Pengolodh (s.c) (pengolodh_sc) wrote,
Pengolodh (s.c)

For anyone despairing about how all the cords associated with computers somehow seem to tangle themselves all on their own, be assured that science is looking into it: Science Daily: Physicists Tackle Knotty Puzzle. It is actually a fascinating article, and less whimsical that it sounds from the title. It also touches on reasons for why umbilical cords between mother and fetus rarely tangle, and a bit on how knots also apply to DNA.

In other news, I may have neglected to mention that a few weeks ago, I bought a sword. I was apprehensive before the sword arrived, as it is in the lower price range, but it turned out to be a good one. No rattling, and it looks right, with no "bling" (for lack of a better word) like one sees a bit too often on lower price swords. The blade is flexible, and looks sharp without actually being sharp (important for me, as I intend to use it when at work at the Viking museum - it simply won't do to accidentally slice open guests). The one thing with this sword that isn't wholly up to snuff is the scabbard, but one gets what one pays for - I'm informed that a truly good scabbard would probably come in the 200-300$ price range. The present scabbard is serviceable enough until I can get a proper one, in any case.

ETA: Now, I'm fully aware that the description of the sword contains quite a lot of nonsense - for instance, Ulfberht wasn't Nordic; the name probably originally was the name of a Frankish bladesmith from the Rhineland, whose workshop produced such good swords that it survived to use the name Ulfberht as a trademark for more than two centuries, and was pirate-copied as well in that time. The actual sword sold on that (and other) websites is pretty good, though, and it is based on a real sword, found probably in Spain and featured on pages 124-125 of Ian Peirce's book "Swords of the Viking Age". Now I do think the inlays on the sword I bought aren't laid in in the same way as on the original, but it is still pretty good. The producer Windlass Steelcrafts apparently has a good reputation in this price-range, beaten only by Generation 2 - but those tend to produced with razor-sharp blades, which of course is impractical when in cramped confines filled with paying guests.

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