Archives for April, 2010

Tech Note: Android Smartphone

I recently switched from a 2008 smartphone running Windows Mobile to a Samsung i5700 Galaxy Spica that runs the open-source operating system Android put out by Google. Here are some impressions after two weeks of use. I really miss the old phone’s hardware keyboard. Typing on the touch screen is slow and error-prone, especially since…

New Lovecraft Film Trailer

Here’s more info. Thanks to Asko for the heads-up!

Easter Egg Hunt and Club-House Ruin

On Easter Saturday, many Swedish kids receive candy-filled cardboard eggs. Mine have to jump through a lot of hoops to get theirs. Often I have made paper trails around the house, “Under yellow table”, “Inside broom closet”, “In Dad’s rubber boot”. Then increasingly (as Junior grew) I have obfuscated the clues by swapping Ö for…

Not the Real Face of Jesus

I was annoyed and surprised to learn from a publicist that this weekend the History Channel is airing a programme named “The Real Face of Jesus” that takes a credulous approach to the shroud of Turin. The shroud is a 14th century fake relic, as has been well documented by historical sources and radiocarbon analysis.…

As mentioned before I was a big Depeche Mode fan during my teens. Here’s a cool cover from the 1998 tribute CD For the Masses. In other news, a group of Swedish skeptics have started what may be the first dedicated skeptical podcast in Swedish: Skeptikerpodden. Good stuff, check it out. And Simon Singh has…

Like Swedish Mail, many mail services worldwide, I believe, offer a service where you e-mail them a letter and a list of addresses and they do the paper mailing for you. But now Finnish Mail is trying something pretty badass: they’re doing it the other way around to cut costs and CO2 emissions. Instead of…