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February Pieces Of My Mind #1

Listened to this guy on In Our Time who had a particularly unattractive verbal tick that I’ve come across now and then. When other people get a question and need to think before replying, they will go “errr”, “well” etc. This guy sighed in a pained and exasperated way every time. I guess this really…

January Pieces Of My Mind #2

Rare religion sighting: we put up two charming Iraqi ladies for the night because of a friend’s birthday party, and they turned out to be Mandaeans, Gnostic believers in John the Baptist as Messiah. One of my best old friends calls me, grieving, and tells me his old roomie died this morning of cancer. Age…

January Pieces Of My Mind #1

My wife and I were congratulating ourselves on how nicely we (unlike others) had cleaned up after our fireworks last night. Then we realised that actually, most of the contents of those fireworks packages we didn’t clean up at all. We used rockets to shoot the stuff into the sky, later to land randomly on…

December Pieces Of My Mind

I wonder if Chuck Berry likes death metal. Windows 8 is amazingly bad. It’s so complicated and sluggish that it has to display a progress bar when you delete or move a file locally. Interesting ethno-political misunderstanding, all my fault. Chinese Swedish dude says he doesn’t like the traditional Swedish Christmas buffet. I agree with…

November Pieces Of My Mind

Once when I was a kid I read in the paper that Elvis had stolen black people’s music and sold it to the whites. What an incredibly racist perspective. Archaeologists have it easy at Hallowe’en parties. No need to dress up: just be a grave robber and come as you are. You know you’re not…

October Pieces Of My Mind

From Current Archaeology #284: “The ‘Great Hall’ was entirely excavated in 2012, and represents one of the largest structures of its type”. Cf. “Dr. Rundkvist belongs to one of the handsomest archaeologists in his generation.” The reason that there are no Neanderthal sites in Sweden is apparently that the Romans never invaded the area. Guy…

September Pieces Of My Mind

I put the business part of my electric shaver in methylated spirits for half an hour. Loads of organic gunk sloughed off of it. Now I know where half of my face has been all these years. Neighbour from Afghanistan describes his interpreter gig with refugee children & teens in Sweden. They’re traumatised and violent…

August Pieces of My Mind

I’m not saying that my mind is particularly august. First Aid Kit rule. And are godless: “There’s one life and it’s this life and it’s beautiful” After listening to Ken & Robin’s latest podcast episode I did some reading on Joan of Arc and Gilles de Rais. The mind boggles at the idea of a…

July Pieces Of My Mind

Sad case in my municipality of date rape made worse by fathering fail. 20-y-o guy coerces 15-y-o girl to blow him by threatening to tell her dad they’re together. Good dads are who you run to when somebody tries to blackmail you. A publicist offers me to review the latest in a popular series of…

June Pieces Of My Mind

Wait a minute. Did I just win my first competition for an advertised teaching job? In ten years of applying for them? I kind of feel the bedrock under my feet slipping. A chapter of my life ended on 12 June. 13½ years ago I began taking my son to daycare. Ever since, I have…