Archives for October, 2009

Auditioning to Replace Freddie Mercury

The other day Dr. Isis made comment no 10,000 here on Aard. Lucky it wasn’t one of the hate commenters that swarmed the blog around that time! Because the prize I decided on for commenter 10^4 was a song, and it could have become awkward. Now, If you want to hear me do a Queen…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The seventy-eighth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Paddy K’s Swedish Extravaganza. Catch the best recent blogging on archaeology and anthropology! Submissions for the next carnival will be sent to me. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to me for hosting. The next vacant hosting slot is…

The Swedish Research Council just released the list of researchers who are getting funding this year. The following archaeological projects are on the list. Ingela Bergman: Trade, trade routes and Sami settlements — socio-economic networks in northern Sweden AD 1000-1500. Gunilla Eriksson: Individual relationships — cultural diversity and interaction in Neolithic Poland. Henrik Gerding: Lateres…

Weekend Fun

Friday night, I made tacos and chocolate chip cookies with my kids. Saturday, I attended the Imagicon 2 speculative fiction conference, chairing a panel on time travel and forming part of a panel on legal aspects of interstellar empires without faster-than-light travel. I also talked to loads of people and bought a 70s paperback edition…

Dr. Isis Makes 10,000th Aard Comment

Dr. Isis made the 10,000th comment here on Aard earlier today! Flatteringly, she said that I had made half the women on the Internet lose their shit. I simply know not my own strength. It took two years and almost ten months to get to 10,000. As her prize, I hereby offer to call the…

Misogynist?

The entry about the Fake Advertising Mom provoked a reaction I didn’t see coming. I said that pregnancy and nursing changes a woman’s body in plainly visible ways and that the fake moms in ads usually show no such signs, in addition to being too young to be realistic mothers of the children they’re photographed…

Four Stone Hearth: Call for Submissions

The 78th Four Stone Hearth blog carnival will run at Paddy K’s Swedish Extravaganza on Wednesday. Submit great recent stuff to Paddy, your own or somebody else’s. Anything anthro or archaeo goes! The carnival needs hosts. The next open slot is on 4 November. Drop me a line!

Fake Advertising Mom

Autumn is starting to get nasty in Sweden, and immediately the Fake Advertising Mom pops up on billboards and in magazines. Sometimes she’s even part of a Fake Advertising Family. Here’s what I mean. I don’t claim 100% accuracy, but I believe I can usually tell on sight whether a woman has given birth and…

Anti-Monarchist

Last night somebody googled the phrase “martin rundqvist republikan” and ended up here on my blog. Note the K: this person probably didn’t wonder if I’d vote for Sarah Palin. They wondered what I think about the Swedish constitution, which provides the country with a decorative king. Outside the US, “republican” means “anti-monarchist”. And yes,…

My House is a Wasp Condom

I lost the battle against the wasp nest: no matter how many workers I vacuumed, it still hung on. And now our house is full of groggy young queen wasps. It seems that the last thing a wasp nest does before shutting down for good is discharge a bunch of queens who will hibernate and…