Sad. Although, if Graham Chapman’s Memorial Service is anything to go by, sad does not have to mean not funny.


Fast Company: Apple and Google’s Location Privacy Controls Are Working


For 50 years, what is called “globalization” has in fact consisted in two opposing phenomena that have been systematically confused.

Shifting from a local to a global viewpoint ought to mean multiplying viewpoints, registering a greater number of varieties, taking into account a larger number of beings, cultures, phenomena, organisms, and people. Yet it seems as though what is meant by globalization today is the exact opposite of such an increase. The term is used to mean that a single vision, entirely provincial, proposed by a few individuals, representing a very small number of interests, limited to a few measuring instruments, to a few standards and protocols, has been imposed on everyone and spread everywhere. It is hardly surprising that we don’t know whether to embrace globalization or, on the contrary, struggle against it” (Latour 2018, pp. 12-13).


Namn pÄ ting.

Ett eller flera landskap som hade samma lag bildade ett rÀttsomrÄde som kallades lagsaga. Hur gammal indelningen i lagsagor Àr vet vi inte, men den verkar ha varit vÀl etablerad i början av medeltiden Varje lagsaga hade ett gemensamt ting, som i Danmark och Sverige kallades för landsting och i Norge för lagting. Island hade sitt berömda Allting. Dessa ting var bÄde lagsagans högsta domstol och dess politiska församling.

Alla lagsagor var indelade i mindre rĂ€ttskretsar, med sina egna ting. I Norge kallades de mindre rĂ€ttskretsarna för fylken, i Svealand för hundaren och i Götaland och Danmark för hĂ€rader. Denna indelning gĂ„r Ă„tminstone tillbaka till vikingatiden” (Charpentier Ljungqvist 2015, s. 148).


Orphei DrÀngar

The concert yesterday started a little differently.


The Best Best Picture Lineups in Academy History


Fredlöshet.

Vikingatiden/Tidig medeltid: “Vid allvarligare brott var det vanligaste straffet fredlöshet, vilket innebar att den dömde miste sitt rĂ€ttsliga skydd. Ofta kombinerades straffet med förlust av lösöre. Var och en hade tillĂ„telse att döda eller misshandla en fredlös var och nĂ€r som helst. Fredlöshet kan sĂ„ledes kallas en legaliserad rĂ€tt till blodshĂ€mnd, som dessutom underlĂ€ttades av att det var belagt med höga böter att pĂ„ nĂ„got sĂ€tt hjĂ€lpa en fredlös” (Charpentier Ljungqvist 2015, s. 143-144).


This Striking Image of the Moon Is a Combination of 100,000 Photos

Andrew mccarthy moon 01


The Age of Instagram Face

The rising popularity of plastic surgery is more than a little horrifying” (Paul Kafasis).


Happy Christmas from a white-ish Falun, Sweden.


Why do some Eastern European and Scandanavian countries celebrate Christmas on the 24th of December?

Because a Christian lithurgical day always starts and ends at sunset. In Southern Scandinavia, the lithurgical day on which Christ was born by tradition starts at 5 PM the 24th and ends on 5 PM the 25th. Celebrating Christmas on the 25th would imply having Christmas dinner the day after the event, as the lithurgical day ends on sunset the 25th. Christmas eve is therefore celebrated on the 24th while Christmas morning is celebrated on the 25th” (Sturla Molden, Quora).


Eight-year-old tops YouTube list of high earners with $26 million



44,000 Year-Old Cave Painting in Indonesia Is World’s Oldest Figurative Art


No, sharing your Spotify year-end artist stats is not a good idea – here’s why not

No. I do not have a Spotify artist account. Nevertheless, if I had, I am not sure I would agree with the sentiment that streaming services screw artists. On the one hand, yes, it seems extremely difficult to make any (meaningful) money by (only) streaming your music. On the other, no one is forced to stream their music and with its rich history of subcultures, bootlegs, fanzines, t-shirt sales, club gigs, etc it seems, to me, the music world provides an as good opportunity as ever for aspiring musicians to get their music out there, and maybe even earn a buck or two. Also, people don’t play football expecting to be professionals, so why should music publishing be any different? Most people tend to get paid for doing things they don’t like. That’s why it’s called work. Thus, it seems reasonable that playing at a wedding should be work and something you only do if you get paid for it. Writing music, however, seems more like writing books: Lots of people do it out of love for the art, very few expect to earn money from it but a few lucky do.


‘The Mandalorian’ composer explains his process for creating 8 distinct scores for the 8 episodes, and how he made the show’s theme

The Mandalorian is the best Star Wars I have seen in a long while and the music is no small part of it.


The Top Songs, Artists, Playlists, and Podcasts of 2019—and the Last Decade

I am so out of touch. I don’t know a single Drake, Malone or Grande song. But I do know Shape of you, so maybe there is still hope. Honestly though, probably not.


I love to see stats about my music listening (I am, for instance, a long time subscriber to last.fm) so when Spotify dropped a story about what I have been listening to not only this year but the whole decade, I was delighted. I was not at all surprised that my top artist of the year was Caterina Barbieri but honestly surprised that Daft Punk was my top artist for the decade.


New agreement with Elsevier – 100 percent Open Access

A new agreement has been reached with the scientific publisher Elsevier. The agreement covers university wide reading rights to about 2,000 scientific journals from Elsevier and allows researchers affiliated with Stockholm University to publish Open Access at no extra costs” (Stockholm University Library).

About time! But kudos to the libraries for their patience. 18 months without Elsevier articles was not as painful as I had imagined.

This is a step in the right direction to achieve the goal of 100 percent pure Open Access. This agreement in combination with other transformative agreements implies almost 90 percent Open Access publications at Stockholm University in 2020. In addition to these agreements, we will continue to finance article processing charges in all fully Open Access journals, says Wilhelm Widmark, Library Director at Stockholm University Library and vice Chair of the Bibsam consortium’s steering committee, who negotiated the deal” (Stockholm University Library).


Music from test equipment. Crazy good or just, crazy?
I loved it!


Voyager 2 Illuminates Boundary of Interstellar Space






As if gender wasn’t complicated enough.





Den hÀr texten pÄ Vattenfalls webbplats hade varit lite komisk om det inte varit sÄ att det börjar bli kallt i lÀgenheten utan bÄde vÀrme och varmvatten en hel dag:

FjÀrrvÀrme Àr miljöriktigt, kostnadseffektivt och driftsÀkert med lÄg underhÄllskostnad.

Jag kan hĂ„lla med om att driftstopp Ă€r miljöriktigt och kostnadseffektivt – innan vi börjar elda i kakelugnar och sĂ€tter pĂ„ elektriska element i alla fall – men driftsĂ€kert?


Berliners are trolling Trump by shipping him a 2.7-ton piece of the Berlin Wall


Tech and Liberty

Kill the algorithm