Wednesday, October 03, 2007


Exactly fifty years from tomorrow, the first man made satellite was launched from what was then the Soviet Union. It was called Sputnik, Russian for co-traveller. Sputnik marks the start of what is sometimes called the space age, even though the space flights have become less spectacular since the last Moon landing in 1972.

You can celebrate Sputnik with a cinnamon bun, since the 4th of October is also the Cinnamon Bun Day in Sweden. In the 80's, this day was known in Sweden for resistance against a kind of socialization scheme that the Government imposed on the corporations, but that is such a long story that I do not want to outline it here. It is sufficient to say that I rather think of cinnamon buns than socialization schemes.

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