Pac-Man firar 30-årsjubileum 
Det legendariska Pac-Man firar 30 år på fredagen. Det populära och djupt älskade arkardspelet har vunnit många fans världen över.

Spelet som skapades av Toru Iwatani på det japanska spelföretaget Namco. Pac-Man blev snabbt välkänt i spelhallar och uppfattades som nydanande och mänskligare jämfört med rymdspel som Asteroids och Space Invaders. Den enkla figuren med öppen mun, var inspirerad av en pizza.

Spelet fick flera uppföljare i arkadhallarna och gjordes senare även för spelkonsoler. Den amerikanska licenshavaren Atari släppte officiella titlar och andra tillverkare kom med snarliga spel.

Redan på fredagen började Google fira Pac-Mans födelsedag med att göra om loggan i Pac-Manstil.

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Anniversary #1 - William 1 year 
William went 1 year a few days ago. We went to a restaurant for celebrating and then he got a few presents from friends and family.

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Anniversary #2 - Hubble celebrates 20 years in space 
On April 24, 1990, the space shuttle and crew of STS-31 were launched to deploy the Hubble Space Telescope into a low Earth orbit. What followed was one of the most remarkable sagas of the space age. Hubble discoveries revolutionized nearly all areas of current astronomical research, from planetary science to cosmology. And, its pictures were unmistakably out of this world.

This brand new Hubble photo is of a small portion of one of the largest seen star-birth regions in the galaxy, the Carina Nebula. The image captures the top of a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby bright stars. The pillar is also being pushed apart from within, as infant stars buried inside it fire off jets of gas that can be seen streaming from towering peaks like arrows sailing through the air.

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Anniversary #3 - Chernobyl - 24 years on 
With radiation levels much higher than expected and cancer levels continuing to rise, the dangerous legacy of the Chernobyl disaster is still a hugely significant issue for Europe. New research issued by the American Geophysical Union indicates that it will take between 180 to 320 years for the Caesium 137 - a radioactive isotope - to disappear from the local environment, much longer than the 30 years that had been expected.

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred 24 years ago when a reactor exploded during a test of its emergency system, contaminating the then Soviet states of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus as well as creating a fallout which spread to other parts of Europe. As a result, thousands of children and adults are living with social, economic and medical deprivation to this day.

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Joakim - 4 Years Old 
Joakim just went 4 years old. Here are some quick snaps from his birthday and the party he had.

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Sun Prominence 
One of the biggest prominences in years erupted from the sun's northwestern limb on April 13th. The massive plasma-filled structure rose up and burst during a ~2 hour period. Observers in Europe had a great view as you can see from the pictures below.

The eruption hurled a bright coronal mass ejection, CME, into space. The expanding cloud could deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field (Northern Light) around April 15th. Northern America and Scandinavia has a 35% estimate of polar geomagnetic activity when the CME arrives.

On Saturday, April 11th, a CME hit Earth's magnetic field. The impact caused a geomagnetic storm and, for the first time this year, ignited auroras over the continental United States and Scandinavia. "The lights were bright enough to produce a reflection from the surface of Lake Superior," says photographer Shawn Malone, who recorded the scene from a beach in Marquette, Michigan:

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Nytt i skyltfloran 
Den 15 maj träder fyra nya vägmärken i kraft: Förbud mot trafik med annat motordrivet fordon med dubbdäck än moped klass II, Hantverk, Gårdsbutik och Handelsområde.

Vägmärkena för gårdsbutik och hantverk är framtagna för att företagare ska kunna skylta för sin verksamhet med tanke på förbipasserande och turister. Den som vill skylta för sin verksamhet kan ansöka hos antingen kommunen eller Transportstyrelsen. En enkel skylt kostar 8.000 kronor.

I dag skyltar man för handelsområden med text, men nu kan man skylta med en symbol istället – shoppingvagnen.

Dubbdäcksskylten är framtagen i och med att kommuner nu själva får besluta om lokala dubbdäcksförbud. Först ut i raden var ett förbud mot dubbdäck på Hornsgatan i Stockholm. Från och med 15 maj tydliggörs detta med det nya vägmärket.

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Dags att deklarera! 
Från och med idag kan man e-deklarera på Skatteverkets hemsida. Fördelen med det är att man - förutom då att man slipper allt pappersjobb - får besked runt midsommar. Lite extra semesterpengar kanske? Länk till Skatteverket nedan.

E-deklarera nu!

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Spring Around The Corner 
The spring is around the corner, but not yet here. Most of the days it's still sub-zero temperature but some days the sun is strong enough to melt the snow away. The mornings are brighter and I have heard the woodpecker several times already. The other day Joakim told me he saw a squirrel jumping in the snow. At home I recently had my birthday and now we're gearing up for Joakim and William having their birthdays in April. Joakim already told me about a million things he wants to have, we'll see what he gets in the end.

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The English Language 
The English language - not always an easy thing...

Deformed person???

"Eliminate horniness"

"A time sex thing"??.. a horrible translation for what it should read "articles for (daily) use"

"I'm cock"

Dishonest trick?

"Horny Care"

Interesting service...

So profound...

Those STUFF people...

I didn't find any sign for "disabled elevator" so maybe another time instead...

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