Getting into Open Street Map (Copenhagen)

Maps are fascinating and in the spirit of Human knowledge belongs to the world the open street map is an open source alternative to popular map services like Google maps, Apple maps or Bing maps.

The cool thing about open street map or short OSM is that the users can contribute to the map without being professional cartographers or software engineers.

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Deploying a Vue.js Single Page App (including Router) with Docker

Creating single page apps has become a more frequently requested task of web developers (like me) and deployment in containers, across zones and under monitoring, seems like a natural step.

In this post we’re going to have a look at how to deploy a Vue.js SPA with docker.

Let’s start off by installing the vue-cli to create a boilerplate project. Make sure you have Docker installed as well.

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Music Monday: Mono Inc.

Mono Inc. is a gothic rock band from Germany that have been around for about 10 years, but I’ve first recently discovered them. They’ve collaborated with Joachim Witt, who made one of my first favourite songs when I was a kid.

Needless to say I got all nostalgic when hearing his voice again and dug a bit deeper into their discography. The themes frequently revolve around war, but in a way that points out that it’s shit and actually very pacifistic.

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Medieval Market at Burg Satzvey (May 2018)

Last weekend I spent at Burg Satzvey with the Lady. It’s a fairly intact castle and they have multiple medieval markets per year and it was a blast!

There were birds of prey, a super cool tournament with stunt riders (and horses) and it was overall just brilliant.

Medieval role (or cos-play) is super amazing and you should put this on your bucket list right now if you haven’t. It’s another world and a great time to tune out and into something else. It’s a perfect retreat from the technocracy.

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The Sanskrit Effect

Recently I came across a post about the Sanskrit effect and I had no clue what it was. Fortunately the title included “Neuroscience” so that made it more intriguing to me.

In short, the Sanskrit effect is about remembering extensive texts (40.000 or 100.000 words) in order and the ability to re-cite them word by word and how that changes your brain. Now you might say that the brain doesn’t change, but most research of the past 50 years actually says it does. Your brain changes on demand, so what ever it does a lot, it gets better at and the changes have side effects in other areas.

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Cold Waters Gameplay and Review

Cold Waters is a submarine simulation game that is quite realistic and challenging. If you like tumbling down rabbit holes and learning about sonars, thermal layers in the ocean, cavitation of ships propellers at different depths, this game is for you. If you love movies like Das Boot or Hunt for Red October, hit “Buy” now. The realism displayed by this game seems unmatched and it doesn’t make it any less fun.

If you don’t like keeping a mental model of every mechanic in your head, you can try turning the difficulty dial to easy, but you’ll probably be better off playing something… else. 😉

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Redlands #1: Witches in Florida

Redlands is a graphic novel that we picked up during our trip to London to see Hamilton (briefly mentioned here) we stopped by Forbidden Planet and a graphic novel caught my eye.

Redlands is something you might describe as:

If Tarantino directed True Blood, took out the clichés and Frank Miller came up with the evil characters.

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Music Monday: Storm Seeker

Storm Seeker, as many things, is somewhat of a random discovery through YouTube. It’s relatively easy (Pirate) Folk Metal and include Cello and Hurdy Gurdy in their music.

Otherwise the music is very melodic and has real party potential with fast drums and easy comprehensible lyrics that circle around the sea, pirates (obviously) and ultimatively: freedom.

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It’s a bit shit, but I like it

Sometimes I think I should really travel more and just listen to strangers conversations. When we were on top of Primrose Hill in London we listened to a couple of teenage boys talking about a… well, not super great TV show:

I’m watching Jessica Jones.
It’s a bit shit.
But I like it.

These three sentences are actually pretty good I thought, (hat tip to the original author) to me they mean that you can enjoy things you know aren’t really good. Either morally or qualitatively.

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Your Favourite Jerk

I recently was sent a tweet about popular culture, mainly:


  • Fight Club
  • Rick and Morty
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Catcher in the Rye

and the short Tumblr post/comment thread warns anyone who knows somebody of these things to be their favourite work of fiction.

I can agree in some way, even though I don’t necessarily agree with the explanation. The works all display bad things, but since I’ve explained on this blog before, negative and aggressive emotions have their world in fiction without justification.

I had a conversation that I hopefully will never forget with someone recently where we talked about the word dystopian and where they argued it was probably en par with the word futuristic, because much of the world is taken a rather… populistic and negative turn.

The reality of this is obviously up for discussion. Much of the world is improving and the media make money on fearmongering, but for the freedom of speech or privacy we give up, there certainly are low expectations for the whole of humanity as we know it in some aspects.

To be clear about this, or to boil it down to a single quote:

I don’t think somebody who chooses a grim and dark work of fiction is fundamentally flawed or misunderstands the work as the dystopia it is.

I do think that many people are disgruntled with society and politics at large, for many reasons, often based on short-sightedness.

Which fantasy or science-fiction universe we feel most at home in, we can do little about. It is a result of our experiences and the ideals we hold close. The Expanse is a great example of believeable Sci-Fi, because it’s not clean and full of power struggle. Things are bad, because there are humans.

Not believing there is a future without war, struggle, rape and violence is very natural to me. Even though there are supernatural seeming things, I feel like this can be real a few hundred years from now.

Sin City isn’t real, but the abysses of humans displayed in it are, so it feels generally believably to me. They are extreme cases, but they do reflect reality more than people altruistically wanting to just “get along”.

That doesn’t mean I call everyone a fool who believes in happy endings, but it’s harder to believe for me. Lucky is the only word I find for my current situation, not a “natural development” how things turn out for everybody.

Every spectrum of emotion deserves expression in fiction and fantasy. The heroes die and even Frodo loses a finger while not even trying to throw the ring into the mountain.

Many of us have watched House MD and admired him for his intelligence, but not for his pain, struggle with addiction or antisocial disposition.

There will always be shadows coming with the light, if in fiction or real life. Believing everything will turn out alright, to me, is disconnected from how much you try to make things right.