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Okay, who woke up the Vikings?

Iceland is going to build its first temple to the Norse gods in a thousand years. Their high priest admits he doesn’t think his congregation believes in a one-eyed god on an eight-legged horse, it’s more about celebrating life’s rituals in a way that acknowledges their history. Weddings, comings of age. That sort of thing.

I can see this idea catching on. It’s more or less how I approach the church myself.

Oh, and I found this: some Aussie did analysis a few years ago on Viking bones dug up in the North of England and found half of them were women. Sadly, they probably weren’t warrior princesses. Though one woman was buried with weapons, most were not and it stands to reason they came in as settlers.

The most badass illegal immigrants EVAH.

Completely unrelated: Google Earth Pro is now free. Used to be a few hundred bucks a year. Pro gives you things like four times the print resolution and tools for measuring area. I just tried to sign up for a license, though, and got ‘technical error’ so they’re probably being hammered. I’m’a stick with it until I get it — I *love* Google Earth.

Happy Monday, y’all!


Comment from surly
Time: February 3, 2015, 2:36 am

“Immigrant Song” plays in the background

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: February 3, 2015, 3:21 am

‘You will not see this again, it is the old way’.

Comment from Nina
Time: February 3, 2015, 3:54 am

Dagnabit, surly, now I’ve got that song in my head, and at bedtime, too. Thanks awfully.

Viking kittens!!

Although, to tell the truth, I’m kind of glad for the Viking kitten video, because I could have never figured out some of the words without it.
For your viewing pleasure: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ApxnAr6pRt0

Comment from Jasonius
Time: February 3, 2015, 5:43 am

Ha! Thanks for the heads up on Google Pro Stoaty! You also turned me on to the free geriatric versions of Adobe, keep up the good work.

I got to find myself some neat religion back down my family tree to get re-kindled. “We’re putting the band back together!”

Comment from Jasonius
Time: February 3, 2015, 5:45 am

P.S. I can only imagine all the interesting data they are going to dig out of my fiddlings and meanderings on Earth Pro.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: February 3, 2015, 1:29 pm

I call for human sacrifice to sanctify the temple.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 3, 2015, 3:00 pm

I sometimes wonder if Christianity has sort of run its course. Two thousand years is a pretty good run for a religion, and they managed to set up collection points on every continent -not bad. Still there seems to be a casting about for something new and different (or old and cool). Note that I don’t mean the end of religion (Voltaire was right; If God did not exist, it would be necessary to create Him), but a repackaged, refreshed, repainted religion. Gaia seems to be on a surge lately, but there’s plenty of room in the marketplace for angry gods too.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: February 3, 2015, 6:49 pm

In the mystery novel I’m currently working on, a distinctly unlikeable character one, impugns my heroine’s ancestry. My heroine looks the other in the eye and says, “The name is Lindfors, lady. Vikings on both sides. Your ancestors used to quake in their crappy boots when they heard mine were coming.”

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