Posts Categorized: 6. asides

At the dentist


My teeth are okay! I always get motivated and take time to brush perfectly in pre-appointment days.

Now I think of it: In Korea, constant kim-chi consumption also helped me remember to brush, carring toothbrushes to the office etc.

The bare difference in China (with food less liable to stick between teeth) I just brush the bare minimum. To keep me motivated, I might have to start eating smelly tofu or something ;)

Köttbullar in Shanghai

imageWhile I was studying in Sweden, I made a Chinese friend in my year. He studied logistics and implicitly wanted to work at Ikea. So he did: now, two years later he is a manager in the Shanghai branch, combining his language and culture experience with his market knowledge.


I was hoping to meet him today, but frankly we came for one reason only: Swedish food. Especially Köttbullar (Swedish meatballs), Kanelbullar (cinnamon Buns) and godis (candy). Funny how cheap IKEA food can be such an attraction.




Korean Sausages Work Well as iPhone Stylus

Phones with Multitouch displays, like iPhone and Nexus one, require gestures with fingers. Most strongly remaked by Steve Jobs, as the ‘iPhone would be the end of the stylus’. He did not realize that Chinese characters are actually writen at much faster phase with a pen-like stylus. Steve, unlike me, doesn’t cycle to work every day, wearing gloves in the cold winter, unable to give comments without having to take the gloves off (and stop). So, stylus is not dead, phones like the iPhone could really use a stylus. But they are expensive, and I wouldn’t buy one. Koreans found a way to avoid all the stylus hassle, with a home style solution. They use fast food meat sausages. Now I know what you think, “Why so difficult, just use a pen!” Because these screens don’t work with pressure points, they sense the electrostatic load of the finger to the screen. A normal stylus, or pen wouldn’t work, but these sausages are perfect.. well, at least in functionality. And availability, for sale everywhere in the country for just 20 euro cents. According to a Korean news article, sales boosted 40% in January, due to the cold weather. Although, when I noticed a sausage this evening, and wanted to try it out (video), nobody seemed to be aware of the trend. Perhaps it’s all just a smart marketing trick? Can someone verify if this works with other items as well? Note:

  • People WILL stare at you when you do this. (but you will have warm hands!)
  • Buy the thicker one, as there is an iron tip that will scratch your screen with the thin one
  • No idea how to perform multi touch gestures, two sausages?