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Det var inte länge sedan som kommunen lagade, men nu är det hål igen. Rejält underminerat.
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It's easy to believe in things that fit your views. Then we don't always check the facts. The origin of Christmas celebration at December 25th is not known for certain. One theory is that it's copied from the Roman festival of Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, but we don't know. Another theory is that Christians first decided to celebrate the Annunciation on 25 March, their date of the vernal equinox, and concluded that the birth ought to be nine months later, ergo December 25. That seems plausible to me, at least if there is a convincing reason for celebrating Annunciation on the vernal equinox. Sol Invictus became an official Roman cult in 274CE, and I personally doubt that the birth of Christ was celebrated earlier than that. This is about 50 year before the Arian controversy and the First Council of Nicaea. That's not proof that the Christians copied the Romans though, and not even certain proof that pagans preceeded Christians. I know of no records of pagan celebration on that very date before Christianity existed. It was certainly common with mid-winter celebrations in pagan societies in e.g. Scandinavia (Midvinterblot) but that's later, and exact dates aren't known as far as I know.
If the actual birth of Jesus was like it's described in the bible, it's unlikely to have been in December though. It would be all to muddy after the rains then. There would not be a tax census due to bad road conditions, and the sheep would have been penned in, not out with the shepherds. I guess the closer we get to Jesus in time and space, the more likely it is that worshipers would see that.
Regarding the origin of Christmas tree's I've seen a lot of references that are much older than the one mentioned in this clip. A more commonly mentioned origin would be Germany in the 15th or 16th century. As mentioned, tree's were used in rituals by pagans, but I think both germanics and celts preferred oaks to fir trees. (The Christmas article on Wikipedia mention Polish use of fir trees in pagan winter celbrations, and that could be an origin, but again, we can only guess.)
The biblical references to cutting down and decorating trees (like Jeremiah 10) seems to me to refer to idols carved from tree, not decorated trees. It seems that carved wood statues of saints would be much worse sins in that case.
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To quote http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_Galilei: In 1616, an Inquisitorial commission unanimously declared heliocentrism to be "foolish and absurd in philosophy, and formally heretical since it explicitly contradicts in many places the sense of Holy Scripture." I think the Roman Inquisition was pretty much on the spot in their bible interpretation. To be an astrophysiscist and at the same time claim that we can only accept science as long as it doesn't contradict the bible is just silly. This guy is plainly making a choice to be completely blind to a lot of places in the bible to make his own world view make sense. I seriously doubt that he truly believes in what he says. The vast majority of modern, educated Christians are obviously not interpreting the bible in this literal way any longer.
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Stefan Molyneux has some points, but doesn't gain credibility by placing Switzerland among Scandinavian socialist states.
You could imagine Switzerland had been added as a reference like the US, but he talks about it like it's one of the Nordic somewhat socialist states, and it's obviously neither.

Besides, it appears that he's mainly looked at some statistics, picked out the figures that support his preconceptions, and said what he usually says.
I seriously doubt that Molyneux knows a lot about Scandinavia, or about the political system here.
There are a lot of "minor" factors, beyond whether to have a nightwatcher state or a welfare state, that matters for the development of a country.
Painting with this broad brush is pretty pointless.

There is also a big difference being a "free" country where one of several parties with significance is social democratic, and being a "socialist state", which is typically a label placed on totalitarian states with a dictatorship using a communist label. (To some extent he's saying this, but not very clearly.)

If he was really intesrested in Scandinavia, he could look at some other statistics. Study after study places the Nordic countries in the top concerning e.g. health and life expectancy, wellbeing and social progress, optimism and innovation climate, trust and safety etc.
See e.g.
http://www.fastcoexist.com/3028590/the-10-countries-with-the-highest-national-well-being-see-the-us-anywhere
http://eurofound.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ef_files/pubdocs/2004/105/en/1/ef04105en.pdf
http://www.unicef-irc.org/Report-Card-11/
http://www.photius.com/rankings/infrastructure_quality_country_rankings_2011.html
http://www.allcountries.org/ranks/global_competitiveness_index_2008-2009.html
http://www.photius.com/rankings/human_developement_index_1975-2005.html
https://www.globalinnovationindex.org/content.aspx?page=data-analysis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_infant_mortality_rate
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy
http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/cause-of-death/violence/by-country/
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Is this guy only trying to trick money out of people, or does he honestly think that he's going to produce this? And if he manages to produce it, does he really think it will sell?
I wrote something all too long for Google+, so I decided to hijack my Python blog for this... How many of the crowd-funding projects are real, and how many are somewhere between fraud and someones wild dreams? Who thinks th...
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Most of what is being said here is not true. The police report is here, and I assume you can use Google Translate to read what the police is actually reporting.
https://polisen.se/Aktuellt/Rapporter-och-publikationer/Rapporter/Publicerat---Nationellt/Ovriga-rapporterutredningar/Kriminella-natverk-med-stor-paverkan-i-lokalsamhallet/

One Swedish reporter, Per Gudmundsson, used the word no-go zones about this, but that was very misleading. He did say that this was areas where the police was not welcome, which was also an overstatement. In some of these 55 areas, I suspect that there are enough criminal or asocial elements, that the police feel that they aren't welcome every time they arrive (even if most people are happy that they come), but of course they do come. This is where they focus! (I bet they'd like some extra money though...)

According to the report, these are the 55 areas in Sweden where local criminal networks have a negative impact on local community. That's bad, but it's very far from what is claimed in this clip about these areas being abandoned by police etc. Of course it's the other way around. The police is more active in these areas. It sounds like these reporters are just repeating the propaganda from the Swedish right wing populists who try to portray immigrants as monsters.

I do agree that we have a leftist media establishment which has a tendency to shout "Racist" when people argue for a more restricive immigration policy, but it's not nearly as bad as TheLipTV claims. Regarding Fox News, we do have internet, so it's certainly available for those who wish to see it. There is certainly no censorship, so if it's "watered down" here, I can only assume that's what Fox considers commercially viable here.

In Göteborg, Sweden's second largest city, with a milllion people in the metropolitan area, the report marks 8 areas on the map. One of them is "Majorna" which has a large circle on the map. You can of course look around there in Google street view for yourselves to see if it appears like a muslim ghetto abandoned by the police. In reality, it's one of the most popular areas in Göteborg, particularly among young people. There is a lot of nightlife there, and some people are interested in cannabis. What's happened there is that a local gang has monopolized the cannabis trade in a few popular streets. I bet you can get in trouble there if you try to sell drugs without being one of them, but that's it. That's all there is to that "no go zone". The most "problematic" streets are Andra Långgatan and Tredje Långgatan, since there is a lot of night life here. I encourage everyone who wants to see a Swedish "no go zone" to check it out with Google street view. I don't have any worries about walking around here. Not even if I'm alone in the middle of the night. In fact, I do have an evening meeting there once per month, and I walk there around 11PM or so on my way home. My fifteen year old son's school is in this area. He has never said anything about threats or any other problems.

The other areas are slightly more problematic:

As a background, there was very much optimism about population growth in Sweden in the 1960's, with huge housing projects in many city suburbs. Plenty of affordable flats, mainly owned by the municipality and rented mainly to people without the assets to buy their own house. Since population growth ended up being much lower, the municipalities have used this big areas a bit as a dumping ground for people who have problems with economy or e.g. drugs. Several of these areas have more and more become dominated by immigrants, since recently arrived immigrants, at least refugees, rarely have the means of buying a house or a centrally located flat.

During the late 20th century, police presence on the streets have gradiually dropped, partly due to savings, partly due to Sweden being very calm and civilized. More recently, this trend has changed, since there have been much more problems the last 20 years or so.

These are the areas besides Majorna mentioned above:

Backa

There have been riots here, in 2009 and 2011. In 2011, a burglar on a scooter was hit by a chasing police car as he slowed down. It was dark and he had no lights on. This was interpreted by local youth as a deliberate assault by the police. The following nights almost twenty cars were burnt, and about 30 young men threw stones at the police. The same year, eight people in the area were also wounded by gunshots. Troubled area? Yes! Abandoned by society? No. Social workers and police are certainly focusing on this area. For a look in Google street view, you can start at "Selma Lagerlöfs torg" or "Jacobs gata". I was at Selma Lagerlöfs Torg about a year ago looking at a theater performance, and for a casual visitor like me, it was very calm. I also did some shopping... Jacobs Gata is certainly not the most stimulating neighborhood. I'd probably get frustrated if I lived there... Ghetto is a maybe not the right word though...

Bergsjön

I had my first flat here 1986-1990, and it was not the ideal place to live. Someone smashed a window of my car. Someone broke into my storage area in the basement and stole an old, broken receiver. Once I forgot my keys in the door, and after some minutes they were gone, and I had to get the lock changed. Four rather boring years... I never felt remotely worried about my personal safety. I suspect it might be different today, but a friend who took over my apartment still live there, so it can't be too bad. Two gangs have been fighting over cannabis sales. Four young men have died, more have been wounded, and 12 young men from the area got prison sentences from 1 to 8 years about a month ago. Siriusgatan, the street where I used to live, is rumored to be the worst part of Bergsjön. Check it out in Google street view.

Biskopsgården

The main fight here is about drug sales in the rich area Torslanda. There is also a lot of violence and robberies. Two gangs with roots in Bandidos and Hells Angels are competing. Look at Vårväderstorget or Godvädersgatan to see the areas of the two gangs. Warning to sensitive people: Dark people and attributes such as hijab and the Libyan flag will appear in the Godvädersgatan pictures, but you'll also see that even these guys get their furniture from IKEA, so there is some assimilation going on... Check it out.

Gårdsten

The crime group here is handling a lot of money, and deal with guns as well as with drugs. There are two fractions fighting, and they are confident enough to attack Hells Angels. For a street view look at this area, check out Saffransgatan, Angered, or Gårdsten centrum.

Hammarkullen and Hjällbo

Two competing gangs here as well. One with lots of family ties. The other more tied together by ethnicity. There have been a lot of violence here, with kidnappings and serious threats / blackmail. Lots of young men on scooters, little structure and organization. To look around in these to places in street view, look around Hjällbo Centrum and Hammarkulletorget.

Västra Frölunda

Criminals from the areas around Frölunda Torg and Opaltorget (have a look in street view) are selling drugs in the south of Göteborg. As far as I understand, there is less focus on violence and more on "business" in this lot. Fairly advanced fraud scheme where they baught a lot of things over the net using hijacked identities got busted by police in 2010.


In all of these areas, there is a certain risk that violence between gang members will result in casualties among bystanders. In Backa, it has happened that a bullet went into an appartment. There have been shootings in restaurants in serveral of these areas, and of course, if people use drugs and are armed, there is always a higher risk for violence. But no-go zones? No. I think the authorities are aware that on one hand, it's important not to be too heavy handed, since that would cause escalation, but on the other hand to absolutely not give in.

For an example of the professionalism and restraint of Swedish police, look at the police officers involved at the Lars Vilks lecture in Uppsala, where an angry mob attacked this controversial artist. You can find that on youtube. (Of course there are rotten eggs in th Swedish police force too, but I think what you see here is pretty representative, not just because it was filmed...)
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Would the monkey react differently if the better paid monkey did a better/harder work, or had more need for grapes? Would it react differently if both monkeys were treated the same, just that they only get grape once, and then they only get more cucumber, even though there are grapes on the table? I don't see that this exeperiment alone rules out that the dissatisfied monkey is purley driven by desire for grapes rather than a sense of fairness.
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The social democracies Sweden and Germany? At this time, Germany was ruled by non-socialst Christian Democrats, and SDP had 23% of the seats in the Bundestag. In Sweden it was more or less the same. The non-socialist alliance was in government, and the socialists in opposition. I don't think the US was socialist before Reagan either. It was just more sensible and less corrupt. This isn't about socialism. It's just about intellectual and moral honesty.
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Volvo Trucks commercial is outstanding as usual! This time two Swedish vehicle producers gets some time in the limelight!
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