tisdag, februari 17

More Awesome Animals

Ok, so I take for granted you've all read my Top Ten Most Awesome Animals Ever? This is the grand continuation of that list, the beings that aren't quite awesome enough to make it into the very top 10, but still sufficiently awesome to be in the top 20. While they can't compete with the likes of Deinonychus antirrhopus or the woolly mammoth, they still count among the coolest (or most bizarre, or most awe-inspiring) animals ever to have existed. Let's just begin.

20. Dawn horse (Hyracotherium leporinum), Eocene, 60-45 million years BP, North America

These little buggers are the forefathers of both the horses and the brontotheres (see below), which is rather hard to believe when you look at them, considering they were about 20 cm tall. While a distinct lack of size normally doesn't get you qualified for awesomeness, being an ancestor of the horses just might do the job. Without horses, there would have been no chariots, no steppe nomads, maybe not even iron-age civilisations. Almost all the coolness that the human race has accomplished would have been impossible without them.

Considering that, there is something distinctively awesome about being miniscule proto-horses after all. The name "dawn horse" does indeed sound extremely cool.

19. Cave bear (Ursus spelaeus), Pleistocene, 270.000-27.800 years BP, Europe and Caucasus

Living in the great ice-age forest that once covered much of Europe, the cave bear died out when these forest recided. However, like other members of the megafauna, it still managed to make its imprint on the human consciousness. The very name "cave bear" gets your imagination going. You see it rushing out of a cave, going berzerk on a bunch of Cro-Magnon trying desperately to kill it with spears and hatchets. If that image weren't actually quite correct, the cave bear wouldn't have made it into the awesomeness top twenty. You see, it wasn't actually larger than grizzly bears are today, and it was mostly a vegetarian, which hardly inspires much dread.

On the other hand, grizzly bear-size is quite humongous.

But here's the really good part: a lot of cave bear skulls have been found arranged in really strange ways in cave dwellings of the Neanderthals, all across Europe. Although we'll never know for sure, it would seem that the Neanderthals actually worshipped the cave bear. How's that for awesomeness?

18. Ocean sunfish (Mola mola), Late Miocene-Present, ~10-0 million years BP, Tropical and temperate oceans worldwide

It's hard to belive this species were actually named "Mola mola" by Linneaus. It's latin for "millstone" apparently, as this fish is thought to resemble one. It might be a fitting name, considering how hard it is to take it seriously, as ocean sunfishs look quite ridiculous and are completely harmless to humans. Never forget, however; size equals awesomeness, at least to a certain degree, and the Mola mola is the largest bony fish in the world. Also, if you turn it over on the side, it would look like a biotechnological starship or something. The Vorlons would approve.

17. Brontotherium gigas, Eocene-Oligocene, 38-32 million years BP, North America.

Except for the Elasmotherium, this species had the most awesome horns in history. An ancient relative to horses and tapirs, they once roamed the plains in vast herds. And they were large, about 2,5 meters high. Brontotherium died out tens of millions of years before humans made their way to the Americas, but it still managed to inspire awe; as Native Americans eventually found their bones and believed they came from beings that produced thunder as they ran through the clouds. The latin name Brontotherium actually means "Thunder beast".

16. Elephant Bird (Aepyornis Maximus), Pleistocene-Present, 70.000-200 years BP, Madagascar.

While not the largest bird ever (the giant moa of New Zeeland has that honor), Aepyornis was the heaviest, and still gigantic by all means: about three meters tall and weighing in at over 400 kg. Ostrichs are small by comparison. Like many extraordinarily large, flightless birds, Aepyornis evolved in isolation on an island, where it filled the same echological niche as large, grazing mammals elsewhere.

It is not know exactly why Aepyornis died out, but humans likely played a part. It held out a while longer than the moa; long enough to be mentioned in european records. Sadly, it would seem no one ever claims that Aepyornis is still alive, while supposed sightings of giant moa are sometimes reported from New Zeeland. The exalted status of cryptid always makes an animal cool, so that would be a point in the moas favor...

...If not for the fact that moas were ugly as hell. That's why the elephant bird of Madagascar is the one who gets to represent all humongous birds on this list. It might have been the source behind the colossal Roc bird in A Thousand and One Nights, which is certainly quite cool.

Being a distant descendant of Deinonychus antirrhopus, no matter how docile, also helps of course.

15. Galápagos tortoise (Geochelone nigra), Late Miocene-Present, ~10-0 million years BP, Galápagos islands

The tortoises belong to a very ancient order, and considering how it seems like just about everything was bigger in the past, there have once been turtles much larger than those of today. However, they lived in the sea, and the seas have always been filled with bizarre stuff; having creatures like this on dry land is much more awesome, calmly walking about on their stout legs like they owned the place.

And this is the biggest of them, and thus the most awesome. Just having something defined as an exoskeleton does help, of course, as does living at least as long as the cachalot; in fact, certain individual giant tortoises may have been the oldest animals ever recorded (we're talking two or even three centuries). It's just a shame they're not big enough that grown people can ride them. Still, with its rugged cool looks, the Galápagos tortoise beats out every other creature that have ever worn a shell, it's just that awesome.

14. Short-tail stingray (Dasyatis brevicaudata), Late Cretaceous-Present, 100-0 million years BP, Eastern Indian ocean, Southern Pacific

There seem to have been a bet among the entire fucking fauna of Australia about who'd be the one to bring Steve Irwin, aka "the Crocodile Hunter", down. Eventually, the stingrays did the deed, and earned the enduring jealousy of all. You see, these guys are poisonous as hell, and have a barbed tail that they can jam straight into your heart. It has to be said; generally, stingrays are pretty docile, which isn't a trait that gets one qualified for awesomeness, but when they do get pissed, then can and will hurt you.

Primarily, though, they're ancient, and thus look extremely bizarre. Some astronomists in the 60's or something even thought there could be beings like this swimming around in the gas clouds of Jupiter. Yes, you read right; stingrays are so bizarre that scientists once imagined extraterrestrial beings could look like them. In fact, the entire biological class they belong to, Chondrichthyes, called "broskfiskar" in swedish, are pretty awesome; at least three of 'em will make it into the top twenty. The short-tail stingray is the largest of the stingray family, up to 4,3 meters long, and because size equals awesomeness, it'll represent them on this list:

13. Hatzegopteryx thambema, Late Cretaceous, 65 million years BP, Eastern Europe

A larger relative of the more well-known Quetzalcoatlus, this might have been the largest flying creature in the history of the earth. Its entire family has a quite awesome name, '"Azhdarchidae", from a dragon in Uzbek mythology. And dragons are, as we all know, in the absolute top tier of awesomeness.

Although extremely ugly, Hatzegopteryx was absolutely gigantic, it's skull alone almost 3 meters long, among the largest skulls of any known non-marine animals. Scientists assume the weight of the skull must have been reduced by tiny hollows in the internal bone structure just to make this beast able to lift from the ground. And it was a predator, which is always a plus.

The most bizarre part, however, is the way it walked when it was on the ground, like a bow-legged giraffe or something:

12. Haast's eagle (Harpagornis moorei), Pleistocene-Holocene, ~1.8 million-600 years BP, New Zeeland.

There's really not much that has to be said about this guy. Eagles are maybe the most beautiful of all birds, and Haast's eagle was the largest, with females weighing about 10-15 kg, compared to the 9 kg that really huge eagles weigh today. Developing in isolation on New Zeeland, it preyed on the hapless megafauna, and experienced the greatest and fastest evolutionary increase in weight of any known vertebrate. Diving from the air at 80 km/h, it landed on its target like a cinder block dropped from 25 meters, and could kill creatures 15 times its own size - in fact, it preyed on giant fucking moas.

It is commonly thought that Haast's eagle died out because humans killed off the creatures it preyed on. However, it is possible that the Maori actively hunted it down; for a beast that commonly killed much larger bipeds, humans might have been viable prey. Now that would have caused cries of joy and jealousy even from Deinonychus.

11. Dunkleosteus terrelli, Late Devonian, 380-360 million years BP, Panthalassic ocean

While not the most awesome marine animal ever, Dunkleosteus might be the most scary. It is also by far the most ancient creature on the Most Awesome Animals-lists, a true horror from the dawn of time. An apex predator, it roamed the coastal waters of the Panthalassa, the vast global ocean that covered most of the world during the Paleozoic era.

Apart from its horrifying disposition, Dunkleosteus is thought to have possessed the most powerful bite of any fish, even the sharks pale in comparison. We're talking jaw strenght comparable to that of Tyrannosaurus and modern crocodiles here; that's the most powerful bite of all times. Just to make it even worse, Dunkleosteus lacked teeth, and instead had a pair of sharp armored plates that formed a terrible beak.

But here's the part that really should have gotten this beast qualified for the real Top Ten, hadn't I forgotten about it: it was six meters long:

And the compulsory honorary mention goes to:

Neanderthal (Homo sapiens neanderthalensis), Pleistocene, 130.000-30 000 years BP, Europe and Western Asia

One of the great mysteries of the world. Who were they, really? Why did they disappear? Did they leave any traces of their existence in modern humans? There are are many theories, but no sure answers.

But it is almost certain they had religion, language, advanced tools, and were in most ways just as advanced as their human contemporaries; they might even have had music; there's a small object found in Slovenia that seems to have been a neanderthal flute. The old view of them as primitive half-monkeys are long gone; these guys were human. They had thoughts and feelings like we have, and their fate really should teach us something about our own frailty.

Had things been different, the Neanderthals might have been the ones to invent the internet and pizza and the geological timescale. Maybe they would never have exterminated the mammoth to begin with. Now that's an awesome thought.

måndag, februari 9

Top Ten Most Awesome Animals Ever

If you're bored, make a list. The topic for today is animals that were simply too awesome to live - and a few that actually managed to survive to the present, despite their coolness. (Although I bet only one of them, the evil one, will last to the next geological epoch). Here we go, and of course we begin from the end up:

10. Carcharocles Megalodon, Miocene-Pleistocene, 18-1,5 million years BP, Worldwide.

I'm not a great fan of sharks, but I love the horrors that populated the prehistoric seas. I know there was a giant fish with bony coverings and mouth like a pincer, but I can't seem to remember it's name, so the Megalodon will have to take it's place, simply because of it's sheer size. If there were sharks like this alive today, media would be in a veritable frenzy to have them eradicated from the face of the earth. I mean, just look at it:

9. Common Gull (Larus Canus), Oligocene-Present, 33-0 million years BP, Northern hemisphere.

Called 'Fiskmås' in swedish, this is by far my favorite bird. It's rather hard to explain why, as it not exotic at all, and doesn't look nearly as cool as eagles, hawks and such. But ever since I read an old children's book, 'Snorre Säl', I've loved them. The book is about a little baby seal in the Arctic that runs away from home and encounters various predators, and there were two seagulls in the book filling the classic Iago role; subtly manipulating all events, causing mayhem just for their own amusement. And they were the only villains that escaped in the end, for no one had any proof against them. They were so deliciously machiavellian, and they've shaped my perception of seagulls ever since.

Seagulls are found everywhere in Sweden, from the southern fields to the northern mountains, they don't fear humans at all, they can even snatch people's food from their hands. They're ancient, they're unchallenged, free to fly wherever they like, and every time I see them I imagine some omnious intelligence behind their eyes. I bet they'll be byzantine enough to even outlast humanity. Seagulls are simply evil:

8. Elasmosaurus Platyurus, Early Cretaceous, 80 million years BP, North America.

Another horror of the primordial oceans, the Elasmosaurus had the longest neck of all pleisiosaurs and the most vertebrae of any animal ever. It was about 13 meters long. It's number eight simply because of how awesome and alien it looked:

7. Megatherium Americanum, Pliocene-Holocene, 2 million-8.000 years BP, South America.

There's something special about sloths. Somehow, they manage to look utterly bizarre without even trying that hard. While creatures like Elasmosaurus are pure nightmare fuel, sloths seem to perpetually strain the border between that and absolute cuddlieness.

And this sloth was elephant-sized, as high as two elephants when it stood on its hind legs. That alone should be sufficient to qualify for this list, really. Evidence suggests it might have been at least partially a carnivore, chasing away sabre-toothed cats and stealing their kills. Some fossils of the giant (that is, car-sized) armadillo Glyptodon have been found lying on their backs, indicating something flipped them over in order to get beneath their armor and kill and/or eat them. The only known creature in the area at the time that would have been capable of this feat was Megatherium.

And even better still; Having no natural enemies until humans came along, it's likely hunting by humans was the cause for Megatherium's extinction. Just imagine the sight of a whole group of stone age hunters trying to bring down a giant fucking sloth. Now that's awesome.

6. Common Cachalot (Physeter Macrocephalus), Miocene-Present, 23-0 million years BP, Worldwide.

I refuse to use the more common english name 'Sperm Whale' because it sucks. In swedish it's called Kaskelot, which does it much more justice. Cachalot/Kaskelot is derived from an old french word for 'tooth'. The largest of the toothed whales, it's also one of the most bizarre looking whales, and one of the largest creatures that has ever existed on earth. Further, it has the largest brain ever, can produce the highest sound of any living animal (except the Bloop of course), and can dive the deepest of any mammal. Also, it seems to live like forever, though no one really knows how long; I remember reading somewhere that they found siberian harpoon tips from the 18th century embedded in cachalots killed in the 1990s.

But, best of all, this being has colossal squids for breakfast:

5. Elasmotherium Sibiricum, Middle Pleistocene, 780-200.000 years BP, Southeastern Europe, Western Siberia.

This is the very definition of awesome horn. It's so cool, in fact, that some researchers think it might have been the source of the unicorn myths from Persia and China. Others claim it actually survived into historical times, one account of the famous medieval traveller Ibn Fadlan has been interpreted as describing a sighting of elasmotherium.

To make it even better, this is the largest species of rhino that ever was, on average over two meters high and six meters long. That's gigantic.

But the horn. Dear God, the horn...

4. Polar Bear (Ursus Maritimus), Pleistocene-Present, 200.000-0 years BP, the Arctic.

There's something special about arctic animals. I don't know what it is, but they seem to have a much higher rate of coolness than any other group. Bears have always been awesome and intimately tied to human imagination, and this is the largest and the most beautiful of them all, the largest land-living predator still in existence. Its white fur, the gentle slope of its skull, the sure knowledge than it can both swim, run and climb, and that it will kill you in an instant...

And it's called nanook in inuit, umka in the Chukchi language, and ursus in latin - it seems it's so awesome that every language absolutely has to have a really cool name for it. Fantasy authors actually seem to have realized just how awesome polar bears are - they're used as mounts in a lot of settings, and they're even intelligent and talking in His Dark Materials. And they plow through humans like a scythe through wheat.

3. Deinonychus Antirrhopus, Early Cretaceous, 115 million years BP, North America.

The lord of cool among the dinosaurs, and the forefather of all the awesome birds of the world, this is without a doubt the most badass creature ever. Forget the sucky Tyrannosaurus, it's grotesquely overrated, it might even have been borderline braindead. Deinonychus hunted in packs and brought down creatures many times their own size, they were fast, lethal and extremely intelligent for their time, and they had those giant scythe-like claws that we've all loved since long before Jurassic Park. (Their very name actually means "terrible claw"). They even seem to have been able to grasp stuff; grabbing targets with their forelimbs while gutting them with the scythe-claws. In fact, these guys were so badass it seems nature felt the need to essentially nuke them from orbit. Had they lived, they would have killed all of humanity in the cradle.

Instead, they had to change strategy and (d)evolve into the machiavellian seagulls, to threaten not our lives so much as our sanity.

But it gets even better. In later years, scientists have discovered that Deinonychus had feathers. I give you the Killer Turkey from Hell:

2. Amur Tiger (Panthera Tigris Altaica), Holocene, 10.000-0 years BP, Southeastern Siberia.

More commonly known as the 'Siberian tiger', this is the most awesome subspecies of the most awesome species of the most awesome genus of the most awesome family of predators ever. (That is Felidae, the cats). A solitary hunter, it's fast, lethal, intelligent, and it lives in Siberia, in huge forests and snow-covered fields, which is much cooler than the jungles of its cousins, mostly because you never find tigers in snow in the clichés. And it can roar! With its huge paws and its mane of fur around the neck, it looks both more cuddly and more powerful than other tigers. It's just utterly beautiful. And it's the largest of them all. The Tungusic peoples called it "Grandfather", the Manchus called it "King":

1. Woolly Mammoth (Mammuthus Primigenius), Pleistocene-Holocene, 300.000-2.000 years BP, Northern Eurasia and America.

You'll notice a lot of animals from arctic or cold temperate climates on this list, as those animals tend to be awesome. I'm not really sure why; it could have to do with their fur, or my fascination with cold climates in general, but it's a fact nevertheless. The pleistocene megafauna was also cool in general, maybe because those creatures lived while modern humans did, but died out before historical times, leaving us with vague memories of them in cave paintings and myths. It's a certain kind of mysterious feeling associated with that; why did they disappear? Were they simply too awesome to live?

Anyhow, this is their king, foremost among both the megafauna and all animals that have ever trampled snow. It was huge, it had fur, it had giant tusks, it roamed the tundra in huge herds, hunted by our forefathers, and it persisted in legends and the human imagination for all times.

The woolly mammoth is the only animal except humans that has had its entire mitochondrial genome mapped by scientists. There are a lot of mammoth mummies around, and if we can just find a mummy with intact sperm cells, it might be possible to revive them and ressurrect the mammoths. Even if this doesn't work, we've got their genome; someday we'll clone them back into existence!

Too awesome to live, too awesome to die; The Woolly Mammoth!

And honorary mention goes to:

Human (Homo Sapiens Sapiens), Pleistocene-Present, 200.000-0 years BP, Worldwide and in Geocentric orbit.

Well, they did manage to invent the internet, after all. And pizza. And the geological timescale. Although they took their time. Having a great talent for destruction, the humans eradicated the megafauna and are well on their way to burning the entire planet to cinders, but they can't battle colossal squids one-on-one, nor do they match the seagulls in sheer evil ingenuity. Per default, humans are not that cool, but they have this stuff called clothing that can potentially make them at least somewhat awesome. Not nearly as awesome as the mammoth of course, but hey, sooner or later they're going to bring the mammoth back.

söndag, februari 8

Concerning awesomeness...

I saw the movie 'Mammoth' today. (Well, yesterday, really). Judging by it's rating on IMDB, it should be a really, really sucky movie. But no, no. After all, IMDB has been known to be wrong before.

You see, people just doesn't understand what awesomeness is all about.

The Matrix? Special effects that starts out as bordering on cool but gets progessively worse as the movie (series) goes on, lame and pointless religious symbolism, Keanu Reeves trying desperately to look cool in a trenchcoat? That's not awesome, it's retarded.

Pathfinder? Giant vikings from hell? With huuuge spikes on their longships? Maybe it's awesome for people who really, really, really get off to Warhammer Chaos. Just maybe. Actually, it's just stupid. And even worse; it's a remake, so it drags its predecessor, that was quite a unique and good movie, down with it. Please, no.

10 000 B.C.? Don't even get me started. It could have been somewhat awesome if they had done more with the Atlantis-Giza-connection, like involve some Dänicken theories more blatantly. As it stands, maybe it has one or two scenes that are slightly cool, but nowhere near the exalted state of awesomeness.

But 'Mammoth'? It has a rampaging, undead woolly mammoth possessed by evil extraterrestrial energy. Now that's filmmakers with an almost boddhisattva-like understanding of what awesomeness really is.

There are only a precious few films like this, with concepts that are so godawesome that they surpass everything else and turns an otherwise horribly bad movie into something worthwile. (Of course, 'Mammoth' also has Summer Glau, but it would take an almost godlike amount of hotness to compensate for the general suckyness of a really bad movie. She is neither God nor Li Xiaolu, so she doesn't cut it. An undead extraterrestrial mammoth does).

Mammoth has it's flaws. The script is bad, the plot is worse, the sound editing is awful, the mammoth is way too heavy and a little too big to be believable, the computer animations are bad, character development is almost non-existent...

but the dialog is funny at times, the acting isn't horribly bad...

and there's a goddamn undead mammoth!

You just gotta love it.

'Frontières' is a bit like this. The plot is bad, the characters are shallow, the gore is overdone, and it's french, so the female main character is of course weak and passive compared to her male companions, and pregnant too boot, and of course the bad guys wants her baby, and wants her for a penis insertion device.

but the bad guys are patriarchal, cannibalistic, inbred redneck nazis. Not somelame neo-nazis here, no, the real kind, having endured in the french countryside since the war. And they have a veritable slaugtherhouse in a cave complex downstairs, and butcher visitors like pigs. Also, a pair of them keep their deformed offsprings crawling down there in the darkness. And the patriarch of the family, who is old enough to have been in the NSDAP, screams "Arbeit macht frei" while he clips people's heel tendon off.

The only way that could have been more awesome is if they were worshipping Cthulhu.

And, of course, the "we want your baby"-trope can be done in a good way. Look at 'L'interieur', another french film. 'Hey, I'm nine months pregnant and my husband just died in a car crash so I'm all alone, and I wake up one night with a woman trying to clip my stomach open with a scissor, and I panic, so she slashes me in the face and cleaves my lip. I kick her away, get up, clumsily of course, and stumbles to the toilet where I lock myself in, cry and pee myself while I desperately examine my swelling stomach to see if the baby is okay. And when I feel it kicking I slide down on the floor sobbing from relief, and then I hear someone slashing at the door, trying to get in...'

L'Interieur isn't really a bad movie in any way though, so albeit it's awesomeness, it isn't one of those films that get good from pure awesomeness alone. 'Mammoth' and 'Frontières' are two rare examples of films that can claim that. There are others, like the old Hongkong movie 'The Seventh Curse' as it's got flesh-eating fetuses and bizarre sacrifical cults hidden away in the jungles of Thailand, worshipping undead vampiric lords. And, of course, 'Dagon', it seems you can almost never go wrong with Lovecraft.

But still, it's a group for a select few, indeed. Congratulations, 'Mammoth', you just qualified.

Now I'll just have to see if the remake by Lukas Modysson is half as awesome...

lördag, februari 7

Dagens goda nyhet

...är att några forskare tror att den antarktiska shelfisens eventuella kollaps kan ändra jordaxelns lutning.

Det är inte som det i sig kommer döda oss allihop, men det är ju bara en av så många larmrapporter att man drunknar i dem. Jag finner mig ha nån slags, egentligen helt obefogad, övertygelse om att 'det löser sig', det drabbar ändå inte mig...

men om inte alla andra också tänkte så, skulle vi väl gjort något vettigt för att stoppa global uppvärmning för länge sedan?

det blir ju inte bättre av att det finns folk därute som inte ens tror på att den globala uppvärmningen är orsakad av människor, nej, bättre upp, det finns folk som fucking förnekar att den öht existerar.

Ytterligare ett problem är att även människor som tänker som jag, inte verkar medvetna om att de gör det. 'Det löser sig'-attityden börjar gränsa åt en religion, liksom.

Men värst av allt, tror jag, är att 'demokratiska' marknadsekonomier är lamslagna inför att ta tag i sådana här problem. I det kapitalistiska samhällets natur ligger att man bara har incitament att utföra saker som genererar omedelbar vinst, vilket är en bidragande orsak till att rymdprogrammen i världen gått i stå de senaste decennierna. Alla är överens om att mänskligheten måste utveckla rymdfart om hon ska kunna överleva i det långa loppet; men ingen är beredd att lägga pengarna som krävs på det, för det genererar vinst först på lång sikt.

Att ta itu med orsakerna bakom global uppvärmning hade krävt inskränkningar i produktion, och individens rättigheter. Det ena är kapitalismens heliga ko, det andra den västerländska liberalismens. Jämför med ettbarnspolitiken i Kina, visst, den är autokratisk, arbiträr, och orsakar lidande, och västerlänningar formligen öser skit över den, men den var nödvändig för Kinas framtida välfärd. En diktatur som Kina kunde genomföra en sådan reform, oavsett vad folket och marknadskrafterna tyckte om saken.

Det hade aldrig gått i Jänkistan eller Västeuropa.

Så...vad faen ska vi göra?

Min gissning är att politikerna och kapitalisterna kommer sitta och rulla tummarna och låtsas att det regnar tills Bangladesh och Nederländerna sjunkit i havet, polarisarna smält, jordaxeln förflyttats, och regn, tsunamis och åska av förhistoriska magnituder piskar den förbrända, skälvande jorden.

Ain't it sweet?

torsdag, februari 5

'的' är det nya 'the'

的 är ett kinesiskt relationsord som uttalas typ 'döh', skrivs med pinyin 'de'. Det används...uhm...typ för att markera tillhörighet, säg 我的妹妹, 'wǒ de mèimei'; 'min lillasyster'. (Som i det här fallet då återfinns här). Ordagrant blir det typ 'jag (tillhörighet) lillasyster'. Om 'Ola' och 'blogg' kunde uttalas eller skrivas på kinesiska hade 'Ola 的 blogg' helt enkelt betytt 'Olas blogg'. Nu går inte det, egentligen, men det hindrade inte sångerskan Dadawa från att göra så på sin blogg, en idé jag och syrran entusiastiskt omfamnade. 的 låter ju också nästan som engelskans 'the', och därmed kan titeln också tolkas som 'Ola - the blogg'. På grund av denna fantastiska bilingual bonus, förklarar jag härmed att '的' är det nya 'the'. Nu, och för alltid.


Och därmed förklarar jag min blogg öppnad.