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LOL. What is the point of comedy?

by Sven Triloqvist
Sun Jan 6th, 2013 at 03:14:19 PM EST

pl. com·e·dies
a.     A dramatic work that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone and that usually contains a happy resolution of the thematic conflict.
b. The genre made up of such works.
1.     A literary or cinematic work of a comic nature or that uses the themes or methods of comedy.
2.    Popular entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance.
3.    The art of composing or performing comedy.
4.    A humorous element of life or literature: the human comedy of political campaigns.
5.    A humorous occurrence.

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Client therapy

by Sven Triloqvist
Mon Nov 26th, 2012 at 11:58:48 AM EST

One of those tricky situation today where a new client wants a voiceover, but the script (obviously concocted by a nice committee of engineers, lawyers and timeservers at a major Finnish company) is crap.

The issue is safety, and the audience is lorry drivers. "Please read out this text approved by the lawyers." Will I fuck? Very few lorry drivers, in my experience, have a university education. But that doesn't mean they don't understand when idiots are talking among themselves.

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LQD: David Tilman

by Sven Triloqvist
Mon Apr 30th, 2012 at 11:10:20 AM EST

A colleague sent me this video "David Tilman- Food Energy and the Environment: Can we feed the world and save the earth?"

Tilman makes an important argument, supported by clearly resourced data. Worth a look, though it's 72 minutes long. Skip the first 5 minutes of introductions to get to the meat (the older definition of meat - for the vegetarians present).

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Barbed wit

by Sven Triloqvist
Sun Dec 25th, 2011 at 07:57:33 AM EST

Social scientists have researched the effect of facial hair on the electability of Presidential candidates, and currently consider facial hair to have a negative effect on candidates. Today, the existence of facial hair on potential presidential candidates is regularly noted (albeit somewhat jokingly) as a harmful factor.

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Life in a day

by Sven Triloqvist
Thu Dec 1st, 2011 at 04:11:59 AM EST

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Habit fawning

by Sven Triloqvist
Wed Oct 5th, 2011 at 12:23:30 PM EST

Living, as I do, in one of the few remaining places on Earth where the inhabitants perceive themselves to be free*, I'm surprised, in spite of my fundamentally optimistic scepticism, to experience a considerable number of examples of personal behaviour demonstrating, anecdotally, that I am not free*.

(* Definition required)

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Story of Cecil King

by Sven Triloqvist
Fri Sep 16th, 2011 at 11:40:06 AM EST

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Fiddling or Blogging?

by Sven Triloqvist
Sat Sep 10th, 2011 at 03:33:13 PM EST

An entirely unworthy diary, from which nothing good will come, based upon an almost invisible spark of interest here.

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What happens when....?

by Sven Triloqvist
Sun Aug 21st, 2011 at 02:11:20 PM EST

What happens when moviemaking can be decentralized?

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"Modern technology out of control"

by Sven Triloqvist
Fri May 20th, 2011 at 10:12:07 AM EST

Grauniad: Superinjunctions: Modern technology out of control, says lord chief justice

M'Luddite has some further shocks awaiting him down the line. (The wigs will go, for one). It's like having a judge who only rides horses and knows nothing about cars - deciding traffic cases.

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Finnish Election Part Two

by Sven Triloqvist
Wed Apr 20th, 2011 at 09:34:04 AM EST

Apart from the fact that the outgoing PM has gone back on her word to bring the Portugal bailout before a special session of Parliament - thus possibly dooming the EU agreement that has to be settled by middle May (by which time the new government is unlikely to have been formed), there's this (copyright: Martti Leppänen 2011)

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If you really insist Finnish election dairy (sic)

by Sven Triloqvist
Mon Apr 18th, 2011 at 04:42:55 AM EST

originally posted 17 April

I'm milking it again. But any road, voting closes in a few minutes and we'll get the advance voting results soon after. The first 50% of today's votes will be counted in around 9, and they'll mostly be rural and north- so expect a bias toward the Centre party, with odd pockets of rampant red-blooded socialism, and, in small Swedish-speaking towns like the harboured Inkoo, the RKP candidate will have a majority worthy of Kim Il Jung.

the thread now discusses results and consequences - afew

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by Sven Triloqvist
Wed Jan 26th, 2011 at 03:02:44 PM EST

Only 4 times in my life have I had to deal with the situation of someone I know well being committed to psychiatric care.

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by Sven Triloqvist
Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 11:41:35 AM EST


I was playing with a little 28k app on my Xperia today, Pattern Generator: "a mix between a kinetic spirograph and a kaleidoscope - creates mesmerizing moving pattern on the screen." You can download it for androids here, for free.

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Less Ambitious Movies

by Sven Triloqvist
Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 07:15:19 AM EST

Snacks on a plane (and other 'less ambitious' films)

This week one of the social networking site's trends, #lessambitiousmovies, has been swamped with posts including: The Devil Wears Uniqlo; Taxi Passenger and It's Not a Bad Life. Yesterday, #lessambitiousmovies was racking up 200 Tweets a minute. "A lot of movies have pretty epic titles," said cultural website Paste Magazine. "With #lessambitiousmovies, Tweeters have taken the liberty of making these titles more down to earth. PT Anderson's ultimate display of a man consumed by greed (There Will Be Blood) turns into a guy going to the doctor for a regular check-up (There Will Be Bloodwork)."

for your Sunday entertainment - Nomad

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Alcoholism is a Learned Behaviour Disorder

by Sven Triloqvist
Sun Jan 2nd, 2011 at 07:32:11 AM EST

Today, a few hours from annual general leglessness of a more complex kind, is as good a time as any to revisit this subject, which I have been following for many years, and which I have frequently tried to elucidate here at ET.

The new drug announced below goes a long way back to the Sinclair Method. Dr Sinclair is a good friend of mine and any discussion with him is inspiring: but on the subject of the treatment of alcoholism he is an expert. I'd like briefly revisit the history, but first read the (partly misinformed) news today...

a discussion for the hung-over - Nomad

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Yuletide thread

by Sven Triloqvist
Fri Dec 24th, 2010 at 05:46:01 AM EST

well, here's today's open thread! afew

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by Sven Triloqvist
Sat Dec 4th, 2010 at 06:42:31 AM EST

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Bloggpriset 2010

by Sven Triloqvist
Thu Dec 2nd, 2010 at 08:44:23 AM EST

Last night was the first annual Finlandssvensk (Finnish-Swedish) Blog Awards, mainly organized by Radio X3M, with the 3 main Swedish-Finnish blogsites + the Swedish side of state TV + (I presume) an injection of funding from the The Swedish Cultural Foundation.

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Mission For Finland

by Sven Triloqvist
Thu Nov 25th, 2010 at 10:23:32 AM EST

Final report of the Country Brand Delegation

The report was released today. The delegation was commissioned by FM Alexander Stubb in late 2008. It has been chaired by ex Nokia CEO and current Royal Dutch Shell chair, Jorma Ollila.

Download the .pdf full report, summary or various sections of it here.

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