A saying

I feel like sharing some old wisdom from my favorite texts. This one is from Hávamál, the Sayings of the High One (meaning Odin). First the Old Norse original: Ósviðr maðr vakir um allar nætr ok hyggr at hvívetna þá er móðr er at morni kømr alt er vil sem var. And the English translation: The unwise man is awake all night and thinks of all sorts of things then he is Continue Reading

Guess who said this?

You know, a lot of people say — they say, well, but the United States is large. And then you call places like Malaysia, Indonesia, and you say, you know, how many people do you have? And it’s pretty amazing how many people they have. This and 44 other pieces of wisdom can be found here at CNN.

Social and instrumental normativity

I’m reading Daniel Dennet’s From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds. A passage on page 40 is perhaps more timely and urgent that the author would have imagined at the time of writing. It’s about understanding the reasons for other people holding certain beliefs or acting in a particular way. A couple of quotes from the book: Those who cannot explain themselves or cannot be moved by the reasons Continue Reading

All bets are off

From the The Guardian on Thursday 17 November 2016: Outgoing US president voices hopes during Berlin visit that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will defend democratic values and rule of law. Except that the article didn’t say “Recep Tayyip Erdoğan”; it said “my successor”. I never thought that I in my lifetime would read anything like that…

Go figure!

So the British decided to leave the EU. When Brussels asked them to get started they said “we’re in no hurry, let’s think this through”. The old people who voted to leave said they will certainly suffer for it but they did the sacrifice for the younger generations. The younger generations voted to stay. The British voted “leave” to cut immigration. But they want a trade deal with the EU. Which comes Continue Reading

In tune with the theories or in tune with the times?

Some time ago I chatted with a colleague from South Korea at a global corporate training session. We have kids that are about the same age so it was easy to find shared interests. We ended up comparing what could perhaps be called the knowledge culture of our respective countries (Sweden being the other one). The comparison ended game, set, match to South Korea’s favor. Simply put, the Korean students spend their Continue Reading

I’ve seen the future

The future of music distribution that is! Streaming through the Internet, it’s simple, legal (hopefully), no DRM, and with ok sound quality (160 kb/s ogg). Native versions of the client exists for PC and Mac. It also runs well on my Ubuntu machine through Wine. Most of my old heroes from the 70’s and the 80’s are there: Mahavishnu Orchestra, Billy Cobham, Jeff Beck, Return to Forever, … The guys behind the Continue Reading