## Why the Nations worked better before – mathematically

It’s hard to make a point without having evidence. Especially when the evidence lies back in time and cannot be brought back. I might be “old” and bitter, but things worked better before – at least when talking about the student Nations in Umeå.

A brief introduction: The Nations is groups of people that makes events like parties etc. They have their own crowd of members that may attend to all events that the Nations provide. The House of Nations (Nationernas Hus in swedish or shorter NH) is a pub where we usually end up after these events. The Nations used to run this pub, but things have changed. Now some other group of people that does not want to join the Nations works there.

One can wonder why the pub is called Nationernas Hus, because it isn’t any more.

Now to the point. The Nations  consists of several groups. The group that is highest in the hierarchy is NF, or Nationernas Förbund. Below in the hierarchy are the Nations and the leading group of NH.

This is where the interesting part is. Before, when the Nations ran NH, there were “utskott” or committees in the Nations that had the special mission to work at the House maybe once a month. It worked well, we could spam our Nation members if we needed more workers and the workers could easily speak with the Nations if they needed some team building event or money for something else. The best thing was that these worker teams denoted themselves as Nations and that brought everyone together because we all spoke about and believed in the same thing. Sort of. This is how the structure looked. N1, N2 and N3 are three arbitrary Nations and B1, B2 and B3 are tree arbitrary bar groups (groups of people that run NH for a night now and then).

Below is a graph showing how the structure looks now. As you can conclude yourself, the communication between the bar groups and the Nations is suffering. There is no line (edge) between them anymore.

A mathematician would simply say that this is an unbalanced graph, and that some algorithms will run badly on it. This can be compared to real-world events. For example, if the bar groups wants to make an event like a sittning or something,  and needs money, the communication line goes from bar groups to NH to NF (two steps). Before, the money was already in the Nations. The bar groups had through the Nations their own economy and also an own financial accountant to speak with.

Public relations will also run slower with the latter structure. We can not say that we are making PR as one group anymore, so we have to do twice as much work for the same thing. Either NH or the Nations.

These are my thoughts for now. I have to study now but I might update this post later, check for updates. And please let me know if my grammar is wrong – my english is not the best.

## How to mount your Galaxy S in Ubuntu

Having problems connecting your Samsung Galaxy S to your Ubuntu PC? I had the same problem, and the solution (which I found here) is a joke.

SOLUTION: In Settings > Applications > Development, change the setting “Stay awake” to “on”.

Your device will pop up as an external drive in Ubuntu when you try to connect as a mass storage device.

“Stay awake” is supposed to make the screen stay lit when the phone is charging. If anyone knows the logic behind all this, please tell me.

## New videos

I just uploaded some new videos to my YouTube account. Check out my channel.

This video is from a *kind of* musical in Finland. I was there with the student nation Gästrike Hälsinge Dala, visiting another nation on their anniversary.

I also have some videos from “Götejakten 2010” – if you know what it means and you’re interested in watching the videos – please contact me (those videos are not listed on YouTube).

Check out Diaspora, the Open source social network. It’s just in alpha version right now, but I think it’s got big potential. You can even setup an own Diaspora server if you want.

For the non-nerd user, the gain compared to facebook is that the content belongs to you even after you uploaded it. And you share your content with people YOU choose. This is great for the idea of free information. Thumbs up from me.

If diaspora grows big, I will join. I don’t think I will give up Facebook though. Not in a while. Maybe if diaspora starts using the Facebook API for posting things there 🙂

## Sooo cold…

It’s almost -20 degrees in Umea at night. Thinking about the summer makes me at least warm inside. I should get a bigger computer that radiates more heat…

## Sweden

I love the Swedish climate. Warm summers and cold winters. Just as you are getting tired of the snow or the bugs, the climate changes. Also – there is no need to go abroad for skiing or taking a bath in the sea, everything is practically served for you.

Still, one can’t complain if offered a trip to turkey for example. I mean, where else can you lie on the beach all day and having nothing but drinks?

## Testing testing…

I just downloaded the new Android app for wordpress. Obviously, one can upload images and videos directly to the blog via the phone. This is an image of my and Hannas anniversary cake.

## SPAM-bots

I don’t really want to be the guy that just posts random internet lul-imagez all the time, I rather try to make my own things up. But this one was hilarious. I really love xkcd, it’s about a lot of things that’s big in my life.

This one is about spambots. For those who does not know what a captcha is, well it’s those squiggly charactes you have to input before creating a new Google account, for example. It prevents SPAM computer programs (bots) from creating accounts. To create an account, you have to understand the text in the captcha, which is a relatively hard task for a computer.

## I never get tired of math jokes…

Rocks are obviously ineffective against non-orientable surfaces. Who would ever know.