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April 6, 2013
I’m slowly getting used to it, but it’s a Swedish trait that we’re not supposed to be proud of what we’ve done. We’re supposed to be modest. So at first, I had a really hard time spending any of the profits. Also, what if the game stopped selling? But after a while, I thought about all of the things I’d wanted to do before I had money. So I introduced a rule: I’m allowed to spend half of anything I make. That way I will never be broke. Even if I spend extravagant amounts of money, I will still have extravagant amounts of money.
Markus “notch” Persson • Discussing how he’s handled his sudden wealth in the wake of the unprecedented success of “Minecraft,” the video game he quit his job to create in 2009, distributed independently, and managed to create a blockbuster success out of by 2012. Persson earned over $100 million in sales last year alone, selling 20 million copies of the game and working almost entirely out of the mainstream gaming industry despite all that. The success, however, has been bittersweet: His father committed suicide in 2011, an incident which affected Persson deeply, and the developer has struggled with coming to grips with the unexpected success of the game he started building as a side project.
20:04 // 1 year ago
March 26, 2013
10:05 // 1 year ago
February 19, 2013
Murder suspect on the run from the law for over a year turns himself in, told the police station is closed … Murder suspect on the run from the law for over a year turns himself in, told the police station is closed … No matter how many times we read, type, or say this one out loud, we’re pretty sure nothing is ever going to make this make sense to us. Even if “things are a bit messy” right now, are you really telling us there wasn’t anybody that could have escorted Mr. Hadri to another station? source

Murder suspect on the run from the law for over a year turns himself in, told the police station is closed … Murder suspect on the run from the law for over a year turns himself in, told the police station is closed … No matter how many times we read, type, or say this one out loud, we’re pretty sure nothing is ever going to make this make sense to us. Even if “things are a bit messy” right now, are you really telling us there wasn’t anybody that could have escorted Mr. Hadri to another station? source

18:11 // 1 year ago
January 15, 2013

hypervocal:

If you joyride a train, you’ll prob crash into a house

A derailed train on Tuesday crashed into the side of a house in Saltsjöbaden, a town of about 10,000 outside Stockholm. A woman, reportedly a twenty-something cleaner for the train company, somehow snagged the keys to the train and drove it away before it crashed into the building. (Lisbeth Salander, is that you?) The cleaner was injured in the incident, but amazingly, there are no reports of injuries of people in the residence.

Reblogging because I’ve done this before.

9:07 // 1 year ago
December 24, 2012
So, because this Swedish dude is clever or something, he painted a photorealistic picture of himself and submitted it as his driver’s license photo. It was accepted.

So, because this Swedish dude is clever or something, he painted a photorealistic picture of himself and submitted it as his driver’s license photo. It was accepted.

11:03 // 1 year ago
September 1, 2012
Pirate Bay co-founder arrested: Gottfrid Svartholm (center), who helped found the infamous piracy-enabling site in 2003, was arrested in Cambodia on Thursday. Svartholm was held without official charges, but has been wanted since at least January, when he failed to appear in Sweden to begin a one-year jail sentence. The 27-year-old Svartholm’s whereabouts were unknown for months (he suffered from serious health issues, according to associates), but he apparently lived in Phnom Penh for several years at the time of his arrest. (photo by bokim)

Pirate Bay co-founder arrested: Gottfrid Svartholm (center), who helped found the infamous piracy-enabling site in 2003, was arrested in Cambodia on Thursday. Svartholm was held without official charges, but has been wanted since at least January, when he failed to appear in Sweden to begin a one-year jail sentence. The 27-year-old Svartholm’s whereabouts were unknown for months (he suffered from serious health issues, according to associates), but he apparently lived in Phnom Penh for several years at the time of his arrest. (photo by bokim)

12:38 // 1 year ago
August 21, 2012
It might be really sordid and bad sexual etiquette, but whatever else it is, it is not rape or you bankrupt the term rape of all meaning.
George Galloway, Respect Member of Parliament for Bradford West • During a video blog expressing his support for Julian Assange following widespread anger over the Wikileaks founder’s decision to seek political asylum in Ecuador. Galloway’s comments have been widely condemned by fellow British politicians, including Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament Jo Swinson, who told reporters that she couldn’t believe an MP would “be so grossly irresponsible as to suggest that sex without consent is anything other than rape.” source (viafollow)
22:01 // 2 years ago
August 19, 2012
I ask President Obama to do the right thing. The United States must renounce its witch hunt against Wikileaks. The United States must dissolve its FBI investigation. The United States must vow that it will not seek to prosecute our staff or our supporters.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange • Speaking from a written statement in his first public appearance since entering the Ecuadorian embassy in London two months ago. Assange feels that his extradition to Sweden on sex crimes allegations is a preface to send him to the United States — an allegation Swedish officials deny. Ecuador recently granted Assange asylum, but it’s unlikely he will be able to leave the United Kingdom without facing arrest.
12:29 // 2 years ago
June 19, 2012
Ecuador may offer political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
In a surprising twist to the Julian Assange saga, the WikiLeaks founder has requested political asylum from the country of Ecuador. What’s more surprising is that the country may grant his request. During a press conference in Quito, Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Potino told reporters that officials were “studying and analyzing the request,” but would not go into further detail. (Photo by acidpolly) source
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In a surprising twist to the Julian Assange saga, the WikiLeaks founder has requested political asylum from the country of Ecuador. What’s more surprising is that the country may grant his request. During a press conference in Quito, Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Potino told reporters that officials were “studying and analyzing the request,” but would not go into further detail. (Photo by acidpolly) source

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15:25 // 2 years ago
June 18, 2012

U.S. airman surfaces in Sweden nearly three decades after going AWOL

Think you can keep a secret for 28 years? Beat this guy. David Hemler, 49, evaded capture for nearly three decades after going AWOL from the U.S. Air Force after becoming a peace activist. Hemler said he didn’t know what he was getting into with the military and that they wouldn’t dismiss him after he requested. So, in 1984, he left his Germany-based squadron and moved to Sweden, where he has a wife and kids. He’s lived there so long that, as you’ll hear in the video above, he has a pronounced Swedish accent. The Swedish government promised not to extradite him if he went public with his tale, according to Hemler. So here he is.

10:08 // 2 years ago