Tuesday, 2019-11-19

For the Soul of France: Culture Wars in the Age of Dreyfus by Frederick Brown

This is an excellent and entertaining view of the war between Republicans and their opponents in the years between 1870 and World War 1. It reminds the reader of the virulent anti-Semitism of French discourse at the time.

As an example, Lt. Col. Henry was instrumental in framing Alfred Dreyfus. He literally forged evidence to “prove” Dreyfus’ guilt. When he was arrested and committed suicide in prison, he was hailed a hero. A subscription was started to finance a lawsuit bought by his wife against Joseph Reinach for libel. A journalist collected the testimonials in a book, and the statements from that book, excerpted in a footnote, are among the most chilling in the entire book:

“From an antisemitic merchant in Boulogne-sur-Mer who hopes that the Hebes are blown away, above all Joseph Reinach, that unspeakable son-in-law and nephew of the Panama swindler one of whose victims I am.” “From a cook who would rejoice in roasting Yids in her oven.” “Long live Christ! Love live France! Long live the Army! A curate from a little very antisemitic village.” “One franc to pay for the cord that hangs Reinach.” “Joan of Arc, help us banish the new English.” “Two francs to buy a round of drinks for the troopers who will shoot Dreyfus, Reinach, and all the traitors.” A resident of Baccarat wanted “all the kikes” in the region—men, women, and children—thrown into the immense ovens of the famous crystal factory. Another contributor longed, prophetically, for the day that a “liberating boot” would appear over the horizon.

In these days where the ideas of sange et terre are making a resurgance, it’s instructive to look back on a time where the Right expressed itself in its true voice.

Friday, 2019-11-15

Stålblankt och rostigt Rom [SvSe]

Rom: marmor och människor av Hans Furuhagen — The Storm Before the Storm - the Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic by Mike Duncan — Hos etruskerna av Alf Henrikson

Furuhagens bok är en lättläst krönika om den eviga staden, med mycket focus på dom människor som såg till att staden ser ut som den gör idag, samt själva byggnaderna och gatorna.

Med avstamp i Augustus första dagar blir det med tiden en hel del påvar, men även konstnärer. Det nordiska inslagen är naturligtvis väl täckta, med de två olika kvinnorna Birgitta och Christina som kontraster i tid och rum.


Duncan’s book has more details of the ground covered in his podcast, and I find the written word congenial in following along with the twists and turns of the violence of the late Republic.


Antingen älskar man Henrikson eller så tycker man han är mossigare än antiken han skiver om. Jag tillhör de förstnämnda.

Ett smakprov (s. 34):

[Etruskerna] utbildade ett legitemerat prästerskap med särskilda haruspices med långvarig skolning i framför all leverns topografi. Levern är ju ett stort organ och kan även hos friska djur förete stora individuella olikheter, upplyser länsveterinären Garmer på särskild förfrågan; det bör alltså ha varit möjligt för den troende att ur dess uppsyn ärligt utläsa både ditt och datt. […] På levern liksom på himlen finns en gynnsam pars familiaris och en motig pars hostilis. Gränslinjen dem emellan kallas fissum och en eventuell upphöjning på leverytan heter caput iocinoris, om det kan intressera någon nutida levande människa.

Björn Bergs illustrationer förstärker den mysiga mossiga stämningen.

Thursday, 2019-10-31

Tuesday, 2019-10-15

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis

I caught the movie adaptation of this book on a flight, and wanted to get some more background. Honestly, the movie does a good job of summarizing the contents, but also adds some humanizing touches such as the visit to the ground zero of the housing market: Florida. Both are recommended.

Monday, 2019-09-30

Saturday, 2019-08-31

Sunday, 2019-08-11

Introducing HN&&LO

HN&&LO is a web page that scrapes the APIs of Hacker News and Lobste.rs and collates those entries that share a URL.

This lets you easily follow the discussion on both sites for these links.

I wrote this tool because I’m much more active on Lobste.rs than on HN, but I would like to keep “tabs” on both sites. I’m especially interested in how the information is disseminated between the sites.

“Slow webapps”

I’ve long liked to grab stuff via a web API, stuff it into a DB, and output a web page based on the data. This project was a first attempt to use a templating engine in Perl, and I’m ashamed to say I’ve taken so long to understand the greatness of this approach.

The data updates hourly, there’s rarely more than a couple of new entries on Lobste.rs per hour.

In fact, this can illustrate the difference in scale between the two sites.

Time period: 5 Jul 2019 11:19 to 8 Aug 2019 23:59 (both times in UTC).

  • Number of submissions with URLS on Hacker News: 26,974
  • Number of submissions on Lobste.rs: 899

Average number of submissions per hour: 33 for HN, 1 for Lobste.rs.

Once updated, a static web page is generated. This keeps overhead low.

Differences between Hacker News and Lobste.rs

Coincidentally, while I was writing this post, an article was published in the New Yorker about the moderators (all two of them) of Hacker News. This sparked a discussion on HN (obviously) but also on Lobster.rs (see both linked here).

To me, what makes Lobste.rs better is that it’s much smaller (one can easily catch up with a day’s worth of comments), the editing tools are more sophisticated, and the tag system allows one to determine whether a post is interesting or not. HN is much harder to grasp.

I think the tendencies noted in the article are common to both sites - male, youngish software developers with a rationalist bent. But I think Lobste.rs is a bit more self-aware of this fact (or rather, critiques are more visible there). In some ways, Lobste.rs, being a reaction to HN, defines itself culturally both for and against the bigger site.

Source and TODO

If you’re interested in pedestrian Perl code, source is here.

TODO list is here

Wednesday, 2019-07-31

July

Vid Hede kyrka

Gamla stan

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Tuesday, 2019-07-30

Fotografiska, July 2019

Mandy Barker - Sea of Artifacts

An earnest exploration of plastic in seas and waterways. For some reason this exhibit was in a room even more dimly lit than usual at Fotografiska - and that’s saying something. Sadly nothing that’s not been said or done many times before.

Scarlett Hooft Graafland - Vanishing Traces

This grew on me. Staged images in different environments with surreal components (yet of course it’s all “analog” and there’s no manipulation). Impressive for the visuals and conceptions alone.

Vincent Peters - Light Within

Peters photographs our modern Hollywood idols like they where 1940s Hollywood idols.

James Nachtwey - Memoria

A visual onslaught of images from famines, wars, catastrophes and field hospitals. Almost unbearable in its intensity. I became numb after just a few walls. It depresses me that future epigones will have no shortage of similar subjects, all without having to travel that far.

Sunday, 2019-06-30

June

Kungsträdgården

Stensund

Jun 2018 | Jun 2017 | Jun 2016 | Jun 2015 | Jun 2014 | Jun 2013 | Jun 2012 | Jun 2011 | Jun 2010 | Jun 2009