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I refused to stop mowing today during a fairly heavy rain shower. The lawn needed cutting and the consequences of knocking off troubled me. So I just plowed on.

My mower cuts very well in the rain. The robots can't cut in the rain: they have sensors and retreat immediately to their charging stations if they detect any. My mower is maintained with an old dish brush, a can of machine oil, and a flat file. To maintain the robots you need proprietary software and if you try doing it yourself you will promptly void the warranty.

And my mower is faster, too. I win. 🇸🇪🌞🇸🇪

Goodnight everyone from Old #Skaraborg.

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It's been fun, folks! But now the sun sets. As it always does.


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I've seen this firsthand several times. Most recently a few years ago. If anything the disgrace of urban homelessness in San Francisco is worse than in New Delhi or Mumbai. Even though it's on a much smaller scale. If for no other reason than that San Francisco has no excuse whatsoever. Zero.

Long time SF resident +Lev Osherovich recently moved his business and his family to Switzerland. One reason being, if I understand correctly, that San Francisco has far too many neighborhoods like the Tenderloin and the Mission District.

I won't be returning to the Bay Area. Ever. This saddens me to think about. It was important to me when I was young but I can't stand to witness the disintegration, the injustice and the abuse. It's intolerable.

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We have similar ideas here to the West.
Bird Myths are quite similar in the large area reaching from Finland to the Ural Mountains – and even further to the east. The birds play an important role in the birth of the world, as well as in the life cycle of humans. Myths tell how the world emerges from a water bird’s egg, and how the birds flying across the Milky Way bring messages from the spirits to humankind. At the moment of death, man’s spirit flies to the afterlife as a bird. The deceased may also come back someday to visit his loved ones – again as a bird.

Cuckoos were popular birds, and a cuckoo singing in the forest was considered to be a source of joy and comfort. Yet cuckoo was also strongly linked to fate. It was said that whoever killed a cuckoo would soon face death himself. Young people counted the years to their wedding from the cuckoo’s singing, while the old and dead counted the years for their funeral. The ancient Nordic “cuckoo month” lasted from April 22 to May 21. If the cuckoo hadn’t sang by the end of the month, the summer would be late and frost would destroy the crops.

Birds of arable land – swallows, larks, starlings – were welcomed guests on the yard. They were said to bring good luck with them. These little birds were valued and respected as happy and “honest” birds that might be the souls of the dead. However, if forest birds appeared near the buildings or fields, misfortune was about to happen. The reason behind this belief is the old idea of keeping different forces (väki) separate. The forest birds represent the väki of the forest, so when they appear around fields and residential buildings, things are not in balance. When encountered in the forest, forest birds were of course not considered signs of bad luck.

In the folk poems a creature called “vaakalintu” or “kokko” is mentioned, and it probably refers to a giant eagle or raven. The mythic being can sometimes be friendly, and sometimes hostile to humans. In folklore eagles and hawks were thought the protect people from malicious forces. Cows could be wiped with eagle’s feathers in order to shield them from the evil eye. Raven’s weather’s had a similar effect. Cattle shelters might be protected by placing dead hawks at the top of the front door.

The spring migration of cranes predicted the upcoming summer and its weather. Because of the straight-standing posture of the crane, the bird was said to support the whole cosmos. The ridgepole supporting buildings is still called in Finnish “kurkihirsi”, a crane log. In addition to carrying responsibility, the crane also symbolized vigilance and alertness. When the mythic heroes steal the sampo from the Pohjola, a guarding crane wakes up the people of Pohjola.

The beliefs about ravens, crows and magpies are more often dark and even outright negative than positive and joyful. The raven is a bird of Lempo that has been put together from cold embers and black logs. In the folk songs the singer asks the raven to take her troubles and drown them into a fishless pond. The laughing and croaking of crows and magpies predicted bad luck. Magpies were associated with gossip, disputes and work failures. A magpie jumping and laughing on the yard announced the arrival of a guest.

The whooper swan has been considered a sacred bird, and possibly one of the ancient forefathers of Baltic-Finnish tribes. The swan was believed to connect the worlds of humans and spirits, and people were not allowed to hurt or eat it. According to one saying from Central Finland, killing and eating a swan was comparable to killing “an angel”. In the folk poems, the hero Lemminkäinen destroys himself when he tries to hunt the sacred bird.

Photo: Jyrki Salmi @ Flickr / Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0.

#taivaannaula #folklore #folkreligion #finnougric #birds #crow #mythology #finland

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One year ago. Like everyone else in the world these five guys wanted to have their picture taken with Lady Gaga.

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I don't know what has happened to Jamal Khashoggi. But I'm confident that the Saudi "state" is perfectly capable of planning and carrying out the murder of a journalist who has annoyed them by pointing out, correctly, that the "leadership" of KSA are a bunch of degenerate criminals, liars and moral reprobates. That's a simple observation of fact. I also know that for every hour that passes without obvious signs of life and well being from this brave man it becomes more likely that he was murdered by the Saudi "authorities".

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Another in our continuing series of Swedes in their natural environment.

Farmor och Signe spatserar förbi Nymans.

Photo credit +Gabriel Moosman

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Dear Landlord
Please don't dismiss my case
I'm not about to argue
I'm not about to move to no other place

Bob Dylan, 1967

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Hydnum repandum, commonly known as the sweet tooth, wood hedgehog or hedgehog mushroom, is a basidiomycete fungus of the family Hydnaceae. First described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753, it is the type species of the genus Hydnum. The fungus produces fruit bodies (mushrooms) that are characterized by their spore-bearing structures—in the form of spines rather than gills—which hang down from the underside of the cap. The cap is dry, colored yellow to light orange to brown, and often develops an irregular shape, especially when it has grown closely crowded with adjacent fruit bodies. The mushroom tissue is white with a pleasant odor and a spicy or bitter taste. All parts of the mushroom stain orange with age or when bruised.

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Excellent choices! Congratulations to the recipients and to the Committee in Oslo. These two people, from such different backgrounds, are living lessons in dignity, courage, integrity and compassion. There are real saints walking the earth right now, today. Our task is to find them, acknowledge them and try to learn from them.
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