Dr. Martin Rundkvist is a Swedish archaeologist, journal editor, public speaker, chairman of the Swedish Skeptics Society, atheist, lefty liberal, board gamer, bookworm, and father of two.

January Pieces Of My Mind #3

Stockholm municipality’s high school authority is running an ad on Fb saying “Do not enrol your kid in the science programme. Consider vocational programmes instead. Like the cook programme.” Wtf?! Ads for wristwatches. Guys, I have a mobile phone, OK? I’m going to assume for the next few years that most Americans are basically like…

Sb Has 15 Active Blogs

A year ago I took a look at the surrounding landscape here at Sb, investigating which of the blogs were active – defined as which ones had seen an entry during the month up to 19 Jan ’16. Now I’ve looked at the month up to 24 Jan ’17. The result isn’t great. Four blogs…

The Opportunity rover landed on Mars thirteen Earth calendar years ago today, and it still works fine after driving ~44 km! This is the farthest any off-planet vehicle has gone so far. Oppy’s mate Spirit was mobile on the Red Planet for over five years and then functioned as a stationary science platform for another…

Fornvännen’s Summer Issue On-Line

Fornvännen 2016:2 is now on-line on Open Access. Ola George reports on a Migration Period chamber grave excavated at Björkå in Överlännäs parish, Ångermanland. Peter Persson surveys chamber graves in all of Västernorrland county. Ny Björn Gustafsson on radiocarbon-dated beeswax and metalworking on Viking Period Gotland. Gunnar Andersson et al. on a recent addition to…

January Pieces Of My Mind #2

I just wrote a long drinking song in Swedish for the Stockholm Tolkien Society’s 5 x 9th anniversary. The first line translates to “Thranduil in Mirkwood imports beverages”. Like most archaeologists I use Academia.edu to share my work, but I have a somnolent placeholder account on ResearchGate as well. They keep pestering me to engage…

January Pieces Of My Mind #1

The introductions to academic paper anthologies often consist of descriptions of the contents. I never read them. That information is in the title to each contribution. Pointless. H.G. Wells became public domain on 1 January! My new project is writing a Latin grammar in Pidgin English. Have you ever been to a Yule Spruce Looting…

2016 Enlightener & Deceiver Awards

The Swedish Skeptics have announced their annual awards for 2016. The Enlightener of the Year award is given to the science desk at Dagens Nyheter, a major newspaper. Science editor Maria Gunther and medicine reporter Amina Mansoor have made medicine and other science accessible in an initiated yet comprehensible way. Congrats Maria and Amina, well…

Most-played Boardgames of 2016

Here are the nine boardgames that I played more than thrice during 2016. The year’s total was 87 different games. Keltis (2008, travel version, very handy, and Cousin E loves its mathiness) Sechs nimmt / Category 5 (1994) Deception: Murder in Hong Kong (2014, like Clue + Werewolf) * Heimlich & Co. (1984) * Taluva…

Best Reads Of 2016

Here are my best reads in English during 2016. My total was 42 books and 13 of them were e-books. Find me at Goodreads! Dear Reader, what were your best reads of the year? The Detective. (Johannes Cabal #2.) Jonathan L. Howard 2010. Sardonically funny Ruritanian detective story. Bully for Brontosaurus. Stephen Jay Gould 1991.…

December Pieces Of My Mind #3

If you’re a bricklayer with unusually high qualifications, being unemployed is frustrating. But very few customers in the construction business make any kind of public promise to always employ the most qualified bricklayer. Now imagine that they did. Imagine that it were illegal for builders to employ anyone but the most qualified bricklayer. And imagine…