Books of June 2012

These are the books read in June. As with May, it’s been kind of slow due to school and work. Patrick Rothfuss: “The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle Day One” (2007) “The Kingkiller Chronicle” quickly became one of the best fantasy series I have ever read. The first book is an excellent beginning, sharing the […]

Books of February 2012

These are the books read in February. Andrew B. Kipnis: “Producing Guanxi: Sentiment, Self, and Subculture in a North China Village” (1997) Except for some excellent examples of real life guanxi production, sadly not all that enlightening as I hoped it would be. Then again the real life examples may well be enough to ask […]

Oskyldig till motsatsen bevisats, ett allt mer försvinnande koncept av vårt samhälle

Ett av de mest fundamentala koncepten i global juridik, rätten att ses som oskyldig till motsatsen bevisats, har de senaste åren försvunnit allt mer. Sedan FRA-lagen infördes 2007 finns nu ett antagande om att alla medborgare är potentiella brottslingar, och att bara genom att spåra alla precis hela tiden kan vi motverka brott. Detta var […]

Nu har vi ett år…

Datalagringsdirektivet fick en minoritetsbordläggning i dagens omröstning, vilket innebär att vi får en ny röstning 2012. Detta är till enorm fördel för direktivets motståndare – vi får se om EU-domstolen anser att den strider mot mänskliga rättigheter, vi får se tydligare hur ineffektivt det är i andra länder, och vi får hjälpa Sveriges medborgare att […]

Music releases of 2011

I entered 2011 thinking most music releases came in 2009 and 2010, and this would be a pretty calm year. I’m slowly realising I was damned wrong. Symphonic metal act Within Temptation will release their first album since 2007, the experimental ”The Unforgiving” on March 25. The album is released alongside a comic book series written […]

Avantasia – The Wicked Symphony (2010)

I have loved the strange power metal project Avantasia since I first heard The Metal Opera Part II in 2007, and they were in fact the band that made me fall in love with concept albums (alongside Kamelot and their Epica / The Black Halo albums). I loved both two Metal Opera albums, and I […]

Nightwish to release photobook: "Dark Passion Gallery"

Finnish symphonic power metal band Nightwish has reported their forthcoming release of a photojournal by Ville Akseli Juurikkala (photographer of bands such as HIM, Apocalyptica and The 69 Eyes), with photos from their 2007 – 2008 Dark Passion Play Tour, entitled Dark Passion Gallery. Gah, a wasteless thing, sure, but I still NEED it. €25. Cannot… […]

Sonata Arctica fallback

After barely listening to one of my top favorite bands ever, Finnish power metal Sonata Arctica, for almost half a year, I’ve fallen back again – ofcourse resulting in listening to them almost exclusively. Especially their latest album Unia (2007) has caught my attention, and it all started as I heard the bonus track ”Out […]

Wish I Had an Angel and Bye Bye Beautiful part of a story?

Hint-hint! I don’t think you ought to read this journal unless you’re more or less all-knowing about the story of Tarja Turunen being kicked out of Nightwish in 2005, and their new singer Anette Olzon, who joined them in 2007. I know very well I’m a geek, so shut the fuck up about telling me. […]