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May 31, 2005

Always pretty in Black

by Thorendal

Have you bought the Raveonettes‘ new album ‘Pretty in black’ - or at least listened to it?

Raveonettes

If not, shame on you! It is an amazing album, that contains music for all moods and purposes. Compared to their earlier albums (well one ep and one album), this music is for everyone but it is still very clever and so are the lyrics.
I must admit that I was pretty surprised about their new sound, but it is so obvious when listening to the music, that this is an album that one can only love. In fact I have it in my mp3 player as the only music and it has been there since the album was released the 25 th of April this year.

A while ago - February this year- I went to the Raveonettes concert in Pumpehuset - what a fantastic experience! I think it was the the 7th time I saw them live, and it was great as always.
Beautiful Sharin has started playing the guitar, which changes the music drastically, but just to a cool new sound. She has also started to be more dominant on the vocals as well, and that sound really good! As a concequense of that, the band has included their 5th. member on base.

They played a lot of the nice noisy “old” tracks, but it was the first time they played their new tracks from their newly released album Pretty in Black live. So the audience didn’t really know what to expect of the show. We loved it of course!!!

If I was to explain the change of sound in their music I would say that it has changed from sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll to hot steamy romance, tequila and surf…but hey, maybe that is just me - I don’t know, and I don’t really care - cause I like it. The way the lyrics are put together though hasn’t really changes, so we still get the rough, blunt, and heartfelt words thrown in our direction. They have a perfect balance of seriousness in the lyrics which makes it very pleasant to listen to.

If you have never heard them live (either), I can strongly recommend to make an effort to do so, it is a very intense experience of music, distortion, vocals, and thoughtful lyrics. The band doesn’t really talk a lot when on stage, so live it is close to purely music throughout about an hour and a half. And Sharin and Sune both happen to be very charismatic to look at, so that alone can intertain you for at least that period of time.

Don’t you think?

Although it was an amazing concert it was wierd afterwards that my hearing was intact.

Anyways the next time the Raveonettes is in Denmark again will be for the Roskilde Festival. It will be nice to see them again after having had a proper chance to getting to know their new album. And they are always interesting to see live!

Rave on at Roskilde!

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Signe Wagner’s Dissertation

by Thorendal

I have had the honour to read and comment on Signe Wagner’s dissertation. It was really interesting stuf and from an innovative perspective very up front with what is currentlig happening in the domain of Enterprise Architecture and SOA.

She is talking about how Enterprise Architecture and SOA can support the public sector in Denmark which is interesting because of the trends and interest for these topics. Signe has a partly organizational view on the subject as she has been studying her Bachelor Degree from Aalborg University within some information science and humanities (don’t know what it precisely is called in English) combined with a Master Degree in software development from the IT-University of Copenhagen.

It is very interesting to read, so give it a go, she has published it all on her website.

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May 16, 2005

Data, information and knowledge

by Thorendal

I will in (very) short try to explain the difference between three central concepts in the domain of knowledge organization. It will be in this perspective I will later on use the concepts.

There exists three kinds of ’information’ that are different from each other, and is influenced by how much human involvment there is and how much interpretation there is put towards the concept of information.
The processes of information and human involvment can be put as parallel processes that has an impact on each other:

Data ↔ information ↔ knowledge
Human interference↔ formulated/consciousness

(Inspired by von Krogh, Ichijo og Nonaka, 2000, p.7)

Data is raw material without any kind of context. This kind of information is not intented to be informative, only indicative. Data is the same as facts. This might not be the normal perception of the concept, but examples on data is unambiguous messurements, statistical charts, colours, weights and so on (Buckland, 1991, p.352). It can be said that the creation of information is contingent upon data.
Information is analyzed data which is exact opposite from data by having some kind of explanatory context attached to it. Information has normally passed a human being to exist, which is not the case with data. Information can therefor be documents with some kind of form and content that by Nonaka and Takeuchi (1995) is carakterized as a ‘flow’ of messages. Information is build on the facts that is created in the world of data - but is more or less interpretated.
Knowledge is created on the individual level (Conway og Sligar, 2002, p.2). According to Buckland (1991) knowledge seperates itself from the other two concepts (data and information) by not being formulated or at least not put into e.g. charts or articles (Buckland, 1991, p.351). That means that knowledge can become information, and that information is the basis for knowledge – a ongoing proces (Holdt Christensen, 2000, p.39).
Knowledge then is different from information which always in some form can be put into text, pictures, audio or another way (von Krogh, Ichijo og Nonaka, 2000, p.7). Buckland clearly (1991) puts it as ”[i]f you can touch it or measure it directly, it is not knowledge…”(Buckland 1991, p.352).

References:
- Buckland, M. K. (1991). Information as a thing. Journal of the American society of informations science. 42(5), p.351-360.
- Conway, S. og Sligar, C. (2002). Unlocking knowledge assets. Washington: Microsoft Press. 233 pages.
- Holdt Christensen, P. (2000). Fra videnledelse til viden og ledelse – teoretiske perspektiver. I: Peter Holdt Christensen (red.) Viden om: Ledelse, viden og virksomheden. København: Samfundslitteraturen, p.11-61.
- Nonaka, I. og Takeuchi, H. (1995). The knowledge creating company: how Japanese companies create the dynamics of innovation. New York: Oxford University Press. 284 pages.
- Von Krogh, G., Ichijo, K. og Nonaka, I. (2000). Enabling knowledge creation. How to unlock the mystery of tacit knowledge and release the power of innovation. Oxford University Press. 292 pages.

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May 15, 2005

Whitsun carnival 2005

by Thorendal

Official carnival poster 2005
The time of the year came for the carnival at Whitsun. I went yesterday, Saturday the 14th of May. The sun was shining and it was nice and hot. The Whitsun is early this year, so it was very nice that the wether was so warm and sunny.
We arrived around 2pm, and not a lot of people was there that early. Mostly families were walking around enjoying the stalls of interesting food, funny stuf, and the mini Tivoli. It is fascinating how much Fælledparken can change from being an anonymous - yet beautiful - park into a mecca of people of many nationalities, lovely smells from the food stalls, beautiful samba dancers, and exotic rhythms.

During the afternoon more people found their way to the park, and by the end of the day, the park was full of people having picnics in the sun. Danes are really good at enjoying the outdoor cultural possibilities, and it was obvious that everyone were relaxing.
There are many many many amazing samba bands playing and dancing, and one of the very poplular bands is called Bafo do mundo. They are about 25 musicians and 35 dancers, and they have some amazing costumes - they make you feel like you are somewhere else than in a tent in Copenhagen. They take you to Brazil with well played samba music and beautiful dancers, who look like they really are enjoying being on stage.

Bafo do mundo

Listening to samba rhythms and seeing samba dancers always makes me want to dance. I cannot just stand around looking - and everyone dances along to the music. The tents at Fælledparken are moving along with the people inside of them. And all the visitors of the carnival are happy and smiling.
It is in fact one big party for everyone who wants to party - you should try it next year!

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