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Entries of year 2007

New wonders of the world

About 2300 years ago, a list of seven wonders were compiled. The so called wonders of the world were spectacular man-made constructions located around the Mediterranean. They were the Khufu pyramid of Giza, hanging gardens of Babylon, colossus of Rhodes, lighthouse of Alexandria, temple of Artemis, statue of Zeus in Olympia and mausoleum of Maussollos.

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Return of Ostindiefararen

After two years at sea, the large ship Ostindiefararen today reached it’s final destination, my home town Gothenburg. It had sailed from Gothenburg to Guangzhou (Kanton) in China, visiting the ports of Recife, Cape Town, Jakarta, Shanghai and many more on it’s voyage. I just got back from the harbor, where we saw the ship lay anchor and heard speeches from both the Swedish king Carl Gustaf as well as the Chinese president Hu Jintao.

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One community to rule them all

Internet 2007. There are tons of communities available and all aspire to be the global center of networking. Without a large user base, there cannot be a community. Most net-active people have an account with at least one of the popular communities, and some (ahem) have an account for most of them. But a lot of active community users are fed up with registering on dozens of different sites and rebuild their personal profile and friends list over and over again.

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Increased speed in global cities

I am currently sitting in a hotel room in Oslo, restoring mind and body after interesting lectures during daytime and a lot of urban walking in the evenings. One of my favorite things to do is to explore large cities by foot. Marvel at the shifting architecture, discover interesting people, smell the bakery and tune in to the local pace of life.

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Are you POSH enough?

I think there is more than enough of acronyms out there, but one cannot deny the power of monikers when it comes to bringing a technology into mainstream focus. XMLHttpRequest was invented in 1998 but very few knew about it. Seven years later, someone came up with the name Ajax and suddenly every marketing department was screaming for it.

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The fairytale castles of Sintra

"The Portuguese town of Sintra is famous for many beautiful castles. Palácio Nacional da Pena is arguably the most stunning of the lot. "

Roaming in Valletta

"I passed the statue of Jean de Valette, the 49th Grand Master who laid the foundation stone to Valletta in 1566, to gaze at the golden interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where he is buried in the crypt."

Exploring Chernobyl

"But unlike the movie Chernobyl Diaries, we didn’t find anybody there. Nature had reclaimed the area and the silence was deafening."

On the Trans-Siberian

"Since the toilets were locked during the seven hour stop, we had to bribe the provodnitsas to use the facilities. Then came the Mongols."

Road trip across the American Southwest

"We drove along Route 6, Route 66 and Route 666. If there was a Route 6666, we must have missed that turn."

Historic locations in Gothenburg

"Hundreds of houses were quickly build, but unfortunately all of it was burned to the ground in 1611 by Danish forces."