There’s actually a competitive sport called wife carrying. Finland – like other geographic locations that are cold and dark half the year – comes up with some bizarre ways to pass the time. They even set up an obstacle course for participants. What’s the background? Back in the day: “Raids on surrounding villages, with the express purpose of making off with someone else’s nearest and dearest, were a popular pastime.” Stealing women from other places was also a great way of insuring that women made up their own subclass. They’d have different customs, a different language, and be far, far away from potential allies. If you haven’t read Blood Rites yet, I recommend it. Stolen women are even more readily given the “other” label than local women.
For all of the book-o-files, you’ll want to check out Delicious Library. It’s software that’ll scan the barcodes on your books, look them up on Amazon, and catalogue title, author and other info into a database on your computer. Yea. That’s right. No more “one day I’ll make a database of all the books I have so that I don’t buy more books that I already have.” I think Jenn and Miriam will salivate over this one (via Jed).
There’s also a nice little aurora display currently going on that’s been seen as far south as Oklahoma and California. Check out the pics here.