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March Pieces Of My Mind #1

A great thing about a cross-country skiing holiday is that you don’t feel any obligation to make good use of the ski-lift money you’ve paid. Because you haven’t. Gene drives. Amazing, potentially scary piece of science news. Insert code to actively edit the next generation’s genome into the current genome. In order to comment on…

February Pieces Of My Mind #3

Couldn’t quite catch a word in an old Blur song. Turned out to be “jumbojet” with the stress placed on the wrong syllable. JumBOjet. Grötrimslyriker, as we say in Swedish. The Swedish Anti-Theft Association offers tags for keyrings. You put the tag on your keyring and pay an annual fee, and then if someone finds…

February Pieces Of My Mind #2

Nalin Pekgul: “Us Muslim immigrants used to invite Jehovah’s Witnesses to practise our Swedish”. Movie: Sweden, Heaven and Hell. Hilariously over the top Italian exploitation mockumentary about late-60s Sweden that manages to tell volumes about Italy instead. Narration similar to the closing voice-over in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Relentless blonde breast flaunting throughout.…

February Pieces Of My Mind #1

Me and Cecilia von Heijne have just submitted our paper on the coins from Skällvik Castle to a numismatic journal. Yay! Current Swedish Archaeology has just published my enthusiastic review of Cecilia Ljung’s doctoral thesis on 11th century burial monuments. Well done, Doctor! Danish is such a badass language. It’s got words like skaktavlkvadre — note…

January Pieces Of My Mind #3

Stockholm municipality’s high school authority is running an ad on Fb saying “Do not enrol your kid in the science programme. Consider vocational programmes instead. Like the cook programme.” Wtf?! Ads for wristwatches. Guys, I have a mobile phone, OK? I’m going to assume for the next few years that most Americans are basically like…

January Pieces Of My Mind #2

I just wrote a long drinking song in Swedish for the Stockholm Tolkien Society’s 5 x 9th anniversary. The first line translates to “Thranduil in Mirkwood imports beverages”. Like most archaeologists I use Academia.edu to share my work, but I have a somnolent placeholder account on ResearchGate as well. They keep pestering me to engage…

January Pieces Of My Mind #1

The introductions to academic paper anthologies often consist of descriptions of the contents. I never read them. That information is in the title to each contribution. Pointless. H.G. Wells became public domain on 1 January! My new project is writing a Latin grammar in Pidgin English. Have you ever been to a Yule Spruce Looting…

December Pieces Of My Mind #3

If you’re a bricklayer with unusually high qualifications, being unemployed is frustrating. But very few customers in the construction business make any kind of public promise to always employ the most qualified bricklayer. Now imagine that they did. Imagine that it were illegal for builders to employ anyone but the most qualified bricklayer. And imagine…

December Pieces Of My Mind #2

Would it be cruel and unusual to wake Cousin E with a rousing rendition of the Brigands’ Song from the Ronja movie? Went to the snow-covered golf course, sat down in the moon shadow of a spruce tree at the edge of the fairway, watched until I had seen three meteors, went home. Place-name scholar…

December Pieces Of My Mind #1

OK so Google Inbox is excellent and I use it all the time. Takes so much of the stress out of e-mail. But I wonder, when are we getting Google Imbolc? Hehe. This Swedish author intends to talk about the actions of the Medieval aristocracy, instead puts “their acting”. And his language reviewer does nothing…