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Comment on Wealthy Vikings wore blue linen underwear by Mirabilis

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 03:23:15 +0000

I know! Presumably they used the non-prickly parts. :-) Which reminds me that I have been intending to make something out of nettle fibers, but have yet to get around to that.



Comment on Wealthy Vikings wore blue linen underwear by Peter Gardner

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 22:36:59 +0000

Nettles! Sounds a bit scary.



Comment on A delightful dictionary for Canadian English by Mirabilis

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 15:22:36 +0000

I'm not much of a social network person, but I do enjoy Diaspora. The key there, I think, is to learn how to block the content you don't want, and how to cause the content you do want to appear on your screen. After that it's all pretty cool.



Comment on A delightful dictionary for Canadian English by Henry

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 12:13:54 +0000

Thank you for sharing this. I'm also an RSS feed addict and use a swipe right on my device to send longer form articles to Instapaper. I really must look into Diaspora. It sounds like a social network I might actually like!



Comment on A delightful dictionary for Canadian English by Mirabilis

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 06:56:30 +0000

I’d be interested to hear more about your online reading ‘workflow’ Mirabilis, if you have a moment to share the processes you use.
I make extensive use of RSS feeds for all the subjects I follow. That is almost always how I find interesting things to read, and sometimes I am inspired to blog about one or more of the things I find. I could post thirty or forty things a day, most days - there is plenty of fascinating stuff about! But alas, nobody pays me to blog, and I've got a lot of stuff to get done each day. When I find something I feel like posting, I bop into WordPress and do that. Or, if it's a longer thing, I will compose and edit my post in a text editor, then copy it from there into WordPress. I have a plugin that automagically publishes my posts to Diaspora, unless I tell it not to. The blog emails me when somebody posts a comment. That's handy, especially if I've drifted into a busy and distracted state, or somehow gotten out of the habit of blogging. The 'here's a comment' email message cannot be ignored, so that lures me back into the blog. And then I usually post something else. :-)



Comment on Heiltsuk First Nation village among oldest in North America by Mirabilis

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 06:38:13 +0000

Always glad to find something you like. :-)



Comment on Medieval villagers mutilated the dead to stop them rising by Mirabilis

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 06:37:45 +0000

You're welcome. Nice to see you here, Henry!



Comment on A delightful dictionary for Canadian English by Henry

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:54:36 +0000

I'm constantly sending Mirabilis's articles to my Kobo, Peter. I find I can then read through a group of articles while travelling or whenever I have some time with my ereader nearby. Read later services like Instapaper and Pocket are also wonderful ways to collect articles to read at your leisure. Using these services, it is possible to create a personalised 'magazine' of sorts. I'd be interested to hear more about your online reading 'workflow' Mirabilis, if you have a moment to share the processes you use. This particular article was fascinating. I like the "scrappy" and slightly 'organic' nature of the way the dictionary has been compiled. While I've never been to Canada and so am largely unfamiliar with Canadian slang and dialect, the discussion of dictionaries and lexicography piqued my attention.



Comment on China’s high-tech tool to fight toilet paper bandits by Henry

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:47:41 +0000

I saw a write up about this in a brief article in the Guardian Weekly recently. I agree with Peter that there is something rather unsavoury about having cameras in public toilets. If nothing else, I suppose it is a novel use of technology to thwart would-be toilet paper thieves!



Comment on Heiltsuk First Nation village among oldest in North America by Henry

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:41:37 +0000

I was interested to read about the effect of two tsunamis on the populations of this ancient village. Given the evidence, it looks as though the earliest of the tsunamis was perhaps even more devastating than the major 21st century examples in Banda Aceh and Fukushima. Thank you for sharing this!



Comment on How Norwegians made sure criminals went to hell by Henry

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:16:43 +0000

Another fascinating article that pairs well with the one you posted above about Mediaeval mutilation of the dead. And thank you for sharing your story, Peter; it shows the enduring nature of religious beliefs!



Comment on Medieval villagers mutilated the dead to stop them rising by Henry

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:06:59 +0000

A macabrely marvellous article! I came across this while reading last week's Guardian Weekly and was intrigued by the fact that these bones were excavated in the 1960s. It shows how much more "data" there is to extract from artefacts and skeletal remains that have previously been excavated. Thank you for posting!



Comment on How Norwegians made sure criminals went to hell by Mirabilis

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 18:58:24 +0000

Lovely story, Peter. Thank you.



Comment on How Norwegians made sure criminals went to hell by Peter Gardner

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 22:37:15 +0000

This is a little bit off the point but I can't resist an opportunity to tell a nice story. It deals with the concept of consecrated ground. In the area where I grew up (rural Tasmania) the Catholic Church at a nearby farming district (not a town) had its own burial ground carved out of the neighbouring cow paddocks and demarcated with a barbed wire fence. One of the parishioners was married to a Protestant woman. When she died the widower was refused permission to bury her in the "cemetery". So he bought the paddock next door, buried her as close as possible to the church and extended the barbed wire fence around her grave. I haven't been back there for thirty years or more but at that time the extended fence was still there for all to see.



Comment on China’s high-tech tool to fight toilet paper bandits by Peter Gardner

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:43:41 +0000

I'm not sure that facial recognition software would be the most useful approach. Perhaps .... no, no I'd better stop. :)



Comment on A delightful dictionary for Canadian English by Peter Gardner

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:53:57 +0000

Thank you. Actually the links don't work in the Kindle so I've just bookmarked it.



Comment on A delightful dictionary for Canadian English by Mirabilis

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:44:57 +0000

Of course you may. :-) You don't need my permission for that. Glad I found something you like, Peter.



Comment on A delightful dictionary for Canadian English by Peter Gardner

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:49:29 +0000

I really like things like this. Is it OK if I send it to my Kindle?



Comment on 5 languages that could change the way you see the world by Mirabilis

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:14:02 +0000

How interesting! Thank you for mentioning that, Marja-Leena. Meanwhile, Sweden has added a gender-neutral pronoun.



Comment on 5 languages that could change the way you see the world by Marja-Leena

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:56:06 +0000

The Finnish language is gender-free, that is, there are no words for he or she. Curious, isn't it?



Comment on Deadly spider venom could ward off stroke brain damage by Mirabilis

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:29:20 +0000

I missed that spider-silk fabric thing altogether! Thanks for pointing it out. So very cool!



Comment on Tiny bird’s poo has tremendous impact on Greenland’s nature by Mirabilis

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:28:12 +0000

So nice to see you here, Marja-Leena! I'm glad I'm able to find stuff you enjoy. :-)



Comment on Tiny bird’s poo has tremendous impact on Greenland’s nature by Marja-Leena

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:21:06 +0000

Great for the soil and plant life but bad for the water and fishes... go figure. Thanks again for all the great links you find and post!



Comment on Deadly spider venom could ward off stroke brain damage by Marja-Leena

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:16:10 +0000

Fascinating possibilities. Also did you read about spider silk possibly being the fabric of the future? http://grist.org/business-technology/is-spider-silk-the-fabric-of-the-future/



Comment on An exaltation of links! by Mirabilis

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:52:36 +0000

Glad you like the title. :-) I'll have to give some thought to whether I want to do more 'all in one' posts like this.



Comment on Tiny bird’s poo has tremendous impact on Greenland’s nature by Mirabilis

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:51:20 +0000

Isn't it amazing what one little bird can do?



Comment on An exaltation of links! by Peter Gardner

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:53:38 +0000

Great title! And so many links to follow. It may take me a while to get round to them all!



Comment on Tiny bird’s poo has tremendous impact on Greenland’s nature by Peter Gardner

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:52:21 +0000

Fascinating. Thanks for posting this.



Comment on Exceptional grave reveals 7,000-year-old garments Stone Age man was buried in by morning 03.13.17 | orbis quintus

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:40:16 +0000

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Comment on Renting a dog? by Peter Gardner

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 02:30:57 +0000

My first reaction to this was astonishment (my second was anger) but on reflection I thought:This is morally indistinguishable from a mortgage or, in fact, most interactions with a bank. You borrow a certain amount but you must pay back many times that amount. It is what non-respectable loan sharks call "vig". Banks are, in their essence, contemptible.



Comment on Renting a dog? by Peter Gardner

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 23:37:22 +0000

Please tell me it's not true that you can rent a dog.



Comment on The fake British radio show that helped defeat the Nazis by Mirabilis

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 03:30:07 +0000

Thanks for that detail, Peter. That's a great story.



Comment on The fake British radio show that helped defeat the Nazis by Peter Gardner

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 22:59:10 +0000

There are so many good stories still to come out of the Second World War (and probably every other war). My father was part of the Siege of Tobruk in 1941. They used to listen to German radio broadcasts (which they thought were hilarious). It was from a German radio description of them "...trapped like rats..." that they devised their nickname and the name of an organisation - The Rats of Tobruk - which was part of my childhood. I'm not sure if the organisation still exists; even in Dad's lifetime the old boys were getting fewer and fewer. Anyhow every Christmas every child of a Rat used to get a present from the organisation. They also provided financial assistance to help with education. I still have a framed certificate on the wall recording that I won the Rats of Tobruk Senior Bursary award for 1963.



Comment on Marcus Selmer’s photographs of 19th-century Norwegians by Peter Gardner

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:49:12 +0000

Aha! That might be the origin of the expression "pig-headed"!



Comment on What we can learn from traditional arctic diets by Peter Gardner

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:42:13 +0000

I had a deprived childhood - I didn't have the green monster joke. I like it. What's orange and sounds like a parrot? A carrot.



Comment on What we can learn from traditional arctic diets by Mirabilis

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:12:12 +0000

Everyone should have childhood memories that involve bad jokes. Mine is "What do you do with a green monster?" The answer: "Leave him alone and let him ripen!" When I was six, I thought that was incredibly funny. Good for you on the dietary front. That's the way we eat, too.



Comment on Traffic accident in Australia ends 40-year-old mystery by Mirabilis

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:08:12 +0000

Noted. If ever I visit Australia, I'll be following your advice. :-)



Comment on Marcus Selmer’s photographs of 19th-century Norwegians by Mirabilis

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:07:07 +0000

Maybe those hats were glued on with bacon fat, Peter. :-)



Comment on The caves that prove Neanderthals were cannibals by Mirabilis

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:52:03 +0000

I haven't read it. Perhaps I should add it to my 'to read' list. Thanks for mentioning that.



Comment on Nature neuroscience by Mirabilis

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:49:41 +0000

Wow, Peter! Thanks for that link.