Distortion Copenhagen 2016 – Nørrebro / Wednesday

We were at Distortion in Copenhagen last Wednesday. It’s basically a huge street party, bundled with lots of small concerts, the consumption of beer and other (mostly soft) drugs and a LOT of people.

The party moved over the week through different parts of the city and ended at a festival with an entrance fee. Most of the people in the street were friendly, happy and partying too, but it wasn’t quite the same feeling as at a real festival. People were a little more suspicious and selfish.

In general it was a nice experience, also because people were posing for us or just didn’t really mind people with cameras being around.

Judith got a bunch of really really cool close up photos, so check them out on her blog too.

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I need feminism because: Metal T-shirts

I need feminism because of a lot of things, one of them is metal t-shirts.

Technically it’s not only metal t-shirts, it’s all kinds of shirts, but have you seen logos of metal bands? They basically all look as if you tried to make some kind of evil mandala using a pile bones of around 30 orc corpes. That in itself isn’t a problem, but I really don’t want anyone, especially women, to feel uncomfortable while my brain tries to make sense of the logo on their chest!

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On Being Powerless

No matter how much you do, achieve, how well you do, there will be defeats, inevitably. The Serenity Prayer teaches us to accept what we can’t change, but I sometimes find it hard to accept unfair realities.

God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

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How to get a Job in Tech

How do you actually get a job in tech? I’m going to try to tell you, because I’ve just been through this journey and this blog post was written over the last couple of months where I left my job as a teacher to write code every day. I also believe most of the things in this article apply to most fields and not only to tech.

I’m a Web Developer (BA), but I’ve worked as a teacher (on how to make web sites) the first two years, because it was a really cool job and I got to work with young adults with ADHD or ASD, an autism spectrum disorder. (Still miss you guys, if you’re reading this!)

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Tech bubbles and the war of user bases

Disclaimer:

I don’t own a million dollar startup, I am no analyst, I didn’t write my Phd in… well I haven’t written one at all so far. I work as a developer, I blog and I take photographs.

Tech startups currently get evaluated at seemingly insane sums of money, usually based on the amount of users and how much engagement they show with each other through their product.

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Best (dark) Atom Editor Themes

As previously blogged about, I’m quite the fan of the atom editor, here I quickly want to introduce some of my favourite syntax themes for it.

As a UI theme, I’m still stuck on Seti, because it’s clutter free and it has some awesome icons for all the different file extensions.

Monokai Seti Syntax

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Installing Go on Ubuntu / Debian / Linux Mint with godeb

Since I’ve recently started dabbling with Go again, of course I had to install it on my machines that mostly run Linux Mint. One of the usual ways for me to install software through the PPAs was apparently not maintained since a couple of releases ago, but on a ubuntu forum thread I found godeb, which is a small binary command line tool that lets you install your desired version of Go!

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JSON parsing in Golang

Parsing JSON is a common task for most developers, currently I’m actually finally getting to write slugofy which is supposed to slugify URLs or URL fragments in Go.

In case you’re wondering, slugs are commonly used to generate URLs from the title of a page. Let’s say we have a page title like the Swedish national dish: Swedish national dish: köttbullar, we probably don’t want either the special chars like the ö or the : in there. Also we don’t want whitespaces to show up as %20, so let’s make them dashes instead: swedish-national-dish-koettbullar.

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