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What Are You Waiting For?

I’m waiting to hear about jobs I’ve applied for in Norway and the UK. I’m waiting for responses to a few funding applications. I’m waiting for the snow to melt and the start of fieldwork season. Dear Reader, what are you waiting for?

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.

Octagonal Sauna

[More about architecture; arkitektur.] View from the west, 9 January. Back in November I blogged about how I helped put a roof on my dad’s octagonal sauna. A reader asked to see the plans of the building. And here, with my dad’s permission, are plans and elevations by architect Ulf Gillberg. Isn’t this pretty damn…

Saturday Sundries

My old buddy, Aard regular Hi33y, spotted something worth taking a picture of Tuesday night in Birmingham. Not only have I apparently been canonised, I am also the owner of a Brummie rag market! Yesterday at Landvetter airport near Gothenburg, I found a local wood-stove company demonstrating this fine gynaecological model. It’ll keep you warm…

What The…? Hey Death, That Was My Friend

I’m angry and confused. Death has never hit this close to home with me before. Anders was one of my best friends, a frequent guest at my table. I knew him for over 20 years. And now he’s dead at 45, apparently of a heart attack. I’m stunned and full of disbelief. By profession an…

Days On A Roof

My dad is building a guest house and an octagonal two-story sauna on the steep scarp from his house down to the sea. Things suddenly got very hurried, and I was called in as a building hand to help get the roof onto the sauna before winter. So in addition to a lot of travel,…

Dorrik Stow’s Vanished Ocean

In his fine new book Vanished Ocean, geologist Dorrik Stow uses the biography of one of our planet’s vanished oceans to teach the reader a wide range of veeery long-term perspectives on geological history. The ocean that geologists call the Tethys came into being when the Pangaea supercontinent coalesced in the Late Permian, 260 million…

Penetration and Statistical Normality

A thought about normal sexual behaviour. “Normal”, in the statistical sense, has nothing to do with “healthy” or “morally sound”. It simply means “the most common range of values in a variable”. Now, across all of child-bearing age humanity, what is the normal attitude to getting sexually penetrated? Is it yes please or no thanks?…

Inhabilitated

Universities in many European and Asian countries offer an upgrade to your PhD that turns the owner into a “habilitated doctor“, that is, someone who is allowed to teach PhD students. In Sweden, the recipient of the upgrade is called a docent, which is funny because “docent” means “museum guide” in US English. It’s not…

In February of 2007 I wrote about a giant sinkhole that had opened in Guatemala City. “The pit was emitting foul odors, loud noises and tremors, and a rush of water could be heard from its depths.” These sinkholes are the same kind of geological feature as similar to the cenotes into which the Maya…