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Entries of year 2009

Marilyn Manson at Metaltown

The onslaught of summer heat has arrived in the city and it’s festival time. I missed Marilyn Manson last time he was in Gothenburg, but this time he performed at the Metaltown festival, on a pier so close I would have heard it from my balcony so I just had to be there. It was quite entertaining but I think Manson has passed his prime long time ago and the last two albums are rather dull.

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Spotify increases bitrate

I use Spotify on a daily basis and I think that the premium account without commercials is worth every penny. A few days ago the Spotify team announced that premium users can now increase streaming bitrate up to 320 kbit/s using Ogg Vorbis.

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The Ipred onslaught

Today the new Ipred law will go into action. I really wish it was just a tasteless April’s fool joke, but unfortunately it is the bitter truth. It was initially a directive from the European Union made in 2004, now interpreted and transformed into a Swedish law.

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Intellectual theft

Rick Strahl is one of my favorite bloggers. Recently he discovered that some moron was stealing all his articles and placing them under own name on another blog. Unfortunately, this is nothing new and I’ve seen it happen to talented designers such as Dave Shea on several occasions. And it pisses me off every time.

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The lakes of Lombardy

"The town of Como, largest settlement around Lake Como, attracts a lot of people with big wallets. But I preferred to take the funicular up the mountain to the Brunate region, where you get a much better view of the lake."

Visions of Singapore

"By extensive use of landfill with sand bought from Indonesia and Cambodia, the bay area has expanded greatly in the last few years and tall buildings pop up everywhere."

Reliving history in Washington D.C.

"As I entered the heavily guarded Rotunda in the center, some of the most famous documents in the world laid before me."

A journey through Iran

"I woke up freezing on a Persian rug with aching back. Behind a corner I saw the damned rooster that kept me awake during many hours."

Roaming the cobblestones of Istanbul

"Inside the church there are still traces of rune inscriptions made during the Viking age by Varangians, an elite guard made up of Scandinavian immigrant warriors."

Wazzup in Vaduz

"Vaduz Castle is overlooking the town from a hill, a short walk from the center. It’s really a postcard view with the alps in the background, which I’m sure the prince enjoys as he sips his morning coffee while towering above his loyal subjects."