It's under 24 hours until the Grand Final
of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest
, airing at 2100 CEST (2000 UTC, 3 pm EDT). Are you ready for the most wonderful musical event of the year? [more inside]
Meet the Somalis
is a series of short comics depicting the various experiences of fourteen Somali immigrants in cities across northern Europe.
In Bike-Friendly Copenhagen, Highways For Cyclists
: 'Every day, one-third of the people of Copenhagen
ride their bikes to work or school. Collectively, they cycle more than 750,000 miles daily, enough to make it to the moon and back. And city officials want even more people to commute
, and over longer distances.
So a network of 26 new bike routes, dubbed "the cycling superhighway,"
is being built to link the surrounding suburbs to Copenhagen.'
Flashmob of the Day
: A flashmob invaded a Copenhagen, Denmark Metro train last month.
, the freetown within the Copenhagen city limits, popular with tourists
, has obtained some measure of security
after decades of uncertainty. [more inside]
Remember those crazy Danes
? Turns out they've had some problems
. But they're trying again today
! Cecil, meanwhile
, is uncharacteristically uninformed. (Previously
The Complaints Choir
phenomenon, started by the Finnish artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, has spread all over the world
since last we paid it any attention
, from Birmingham
, St. Petersburg
, Penn State
, Gabriola Island
, Hong Kong
Arizona State University
, Washington, DC
, Horace Mann School
, Durham-Chapel Hill
, Toronto theatre students
), St. Pölten
, Port Coquitlam
, Ústí nad Labem
). For more information, including a 9 step guide to forming your own complaints choir
, go to the Complaints Choir website
. Finally, here's the Singapore Complaints Choir
, whose performance was banned by the Singapore government.
is a Danish documentary film by Kaspar Astrup Schröder about movement in urban space. The film explores the way Parkour and Freerunning is changing the perception of urban space and how the space is changing the traceurs and freerunners. [more inside]
is a bus driver who gets a surprise for his birthday.
Bliss and Heaven
, No man is an Island II
, The Sweetest Embrace of All
, Something To Love (partial)
, A Vicious Undertow
. These are works from Jesper Just
, a Danish video artist
. He merges a performance and video art approach with the aesthetic sensibilities of film. He explores subjects such as gender roles, sexual identity, and interpersonal relationships. The stories are usually ambiguous, unresolved, and quite haunting.
The Danish Road Safety Council
is a private association of authorities and national organisations in Denmark. The number of member organisations is currently 42. The Council has existed since 1935. The Council works to increase public road safety through information and traffic education. We aim for the public to gain knowledge and understanding of the aspects of road safety. The Council works to sustain road safe conduct by means of campaigns, consulting and the production of instruction blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
was made by the Danish Road Safety Council and aims to draw attention to speed signs and speed limits in Denmark. (embedded movie, nsfw) (direct movie link
has an ongoing collection of high-quality full screen Quicktime VR panoramas of European cities, focusing on famous artistic and cultural landmarks (in Rome
), with interactive maps and travel information. A collaboration with national tourist offices by Swiss company Vrway Communication
, which also publishes Vrmag
, a bi-monthly review of panorama photography, and the FullscreenQTVR
directory in collaboration with the well-known panoramas.dk (previously mentioned on metafilter: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
) brings together young artists, designers, cooks, hotel industry professionals and managers to develop and implement their own ideas.
These will be presented to the public in 3 sites (hotel, factory, warehouse) in Copenhagen for three weeks in April.
"21 Artists. 61 Rooms. 13 Countries" via
The architect as total designer. In 1959, Danish architect Arne Jacobsen
shattered paradigms aplenty with his SAS Hotel
(represented now by its last remaining original room, the legendary 606
). The hotel was intended as a single field of experience; from seating and lighting
) to table service
, Jacobsen was intimately involved in almost every aspect of the hotel's physical interface with its guests. The result is a work of deeply pleasing harmony that still
looks fresh some four and a half decades later. MeFites in Copenhagen: how's it holding up?
The Copenhagen Consensus
is Bjørn Lomborg’s latest agenda-setting
enterprise. Eight top economists (of which three are Nobel laureates) were
asked to rank 32 of the world’s challenges
using cost-benefit analysis and estimation of importance. The resulting ranking
suggested that the HIV/AIDS epidemic be prioritized first.
As always with Mr. Lomborg (previously discussed here
), the whole enterprise was
surrounded by controversy, and triggered a counter conference, The
, and earned him the privilege of getting likened to
Hitler by a high-ranking UN official
The Little Mermaid Explodes.
This is only the latest in a long series of indignities
suffered by Denmark's national symbol. Why are people so into this sort of thing
Copenhagen is one of the cleanest cities I have ever visited,
so what does this mean for the rest of us?
My wife and I were a bit troubled when our house guest told us he flicked his butt from our balcony; it's likely that his flying butt did not land on the street--more likely on the balcony two floors below. Quelle horreur!