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August 22, 2012 8:36 AM   Subscribe

Please visit Stockholm. We need more iPads. (SLYTHDTDT*) *Single Link YouTube "How do they DO that?!" post.
posted by misha (24 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow! You made my morning with this. Thanks for posting.
posted by Isadorady at 8:47 AM on August 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


a) I don't know.
b) I want to move to Stockholm
posted by 13twelve at 9:01 AM on August 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


Magicians + iPads = awesome.

Now I want to see what Penn & Teller can do.
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 9:18 AM on August 22, 2012 [4 favorites]


"How do they DO that?!"

Some clever programming and lots of practice?
posted by crazy_yeti at 9:21 AM on August 22, 2012 [4 favorites]


Neat.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 9:57 AM on August 22, 2012


Amazing. Now I want to move to Sweden.
posted by inigo2 at 9:59 AM on August 22, 2012


Wait, does this mean Stockholm is looking for immigrants? I was under the impression it was a difficult country to immigrate to, without a lot of money. It's in my top 5, easily. Hm!
posted by gilrain at 10:03 AM on August 22, 2012


Sweden, obviously... the act has subliminated my mind!
posted by gilrain at 10:03 AM on August 22, 2012


OK. Sold.

So, um, do they let in people who are neither refugees nor carrying great big sacks of money? And without marketable skills or ambitions?

I'll wash dishes. I'll clean toilets. I don't need much. Just, you know, a room. And health care. Stockholm: CALL ME.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 10:21 AM on August 22, 2012 [7 favorites]


This made me incredibly sad.

The only thing we can find for talented and creative people like this to do with their talents is to blow smug businessfolk.

Business! Innovation! Here's a magic trick! Think outside the box! Focus areas! Synchronicity! Crowdsource! Business! Knowledge economy! Check this cool animation! Virtualization! You're so special!
posted by Naberius at 10:26 AM on August 22, 2012 [10 favorites]


Yeah, they found the two guys in the whole country that can speak English, rounded up all the iPads, then lied about natural resources and good jobs and clean water and happy people. If that shit existed we'd have them in America!
posted by cjorgensen at 10:35 AM on August 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


It was sad when the Gmail notification pop-up got in the way of everything and they had to start over.
posted by mittens at 10:36 AM on August 22, 2012


I thought that this was going to be, "come to Stockholm, bring your iPad, and we virtually assure you that it will be stolen, somehow, due to more demand than supply."

There is a good video possible in that vein, also.
posted by Danf at 11:13 AM on August 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Capital? Of "Scandinavia"? I think the Danes my take umbrage with that.
posted by Goofyy at 11:50 AM on August 22, 2012 [3 favorites]


Oh, also, if you are overweight? Don't even think about it. They don't like fat people there. I suspect, but don't know, it is equally good to be rather, um, blondish. You know. Low melanin kind of thing. Nudge nudge.

A friend of mine grew up there. He was fat and not Swedish. He was Jewish and Fin. They were not nice to him there. He moved to London and was very much happier. So there is that.
posted by Goofyy at 11:55 AM on August 22, 2012


Hey, the guy in the suit is Charlie Caper http://www.catchmagic.com/. Hes a good friend, a genuinely nice guy, also a mega-talented magician, who won Swedens got talent a couple of years ago.
posted by Drew Glass at 12:20 PM on August 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Simply amazing that a relatively innocuous and ( I found) very entertaining video starring technology and magic can be so quickly politicized and personalized. I find it very very difficult to understand the motivation for some of the comments let alone the jaded comments about the country--certainly one of the most progressive/liberal/democratic and economically stable countries in the world. Of course it is not perfect but it sure ranks up there in countries that respects human rights, fully embraces due process, green technology, supports full women's rights and provides an excellent social safety net. And produces really good mysteries.
posted by rmhsinc at 3:38 PM on August 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Capital? Of "Scandinavia"? I think the Danes my take umbrage with that.

Maybe they meant the Scandinavian Peninsula.
posted by aubilenon at 3:55 PM on August 22, 2012


I suspect, but don't know, it is equally good to be rather, um, blondish. You know. Low melanin kind of thing. Nudge nudge.

Why let facts get in the way?
posted by asterix at 5:46 PM on August 22, 2012


Goofyy, I think you are making some sweeping generalizations based on your friend's experience in Sweden. Maybe your friend was just immature and hard to get along with then.

Even if he was the bestest guy ever to walk the planet, though, that still doesn't make all Swedes into anti-semitic fat police with light-skinned blonde guy fetishes.
posted by misha at 6:02 PM on August 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh, ja, ja, I know. Sweden is above criticism! Ja! Ja! All the children are above average, I'm sure.
posted by Goofyy at 9:56 PM on August 22, 2012


asterix: What has immigration policy to do with individual attitudes? Actually, nothing at all. So there is that. LOL! So don't let "facts" confuse you so easily. Look at the laws in America! Equality and Justice for All. Says so right there on the tin. School children recite the pledge daily, promising that very Equality. And it is totally meaningless.
posted by Goofyy at 10:03 PM on August 22, 2012


Well, we can also look at individual attitudes of Swedes compared to other EU citizens.
  • "The countries in which respondents are most likely to agree that the EU should encourage labour migration from non-EU countries are Sweden (60%) and Finland (56%)"
  • Legal immigrants should have the same rights as [COUNTRY] citizens: "This belief is strongest in Sweden (93%), the Netherlands (85%),..."
  • Immigration enriches [OUR COUNTRY] culturally and economically: "Those countries where this view is most widely held are Sweden (81%), Luxembourg (72%), the Netherlands (67%),..."
  • "Those countries where the belief that Member States should offer asylum to those in need is most widespread are Sweden (95%), Denmark (92%) and the Netherlands (91%)."
OTOH, discrimination of course exists, and public awareness of this fact is high.
  • "non-EU immigrants may face difficulties integrating because of discrimination they face within the country: This view is strongest in Sweden (80%), Finland (76%) and Slovenia (73%)."
  • Swedes are the least likely to think that non-EU immigrants face integration difficulties because the immigrants themselves do not wish to integrate: "just under half (45%) of all [Swedish] respondents disagree that immigrants choosing not to integrate may be the cause of any difficulties they face."
posted by froghopper at 11:16 PM on August 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


I think goofyy is pulling some kind of performance art of his own in this thread.

That was a very entertaining show, thanks for posting it misha!
posted by Catch at 2:03 AM on August 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


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