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.

Sb Has 19 Active Blogs

I’m not a big blog reader, sad to tell, and I have almost no insight into what’s going on elsewhere in the science blogosphere including ScienceBlogs. But a few days ago I got curious about what the network I’m on is like these days, and I did some investigating. I was surprised by what I…

The Opportunity rover landed on Mars eleven Earth calendar years ago today, and it still works fine after driving ~42 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…

Festival Pregnancy

After my first marriage I briefly dated a stoner girl. She was sweet and mild-mannered, her conversation laggy. There was a sleepy micro-pause before each of her replies. She’d spent four years on social security in a Copenhagen squat, smoking pot as a full-time occupation, before moving back to Stockholm and finding a job. Here’s…

Fornvännen’s Summer Issue On-line

Fornvännen 2014:2 is now on-line on Open Access. Hans Göransson on Middle Neolithic vegetation history. Frans-Arne Stylegar reinterprets a famous Viking Period grave find with smith’s tools. Ronnie Carlsson & Christian Lovén on the urban parish churches of Medieval Uppsala. Anders G. Nord & Käte Tronner analyse the paint residues on Medieval church sculpture and…

Five years ago I blogged about a study by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education, identifying the higher education degrees that were likely to give you the best chances of a Swedish job in the period 2010-2020. This was because I complain a lot here on the blog about how useless a degree in…

January Pieces Of My Mind #1

From now on I’m not appending my CV with job applications any more. I’ll send a list of my LinkedIn endorsements instead. We’ve seen a series of arson attempts on Swedish mosques, almost certainly motivated by xenophobia and racism. A lot of good people are showing their solidarity with the country’s Muslims by sticky-taping paper…

Fornvännen’s Spring Issue On-line

Fornvännen 2014:1 is now on-line on Open Access. We’ve had trouble with our on-line archive for more than a month. This was because the UV units, Sweden’s largest contract archaeology organisation, moved from the umbrella of the National Heritage Board to that of the Swedish History Museum. The IT folks were super busy with the…

2014 Enlightener & Deceiver Awards

Last spring I stepped down from the chair and the editorial board of the Swedish Skeptics, but I remain an enthusiastic member of the association and we have a really strong executive board these days. Now they have announced the Swedish Skeptics’ annual awards for 2014. The Enlightener of the Year award is given to…

December Pieces Of My Mind #2

Sw. kujon “coward” is cognate with Sp. cojon “testicle”. Both go back to Lat. coleus “leather sack”. In the Swedish case the cowardly sense comes by way of a word for eunuch. I never did understand what exe2bin did. Wife: ”After I’ve been out running I always feel so good-looking!” Me: ”You mean running improves…

Most-played Boardgames of 2014

Here are the ten boardgames I played the most during 2014. Sechs nimmt / Category 5 (1994, gets swift intense buy-in even from non-gamers) * Innovation (2010) Magic: the Gathering (1993) * Plato 3000 (2012) * Keltis (2008, travel version, very handy) Glass Road (2013) * Archaeology: the Card Game (2007) * For Sale (1997)…