Way back in the mists of time, I was honored to be asked to present the keynote presentation at the FPGA Forum, which was to be held in February 2012 in Trondheim, Norway. (See: Iím pining for the Norwegian fjords.) As part of this epic adventure, I was invited to give a guest lecture at the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo. I hear they are recovering nicely.
During my visit to the university, I was given the grand tour, including the library associated with the Department of Informatics. Senior academic librarian Knut Hegna showed me a rather interesting artifact and asked me if I knew what it was.
Sadly, I didn't have a clue. My mom says this is my usual state of being -- and she is one of my biggest supporters. Now, roughly a year and a half later, I have received an email from Hegna saying, "I've found out what the artifact is -- it's a..."
Come on, you didn't think it was going to be that easy, did you? You tell me what you think it is in the comments below. In a day or so, I will unveil the information Hegna just revealed to me.
In the meantime, if you have any interesting artifacts of your own, feel free to email me with descriptions and pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org for their inclusion in a future What on Earth? column.