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Aardvarchaeology · 1d ago

August Pieces Of My Mind #2

I don’t get it, safe deposit boxes, Sw. bankfack. Are they a disappearing bank service? Do I know anyone under the age of 50 who has one? What do you guys keep there? Do you wonder if I’ve g...
Aardvarchaeology · 3d ago

Stop Prefixing with “So”

I was pleased to learn from Current Archaeology #330 (p. 65) that Chris Catling shares my distaste for the habit scientists have recently picked up of prefixing their answers to interview qu...
Aardvarchaeology · 4d ago

WorldCon 75 in Helsinki

The 75th World Science Fiction Convention took place in Helsinki and seems to have had the second-highest attendance ever: more than 7000 people in the Messukeskus convention centre, 2000 of...
Aardvarchaeology · 1W ago

August Pieces Of My Mind #1

Reading Matt Ruff’s new novel about black Americans in the 50s. Annoyed to find that nothing in the dialogue would sound out of place if spoken by a white American sci-fi fan in 2017. Feared 45 would be the sort who gets the trains running on time an...
Aardvarchaeology · 3W ago

July Pieces Of My Mind #3

“Ways of knowing” = alternative facts. I am on a WorldCon panel about the Medieval mind and fantasy literature. I just had the (unoriginal) idea to say that the High and Late Medieval aristo...
Aardvarchaeology · 4W ago

“Don’t Call Us, Call National Property”

Yesterday we had a guest entry from Lars Amréus, the Director General of the National Heritage Board about the signage with fringe theories at a much-visited archaeological site in southern ...
Aardvarchaeology · 4W ago

July Pieces Of My Mind #2

Los Alamos means “the poplars”. A friend lent me J.P. Hogan’s 1980 novel Thrice Upon A Time. It’s set in 2010 but has pre-PC “mini” computers the size of fridges, with text terminals and com...
Aardvarchaeology · 4W ago

The Director General Responds

It seems that my comments yesterday on the small issue of signage at Ales stenar touched a nerve regarding something bigger, having to do with the National Heritage Board’s overall societal ...
Aardvarchaeology · 1M ago

National Heritage Board Abdicates Again At Ales Stenar

Bob Lind has yet again managed to get the National Heritage Board to abdicate its responsibility at Ales Stenar, a beautiful 7th century AD burial monument near Ystad in southern Sweden. Bob...
Aardvarchaeology · 1M ago

July Pieces Of My Mind #1

Swedish 1960s translation of the Game of Life. I just found a uranium mine. According to B...