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Entries of year 2010

3D cities in your browser

Over a decade ago I was making my thesis project about dynamic modeling of 3D buildings in urban environments. Me and a friend were taking photographs of buildings in central Gothenburg to use them as textures in a custom engine written in C++. The available data consisted only of ground-level coordinates, not heights or textures.

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Starbucks now established in Sweden

A few days ago Sweden’s first Starbucks opened in Terminal 5 at Arlanda airport, Stockholm. I guess it was just a matter of time. The reason why it took such a long time is likely the fact that Sweden often offers excellent coffee. Even classic brewed coffee is decently black, unlike the American counterpart which more resemble a jug of dishwater.

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King Bore hits Gothenburg

This weekend Gothenburg was hit by a snow storm, creating a new snow record. The old record from 1967 was 53 cm. Today Gothenburg has had snow on the street for 67 days in a row, the longest period since 1985. It’s cold as well, likely the coldest for fifteen years. But hey, it’s beautiful in the sun! I went for a lovely walk along the deserted streets.

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Embracing HTML5 and CSS3

The web is constantly changing and 2010 will be no different. Recently the Web Standards Project announced a change of direction, which really isn’t all that surprising. The “war for web standards” as Aaron Gustafson call it is far from over, but a lot of people in the industry has transferred to the Good Side and develop solutions which have an ever increasing level of standards compliancy.

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The evolution of special effects

When I was a kid, I saw Star Wars episode 4 and was really impressed with the special effects. I wondered how they made those cool lightsabers and spaceships. Some years later in 1987 I saw the movie Aliens by Ridley Scott and the aliens seemed disturbingly real. That was probably the last time it happened, so I guess that movie set a standard within me.

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Eating my way through Basque country

"Not too bad to wash it all down with a local Txakoli, the young white wine typical of the Basque country."

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."

The streets of Paris

"One of the advantages of repeated visits to a place is the leisure pace of awe and discovery while drifting slowly down the worn streets of the French capital."

Good morning Montenegro

"One would almost think that all this secrecy was made on purpose to keep the hordes of tourists away. Let them all perish in the crowds of Dubrovnik while the people of Montenegro can enjoy their beautiful country on their own. Or something like that."

Alone in Kyoto

"I tried my best to sneak across the building, but the floor revealed me each time. I suppose I would make a lousy ninja."

Getting lost in Yazd

"Navigating on random while surrounded by staring old men, pointing their crooked fingers at the Godzilla Viking in surprise. It feels like I’m walking around in Mos Eisley."