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Bloggpriset 2010

by Sven Triloqvist Thu Dec 2nd, 2010 at 08:44:23 AM EST

Last night was the first annual Finlandssvensk (Finnish-Swedish) Blog Awards, mainly organized by Radio X3M, with the 3 main Swedish-Finnish blogsites + the Swedish side of state TV + (I presume) an injection of funding from the The Swedish Cultural Foundation.

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Mission For Finland

by Sven Triloqvist Thu Nov 25th, 2010 at 10:23:32 AM EST

Final report of the Country Brand Delegation

The report was released today. The delegation was commissioned by FM Alexander Stubb in late 2008. It has been chaired by ex Nokia CEO and current Royal Dutch Shell chair, Jorma Ollila.

Download the .pdf full report, summary or various sections of it here.

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The goose and propaganda

by Sven Triloqvist Sun Nov 21st, 2010 at 06:40:01 AM EST

I was asked to expand on a commentary exchange yesterday.


And yet - they've become prominent at the same time as the discourse has shifted to the far right.

Blogging about policy is not the same as setting policy. Technology is a nice shiny toy, but it doesn't change the fact that in politics either you're setting policy, or someone else is.


Indeed: it is causal. The shift rightwards is a direct consequence of the exposure of what has previously been fairly hidden for the least few hundred years. The elitist way of life perceives a threat and reacts.

We may argue when the shift to the Right began, (and we are not looking at a synchronized global phenomenon - different cultures are at different arcs of the econophilosophical pendulum) but here I sketch out a few reasons why the shift Right in W*stern societies has been accelerated by the exponential growth in access to the intertoobz.

This is not a carefully thought out thesis: more a collection of ideas that I hope may create a useful debate.

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LQD The splintering of the fourth estate

by Sven Triloqvist Fri Nov 19th, 2010 at 12:07:51 PM EST

Media organisations are trying various routes to the future - the Guardian's is firmly an open and collaborative one

An excellent and longish article in the Guardian today: The splintering of the fourth estate. The article is an edited transcript of the Andrew Olle lecture 2010 given by Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger in Sydney, Australia on 19 November.

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How art works

by Sven Triloqvist Sun Nov 14th, 2010 at 05:22:48 PM EST

A recent news item about the 60 million € sale of an 18th C Chinese vase that had languished in the attic of a Pinner, London home for 80 years, reminded me that the market in fine arts may have some relevance to other markets discussed here.

Chinese vase: a foreign price tag in a foreign market

Something strange is going on in the art market, says Catherine Millner

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Why I call myself a European

by Sven Triloqvist Sun Nov 7th, 2010 at 07:53:35 AM EST

And why so many things about the US now disgust me.

I am proud to call myself a European, and especially a Nordic citizen. I live with the hope that Europe might yet institute some of the mainstays of Nordic society:

  • Free and equal access to education for all
  • Virtually free healthcare
  • Relatively transparent politics without corporate influence
  • A professional non-jury system of courts
  • A prison system aimed at rehabilitation
  • Collective bargaining
  • Freedom of speech
  • Narrow salary differentials
  • Relatively unpoliticised media
  • Efficient and diverse public transport systems
  • Defence forces only (peacekeeping) + national service
  • The separation of retail and venture banking
  • Careful management of innovation chains
  • Research cooperation between state, corporations and academia
  • Focus on clean technologies
  • High standards of food safety
  • Minimal corruption
  • Respect for the organic ecosystem
  • Long holidays for workers
  • Run by engineers, not lawyers
  • And so on.

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10.000 leave Lutheran church

by Sven Triloqvist Sat Oct 16th, 2010 at 05:50:53 AM EST

Helsignin Sanomat: Suhtautuminen homopareihin ajaa etenkin naisia eroon kirkosta (attitudes to gay couples lead women especially to leave the church)

Last week, a current affairs TV program ('Gay Evening') on church and lay attitudes to the status of Finnish gay couples has caused 10.000 to exit the church since the program was broadcast.

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Look after the cents

by Sven Triloqvist Fri Oct 8th, 2010 at 06:34:49 AM EST

...And the euros will take care of themselves.

The latest political `scandal' in Finland is the membership of leading politicians in the advisory boards/administrative councils of state-owned companies. The media scramble came about because 2 of these companies published the board remunerations.

Administrative councils of two state-owned companies opening up attendance records

The parliamentary groups of the government parties have tenaciously held on to the existence of administrative councils of majority state-owned companies, although the minister responsible for state corporate ownership, Minister of Defence Jyri Häkämies (Nat. Coalition Party), has been trying to abolish the Neste Oil and Fortum administrative councils.
      Häkämies says that he would be happy to move forward with the issue if he gets a message from the party groups in Parliament that they are ready to take action.

Fortum administrative council chairman Markku Laukkanen (Centre) says that the parliamentary groups have wanted to maintain the councils in strategically important sectors, and he feels that energy is one of them.
      As Laukkanen sees it, administrative councils are bodies that link operative decision-making and the owner, making it possible to increase the understanding of the management concerning ongoing political debate.
      Laukkanen feels that an appropriate time for discussion on the fate of administrative councils of listed companies would be next spring's government formation talks.

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Wrapping paper

by Sven Triloqvist Wed Sep 29th, 2010 at 03:07:54 AM EST

(This adds to my July `Magic Smoke' diary)

Yesterday morning I recorded a voiceover for a presentation about Pyrolysis Oil, and at the same time I read a story (and it is a story) that the family-owed paper company Myllykoski with its 7 mills and the Rhein Papier recycler will be sold to one of the causes of the company's difficulties - UPM - who began a price war a few years back.

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Celebrities with nothing to celebrate

by Sven Triloqvist Mon Sep 27th, 2010 at 05:30:07 PM EST

Migeru provoked this diary. It is not a thesis. It is a collection of thoughts: I hope it inspires you to add your own.

The Golden Bough

The Golden Bough attempts to define the shared elements of religious belief. Its thesis is that old religions were fertility cults that revolved around the worship of, and periodic sacrifice of, a sacred king.

This king was the incarnation of a dying and reviving god, a solar deity who underwent a mystic marriage to a goddess of the Earth, who died at the harvest, and was reincarnated in the spring. Frazer claims that this legend is central to almost all of the world's mythologies.

Thus the Cult of Celebrity could be described as `a need to elevate, and a desire to destroy'.

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LQD: Phoenix-like

by Sven Triloqvist Thu Sep 16th, 2010 at 09:56:41 PM EST

Joaquin Phoenix v the celebrity mag

The knives are out for Joaquin Phoenix's new film, I'm Still Here

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by Sven Triloqvist Thu Sep 9th, 2010 at 07:20:16 PM EST

The last time I was in Paris, I played a jokey Shakespeare on stage with a couple of nice lassies from the Crazy Horse Saloon - which is a long way from Bremen.

I can't sleep because this damn psoriasis is itching, and I am trying the Calvados Cure - so-named after the well-known Brazilian mesmerist.

But today and tomorrow the future of ET will be discussed in Paris face to face, en masse - at a critical time. I have never attended any ET official meets before, but this one seemed crucial. I am putting aside my fear of flying pollution, and a couple of lucrative gigs, to attend. (Oh bravo, frikkin' bravo)

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Talkin' bout my generation

by Sven Triloqvist Thu Sep 2nd, 2010 at 05:08:27 PM EST

One of my oldest friends in London always swore that he and I would never make 50. We were Explorers then. We managed to survive acid, Hawkwind, macrobiotics and Porches. Some didn't. But we're already 17 years ahead of Plan A. And working on Plan B - which is a mystery.

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Magic Smoke

by Sven Triloqvist Fri Jul 30th, 2010 at 05:04:02 PM EST

The funeral of my (ex) mother-in-law took place today in the Benediction Chapel of Espoo. She died peacefully a couple of weeks ago, at the age of 76. A wonderful woman, bohemian, gourmet cook, megamother, Francophile, and mostly accompanied by a Gauloise.

The entire extended family was there, (and there's lots of us), plus her colleagues from theatre and from her great love - translation. The entire family is composed of black sheep, heretics, artists, musicians, mediascenti, architects and assorted misfits.

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LQD: Informed bewilderment

by Sven Triloqvist Sun Jun 20th, 2010 at 02:50:40 AM EST

The internet: Everything you ever need to know

John Naughton is professor of the public understanding of technology at the Open University.

About 1.8 billion people use the Internet happily every day, while billions more are desperate to get access to it.

A funny thing happened to us on the way to the future. The internet went from being something exotic to being boring utility, like mains electricity or running water - and we never really noticed. So we wound up being totally dependent on a system about which we are terminally incurious.....
...The Internet has quietly infiltrated our lives, and yet we seem to be remarkably unreflective about it. That's not because we're short of information about the network; on the contrary, we're awash with the stuff. It's just that we don't know what it all means. We're in the state once described by that great scholar of cyberspace, Manuel Castells, as "informed bewilderment".

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Utter Garbage

by Sven Triloqvist Sat Jun 5th, 2010 at 06:43:24 AM EST

Helsingin Sanomat: An average Helsinki resident produces 340 kilos of household waste each year

Half of the waste ends up in landfill tips, and nearly all the plastic. Although the Helsingin Sanomat article is mainly about an artist, Kaisa Salmi, and her installation in a city square called Muovivyöry ("Plastic Avalanche"), the dump/recycle numbers are revealing.

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Something is rotten...

by Sven Triloqvist Tue Jun 1st, 2010 at 02:30:48 PM EST

...in the state of Finland

Boring internet-dater Finnish PM Matti Vanhanen is resigning in a couple of weeks. It's his coming knee surgery he says. We know better.

Vanhanen leads a coalition government with his Centre Party, the conservative National Coalition party, the Swedish Peoples party and the Green League. He announced his resignation mid-term some months ago in the middle of an election funding scandal. The scandal, which I have documented in earlier diaries, is about how a gang of well-heeled but tasteless mall developers fed money into the campaigns of Centre Party wannabes at the last election.

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2010 World Expo Shanghai

by Sven Triloqvist Fri Apr 30th, 2010 at 07:53:11 AM EST

180 countries and organizations are throwing a party for China. The theme of the Expo is `Better city, better life'. 70 million visitors, mostly Chinese, are expected.  The Expo opens tomorrow and runs until October 31st.

The Finnish Pavilion ` Kirnu' under construction

The Expo acknowledges China's emergence as a major world economic power. China also faces major threats as a result of its rapid rise to economic power not least of which are the environmental damage caused by unregulated industrial expansion, the rampant corruption inherent in the monopoly control hierarchy, and the country's voracious appetite for energy and other resources.

The party being thrown by the rest of the world is mainly about selling solutions to these problems, with a bit of cultural exchange tossed in. (20,000 cultural performances are planned)

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"Finnish management is senile"

by Sven Triloqvist Thu Apr 29th, 2010 at 06:32:35 AM EST

The departing Managing Director of Finnish state broadcaster YLE, Mikael Jungner, fires off some parting shots - or are they warning shots aimed at the future?

He says that the management of many large Finnish companies is senile, and that Finnish management culture is in deep crisis. The crisis comes from opaque, authoritarian management (what he calls Albanianization), desperate to keep their titles and perks. He says they don't understand that the world has irrevocably changed.

There is no link to an English version of his interview today in leading business daily Kauppalehti (Trade Paper). This is my summarized translation of the article.

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by Sven Triloqvist Sat Apr 24th, 2010 at 12:01:40 PM EST

I got twanked yesterday. And decided to put down yet another version of the biochemical warfare parable. Anyway, it's Saturday. And like Chris C, I find the comments here a good way to refine a very rough and inadequate theory.


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