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johan  ·  11 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 309th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

johan  ·  68 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What would you dub over this Hurricane Michael footage?

Man, I miss Jon Stewart. Kind of stopped watching The Daily Show when he quit. Recently when Swedish state tv tried to copy the format, it didn't go so well.

Edit: The video he's apologising for (sinophobia at the end):

am_Unition  ·  68 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It takes a special kind of comedian (/team of writers) to craft jokes that aren't always at someone else's expense. Or at least manage to distribute the hate equally. And be genuinely self-deprecatory. It's an increasingly fine line to walk, imho

johan  ·  68 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 10, 2018

When I get the time this weekend I'm gonna wax poetically in your inbox about the planning project course I'm taking now. I also want to pick your brain a bit!

johan  ·  190 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Paging Savannah, GA hubsquad!

Serial season 3!

johan  ·  212 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Lawns Are an Ecological Disaster

If you want empty space for the occasional outdoor party, I agree you don’t have many other options. On the other hand, if you want something nice to look at but still fairly low maintenance and cheap, I’d go for a meadow from seeds. Using seeds keeps the costs down a lot and you can put together your own mix by ordering online. After sowing you’re gonna have to do some weeding at the start of the season, but then the canopy will close up. At the end of the season (or depending on your species selection) you get to mow it down with a scythe! It’s more work than a lawn, will not always look pristine and may not be as useful, but it’s probably better for your local ecosystem. James Hitchmough, they guy who designed the flower meadows for the London Olympics, has written a pretty good book on the topic.

kleinbl00  ·  211 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Interesting! I added it to my list. Certainly not something I'm going to look at this year, but now you've got me thinkin'.

johan  ·  249 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, I have a language question

I vote for juche!

johan  ·  270 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 21, 2018

My professor seems to agree regarding hexagons! (or rather Walter Christaller, the slide was about Central place theory.)

johan  ·  318 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How money is failing

Good point, I think it comes down to this being a short opening talk among many at an art/media festival. Not much room to be nuanced and expand on ideas when sharing the scene with these guys if you want to leave a mark on the audience. Apparently he wrote a longer piece in a Swedish magazine which I will try to find, and there's also a research project planned.

kleinbl00  ·  318 days ago  ·  link  ·  

GDP/"growth" is a metric. Everyone wants to use the metrics that best reflect their values. I seriously doubt any mainstream economists are going to start using the Social Progress Index any time soon but that doesn't make it invalid.

So in a way, yeah, "money" is failing... but it's more accurate to say that the value system of the world economic community is failing.

Which people like this have been saying since 1900 AD.

Speaking of which, has anyone read William Gibson's Archangel? If so, is it worth picking up?

moslydeaf  ·  315 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I haven't read Archangel but have enjoyed all his books I've read. His writing style and the extent to which he researches topics that build his characters make for an enjoyable journey even if the destination has just been alright once or twice.

Who has time for cinema when you have to count oil money and drive your women around all day?

johan  ·  324 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 263rd Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

I’ve had a Kjell Höglund relapse lately. It usually happens about once a year for a week or so, but this time around he’s been in rotation since november.

”Genesarets sjö” is probably his most well known song. Lyrically it doesn’t really tell a story, something about the Sea of Galilee and a gallery opening. Mostly it’s just beautiful poignant sentences strung together.

    My memories are like cherries in punsch

    And it flows like a river in my inner world

    Let me cry let me be alone

    And burn my books like firewood

”You get used to it” is so dark and depressing that it somehow ends up cheering me up.

    The sheets get tangled up and damp of sweat

    and the hours of the night like rubberbands

    Waiting for the sleep of oblivion

    And the alarm goes off

    Holy hell, the pain, you can’t be bothered to wash yourself

    Drinking cold coffee from the day before

    And outside it’s cold and dark and rough and foggy

    But you get used to it

    You get used to it

Kjell never really cared much about having a ”sound”. He was happy to experiment and make albums with whoever, so his discography can get a bit... eclectic. This song is probably the answer to what it would be like to meet Socrates on the dancefloor in a small town in northern Sweden.

Last one, and then I promise our Swedish cultural exchange program is finished for now! Just some happy social realism to round this off.

    I hear them sleeping with each other on the floor above

    She sounds so happy, she sounds so beautiful

    She tells me how it feels so nice how she feels so good

    I don’t hear him, but she sounds good

johan  ·  327 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Too Many Pictures (and a video!) of Nepal

You seem to have had a great time, Nepal looks amazing. Looking forward to the blog posts!

(I should really go through my photos from Kashmir some day...)

johan  ·  329 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The 90th Academy Award Nominees

"The square" is very good but painful to watch, in the same awkward embarrassing way as Ruben Östlunds previous film "Turist". I haven't seen the other films in the foreign category, in fact the only other films I watched last year was "Bladerunner 2049" and "Get Out". I should really watch more movies!

johan  ·  329 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Do You Want refugee's Secret "Make Bae Happen" 3rd Date Dinner Recipe? Here Ya Go

...Yeah, people in Stockholm still don't know Danish.

johan  ·  331 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What Foreigners Don't Get About Emmanuel Macron

Why would I want to read an article about politics without any snark?! ;)

    Now, Macron supporters don’t believe that they support him for the crass reason that he will benefit their class at the expense of the rest of the country; instead, they just believe that what’s good for them is good for the country.

I was talking to a friend the other day who was excited about a new party starting up in Sweden with the same schtick of abandoning right-left politics, instead going for the "scientifically determined" best policies decided through workshops. They've garnered some positive response in media through one of the founders being related to Raoul Wallenberg (of course ignoring the rest of the family). Looking through the rest of the leadership they mostly seem to consist of tech entrepreneurs and "social media innovators". I don't know where I'm going with this, maybe I've just been reading too much Henri Lefebvre lately, but this (relative) resurgence of belief in an objective representation of the world is really bothering me.

kleinbl00  ·  331 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Niall Ferguson has argued that the era of prosperity from 1945 to 2001 wasn't due to globalism but the Pax Americana and after 2001, the Pax Americana crumbled.

If the general idea governing the "free world" since 1945 was supposed to be "I'd like to buy the world a coke" but was in actuality "Americaland uber alles" then the coke-buyers have been at a serious disadvantage ever since we decided South Asian refugees spilling all over Europe was A-OK with us. That's going to cause some painful realignment for everybody. Which, in turn, causes everyone to go "let's try something new!" without recognizing that the guys in position to try something new are the ones who were ahead before but hadn't bothered to play politics yet.