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Friday Mushrooms

Has it really been almost four years since I blogged about mushrooms? This afternoon me and my wife repeated our September 8, 2010 expedition to the hills between Lakes Lundsjön and Trehörningen and picked almost a kilo of mushrooms in a bit more than an hour. We got: King bolete, Stensopp/Karl Johan, Boletus edulis Bay…

Sweden doesn’t have much of a written record for the Viking Period. We have most of the rune stones but hardly any of the sagas. And thus among Swedish Viking scholars it is not uncommon to be rather poorly read, like I am, in the eddas, the sagas and the other written sources of the…

Alboin and Cunimund in Hell

Back in 2012 we had a look at the first novel written in Swedish, 1666/68′s Stratonice by Urban Hiärne (1641-1724). He went on to become a high-ranking doctor, founded a hydrotherapeutic spa resort, was instrumental in putting an end to the Swedish witch hunts and fathered 26 children by his three wives. But before all…

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…

Pär Svensson of Kurtz, himself a rock guitarist with unbelievably eclectic musical tastes, pops in with a guest entry. Hello Cleveland! Martin asked me to review the debut album of his brother’s death metal outfit (as he put it), citing general unfamiliarity with the genre as a reason. Arguably he’s also lacking somewhat in the…

Most-played Boardgames of 2013

Here are the ten boardgames I played more than twice during 2013. Keltis (2008, travel version, very handy) * For Sale (1997) 7 Wonders (2010) Cave Troll (2002) * Galaxy Trucker (2007) * King of Tokyo (2011) * Kingdom Builder (2011) * Telestrations (2009) Fluxx (1997) * Tikal (1999)* These are mostly short games that…

Eight Years Of Blogging

I’ve been blogging for a bit more than eight years now, and today Aard turns seven. Traffic for late 2013 is ~600 daily readers, pretty low compared to the most recent peak at 1000 in early 2012. This is probably because of my lower posting frequency and because the URLs of individual older blog entries…

Birger’s Friday Link Roundup

Ikea’s typhoon rescue relief outguns China’s. Nope. Not surprised that their government does not care much. China Ends One-Child Policy. “Viking-age” ‘gold men’ unearthed in Sweden”. Actually, a bit older than the Vikings… When the workload grows too huge, I recommend a solution found in Terry Pratchett’s Pyramids. The pyramid engineer creates a time loop…

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…