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Freeman Dyson, Math Genius Turned Visionary Technologist, Dies at 96

“Life begins at 55, the age at which I published my first book” (Freeman Dyson).

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Lawrence Tesler, Who Made Personal Computing Easier, Dies at 74

What a resume.

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A travel guide to Xbox destinations

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Hacking Google, a red handcart for red roads

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The Celsius scale was born in 1742, globally endorsed in 1948 and got its modern definition in 1967. Late bloomer.

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Who Buys Big SUVs?

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

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

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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).

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Orphei Drängar

The concert yesterday started a little differently.

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The Best Best Picture Lineups in Academy History

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

Andrew mccarthy moon 01

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The Age of Instagram Face

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

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Happy Christmas from a white-ish Falun, Sweden.

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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).

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

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

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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

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Voyager 2 Illuminates Boundary of Interstellar Space

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