Erik I

My public writing. You can reach me at @eitland@mstdn.io

Filed under #Oslo #Norway #seasons

A warm reflection of the sun. Summer is more or less over it seems. The air is chill, which I appreciate.

Still I enjoyed the warm reflection of sunlight enough to take a couple of steps backwards to take a photo and verify that yes, the reflection wasn't only visible but also warm.

Filed under #iHateNazism #Norway and #history

Was out walking this morning. It is a new habit I'm trying: to leave the house and walk for a few minutes to wake myself up.

Took this picture of a memorial over local people who died fighting nazism. And in light of recent events where hateful people think they can become heros by shooting innocent people: I think we need to fix how we teach history. At least we should make sure they learn to hate nazism.

Memorial over local people who died fighting the Nazis.

Filed under #Norway #election2019 #politics

The municipal election is coming up.

Today national politicians are on TV discussing free lunches for schoolchildren.

I find it weird: these are not the people we are going to vote for, and free lunches for schoolchildren is not something that will be decided locally on a municipal level.

I blame it on media.

Filed under #Oslo #news and #iHateNazism

So, this weekend there was a shooting in a mosque in Oslo, close to where I work. The bastard was taken down by to elderly men shortly after shooting his way into the building before he managed to kill anyone there. Sadly he had killed his sister before leaving his home.

I'm happy to see this madman caught alive and happy to be certain he will be stashed away for a looong time. Norway technically doesn't have lifetime, but certain sentences (“forvaring”) means a person will have to be considered sane and safe before they are released, and after serving their time.

To all minorities in Norway, and Muslims in particular this time: I'm sorry we aren't better at protecting you and I hope we will get better. Also every person I know – including those who are most openly critical about immigration – says they are disgusted by this.

Filed under #til #privacy and #internethistory:

Came across this subthread at hn today: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20607528 :

SpicyLemonZest 3 hours ago Which is why the EU has already mandated that. But privacy is a complicated issue, so there are limits to how brief a complete policy can be; just the suggested template[1] is a four page PDF. [1] https://gdpr.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Our-Company-Privacy-Policy.pdf
pbhjpbhj 2 hours ago One way to do this would be to have privacy standards. EU PP0, PP1, PP2, etc., that would conform to particular uses of one's data. Such info could be tagged in page head and then you could do things like search for a forum that doesn't (according to policy) use your data for revenue (or share it outside the named business -- perhaps that's "PP0", in analogy to CC0), etc.. Just thinking on my feet, E&OE.
sroussey 1 hour ago P3P header? What’s old is new again? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P3P

Comes as no big surprise that this wasn't successful, but it is a really nifty idea and something that would be nice to try again in some way or another.

Just quickly read through Brewster Kahle's “As We May Think Paper (Memex) seen through eyes of the Current Web” and this part (from the original paper) stands out to me:

The owner of the memex, let us say, is interested in the origin and properties of the bow and arrow. Specifically he is studying why the short Turkish bow was apparently superior to the English long bow in the skirmishes of the Crusades. He has dozens of possibly pertinent books and articles in his memex. First he runs through an encyclopedia, finds an interesting but sketchy article, leaves it projected. Next, in a history, he finds another pertinent item, and ties the two together. Thus he goes, building a trail of many items. Occasionally he inserts a comment of his own, either linking it into the main trail or joining it by a side trail to a particular item. When it becomes evident that the elastic properties of available materials had a great deal to do with the bow, he branches off on a side trail which takes him through textbooks on elasticity and tables of physical constants. He inserts a page of longhand analysis of his own. Thus he builds a trail of his interest through the maze of materials available to him.

Vannevar Bush, in The Atlantic, July 1945 Issue

The whole original article as well as the interpretation might be worth a read if you work in the field but right now, this part stands out to me because I think this could be a more central aspect of browsing.

So far the closest things I have found is:

  • Tree Style Tabs – allow me to see a structured tree of where I've been.
  • pinboard.in – “social bookmarking for introverts”. With a little creativity it might be used to map trails through the web.
  • Worldbrain memex Looks extremely promising, both their idea and their business model, but I haven't had time to really test it out yet.

Filed under #reading #internet #computinghistory

Trains in Oslo region in the summer.

Every northbound train stops in Drammen and every southbound train stops in Asker.

I'm tryingto be productive but so far on my way home today I have just read read.write.as and posted a couple of texts.

Filed under #commute

Edit: thanks to Stoicism & Me I have now fixed a funny spelling mistake in the title. And yes, it made me smile as well.

prettywords writes:

I read this book at school and remember hating it, because it was homework. Nothing spoils a work of literature quite like a pedantic search for meaning in every sentence.

Haven't read the book in question, but this is my experience as well. It took 10+ years to start enjoying fiction after finishing school.

Filed under #reading and #education

Found this reply to a comment about devastating disease striking from nowhere:

Waterluvian 13 days ago

As a parent I've come up with a mechanism to help when things like this worry me.

I have basically no power to protect against things like this. But I have tremendous power to protect against far more likely causes of harm like diabetes and heart disease and obesity.

So any time I'm having a moment of worry about their well being I find an extra hour to carve out of my day and take them to the park. It's therapeutic and makes me feel less helpless and feels like I'm gradually equipping them with the life trait of being an active person.

Filed under #lifehacks #worry and #parenting

Escrito à máquina... writes in “Venting...”

But some people seem to like venting. And that's OK. And they do it on social networks. And that's OK too. What is not OK is that they do it openly for everyone to read and, when someone, politely, replies with a kind word or opinion they reply with aggressiveness and hatred!

I had a situation a couple of years or so ago where someone had a discussion about how such-and-such people where terrible parents or something. A guy I know responded to their tweets saying something along: “I grew up with such parents and this is not my opinion. I see you work in the same part of the city, -can I buy you a coffee some day and have a chat?”

Response? He got blocked. Cannot remember if there were some unkind words first as well.

In short: I agree – if people don't want to know of other opinions, why are they discussing on twitter?

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