Dog days: Chinese New year

The world’s largest annual migration of humans reaches its climax this week“.

28 years, two months and 27 days

“The Berlin Wall has now been down longer than it was up.”


Facebook’s motivations

“Facebook’s stated reasoning for this change only heightens these contradictions: if indeed Facebook as-is harms some users, fixing that is a good thing. And yet the same criticism becomes even more urgent: should the personal welfare of 2 billion people be Mark Zuckerberg’s personal responsibility?”

Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?

“If you are depressed and anxious, you are not a machine with malfunctioning parts. You are a human being with unmet needs. The only real way out of our epidemic of despair is for all of us, together, to begin to meet those human needs – for deep connection, to the things that really matter in life.”

Ett tal till mig sjÀlv

Idag var pappas begravning. Efter begravningsgudstjÀnsten i Stora Kopparbergs kyrka i Falun hölls en minnesstund pÄ KristinegÄrden (eftersom vi inte fick plats pÄ den mer nÀrliggande MariagÄrden). Under minnesstunden valde jag att sÀga nÄgra ord, vilka jag dÀr och dÄ föreslog skulle ses mer som publik sjÀlvterapi Àn ett tal. Men det var förstÄs ett tal. Det var bÄde och, för det var nÀmligen ett tal jag skrivit till mig sjÀlv. Ord jag i första hand behövde sÀga till mig sjÀlv och som först i andra hand var riktade till övriga sörjande. För denna egoistiska handling bad jag om ursÀkt pÄ KristinegÄrden och jag gör det igen hÀr men jag Ängrar det inte.

För den intresserade, var det ungefÀr det hÀr jag sa till mig sjÀlv och de andra gÀsterna:

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Caught Our Notice: An article about repetition is duplicated? Priceless

Till den akademiska frihetens försvar

Sitter pÄ tÄget mellan Uppsala och Falun. Ska ta tvÄ timmar, kommer ta minst fyra. Har fÄtt nog av SJ. I fortsÀttningen blir det bil.

Uppdatering: Nu Àr jag i VÀsterÄs. Uppsala-Sala-VÀsterÄs-Avesta Krylbo-Falun: traveling salesman problemet, baklÀnges.

Uppdatering 2: Gick hemifrĂ„n kl. 08:05 i morse och kom “fram” till BorlĂ€nge(!) först kl. 12:52. FrĂ„n BorlĂ€nge fick jag skjuts. En planerad resa pĂ„ tvĂ„ timmar tog fem timmar. Bra jobbat SJ!

Uppdatering 3 (returresan): De hÀr gÄngen kom jag till Sala. DÀrifrÄn skulle det vara ersÀttningsbuss med en vÀntan pÄ 45 minuter innan avfÀrd. Det fick bli UL-buss för ytterligare 120 kronor frÄn Sala. Det hÀr Àr inget skÀmt. Det svenska tÄgsystemet Àr. (PS returresan var bokad i förvÀg.)


Birdcage liners

Both Twitter and Facebook’s selfish algorithms, optimized solely for increasing the number of hours I spend on their services, are kind of destroying civil society at the same time. Researchers also discovered that the algorithms served to divide up the world into partisan groups. So even though I was following hundreds of people on social networks, I noticed that the political pieces which I saw were nevertheless directionally aligned with my own political beliefs. But to be honest they were much
 shriller. Every day the Twitter told me about something that The Other Side did that was Outrageous and Awful (or, at least, this was reported), and everyone was screeching in sync and self-organizing in a lynch mob, and I would have to click LIKE or RETWEET just to feel like I had done something about it, but I hadn’t actually done anything about it. I had just slacktivated.”

Cold (-12 C) but beautiful day on the ice.

Pokémon lives, apparently.

Good morning Uppsala.

TÄgÄret 2018 kunde ha börjat bÀttre.

White noise video on YouTube hit by five copyright claims

2018: Some Hope

Twitter — and Facebook, and the power of tech companies — is not our only problem.

But I have no doubt that had Twitter not become a loving home for hate, Trump would not be President now. In that universe we’d still have big problems, yes, but not like this.

This post is a good place to start for those searching for alternatives.




Berndt Carrington

* 21 februari 1944

✝ 24 december 2017



Google Maps’s Moat — How far ahead of Apple Maps is Google Maps?

Interesting comparison between Google and Apple maps. Particularly fascinating is the analysis of how Google seems to be generating new features (data) by algorithmically analysing and combining aerial and streetview imagery (other data).

Is Most Published Research Wrong?

“The Stone Age did not end for lack of stone” (Sheikh Yamani).

Here’s a mystery: How did a nonexistent paper rack up hundreds of citations?

Pieter Kroonenberg, an emeritus professor of statistics at Leiden University in The Netherlands, was puzzled when he tried to locate a paper about academic writing and discovered the article didn’t exist. In fact, the journal—Journal of Science Communications—also didn’t exist.

Let There Be Rock!

(via See Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses’ Live Tributes to AC/DC’s Malcolm Young, Rolling Stone 2017-11-19.)

Stuck in traffic.

Vad Àr det som smÀller?

Äntligen lite magi och/eller science fiction i vardagen.

Historically, how did a country get a name in another language? For example, Germans, call their country “Deutschland”, while Britons call it “Germany”.