I recently had to attend a class in Copenhagen, Denmark, to get to learn the CMS
system we use at the office a little more in detail. I had planned on taking a flight down there on a Wednesday, attending the class Thursday and Friday, then flying back home Friday evening. However, Iceland didn't quite want it to go down like that.
I've now done an extensive cleanup on the site to remove spam comments. I should have been able to filter out and delete only the spam comments, but as always, the human mind is fallible... even mine... so if you're missing a comment you remember having written, I'm sorry, but it's been zapped. You could always write a new one, of course.
In order to try to prevent spam filling up this site in the future I've implemented a new CAPTCHA
from the free (!) service called reCAPTCHA
. I hope this will be good enough to hold the spambots at bay.
If you're one of the people sending spambots to my site, remember the wise words of modern day philosopher geek Wil Wheaton
: Don't be a dick!
I so want to write a serious entry in my blog. But I never find the strength. I have several subjects lined up (my jaw surgery, my couch surfing experience, my trip to TAM London) but I can't work up the strength to actually write about it.
Please, if anybody has any good tips on what I can do to get myself to write about these subjects, please let me know.
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It seems Twitter is down. Now I'm all lost. I don't know what to do. I keep speaking in sentences of only 140 characters. I keep wondering what Barack Obama is up to. Suddenly I have no funny links to articles on the web or funny videos on YouTube. I can't even tell the world what I'm doing or what I've just seen.
So I've stooped to the level of actually writing on my blog again. That's what happens when the world stops.
So here's a short tweet:
"Watchmen". Very true to the graphic novel. Visually stunning (including Malin Akerman). A bit on the long side. 8/10
Last night, just before brushing my teeth before going to bed, I noticed something dark in the corner of my eye. I turned around and saw this monstrosity. Having mild to heavy arachnophobia I actually let out a short scream and suddenly found myself in the adjoining room.
After calming down I got my Nikon and attached the macro lens and snapped a few shots to document the creature. I then brushed it into a bucket (with some toilet paper. Not with my hand. Are you crazy!?) (it actually made quite a thud when it hit the bottom of the bucket) and then emptied the bucket into the toilet.
Now, about the arachnophobia. Me being scientific, and a critical and rational thinker, I know perfectly well that it is an irrational fear to be afraid of spiders. Yet, with this knowledge, I still can't help the small of my back cringing when I see one. Especially when they're that close before I catch sight of them. In a way, it's good to see that my primal instincts still work.
Yes, this makes me a bit of a wuss, but I'll accept that any day. At least I'm not afraid of other kinds of animals, like snakes... or snails.
After some research it seems that this spider is a Tegenaria Atrica
, a funnel-web spider in the Agelenidae
5 weeks ago today I was scheduled to have jaw surgery because my jaw keeps popping out of its joint (It's very annoying and can hurt pretty bad if it happens and I close my mouth quickly without thinking about wether it popped out or not). I got up very early in the morning, took the train to Oslo and a bus to the hospital. I waited, talked to a doctor, waited, waited some more, a nurse took a few samples of blood, waited again, until finally... I was told to go home since they wouldn't have time to do the surgery on my the next day after all. The person scheduled to have surgery in front of me got a more extensive surgery than planned, so they bumped me off the schedule (Those following me on Twitter
already know all of this, of course).
I was pretty bummed out by this, of course, but there wasn't really anything I could do about it so I took the bus and train back home again.
In one week I'm scheduled to go the hospital again for another shot at the surgery, so to the other person scheduled for surgery the same day (June 5th), please cancel your appointment so that there's no danger of me loosing mine.
Stay tuned because I will try to update my Twitter to keep you up to date on everything regarding the surgery.
A few weeks ago I drove to the office as I usually do in the morning. At the last intersection before my office building I was turning left and noticed a car standing a bit further out than normal in the intersection, but he was waiting for me and I took a nice and wide turn around him. When I was right in front of him he suddenly started driving forwards towards me, and since I was in the middle of my turn I had nowhere to go, so he hit my car. The collision was at very low speed so fortunately no injuries or serious damage to either of the cars. Still, my car got a nice little dent and some scrapes right in front of my rear left tire, as well as on my wheel hub.
We both stopped and filled out the accident report and sent them to our insurance companies. Earlier this week I got a letter from my company saying that I was completely without blame and that my insurance will cover all the repairs. Not really a surprise since I came from the right and the other guy had to yield (and he even had a yield sign to top it off).
So next week my car will be admitted to the car hospital to get it's dent fixed and the damaged panel repainted (quite a big panel as you can see in the photoshopped photo highlighting the panel). My insurance also gives me a rental car while the repair shop works on my car, so it'll be nice to have a "new" car for a few days.
In other car news:
Every two years all Norwegian car owners have to get their car approved according to EU regulations (even though Norway is not part of the EU. Weird stuff for another blog post). A month back they found some rust on the brake pipes that had to be changed to make my car pass the approval. Earlier this week my car was in the shop getting it fixed, and that certainly was expensive enough. NOK 8769 (around USD 1350)!!! Not exactly what I needed this month (you don't need that any month, really). At least my brakes are now okay and should be okay for the EU regulation approvals the next 10 years (because my car is 10 years old this year).
Yesterday I went to Jean Michel Jarre
's world tour making a stop in Oslo. I hadn't seen Jarre live for some 15 years, so I was excited to see what he would bring to the country this time around.
All in all, the concert was pretty good. He played a lot of golden oldies, as well as a bit of new stuff I didn't immediately recognize. He mostly focused on the Oxygene
series, but also played some other well known stuff like Rendez-Vous and Magnetic Fields.
His stage show was also quite entertaining, with awesome white lasers and strange LED-displays with alien heads looking ominously at the audience. Compared to the stage show 15 years ago, this current one wins, hands down.
So far it seems this concert is a perfect experience and that there was nothing wrong with it, but there was.
At times Jarre played his pieces... weirdly. A few of the weirdnesses might be artistic creativity, but most of them sounded like he was in error and had forgotten what the next note was. A few of them even sounded like software errors causing the samples
to be stuck in a loop. Jarre is 60 years old. Maybe his age is starting to show?
The stage direction could also have used more lasers (you can never have enough lasers), and some in-door pyrotechnics would have been very welcome. In his defense, he did use his laser harp (seen in the main photo of this blog entry), which is almost a valid excuse to not have any stuff on the stage at all.
All in all I was very happy with the concert, with the material he performed, how it all looked, and I'm extremely happy he did two encores. On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, I'm giving this concert a 7.
It could have been much better without minor glitches and a better stage show, but that shouldn't hinder you from seeing this concert if you get the chance.
The photos are taken with my Nokia E71
, and are therefore not of good quality, but they suit their purpose. For photos taken with a mobile phone I'm actually quite happy with the results.
So I've gotten the cold. I've been worn out all day, my nose is running and is also clogged up. I do suspect that my allergies might've had a hand in it since the birch pollen falls heavy from the birch trees. I don't suspect this is the H1N1 flu, though, so don't worry.
I've been really lazy at updating my blog lately, and it seems I have to get a bit ill to write.
A lot of stuff have happened to me lately, so I just have to find the strength and inspiration to write about it, so more to come soon... soon-ish... maybe... I hope.
In case you actually got fooled about my big news yesterday
, it was all a big scam. If you didn't realize, yesterday was April 1st
, which is the excellent day in the year where you can make up whatever you want and claim it to be true.
Obviously, Lucasfilm has not contacted me to write for the upcoming Star Wars live action TV-series. No matter how much I want this to be true, it's still a figment of my imagination.
I hope I actually managed to fool a few people out there, though I doubt it. I do
have a lot of great ideas, though, so if Lucasfilm actually wants to hire me, I'm all yours.