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August 21, 2018

Ales Stones

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I'd never heard of these until my current utter absorption in the Swedish-Danish TV series "Bron" ("The Bridge") turned me into a fanboy of all things Malmö and Sweden.

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To that end, I've been reading about the Øresund Bridge and my attention has wandered off into various areas, among them this fantastic site.

From Visit Skåne:

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This mystical monument dating back to the early Iron Age consists of 59 massive boulders arranged in a 67-meter-long outline located 32 meters above sea level, with a magnificent view over Österlen's hilly landscape and the Baltic Sea. 

Ales Stones — a cultural narrative — is Sweden's best-preserved ship tumulus, made up of 59 standing stones located high above the village of Kåseberga, just east of Ystad, in Österlen.

Some believe the 59 stones are a burial monument.

Others claim that the stones served as an ancient astronomical clock, as they are positioned so that the sun goes down at the northwestern stone in summer and rises exactly at the opposite stone in winter.

However, there is a consensus that the stone ship is the largest and best preserved in Sweden.

The 59 stones are placed in the shape of a ship 67 meters long and 19 meters wide at its widest point.

The monument is believed to have been created during the early Iron Age (CE 500-1000).

August 21, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Movie Theaters, Masochism and Me — 19 Reasons I'll Never Go Back

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It's been a long time since I've seen a film in a theater and the longer it goes, the smaller the chance I'll ever visit one again.

A few of the zillion reasons watching on TV is way better:

1) Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are a lot cheaper, considering all that's available to watch, than a movie ticket

2) Buying one sometimes required me to stand outside in crummy weather waiting in line as confused patrons and cashiers tried to sort themselves out

3) That's after having to drive there and park a quarter mile away and walk to the box office, oftimes forgetting where I parked and irritating me when I just wanted to get back home afterwards ASAP

4) Even renting on Apple TV costs far less

5) My movie starts whenever I want

6) If I get sleepy I can pause it and go to bed and resume tomorrow night

7) It's always perfectly quiet — no talkers/eaters/wrapper crunchers/phones ringing

8) Nobody comes in and chooses my row and steps on my feet and makes me readjust myself, nor does anyone get up at a crucial moment to use the bathroom or visit the snack bar

9) No tall person decides to sit right in front of me, forcing me to lean to one side to see the entire screen

10) It's pitch black — no stupid aisle LEDs/bright EXIT signs in my field of view/overhead lighting bright enough to read by/lit up phone screens with people texting

11) The movie's always in focus — remember when everyone in the audience would scream "FOCUS" during the coming attractions while the idiotstick high school kid running the projector was reading Mad magazine instead of paying attention?

12) The sound is always just right — and I can turn down the volume as needed, especially when the music gets scary and I know something bad's about to happen...

13) The movie stops when I need to go to the bathroom/take a break/get a snack/write a note to self

14) I can go back and rewatch things that I didn't hear clearly or understand the first time

15) The snacks are infinite in variety and they always have the ones I like — and they're much cheaper and I don't have to buy a year's supply

16) My favorite chair — soft leather, worn in by me over 35 years to sublime perfection, precisely centered at just the right viewing distance — is way better than any airline first class seat, much less "luxury" theatre accomodations (bonus: my blankie)

17) No sticky floors!

18) I can wear my pjs and go barefoot

19) Best of all, and the dealbreaker (as if one were needed at this point): Gray Cat comes and snuggles on my lap for the duration

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Others?

Bueller?

Anyone?

August 21, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Bizarro World iPod nano Gen 7 clip-on case

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Whoa!

I happen to love my nano Gen 7 and will be sad when it finally goes belly up.

It's accompanied me on hundreds of runs and 5K races over the years with nary a glitch.

Now comes this novel approach to hand/wristband/armband-free portage.

From the website:

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You could wear the old iPod nano on your wrist.

With Hug, you can wear the latest nano anywhere.

Hug is a simple case for your 7th generation iPod nano that also acts as a clip, attaching securely to your clothing.

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Still not convinced?

Watch Jeff take it through its paces in the video below.

$4.95 (alas, iPod nano Gen 7 not included. It would have been so great if the makers of this accessory had stockpiled a bunch and offered their product with optional nano.)

August 21, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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