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Shriram Krishnamurthi
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This comment, about Artek, is from a display in the Design Museum in Helsinki. Given that Artek (co-founded by Alvar Aalto) is essentially a holy presence in the city, this is pretty blasphemous — and coming from the design museum, pretty radical. (Pssst: It's true.)
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In the sauna tonight, three of us: a textile university employee from China, a paper company employee from Berlin, and me, who's done a bit of work in computer networking.

We were all linked by fiber.

(Yes, thank you.)
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Being in Finland for the first time, I'm reminded of this important question and answer that I was taught by my cousin about 40 years ago.

Why is the Fire Engine Red?

Fire engines have 8 wheels and 4 people.
8+4 = 12.
12 inches make a foot.
One foot is a ruler.
Queen Elizabeth is a ruler. [Amazingly, this is still true.]
Queen Elizabeth is also a ship.
Ships sail in the sea.
Fish live in the sea.
Fish have fins.
Finns live in Finland.
Finland is next to Russia.
Russia's flag is red. [I mean, back then…]
And that's why the fire engine is red.
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In the hometown of Linux, perhaps it's fitting.
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Why yes, of course, our National Museum has a whole display of sauna ladles.
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Some foods don't need (or defy) translation. Unfortunately, it turned out to be Old El Paso products.
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Computational thinking at Artek, Helsinki.
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In Helsinki, you keep coming around corners and seeing buildings and thinking, "Hey, they put up another building with futuristic touches there", and then eventually realize that no, they just did them: so much of our visual vocabulary of futurism comes from Finns.
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Yahoo is trying to get my consent in a page that is entirely in Finnish. The only English as the "OK" at the bottom and the "collectConsent" in the URL (foo.bar/collectConsent?sessionId=…). So much for informed consent…
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Following the news from post-GDPR Europe is an experience. Cookie warnings all over again on sites I regularly use. Cookie warnings somehow messing up my authentication, so I'm a "guest" on sites where I'm a subscriber. Both big and small papers not available at all. And my hotel's provider's filter won't let me get to the ProJo at all.

Hotel filtering is a particular problem that I don't see enough talk about. It seems to be rampant in Europe, never advertised, and bites you in weird ways. I've known German hotels to inject JS into http sites (!!!), even accidentally alter content, and persist when reported. Somehow all this seems to evade Europe's talk about "privacy".
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