Moralsk kompas

Kære internet,

jeg har brug for at du agerer moralsk kompas for mig. Jeg har modtaget en mail hvor jeg bliver spurgt om jeg nogensinde kom af sted til Grønland.

Svaret burde jo være et klart “Nej” da jeg ikke er flyttet til Grønland.
Men når det nu er fremmede der uopfordret spørger om noget på internettet, så er det vel ikke helt at lyve, hvis man fortæller dem en god historie, er det?
Specielt ikke hvis den gode historie indeholder isbjørne?

Konkret har jeg fået en mail som starter således (og ja, jeg er ganske bevidst om at jeg selv kan være ved at blive bundet en lidt for god historie på ærmet):

Hi Soren,

I just found your blog and was wondering if you ever moved to Greenland?

I am a producer on an American TV show and we are interested in finding someone who has moved there so please get in touch if you did!


Jeg antager at det er denne blogpost tilbage fra den første dag i april måned sidste år der henvises til.

Så kære internet, skal jeg svare ærligt som det er, eller skal jeg gribe denne chance for at udfolde mit fantastiske talent for creative writing, vel vidende at det måske ikke er det (helt) rigtige at gøre?

+1, Like and Flattr

After some mental back-and-forth I have finally decided to add a Google +1 button, a Facebook Like button, and a Flattr button to this blog.

You can see them in the right hand sidebar, and they look like this:

flattr this!

The arguments for (that finally got me) are quite simple: I wouldn’t mind more traffic to the site, and if someone out there finds the text and content I produce interesting enough to find it worthy of a donation, that would be fun too.
I don’t expect to become rich off the Flattr thing (I’m actually quite curious if any donations will be made at all…). I am also very interested in seeing if the two social-media-website-buttons will actually bring any (new) traffic my way, or if they are just a wast of space and pixels.

The arguments against are these:Alex Zanardi's Williams Formula 1 car, the FW21, on Fleet Street by Ben Sutherland, on Flickr

  1. I feel they make the site look cheap. This blog is not a formula-1 racing car, and as such should not have stickers from sponsors and similar pasted all over it. To be honest, that is my primary argument against. So, deep down, it comes down to my own vanity (on my blog’s behalf).
  2. The second thing is privacy of my viewers. Although browsing the internet anonymously this day in age requires the user to take many precautions (like using Tor or similar), I still feel that the average user should be able to visit my blog, without Google, Facebook or Flattr knowing about it. With the current buttons (on this site, and any other site that has them) Google, Facebook and Flattr will receive information about each and every visit to this blog. Furthermore, if the user is logged in to any of those services, those companies will have the user info connected to the particular visit. But since it happens everywhere else, I figure it’s cool here as well.

Feel free to share your thoughts on the use of these (and similar social media buttons) in the comments below.

Photo by: Ben Sutherland

Blog movingday

For quite some time I have wanted to move my blog from my domain.


Getting the new domain ( was quite easy, and I did that long time ago, but getting around the technical stuff took a bit more time. Setting up a new blog was no problem with WordPress. What took me some time (but now that I know how to do it shouldn’t have taken more that a few minutes) was moving all the old posts over through the wordpress export and import tools and setting up a redirect from the old blog.


So, hopefully I have now managed to transfer all the content from the old domain, set up a redirect that catches all old posts. Additionally I have changed the theme of the blog, from the very brightly coloured Greenery theme to the more low key Titan Theme. Hopefully this change won’t represent a general change from less colour full content on the blog, but I felt now might be as good a time as any to make a change.


On a more technical note, although the redirects should take care of any issues, feel free to update any links and change rss feeds from pointing to to All underlying link structure should have been moved along – but if you do notice dead links or other odd behaviour, feel free to let me know.


In case you wonder, this is actually the second time the blog is moving. First time was when I moved from Livejournal to a wordpress install on my own domain.