Christopher Aqurette

Coffin of 850-Year-Old Swedish King Opened

“Scientists pried open the 850-year-old casket of King Erik the Holy on Wednesday, hoping to find out more about the king, his crown, and his eating habits,” The Local writes. Fascinating archaeology. This type of events always makes me wonder what future generations of scientist will learn about us.

Breaking Bad

In the past few weeks, I have watched series one to four of Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad. I can highly recommend it to fans of crime drama mixed with morbid humour. It reminds me of some of the Coen brothers’ films, such as Blood Simple (1984), The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001), and Fargo (1996)—all stories about crime going terribly wrong in a humours way.

Software Upgrade

Later today, I will upgrade the software that runs this website. Hopefully, everything will work out fine. Knock on wood.

Update: Upgrade done.

Can the Absence of Blog Cave Cause Writer’s Block?

I remember an interview I read with Andrew Sullivan, in which he described both a mental state and an actual room in his home as his “blog cave”. It’s a place he escapes to when he needs to focus on something important or an ongoing event in the world. I came to think of this blog cave when I unsuccessfully tried to finish an essay over the Easter holiday. I caught myself longing for a place in complete solitude, where nothing and nobody can distract me. I’m not blaming my husband not the world at large, but when I get stuck in a text there’s no end to the excuses I find to postpone the writing. The stress that comes from watching the hours to a deadline become fewer has made me think that I need a blog cave to save myself from leisureliness.

This, in turn, reminds me of something Depeche Mode sang many years ago:

Words like violence
Break the silence
Come crashing in
Into my little world
Painful to me
Pierce right through me
Can’t you understand

And they made a great video, too.

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