The movie is about a future where an expedition is going to Altair-4 to look for a 20 year old lost expedition to the planet. They find two people there and an entity of unknown kind...
But what amazes me about this 1956 made movie is the special effects. Absolutely stunning halls, machines, laser and 3-D effects. Being a computer guy in the computer age I'm can't image how they did all that.
There is actually a fourth character in the move - Robby, the robot. Probaby the most expensive extravaganza in any movie until modern age, say 1990 or later. This stunning piece was no trick with light, scissors or camera shots, but the real thing. After the movie was finished Robby ended up in some basement for almost 20 years until showing up for a second time in a Columbo episode in the early 70's. I don't know if it still exists, maybe a remake of I, Robot or something similar can give him a third chance to display himself.
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And after two "burned out" light bulbs and five days in the new apartment, I finally figured out that the reason my overhead hallway lights wouldn't work was not a problem with the bulbs. I kept flipping the switch at the beginning of the hallway, but it turns out the second switch further down the hallway was the key. No, it didn't control the light. It controlled the other switch. Switch #2 had to be in the "on" position for switch #1 to work and—after much trial and error and walking up and down the hallway—turn on my hallway lights.
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Take the Swedish meeting culture for example. Swedish business life abound with meetings. An abnormal amount of meetings. When Swedes say “Mötet gick bra” (“The meeting went well”), what exactly do they mean? There were heated discussions? The meeting went on for ages? An incredible number of decisions were taken? I doubt it.
Some people believe that the sole purpose of a meeting is to produce decisions. Swedes, on the other hand, hold meetings to find out whether or not they are at the meeting to decide when the meeting will be to decide when they will meet to talk about what happened at their meeting.
Swedish meetings are short but many. They are arranged to give Bengan, Maggan and Lasse a chance to say what they think. If you want to reach a decision, you’ll have to arrange another meeting because in the meantime Bengan, Maggan and Lasse have to go back to the office and ask Ninni, Kicki and Titti (yes, there are girls of that name) what they think.
In Swedish this is called förankringsprocessen, the consensus process. If Swedes mention the word “process” you’d better not be in a hurry. There’s a process for everything. This one means getting everybody involved in everything.
Everyone voices an opinion and everyone listens. Then they compromise. The word compromise is music to a Swede’s ears. Everybody gets something. Not too much and not too little, but lagom. Nobody wins and nobody loses. They may agree to disagree, but what they will agree on is the exact time and date of the next meeting.
Swedes rarely say yes or no. This means that instead of saying ja or nej they say nja which means “yes-but-no-but-yes-but.” You see, saying “yes” or “no” can lead to conflict, so Swedes avoid these words and replace them with “it depends,” “maybe” and “I’ll see what I can do.”
Foreigners may get heated, irritated or even angry. In Swedish business life this is called hysterical behavior. Hysteria is abnormal and uncomfortable and should preferably not occur during office hours.
You may wonder how on earth they ever make a decision. Swedish business people themselves have sometimes called this beslutsimpotens, which, I suppose, means not having the balls to decide one way or another.
Someone once said that if the Swedes gave up their fika, coffee breaks, they could retire five years earlier. Coffee is an integral part of any meeting, either as an on-going self-service affair during the discussions or as a separate break. The coffee break is not to be confused with the briefer, more frequent leg-stretcher, or “bone-stretcher” — the Swedish word for leg and bone is the same.
Most Swedes are dedicated to finding a healthy work-life balance. They might say they work hard; it’s just that they are not often at work to do it. Many companies have flexitime and, when possible, Swedes may also be entitled to work from home.
However, fair’s fair — when they’re at work they’re very effective. But not before 8.30 as they make use of their flexitime, and not after 4 p.m., thank you, as they have to pick up the kids from pre-school, and not after 2 p.m. on Fridays, if you don’t mind.
Swedes will start to ask you about your plans for the coming weekend as early as Wednesday afternoon. By Friday lunchtime they have mentally gått för dagen “left for the day.”
Swedes have a fair share of public holidays. In a good year they take as many days off in May and June as most Americans take in a year. And they still have their five weeks’ vacation to take out when it suits them. Not only do they have “red days,” as the Swedes call their public holidays, but they may be given half the day off before, just to get them into the holiday mood.
If they’re lucky their office can also give them a klämdag, which is an odd day between a holiday and the weekend. Come May, June and July the weekends and public holidays more or less combine into one long vacation with the occasional day at the office.
Despite all of the above the Swedish way seems to be amazingly efficient. The mind boggles. The fact is that Sweden is considered an innovative and creative country, and one successful Swedish company after the other appears on the global market.
So, there you are. Time to realize that Swedes may not be quite as lagom as they think they are. And thank goodness for that, because odd as they may sometimes be, Swedish business people have found a recipe for success.
Have you done business with Swedes? What was your experience? Feel free to comment below.
This article is written by Colin Moon. He is an expert in communication skills and speaker with Talarforum. He is a trainer and consultant in English, French and business communication. He has written “Sweden — the secret files”, “In the secret garden of SwEden” and regularly publishes articles in different papers. He is a well sought after and appreciated speaker and moderator at events.
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Jag gick själv i gymnasiet i början på 80-talet när de kom till Hagagymnasiet på besök en vårdag i maj. Eftersom jag sjöng med skolkören skulle vi få göra några sånger tillsammans med dem, minns dock inte just nu var det var. Medans Egil Johansen packade upp sina trummor och Rune Gustavsson stämde sin bas viftade George Riedel flitigt med armarna för att vi sångare skulle prestera bättre. Och därborta lite på sidan stod Dompan själv och spelade skalor på sin klarinett.
Än idag är det ett av mina bästa minnen från gymnasietiden, alla dessa fantastiska musiker som man fick arbeta tillsammans med om än för bara 20 min. George var tydligt den som stod för den musikaliska intelligensen medans Arne själv verkade vara mera åt filosofhållet till. De hade inget program färdigt utan spelade själva under 30 min eller så, en låt i taget och bestämde vartefter vad som de ville spela härnäst.
När allt var klart fick man en liten chans att prata med George och Dompan och de andra, med undantag för Egil som gick i sin egna värld och packade ner sina trummor igen.
En runa över Arne Domnérus finns att läsa i DN, länk nedan.
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The Bloomberg financial newswire decided to update its 17-page Steve Jobs obituary — and some intern must have inadvertently published it in the process. Jobs' battle with pancreatic cancer has continued to be a worry of Apple investors, but all reports say that there in no indication that Bloomberg recieved any bad news that would have made them decide to update the obituary.
The full text of the obituary, before it was promptly removed from Bloomberg's site, is on Gawker, see link. (Good to know when reading: "TK" means "to come" in magazines and newspapers.)
Bloomberg has "retracted" its obituary:
Aug. 27 (Bloomberg) — An incomplete story referencing Apple Inc. was inadvertently published by Bloomberg News at 4:27 p.m. New York time today. The item was never meant for publication and has been retracted.
Även DN hade en blänkare om detta, här: http://www.dn.se/DNet/jsp/polopoly.jsp? ... p;a=822281
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Till båtnad för miljö och hälsa, men till förtret för fortkörarna.
Fortkörarna i mellanklassen, vill säga. Det engelska motorprogrammet Top Gear avslöjade att det gick att klara sig från böter i England om man körde snabbare än 290 km i timmen.
I USA använde teknikprogrammet Mythbuster en raketbil för att blåsa förbi i nära 400 km i timmen för att lura den amerikanska kameran.
I Sverige har radarn begränsats till att endast reagera på hastigheter under 300 km i timmen. Så bara att tuta och köra!
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