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Entries of year 2011

Content overdrive

Historically there has been always been a steady increase on connectivity. This has led to all sorts of innovation and progress. Michael Stillwell presented a chart describing the time it took for news of a specific event to reach London. For instance, news of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 took 17 days, compared to news of the assassination of Alexander II in 1881 which only took half a day.

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Review: Livet är ett äventyr

This is a collection of short stories by Swedish journalist Staffan Heimerson. He is a big jolly guy, like a Swedish version of Bill Bryson. Many of the episodes are downright hilarious, such as the hunt for Bin Ladin in Falun and his road trip on the Karakoram Highway which connects China and Pakistan. He also describes being taken prisoner in Zimbabwe, where they put classified documents in the outdoor toilet to avoid suspicion.

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The Google age

What do you do if you want to know the birth date of Abraham Lincoln? You most likely google it. A few seconds later you know the answer and a lot more about the president. But a mere fifteen years ago, we looked it up at a library or perhaps in a dusty encyclopedia book if we had one nearby.

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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."

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."

Aliens in Nevada and New Mexico

"We turned around and went down another dirt road, past countless Joshua trees until our car was covered in dirt and we finally arrived at the Front Gate of Area 51."

Roaming through Banff

"Even though the main town is surrounded by mountains with names such as Sulphur Mountain, it is as far away from Mordor as one could imagine."

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."

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."

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