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Chris A. has recently immigrated (or *brexited) from the UK to Norway and finds herself in the process of acquiring a new language and culture. Knut M. is a native Norwegian who never has a good answer to the question "where're you from"? In this podcast they investigate all the minor differences that may bring their worlds closer together.

Small Differences Knut Melvær & Chris Atherton

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Chris A. has recently immigrated (or *brexited) from the UK to Norway and finds herself in the process of acquiring a new language and culture. Knut M. is a native Norwegian who never has a good answer to the question "where're you from"? In this podcast they investigate all the minor differences that may bring their worlds closer together.

    Episode 52: It Comes Out When It Comes Out

    Episode 52: It Comes Out When It Comes Out

    In Knut's first white Christmas for a while, baking vocabulary is tested, the LD50 of sugar is explored, and crispy vs. soggy biscuits are debated. Chris struggles to defend British Christmas desserts' heavy dependence on dried fruit.
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    Kilroy was hereLutefiskNorwegian codLyeGravlax / GravlaksNorwegian Christmas food(Christmas) Mince piesChristmas cake (British)Christmas pudding (British)Caviar mixBanana equivalent (radiation) doseVanilkové rohličky (Czech Christmas cookies)Christmas cookies (European/Nordic)Significance of the number 7Karlsbad (Bohemia)Karlovarské oplatky (Karlsbad wafers)Record formats (45, 33 …)Isopor / polystyreneTre nøtter til AskepottMorgenbladet podcast: Fire nøtter til AskepottMarzipan pigHornsaltPantomime horseWhat is the deal withTimeshifter® app

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 51: Carring Around

    Episode 51: Carring Around

    In an episode inspired by listener emails, Knut and Chris talk about driving behaviour in Norway vs. the UK, and why Norwegian sheep prefer to be on the road. This week’s episode is presented in SurroundLingo™.
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    Autonomous sensory meridian response - Wikipediasanity-io/sanity-microservice-transcription: Example of a transcription microservice for sanity.io projectsArgument - WikipediaList of countries with left-hand traffic - Wikipediadriving - Roundabout in left drive countries - Travel Stack ExchangeHow to Adjust to Driving a Car on the Right Side of the RoadDriving across a live runway in the Shetlands Sumburgh Airport - YouTubePath dependence - WikipediaNabobil.no - Privat leiebil i ditt nabolag. — Oslo's "AirB'n'B, but for cars" disruptivator.Cross-cultural differences in driving behaviours: A comparison of six countries - ScienceDirectInternational driving styles: how the world drivesCircle K Norge — (Pro tip at these Norwegian gas stations: really, really good waffles with brown cheese. Seriously. Best served to cold, tired people on their way back from the ski hill.)Bank Holiday getaway: Road and train travel news as millions face congestion | Daily Star — Even allowing for the "if it bleeds, it leads" mentality beloved of UK tabloid newspapers, this is not totally off the mark.Congestion Charge (Official) - Transport for LondonLondon reaches legal air pollution limit just one month into the new year | UK news | The GuardianInversion (meteorology) - Wikipedia — (Why pollution sometimes hangs over Oslo longer than it should)Penalty points (endorsements): Endorsement codes and penalty points - GOV.UK — In the UK, you get 3 penalty points on your licence (the points last for 4 years) for running a red light. If you rack up 12 points within 3 years, you get banned, but a court has to decide how long for.Penalty points on your driving licence | Statens vegvesen — In Norway, you get 3 penalty points for running a red light; if you get 8 points within a 3-year period, your licence is suspended for 6 months.Speed limits in Norway - WikipediaDriving in Norway – Travel guide at WikivoyageBBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, The Highland Clearances — aka Why Scotland No Tree No MoreComedians In Cars Getting Coffee by Jerry Seinfeldnational speed limit applies - Google-søk — This mysterious sign. Convert mph to kphGetting squirted - Cycling UK Forum — The paranoia is real.Stanford Prison Experiment: why famous psychology studies are now being torn apart  - VoxCognitive dissonance - WikipediaMen's rights movement - WikipediaMeet the 'reply guys': Obnoxious Twitter trolls try to challenge prominent women — and fail miserablySmå Forskjeller (@smaforskjeller) | Twitter — Chris is not currently maintaining the Small Differences Twitter account but it still exists :)Giving social networking back to you - The Mastodon ProjectBarenaked Ladies - One Week (Video) - YouTubeBBC - Travel - Finding 'friluftsliv' in NorwayLearn Norwegian (Bokmål) in just 5 minutes a day. For free.Psychology: What does operationalising mean? - The Student RoomDiscourse - WikipediaOverton window - Wikipedia7 tips for communicating about politics across cultural differences      Maniac (TV Mini-Series 2018– ) - IMDb — the new Netflix version; Chris's cultural pickManiac (2012) - IMDb — The original Norwegian oneHalt and Catch Fire (TV Series 2014–2017) - IMDb — Knut's cultural pick (again?)I N G E N S T E D SList of Friends episodes - Wikipedia

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 50: You Do What The Dog Wants

    Episode 50: You Do What The Dog Wants

    Knut has a puppy. Chris has a new language to learn. 🎉 Extended summer holiday Small Differences to celebrate our 50th episode! 🎉
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    Obedience training - WikipediaAww-some animals: Why do baby mammals melt our hearts? - BBC NewsEvery Tory MP that has resigned over Theresa May's Brexit plan — This surely deserves its own Wikipedia page.Even WestvangCountries That Drive on the Left - WorldAtlas.comMarkadatabasen: Sykkelturer — When the Norwegian ski association isn't helping you find where's good to ski, it's making sure you know where's good to cycle. IKEA Starts Using Biodegradable Mushroom-Based Packaging for Its ProductsMunicipalities of Norway - WikipediaAsk A Vet: Does My Dog Know He's Been Bad?Mystery of horse taming 'solved' by gene study - BBC NewsOrigin of the domestic dog - WikipediaHow Smart Are Horses? : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPRDogs as intelligent as two-year-old children - TelegraphHelicopter parent - WikipediaBroad Band by Claire L. Evans | PenguinRandomHouse.com — Knut's cultural pickWomen in computing - WikipediaHackers – Heroes of the Computer Revolution « StevenLevy.comLacuna - WikipediaStarted listening to podcasts at 1.5 speed and I think my 2018 has peaked. : podcastsAudible.com - Over 425,000 of the Best Audiobooks & Original ContentStorytelLearn to Code - for Free | CodecademyJavaScript - WikipediaPHP - WikipediaHow To Work with While & Do While Loops in JavaScript Programming | DigitalOceanImperative vs Declarative ProgrammingFunctional programming - WikipediaSanity.io: Previews / List ViewsSanity.io: How Queries Work - GROQUsing the Console  |  Tools for Web Developers  |  Google DevelopersThe Social Network (2010) - IMDbDiscourse - WikipediaWomen considered better coders – but only if they hide their gender | Technology | The GuardianShoshin (the beginner's mind) - WikipediaLost in Translation (2003) - IMDbTHE BEST OF FIKA AND PÅTÅR by Al Pitcher on Spotify

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Episode 49: Tiny Diluted Train Track

    Episode 49: Tiny Diluted Train Track

    Knut learns how to be a train commuter; Chris hides from the sun; nobody grills. The Small Differences Social Club gets a very exclusive carpet.
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    Oslo City (mall)Oslo city (city)Sørenga sjøbad badeplass (Sørenga sea bathing area)Nudity in NorwayFACT CHECK: Mussolini and On Time TrainsRussell Davies on 'barely games' at Playful 2009Ain't It Awful: A Party Game | From Games People Play by Eric Berne MDNSB: How to claim a refund and compensation - nsb.no/enRefunds - Refunds for a booking - Virgin TrainsRailway electrification in Norway - Wikipedia — Literally nobody will make it to the bottom of this page.Trainspotting (hobby) - WikipediaTrainspotting (film) - WikipediaVanity licence plates in NorwayCarspotting - side 24 - Generell bilprat - Ford Club Norway — Example of Norwegian carspotting-type-nerding.SÆKKECENTRALEN Etabl. 1924 — Knut's new offices. No longer j**e sacks. Maybe the odd beanbag.Mews - Wikipedia — The British equivalent of Knut's new offices.Zoom F1 Field Recorder+Lavalier Mic | Zoom — Knut's new recording jam.

    • 57 min
    Episode 48: Homeopathic Oreo

    Episode 48: Homeopathic Oreo

    Knut and Chris pack in Norwegian national day, contrasts between Norway, the UK and Estonia, how to make digital government non-creepy, and strange flavours of UK snack food. Nobody makes any announcements.
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    Dan Benjamin - Wikipedia — Dan is the reason our podcast is hosted on Fireside. We love you, Dan.Norwegian Constitution Day - Wikipedia — 17th May.Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson - Wikipedia — They don't name people like this anymore. Well, maybe they do. But we don't hear about it.The flag debate (can you take another flag than the Norwegian one on 17th May?) — Usual Google Translate warning applies. Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - Wikipedia — Link included for completeness. Hosts utterly indifferent.Eurovision Song Contest 2018 - WikipediaAlexander Rybak - That's How You Write A Song - Norway - Official Music Video - Eurovision 2018 - YouTube — Norway's weak-ass Eurovision entry of 2018Benjamin Ingrosso - Dance You Off - Sweden - LIVE - Second Semi-Final - Eurovision 2018 - YouTube — Sweden's 2018 entry. Also disappointing. Why did this get so many points?e-Estonia — We have built a digital society and so can youPDF about BankID in Norway — This is written by a consortium (or something) of banks, so brace yourself for heavy amounts of propaganda. But still, it works.e-Residency of Estonia - WikipediaEconomy of Estonia - WikipediaTax Return - The Norwegian Tax AdministrationWalkers (snack foods) - Wikipedia — Chris brought Knut "Worcester Sauce" and "Chicken Tikka Masala" flavours.Worcestershire sauce - WikipediaChicken tikka masala - WikipediaThe many faces of architecture in Tallinn - VisitTallinnTallinn - WikipediaEstonian cuisine - WikipediaUralic languages - Wikipedia — Wowels.Fear of missing out - WikipediaRickshaw - Wikipedia — Bike taxiIdris Elba - WikipediaKilling Eve (TV Series 2018– ) - IMDbThe Rain (TV Series 2018– ) - IMDb

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 47: A Boiled Frog

    Episode 47: A Boiled Frog

    Knut and Chris chew over the whole Facebook thing. Knut has another announcement.
    Links:
    Five things we learned from Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook hearing | Technology | The GuardianCambridge Analytica and a Moral Reckoning in Silicon Valley | The New YorkerCambridge Analytica helped ‘cheat’ Brexit vote and US election, claims whistleblower – POLITICOBig Five personality traits - WikipediaConfirmation bias - WikipediaPath dependence - WikipediaHow Russian Twitter Bots Pumped Out Fake News During The 2016 Election : All Tech Considered : NPR10 Weird Blogs That Could Only Be Found on TumblrWorkplace by Facebook: A Work Collaboration ToolMass surveillance in East Germany - WikipediaGermany's Complicated Relationship With Google Street View - The New York TimesDu er verdens prøvekanin - Innenriks - VG — "You are the world's guinea-pig"

    Norwegian newspaper article that unfortunately resists Google Translate, but the gist is that companies like Coca-Cola really do like to test out new products on Norwegians. This on various grounds, including that Norwegians are not unlike Americans, they have high income and are well educated, including women — apparently these are all factors in willing adoption of new products: "What works in Norway will work other places.". Other products tested first on Norwegians include Urge (the energy drink) and products from Toyota. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - WikipediaDatatilsynet — Norway's state data watchdog.Surveillance Camp II: Privatized State Surveillance | Electronic Frontier FoundationNorway–European Union relations - WikipediaWhy The UK Needs Human Rights | Human Rights WatchSanity – The fully customizable, headless CMS — Knut's new ship. Booo. But yay. But booo.Silicon Valley (TV Series 2014– ) - IMDbHalt and Catch Fire (TV Series 2014–2017) - IMDbThe Good Fight (TV Series 2017– ) - IMDbHeimebane (TV Series 2018– ) - IMDb — "You will walk alone". I see what they did there.Moon Hooch — Knut's cultural pick of the weekKlassekampen — One half of Chris's cultural pick of the week. We are so proud of Jørgen and Julie and alumnus-Ida for their work on this. When Chris talks smack about Klassekampen's mobile app, it's not this (which is responsive) but the default mobile app that they haven't deleted yet but really, really need to. Hint hint, Klassekampen.morgenbladet.no — Chris's other cultural pick of the week.

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