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We made it to my old local for an hour or two on Christmas Day. Sofie even said she was beginning to understand why I missed it.

There’re new money village pubs with Range Rovers parked outside, and there are old world pubs overlooking the common brimming with red-faced, cheery women in Hunter wellies with beat-up Volvos, and there are estate boozers, and there are the garish, sorrowful bars-that-once-were-pubs, and there are the ancient watering holes in the City frequented annually by the London Society of Swedish Bankers, and then there’s The Farriers Arms, where the landlady made a friend and I a roast dinner one cold Tuesday evening, and where I was an occasional member of the darts team, and where, every Christmas Day from 12 til 3 people gather to drink a beer or two and pass on the greetings of the season. Idiosyncratic, old-fashioned, and inefficient, but so lovely and real and reassuring.

Attention to detail

It seems there’s an inexhaustible supply of Steve Jobs anecdotes. This one’s a gem:

Jobs wanted the demo phones he would use onstage to have their screens mirrored on the big screen behind him. To show a gadget on a big screen, most companies just point a video camera at it, but that was unacceptable to Jobs. The audience would see his finger on the iPhone screen, which would mar the look of his presentation. So he had Apple engineers spend weeks fitting extra circuit boards and video cables onto the backs of the iPhones he would have onstage. The video cables were then connected to the projector, so that when Jobs touched the iPhone’s calendar app icon, for example, his finger wouldn’t appear, but the image on the big screen would respond to his finger’s commands. The effect was magical.

From the NYT.

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Sweden: Part 2

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Some more pics from Sweden. I looked on a map to see where we were and was surprised we’d barely gotten out of the bottom sixth of Sweden despite driving for four hours. Big country.

Sweden: Part 1

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Pictures from a lovely weekend at a friend’s cabin in Småland. One shower in three days, nothing to do but make sure the kids didn’t kill each other, cook and make coffee. One night we even played Pictionary, or Draw and Guess as it’s called in classic Danish functional style.

Jordan Burt on Vine

The main reason I’m using the app more. Don, Blind Driver is a great comic creation. He did one where Don pulls up on a train track with a train approaching fast in the distance but Vine pulled it.

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