Albert Uderzo, l’un des pĂšres d’« AstĂ©rix », est mort

Sad. I love Asterix. (Although, to be honest, the more recent… ) There are worse ways to go than by a heart attack at age 92 though. By Belenos!

Another great video on Covid-19.

Good summary.

Climate change is not the only threat to our plants

We should definitely take the climate issue seriously, but when it comes to biodiversity, there are other threats that are at least as important to consider, says Johan EhrlĂ©n, professor at the Department of Ecology, Environment and Botany (DEEP) at Stockholm University” (my translation from the Swedish press release).

Yes! This perfectly sums up what has been bugging me about the otherwise great thing of more and more people waking up the the problems of global warming. Because, if we only focus on that threat we run a huge risk of throwing the baby out with the bath water. We need to fight climate change but we must not forget why we fight climate change!

Who is getting sick, and how sick? A breakdown of coronavirus risk by demographic factors

The new coronavirus is not an equal-opportunity killer: Being elderly and having other illnesses, for instance, greatly increases the risk of dying from the disease the virus causes, Covid-19. It’s also possible being male could put you at increased risk” (Sharon Begley).

Covid-19, March 2020

Good news:
+ The mortality rate of Covid-19 is 5 times lower than that of SARS
+ For most people it is no worse than a common flu
+ It seems like only the elderly and especially those who suffer from a previous health condition is at risk
+ The virus is only spreading after a person has become ill and not during the incubation period

Bad news:
– No one is immune to the virus (Of course – because, this is what the main problem is)
– A vaccine will take at least a year to develop

The big unknowns seem to be, and these are my questions (not discussed in the video), how long will we restrict travel to and from northern Italy and other risk areas? Will we have to wait for a vaccine? Or is there a point when enough people, everywhere, has been infected so that it doesn’t matter anymore? And when is that point reached?

It seems that, ironically, the quicker the population get infected the quicker our problems will be over. Nevertheless,

Stay safe and healthy!

Update: This video address the questions I raise. It turns out that the answer has to do with whether we consider the disease to be an epidemic or a pandemic.

This is crazy!

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).

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

What a resume.


A travel guide to Xbox destinations

Hacking Google, a red handcart for red roads

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

Who Buys Big SUVs?

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


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).