I have this intuition that because we evolved on Earth, and are, as individuals, part of a complex network of living and natural forces, that we are biomes in effect. The result is that we will never be able to stay healthy if away from Earth for long. We carry the Earth within us, and by the same measure, I think we’ll always need the Earth around us to replenish ourselves.
Feral by Tortoise In A Nutshell at Katapult. The whole thing was brilliant. Also, afterwards we got to take a look at the scene up close.
There was a lot going on, lots of beautiful little details. I didn’t quite know what to make of it at first but when I saw that view of the pier out the apartment window that was it. I still didn’t know where it was going but I knew it was going to be good. And it really was.
Went to see the archaeological excavation at Alken Enge just outside Århus today. It’s the remains of a foreign army that was defeated around year 0. Their remains were left unburied, you can see that wild animals have gnawed the bones, and after a fair while, no less than 6 months, the skeletons were split apart and thrown into a lake, Mossø, probably as a sacrifice.
Hearing about the excavation was extremely interesting. There was too much information to even begin to repeat but as an example, here’s what they can tell just from the hole in the skull in picture three.
You can tell that it was probably made by a sword because it starts out clean (the straight line at the top right) and then loses momentum before it’s sliced the whole way through. The attacker has had to break his weapon out of the skull, which is why the bottom left is much less even. An axe would have been heavier and would probably have been able to slice cleanly all the way through. It hasn’t healed so it was made close to the death of the skull’s owner. As the archaeologist said: it’s not necessarily a fatal blow – it didn’t get all the way through to his brain – but you might imagine that it distracted him somewhat during the battle and so at least contributed to his death. Archaeologists have a dry sense of humor.