How Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will become President

The Swedish election–which I, of course, dutifully voted in–resulted in an almost perfect tie. There is something to say for the UK style first-past-the-post voting principle.

En person som utförde minst en timmes arbete under referensveckan eller hade en pĂ„gĂ„ende anstĂ€llning rĂ€knas som sysselsatt. Personer som deltar i vissa arbetsmarknadspolitiska Ă„tgĂ€rder rĂ€knas ocksĂ„ som sysselsatta” (

Kan sysselsÀttningsgrad vara Sveriges mest meningslösa statistiska begrepp? Jag tror vi kan utgÄ frÄn att alla friska icke sysselsatta personer (N.B. enligt den hÀr definitionen) har gjort ett aktivt val att inte vara sysselsatta.

Donald Trump is a pathogen evolved to thrive in an attention-maximization ecosystem

…even though the virus doesn’t understand what it’s doing or how it’s doing it, it’s able to use feedback to refine its strategies, gaining control over more resources with which to try more strategies.

It’s a powerful metaphor for the kind of cold reading we see Trump engaging in at his rallies, and for the presidency itself. I think it also explains why getting Trump of Twitter is impossible: it’s his primary feedback tool, and without it, he wouldn’t know what kinds of rhetoric to double down on and what to quietly sideline.

India Strikes Down Colonial-Era Law Against Gay Sex

Congratulations India!

The orchestra is inside the guitar“.

Why the future of data storage is (still) magnetic tape

Trolls die in darkness

Arbetsförmedlingens personal förmedlade 1,5 procent av jobben

Nu Àr inte jag nÄgot stort fan av Arbetsförmedlingen men lÄt oss inte glömma att sysselsÀttningsgraden just nu Àr hög. Om vi behöver en Arbetsförmedling Àr det inte nu, utan i en lÄgkonjunktur. Om myndigheten Àr lika irrelevant i en lÄgkonjunktur som den Àr nu, ja, dÄ blir det nog svÄrt att försvara dess fortlevnad.

Skype, redesigned (again)

Microsoft is once again redesigning Skype — in order to make Skype great again. Or as a Microsoft executive puts it too “focus on simplicity* to provide an overall better experience for you by making Skype faster to learn and easier to use.” What he is not saying — Microsoft messed up Skype so bad that what was a market leading product is now an afterthought in modern daily communication flow.

Fear of palindromes: aibohphobia.

I knew it! It is not me, it is global warming that is making me fat. Maybe.

Flygdag i Uppsala

I lördags besökte vi flygdagen som anordnades pĂ„ Ärna. Jag kan inte pĂ„stĂ„ att jag Ă€r speciellt intresserad av militĂ€rflyg men visst Ă€r det lite spĂ€nnande att se de mest extrema av maskiner upptrĂ€da. För mig var det hĂ€r ocksĂ„ nĂ„got av en nostalgitripp. Jag har nĂ€mligen varit pĂ„ en flygdag i Uppsala förut. NĂ€r flygflottiljen F 16 i Uppsala Ă„r 1993 fyllde 50 Ă„r ordnades Ă€ven dĂ„ en flygdag. Jag gjorde samtidigt vĂ€rnplikten pĂ„ I 13 i Falun och vi kallades in för att förstĂ€rka sĂ€kerheten. Om vi verkligen gjorde det Ă€r en annan frĂ„ga. Det jag minns tydligast Ă€r att vi gick patrull mitt i natten lĂ€ngs flygfĂ€ltets avspĂ€rrning, utan utrustning för mörkerseende och utan mĂ„nsken. Vi sĂ„g förstĂ„s ingenting. Jag har heller inget minne av att ha sett nĂ„gra flygplan i luften. Kanske Ă„kte vi hem innan sjĂ€lva flygdagen startade.

Enligt programmet skulle tvĂ„ JAS 39 Gripen i vilket fall ha flugit men om de verkligen gjorde det Ă€r tveksamt eftersom planet, tidigare samma mĂ„nad, kraschat pĂ„ LĂ„ngholmen i Stockholm under Vattenfestivalen – den andra kraschen med detta dĂ„ nya flygplan. I Ă„r flög dock flera Gripenplan utan problem, trots att Ă€ven denna flygdag föregicks av en JAS-krasch, den hĂ€r gĂ„ngen dock varken pĂ„ grund av maskin- eller handhavandefel. Den skyldige var nu istĂ€llet en större fĂ„gel.

Research Suggests Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany

Let’s just quit, shall we?

Första tĂ„get efter sommaren: “Tekniska fel, reducerad hastighet.” Denna gĂ„ng SL. Kollektivtrafik Ă€r en vacker idĂ©. Jag noterar dock att vi ofta talar om vackra idĂ©er men sĂ€llan om vackra praktiker.

TvÄ mil till norska grÀnsen men ok, hÀr tar jag all tÀckning jag kan fÄ.

Discord. This must be my son’s most used app, and it made me intrigued. So, I signed up, connected the app to Skype and Facebook, 
and got zero friend suggestions. Got to find me some gamer friends, I suppose.

The 2013 MacBook Air was a good deal

Alternative title: Macs have become expensive.

Apparently, I double processor speed (well, cores at least), RAM, and disk space every time I buy a new computer. The 2010 MacBook Air I could “double” after less that 3 years for half the price it will cost me to double the 2013 MacBook Air with the computer I buy now (in 2018). Granted, I get a larger and better display in almost the same form factor. This may be worth paying for. But paying for Touch Bar and Touch ID seems like a waste. To get down to the same monthly cost for this year’s computer as for the MacBook Air I have had since 2013, I will have to keep it for 10 years.

MacBook Pro 2018

August 2018

MacBook Pro 13-inch
Processor: 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.8 GHz
Memory: 16 GB 2133 Ipddr3
Drive: 512 GB Flash Storage
+ Retina display with True Tone
+ Touch Bar and Touch ID
Price: 25,695 SEK
Monthly cost:
3 yr: 714 SEK
5 yr: 428 SEK
10 yr: 214 SEK

MacBook Air 2010/2013

July 2013

MacBook Air 11-inch (mid 2013)
Processor: 1,7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3,3 GHz
Memory: 8 GB 1600 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
Drive: 256 GB Flash Storage
Price: 13,454 SEK
Monthly cost: 221 SEK

November 2010

MacBook Air 11-inch (late 2010)
Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Memory: 4 GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Drive: 128 GB Flash Storage
Price 13,655 SEK
Monthly cost: 414 SEK

(VAT included in all prices)

The etymology of “orange”: which came first, the color or the fruit?

This is not to say that no one recognized the color, only that there was no specific name for it. In Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘Nun’s Priest’s Tale,’ the rooster Chaunticleer dreams of a threatening fox invading the barnyard, whose ‘color was betwixe yelow and reed.’ The fox was orange, but in the 1390s Chaucer didn’t have a word for it. He had to mix it verbally“.

In the books I had a sa young child in the 1970s, there were no colour named orange (which is also the Swedish word—although orange, the fruit, confusingly in Swedish is “apelsin”). Instead there was the word brandgul—fire-yellow!



On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant


If someone had designed a work regime perfectly suited to maintaining the power of finance capital, it’s hard to see how they could have done a better job. Real, productive workers are relentlessly squeezed and exploited. The remainder are divided between a terrorised stratum of the, universally reviled, unemployed and a larger stratum who are basically paid to do nothing, in positions designed to make them identify with the perspectives and sensibilities of the ruling class (managers, administrators, etc.)—and particularly its financial avatars—but, at the same time, foster a simmering resentment against anyone whose work has clear and undeniable social value. Clearly, the system was never consciously designed. It emerged from almost a century of trial and error. But it is the only explanation for why, despite our technological capacities, we are not all working 3–4 hour days.

The Bullshit Web

You know how building wider roads doesn’t improve commute times, as it simply encourages people to drive more? It’s that*, but with bytes and bandwidth instead of cars and lanes.

* + Google and the rest of the Internet advertising Industry.

Maps of the spread of the Agricultural & Industrial Revolutions

Det Ă€r svĂ„rt att fatta, men inte sedan Gustav Vasa har vi haft sĂ„ mycket skog – men sĂ„ olik den tidens: barrig, ung och enahanda. 92 procent av all skog i Sverige har redan varit ett kalhygge” (Zaremba, 2012).

I think I want this.