my thinking, briefly. Cultures are different from each other and change over time. New cultural traits seldom arise for well-thought-out adaptive reasons: most are just made up capriciously. Not all cultural traits are adaptive, i.e. conducive to the long-term survival of a culture in a…

In My Earbuds Lately

Here are some excellent albums I’ve been listening to lately on my trusty smartphone. If you’re into power pop, alternative rock, US folk and psychedelia, then check them out! Brendan Benson. Alternative to Love. 2005. Grand Duchy. Petits Fours. 2009. It’s Frank Black and his wife Violet Clark! Love, Peace and Poetry – Asian Psychedelic…

Humanities Have No Important Issues

A seminar in Stockholm tomorrow will treat the question, “What are the most important unanswered questions in the humanities and social sciences?”. In my opinion, the most important ones are “How can peace, prosperity and democracy be established in countries where they are lacking?”. And historian Arne Jarrick (whom I met last week at Alan…

No Meaning to Life

Why are we here? Why do we live? What is the meaning of life? These questions are poorly phrased as neither “why” nor “meaning” has a distinct definition. To begin with “why”, it can refer either to the cause of something happening or the purpose for which something was done by an agent. Causality vs.…

Kai and Anneli recently gave us a very welcome present: a cast of a lion mask from the Peerless Palace in Stockholm. North European Baroque is such a weird and lovely style. The wreck of the Vasa is a prime example, and there’s a lot of it on the facades of houses in the Old…

Weekend Fun

The way I like to lead my life is basically Epicurean: “Epicurus believed that the greatest good was to seek modest pleasures in order to attain a state of tranquility and freedom from fear as well as absence of bodily pain through knowledge of the workings of the world and the limits of our desires.”…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The sixty-eighth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Remote Central. 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 29 July. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to me for…