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Talk about politics, society, science, computers, internet, psychology, and philosophy.

Fear of the Dark piano tribute

In celebration of the Winter Solstice (the shortest day and longest night of the year – in the northern hemisphere), I’ve come across a youtube vid to get you through… and maybe even make mom and pop dig Maiden! 😀

Although, I’m not certain a Chopin or Mozart aficionado will find this overly impressive. Maybe it’s just as well to keep it hard rock and add some strings instead, like Metallica…

Or how about a … country/classical orchestra/”Celine Dionish”/”Mariah Careyian” version?

Those who think they’re not communicating….

I came across a quote some years ago. I wasn’t able to find it now but it went something along the line:

Anyone wanting to send a message in film should go to the telegraph office instead.

My spontaneous thought is:

Those who think they can open their mouth – or even stick their head out the door – without communicating something, are fooling no one but themselves… And the likelihood of these people communicating anything of interest is probably purely coincidental.

The last special date in 89 years is right now…

As I said around three years ago (September 9, 2009) there have been some special dates since 2001.

Basically moments in time when year (ah well at least the last two digits of the year), month, day, hour, minute (well I guess seconds and milliseconds and so on as well) have been the same. E.g. 01-01-01 01:01:01… for first of January, 2001, one minute and one-second past one.

However, this moment… the 12th of December, 2012, is the last such moment in 89 years… When there will be 2101-01-01 to have… (January 1st, 2101) So why not do some partying! 😀

Okay, to be infernally strict about it, the party should probably have started say the first of January, year 101 A.D. Or how about years before then? But on the other hand, nobody knew it was 100 B.C. Because if they did, they’d been time traveling. Imagine then… some archeologist finds an inscription saying:

He died a hero in the … lords? unlordly? … year 189 B.C.

Then we’d know… time travel! 😀

Anyway, so then there’d be another party on February 2, 202… all the way to December 12, 1212…. Then I’m guessing if you’d be strict about it, the next big date should be January 1, year 10101 (10101-01-01).

Hey, how about U.S. dates… They’re typed as month-day-year, right? So …um doesn’t matter much, there would still be the same logic. If you really get off on dates, have a look here for a more thorough discussion of the topic!

Okay, anyhow… let’s go have a party! (I’m fearing not many girls will find the specialty of the date that appealing though hahaha!)

Header image: by Setaou_ on Flickr

Winter has come!

Snow covered trees in Sweden

This morning the whole world was covered in snow! Very nice looking. Very bad for commuter traffic! But closer to Stockholm it was mostly slosh and puddles.

I just felt I had to share this picture since some Swedish winters are just so gorgeously beautiful. They say this winter will be! The weather service actually warns of -25 deg C this weekend! I get to use my “alpine” winter jacket! Hurray! 😀

I tried to make a banner from that picture even though it’s been taken with a mobile (that didn’t even show the picture in the gallery until I hooked it up with my computer… crap!) I should get my Nikon and get busy tomorrow, perhaps I’ll get a decent picture because the mobile version is not really fit for bannerism… :D!

Backwards Firefox Update… Bad Firefox!

I just upgraded my Firefox and afterwards Firefox update as usual checked what plug-ins would be compatible or not…

Today Tab Mix Plus wasn’t compatible and Shazam! All my tabs are lost (or at least they are gone for now, I can only assume lost to never be found again…) Not that I really had my bookmarks collection there or anything like that, but still… the tabs represented “unfinished issues”.

So I just had this thought: why does Firefox upgrade first and then checks if the plug-ins will fail or not? Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Firefox update should first check what plug-ins won’t be compatible then ask the user if they want to hold back the upgrade, and if not, then make the upgrade?

This way I could have held back my upgrade until Tab Mix was compatible (which I am pretty sure will happen in hours or days…)

Update: I found a description on that details how to perform the plug-in check before running Firefox update… so this becomes a “Bad Ubuntu” post instead… why doesn’t the Ubuntu upgrade perform this check before just forcing Firefox on me? Ah, well…

As it turns out, the option to check for updates as the post (from 2009) states isn’t even available in my Ubuntu installed Firefox. Unclear if it’s available in Firefoxes not controlled by an Ubuntu install (I’ll have to check on my work machine to determine that…) Or perhaps it’s that I have version 17 of Firefox… maybe the option only appears when there’s an update to have? – my Firefox is just updated, but still… my Ubuntu will probably not like it if I start upgrading Firefox on the side.

Update 2: Nope, once Tab Mix Plus was back in the game again, I did regain all my old tabs… and lost the new ones (ugh). Ah well… *shrug* And I didn’t seem to find any way to make blockhead-Ubuntu-update ask before shooting on this one either… At least the tabs are just “on vacation” for a while whenever this happens…

Game of Fuckin’ Thrones!

Some of the more engaged fans have made a pretty good interpretation of the Game of Thrones intro/theme…

It made me laugh!

On a more serious note… hurry enjoying this clip… it will most likely be removed by the people owning the Game of Thrones trademark (yeah, the ones that doesn’t understand the modern media culture and doesn’t appreciate how much of a boost these kind of “pranks” are to their trademark…)