Archives for December, 2009

Smarter Grocery Shopping

Today I did something that, had I been a truly rational consumer, I would have done 20 years ago. Fisksätra has two grocery stores. One is a big chain store and the other is a typical turkbutik, a mom’n’pop store run by immigrants from the Near East. Whenever possible, I have favoured the little store.…

Peter Köhler Show

My brother-in-law Peter Köhler is not only a very nice guy, but also a successful artist. He regularly exhibits his work at Magnus Karlsson’s gallery, one of Stockholm’s most prestigious venues. Peter’s next show there is scheduled for 9 Jan. through 7 Feb. and is titled “Black Magic”. “A study visit to the Museum of…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The eighty-third Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at the Primate Diaries. Catch the best recent blogging on archaeology and anthropology! Submissions for the next carnival will be sent to the keeper of A Primate of Modern Aspect. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to me for hosting.…

Is the Karmic Release Ubuntu’s Vista?

After six or seven weeks of Windows, I’ve finally gotten Ubuntu linux to run again. My installation crashed when I tried to upgrade on-line to the most recent version, Karmic. And then I couldn’t boot Karmic from a USB stick. I thought the copy on the stick had gone corrupt. Yesterday Tor lent me a…

The Sad Demise of Gildor the Elf

I suddenly came to think of my first character in a role-playing game. His name was Gildor, he was an elf and a “fighter” — I suppose he must have been a soldier actually — and he came to a sad end. I knew him only briefly. From age twelve to twenty-five I was an…

2009 Enlightener & Obscurantist Awards

The Swedish Skeptic Society‘s annual awards for 2009 were announced yesterday. Professor emeritus of ecological zoology Staffan Ulfstrand receives the Enlightener of the Year award, “… for his engrossing and pedagogical books about evolution [such as Savannah Lives: Animal Life and the Human Evolution of Africa] and his many pop-sci talks, particularly during the double…

Aard’s Third Blogiversary

I recently celebrated four years as a blogger. But disregarding what I was doing before I joined Sb, today marks Aard‘s third anniversary! It’s one of the older active blogs on the site: of the 55 that joined at various times in 2006, less than 39 see timely updates today. I’m still having fun and…

Fear of Time Travel

The blog entry I had been thinking about and repeatedly forgetting about came back to me. Turns out those story beginnings never went far because I had been thinking about situations where I probably wouldn’t survive for long. I’ve had this scary scenario playing in my head, while awake, for quite some time. First, imagine…

Four Stone Hearth: Call for Submissions

The 83rd Four Stone Hearth blog carnival will run at the Primate Diaries on Wednesday. Submit great recent stuff to Eric, your own or somebody else’s. Anything anthro or archaeo goes! The carnival needs hosts. It’s a great way to get some traffic and visibility in the anthro/archaeo bloggyspheroid. The next open slot is already…

Christmas

I’ve had this decent idea for a post popping up in my mind twice and then dropping out of it before I had a chance to write myself a note. It’s something about fragments, about beginnings of stories stacked onto each other like a collage. Or so I seem to remember. Maybe it will come…