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2014 Castle Excavation Reports

Things are coming together with the post-excavation work for last summer’s castle investigations so I’m putting some stuff on-line here. I’ve submitted a paper detailing the main results to a proceedings volume for the Castella Maris Baltici symposium in Lodz back in May. There are no illustrations in the file, but you’ll find all you…

Nine Years Of Blogging

I’ve been blogging for a bit more than nine years now, and today Aard turns eight! Traffic for Oct, Nov, Dec has been ~450 daily readers. Dear Reader, is there anything you’d like me to write about?

In My Earbuds Lately

Here are some good albums that I’ve been listening to lately. Dowling Poole – Bleak Strategies (2014). For all who miss the later Beatles and the Super Furry Animals. GOAT – World Music (2012). Eclectic psychedelia with screamy female vocals and bongos! GOAT – Commune (2014). Again! Mahavishnu Orchestra – The Inner Mounting Flame (1971).…

Best Reads of 2014

Here are my best reads in English during 2014. My total was 49 books and 14 of them were e-books. Find me at Goodreads! In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build a Perfect Language. Arika Okrent 2009. Redshirts. John Scalzi 2012. Space…

December Pieces Of My Mind #1

Anglophones, why do you say “might” instead of “may” when expressing uncertainty? If you’re certain, you say “I’ll eat some bread”. If uncertain, you sometimes just say “I may eat some bread”. But usually you form a needless subjunctive, “I might eat some bread”. Sometimes you even use this mode to express certainty! I sometimes…

It’s been a busy couple of days with a lot of publicity. Monday morning a paper I’ve co-authored with my friend, geophysics specialist Andreas Viberg, was published in the on-line version of Archaeological Prospection. For reasons of scientific priority (which I myself like to establish by spilling everything I do onto the blog immediately) I’ve…

November Pieces Of My Mind #2

This chocolate praline contains something that looks and smells like shampoo. Apparently it’s flavoured with elderflower extract. Jrette prints out song lyrics and fixes them to the outside of the shower cubicle as aids to singing in the shower. I’m kind of OK with most subcultural dress codes. But I really gotta say: young men…

Karate In A Hijab

Here’s an interesting case regarding Muslim women’s veils. They’re instruments or symbols of patriarchal repression, right? Well, check this out. Dania Mahmudi is from my area, Fisksätra. She’s 14 years old and wears a veil. Mahmudi has been practising karate for years. Two weeks ago she went with her club to the district championship, eager…

Pompeii situations, where daily life at a settlement has suddenly and catastrophically been terminated and the site has then been abandoned, are extremely rare and extremely informative. As has recently been discovered, the Sandby fortified settlement on the island of Öland offers a Pompeii situation from about AD 500. The settlement has been attacked, its…

Boardgaming Retreat

I spent last weekend at the annual boardgaming retreat organised by my friend Oscar. This was my fifth retreat, and I enjoyed it greatly. Oscar negotiates a good off-season all-inclusive deal for 25 of us at a small rural hotel, and then we spend two days gaming and sharing meals. People bring huge numbers of…