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Boot camp

I usually walk home from work in the dark, somewhere at around 6 pm. One night last week, at the crest of the hill into the valley clearing that’s midway home, I could hear people shouting. As I drew close, the shouts turned to … Continue reading

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Segregation

A few weeks ago I was on the main campus of Stockholm University to pick up some stuff, and I needed a bathroom. I wandered the long corridors that link one of the buildings up there, poking my head around corners … Continue reading

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Conditioning

As I’ve been reporting in some of my previous posts this year, Sweden is having a stunningly beautiful warm summer. Temperatures in the 20s Celsius, mid-70s Farenheit. I think even one day we hit 80°F (about 27°C). I’ve dug out tank tops … Continue reading

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Electrify me

Last night, Matt looked up the rate of electrification in the US in 1916, a century ago. How many households had electricity? Strangely enough, it’s possible to find such information – a little Wikipedia, a little bit of reading on … Continue reading

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Urban geology

As I was walking to work on Monday morning, I was (I confess) excited to see road construction work progressing. It’s spring, and that must mean construction season. The construction itself is not what excites me, even though I do … Continue reading

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Shifting Fashions

  A few days ago I headed over to the Myrorna (Salvation Army) at Ropsten — this is the giant one with three floors packed with furniture, housewares, books, pictures, shoes, sporting goods, clothes for men, women and children… you name … Continue reading

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Recycled Jeans

You may have read some of my past rantings on consumption habits, shopping and recycling, including Brisbane’s street junk and my many visits to Myrornas (“The Ants” from Salvation Army) and Stadsmissions across Stockholm. You are possibly familiar with my anxieties about fast … Continue reading

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