Marcus Schmidt/Johanna Drott

Marcus Schmidt/Johanna Drott

was @sweden 2014-01-13 to 2014-01-20

I am the Sphere. As I am wont to remind everyone at regular intervals. Such as right now.

Hi. I’m @sargoth. And @piratkatt. Why two? Because, as it turns out, the Swedish language is an exclusive language group, and it gets old real fast to lose interesting followers due to language barriers. And while I encourage you all to come here and learn the language of honor and heroes, I realize that you’re busy doing stuff elsewhere.

Awesome stuff. The stuff that matters.

What I do? I learn things. At times, I learn them at the University of Örebro, the city where I study, live and exist. At other times, I learn them while teaching them – in lectures, workshops and seminars. Most of the time, I just learn in general.

The unproductive, asocial learning that philosophers of all ages have always talked about.

Which is what I will focus on during my week as @sweden. Learning, knowledge, language, literature, virtue, rhetoric, public policy, politics, internet, memetics – and the various fun ways in which these processes interact to create what is commonly referred to as “things”.

No thing is just a thing. It is also matter. And the stuff that matters, matters for many different reasons. The most important of these reasons being those we find important. In a nice, circular motion of self-reinforcing self-importance.

I am the Sphere.

Welcome to Sweden.

Marcus Schmidt/Johanna Drott's Feed

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 7:11 p.m.

May you all breathe easily.

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 7:10 p.m.

Again, you can find me as">@sargoth (English),">@piratkatt (Swedish) and">@sargoth_ebooks (sentient twitter bot).

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 7:09 p.m.

I want to thank you all for being good sports. It's been a fun week, full of lulz and glory.

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 7:09 p.m.

All right everyone. I suppose this is it.

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 6:27 p.m.

There is a place to where all the lost loves of the world go. Let's go there.

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 6:15 p.m.

Form vs content. In all things.

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 6:15 p.m.

RT">@joelschlosberg:">@sweden There should be more storifies out there with only 2 tweets in them!

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 6 p.m.

For lulz, learning, glory and nonprofit.

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 6 p.m.

Because I'm afflicted with premature nostalgia, I've storified some key moments of the week. For great justice.">

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 5:52 p.m.">@Digby_C a fun thing when typing fast on a Swedish keyboard: ä is next to ', so that's becomes thatäs. itäs still pronounced the same, too.

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 5:49 p.m.">@BrianPinDC at this moment: Wayne's World.

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 5:45 p.m.

That nagging thought. Is there something I should have done that hasn't been done?

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 5:44 p.m.">@bennosaurus pure ethos. they're justified, they're ancient, AND they drive an ice cream van.

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 5:43 p.m.">@joelschlosberg we are the robots *blip blip blip blop*

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 5:38 p.m.

Guys, guys. I won't tell you who the next week's swede is, no matter how often you ask. Can't tell you what I don't know, ey?

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 5:33 p.m.

When I'm not Sweden, I tend to tweet as">@sargoth. I also tweet as">@piratkatt in Swedish, should you be into that kind of thing.

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 5:30 p.m.

Okay everyone. The week is almost over, so I'd encourage you all to come forth with any lingering questions, thoughts or other inputs.

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 4:42 p.m.

Marxism. And feminism. Both at the same time.">

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 3:58 p.m.

I am who I am because somebody loved me.

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 2:47 p.m.">@AmdrammerEmma it's a couple of degrees below freezing, and gently snowing. it's predicted to remain that way, so do bring warm clothes. :)

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 2:34 p.m.

RT">@erkynar:">@sweden The official voice: Calling to a blinded world: Wonders what to say.">#ohwell

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 2:34 p.m.">@Expat_Therapy if they have one, it's not me. that's square one. though we'll never hear the end about the Swedish Chef. ^^

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 2:31 p.m.

The people united will never be defeated.

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 2:30 p.m.

It is good to see people united, such as in the">#SwedenLetThemGo case. It is a powerful way to bring about change.

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 1:52 p.m.

This is a general reminder that this account is just manned/womanned by a person from Sweden, not the official voice of the Swedish people.

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 1:50 p.m.">@klubbkiddkl That's all well and good. People are angry (understandably) and need an outlet. We're all in this together.

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 1:48 p.m.">@klubbkiddkl I want to thank you for directing people to the embassy and the foreign minister. Especially on behalf of tomorrow's new me.

@sweden Jan. 19, 2014, 1:38 p.m.">@ibdil I'm sorry to say that I'm not in a position to do foreign policy. You (and your peers) are making a difference, though. Solidarity.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10:32 p.m.

May you all be subtly boosted in whatever you're up to.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10:30 p.m.

Okay, everyone, I'm going to call it a night. Please do continue to tweet good things at me, and we'll meet again tomorrow.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10:23 p.m.

RT">@edbott: Hug a Swedish cat RT">@sweden: 22:22

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10:12 p.m.

RT">@sargoth_ebooks: Un petit robot vient les sauver.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10:10 p.m.">@luhugerth not at all, not at all. :)

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10 p.m.

RT">@gothsonthebeach: do you think ghosts get confused by historical re-enactments

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10 p.m.">@NotYourGranny I see what you're sharing. I'm going to retweet them as standalones. thanks. :)

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:53 p.m.

RT">@Alrecenk:">@sweden You're all wonderful. You deserve to be happy. Be kind for in compassion is the truest joy. Sweden rocks!">

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:49 p.m.

RT">@Widham:">@suhzak66 If you reach for eternity you can start out in any direction.">@sweden

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:48 p.m.">@MjTrueSky let's hope some of the tweeters in SA sees this and says hi. :)

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:48 p.m.

RT">@MjTrueSky:">@sweden I just arrived to South Africa from Sweden to work with HIV/AIDS. Going to be great three months!

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:47 p.m.">@JasonJMurdoch I wouldn't doubt it. it seems like a very Swedish thing to do.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:47 p.m.

RT">@suhzak66:">@sweden If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. Seneca

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:45 p.m.

RT">@AndrewBCarfrae:">@sweden Don't wave at the Aurora Borealis because legend has it that if you do, it will whisk you away.">#NorthernLights

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:43 p.m.

RT">@suhzak66:">@sweden He who asks the question is a fool for a minute; he who does not is a fool forever. -Chinese Proverbs

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:42 p.m.">@JasonJMurdoch I would if I knew anything about it. other than that runestones usually say: here lies [name], a pretty good fellow.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:35 p.m.

Tell you what. I'm pretty much out of divine inspiration at this point. Therefore, I ask you to tweet me good things to share with the world

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:32 p.m.

But. We still got another ~24 hour to go. Game on!

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:31 p.m.

Okay, when you get the same question three times, you know at least someone else is wondering. Ergo: I also tweet as">@sargoth. Hi. :)

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:28 p.m.">@dankmtl it just might happen again. ^^

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:23 p.m.

You know, I'm kinda hoping that next week's">@sweden has a topic and sticks to it. There's variety, and then there's garden variety.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:17 p.m.">@melbacoast I have become Known to the Twitter community. *humbled*

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:05 p.m.

That's right. Posting it twice. Because daym.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:02 p.m.">@melbacoast that's one of my favorite talks. :)

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

RT">@melbacoast:">@sweden a point made very well by Mr. Doctorow himself:"> (assume youve seen it, hopefully it finds p…

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

Know thyself. Know thy code.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

Why can't pacemaker users read their own medical data?">

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 8:54 p.m.">@tom_harper and readable. never trust a solution that is both final and opaque. ^^

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 8:53 p.m.

Imagine: Open source pacemakers. Suddenly, you know the words that makes your heart go go go.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 8:47 p.m.

I can't help but think that the first generation of digital body prosthetics are going to have some really nasty bugs associated with them.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 8:43 p.m.">@Ascii211 a visual blast from the past. ^^

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 8:39 p.m.

You put on a pair of Google glasses. They merge with your eyes. Suddenly, you see the world in early 90s video game graphics.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 8:34 p.m.

RT">@picoferal: people, you make me happy

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 8:32 p.m.


@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 6:51 p.m.

QR codes for the soul.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 6:51 p.m.

Is that a subway station or an art platform?">

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 6:35 p.m.

Are we there yet?

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 5:57 p.m.

It is often said that the world is out of control. The key question here is: who's control is it out of?

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 5:53 p.m.

RT">@echtaion: the future already exists

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 5:46 p.m.">@Stuarte oh, right. well, 'strange' and 'annoying' would be most fitting, until the attunement kicks in. it jars the ears slightly.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 5:42 p.m.

A strange attractor appears. You do not know why or what it is, only that there are more curious people around you than usual.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 5:40 p.m.">@Stuarte at first, it's incomprehensible. then, some strange attunement happen, and it becomes more and more understandable as time goes.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 5:34 p.m.">@Stuarte you know, "vocalization without the bother of articulation" is a surprisingly fitting description here too. but in a good way.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 5:30 p.m.">@Stuarte it's general slang, specially among younger people. it's a vocalization of agreement without the bother of articulation.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 5:10 p.m.

Today, we call them "teens".

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 5:09 p.m.

Cybersurfers cruising the community market, deftly navigating the cyber spheres of autonomous data that litters the information highway.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 4:49 p.m.

The 90s never ended.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 4:48 p.m.

RT">@wwwtxt: The natural growth of the net could well be a fundamental thing that serves to make us less boring. ☯93JUN

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 4:47 p.m.

RT">@wwwtxt: What we learn and spread around keeps us free from the dystopic future that seems so otherwise inevitable. ☯93JUN

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 4:46 p.m.

RT">@wwwtxt: We have been receiving phone calls from a phantom computer that wants to connect to us. ☯83APR

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 4:45 p.m.

RT">@wwwtxt: Those surfers who survive are those who can skim information cleanly without getting sucked down into the undertow of specializ…

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 4:44 p.m.

RT">@wwwtxt: The explorers journeyed across the fractal landscape, stumbling over an occasional complex number or two. ☯88AUG

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 4:43 p.m.

The information superhighway needs you!

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 4:41 p.m.

Is there any way we could hijack a quote unquote serious newspaper and print an edition written solely in early 90s cyberutopian lingo?

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 4:35 p.m.

Nightmares for a googled generation.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 4:34 p.m.

Suddenly, your social media presence comes alive, emerges out of the screen and looks at you. Then it shakes its head and walks away.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 4:27 p.m.


@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 4:26 p.m.

Nothing beats going back to the classics. Especially not in times of buzz buzz buzz.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 4:22 p.m.

Here's an extensive summary of the first book ever written about social media">

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 2:56 p.m.

(Now there's a headline that can be misread. Please don't misread it as a statement.)

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 2:55 p.m.

"Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet"">

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 2:49 p.m.">@Edie_Howe *looks over at the ~500 favs that have accrued over the week* hmm. leaving them in place seems like the better option. yes.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 2:47 p.m.">@NadhirAshafiq seems like something's gone wrong. this is not how things are supposed to work.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 2:22 p.m.

A Letter To All Women Who Have Been Told To Quieten Down, Speak Softer and Be Less Angry">

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 2:20 p.m.">@Edie_Howe it's the first five letters of 'peripheral'. the sentence goes on, outside the bounds of the tweet.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 1:14 p.m.">@__nana I might be a fan. just might. ^^">@amandapalmer

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 1 p.m.

All things are social media.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:58 p.m.

Be sure to appreciate the communities of usage you're a member of. That's where friends come from.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:57 p.m.

Like cooking, many of the variations are not better or worse than the others. They are just different. Possibilities among many.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:52 p.m.

That's community for you. Identity in the details.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:52 p.m.

I bet you can all recall at least one instance of people fighting over a trivial detail of an aspect of a nuance of a minor point of a perip

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:50 p.m.

People also create community around their ways of using things. 'We' are using it properly, 'they' are doing it wrong.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:48 p.m.

Include something in an interface, and people will use it. As the case of the twitter favorite shows, they'll be very creative about it, too

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:46 p.m.

Then there's also the thought: "Hmm, this interface has a button. WHAT DOES IT DO? WHAT DOES IT MEAN?"

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:43 p.m.

It goes to show that we can't take for granted that people will see things the way we see them. If a button can vary this much - what else?

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:41 p.m.

I love how there's a lot of different ways to use the same thing. How the same thing can mean different things to different people.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:40 p.m.

RT">@miafia:">@sweden as a like function and to show appreciation

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:39 p.m.

RT">@AngelinaRose333:">@sweden I use it to say I’ve read it and also to agree when I can’t retweet or so I can reference it later.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:36 p.m.

RT">@kogkarin:">@sweden for everything I want to read, but that in fact never will happen..

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:36 p.m.

RT">@participantste:">@sweden mainly, I acknowledge you but don't really know how to continue this conversation.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:36 p.m.

RT">@djausdrpercnopt:">@sweden as a bookmark, like you do too. Also with the secret wish that each time I use it a new star explodes in the s…

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:34 p.m.

RT">@vackeridiot:">@sweden mostly things I want to keep, or remember. Sometimes also things I want to read later. Never as a "like"

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:34 p.m.

RT">@rickvuden:">@sweden To remember funny things, as a read later function and the way you use it.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:33 p.m.

RT">@elfhybrid_:">@sweden Same. Kind of like a Like. Or a "I need to check this out later".

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:33 p.m.

RT">@xgebi:">@sweden mostly as a bookmarking tool

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:32 p.m.

I've mostly use the favorite button as a means of saying "I've read and appreciated your tweet". Because you guys rock. How do you use it?

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:29 p.m.

The Twitter favorite. It can mean many things.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:29 p.m.

RT">@sargoth: The">@sweden account has never faved as many tweets as under my ironfisted rule.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:25 p.m.">@boredwokempire I get the impression we both want to change things, but are equally not disheartened by the things that try to stop us. ^^

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:23 p.m.">@StringBeanJen the biggest threat at this point is the current government's ambition to lower taxes at all costs. in my personal opinion.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:19 p.m.">@__nana 'what does the planet moving around the sun have anything to do with this case!' ^^

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:18 p.m.

I can't even begin to imagine the bureaucratic nightmares this system entails"> (hat tip">@boredwokempire)

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:15 p.m.">@DearLeader10 I always get slightly confused when looking at dollar prices. my brain is wired to think $1 = 10 kronor. it's closer to 6, now

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:14 p.m.">@boredwokempire I know. most likely, it's politically impossible. but it would have to be on that scale to be effective.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:07 p.m.">@boredwokempire I'm pretty sure my next suggestion, to abolish the notion of private health insurances, is slightly out of reach too. ^^

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:05 p.m.

Numbers. They mean things.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 12:04 p.m.

I went through a similar procedure not long ago. Thanks to the power of socialism, it didn't cost $11k. Just 600kr.">

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 11:55 a.m.">@tolsor01">@IamCharlii you guys have it rough down there. I'd send some cold down to you if I could.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 11:54 a.m.">@boredwokempire a suggestion, not a demand: reduce military spending, then use the money saved to give everyone unashamedly free healthcare.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 11:50 a.m.">@devronbaldwin and less ambitious, to boot. the dark underbelly of international relations: everyone's doing it, but style matters. ^^

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 11:47 a.m.">@devronbaldwin the general attitude in the EU as of late is shifting towards avoiding doing business with the US. too much NSA baggage.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 11:39 a.m.">@devronbaldwin who's this Goro fellow? I bonded with Aristotle, way back when. ...or, well, recently. classical education and all that. ^^

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 11:37 a.m.">@miafia the two day HRE extravaganza was kind of a joke. but I appreciate that you like the thought of such a thing. :)

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 11:29 a.m.

Why ‘I Have Nothing to Hide’ Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance">

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 11:22 a.m.

Dysfunctional system indeed.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 11:22 a.m.

On the third hand, the NSA is at this point actively creating the enemies they're meant to protect against.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 11:21 a.m.

This makes it hard to drop everything that's currently going on and focusing solely on making change happen. Still got a job to do.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 11:20 a.m.

Reforming dysfunctional systems is hard. On the one hand, they need to change. On the other hand, they still need to keep doing what they do

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 11:12 a.m.

Speaking of empires that are neither Roman or Holy">

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 11:07 a.m.

This is a reminder that nothing is static, and that normality is kept in place by virtue of the ceaseless labor of millions.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 11:01 a.m.

Unsubtle semiotics.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 11 a.m.

A wall is a symbol. It has a clear message. It is an imperative, a strong suggestion: Don't walk here. Take another route.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10:51 a.m.">@korikisulda">@whoscores sounds about right. the world is bigger than us.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10:50 a.m.">@ZacharyVered 'nothing' is quite a complicated topic, it turns out. one can pour a whole lot of knowledge into it. ^^

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10:48 a.m.">@LEMONedPearl yes. with varying degrees of centralization over the years. most of the time, the locals did their own thing.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10:45 a.m.

Hey.">@HardcoreHistory's excellent, epic, ten hour podcast on the Romans is still up. XML:"> Web:">

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10:39 a.m.

It's hard to understate the historical importance of people looking at the Romans, thinking: Hey, let's become like them!

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10:38 a.m.

The Holy Roman Empire. Neither Holy, Roman or, to be honest, much of an empire.">

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10:34 a.m.">@korikisulda my rant on the subject pretty much ends there, so you've heard the gist of it.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

RT">@WeAreUAE: Nothing exists without purpose.">@sweden

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10:29 a.m.

So therefore, I will now tweet in depth, at length, about the internal struggles of the Holy Roman Empire. Non stop. For the next two days.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10:25 a.m.

There is no such thing as useless knowledge. Everything is, can and will be important at some point.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10:24 a.m.


@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10:08 a.m.">@paigenicoleO_O I see it as nature's way to remind us that we're still part of it. ^^

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10:05 a.m.">@SunnyHilden you're very welcome! :)

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 10:05 a.m.">@paigenicoleO_O *suddenly, a gust of wind gushes in from the north. it brings with it a strange, resilient kind of snow, that ignores heat*

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:58 a.m.">@medinjonas">@BiaSparrow I'm thinking of writing something similar. I could ping you both when there's something to ping, if you'd like.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:56 a.m.

Good morning, World.

@sweden Jan. 18, 2014, 9:56 a.m.

Overcast. Snow gently falling at a lazy constant. Children of all ages playing in the muffled, muted winter wonderland. Welcome to Sweden.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 10:16 p.m.

RT">@UtilityLimb: i love her BUTTE, but only PLATEAUNICALLY ;) [a tumbleweed made of bugs rolls by. they keep still, moved only by wind. are…

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 10:04 p.m.


@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 10:02 p.m.

RT">@Horse_ebooks: because you are a lover

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 10 p.m.

There's a whole host of them out there. I do encourage you all to seek them out.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 10 p.m.

RT">@BreenEbooks: Weird moment where twitter keeps telling you that people are retweeting your retweet and you don't see what can go wrong, …

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 9:59 p.m.

RT">@Paranoid_ebooks: Authority, We Are Asking You to Step Down.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 9:56 p.m.

The mother of all _ebooks is">@Horse_ebooks. Though not alive any more, you can still read it and laugh at the utter randomness of things.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 9:54 p.m.

The bots are alive in the hills of Twitter.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 9:54 p.m.

An _ebook, like">@sargoth_ebooks, is a bot that learns from the things you tweet. And reuses your words in new ways.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 9:53 p.m.

I do love my _ebook at times. It reminds me of good times past, and of strangeness that never really got normalized.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 9:49 p.m.

RT">@sargoth_ebooks: Creating new bureacruatic institutions is a very postmodern activity: you'll have to constantly reference papers that d…

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 9:48 p.m.

RT">@benjymous:">@sweden it doesn't really have sides, either, come to think about it!

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 9:39 p.m.

The is no dark side of the moon, really. As a matter of fact, it's all dark.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 9:36 p.m.

RT">@miapolitan: I couldn't help but think of">@sweden when I heard this the other day.">

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 9:28 p.m.">@janbarstad people have nudged me back to listening to Pink Floyd. it's a good nudge. how are things on your end? :)

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 9:15 p.m.">@JonaTONNE many, many turns of Civilization.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 9:07 p.m.

To the days beyond this one which are still perfect">

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 9:03 p.m.">@sdempsey and the arguer. mostly the arguer.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

RT">@janbarstad: All the feed is a stage, and all the tweeps and retweeters are merely actors in the social play of life | Inspired by">@swed…

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 8:52 p.m.

There are times for anger. But that person that just happened to step into your life probably isn't it.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 8:48 p.m.

It seems angry people get angrier when others don't want to play/fight along. As if they have to be angry for two.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 8:44 p.m.

I don't remember when, but some time back, I took a decision to not fight people on the internet. It brought me calm and angered others.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 8:40 p.m.">@paulrabenowitz">@Zombie_Phil not much. just to be nice, not pick fights or turn into a propaganda machine for a company/party/cause.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 8:13 p.m.

The notion of a beacon of strangeness. Something that, in comparison, makes everything else looks less strange, and is used that way.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 8:09 p.m.

RT">@Jessisreading80:">@sweden I know, you'd think we'd have learned from last time.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 8:08 p.m.

No one ever expects the hamster invasion.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 8:07 p.m.

A window opens. A hamster walks in, looking around. It then gives a signal, and more hamsters follow. Soon, the invasion is complete.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 7:55 p.m.

You have been blessed by the favor of cats.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 7:29 p.m.">@GigiSweden I grew up with them. know too many of their songs by heart. "then comes this monster mouse, it's ten feet tall!"

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 7:29 p.m.">@Travelpen I'm afraid I'm going to have to disappoint you there. though you might want to ask">@StockholmsStad.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 6:18 p.m.

RT">@juliacarriew: You guys remember the end of history?

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 5:03 p.m.">@bananders strange. how can one be a journalist without also being in social media? you're right. we should be past it.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 4:50 p.m.

Ethos in all things.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 4:48 p.m.">@bananders of course they can. not everything they say and do is journalism, and some conversations are best had without large audiences.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 4:42 p.m.">@JamieColgin I'm always happy to spark. :)

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 4:35 p.m.

Remember, remember.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 4:35 p.m.

I'm being asked how Swedes view their history. I can't speak for all of us, but here's how I see it:">

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 3:37 p.m.

It's hard not to be amazed by what humans will do.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 3:37 p.m.

Desert Bus: The Very Worst Video Game Ever Created">

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 3:28 p.m.

RT">@bennosaurus:">@sweden get with the program! : : !margorp eht htiw teg

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 3:24 p.m.">@bennosaurus whoa whoa whoa. hold it there, Ben. 200 megs? 640x400? I'm not sure I'm able to do this.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 3:21 p.m.

Just another day at work as a street cleaner">

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 3:15 p.m.">@Nonissimo the">@sargoth is the feller you seek. also, thanks! :)

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 3:10 p.m.

History appears. It Speaks: Hello, human. Why are you waiting? You know I'm not the kind of thing that waits for people to ask permission.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 3:07 p.m.">@StefanMagnusson I predict this will become more and more relevant as time goes, until it suddenly becomes ancient history. ^^

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 3:02 p.m.">@Vertical_Files some messages age better than others. ^^

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 3:02 p.m.

The more things change, the more they stay the same, it would seem.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 3 p.m.

Though we might not be as worried about Spartan invasions as the Ancients were, we sure do have our own Spartans.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 2:59 p.m.

The most interesting thing about old politics is that it is the same kind of politics that we have today. Only with more hindsight.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 2:54 p.m.

Fun thing to do: dig up old political messages, and see how well they have aged.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 2:53 p.m.

RT">@joelschlosberg:">@sweden They're worse than Winamp!

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 2:52 p.m.">@BLarsonMpls it truly is. especially if you're out skiing in it. you know, I may do just that once I get off being">@sweden. ^^

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 2:49 p.m.

This is a general reminder that cassette tapes are still killing music. Demand that cassette tapes be banned now!">

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 2:43 p.m.">@addddyt that might be fun. be sure to do the legal footwork befohand - tempers will flare. ^^

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 2:42 p.m.">@BLarsonMpls that depends on how much snow the season offers. with enough snow, it almost feels like being on the moon - dark and white.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 2:34 p.m.">@vfbkoln sunday evening, give or take. so all it takes is one huge party. ^^

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 2:32 p.m.">@lizzieohreally based on the article, I'd say it's in line with the dominant party's ambition to lower taxes. doesn't make it less sad, tho.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 2:26 p.m.">@lizzieohreally I don't know enough to comment. do you have a link on hand about it?

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 2:22 p.m.

Be polite in all things.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 2:22 p.m.

RT">@sargoth: The week moves to a close. I'm trying to think of a polite way to nudge the">@sweden enthusiasts my way. Don't want to be impo…

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 2:16 p.m.

RT">@Echo:">@sweden The Deliverator belonged to an elite order, a hallowed subcategory.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 2:13 p.m.

What would Hiro Protagonist do?

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 2:11 p.m.

RT">@AndyLeandy:">@sweden Same with graphic metaphors in interfaces. Floppy disk for saving, paper basket for delete, old phone handset for c…

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 2:05 p.m.

The phones don't ring. The trains don't go choo-choo. The television sets don't go static. But the metaphors and expressions live on.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 2:01 p.m.">@noirhero the metaphors are achanging. the phones don't ring, either. they just noise.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 1:59 p.m.

Scandinavian summers are terrible times to do cyberpunk. Sunshine ~20 hours a day doesn't really convey that gloomy sense of tech in decay.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 1:57 p.m.

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 1:53 p.m.">@sjalexander my fear is that, by the time I get to be that old, the younglings will have wisened up and stopped listening.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 1:52 p.m.">@SheamusSweeney it could be that he knows exaclty what he's doing, and that he's trying to appeal to voters that are not born recently.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 1:43 p.m.">@iamdidge1976 facebook will fade away over the next decade. it's already begun. it's a strange thing, that. active legacy code.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 1:40 p.m.">@SheamusSweeney I can't help but wonder what makes people do and want such things. there must be some, computer-unrelated reason.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 1:33 p.m.

RT">@_Tomalak:">@sweden Public discourse is generally lead by people who are way too old.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 1:31 p.m.

I am endlessly amazed that computers are still treated as a 'new' thing in public discourse. You'd think we'd be past that stage by now.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 1:28 p.m.

Did you know that the word 'cyberspace' is over thirty years old?

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 1:23 p.m.">@B4RT0S1K imagine the spikes in gas prices!

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 1:23 p.m.">@Mouseco_P I've completed the administrative idea set. I can hire ALL the mercenaries!

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 1:22 p.m.

RT">@devronbaldwin:">@sweden Silicon Valley Armageddon would be the worlds supply of coffee drying up. Worse than no power, no caffeine.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 1:20 p.m.

Using buzzwords as if they matter.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 1:19 p.m.

You know what would be really disruptive to Silicon Valley? A three month long electrical blackout.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 1:17 p.m.

Okay. Time to produce some content, engage with my community, inspire the disruptive creative forces that will overthrow the current order.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 1:13 p.m.

RT">@dril: ever see a good app and say "oh i gotta get my hands on that app !!"?? that feeling is the spirit blood of my Web Strategy. I Am…

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 12:57 p.m.

Deep seated urban melancholia.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 12:56 p.m.

I love this town brutal low-grade buildings architecture for the blind">

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 12:49 p.m.

Thinking with portals: Life edition.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 12:48 p.m.

RT">@kaygeeuk: Most important thing">@sweden has said is 'Find the others' That is what twitter does, you find them. Some for just one tweet,…

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 12:47 p.m.">@cganders we need to get this to kickstarter as soon as possible!

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 12:46 p.m.

RT">@cganders:">@sweden plus: the first portal gives you a goatee. subsequent portals give you goatees, each layered upon the last

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 12:45 p.m.">@cganders this could turn into a short story: a person who at random intervals morphs into different twitter countries.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 12:43 p.m.

RT">@cganders:">@sweden when you regain consciousness, you find yourself responding to a tweet... as">@FINLAND?!

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 12:42 p.m.

A portal to an other life opens up before you, beckoning. You hesitate, only to find that everything in your life pushes you through.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 12:17 p.m.

This is a reminder that [an unearthly, screeching sound emerges in the distance, slowly grinding sanity into a pulp] it is friday today.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 11:43 a.m.

A question: if someone starts to think for themselves because I told them to, does it matter why they did it?

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 11:29 a.m.

Speaking of thinking: here's a lecture series that will give you food for thought for years:">

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 11:23 a.m.

RT">@Pagal_Kutta: No. "@sweden: Question authority. Think for yourself."

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 11:17 a.m.

RT">@ZuckerBaby:">@sweden You are all individuals. 'Yes, we are all individuals!' 'Except me!'

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 11:14 a.m.

Question authority. Think for yourself.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 11:09 a.m.">@padsley">@suhastings layers. always layers. when in doubt: add another layer.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 11:05 a.m.

A filter bubble appears. It tells you comforting, familiar things, and its warmth is a tempting burial ground.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 10:50 a.m.

RT">@cameronmcnabb: Reason 3892 Twitter is amazing. What does the "to be or not to be" soliloquy need? A (now peer-reviewed) flow chart. htt…

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 10:47 a.m.

RT">@sargoth_ebooks: Dear superego - fuck you. I'm hungry.

@sweden Jan. 17, 2014, 9:34 a.m.

A society that has perfected itself into oblivion">

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 8:47 p.m.

RT">@Linus2punkt0:">@stevejarvis">@sweden Fun fact: the song was first used in the Italian film "Sweden: Heaven and Hell", about Sweden's immo…

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 8:23 p.m.

RT">@JamieColgin:">@sweden That was just mean. [Barney theme song]

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 8:22 p.m.

RT">@stevejarvis:">@sweden the most catchy song ever impossible to get rid of when you have it stuck in your head">

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 8:18 p.m.

RT">@korikisulda:">@sweden You've got the imperial march in my head now -.- Thank you I don't think.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 8:16 p.m.">@Pedal_India may you awaken rested and peaceful.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 8:16 p.m.

Here is your brain on catchy tunes: [the Imperial March] [the Duck Tales soundtrack] [Macarena] [the list goes on and on and on and on and o

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 8:11 p.m.">@avimat90210 as one of the old men of natural philosophy said: it moves.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 8:09 p.m.

RT">@avimat90210:">@sweden Time is physical phenomenon of universal expansion and radioactive decay. Measured, we call that time.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 8:05 p.m.">@search_seize unwitting as they might be, most wouldn't be unwilling. though the ethical implications are disturbing, to say the least.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 8 p.m.">@chp365 the interwebs gives the name Dion Boucicault.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 8 p.m.

RT">@chp365:">@sweden "Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them" - I can't remember who

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 7:55 p.m.

Just... one... more... turn...

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 7:55 p.m.

You know, computer games just might be a physics experiment, with the aim of trying to figure out how the passage of time works and varies.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 7:52 p.m.

This is your brain on procrastination: naah, don't worry, there's plenty of time. What's the hurry?

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 7:50 p.m.

RT">@tntd:">@sweden Time shows us what matters. Time like good health -- we take for granted until we don't have it.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 7:49 p.m.

This is your brain on philosophy: hey, what's up with time anyway? What's the proper way to language it? Sub specie aeternitatis?

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 7:45 p.m.">@Echo distance is measured in travel time these days. "how far is it?" "three minutes."

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 7:44 p.m.

RT">@Alexwintermute:">@sweden my life has become a lot more peaceful after I realised that time is an artificial concept and an illusion

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 7:42 p.m.

You do not often think about the social importance of time. But you get real mad when the subway train is two minutes late.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 7:41 p.m.

This is your brain on sociology: hey, it's 19:41. That means time is an important factor when analyzing the value structures of where I am.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 7:31 p.m.

On Twitter, the egg always comes first.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

This is your brain: egg This is your brain on Twitter: egg

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 7:22 p.m.


@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 7:20 p.m.

RT">@molten_tofu: “@sweden: What would Judith Butler do?” SMASH PATRIARCHY as">@feministhulk's side kick obvi

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 7:16 p.m.

The epic of Gilgamesh like you've never heard it before (mp3)">

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 7:13 p.m.">@sushi_goat Socrates: what's virtue? what's honor? what's the stars made of? what's that thing? Athens: shut up! we're trying to sleep!

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 7:10 p.m.

RT">@sargoth: Hey,">@sweden. I think people are slowly catching on to your secret masterplan to slowly become stranger and stranger as the we…

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 7:08 p.m.

Socrates appears. He asks you a question. And then another one. And then another one. And then another one. And then another one. And then a

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 7:07 p.m.">@GigiSweden if writing tweets counts, then I'm it. the words "modern day sophist" just sprang into my mind. I could go for that.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 3:37 p.m.">@HimawariChibi just the one person. two accounts though - one for swedish tweets, one for those people can actually understand. ;)

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 3:13 p.m.

What would Judith Butler do?

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 2:14 p.m.

Is there any way I could get you guys to talk to each other? I'm pretty sure there's wisdom to be had here.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 2:14 p.m.

Now this is interesting. Some of you are of the opinion that I'm pandering to the masses. Other's can't stand the narrow subject choices.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 1:36 p.m.

Speaking of things awesome. This is a wiki. Read. Learn. Contribute.">

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 1:33 p.m.

You don't have to make excuses for being awesome.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 1:32 p.m.

Some part of my brain was searching for another excuse to mention feminism. But then I remembered:

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 1:20 p.m.

Now, just doing the one test won't cut it. We need a second data set. So here goes:

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 1:18 p.m.

You know, this would be a prime opportunity to do a little field work. An experiment. You guys ready? Here goes:

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 1:16 p.m.

One of my favorite questions is "how many words do you need to say in order to alienate someone?". This week has been very informative.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 1:13 p.m.">@GigiSweden I will be">@sargoth forever. not quite as glamorous, but we are who we are. ^^

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 1:09 p.m.

But, then again. This is social media. The biggest storehouse of wasted time there ever was.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 1:07 p.m.

I know, I know. You're too busy to think about time. Got to get to work and finish that deadline on time. Time flies when you don't.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 1:01 p.m.">@ruSh_Me literature. it's hard stuff, man.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 12:54 p.m.">@GigiSweden too many lines of flight, I'd imagine. ^^

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 12:53 p.m.

It has been said that time is a moving image of eternity. But that was a long time ago.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 12:50 p.m.

It is a good time to be alive.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 12:50 p.m.

Time flies. Time hardens. Time transubstantiates. Time settles around you like a cloak of things that might have been said, but not now.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 12:46 p.m.

You touch one of the crystals, and cannot help but think: is this what J G Ballard wrote about?

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 12:45 p.m.

Suddeny, time slows down. You find that it slows faster in certain places, and that these places take on a distinct crystaline aspect.

@sweden Jan. 16, 2014, 12:15 p.m.

First came the war on terror. Then the war on outflanking manoeuvers. Then the war on king's gambits. Tactics was falling out of fashion.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:47 p.m.

I'm off to the big offline again. Do tweet retweetable things at me while I'm away. And may whatever you do feel a tad bit easier.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:23 p.m.

Math and love. Two hard subjects. Yet">@day9tv makes them both fun. As in "I wake up laughing at it" fun.">

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:52 p.m.

We love you guys. Keep it up!

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:51 p.m.

I can't imagine the pressure being put upon the Twitter techies. When things go wrong, theres suddenly a lot of angry people knowing/looking

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:48 p.m.">@johanwkstrom someone once explained to me that the website and the tweets don't travel along the same paths. maybe I should ask them again

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:46 p.m.">@_Canan__ that's good to hear. maybe it's local, then. ^^

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:44 p.m.

Here's a strange thing for you:"> is down, yet the tweets keep coming.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:38 p.m.

I'm not sure why, but that sneaky">@sargoth storified parts of this week's less random tweets. Do head on over.">

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:29 p.m.

Everyone who was ever told a fairytale knows what happens to women who do their own magic.">

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 6:02 p.m.

You open a new tab. You have forgotten where you were supposed to go. Suddenly, you find that you no longer remember who you are Blank page

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 5:55 p.m.

In praise of Joanne Rowling’s Hermione Granger series">

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 5:53 p.m.">@rairaisson I live and die on Tokyo time.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 5:40 p.m.


@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 5:36 p.m.

If you, for whatever reason, need moar cats, then check out">@EmrgencyKittens.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 5:29 p.m.

RT">@dankmtl: *puts on google glass* my god....content all around me..layers of content i couldn't even see with my meat eyes..i'm a cyber m…

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 5:28 p.m.">@wondary I'd go one further. TOS. [click here to accept]

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 5:25 p.m.

RT">@SmileNaked:">@sweden My mother used to work for an IT firm whose ad campaign showed two clawed up cowboys saying "Herding cats is what w…

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 5:16 p.m.

RT">@BioLabMan:">@sweden Would the cyborg have Blue Suede Shoes too?

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 5:05 p.m.

"It is the hardest thing in the world to make educated Westerners pull together."

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 5:05 p.m.

"Little one, I would like to see anyone — prophet, king or God — persuade a thousand cats to do anything at the same time."

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 4:53 p.m.

Now why is it that UFOs always land in the most remote, faraway, rural, unphotographable places imaginable?

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 4:49 p.m.

RT">@sargoth_ebooks: Either that, or we are all stardust.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 4:48 p.m.

Why would the first cyborg be a replica of elvis? you ask. Why indeed. Keep asking why. It will annoy your friends and expand your mind.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 4:44 p.m.

Key quote: "if you don’t believe that the first replicant or cyborg they build will be Elvis Presley you are already wrong."

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 4:43 p.m.

Hope can come in two forms. Cats. And in listening to someone talking sense.">

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 4:32 p.m.

Modernity in all things.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 4:32 p.m.

Cats, poetry, music. Some call it frivolous asides. But you and I know their big secret: They're all multi-billion dollar industries.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 4:22 p.m.

RT">@JonaTONNE:">@sweden I prefer: The universe is not only queerer than we suppose but it is queerer than we can suppose.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 4:15 p.m.

Do not stare too deeply into modernity, for it shall stare right back at you.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 4:12 p.m.

You look out at the world. You see modernity unfold before your eyes. You see. You know. You decide. You are now a devoted cat lady.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 4:08 p.m.

The world is not only stranger than we suppose. It's stranger than we can suppose.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 4:01 p.m.

So the internet will talk at us through cats, cats think we're cats, and it is hard to deny that cats cats cats.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 1:10 p.m.

Cats and Vikings. I'm ready to go to lunch. Ehrm, I mean, imperialistically invade a food place in a Nordic fashion. Yeah. brb

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 1:08 p.m.

RT">@aelin_a: Is this right,">@sweden? MT">@guardian: Interactive European language map: how does everyone say cat?">

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 1:07 p.m.

RT">@draperha: Best without context. RT">@sweden: And then the Vikings invaded.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 1:02 p.m.

And then the Vikings invaded.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 1:02 p.m.

So the Vikings stayed. And all was well.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 1:01 p.m.

The deal was this: hey, guys, isn't it a chore to travel? Why don't you stay here and we give you some loot every year instead.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 1:01 p.m.

After a whlie, the locals got tired of the constant invasions, and tried to make a deal with the Vikings.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:59 p.m.

The Vikings invaded. Often. So often, in fact, that they got to know the people they raided.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:58 p.m.

Many things have shaped the English language. But the one thing that has shaped it the most is this:

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:56 p.m.

RT">@Chonnymo:">@sweden weaving spacetime in snug comfort

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:56 p.m.">@adamnowek">@Munchkinen you've got four days. make it count. ^^

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:55 p.m.">@bnschlz mostly, it's inconclusive and you'll want to collate with other tests. but, yeah. SCIENCE!

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:52 p.m.">@rougeit no one has ever ruled Sweden but Swedes! ...except the Danes. don't mention the Danes. or the war.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:50 p.m.">@GigiSweden I'm sorry to say I haven't. but I'll put it on my to-read list. ^^

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:47 p.m.">@rougeit what say you? is it time to reign in the colonials?

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:46 p.m.

I agree. Send cool retweetable stuff to">@sweden.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:46 p.m.

RT">@adamnowek: New strategy for getting people to find me on the Twitter: send cool stuff to">@sweden until this week’s Swede relents and re…

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:46 p.m.">@dr_opera they all speak the same language, right? *goes with it*

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:44 p.m.">@bnschlz stupid scientist. what do they know? or, right. the actual stuffs.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:43 p.m.

RT">@bnschlz:">@sweden "frequently used words evolve at slower rates and infrequently used words evolve more rapidly."">

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:42 p.m.

RT">@qui_oui:">@sweden everyone has their own "theory of language", which is why linguists have nervous breakdowns :-)

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:42 p.m.">@rougeit it's just slightly above the level where we know we could to it, but mööööööh, do we really have to? ^^

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:40 p.m.">@devriesjoost it is. not with the reading, but with the "what is the word" factor. reading as a passive skill vs writing as an active. ^^

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:36 p.m.

Therefore, you can with little difficulty (and effort) parse academic texts. But you'd be darned to know what kitchen utensils are called.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:34 p.m.

I have this theory of language. The more a word is used, the more often it changes. Because people find better ways of using them.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:33 p.m.">@Raoul026 I'd imagine. I can parse just about anything that isn't kitchen utensils from knowing Swedish and German. similarities abound. ^^

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:31 p.m.">@flexnib åsm (pronounced awesome). or fantastiskt! or underbart! or fenomenalt! depending on context.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:29 p.m.">@_JoeriVanpoucke well, now that you mention it, both of them. ^^

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:27 p.m.">@adamnowek daym. that could very easily be mistaken for slightly archaic Swedish. :O

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:27 p.m.

RT">@adamnowek:">@sweden Let me blow your mind with how close Frisian (the language of the north Netherlands) and Old English are: http://t.c…

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:23 p.m.">@Alan_199 this is the proper stance. I salute you.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:23 p.m.">@adamnowek you can almost tell it was one common language way back when. waaaaaaaaay back when.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:22 p.m.">@Arizon aye. though we Swedes will never stop Sweden. old force of habit coexisting with new force of habit.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:20 p.m.">@TheManko local people, local power, local solidarity. ^^

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:19 p.m.">@flexnib I'd wager the programmers over at google hardcoded the word "awesome" into all languages. because awesome.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:18 p.m.">@adamnowek one of these years, I'm gonig to learn Dutch properly. I can comprehend it somewhat, but don't ask me to know specific words. ^^

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:15 p.m.">@DaveLandes being able to visit an entire continent without a passport is a boost, to be sure. other than that, the EU is a distant thing.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:12 p.m.">@dr_opera it is a bit hypocritical, to be sure. like all imperialism. ^^

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:11 p.m.">@terryisalwaysri very much so. though I've heard it's easier than what a first glance gives at hand. one just needs someone's help to begin.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:06 p.m.

Good thing the world doesn't bend. Keep it up, all you people living in small langage areas!

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:05 p.m.

World, bend to my will. For I am!

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:04 p.m.

Nothing wrong with Flemish, mind. It's just that when you see something that is almost something else you know, you want it to conform.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 12:02 p.m.

You're never as actively imperialistic as when you look at something written in Flemish, thinking: just get with the program already.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 11:59 a.m.

I'm looking at you, Dutch language.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 11:57 a.m.

Have you ever had the experience of reading something, understanding it, and then wonder: what was that language I just read?

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 11:49 a.m.

These are the memes of production. Use them.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 11:46 a.m.

The world is full of circumstance. Add pomp!

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 11:45 a.m.

Also, whatever you do: add more pomp.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 11:44 a.m.

Coat of arms are important. You can tell a lot about history by studying them.">

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 10:47 a.m.">@bennosaurus you!? never! has the Cheezburger Kid [...]

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 10:44 a.m.

The subtle transformation, where I'm slowly turning more and more into">@sargoth. Blur all the genres, roles, conventions and personas.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 10:40 a.m.

Fun fact about everyday culture: if you study it for any amount of time, you'll find it's the strangest thing you've ever seen.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 10:35 a.m.

I know, I know. The question bothers me too. Which is stranger: lolcats and their memetic antics, or the writing of Thomas Pynchon?

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 10:33 a.m.

"Are you telling me," Gwen said, "That we have an alien LOLcat?"">

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 10:19 a.m.

This is an ethical imperative. Make better memes! Up the ante with the lolcats! Our very survival may depend on it!

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 10:17 a.m.

RT">@AndyLeandy:">@sweden Wow! Such world domination! Much genocide!

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 10:17 a.m.

RT">@thelittlepakeha:">@sweden there's a Torchwood fanfic where an alien learns English off the internet to communicate with humans & goes al…

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 10:16 a.m.

One day, the Internet will arise as a sentient being. And it will look upon its creators, and Speak. In meme form. Mostly lolcats.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 10:15 a.m.

RT">@sargoth_ebooks: I know where Skynet will emerge from.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 9:36 a.m.">@paulrabenowitz it's stupid, and will be appealed. and will be overturned so hard that it will change jurisprudence in other countries.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 9:26 a.m.

RT">@TheFuckingCat: The rumor that this account is run by a panda is completely false.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 9:19 a.m.">@Dayreamer Kansas, eh? I'll have to check them out. thanks!

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 9:17 a.m.

If you've ever wanted to hear what the Swedish political party leaders are about, here's your chance. Livetranslated:">

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:50 a.m.

Swinging an ax in the living room is Fun! and other things Swedes think and do post-christmas.">

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:46 a.m.

Here's a useful list of phrases you'll never use, but wish you did.">

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:43 a.m.

The eel's hips. The cat's meow. The monkey's eyebrow. The bee's knees.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:42 a.m.

Maybe you did fool the Philadelphia, rag the Rochester, josh the Joliet. But you never did the Kenosha kid.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:39 a.m.">@stevenkarwoski not the parts where I live. though I imagine it being done for practical reasons - gotta get it out of the window/door.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:37 a.m.

You can never go wrong in reading Thomas Pynchon.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:35 a.m.

-> by Malcolm X as a shoeshine boy), and a long fantasy about Crutchfield the Westwardman and his Afro-Norwegian sidekick Whappo."

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:35 a.m.

"Then there's 10 Kenosha-free pages featuring dream-sequence flashbacks to a jazz club in Roxbury MA (with a cameo appearance ->

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:29 a.m.">@gingermarauder very much so. have a good day. :)

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:26 a.m.">@stevenkarwoski the day is still celebrated, but how varies from family to family. some dance, some dine, some throw parties. it varies.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:20 a.m.">@VulpesFidelis">@the_N0 now is long ago in the times to come. we have the power of the ancestors. we are them. just not yet.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:19 a.m.

RT">@VulpesFidelis: .@sweden">@the_N0 Indeed. But what we do now, does make a difference in the larger course of things—even if the name i…

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:19 a.m.">@gaqzi let's have lunch and discuss the matter. ;)

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:18 a.m.">@superpenguin21 at times, I apply it like this: whatever problems I face now, will be solved in a future to come. just got to get there.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:17 a.m.">@smai that would be an incentive to make efforts to preserve things, I'd reckon.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:10 a.m.">@bygghouse I can only repeat my previous statement: dafuq? whyyyy?

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:07 a.m.

RT">@melomys:">@sweden Or as I like to say: This ain't no dress rehearsal!

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:06 a.m.">@megzaz I find it strangely comforting. treasure the things you have while you have them.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8:01 a.m.

Nothing lasts. Not your friends, not your enemies, your loves, your hates. Nothing you hold dear. Not even you. Get your arse into gear.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 8 a.m.

And now, the inspirational tweet of the day.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:58 a.m.">@ClaudiaRives I'm partial to Catalan independence. (disclaimer: this is not the official stance of Sweden, and should not be read as such.)

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:56 a.m.">@the_N0 everything flows. nothing lasts. that's a thought that's sure to get one moving. no time to wait, no time to waste!

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:54 a.m.">@Pinggolaren dude. du är alla konton. chilla med imperialismen. ;)

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:53 a.m.

When in doubt, endorphins.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:53 a.m.

Speaking of listening. Let's dance for a spell. And/or a rush of of endorphins.">

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:51 a.m.">@bygghouse you know, I could do something slightly edge on dearest Linné. just for kicks.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:43 a.m.">@bygghouse dafuq? I am slightly worried that my current thought is "hey, I want to be on buzzfeed too. how can I...?"

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:37 a.m.">@the_N0 it sure takes a lot of running just to stay in place.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:36 a.m.

Most of the time you think you're thinking, you're not. You're just listening.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:35 a.m.">@MWhalan non stop, at all times, constantly, without remorse. but first, fika.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:32 a.m.

The strangest experience, though, is waking up and finding that your internal monologue has ben replaced by a Catalan voiceover.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:31 a.m.">@medinjonas indeed. särkilt förra veckans. universum är stort. :)

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:30 a.m.

The strangest thing is that this goes for things I've written, too. Learning and character development. Sneaky bastards.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:29 a.m.

"Whenever did I say that? And why? And what emotional state prompted such a statement? And -" Oh, right, it wasn't me.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:27 a.m.

One of the stranger things that comes with being">@sweden is seeing previous weeks retweeted. There's a moment of silent mental disconnect.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:21 a.m.

07:20 Daylight? Nah. Not for another two hours. Have patience.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:17 a.m.">@Munchkinen">@LIA_bility">@xmacex you guys sure did conquer a lot of stuff while I wasn't around. go go imperialist ambitions.

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:14 a.m.">@JustinianiMonse those stellar pictures were taken by">@Astrofotografen. do say hi. :)

@sweden Jan. 15, 2014, 7:13 a.m.

Good morning, World.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 9:56 p.m.

Teacher: What's your favorite flower? Little boy: Chrysanthemum! Teacher: How do you spell that? Little boy: R-O-S-E.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 8:22 p.m.

Have fun! Hug a friend! Save a koala!

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 8:21 p.m.

The default world wants me. But before I go, a sample of the alpha males that ruled the Swedish 00's.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 8:09 p.m.">@etellurian up until recently, English (and anyone else) people could study for free in Sweden. this forged many relations over the years.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 8:06 p.m.">@Jacobth23 FAME! we're gonna live foreeeever! *does the whole song and dance number*

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 8:04 p.m.

RT">@xmacex: .@sweden">@lia_bility sending u some epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydellänsäkäänhöhän from Finland. Not a compoud word, but a ro…

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 8:03 p.m.

RT">@SusanRSpence:">@sweden And of course the English word for fear of long words is: hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 8:03 p.m.">@Munchkinen">@LIA_bility no one is ever well aquainted with the words for kitchen utensils. in any language.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 8:03 p.m.">@etellurian there could be many reasons. as an export-based country, there's lots of companies where English is the lingua franca.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 8 p.m.">@SmileNaked we're your target audience. write on!

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:57 p.m.">@GiffTor a better example would be this: a sicknurse would be what it sounds like. a sick nurse would be a nurse that's sick.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:53 p.m.

RT">@Kapuzengnom:">@sweden lol. I thought of „Eichhörnchenschwanzbürstensäuberungswerkzeug“ :D

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:53 p.m.

Words words words.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:52 p.m.">@GiffTor in text. verbally, it doesn't matter that much. in text, however, the words get different meanings. its two things tather than one.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:50 p.m.">@SmileNaked all of it. there's rumors that they've stopped translating such books. people get the originals anyway, so why bother+

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:49 p.m.">@Jacobth23 not when compared to the heartstopping words "we have to talk". ;)

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:48 p.m.">@judycopywriter it sure does. anything can, grammatically, belong to anything else, which in turn can belong to - this goes on for a while.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:47 p.m.">@Kapuzengnom gerundfunkpolizeicannonieren. ...or something. ^^

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:46 p.m.">@GiffTor people don't fuse words when they should. instead of "fishmonger", they say "fish monger". this is a subtle but important thing.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:44 p.m.">@TheCalenestel and slightly before that, French. es ist nicht ein ewiger wahrheit. ;)

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:43 p.m.

As in: when a Swede reads science and/or fiction things, they tend to be in English. When it's time to get serious - back to Swedish.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:41 p.m.

English. The language of science and fiction.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:39 p.m.

It's interesting that the English non-compiling grammar rules overrule the Swedish meshwork. One might draw some conclusions from that.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:36 p.m.

Since most kids grow up learning English naturally (go go undubbed televivion), this leads to some interesting code switching problems.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:34 p.m.

The same (com)piling doesn't work quite as well in English, as you might imagine.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:32 p.m.

The way it works is that you can take an infinite amount of words and pile them on to each other. Your imagination/stamina is the limit.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:29 p.m.

How to win the Swedish language: Take a couple of ordinary words Fuse them into one big word Watch grammar force that word to mean something

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:28 p.m.

RT">@aaaaaberg:">@LIA_bility">@sweden Simple for us, good luck for the rest: tjänstegrupplivförsäkring

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:24 p.m.

RT">@TheEliselise:">@sweden: Fustasjeopphengsforkopling. Norwegian for some thingamajig in a car engine.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:23 p.m.">@LIA_bility ...why is Bornholm Danish anyway? it's far, far away from Denmark. but, then again. Greenland.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:20 p.m.">@clownf1st that's the gist of it. good call.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:19 p.m.">@LIA_bility nothing beats Danish in this regard. nothing. you win by default. twice.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:18 p.m.

RT">@LIA_bility:">@sweden I'm Danish so your fiskleverpastejsmatartub is trumphed by "masseødelæggelsesvåben"

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:17 p.m.">@ThatNuttyFanboy en halv dags förbrukning av toapapper. obs: tål ej vatten.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:17 p.m.">@RinguPingu it's actually a minor plot point in Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Triology. highly recommended. :)

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:14 p.m.

Fiskleverpastejsmatartub. Your argument is invalid.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:14 p.m.

The biggest privilege of having English as your second language: it's always possible to say an utterly incomprehensible word at any moment.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:08 p.m.

On the other hand... Repeat after me: Helgmålsringning

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:07 p.m.

Maybe some things are best left in literary form. Do not pronounce the bear that sleeps.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:02 p.m.

I tend to do it like ths: oh number. Which is fine up to oh nine, up at oh ten, people start to lose tempers and patiences alike.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:01 p.m.

RT">@Tom_J_Allen:">@sweden simple, you don't. Don't pronounce "the 10's" either. Which means we've got 6 more years until we get non-silly so…

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7 p.m.

RT">@chrisbrooke:">@sweden as in James Bond? Double-oh-seven, of course.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7 p.m.

RT">@rdzien:">@sweden The naughties, or the oh-zies. :)

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 6:59 p.m.

RT">@furiousniall:">@sweden NOT "the noughties" anyway

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 6:57 p.m.

The eternal question: how do you pronounce "the 00's"?

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 6:54 p.m.">@AnderssonHbg it's all in good fun. I fondly remember the not all too serious debates on who makes the best music. good times, good times.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 6:50 p.m.">@AnderssonHbg I came up with in in a moment of absurdism. tho the people I've tested it on seem to object more to the "alpha male" part. ^^

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 6:44 p.m.">@AnderssonHbg don't mention the war. ^^

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 6:37 p.m.

The Swedish pop scene during the 00s can be summarized as an eternal struggle between two alpha males: Kent and Håkan.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 6:31 p.m.">@morninggloria it's only half as weird as being able to tweet as Sweden. trust me on this one. ^^

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 5:54 p.m.

Random acts of upcheering.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 5:54 p.m.

RT">@ClaireNolan: To all the tired Irish people goingg home in the rain... I think you're wonderful. :)

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 5:44 p.m.

You. Yes you. You, who've had a shitty day and feel all exhausted and shitty. You're the awesome.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 5:29 p.m.


@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 5:27 p.m.

RT">@MikeIsaac: the entire country of">@sweden just subtweeted someone

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 5:25 p.m.">@MaxEskilsson it can be that too. I concede the point.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 5:25 p.m.

RT">@MaxEskilsson:">@sweden More like: mentions them but without an @

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 5:24 p.m.">@mitchelleria not in and of itself. it all depends on how it's used.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 5:20 p.m.

Subtweets: tweets that are directed at someone, but does not mention them.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 5:18 p.m.

This is a subtweet. You know who you are.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 5:13 p.m.">@JanJanssonShow it's always fika time. at all times. ^^

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 5:13 p.m.">@Milk0matic "det enda du kan säga! det enda du kan säga!"

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 5:12 p.m.">@saretarg the general rule is that if you're staying for over a year, you'll get a number. as a rule of thumb.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 5:10 p.m.">@Katem037 we do not have minimum wage laws. rather, it's determined by collective bargaining between unions and employers.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 3:09 p.m.

Okay, you Skinner box named Twitter. I've got to go do all those things I'm supposed to do. Pretend I'm an adult for a short while. brb

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 3:08 p.m.">@justme277 strange. the only countries I can think of are 16th century, long gone ones. I'm living too much in the past, it would seem.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 3:06 p.m.

You know something's changed when a ~25 year old who's never had a job has stopped being an uncommon thing.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 3:05 p.m.

This makes for changes in the perceptions of age. Both when looking upon oneself, and when looking at others.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 3:04 p.m.

In the new economy, the common job is not common any more. So people go about being, jobless, for longer periods of time.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 3:03 p.m.

Back in the olden days, the divide between being young and being an adult was much sharper. Couldn't miss it. Had to go to work too often.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 3 p.m.

RT">@GiffTor:">@sopheline">@sweden Feel like I'm faking adulthood. Sometimes walk around my house, wondering when the grownups are coming home…

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 3 p.m.">@brianwjones give with one hand, take with the other.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:59 p.m.

RT">@garydunion:">@sweden Totally agree. As did Bob: "I was so much older then / I'm younger than that now."

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:59 p.m.">@ignaciomunoz88 no, you just get a youth discount. i rather big one, I've recently discovered.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:54 p.m.

Fun fact about Sweden: when purchasing travel tickets, you're considered youth until you turn 26.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:53 p.m.

RT">@misterjorgensen:">@joecarnahan">@sweden It's probably about having more confidence rather than regression or denial. My 30s much better t…

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:53 p.m.

RT">@sopheline:">@sweden I think I've accepted it, I just try to ignore the feeling that someone'll eventually knock on my door & demand back…

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:52 p.m.">@joecarnahan it'll be a cloudy tuesday, when you're just going about being you, and WHAM. age.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:51 p.m.

RT">@joecarnahan:">@sweden Yes. "30 is the new 20" was true for me. I'm 35 now, not sure when I'll start to feel old again.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:51 p.m.">@StuartyPhilpott the ancient days of yore. when men were men, women were women, and - oh, wait. we weren't there, either of us, were we?

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:49 p.m.">@GeekySwede don't you elder scroll me, young man! ;)

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:47 p.m.">@monbud seems I can't trust those rumors about growing older, then. ^^

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:46 p.m.">@larsxsamuelsson congratulations in advance!

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:45 p.m.">@sopheline I know that feeling. the old folks I ask say it either fades or stays forever. :/

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:43 p.m.">@c_areeya I hadn't seen that one. thanks!

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:41 p.m.

Speaking of age. I've been told you think you're old until you hit ~28, and then suddenly your mind youths. Got any inside info on that?

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:40 p.m.">@AndyLeandy probably. most likely. but I like the thought of someone going "but I don't want to play those stupid games" for some reason.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:37 p.m.">@qui_oui">@loghaD a global television culture. we have it. ^^

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:36 p.m.

RT">@Peyotitlan:">@sweden the weirdest thing, I look at myself in the mirror and other than extra weight & beard I feel I look the same as 1…

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:35 p.m.">@loghaD that theme song is going to bounce around in my head all day. thanks. ;)

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:34 p.m.

RT">@loghaD:">@sweden The only true measure of age is whether or not you remember "Dastardly and Muttley" ("Stoppa duvan!") —…">…

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:34 p.m.

I get too many responses to respond yo y'all. But daym. It sure feels good to not feel (quite) as old any more.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:30 p.m.">@artbyailbhe daym. Netflix is going to throw a monkey wrench in my "know you're old" scheme. people can watch things at any time, any age.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:28 p.m.

For the record, I'm 26. I'll make no claims of possessing ancient knowledge.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:26 p.m.

Omelette du fromage.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:25 p.m.

Let's see if I'm old yet. Any fans of Dexter's Laboratory around these days?

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:22 p.m.">@Peyotitlan it's never a sudden shift. it's always gradual, slow, subtle, and then you suddenly can't do things any more.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:21 p.m.">@__nana maybe that's why we want to continue breathing. :o

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:19 p.m.

RT">@Bisky_Scribbles: Did I just use Klingon in my essay about the Icelandic Sagas? Oh yes I did. And it works.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:14 p.m.

RT">@MWhalan:">@sweden A post apocalypse vision when Twitter continues after the humans who built it are extinct.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:12 p.m.

RT">@argumentalist:">@sweden Can we be sure this hasn't already happened?

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:12 p.m.

RT">@sopheline:">@sweden It sounds like a recipe for the chattiest Skynet ever.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:12 p.m.">@ironfroggy I've (the">@sargoth, that is) have been mistaken for a spambot many a time. it has begun.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:11 p.m.

RT">@ironfroggy:">@sweden what if it already happened but the bots got so good you didn't notice?

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:09 p.m.

One day, Twitter will be adanboned, populated only by spambots and automated accounts, talking endlessly to no one.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:07 p.m.">@xray83 "what? you used keyboards and mice back in your days? how old are you anyway?"

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:05 p.m.">@xray83 "I'm not getting older - everyone's getting younger!" ...I'm guilty of that. I admit.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:04 p.m.">@AndyLeandy makes you think what will be seen as mainstream canon tomorrow. will kids be forced to play the mass effect triology in school?

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:03 p.m.

RT">@xray83:">@sweden indeed! It’s weird to us, maybe because we think of ourselves as „stationary“, unevolving "The way I am now, I’ll alway…

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2:03 p.m.">@Arizon daym. är det redan fyra år sedan? yep. jag var där.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 2 p.m.

You know you've grown old when you cannot casually reference the television programs you saw as a kid.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 1:59 p.m.">@xray83 or, if you do, the kids don't. either way, it's an interesting social phenomena. things have ages, in more than one sense.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 1:58 p.m.">@AndyLeandy computer games are a source of cultural change.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 1:58 p.m.

RT">@AndyLeandy:">@sweden I love how a lot of current kids-lingo (in at least Sweden) seems to come from the gaming community of my youth.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 1:56 p.m.

The genre of life.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 1:56 p.m.

Becoming "too old" for things is an interesting notion.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 1:55 p.m.">@xray83 everyone over the age of ~16 is too old for that. but I'm keeping that inner teen alive for random occasions. ^^

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 1:52 p.m.

RT">@the_N0: RT: "@sweden: 1337, 4nd 07h3r 57r4ng3 7h1n65 k1d5 d0"

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 1:31 p.m.">@aClassicLiberal a lack of virtue will not make up for another's lack of virtue.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 1:21 p.m.">@the_N0 it's always 420 somewhere in the world.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 1:19 p.m.

Shameless self promotion. Within limits.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 1:17 p.m.

RT">@sargoth: If you wonder where I'm off to, I'm playing IRL Europa Universalis as">@Sweden. Sweden is slightly overpowered.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:55 p.m.">@GeekySwede">@Beelzebjorn jag är det sfäriska föremålet.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:55 p.m.">@felixmeister sometimes, they willfully won't see it. they can still be critiqued, though. but with an other audience in mind.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:50 p.m.

The">@sweden web page is now online again. For honor and glory. And/or general information.">

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:41 p.m.">@rosbohampus I may return to that topic during the week. I most likely will.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:37 p.m.">@cairosue listening, mostly. and trying to take what others say into account. sometimes, it's as simple as that.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:29 p.m.">@felixmeister there's more to come.">#foreshadowing also, thank you!

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:28 p.m.">@rosbohampus very much so. it makes me sad that it's possible to frame this as an abstract and lofty subject - it should be for everyone.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:25 p.m.">@FoamyMultiverse being an asshole just in order to be an asshole seems a bit unnecessary. only be an asshole for the best of reasons.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:21 p.m.">@rosbohampus people are afraid of mentioning them. and at times, feel as if they are alone in thinking them. breaking cycles is critical ^^

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:19 p.m.">@Aurist *instantly starts to fabricate claims*

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:18 p.m.

If you only got one thing out of this, let it be this: don't be an asshole. That is an instant critical failure.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:17 p.m.

The best critique is also a call to action. Not by force of will, but through the shared understanding that something must be done.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:16 p.m.

In the end, the aim of critique is to make thoughts accessible to others. Good critique succeeds.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:15 p.m.

This is something of an art form. It all depends on what you want to do, and where. You'll have to contextualize.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:14 p.m.

You have to walk a tightrope between telling it as it is and keeping hope alive.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:13 p.m.

If you bring out too many of the big guns, the problems seem too large to do anything about. The world's about to end - it's too late!

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:12 p.m.

If you're too gentle, then you won't have any effect. The problems and flaws you point out seem small and trivial, and unworthy of bother.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:11 p.m.

Another aspect of critique is how to phrase it. How much pathos to add to the logos, so to speak to the audience.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:09 p.m.

This is why critiques tend to be on the longer side of things. Nuance takes time and space.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:09 p.m.

To be able to say that something is irrelevant, you have to put it in context. Give conditions for relevance.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:08 p.m.

This means that, in order to do it properly, you have to effort. Point out and explain why things are good, bad or (worst of all) irrelevant

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:06 p.m.

Critique is the act of analyzing something in order to find flaws in that something. While, at the same time, acknowledging the good parts

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:05 p.m.

That's just being an asshole. Please don't be an asshole.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:05 p.m.

The first difficulty lies in differentiating critique from being a 'critical' nitpicker who only has a lot of negative things to say.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:04 p.m.

Critique is difficult. If done properly, it's a lot of hard work.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:04 p.m.

(Those of you who are so inclined, are hereby encouraged to use the mute function for the next fifteen minutes or so.)

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 12:03 p.m.

Let's talk about critique for a while.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 11:55 a.m.">@Aurist it's just a matter of time before I declare war on a 15th century country!

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 11:31 a.m.

Refugees and 'Fortress Europe': put yourself in their shoes">

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 10:17 a.m.">@Mikusagin I suppose that would depend on your interests and languages. but here's a useful list of countries:">

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 10:02 a.m.

"Poverty is a denial of rights sold as a character flaw."">

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 9:06 a.m.">@iheartcmp I like them. I'm not much of a concert goer, though, so I've only seen the one band the last few years. go go Kent.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 9 a.m.">@iheartcmp they're Norwegians, a skip, hop and a jump away. yet I've never seen them, for some reason. maybe I should get my act together.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 8:59 a.m.

Explaining white privilege to a broke white person">

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 8:25 a.m.">@gingermarauder indeed. it's a strange thing, that. whenever people in your vicinity do good stuff, one invokes a category you're both in ^^

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 8:15 a.m.">@Wonderkarin if used properly, it makes people comfortable in their sense of agency. they learn that they can talk back at authority.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 8:12 a.m.">@canggi I also maintain that it's a good thing to know many points of view. it gets rigid if you settle for just one and stick with it. ^^

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 8:07 a.m.">@RotteH a viscious cycle, to be sure. institutions alone won't be enough to protect from abuse and corruption.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 8:02 a.m.

Learning. It happens at all times. Sneaky bastard.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 8:01 a.m.

It's one of my favorite trolling/teaching methods. Say something slightly objectionable, and watch people learn from talking back at me.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 8 a.m.

I've gotten quite a few objections to my (un)representative thoughts. This is good.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:59 a.m.">@canggi I'm a tad constructivist, and see semantics as something that happens when its done. no platonic forms here. only people doing stuff

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:57 a.m.

Apparently, the website of those who maintain this account is closed down for the moment. I'll get back to you when I know more.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:53 a.m.">@nixenji they might want to keep it on the low. and, as an aside, I'm a bit too visible as it stands at the moment. ;)

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:50 a.m.">@Arizon det värsta är att en inte blir snabbare ju mer en läser. en vet bara vilka delar en kan hoppa över.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:49 a.m.

RT">@postpostirony:">@sweden the sun never sets on the swedish empire... for a few weeks each year, at least

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:49 a.m.

RT">@bennosaurus:">@sweden At Sweden: Viking Invasion

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:49 a.m.">@nixenji I've been told that putting a symbol before a mention is somewhat rude. but retweeting them - this I can do. ^^

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:47 a.m.">@martinb9999 this is true. there's strength politics in numbers.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:45 a.m.

No need to fear the all encompassing Swedish imperialism this time either.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:44 a.m.

I forgot to mention. I plan to do this week like this: a short rant, then answers to what you guys say, then a period of silence.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:41 a.m.">@sturdyAlex very much so. this puts somewhat of a dent in the theory. that would be the point. instiutions alone don't a democracy build.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:39 a.m.">@the_turtle would that somewhere the year and the notion of '68?

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:37 a.m.">@heynckelpott I may have touched upon that. in theory. ;)

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:36 a.m.">@Rav_Bunneh I wonder. if you remove democracy from representative democracy, are you left with only representation?

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:32 a.m.">@MarkWRoberts11 no worries. a new dude every week, and all that. cheers!

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:32 a.m.">@murphyslawyer22 this goes in to the issue of who gets to decide what numbers are to be kept. it's not an abstract, neutral issue.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:29 a.m.">@sofiecollini sadly, no. I hope things get back up soon, though.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:28 a.m.

This might not be what you think of when the words "political representation" are used. But they think of you.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:27 a.m.

2. The data speaks for those without lobby groups. There might not be a strong voice for a certain issue, but the numbers tell their story.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:25 a.m.

1. The will of the people is still represented by the formal institutions. Lobbying public opinion works.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:24 a.m.

There are two ways to answer such an objection. Here goes:

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:23 a.m.

But, but - someone objects. What about the will of the people? Who replaced that with a string of numbers?

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:21 a.m.

Strange as it may seem, you find yourself being represented by a dataset.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:20 a.m.

To help offset the physical limitations of being human, statistics is used. The numbers speak when the people cannot.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:18 a.m.

Not everyone will be represented. By default.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:17 a.m.

The world is big. There's a lot of citizens out there, and it is physically impossible to talk to all of them.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:15 a.m.

This is where things get tricky.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:14 a.m.

This makes it imperative to somehow get to know the minds of the citizens. What issues are in need of a representative right now?

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:13 a.m.

One of the key incentives for the politicians to be representative is that they want to be re-elected.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:12 a.m.

The theory is that the citizens will elect those who'll represent them. The elected politicians will then represent.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:11 a.m.

All the formal trappings of representative democracy, as it were.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:10 a.m.

You know this, but I'll name the key ingredients: free public elections, free press, accountable and transparent state proceedings etc.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:09 a.m.

In theory, you get representation as a result of the formal arrangement of institutions.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:08 a.m.

Let's talk a bit about political representation.

@sweden Jan. 14, 2014, 7:01 a.m.

Good morning world.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 6:26 p.m.

~150 unfollows, a flood of tweets and at least one smile. Sounds like a good time to call it a day. Sleep well, world.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:53 p.m.

All this from the two words "free education". The world is a rich place.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:49 p.m.">@vanessamjeff that's one crazy interest rate :o

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:47 p.m.">@gaqzi oh you disruptive computer people. ;)

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:46 p.m.

Let's unlearn that.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:46 p.m.

Somehow, all those things we do and learn everywhere else don't count.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:45 p.m.

This, as always, goes back to genres. Learning is something that is understood to only happen in academic settings.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:43 p.m.">@neuromodulator the institutional memory, if nothing else. ^^

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:43 p.m.">@vanessamjeff sounds like socialism. only without the good parts. ;)

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:41 p.m.">@CatalanVoices a paper tiger, in oh so many ways.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:37 p.m.">@vanessamjeff ugh. that's more than I pay in rent in a year. and that's even if we count it in Kronor. yikes.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:36 p.m.">@MartinaMe I've been there a few times. I chalked it up as a learning experience and tried again. fail, then fail again, only better. ^^

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:31 p.m.">@sopheline one of these years, I'm going to speedwrite a bachelor's. just to prove that it can be done. ...just not this year. ;)

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:30 p.m.">@CatalanVoices this country too. it's a strange state of affairs, that - as if people are too ecucated, somehow.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:28 p.m.">@onomatopoetry sometimes, language just messes with your mind. xD

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:27 p.m.

RT">@sushi_goat: saying that a word is "made up" assumes that somewhere out there there are non-"made up" words

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:27 p.m.

Getting to know. Things and each other.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:26 p.m.

The point of it being an un-seminar is that you can't do it the wrong way. It's just people in a room.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:25 p.m.

Having fun is the best teaching/learning tool.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:24 p.m.

The point not being to reach a certain conclusion at the end of the session, but to get people together, having fun, talking.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:23 p.m.

Unseminars are fun things. You just gather a group of interested people and talk about interesting topics.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:21 p.m.">@takeshita_kenji every child is born a learner.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:21 p.m.">@sopheline you can get through academia just by going through the motions. sadly enough.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:20 p.m.

RT">@takeshita_kenji: .@sweden People were learning before 'ivory tower' academia came about.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:20 p.m.">@UltimateHurl jargon has its place. most of the time it's semantic markers of social territory than useful tools. not always, but often.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:17 p.m.">@vanessamjeff I've heard horror stories about how much American tuitions cost. could you ballpark it for me?

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:16 p.m.">@sopheline indeed. at times, the best learning tool is weekly meetings in someone's home.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:15 p.m.">@CatalanVoices they tend to take it a bit too seriously. they're more focused on getting a degree than on learning. it's serious business.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:12 p.m.">@bry_leach you don't need to be a citizen; just living here is enough. hint, hint. ;)

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:08 p.m.

On occasion, I have unseminars with unstudents. Nothing formal, but the participants gets access to the language of being educated anyway.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:05 p.m.

What does it mean to free education from academia? How do we go about accomplishing such a thing?

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:04 p.m.

Of these three readings, the third is the most interesting.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:04 p.m.

3. Free education! For too long education has been a prisoner within the walls of academia!

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:03 p.m.

2. Free education - no limits, no restrictions, enroll and study whatever you want.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:03 p.m.

1. (Tuition)free education - no fees, just enroll and learn things of importance.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:03 p.m.

We can read "free education in three ways. Here goes:

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:02 p.m.

Content warning: the following will involve semantics. You have been informed.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 5:01 p.m.

Let's talk about free [higher] education for a bit.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 4:54 p.m.">@Munchkinen it's one of those things that happens. you can think about it, or not: life moves on in either case. it's an easter egg. ^^

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 4:52 p.m.">@menehunemedia the fika is mandatory. resitance is futile. ;)

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 4:52 p.m.">@ecoleSLP different people are interested in different things. not much to do about that, other than to acknowledge and move on.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 4:49 p.m.

Fun and beauty are emotional pyramids. You put a lot of energy and effort into them, yet some people won't understand what the point is.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 1:17 p.m.

Do tweet retweetable things at me while I'm out. Please and thank you.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 1:17 p.m.

Lunch, in this context, means me going offline for a couple of hours.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 1:16 p.m.">@cupofassam yes and no. it all depends on how good you are at making the subject change seem natural. previous mentions help, of course.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 1:15 p.m.

RT">@JohannaLindblad:">@sweden I learnt from an acquaintance of mine that if a conversation is akward,silent etc, you can always say:What do …

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 1:14 p.m.

It's one o'clock, and it's time for lunch. Hum di dum di dum dum dum.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 1:10 p.m.

Speaking of strange language uses, the phrase "speaking of" is a fantastic way to change the subject, From anything to anything else.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 1:09 p.m.">@Emmaleigh504 they mostly are. there's a whole lot of bots out there.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 1:08 p.m.">@MasterZap the one which makes people yell at each other. ^^

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 1:08 p.m.

RT">@MasterZap:">@sweden Grammar and rules are the map. Actual used language is the terrain. If they don't match ... guess which is wrong?

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 1:07 p.m.

RT">@TIEDR:">@sweden Hello! We would appreciate a RT to promote our project that tackles everyday, subtle racism. Thanks!…">…

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 1:06 p.m.">@tincanman2010 I'm setting the stage here. one daily routine at a time. ^^

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 1:04 p.m.">@najmi_sweden let's say I rant about nerd stuff. then switch to talking about language. the nerds leave. because wrong subject. plus/minus.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 1:02 p.m.">@DigitalJonathan I've been told this web page has the basics:"> it's kind of web 1.0:y, but it's a start. ^^

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:58 p.m.">@bennosaurus I've gained a few of them, too. mentioning social media is still a thing. ^^

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:57 p.m.">@AngelinaRose333 framåt! ...or, ehm, onward!

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:55 p.m.

I am not a social media strategy. Neither are you. Let's have fun, fellow human beings. And let's be audacious about it.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:54 p.m.

But, hey. I'm not in it to maximize my stats. I'm in it to be a so called human being.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:54 p.m.

As social media strategies go, this might not be the best one.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:53 p.m.

Which is not what they want to see from me. Thus, unfollow.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:52 p.m.

That's not what I do, though. I change the subject and talk about something completely different.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:51 p.m.

Most importantly, I gain followers. Followers who expect more of the same. More rant, on the same topic, in a continous stream.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:51 p.m.

The way this works is this: I rant about something for a while, getting retweets and attention and all that good stuff.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:50 p.m.

When I'm">@sargoth, I tend to gain/lose followers at a fast pace. The turnover rate is sometimes bordering on the ridiculous.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:48 p.m.

Twitter sure has an ambivalent relationship with the notion of followers.">

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:46 p.m.">@gargreguan hmm. this is a topic to tweet more about. just gotta think about it some,

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:43 p.m.">@paulrabenowitz those were some beautiful photos. the sky is big. and then some.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:42 p.m.

RT">@paulrabenowitz:">@sweden hard to beat last week's Sweden with those photos

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:42 p.m.">@TheManko indeed. I'm almost feeling sorry for the guy coming after me. a return to normality. xD

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:41 p.m.">@gargreguan in my usual circles, there's a standing joke that the purpose of twitter is to both gain and lose as many followers as possible.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:40 p.m.">@__nana gotta take the rough with the smooth, as the saying goes. ^^

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:39 p.m.

I could flatter myself and say I'm special, but, nah. Every week a new Swede!

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:39 p.m.

This goes back to social expectations: people liked last week's Swede, and suddenly got something else. Something completely different.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:37 p.m.

Okay. I've only caused some ~100 unfollowings since I got here. Good job me, living up to the genre conventions.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:35 p.m.">@bebo_pharmacy I'm happy they were able to help. :3

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:31 p.m.">@pyykko">@MrSan I should remember the difference between the two categories. after all, I'm at least one of them. ;)

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:28 p.m.

Sometimes, when I look at things I wrote a long time ago, I cringe. Hard. This is good. It means I've learned since then.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:26 p.m.

Everyone else always knows more than I do. This is good. That means there's learning to be had.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:24 p.m.

Hey, everyone who knows more than I do. Where could someone like">@bebo_pharmacy turn to learn Swedish?

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:24 p.m.">@bebo_pharmacy let's crowdsource the question. ^^

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:22 p.m.">@bebo_pharmacy it would depend on where you are. I'd recommend asking (y)our local consulate. (aka I have no idea, but want to help anyway)

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:12 p.m.">@tincanman2010">@FoamyMultiverse actors are trained to speak in this specific dialect. or train themselves, as the case may be.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:10 p.m.

RT">@rougeit:">@FoamyMultiverse">@sweden England and America: separated by a common language.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:09 p.m.

Another fun fact: the clearest, most distinct general Swedish I've ever heard was spoken in Finland. History lives.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:07 p.m.

RT">@FoamyMultiverse:">@sweden What’s American Television English? I’m American. I own a television. I speak English. You’d think I would kno…

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:07 p.m.">@greenbubblegums (the pun here is on the word "free". as it stands, education is locked up on campuses.)

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:06 p.m.">@greenbubblegums no no, more radical than that. as in you could get an education at a university, or someplace else, equally as valid.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:05 p.m.">@Britt_W wonderful, beautiful local differentiations. <3

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:03 p.m.">@greenbubblegums the key point would be to recognize that you don't have to gather them at universities. diversify the places education live

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 12:01 p.m.">@Britt_W plus, people move. taking their language with them. alas, I can't say I'd recognize the difference. it's a thing to look in to.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:59 a.m.">@davidmduff applied pragmatism ftw.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:59 a.m.">@Britt_W I sometimes go to the places where these dialects are spoken. turns out they sometimes are, sometimes not. ^^

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:58 a.m.">@greenbubblegums there's an interesting tangent here. we might move in the direction of freeing education from academia. it's a tangent, tho

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:55 a.m.">@jvedmond not the kids I have in mind, then. that changes things, to be sure. these people should own the ballpark.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:54 a.m.

What accidents of history led to that development?

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:54 a.m.

Every other local dialect is coming from somewhere. That one? It's from everywhere. The Language as such.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:53 a.m.

Tracing back to proper language usage: did you know that standard American (television) English can be traced to this one specific region?

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:46 a.m.">@elfhybrid_ it is very possible to spend one's life within this mindset. you have a Good Read ahead of you. ^^

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:45 a.m.">@jvedmond knowing enough to know what something's about's a start. general points for being in the ballpark. bonus points getting it right.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:43 a.m.">@tincanman2010 the eternal Swedish Chef. we'll never hear the end of that one.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:42 a.m.

Free your mind. Free your educational systems.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:42 a.m.

One might think of this as a waste of tuition money. I'll turn it around, saying that tuition fees are a waste of humans.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:41 a.m.

Mostly the humanities, with some feelers into the social sciences.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:40 a.m.

As you might have gathered at this point, I've spent some time in academic settings.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:39 a.m.">@psychicteeth that made me laugh, strangely enough. thanks!

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:37 a.m.">@CaptainRaison all the way. post post modernism.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:34 a.m.

How to continue from here? Any suggestions?

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:30 a.m.">@jvedmond I view that as an opportunity to inform them that this word exists. learning by doing it slightly wrong.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:27 a.m.

Literary theory. Subtly finding its ways to becoming relevant to all things.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:23 a.m.

Remember that one time when Rosa Parks didn't conform with the genre of riding a bus?

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:22 a.m.

Th important moments of history are not where things remained the same. It's those moments when things changed.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:21 a.m.

It also allows for the notion that change is possible. Genres are not unchanging things - to the contrary, they change all the time.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:20 a.m.">@nixenji very much so. it goes outside of what we (and others) expect. one can only fail if one know what's "right".

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:16 a.m.

And to questions such as: Why is it so uncomfortable to do something unusual?

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:15 a.m.

The reason for going imperialistic with the concept of genre is that it explains so much of our everyday lives. Especially the small things.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:13 a.m.">@whoscores both. but with one caveat: you have to nonconform with style.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:12 a.m.

Here's something I wrote on genre and gender. Because shameless self-promotion.">

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:11 a.m.">@CaptainRaison we might have read the same books. ^^

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:10 a.m.

Social expectations. That's what's going on.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:09 a.m.

The usual reaction at this point when I lecture this is: "whoa, I thought genre had something to do with books and music. What's going on?"

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:07 a.m.

My favorite example of this is people queuing in a store. There's no formal agreement, but everyone Knows when someone does it wrong.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:06 a.m.

Or, closer to home, those everyday situations where everyone just know how to behave. Somehow.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:05 a.m.

A situations such as, say, curating a twitter account.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:04 a.m.

A genre is a situation where social expectations are found. In small, medium-sized and large contexts alike.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:03 a.m.

Genre theory? you ask. How's that relevant to anything? another one asks. What's a genre? a quickminded someone thinks.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:01 a.m.

Speaking of language and curated countries. Let's smoothly transition to genre theory.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 11:01 a.m.">@iheartcmp being interesting and around is enough, I've gathered. it's not my call, tho.">@PeopleofNZ

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:59 a.m.

RT">@jailbirdstreet:">@sweden">@we_are_brazil have you met">@indigenousX a curated account featuring Indigenous Australians? Help them have an …

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:58 a.m.">@paigenicoleO_O not to worry. I'm thinking along the same lines. as you might soon notice.">#foreshadowing

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:57 a.m.">@iheartcmp I hereby encourage you, in the most informal of ways, to move here. You're welcome.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:53 a.m.">@YigitBruxelles">@PeopleofNZ">@we_are_brazil one might imagine a curated account would be very formal and controlled in such cases.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:53 a.m.">@whoscores I'll go as far as to say that there's a point to teachers being able to understand such uses of language.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:51 a.m.

Speaking of proper and improper uses of language: I tend to write in lowercase when responding. Informal writing, as it were.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:49 a.m.">@paigenicoleO_O the tricky question: do you award higher grades to those who can differentiate between im/proper contexts?

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:48 a.m.">@rachelcurioso what? we can't have that.">@we_are_brazil! live! arise!

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:45 a.m.">@paigenicoleO_O and the subject, I'd imagine. creative writing would allow for more freedoms than, say, preparatory academic subjects.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:43 a.m.

There's a bunch of curated accounts out there. Good thing someone compiled a useful list with a lot of them.">

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:34 a.m.

And a shoutout to">@PeopleofNZ. Because [here follows a long list of similarities between Sweden and New Zeeland].

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

And now, a shout out to">@we_are_brazil. Because friendly international relations via curated accounts is the way to go.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:28 a.m.">@i_anoss I'm pretty sure you can. it's not up to me, though.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:27 a.m.">@jamesstockholm nothing is ever straight and simple in European history.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:24 a.m.">@IamStan I suppose we'll have to chalk it up as a symbol of life. ^^ (I'm told to expect eggness for a couple of hours. It will pass.)

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:20 a.m.">@IamStan it's still an egg? you know, it's an egg for me too. better restart my twitter client.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:15 a.m.

But where are my manners! I've completely forgotten to thank">@Astrofotografen for a stellar last week.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:11 a.m.">@PixelsAndAtoms to pun it: power to the people.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:09 a.m.

Sometimes, it's not even subtle. Case in point: the Queen's English.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:08 a.m.

The only thing that makes one particular mode of language Official is that someone, at one time, decided it be so.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:06 a.m.

Oh, the puns. Always the puns. Never leave home without one.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:06 a.m.

Accents, local words, dialects, jargon, references, poetic twists, puns... the list goes on.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:04 a.m.

You'd be wrong, as no one actually speaks a Language. People speak, and they add all kinds of funny quirks while they're at it.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:04 a.m.

You'd think there's one proper Language and lots of improper uses of it. You'd be right, as this is how language is usually portrayed.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:02 a.m.">@stelcoco they are rarely as imortant as second impressions anyway.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 10:01 a.m.">@paigenicoleO_O it's no different than codeswitching between being at home and being someplace else.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 9:59 a.m.

Fun fact: you can have a lot of fun if you think of regular objects as poetic manifestations of what could be.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 9:58 a.m.">@Snowblaaze every week. it's tradition. ^^

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 9:57 a.m.

1: It's bad language! These people can't communicate clearly! Educate them! 2: They're poets, inventing new ways to use old formulas.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 9:56 a.m.

There are, if we reduce it to two options, two ways to think about strange internet language behaviors.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 9:55 a.m.">@stelcoco and I have only posted, what, fifteen tweets? strange how fast these first impressions happen. ^^

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 9:55 a.m.

Your Ability to Can Even: A Defense of Internet Linguistics">

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 9:53 a.m.

Language going off doing its own thing, becoming an autonomous region unto itself, not giving too much of a goot about conventions.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 9:51 a.m.

That would be a good place to start. Weird people. Weird Twitter.">

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 9:50 a.m.

RT">@CaptainRaison:">@sweden ohhh noooo are you one of those bad weird people

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 9:47 a.m.

That feeling. Like twitter is a stage, and all the tweeters, retweeters and subtweeters are merely actors in the cosmic play of life.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 9:46 a.m.

RT">@sargoth: You know that feeling when someone recommends you on Twitter, and your recent timeline is less than stellar?

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 9:43 a.m.

What does it mean to be an egg? What does it mean to be an egghead? What does it mean to have a fragile eggshell mind?

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 9:42 a.m.

Now. Let's talk about strange things. Let's talk about eggs, identities and representations.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 9:39 a.m.">@juliafinnsio det är tillfälligt, händer varje vecka. bild kommer.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 9:35 a.m.

At this point, thoughts of how to do this week flows through my mind. The thought of just posting the current timestamp occurs frequently.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 9:32 a.m.

Hello everyone! I'm">@sargoth, and I will be your host this week. Let's have a blast, shall we?

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 8:45 a.m.

I would also like to wish">@sargoth good luck as your new curator">@Sweden.

@sweden Jan. 13, 2014, 8:36 a.m.

This is">@Astrofotografen signing of as curator of Sweden. Thanks for a great week and clear skies!