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December Pieces Of My Mind #1

Anglophones, why do you say “might” instead of “may” when expressing uncertainty? If you’re certain, you say “I’ll eat some bread”. If uncertain, you sometimes just say “I may eat some bread”. But usually you form a needless subjunctive, “I might eat some bread”. Sometimes you even use this mode to express certainty! I sometimes…

November Pieces Of My Mind #2

This chocolate praline contains something that looks and smells like shampoo. Apparently it’s flavoured with elderflower extract. Jrette prints out song lyrics and fixes them to the outside of the shower cubicle as aids to singing in the shower. I’m kind of OK with most subcultural dress codes. But I really gotta say: young men…

November Pieces Of My Mind #1

No, Kim Stanley Robinson, when two groups of characters meet and tell each other what they’ve gone through recently under the reader’s watchful eye, you shouldn’t write that dialogue. Because the reader already knows. Back when my father-in-law the engineer had just come to Sweden from China and worked as a waiter, he used to…

October Pieces Of My Mind #2

What are the best arguments to keep your home wifi password protected? I think it’s a pain in the ass. My retired neighbour makes prophecies of doom involving child pornographers standing around with laptops outside my fence, distributing contraband files and leaving me to do the jail time. I tell my students that the two…

October Pieces Of My Mind #1

The Relentless Babblings of the Darkmire Soothsayer: “And then there shall come a day when things will be lost and people won’t know where things really are and brothers will run away for absolutely no reason at all and fathers won’t know where other fathers are or where they once were. And friends will walk…

September Pieces Of My Mind #2

Did I just tell the students that “polysemic” refers to people who donate repeatedly to sperm banks? Surely not? In mid-70s Dungeons & Dragons, players would often bring their characters from one dungeon master and gaming group to another, effectively skipping between worlds. Unheard of in Swedish 80s and 90s gaming. Annoying: seeing that the…

September Pieces Of My Mind #1

Why you should never get a tattoo: it’s a fashion item that can never be upgraded. Imagine being forced to wear 1979 glasses all of your life from age 18 on. So boring to proofread hyphenation. Artists referenced in the sleeve notes to Goat’s first album: 1. Dan Andersson, 2. Boubacar Traoré. Jrette has excellent…

August Pieces Of My Mind #2

14 August marked 200 years of unbroken peace for Sweden. Eight generations. Most of us don’t even remember the name of the latest ancestor of ours who survived a war. Other people get moments of déjà vu. I get moments of dissociation, when Martin Rundkvist seems not to be me. Neat serendipitous combination of podcasts.…

August Pieces Of My Mind #1

Another good Swedish word: försoffad, literally “becouched”, of people who have grown lazy and passive. Do the Syndics of Cambridge syn with their dics? I’ve started writing an essay collection based on the routines I’ve developed for party conversations about archaeology with laypeople. It sometimes makes me nervous to see all the things we design…

July Pieces Of My Mind #2

I wonder how many head shops worldwide are called The Joint Venture. When friends of my kids cycle to our house, they always leave with their saddles yanked up a good bit. Because apparently other parents don’t notice when the kids grow too tall for their bike saddle setting. Finally figured out how the fuck…