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June Pieces Of My Mind #2

Dropping off Jrette at sailing camp for her 2nd summer. Just like her brother in ’09. Just like me in ’86. Heard new interviews with Andy Weir and Larry Niven on Planetary Radio. I love the Internet! Kelley Johnston on self-defense training for daughters: “I’d rather bail you out of jail than identify you at…

June Pieces Of My Mind #1

One of the synths on Gentle Giant’s “The Boys In The Band” sounds like mp3 glitches. Very soon my commuter train will enter a many-years-long period of refurbishment chaos. It’s going to be a hassle. But I just feel excited about it. Something new along some of the most well-trodden and least pretty paths of…

May Pieces Of My Mind #3

This writer knows what glass cutters are for but doesn’t know what they look like. She’s having somebody behead plastic dolls with one. You know suits of ‎armour‬? Almost all are Early Modern LARPing costumes for festive tournaments. Not ‎Medieval‬, not used in battle. Not having any teaching gig this semester is straining my finances.…

May Pieces Of My Mind #2

My selective breeding programme for a future master race is producing good results. Jrette just beat her entire class (admittedly, a class selected for musical ability) at the national maths test. Meanwhile her brother is using seven programming languages while his classmates are learning one. Have you heard Clint Eisteddfod’s new album, Good, Bad and…

May Pieces Of My Mind #1

Unpleasant discovery. I’ve known for a long time that looking at the age of people who get lectureships in Scandy archaeology, the third quartile is at 46. In other words, 75% of all the jobs are given to people aged 46 or less. But now I’ve looked at the contents of the fourth quartile. And…

April Pieces Of My Mind #3

Happy archaeo-dad pastime: Jrette helped me enter the humongous tables of stats on rock art from Mats Malmer’s 1981 book into a computer spreadsheet, and we checked his sums, finding them all to be correct. Funny how common it is even for educated people to believe that the Vikings would send their dead out to…

April Pieces Of My Mind #2

Is there any HBTQ aware research in heterocyclic chemistry? I don’t like goat’s cheese. As far as I’m concerned the goats could just stop making it. Josh Homme always impresses me. Ticking boxes for the upcoming fieldwork season, feels good. Landowners at two high-profile sites have given their permission. Both permit applications sent to the…

April Pieces Of My Mind #1

Slussen, “the Lock”, an enormous 1930s concrete structure built to organise an 8-way road crossing in central Stockholm, is headed for replacement and the really big demolition bout is drawing near. Exciting! And an opportunity for looooads of really interesting urban contract archaeology! In Chrétien de Troyes’ Yvain, the hero goes nuts and an hermit…

March Pieces Of My Mind #3

Untouched WW2 resistance arms cache found in a cave near Bergen. Sadly no archaeological involvement. Everything dealt with by police explosives experts. Greek Western heroine: Kalamata Jane. So annoying when people write about patently incorrect beliefs held in the past or in far parts of the world as “knowledge”. They’re going to drill cores of…

March Pieces Of My Mind #2

Pretty groovy example of restaurant spelling the other day: “A là cartè”. ”From what black wells of Acherontic fear or feeling, from what unplumbed gulfs of extra-cosmic consciousness or obscure, long-latent heredity, were those half-articulate thunder-croakings drawn?” I know I’ve said this before, but it is such a remarkable fact that it bears repeating. Dungeons…