Noël

Found this article from 2012. We are in 2018, yet the situation remains (or is actually even worse).

On the 12th day of Christmas … your gift will just be junk

Every year we splurge on pointless, planet-trashing products, most of which are not wanted. Why not just bake them a cake?

(…) They seem amusing on the first day of Christmas, daft on the second, embarrassing on the third. By the twelfth they’re in landfill. For 30 seconds of dubious entertainment, or a hedonic stimulus that lasts no longer than a nicotine hit, we commission the use of materials whose impacts will ramify for generations. (…)

The Guardian

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How Lithuanians see Europe

How we (Lithuanians) see the rest of Europe

Internet never seizes to amaze me.

A couple of weeks ago I came across a 9gag post which showed Europe through the eyes of Lithuanians… The nicknames given can vary from author to author, but one that is transversal to all is Portugal.

Vilnius, what?!

Well, the 9gag community, in the comment section then provided with an explanation:

@user1
I’m from Lithuania and i can confirm that only 30% of this is true, the rest of it is complete bullshit and some of them doesn’t even make sense. And why the hell Portugal is named as Vilnius? Never heard or seen anywhere that any Lithuanian ever would call Portugal as Vilnius in any reference.
@user 2
no but Vilnius is called Portugal. That’s because Vilnius is on the very side of Lithuania just like Portugal is on the very side of Europe so many people from other cities in Lithuania call Vilnius people Portuguese. Although I have never been called that and I’ve been living here my whole life :’)

Totally unexpected, I would say… Have to confirm this with some Lithuanian folks!


On the 11th of March, 1990, Lithuania became the first country to proclaim itself independent from de Soviet Union, granting the country its second (and hopefully last) independence.

Happy 27th birthday! 🙂

OnAir #1

SKAM

A Norwegian TV series that I have been hooked up to for the last few weeks! Even though it is not a global hit (it’s been massive in Norway though), I came across it during my web wandering moments and have binge-watched the three seasons already.  I’m not really the kind of guy who is into teenage drama (I’m already a grown up, you know?) but Skam is something different… It is an unpretentious and frank view of the life of young Norwegians.

Every season follows a different character that deals with problems and situations that you can very easily relate with. It doesn’t try to be something that it’s not. It is raw and doesn’t try to take the moral high ground. It is definitely the real TV series for the real people.

skam

The series lives primarily on the web. Skam characters have their own real Instagram accounts which everyone can follow. There is a dedicated website in which screenshots of text messages are shared with the avid followers.

One of the aspects that differentiates Skam from other TV programmes is its broadcasting model. Clips from each episode are aired online as if they are happening in real time. If these shameless teens are at a party on Friday (fredag) night, that scene will go up on a Friday night; if they’re attending school, that scene will pop up during a school day. By the end of the week, all these clips are put together to create a full episode.

You can get a glimpse of its third season trailer! /here

Now it is definitely the time to rethink television as we know it. Norwegians already got the hang of it.

Love Graphs

Immersing myself in information graphics like this one is one of my passions! #nerdalert

countries-the-best-at

Portugal: cork (nothing new here, I was aware that we are the number one producers of this raw material…

Lithuania: it took me by surprise to be the country with the fastest wi-fi… My experience while living there was completely different, but oh well…

Angola: a country with so much potential and so rich in natural resources… being the first in child mortality is for sure something to be proud of! /not

Source: /informationisbeautifuln.net