Archives for January, 2011

Five Mountain Names

Mount Everest: named after Colonel Sir George Everest (1790-1866), British Surveyor General of India. K2: an early land-surveyor’s shorthand notation, used because nobody lived near enough to the mountain for it to have a local name. Himmelbjerget: “Mount Heaven”, 147 meters above sea level. Denmark’s highest point is in fact Møllehøj, “Windmill Barrow”, at 171…

Dismember a chicken and boil it in pan #1 until tender. Boil it with onion + carrot + garlic clove, all split, and bay leaf + salt. In pan #2, melt a few tablespoons of butter and whisk 0.4 dl of wheat flour into it. Add 5 dl of the chicken broth from pan #1,…

Recent Archaeomags

I’m very pleased to have made it back onto the courtesy subscription list of Current Archaeology, which is a popular zine about UK archaeology. Not only does it offer good writing and photography, but it covers an area whose archaeology is actually relevant to what I do. Not too many millennia ago you could walk…

Union Depot, Duluth

Upon hearing that I’m going to Minnesota, my excellent detectorist buddy Kenth Lärk sent me some scans of postcards from Duluth that his emigrant uncle sent home to Sweden in the early 1910s. I particularly like this image of the 1892 Union Depot, as the architecture is similar to that of the station houses along…

Lilac-Coloured Concrete Hogbacks

I don’t know about you, Dear Reader, but I think these lilac-coloured concrete hogbacks outside of the Nacka Forum mall’s rear entrance look extremely gay. As Azar Habib put it in his hit “Hatten Är Din”, Det tycker vi blir bögigt.

Game Review: Cave Troll

Dungeon Crawl as Subway Punk-Gang Standoff Everybody knows what a dungeon game is. There’s this underground complex of rooms and corridors, stocked with traps and secret doors, treasures and meanies to guard them. And you are a member (or all of the members) of a Tolkienesque band of vagabonds who descend into the underground, torch…

De-Lurk

It’s been almost a year since the last de-lurk. Aard has hundreds of regulars, thousands if we adopt a generous definition of “regular”, and most of you are lurkers — quiet readers who don’t say much. So, everybody, please comment away, as briefly or verbosely as you like, and do consider telling us a little…

The current issue of Vanity Fair (#606, February 2011) has an interesting piece on the collaboration between Wikileaks, the Guardian and other old media. On page 110 we’re told that Wikileaks is “partly hosted on a server in Sweden that is lodged in a former nuclear bunker drilled deep inside the White Mountains”. This confused…

Fornvännen’s summer issue (2010:2) is now on-line and available to anyone who wants to read it. Check it out! Kalle Sognnes looks in commendable detail at a rock art site in wooded central Sweden and demonstrates that contrary to previously voiced opinions, it does not much resemble Norwegian rock art in its style. He suggests…

Sweden Has Antivaxers Too

Noted skeptical author and podcaster CJ Åkerberg takes a look at one of the most active and visible anti-vaccine cranks in Sweden, Sanna Ehdin, and at the history of vaccination. The entry was originally published in Swedish on the Tankebrott blog, and I asked CJ to translate it for Aard. In Sweden we have been…