Archives for January, 2010

Sourdough and Sunflower Seeds

We rarely buy bread. Instead I bake. Tonight’s production involved a 5-day sour dough and a bag of roasted sunflower seeds. Pretty good, though I overestimated the amount of salt on the seeds and overcompensated. The sour dough was just for flavour: I can’t wait for a proper lactobacillum leavening, so I put yeast in.…

Swedes Do, Normal People Don’t

Writes Dear Reader Bruce Paulson of Gillett, Wisconsin: Your article the other day about rutabagas whet my appetite so on Friday I went to the local grocery store with a friend who was staying for supper. I unloaded three of them at the checkout counter where a teenage clerk started to examine them for an…

Weekend Fun

Here’s what I did for fun this past weekend. Watched Avatar. Had a dim sum dinner. Chucked out the Christmas tree, lopped off the branches and kept the trunk to bring to my dad’s place for firewood. (This doesn’t sound like fun? Well, my life consists of fun, work and chores, and anything related to…

Avatar and the Gaia Hypothesis

[More blog entries about movies, avatar, tolkien, gaiahypothesis; film, avatar, tolkien, gaiahypotesen.] Today my mind was blown by James Cameron’s sf film Avatar in full-colour 3D. Some spoilers follow.

Hoards and Offerings

Härnevi vicarage, Uppland. Large collection of bronzes, c. 600 BC. Packed into a belt box, wrapped in a leather garment and deposited in wetland. Found in 1902 during drainage digging. In my work, I really prefer writing over reading, and in order to profit as much as possible from my reading while I remember it,…

Anthro Blog Carnival

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

Made It Into Open Lab ’09

The Open Laboratory is an annual anthology of blog writings on science started by Bora over at A Blog Around the Clock. I was very proud to get pieces selected for the 2006 and 2007 volumes, and then I was miffed to not make the cut for the 2008 one. But now I’m proud again,…

Skiing in Sunshine on Lake Ice

I just had to swap two hours of daytime work for two hours of evening free time and get out on Lake Lundsjön with my skis. It’s amazing, seeing the cliffs where we sim and sun bathe in the summers, but from an otherwise unreachable vantage point two meters above the water’s surface!

The 84th Four Stone Hearth blog carnival will run at the A Primate of Modern Aspect on Wednesday. Submit great recent stuff to Modern Primate, 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…

I support labour unions. Worker solidarity is the only way to keep wages above the barest subsistence level when you’re working for an employer who wishes to maximise profit. I haven’t been a union member myself for many years, though. The reason is that there is nothing a union can do for me. On an…