Så varje midsommar, när vi går över alla gränser för att vara så där lite extra svenska genom att hoppa runt som små grodor, hjälper vi alltså egentligen britterna att håna fransmännen. Till fransk melodi.

Dessutom:

“den svenska ambassaden i Paris använde 2003 sången som en del av ett test på svensk anknytning för att få behålla sitt svenska medborgarskap.”

Game, set, match för verkligheten över dikten.

Källa: https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sm%C3%A5_grodorna?wprov=sfsi1

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We survived another birthday party.

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Wikipedia’s Switch to HTTPS Has Successfully Fought Government Censorship

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Why Remix ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’? Giles Martin, The Man Behind The Project, Explains

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Academics are being hoodwinked into writing books nobody can buy *


A few months ago, an editor from an academic publisher got in touch to ask if I was interested in writing a book for them.

I’ve ignored these requests in the past. I know of too many colleagues who have responded to such invitations, only to see their books disappear on to a university library shelf in a distant corner of the world.

If someone tried to buy said book – I mean, like a real human being – they would have to pay the equivalent of a return ticket to a sunny destination or a month’s child benefit. These books start at around £60, but they can cost double that, or even more.

This time, however, I decided to play along.

What follows is a frank description that illustrates a major element of contemporary academic book publishing. In addition to what is mentioned in the article, I have also heard that writers sometimes have to pay for proofreading and other services normally provided by a publisher.

This seems to be a relatively big business for the publishers (they are at least almost guaranteed a small profit on each project) and, as the Anonymous Academic in the Guardian points out, not a very good deal for anyone else.

So why don’t academics simply stay away from the greedy publishers? The only answer I can think of is vanity.

I can think of another. These books (and book chapters) often count significantly in various academic reward systems. Compared to getting published in a high-quality peer-reviewed journal, writing these books is simply a good career move.

* This is the title of an article originally appearing in The Guardian 2015-09-04 (which recently came to my attention via my Facebook feed).

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Today, this happened.

(Yes, at 42 I made my first ever Rhubarb pie.)

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Back in Sweden again where it is finally spring. For real: No snow, green leaves on the trees. At least, that is what it looks like through the window I am trapped behind with a backlog of work, which I was not able to get through while travelling.

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“Now Pink Floyd’s instantly recognisable artwork, spectacular stagecraft and pioneering advances in sound design will be showcased in “Their Mortal Remains”, opening today at London’s Victoria and Albert museum. The exhibition is a heavenly ride through all they touched, all they saw, all their life was. For fans uncomfortably numbed by museums, on Friday Mr Waters will release his first rock album in 25 years, ahead of a North American tour. The time is gone, but the song isn’t over—and they’ve something more to say.”

From The Economist Espresso: Not the final cut: Pink Floyd

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Conferencing in Valencia. At home: a rare May snowfall. Perfect timing.

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