Einstein Notes

Einstein’s Theory of Happiness

A great thinker writes a few words about life on two pieces of paper. 95 years later, the two notes written by Einstein sold for $1.8 million. Not bad for something that was, according to the seller, given by the scientist as a tip to a messenger during the trip when he learned he has been awarded the Nobel prize in Physics.

What did Einstein write on the two notes?

“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.”

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

Hybrid - Disappear Here

Hybrid – Salt

Thirsty for your imagination, a whirlwind of percussion and crispy sound textures brings her voice from the cusp of an ocean storm. Listen carefully and get lost deep within the intricacies of a world-class electronic orchestra. And don’t feel too bad when it drops you out just when you want more.

The Prodigy - The Fat Of The Land

The Prodigy – Narayan

With its stellar opening and hypnotic buildup spanning more than a minute, Narayan makes a statement: this song will endure. And it has. 20 years later, this massive creation hasn’t lost any bit of its originality.

It’s a lengthy tune, to be sure, but there are several movements at play that will keep the listener entertained throughout. This song is a must for any respectable music collection and, in fact, a distinguished artifact of human musical history.

Uranus Smells

Uranus Smells Like Rotten Eggs

Recently, scientists have come up with some interesting conclusions about the gas giant’s atmosphere. Thanks to infrared observations, they managed to detect a certain gas that is quite likely to be present towards the top of Uranus’ cloud cover. Hydrogen sulfide is what gives rotten eggs their charming smell.

I always thought Uranus is a beautiful name for a planet. But then my English improved and, at one point, the punchline hit me. I still think it’s a beautiful name. I mean, the human body is beautiful, isn’t it? In English, it’s a beautiful funny name for a planet, so that makes it even better. Still, it makes it really difficult to say that I come from Uranus. Journalists across the web raced in coming up with the most memorable way to report the analytical news.

Miruna

My Wife Became a Mother in Sweden – Part 4 – Hotel

It took about 30 minutes for Rune to stop screaming just after being born. We started to get a bit worried, but we knew that he had also probably been awake throughout the 11-hour birth. He had been instinctually working together with his mother while in the same time wondering what’s going on. For a 9-month old, that’s a tough day, so no wonder he was a bit grumpy. Plus, breathing isn’t exactly something he was used to either.

Crina had lost more blood than is usual during the birth. This had me rather concerned for a while, but the midwives assured us that she will be fine. After the monumental effort she had been through, I was surprised to see her so alert, especially as I was slowly falling apart.

Never in my life had I abandoned myself in such a way. I hadn’t eaten since the day before, and it was almost 23:00. I lived through the birth with air and water alone. Now that the adrenaline was wearing off, I was beginning to realize just how starved I was. Luckily, the Swedes had something special in store for us…

How Tech Companies Ruin Urban Societies

How Tech Companies Ruin (Urban) Societies

In general, it’s good for a country to have large, powerful companies that employ a lot of people and pay them very well (more taxes). However, the resulting income inequality causes some serious trouble in communities hosting or close to high-pay hotspots.

One of the saddest examples is San Francisco, where property prices have skyrocketed during the past decade, mostly due to an influx of well-payed employees from corporations such as Google, Apple and Facebook as well as a host of tech startups and highly profitable medium-sized companies.

Madrugada - Industrial Silence

Madrugada – Quite Emotional

Dim the lights, light a candle, embrace, sway. True to its namesake, this atmospheric, moody and melancholy-inducing song features one of the warmest male vocal performances I’ve ever heard. Soothing guitars and gentle keyboards provide the ideal background while the sparingly-used percussion anchors the song to perfection.

There’s a saying that goes like this: while listening to this song for the first time, if you think of good memories, it will always bring you back to those beautiful moments when you listen to it again.