Work and art

Finally finished the mind-numbingly boring work of reading proofs for a manual on the GPL license. It’s so boring that I have broken records in procrastination but today surrounded by loud music I stayed at home and finished. In front of me is my latest acquisitio, a color lithograph graphic by Claude Weisbuch which I brought home today.

claude

While on the subject of art I cannot help but spreading this anecdote about Dali which I just read on _Paddy K_

Apparently Dali liked to eat out, with large groups of friends in tow, but was not so fond of paying the bill. So he made a point of paying using a check from his checkbook and, just before handing the check over, scribbled a little drawing on the back and signed it.

And now the owner, suddenly in possession of a signed Dali, would usually just frame it and hang it on the wall and show it to his friends instead of cashing it at the bank.

Sitting with licenses is sooo boring.

Running the distance

Since I survived my first real running event and managed to get around despite my lack of character in relation to serious training I have decided to make it an annual event. So next year on the 22 May I will be running the GöteborgsVarvet again. I registered today.

is it worth it by wrote

This year I ran with a camera and took pictures of the race. Many of the pictures were really bad but those which I liked ended up here. Not sure if I will take the camera with me next year, maybe I should try liveblogging! But then again my hope is to take the race more seriously and dramatically reduce my time from 2:17 to under two hours… so maybe just twitter?

Grumpy old men

TechnoLlama has written an excellent rant against Helprin’s Digital Barbarians here is a short excerpt:

Several things bother me about what I have read about Digital Barbarianism. Obviously, the title is a non-too-subtle slight against digital culture, those of us engaged in online environments are the barbarians at the gates, and real creators and civilised people who must stand up against the onslaught of the unwashed masses, upstarts, amateurs and misguided young kids. I have read several excerpts, and Helprin comes across as a grumpy old man who is not actually defending copyright, but attacking youth.

It’s well written and argumented so read it!

Postdocs

The cool cool Humlab in Umeå has

five international postdoctoral positions in the digital humanities are now available at HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden from September 1, 2009 or January 15, 2010. The call is open, but 1-3 positions may be allocated to the areas of “religion and the digital”, “digital journalism”, “architecture and the digital”, “next generation digital humanities tools” and/or “visualization in the digital humanities”.

Give grandma a blog

From the Guardian: A Spanish woman who is thought to be the world’s oldest blogger has died at the age of 97. María Amelia López began blogging at 95!

In a 2007 interview, López told the Guardian that the internet had given her a new lease of life. In one of her last posts, published in February, she wrote; “When I’m on the internet, I forget about my illness. The distraction is good for you – being able to communicate with people. It wakes up the brain, and gives you great strength.”

Her first post was made on her 95th birthday. It read: “Today it’s my birthday and my grandson, who is very stingy, gave me a blog.”

Will we be blogging when I am 95?

Wikipedia goes Creative Commons

The Wikimedia Foundation board has approved the licensing changes voted on by the community of Wikipedia and its sister sites. The accompanying press release includes this quote from Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig:

“Richard Stallman’s commitment to the cause of free culture has been an inspiration to us all. Assuring the interoperability of free culture is a critical step towards making this freedom work. The Wikipedia community is to be congratulated for its decision, and the Free Software Foundation thanked for its help. I am enormously happy about this decision.”

Read all about it here.

How not to prepare for a run

In a few hours I am heading of to the starting line for GöteborgsVarvet the local annual half marathon and I am really, really not prepared. Some of the stuff is down to bad excuses – probably most of it. An ischias injury stopped my running for a few months. The yearly summer allergy kicked in a week ago which is annoying. So much for the bad luck section.

The real bad stuff was going to Uppsala to attend a great workshop this week. Lots of sitting and eating – the only exercise was intellectual and there was plenty of that. Great and entertaining but really crap for the running. Not to mention the fact that the nights were late and with too many beers.

Anyway I am off to the run soon way in the back at starting group 15 (way in the back) nr. 52041 – hope to make it around :)