Jante Law: Sounds like American Corporatism; If this is real, I would create severe challenges in Scandinavia

The Jante Law (Danish and Norwegian: Janteloven; Swedish: Jantelagen; Finnish: Janten laki; Faroese: Jantulógin) is a pattern of group behaviour towards individuals within Scandinavian communities, which negatively portrays and criticises individual success and achievement as unworthy and inappropriate.


The ten rules state:

  1. Don’t think you’re anything special.
  2. Don’t think you’re as good as us.
  3. Don’t think you’re smarter than us.
  4. Don’t convince yourself that you’re better than us.
  5. Don’t think you know more than us.
  6. Don’t think you are more important than us.
  7. Don’t think you are good at anything.
  8. Don’t laugh at us.
  9. Don’t think anyone cares about you.
  10. Don’t think you can teach us anything.

An eleventh rule recognized in the novel is:

  1. Don’t think that there aren’t a few things we know about you.

Jante Law – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I’m not saying I think I’m better/smarter/faster/more important than anyone else – but I do believe strongly in both individual expression and pointing out (and fiercely resisting) arrant stupidity; the above smacks too strongly of a company I once knew, one which was going down the toilet and was doomed by mediocre middle-management spreading blame through collective responsibility and suppression of the drive for change.

Fie upon that bullshit.

Making a couple of minor tweaks to #TwitterTools, not that I code in PHP…

…but it is enough like AWK and Perl that it’s easy to poke. I can see why it’s attractive for lashing up webpages, but from the perspective of clarity it seems to be nightmarish…

Speaking on #SearchNeutrality at #PICTFOR – Monday 6 Feb @ 1830 – HT #Google @ericjoyce @openrightsgroup

After making a stink about search neutrality proposals over on Computerworld I was contacted by Eric Joyce MP to present a counter-opinion; apparently the way the Commons works is that if you care enough to voice an opinion about something then there’s a risk you’ll be tapped to do the work. Since Google apparently declined to participate, that leaves me involved “for having made it public”.



Today, search engines like Google and Bing play a crucial role in steering traffic and revenues through the Global digital economy: they are an essential component of the Internet’s infrastructure. With that in mind should we be looking beyond the well-known arguments about network neutrality and considering the idea of “search neutrality” ? For example, what external standards, if any, and what editorial policies should be applied to searches and how comprehensive, impartial and ‘relevant’ do those searches need to be to meet our needs? The need for a discussion about search neutrality is seen as pressing by UK Search companies like Foundem, presently involved in an anti-trust case against Google, and their position can be seen here. Others, however feel different. We’ll hear and discuss both sides of the argument at this event.

In some ways I wish this wasn’t going ahead because I feel the proposals are bonkers enough without the oxygen of publicity, but in truth that is just wishful thinking – suffocation would not make the proposal go away on its own, so comprehensively opposed it must be.

I’d like to thank my colleagues in the OpenRightsGroup for bouncing ideas around and fomenting practice debate; I’ll have grown an extra pair of arms by then…

#GoDaddy, if you are going to advertise in Britain you will need to change your spelling…

TIL about mains power connectors, kettle, clover and figure-8 leads…


I saw this last night; if you travel and have a IBM or Toshiba laptop, you will want one. HT @harrym

I have no idea where to get them. 🙁

My new communications strategy: Let clarity become the new brevity and Twitter become a channel

Update: manifesto is here, first year’s results here

In case it’s not been obvious: to a first approximation I have stopped Tweeting; I engage, respond to questions and use DMs (etc) – but since early January I have imposed a few extra rules on myself:

  1. If it’s worth a tweet, it’s worth a short blogpost or longer
  2. If it’s a RT-with-own-commentary, then ditto it becomes a blogpost
  3. I unilaterally declare it to be acceptable to have a blogpost with a ~120 character title and minimal content, where req’d

On top of this is my existing infrastructure:

  1. All blogposts are automatically tweeted from WordPress into my Twitter feed via the TwitterTools plugin, which automatically adds a bitly link back to my blogposts
  2. My tweetstream then gets mirrored into LinkedIn and Facebook

All in all this is a return to the basics of blogging – but what an effect: in the past fortnight the traffic to my blog has trebled – plus I have a lot more space for opinion (no more 140-character limits) and am inclined to blog a lot more because I’m not diluting my… anger? … drive to write? … whatever … by dint of spwng it acrs a hndfl of sqshed tweets n bit.ly/URLs wch nbdy rds.

So I blog more, write better, and am getting a lot more comment feedback as well – the majority of which goes into the blog’s comments which means people come back to the blog, and start reading that more. It’s been so successful I have to take the blog down this weekend to fully enable WP-SuperCache so I can keep up with the load.

This is because it’s increasingly apparent that the 140-character limit of Twitter is a vestigial hangover from SMS, and is something which even Twitter themselves are not honouring – see their new shortlinking process. As such Twitter is essentially a microblog that sucks creativity and content away from my blog, so now I am reclaiming that and will be using Twitter as a RSS analogue instead.

Let clarity become the new brevity – smartphones and 3G (or better) are prevalent enough now that people can get at any content cheaply, and if the majority (?) of tweets link to other content then why should I post that content to Twitter rather than my site?

The wheel turns again…

Somehow I find this terribly ironic, @boingboing

#BorisIsland? Feh. We need to spin-up “London Prestwick” Airport

From 2006: A wee trip to London | News | guardian.co.uk.

A budget airline may have broken its own record for dropping its passengers off at airports miles from their destinations.

Customers frequently moan that Frankfurt-Hahn airport is about 75 miles from Frankfurt, or that it takes one hour and ten minutes on the bus to get from Barcelona-Girona airport to Barcelona.

But a new advert for Ryanair tops them all, offering flights from Oslo to “London Prestwick” airport. Prestwick international airport is located 30 miles from Glasgow, and nearly 400 miles from London.

Apparently this 1.38Gb file will take 105 hours to upload to #YouTube. Some Mistake Surely?

Either they are using Microsoft minutes or something is desperately wrong…

Google can only upload 7Kb / second?