Not much (new) under the sun

Not much difference from a Roman bikini to today's. I wonder if it were more expensive the less cloth it had in those days too.

Original post at Ancient People with more explanation to it


Water Cities in Chinia

I've never been to Venice (or it's more beautiful sounding Italian name, Venezia), but like many other I have some fascination for water cities, and think they are very beautiful. China Daily just run a post with the 10 most pretty Chinese water cities (pictures and most of the text here are taken from that page). Let's already plan in to visit some of this nice list.

Located 30 kilometers (18.64 miles) east of Huzhou, Zhejiang province, the Ancient Town of Nanxun is a well-known for its rich cultural heritage, boasting a history that dates back 760 years. It was founded in 1252, towards the the end of Emperor Chunyou's reign in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). As one of the most well-preserved old towns in the region, Nanxun Ancient Town is now among the top six ancient towns situated in Southern China.


Glass Terminator

A friend of mine has a cool job (for those of us who like grown up toys that blinks), and he got hold of a Google Glass for developers. As if he had a choice he brought it over here for us to play with too. And it was fun and quite an easy interface. Although I don't see myself running to buy one when on the day they will be released, I have no problem seeing how this will change a lot of how we interact with things for many years ahead. And in a few versions it probably will be very small and smooth to use, and then develop from geek to common.

This page wrote what sounded like a very honest long time test review of today's Google Glass development edition

Yes, this is me taking a picture of myself.

And suddenly you get pictures from all kinds of unusual angles.


Shame of a nation

There's those days when you are really ashamed of your country, and today is such a one. EU wanted a full explanation to, and a full complete stop by the USA's conducting espionage on EU citizens, industry, institutions and politicians (US aren't limited to EU of cause, but EU only concerns about themselves here). All EU nations were in favour but two - Sweden and UK. And since that's to few to stop a resolution the two instead resorted to using it's veto to stop EU from going forward with this. Who refused? But of cause it was Carl Bildt who would not give in. Sweden's foreign minister, a man who among other has been caught giving Swedish classified information to the US previously would come to no surprise putting US interest before his own country and citizens this time as well. And today his masters will once again pet him nicely on the head, 'good boy' to you our loyal lackey. Does anyone have even the slightest doubt how he would have reacted had it been any other nation then USA who conducted the surveillance?

There was a time when Sweden had people who could stand up to a bullier in the school yard, telling them to stop. Most nations and people are passive bystanders, but now a days Sweden only seems to be able to breed the bullier's trusted companions. The ones who gladly stand slightly behind their "hero" cheering on. Being happy to be on the "winning side", feeling worm inside every time they get a recognition, not caring so much about morality in general as long as it helps themselves, and especially as long as it means not being the victim themselves. Sadly never maturing enough to know the bullier don't really care about them either.

So in the end EU will now only bring up talks about computer and network safety on a joint level. I'm really ashamed.