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Genocide: A World History (book)

In the human journey through history, we have marveled at the heights of human achievement and progress, from the arts to science, philosophy to technology. Yet, we must also confront the darker aspects of our shared past, acknowledging the tragic reality of the ultimate human brutality—genocide. Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin coined the term that the UN defined in 1948 as acts committed with “the intent to destroy, in whole or in part a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
a. Killing members of the group;
b. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
c. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
d. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
e. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.” 1

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The Lessons of History (book)

When I received the book "The Lessons of History", it didn't look very impressive with its mere hundred pages. But I learned a long time ago that I shouldn't judge a book by its page number.

In the vast scope of human history, only a handful of books shine as guiding lights, illuminating the path through time with wisdom. I am not quite sure "The Lessons of History", written by Will and Ariel Durant, is one such work, but with its 102 pages, it does capture the essence of human civilization. It offers a mosaic of insights into our history, inviting readers to contemplate our journey from the past to the present, and perhaps into the future.

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Covers for Mixtape 004

For almost a year, I've been crafting Avdibeg mixtapes, largely fueled by a wave of nostalgia. We live in times when everything's digital and “in the clouds”. It's my little resistance and attempt to emulate the making of real, physical mixtapes that used to thrive in the vibrant 1980s.

It's time to compile a new mixtape, the fourth in the series, and I needed a proper cover for it. So, I created these four samples with a little help from my invisible AI friend, and here are the four suggestions.

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The Weather Talk

The crazy hailing and raining happened on August 28, 2023. Danish weather, man, it's something…

Using Linux for four years

I admit, I am a strange cookie. Sometimes I can remember the details about something that happened years ago. Very often I know where exactly on a page I read a particular sentence in a book. In the same way, I remember I decided to finally switch to Linux from Windows four years ago during my daughter's football training. I was fed up with technical issues I was having with Windows 10, but also Microsoft's increasing telemetry and constantly activating “features” on Windows, even though I deactivated it. I remember there was a heavy rain, and luckily I even have a short video recording of it. For some reason, I always like documenting an interesting meteorological condition.

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Avdibeg.dk - more than two decades ago

I am having this website for about twenty-one years. A few days ago I used Wayback Machine to check out previous versions of avdibeg.dk, and, boy, did it change. The earliest version they keep of my website is the one from November 22, 2002, and it looked something like this.

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Sunset in Vejle, pt. 2

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a beautiful image I shot while taking a late evening walk. I don't know why I really enjoy looking at sunsets, sky and clouds in general, but I took another one. And it's from the exactly same spot as previously.

Sunset in Vejle
Sunset in Vejle.

Another Woman

A few days ago, I finally watched Woody Allen's Another Woman (1988) that was on my list for years. It's one of Allen's more serious movies, and it all begins with a statement by the female protagonist, Marion: "If someone had asked me, when I reached my fifties, to assess my life, I'd have said I'd reached a decent level of fulfillment, personally and professionally." Then, she goes on describing the current state of her life, her professional career and her marriage. Marion has taken a hiatus from her work in order to write a book. She rents an apartment next to a psychiatrist's office, and one day she eavesdrops his conversation with his patient, a pregnant woman. Marion gets drawn to the woman, who's seemingly not happy with her life.

Another woman
Marion is eavesdropping on a conversation between a psychiatrist and his patient.

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Two different generations

This is a great example of how two different generations of Homo sapiens apparently don't understand each other.

The girl is filming a video in a park, updating her fans on social media about her running routine. Then a middle-aged man comes in the picture and sits down on a bench right behind her. The girl doesn't like that, so she asks him to move to another bench, but the man refuses.

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Organizing my digital life

Ever since I entered the realm of computers, the art of organizing digital files has held a profound fascination for me. Time and again, this pursuit has transcended mere interest and, at times, almost evolved into an obsession. In essence, I find myself in a constant quest to discover the ultimate digital organizing system, the one that suits my use case. I must confess, this journey has never been without its challenges.

Throughout all these years I've tried countless paths, experimenting with a myriad of methods, watching countless relevant videos, and immersing myself in articles devoted to mastering the art of organizing one's digital life. However, despite my endeavors, I couldn't shake the feeling that the optimization of my file structuring remained somewhat incomplete and inadequate. Allow me to illustrate: until recently, this was the approach I employed to organize my files.

Old organization of the files - first level
My previous first-level structuring of the files

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Sunset in Vejle

I love sunsets. I got this one during my late afternoon walk. It's magical.

Sunset in Vejle
Sunset in Vejle.

A new change

It's time for a new change on the website. After two and half years running on GRAV content management system, I decided to use something even lighter. Previously, I used WordPress then jumped on GRAV, because I wanted to get rid of using database and heavy system. But then I realized that GRAV didn't make my system much faster and lighter. I also found out that I wasn't very active on my website, writing blog posts and such.

So, I decided to get rid of it and use a much lighter CMS (actually, it is just an online editor), so I implemented Yellow, a light CMS I know for several years now. After using a lot of time converting all the content to Yellow, I am ready now to present you a new, fresh and much faster version of avdibeg.dk. Cheers!