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I watched this fascinating documentary

and the other 6 parts. PS: DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER. I’m reporting what the documentary said not what I said.

Apparently in Norway the government equality programs define success as equal outcomes. In other words, until 50% of computer programmers are women the government equality programs are failing. According to the program though it’s possible that’s an unrealistic goal because men and women, on average, may be *born* with different interests. It’s possible the best you can hope for is maybe 20% women engineers or less. The point being they maybe they should strive for equal opportunities not equal outcomes.
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How much does your commute cost?

Apparently there’s an app that simulates a taxi meter to give you an idea how of how much your driving is costing. It’s also apparently missing lots of data. For example are you in traffic or going 70. Are you driving recklessly or conservatively. But, it got me thinking it could I calculate my own costs.
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The Ubiquitous Swedish Chokladboll

These things are everywhere in Stockholm.

Every cafe, whick being Stockholm means several every block, every convenience store, I’m sure that also includes every grocery store as well.

No baking required. Recipe below. Warning: Easy to make = Too easy to eat. It’s like eating chocolate cookie dough
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Living out of a Suitcase

Like I mentioned before I got rid of my apartment, sold all my furniture, gave away all of my clothing except for enough to fill a suitcase, and decided to travel indefinitely until I figure out what to do next. Indefinitely could be 1 month or it could be a year or more. Basically I thought I’d keep doing this until I figured out what to do next or ran out of money. I hope it’s the former.
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Stockholm Notes

Another note to self post of just random thoughts while in Stockholm.
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Stockhom Subways

Being from California I don’t have a lot of experience with subways I suppose but I have used Tokyo’s subways for 7 years and so when trying to use the subways in Stockholm it’s obvious I’m going to compare them.

Sweden is supposedly known for design but apparently that’s only visual design and not functional design because the subways are sorely lacking in functional design.
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Sweating

I’ve sweating a ton! It’s annoying. I don’t know if I’m sick or have some other issue or if I’m just out of shape or if something about the air here in Scandinavia. The weather has been relatively mild. Google says it was 68f/20c today in Stockholm. It was mostly cloudy. It’s been around that almost every day. A couple of days have been sunny. Several days have been cloudy with short under 30 minute showers. Regardless if I walk 5 blocks I’m sweating. I have to wipe my forehead, my neck, my back is dripping or close to it. It’s really annoying. I feel like I can’t do anything. I have to walk really slow and take a break every few blocks. This morning just walking from my room to the lobby and then around to the back of the hotel building (up 2 flights of stairs) and I was sweating.
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Helsinki Notes

Just random notes to myself about trip to Helsinki. If you’re from Helsinki feel free to correct anything. Sorry this isn’t much of a “Here’s my impressions of Helsinki as a tourist destination” type of post. It’s just a random stream of thoughts added to over a couple of days.
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Helsinki, Assembly 2013

I’m mostly writing this for myself.

I quit my job recently because it felt like I was just spinning my wheels. It felt like I was doing nothing of interest, just working 9 to 6 and growing older week by week. So, as scary as it is I quit. I decided to try traveling to see if that helped. I have no idea if it will help or if I’m just blowing money.
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The Slow Death of non-English Languages by Navigation Software

Ok, that title is a little off. What I really want to do with this post is help to make it a priority for companies that make navigation and or text to speech software a little less English specific (or whatever language it’s built for). What am I talking about?

Lots of people use GPS navigation services either built into their car or on their phone. Those navigation services almost always read out the directions. “In 300 feet, turn left at main street” for example.

The problem is that text to speech software doesn’t understand pronunciation and so arguably it’s slowly killing off the correct pronunciation by teaching everyone, especially children, the wrong way to pronounce things.
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