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May Pieces Of My Mind #1

Learned a joke from a German on Twitter. It works in English as well. Q: What do you call a Nazi sitting on a high voltage cable? A: National resistance. Played “Hoochie Coochie Man” to Jrette to explain where the anonymous piano riff she uses as a ring tone comes from. And mightily did she…

April Pieces Of My Mind #2

The Christian Democrats dropping under the 4% cutoff for Parliament is a thing devoutly to be wished for in itself. But also, I just realised, if they do, then their votes will evaporate, losing the Right coalition a considerable part of their current majority. I feel really bad for people who don’t know what CTRL-Z…

April Pieces Of My Mind #1

I want my spell-checker word list to reside in the cloud so that I won’t have to start from scratch, adding names of Swedish provinces and archaeologists to the list, separately for each computer I work at. I’m tired of Star Trek and Star Wars. Let’s forget about them. The Space Odyssey took place 13…

March Pieces Of My Mind #2

Swedish Mail’s money transfer numbers usually have eight digits. My mother’s number has four. This is because the account was originally opened by her grandfather in 1925, shortly after the service started. Kipling was quite conservative in many things, but still a recurrent theme in his short stories is a deep sympathy for women who…

March Pieces Of My Mind #1

How come we have any idea of the diameter of the Oort cloud? And how does it relate spatially to the Kuiper belt? Ridiculous tiny Mac keyboard. No F keys, no delete key, tiny cursor movement keys. Research is a pretty open-ended activity that demands a certain amount of creativity. Among the many advantages of…

February Pieces Of My Mind #2

Started reading Jacobsen’s Midt i en klunketid, laughed helplessly on first page. Da. klunketiden literally means “the time of big tassels” and refers to a furnishing style of the 1880s and 90s. Dryden is hugely popular with badgers. It never ceases to annoy me that when application reviewers explain why they don’t think I should…

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…