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September Pieces Of My Mind #2

Planting a gingko and listening to early Black Sabbath. Sailboat owners around Älgö have a lot of trouble with their wind indicators. The local crows use them as merry-go-rounds, which messes them up. Me: “I am daft today.” Autocorrect: “I am Daddy Toast.” Friendly local fellow gladly gave us permission to stash our excavation gear…

September Pieces Of My Mind #1

Five years since my first teaching gig. Still temping today, still enjoying it, still think I should have a steady job. LinkedIn suggests that I might apply for a job as home language teacher of Kannada, a Dravidian language spoken in southern India. 15% of full time. Did Timothy Leary use TripAdvisor? Richard Bradley discusses…

August Pieces Of My Mind #3

I’m confused. For years and years this boy lived with me. Now instead there’s a tall young man studying engineering in Jönköping. I somehow helped make this happen. It’s strange to me. The most common surnames among my DNA relatives are Johansson, Nilsson and Persson. All three are among the ten most common surnames in…

August Pieces Of My Mind #2

I don’t get it, safe deposit boxes, Sw. bankfack. Are they a disappearing bank service? Do I know anyone under the age of 50 who has one? What do you guys keep there? Do you wonder if I’ve got my shit together? I’ll tell you. I have street maps of Helsinki from visits in 2002…

August Pieces Of My Mind #1

Reading Matt Ruff’s new novel about black Americans in the 50s. Annoyed to find that nothing in the dialogue would sound out of place if spoken by a white American sci-fi fan in 2017. Feared 45 would be the sort who gets the trains running on time and starts wars. Actually can’t get trains running…

July Pieces Of My Mind #3

“Ways of knowing” = alternative facts. I am on a WorldCon panel about the Medieval mind and fantasy literature. I just had the (unoriginal) idea to say that the High and Late Medieval aristocracy lived largely in an Arthurian fantasy world of their own creation. Last night a skinny cat came miaowing at our door.…

July Pieces Of My Mind #2

Los Alamos means “the poplars”. A friend lent me J.P. Hogan’s 1980 novel Thrice Upon A Time. It’s set in 2010 but has pre-PC “mini” computers the size of fridges, with text terminals and command-line interfaces. Four years before Neuromancer… 1970s computer designers: “What? You folks run your screens in graphics mode all the time?…

July Pieces Of My Mind #1

Swedish 1960s translation of the Game of Life. I just found a uranium mine. According to Boardgame Geek, there are 13,879 better boardgames than this. I bought a Kindle and I like it. Better than reading on my phone. No screen glare. Weeks between recharges. Bigger page. As a boy I was shocked to learn…

June Pieces Of My Mind #3

It would be quite nice if writers feared for their lives over the difference between publishing city and printing city in bibliographies. Then they would be more motivated to get it right. My parents are great. They’ve got so much hiking gear, at 74 they still know exactly where they keep it, and they’re happy…

June Pieces Of My Mind #2

Boiled cauliflower is bland and boring. But try slicing it and baking it at a high temperature in the oven with oil and salt. Good stuff! Archaeoscience friends! The other day when I was feeling happy I had the idea that you guys should develop a method to measure lifetime happiness in human bone. Preferably…