Month: October 2009

Grab a warm sweater or safe blanket and sit thee down fore thine flickering computer screens, dear friends, for I am about to weave a bone-chilling tale, the likes of which may well travel like a demon through your dial-up Internet service and petrify you in your very home. While

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It’s beginning to get cold in Sweden. The first snow of the season, however fleeting, already happened a couple weeks ago. Earlier this month, daylight hours in Stockholm passed below the 50/50 point. We are now at 10 hours of daylight and 14 hours of darkness. I’m actually being very

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Sweden may have just taken a major step toward ousting Japan as the cutest country in the world. Stockholm is leading the charge. While some of the world’s big cities are infested with disgusting rats, wild rabid dogs and other pests, one of the main animal control problems in Stockholm

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When you’re living in the United States, or any English-speaking country, it’s easy to forget (or not even realize) that a large share of the world’s popular music is sung in English. This includes not only the music that is exported from the US or the United Kingdom, but also

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Eric Gill Sans controversy

It’s not every day that typography is in the news or that usage of a particular font can be described as controversial. However, such a situation is afoot this week in Sweden and the story goes back eighty years. Way back in 1929, British sculptor and typographer Eric Gill was

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Sometimes I feel like a lot of the material I write for this website is the same. It goes something like this: “Sweden is clean, quiet, beautiful and the people here have it all figured out. Americans are babies who hate the government and don’t want to pay taxes, but

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Saltsjöbanan is one of Stockholm’s oldest local rail lines. The 18-station line has been operating over 115 years and covers an end-to-end distance of about 11 miles (18 km).

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I’ve received a lot of comments and questions about my previous stories comparing the public transit systems in Louisville and Stockholm (or maybe I should I say: comparing Stockholm’s public transit system to Louisville’s lack of people trains). Those pieces can be seen at these links: 360° View from Slussen

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Letters to Saint Clinton Paperback by Scott Ritcher. Same day shipping from Amazon. Scott Ritcher guides you through 190 pages of the ridiculous hate mail he received from religious nuts who freaked out when they saw a picture of Jesus with Bill Clinton’s head. The most entertaining and absurd letters

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