Small Differences

Small Differences

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30: Norwegian Boat People
Aug 9 • 74 min
Knut and Chris are back from their summer holidays: Chris's holiday was (largely) Norwegian; Knut's was (partly) Scottish. We take this podcasting thing seriously, folks.Links:The Viking Ship MuseumVehicle registration plates of Norway -…
29: Turning Off The Slack Jailitor
Jul 11 • 90 min
As Knut and Chris brace themselves for an implausibly long summer holiday, Knut conducts a crucial A/B test, Chris laments how nobody fixes anything anymore, and holiday plans — and reading — are discussed. Knut proposes a novel way of sending listener…
28: Origin Stories 5: A Small Career Suicide
Jun 29 • 89 min
In the fifth (of three, and definitely final) episode in our academy miniseries, it's Chris's turn to explain why she ditched the academy, and why she's probably not going back.Links:Alex Jones (radio host) - WikipediaAustin, Texas - WikipediaNew rainfall…
27: Origin Stories 4: Knut 2.0
Jun 22 • 75 min
How and why Knut got out of the academy.Links:Holberg Prize - WikipediaThe Holberg Prize 2015 – Marina Warner — Udannet — Knut interviews the winner of the 2015 Holberg Prize. In English :)Marina Warner · Diary: Why I Quit · LRB 11 September 2014The…
26: Origin Stories 3: Nipple On The Science Boob
Jun 17 • 78 min
In the third episode about what it's like to be former academics, Knut and Chris go deep: statistics, uncertainty, why science is wrong, Guinness, having animals thrown at you, and Sisyphus Cliff's Notes. Links:PHD ComicsxkcdRandall Munroe - WikipediaGuns…
25: Origin Stories 2: Intellectual Honeymoon
Jun 11 • 71 min
In the second episode covering Small Differences' tales from the academy, Chris and Knut chat about nerding out on your study subject, PowerPoint, and Liam Neeson.Links:Electroencephalography - WikipediaScanning Dead Salmon in fMRI Machine Highlights Risk…
24: Origin Stories 1: Hipster Precocious Nine-Year-Old
Jun 2 • 82 min
In the first of three related episodes, Knut and Chris explore how they came to be former academics, and what exactly is wrong with the academy in their respective countries. This week: where it all started. Links:Summary of the academic breakfast meeting…
23: Hat On A Stick
May 28 • 82 min
Chris and Knut celebrate Norwegian National Day with bunads, songs for small boys, parades, choirs, and the right to celebrate however one damn well pleases. Detours include punctuation pedantry, terrorism, and how to be more Scandinavian. Bonus 'After…
22: The Waiting Sausage
May 20 • 77 min
Knut and Chris report back after a week in Berlin that featured design sprints, trees, bicycles, burritos, cigarette smoke, and plenty of ballroom. Also covered: cash, privacy, and big government. And Knut finally mentions the war.Links:Adele - Hello -…
21: Remedial Troll
May 5 • 79 min
In an episode that deals — more or less — with folklore, Knut and Chris tackle traditional Norwegian fairytales and Scottish mythical creatures. Chris resolves only to communicate using emoji; Knut is oppressed.Links:Three Billy Goats Gruff -…
20: Renaissance Potato
Apr 27 • 91 min
This week Knut and Chris discuss cheese-slicer injuries, bagpipes, drinking outdoors, unparliamentary speech, school leavers going nuts, Norwegian conformity (or lack thereof), reindeer migration, and basement trolls.Links:A Big Little Idea Called…
19: Inverse Marshall Plan
Apr 19 • 112 min
Knut and Chris go large for Påske. Obviously there is some food talk, but the real meat is discussing foreigners who don't know how to behave on the traditional Easter cabin trip, or dress for mountain weather. Advisory: this episode contains New…
18: Bear Pictionary
Apr 12 • 90 min
Knut reads from a Norwegian book of spells. Chris questions the bare necessities of cabin life. John Siracusa’s Follow-up is named checked for citation purposes. The Pixar movie Brave is discussed (here be spoilers). Links:Norske Hexeformularer og magiske…
17: Norwegian Language Vehicle
Apr 6 • 82 min
Knut and Chris discuss the little-known Norwegian animated movie/musical Frost. Chris cannot grasp the idea of people actually speaking Nynorsk, a written language; Knut has an identity crisis. (Bonus cover art: Knut singing while wearing a traditional…
16: Correction Fatigue
Mar 30 • 77 min
This week, Chris and Knut discuss dugnad inefficiency, the annoyingness of feedback you have actually asked for, and FINN.no. Knut gets published; Chris just wants to eat breakfast.Links:Complete Beginner's Guide to Interaction Design | UX BoothTin Ear |…
15: Norwegians Are Superior
Mar 22 • 68 min
In which Chris travels around Norway a lot using as many different kinds of public transport as possible, and Knut and Norwegians everywhere preen as the latest figures are released showing that Norway is the best at yet another thing.Links:Døgn (Knut's…
14: A Good Recipe For Wind
Mar 15 • 63 min
This week Chris and Knut tackle carrot peeling (and end up putting instructional videos on YouTube), Marmite, a surprising twist on the British National Anthem, and what to do about that awkward last slice of cake. Chris ducks the opportunity to have a…
13: Glottal Free Bakery
Mar 9 • 82 min
Knut explores Copenhagen the city; Chris deplores Copenhagen the tobacco product. Also discussed this week: meat, coffee, Scandinavian interoperability, Lilyhammer (not Lillehammer), and which of Norway's many uncanny valleys Chris might actually be…
12: Too British To Be Useful
Feb 28 • 83 min
Knut and Chris compare Norwegian and British TV comedy, with a side-order of national anthems and personal space. Chris has a theory about why Americans love British television; it's Knut's turn to spill the coffee. Links:Braveheart: Freedom Speech -…
11: Die-Hard Door Holder
Feb 22 • 89 min
This week, Knut and Chris talk about the movie Arrival, and what learning a new language might or might not do to your brain. Also under the microscope are doors, Janteloven, and Norwegians' unfavourable assessment of their own rudeness. Links:Grieg - In…
10: Phonetic Swiss Army Knife
Feb 16 • 74 min
In which Knut and Chris make a lot of sounds, especially vowels. This week's episode includes intra-Norwegian racism, the bleak post-coffee podcasting future, and bonus Liv Tyler shivers. Under no circumstances fiddle with the wiring.Links:Harry Potter in…
9: Unashamed Belly Flopping
Feb 7 • 58 min
Knut and Chris talk about school trips, dødsing, the company hyttetur, Norway's Gore-Tex™-based class system and why Norwegians may be well-placed come the zombie apocalypse. Chris has issues with David Tennant, while Knut tries not to Hulk out over quote…
8: Gather Ye Entropy While Ye May
Feb 1 • 61 min
In this short, sweet episode, Knut and Chris tie up a bunch of loose ends — including a deep dive into the toilet, or at least English and Norwegian euphemisms for using it. Other topics include the socialist slant to Norwegian work lunches, and ordering…
7: Lingo-Existential Crisis
Jan 23 • 90 min
Knut and Chris get out of bed utrolig tidlig to try and add a different flavour (coffee) to the podcast. This week: language. Topics include the appropriateness of choosing one's own accent or dialect in Norwegian and English, and why spoken Norwegian…
6: The Bathtub Distribution
Jan 18 • 98 min
Knut and Chris talk about body idealism, when it's okay to touch your colleagues, and why Norwegians can't quite bring themselves to mix up their social circles. Knut wonders if Norwegians are lonely; Chris can't pronounce 'operationalise'.Links:"dog…
5: Long Tail of Socialism
Jan 9 • 91 min
Chris and Knut attempt to bottom out the difference between drizzle and rain, and whether it's really necessary to cover your shoes at the fitness center. Knut recommends Max Weber in the original German.Links:Occam's razor - WikipediaYr – Været (weather)…
4: Consensual Wilderness
Jan 4 • 79 min
Knut and Chris discuss Norway's obsession with spending time outdoors, including road skiing and kappgang. Knut has pigs in his decks; Chris is excited about Skam.Links:What's he building in there? - YouTubepinnekjøtt pinner - Google Images Search —…
3: Christmas Special: the Nisse-industrial complex
Dec 29, 2016 • 125 min
After Christmas storm Urd blows through Norway, Knut finds himself wedged in a horizontal position. Knut and Chris discuss Norwegian rap music, and how in Norway, Christmas gifts are brought by something or someone not entirely human. Links:Powerful Storm…
2: Bittelillejuleaften
Dec 23, 2016 • 85 min
It's hailing in Bergen, there's Norwegian dialects and posh vowels everywhere, and Chris has a new microphone setup. Knut won't tell you where the cloudberries grow.Links:Bergen Climate: Monthly Weather Averages - Norway - NorwayReverb: The Evolution of…
1: The Almonds of Walter
Dec 16, 2016 • 71 min
Knut and Chris talk about first impressions of Norway, being on Team Ribbe or Team Pinnekjøtt, and eating candy on Saturdays. Knut has issues with Duty Free. Links:Patti Smith on Singing at Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize Ceremony - The New YorkerFreia…
0: Is this sufficiently awkward yet?
Dec 13, 2016 • 53 min
Knut and Chris introduce the characters, establish the plot line and explore the dynamic of a new podcasting venture while talking into two tin cans attached to a string between Bergen and Oslo. Links:“Edited It” - Pete Holmes: Faces and Sounds (HBO) -…