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Moving up in the world!

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series The Big Adventure

Apparently there are subtle differences between Australia and Sweden.

Apart from the fact that they are pretty much on opposite sides of the Earth there are some climate and ranking differences.

Sunshine

One obvious difference that comes from the fact that Sydney is on a different latitude, ~33.51° south compared to Stockholm on ~59.19° north. Stockholm is fairly close to the Arctic Circle whereas Sydney is closer to the Tropic of Capricorn. This means that the amount of sunshine every day differs slightly as seen in the chart below.

sunshinehours

Average sunshine hours. (Data from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm#Climate and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_Sydney)

Happiness

Another difference that has received some press lately is the fact that the only country in the world that is happier than Sweden happens to be Australia. If we are to move from Sweden, what better place than the only place where people are happier.

It has been published by the Wall Street Journal here (h/t to Johan), by BBC News here (h/t to Herbjörn) and in Swedish by DN here.

The data comes from this OECD web site that actually has a pretty neat visualization and the possibility to change the relevance of several different dimensions to check how the different measured nations stack up to each other.

Vacation

Looking at some other measures the move from Sweden to Australia might be more of a problem, unless you love your work. This publication (note: pdf link) details the number of paid vacation days in different countries and here we see a dip from Sweden’s standard 25 days to Australia’s 20 days. There are however some paid holidays in Australia but that doesn’t really matter when compared with a normal Swedish employment. Another bonus available in Sweden is an additional bonus pay for vacation periods, something Austria seems to excel at but seems to be completely missing in Australia.

Fauna

Another well-known difference between the countries are the abundance of lethal animals that roam the streets looking for an easy prey. In Stockholm (read more: Sweden in a nutshell) we have plenty of Polar Bears (similar to Iorek but not as nice) and the poisonous Mooses/Elks with razor sharp antlers. In Sydney we expect to meet drop bears, Bunyip, Yowie and quite possibly a few other locals.

Another observation on Evernote vs. OneNote

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Evernote Overview

While watching this video on the new Evernote 5:

What’s new in Evernote 5 for Mac, video on Youtube

I reflected on the absence of anything related to creating and maintaining your notes. Everything in the video is about managing information that is already available in a notebook.

I guess that this is the main difference between Evernote (tagline: remember everything) and OneNote (tagline: keep tabs on your life?). Evernote is for storing readymade stuff that’s static and OneNote is for creating and working with structured pages of information that is easy to change and rearrange etc.

My biggest problem with Evernote is that it is impossible to use the editor for anything more advanced than plain text. My biggest problem with OneNote is that it is not flexible enough when it comes to sending information to a notebook and searching and tagging information.

So, as before I find myself using both platforms, Evernote for scanning, automations, archiving etc. and OneNote for my creation and editing of notes from meetings etc.

This is a follow-up on my post on Choosing between Evernote and OneNote and on  Automation: Using Evernote to store your life.

More posts on Evernote here and on OneNote here

Observation: the future of titles, SEO for your song

In the age of Spotify, Pandora and similar connected music streaming applications it seems beneficial for artists and labels to SEO titles so that they appear in listings even when they are not directly related.

An example is Pernilla Andersson and her song “Johnny Cash & Nina P.” : Pernilla Andersson – Johnny Cash & Nina P.

Since it features the name of another artist in its title, it will show up in searches for Johnny Cash and expose it to a wider audience. If someone just plays the search result list for Cash, it will be played and the artist/label will receive payments for it.

I am sure there will be more creative uses of this type of revenue optimization in the near future.

Any other examples?