It Wouldn’t Be Saturday (Feb 26th) If I Didn’t Post My Ratings for the Songs in the Fourth Semi-Final of Melodifestivalen, Which Ended Just Now in Malmö, and a Recap of the Semi-Finals for Good Measure
First off, the ratings for this week’s songs:
Alive - Linda Pritchard - ★★★★☆ (Another Chance)
E det fel på mej - Linda Bengtzing - ★★★★☆ (Finalist)
Dance Alone - Love Generation - ★★★★☆ (Another Chance)
The Hunter - Melody Club - ★★★☆☆
Run - Anders Fernette - ★★★☆☆
Better or Worse - Julia Alvgard - ★★☆☆☆
Leaving Home - Nicke Borg - ★★☆☆☆ (Finalist)
En blick och nånting händer - Lasse Stefanz - ★☆☆☆☆
To recap, here are the songs confirmed to be making it to the finals, sorted by rating (and then by the order in which they aired):
Me and My Drum - Swingfly - ★★★★☆
I’m In Love - Sanna Nielsen - ★★★★☆
Popular - Eric Saade - ★★★★☆
E det fel på mej - Linda Bengtzing - ★★★★☆
In the Club - Danny - ★★★☆☆
7 Days And 7 Nights - Brolle - ★★☆☆☆
The King - The Playtones - ★★☆☆☆
Leaving Home - Nicke Borg - ★★☆☆☆
Here are the songs that will be competing next week for the two “second chance” spots in the final:
Spring för livet - Sara Varga - ★★★★☆
Alive - Linda Pritchard - ★★★★☆
Dance Alone - Love Generation - ★★★★☆
Something In Your Eyes - Jenny Silver - ★★★☆☆
My Heart Is Refusing Me - Loreen - ★★★☆☆
Desperados - Pernilla Andersson - ★★☆☆☆
I Thought It Was Forever - Shirley’s Angels - ★★☆☆☆
Oh My God! - The Moniker - ★☆☆☆☆
And finally, here are the songs I rated 3 stars and up that haven’t made it past the semi-finals, along with links to Spotify/iTunes, as well as the studio version of the track and the original performance, courtesy of SVT Play (those links will only work until April 12th):
Lots of Mac people are revisiting Chrome since the Chrome 10 beta has been made available, and Ben’s one of the few to have posted a review of it so far.
I get why some Mac purists would hate on Chrome’s non-standard UI1, but calling Chrome 10 a 1.0 product feels a little extreme to me. Not only is Chrome insane (in a good way) from a technical perspective, but the user experience is in many ways better than Safari’s for heavy Web app users2. (Pinned tabs that glow whenever there’s activity? Killer feature.)
The one thing that made me switch from Chrome back to WebKit nightlies was Chrome dropping support for H.264. If you want to watch online video without Flash, only being able to watch WebM and Theora simply doesn’t cut it.
Though, isn’t the Apple of today also guilty of doing that? ↩
This is to be expected from a company that gets Web apps, unlike someone. ↩
One question: Anyone know if the Google search box in the upper left of the Honeycomb home screen can be changed to other search engines?
I know that as of Froyo, the Google search widget on phones can be changed to search any source exposed by third-party apps, so one could install Duck Duck Go for Android and then use the Google Search widget to search Duck Duck Go.
It would seem like a step backward if that was removed from Honeycomb, especially if that search bar is stuck up there and unremovable. (If so, fuck Google.)
edit: David has posted the answer on his tumblr here.
It wouldn’t have been Melodifestivalen if a really great track got eliminated during the first wave of voting. Unlike last week’s Elektrisk, which was horrible live and great in studio, Lucky You was pretty much perfect on stage.
I expected it to get a second chance at worst. Didn’t expect 6th place at all.
“If you go to a nightclub in any city in the world, the pretty girl has an iPhone or a BlackBerry. She doesn’t have an Android phone. She has no emotional attachment to an Android phone. It’s too complicated. It’s a geek device, it’s all wrong.”—Frank Meehan, CEO of INQ (source). Also, notably absent from pretty girls’ purses: INQ phones.
Following is the post I was planning to put up about Nokia Plan B.
Seriously, is this a joke?
Nokia was a sinking ship. Symbian and MeeGo are both horrendous operating systems. Microsoft might not be doing so well with Windows Phone 7 when it comes to market share, but it’s way better than those travesties Nokia has dared to call smartphone operating systems.
If this deal means Nokia can finally start shipping phones that are competitive (as in, competitive with anything newer than Palm OS 5), then good for them. And good for them for choosing an OS that prioritizes usability and interface responsiveness to (gag) openness.
I’ve been reading Pack Light, Go Fast since a little after it launched and I absolutely adore this blog. Not only is the advice there superb, but Uri who runs the blog makes great recommendations; I bought a GR Echo and a Patagonia Houdini Jacket because of his recommendations and I treasure them both.
I warn you, this blog will make you want to travel.
Muslims are angry about something again, this time the evils of Valentine’s Day, with governments moving to stamp out the celebration lest their people be tempted by the evils of pre-marital sex.
A 2005 fatwa condemns the practice, and several regions have reportedly instituted Valentine’s Day hotel inspections to ensure no young people are able to sneakily have sex prior to being told they can by a man with a beard.
I think everyone was underestimating what HP was going to show off at their event today. The TouchPad is a serious threat to the iPad. (And that’s good!)
I really want to see the TouchPad succeed. Three things worry me though:
It’s only coming out this summer. Apple hasn’t revealed their game plan for iPad 2 or iOS 5 yet, so that buys them time to narrow the gap between TouchPad functionality and iPad functionality.
Much like Android, there are less apps on WebOS, and more importantly, the apps that are available are of lesser quality than on other platforms.
No price has been announced yet.
I think today marks the beginning of the Apple-ization of HP. Many of the features seen in today’s event have been seen on other tablets, but often in clunkier or uglier ways. The TouchPad takes those features and wraps them in better design and experience.
Watch out Honeycomb tablets and BlackBerry PlayBook. A new player’s in town.
“During the midnight news broadcast on the night of August 20, 2006, a hard core Czech porno film called “Sex Tails” shown on the pay channel Canal+, could be seen on studio television monitors behind anchor Peter Dahlgren. Normally the monitors behind the anchor display news broadcasts, however, workers at the station had changed the channel earlier in the day to watch a sports event. Though there were no complaints from its viewers, the incident caused some uproar in the media. Swedish tabloids on Monday poked fun at the broadcast, jokingly changing the name of the programme - Rapport - to “Rapporn”.”—Wikipedia article for Rapport, one of SVT’s newscasts
“The day before the lunch, Tim emailed and asked if it would be okay if he brought Artie Minson, AOL’s CFO, with him. I told him of course and asked if there was anything they didn’t eat. “I’ll eat anything but mushrooms,” he said.”—Arianna Huffington in her piece on the HuffPo/AOL merger/acquisition thing. (In case you’re curious: I’ll eat anything but The AOL Way.)
Page 1 is for apps you use every single day. Page 2 is everything else.
No folders on page 1. This will make you think extra-hard about what you put in those 12 spots.
No more than 36 apps on page 2. You can fit all of the apps the iPhone ships with in two folders. Add one folder for third-party apps used occasionally, and that makes 36 (for a total of 48 app slots on the device.)
“When you see Le Kid you can think about the first kiss you got when you were younger. And when you got it, it was kinda wet, and kinda weird, and when you came home you were ‘Eh, what was that? Was it good? Do I want to do it again? Is it supposed to feel like this?’. Then you sleep on it, and then you wake up the day after and it’s like, ‘Oh it was great! I wanna do it again, and again and again!’ And that’s what Le Kid is about.”—Johanna Berglund, singer of Le Kid, talking to Radio Sweden about their band’s participation in Melodifestivalen. They are responsible for the infectious pop track, Mercy Mercy. (listen: Spotify, YouTube)