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October Pieces Of My Mind #3 [Aardvarchaeology]

Monday, October 31, 2016 6:57
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  • Leonard Cohen got from the used books store to the cake shop ahead of me. /-:
  • Wish somebody would demolish all the modern houses on top of the ruins of Visborg Castle.
  • The ruin of St. Olav’s church in Visby is a protected ancient monument. It is being damaged by the ivy that covers it. Sadly the ivy is a protected plant.
  • Ny Björn points out something interesting about St. Olav’s ruin in Visby and its super ivy. An important reason that the ruin and the ivy survive today is that both fit well with Romantic ideas about picturesque ruins. Thus they were both preserved, and both for the same reason, when the Botanical Garden was laid out in 1855.
  • Many of my colleagues don’t understad the distinction between being methodical and being methodological.
  • Kadzic the genius carpenter recently switched out one of our room doors. It wasn’t a trivial job as he had to reuse the 1972 hinges. One thing in particular impressed me. Upon arrival Kadzic went straight to work without pausing to survey the situation. It’s such a simple immediate thing to him.
  • Helping Cousin E decode northern working-class English in the movie This Is England.
  • Jrette and I cleaned out an enormous quantity of comics, other children’s mags, jigsaw puzzles, fluffy animals and other toys from her room. Most of it had gone onto those shelves of hers when she was five, and it wasn’t useful to her any more now that she’s an unusually mature thirteen. None of these things can be sold other than at low price and with a huge investment of work. Yet I didn’t want to throw them away. So I took out an ad for free on the give-stuff-away site I was very pleased when it took only a few hours for a couple to arrive in their car and take them all off our hands.
  • In a software context, Pat Murphy writes “subroutines” when she means multitasking.
  • It’s 2016 and I’m making the acquaintance of The Smiths.
  • Project: reconstruct as much as possible of the Finnish language using only bilingual packaging in Swedish grocery stores.
  • March 1495: twelve men swear to Stockholm’s town council that whoever shat in one of the municipal cannon, it wasn’t Eric Finesmith.
I found the plaster original of Christian Eriksson's

I found the plaster original of Christian Eriksson’s “The Skater” in Karlstad County Museum. The bronze cast is in front of the Grand Hotel in Saltsjöbaden where I grew up.


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