I think people should be nice to each other

This is me

This page is an introduction where I describe myself. I also write a bit about the site implementation link , about navigation link and, in case some clarification should be necessary, about corrections and supplementary attributions (none so far). link
Besides this introduktion, the site has four main sections.
Finance is about the subprime crisis and the bankers (I'm against). link
Marx is about Marxist philosophy (I'm against). link
More is about other things (I defer my judgement). link
Swedish is a few short pieces in Swedish (I'm not against): link

Me

I never had a difficult life. Second of six brothers and sisters, I grew up in Luleå, Sweden, 70 miles south of the Arctic Circle. My father was consultant physician at the town hospital, I suppose that counts as upper middle class; in Luleå maybe the upperest class in town. After school I worked with computers until retirement.

I don't know how old I was when I learned to read but it was pretty early. My parents subscribed to a daily newspaper and I wanted my mother to read the comics to me. Especially one about Danny, a trapper in North America, I still remember him sitting in front of a camp fire with some friends and wrestling a bear (not at the same time). At first my mother did as asked, but she soon got tired and told me I would have to learn to read. So I did. My mother has told me I would come up to her and ask "What letter is this", she would tell me and I would go away and continue my reading. Seems like an impractical way to learn, one letter at a time. I suppose that at first I was taught to read comics with only upper case letters, then when I began reading books I got into trouble with some lower case. Some years later, my favorite reading was the books about Biggles the flying ace. After that the Swedish author Stig Dagerman and I knew I would never write that well.

In primary school, I heard about how God in the beginning created heaven and earth and so forth. Like most children I wondered about the world so I was interested, believing in the stories the same way as I later believed in history. When I heard about other religions, I was very surprised; I could not understand why they were telling us those fairy tales and I immediately lost my belief. When I started with physics I got a much more satisfactory description of the world. I even managed a B.Sc. (Fil. Kand.) but I never got that far, I never understood what people got against hidden variables.

I was young when I first thought about writing but it took many years before I did something about it. I even wrote some poems. I find these almost impossible to translate but one sounds almost passable:

An unhappy young man from Vancouver
is distressed with his rampaging rover
His wife found it wrong,
too thin and too long,
so she simply just folded it over.

And I wrote Jag och Marx (Me and Marx, homage to Groucho Marx Groucho and Me), mostly about my pet peeve Karl Marx. Jag och Marx was published in 1984 by "Författares Bokmaskin" at my expense. It was a number of comments on various subjects, by far most extensive was an inquiry into Marx and Marxism.
The business idea was that with Marx's Capital so well known, people should be interested in a short version. They were not. Not that I blame them, for example my version was still too much Marx.
As nobody was interested, I let the book alone for several years. This site is an elaboration. Some material has been deleted and some added; some have been subjected to major revisions, with equations removed or simplified and the arguments elucidated and augmented. The posts on the subprime crisis are new.

I'm not always happy with what I write. I get stuck and I let it stand because I cannot find a better way to say it; if I'm lucky, I later find a better way and I change it. Still, there are some sentences I am quite happy with, my strength is more in the aphorism than in the epic. Although I like Stig Dagerman, both as a writer and as a person, I wouldn't write like him even if I could. Too many images. He worries too much. Maybe more like Mickey Spillane. The beginning of One Lonely Night is some incredible writing. Another favorite is The Secret Life of Salvador Dali by Salvador Dali, with the world's best intro ever: "At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since". I even thought of stealing it for my own introduction. Something like: At the age of eleven I wanted to be a physicist. At twelve I wanted to be Salvador Dali. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since. But I found it a bit contrived.

I never was a rebel, it's too much "Look Ma, I'm a rebel". I just did it my own way. Considering what I write about, there might be people insisting on giving it a political interpretation. So I might as well tell you where I stand:
My political belief is that I believe people should be nice to each other. As I don't like telling people what to do, I suppose I expect them to read my mind and act accordingly. Or at least they should read my blog. Besides this, I would call myself apolitical. If you ask me why you should be nice to others, I can only say: because I think so. But is it enough that I think so? Yes. I think so.

Although I think people should be nice to each other, I am not fanatical about it. It makes me angry when I read about some habitual criminal being repeatedly arrested and then released after some hours or days, just to continue as usual. It makes me think the police is too nice. Maybe locking a criminal up for some time is bad. It's better than doing nothing. You can feel sorry for people. If you want a society without robbery, you can't let them walk around robbing others just because you feel sorry for them.

Although I was the right age, I never was into that Vietnam thing. I wasn't too happy about the makings of the Americans but two things kept me back: I never liked people like Communists or Nazis. And I never liked people who thought screaming slogans was a way to discuss. I never had any problem with Joan Baez. She is no communist. She doesn't scream, she is reasoning. And she is doing it well, she is intelligent. Besides, she has an incredible voice, she is kind, she is beautiful, sometimes she's even fun. Not that I'm sure she'd always agree with me.

My disposition is laid back middle class; like everybody who likes the Moomins, I have deeply felt bourgeois values. Sometimes when I read what I write, I think I may have a mean streak. A little baiting can be fun, still I'd say I'm a pretty nice guy, I hope people won't take me too seriously. When I sin, it is more not doing what I should than doing what I shouldn't, it's mostly sins of omission. Not that those are always the smallest.

I write about things I find interesting and I think others ought to be interested too. Everything I write, I write as a western bourgeois male. I have western bourgeois values. I do not believe this is why I dislike mass murder and oppression. I dislike it, Western, Communist, Nazist, Islamist, you name it: no matter where, no matter who, I'm against it. I do not believe that these my values are exclusively western. I believe they are common, shared by many. Unfortunately not by all.

English is not my native language, still I hope my writings will be intelligible. Should there be any inadvertencies I can only hope that you, dear reader, will be as forgiving as I am myself.
Only joking. I want my words to be clear, concise and correct; should there be any inadvertencies they should be deliberate. Unfortunately, I also have an unfortunate predilection for bad jokes. To me, it is difficult to know if my "jokes" are funny or if they are just irritating. Still, writing is no fun if you have to be serious all the time.

The implementation

To make the site, I use the Notepad and the Notepad++ editors. I don't use cookies and there is no hidden intrusive code of any kind. Word of honor.
To give the posts a consistent look and feel, I have a preprocessor written in Perl adding html-code to my body text. I am using the ISO-8859-1 character set because I don't know how Perl handles multi-byte character sets. I don't know if these days all browsers understand character set declarations. So I try to keep to ASCII 7-bits. Thus some 8 bit characters are converted to 7-bit html codes, for example 'ä' is converted to 'ä'.

In the hope that my site will function in all browsers, I have tried to keep my html as simple as possible. To test the functionality, I use Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. For me it works and I hope for everybody else. I also have tried it with the Chrome and Firefox browsers on my LG G4 phone.
If your browser supports alternate styles, you can change the size of the letters. Besides default size, I have 'large' and 'small'. Maybe there are more beatiful sites but

I am still tinkering around a bit. I am more or less done with finance and Marx but I have some thougts on things like culture, history, physics, politics and women. Some are clearly worth their own posts, some are intertwined, some might be worth just one or two paragraphs. So what do I do? A one or two paragraph post seems just ridiculous but updating a post again and agin seems unfair to the readers.
So I'm a slow worker. With no feedback, I don't feel very inspired. Besides, right I am looking at what I can do SEO-wise. So, if you are interested and want more, please tell me so. You can reach me via the Contact button.

Navigation

I do not like the way the web looks today. Too cluttered. Besides, I hate irritating animations and pop-ups when I try to read something. To facilate the use of small screen devices, I do not use any intrusive side bars. Maybe my site is not the most beautiful. I think it does what I want it to do. I try to keep it lean, mean, no frills (no script).

For navigation, you use the navigation bar in the header.
To the left you have a drop down meny, letting you chose one of a number of sections. When you chose one section, you get a list of the individual posts. Most posts are in English, with a few of little interest in my native Swedish.
To the right you have four buttons, Home, By date, Contact, First/Next.
Home takes you to the home page.
By date takes you to a page with a post list, ordered by language and date with English before Swedish and the newest first.
Contact takes you to a page that tells you how to contact me.
First/Next steps you through the posts. If you are on the Home page, the By date page or the Contact page it takes you to the first post. If you already are on a post, it takes you to the next.
In the footer, you also have a First/Next button with the same function as the one in the header.

Within the body text, I have two reference markers. An arrow link is a link to some other place. An asterisk note is a note marker. When you place the cursor over it you will see a note, maybe to an author and a book. If you are on finance page you will normally se the name of an author and a page number. If you click the asterisk, you will get to the finance references section where you will find the book title and the ISBN number.

Corrections and attributions

This is where you will find corrections and attributions. If I add new pages or if I make major revisions to existing pages, you will find it on top of the "By date" list. link Should people begin discussing my posts, I will use this page to document changes, until then too small revisions and too obvious attributions will not be documented.
I have asked for advice about my site and I am grateful for responses. From Helene, from Jason and from Jessica and the participants in her creative writing course.

I have strived to be correct in my argumentation, still it is theoretically possible that I have made mistakes. So far, I have had no reason to correct anything; Jag och Marx (the origin of this site) was not always right.
Often when I read what I write, I find places I don't like. It might be badly written, it might be unclear; sometimes I rewrite that part. Should somebody misunderstand something, I might try to clarify it. Sometimes I do permit myself little jokes; they should not be taken too seriously and I will not always explain them.

There is a lot of information on the net. The problem is finding what you want. Often when I search I get so many answers I just can't find what I am looking for. Lazy as I am, I often find it easier to think things out by myself. This does not necessarily mean I am first.
Still, I have tried to give attribution where it is due. Sometimes I don't know. Sometimes I do not remember where I read something. Maybe some things that I believe is common knowledge have a specific source. Maybe I have missed some important attributions, through negligence or ignorance. If somebody is kind enough to tell me, I'll be happy to correct it.

© Anders Floderus