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Posts of year 2008

The importance of valid links

The importance of valid links

A major CMS company recently had a large restructure of their site. Unfortunately the link management seems to be have had a low priority. For example, some of the links look like this:

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An evening with Tom McRae

An evening with Tom McRae

Even though I visit a lot of concerts, I very rarely write anything about them. This will be an exception. The British singer-songwriter Tom McRae visited Gothenburg for the first time ever this evening, a welcome exception to the kind of concerts I usually attend.

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Having pancakes at Prinsengracht
Frozen in time

Frozen in time

What would you do if hundreds of people around you simply froze in their steps? This inspiring idea was explored by Improve Elsewhere in one of the busiest places in New York.

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The SEO rapper

The SEO rapper

The standardistas of the world often take a beating, but this time we got reinforcements by the most unlikely ally imaginable: say welcome to the Poetic Prophet a k a the SEO Rapper. This is not an April’s fool joke, but a rap artist singing about web standards and search engine optimization. My jaw is still firmly on the floor. I love this guy.

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Excel as 3D engine

Excel as 3D engine

Everyone knows the Easter eggs where Excel97 was turned into a flight simulator and Word97 a pinball game. But that was ten years ago and surely the modern versions can do much more? Enter Excel the 3D engine! Peter Rakos had a bit of time to spare and used Excel to calculate and render basic 3D.

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A sip of Arabian coffee

A sip of Arabian coffee

I’m in the busy town of Marrakech, Morocco. Around here they drink ridiculous amounts of green tea with tons of sugar, but the country is also renowned for their strong, black coffee. A decade has passed since my last coffee in a north African country, so I figured it was about time.

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On the desert road

On the desert road

I just got back to civilization (sort of) after a dry bus ride through the Atlas mountain range. As the bus winded up the narrow roads along the mountain side, I caught myself thinking of the scene in Babel where the woman got shot through the window. She was a tourist passing through these areas by bus and the scene was shot in this area of Morocco.

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Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1
A new home

A new home

After months of struggle and maintenance, Mink Machine has finally found a new place to settle. This is the fourth physical home location since 1994! The new server is harder, better, faster, stronger – just as Daft Punk would put it.

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On the Trans-Siberian

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."
Alone in Kyoto

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."
Sessions in Seville

Sessions in Seville

"I end my journey in front of the tomb of Columbus, located inside the world’s largest Gothic cathedral."
Historic locations in Gothenburg

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."
Eating my way through Basque country

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 dark days of Sarajevo

The dark days of Sarajevo

"The city survived on the edge of annihilation and has started to recover, but the stone walls still seem to cry out in lament of all the horrible things they have seen."

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