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Visti Spatial Search

While walking to the grocery store I had an idea: could I implement spatial searching in Visti? When I got home I sat down and looked at the API reference and the code - in that order - and was given a late Christmas gift from past me: I had already implemented spatial indexing.

So I quickly wrote up a small Javascript function that will launch a search for any item within 1km of the browser's position. Great if you either want to find out more about the object in front of you, or want to find the nearest runestone. Go to Visti and click on Near me to try it out.

Nynäs Palace

A palace with a fascinating little stream.

A Foggy City Morning

After the night out in the fog around Granholmstoppen, I set the alarm for "sunrise" and went out. I was not disappointed.

A Foggy Night Out

I hesitated a lot before going out with the camera, but finally reminded myself that I've never regretted doing so. Indeed, I was rewarded with a nice, thick fog covering all of Järvafältet.

Eager Beaver

A beaver has set up shop under the subway bridge. As a result, the water level of Igelbäcken is substantially lower to the south than to the north of the dam.

K-samsök - a Very Cool Search Engine

I had the idea to add images to Visti, and a quick Google later I ended up at K-samsök. This is a very cool and very easy search API to cultural heritage from Swedish museums and other memory institutions! About one hour later I had an implementation for Visti - and most of that hour was spent getting the HTML flexbox layout right. See the results at U74 - Visti.

Barshällskällan

The Barshäll spring, which probably was the reason why the Barshäll croft was situated where it was, has drinkable water. I was amazed when I heard about this spring, as I had been biking past it too many times to count but never noticed it. (Just proves how focused I was on biking, I guess.)

Hägerstalund Runestone (U73, RAÄ Spånga 146:1(3))

U73, or Hägerstalundstenen, is one more of Visäte's stones in Norra Järva. Written sources note its existence in the late 17th century, but it is likely to have stood in the same place as it does now since the mid 11th century when it was carved. The road it stands next to was the old district road and was in use from prehistoric times until it was replaced by Norrviksvägen in the 20th century.

Visti on SSL

The word "rune" meant "secret", "something hidden", so I think it's just appropriate that Visti gets Google's automatic SSL certificate and becomes available at the new URL: https://visti.se/. All old links will of course work by being redirected to the corresponding HTTPS location.

Cheesecake Palace

Cheesecake Palace is a hidden gem in Kista. This place gives you an amazing brunch with tasty pancakes, croissants, yogurt, juice, fruits ...and of course cheesecake!

Winter Solstice 2017

From now on it only gets brighter! (To be honest, though, even if the solstice was at 17:28, it had been pitch dark for an hour at least when this photo was taken.)

Flodskörden (Things From the Flood) by Simon Stålenhag

The best way to describe Simon Stålenhag's work is uncanny. With his meticulous attention to detail and almost-believable futuristic constructs, looking at his paintings of an alternate-reality 90's Sweden is like looking at an old family photo and realizing that there's someone in the photo that you've never seen before and can't remember even though you somehow think you should.

Full Frame

I finally took the plunge and bought a used full-frame camera.