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What are the odds?

2003-09-01 10:44:14 - 0 comments    |     Archives

Last year, just before Christmas, a friend of mine and I visited a mutual friend and his wife one Saturday night. The wife was very free spoken and naturally I followed suit and voiced my head strong opinions on this and that as usual.

I didn't notice anything at the time, but the other day I learned from my friend that the wife had taken a dislike to me. When asked why he said that during our conversations we had spoken about a certain person in Molde, and I had told them all how much I didn't like that person and the reasons for it. Turns out it was her brother.

I don't regret saying it, I could've said it to him as well as I never say anything behind anyones back that I would not be able to say to their face, but the first thougt that struck me was: What are the odds?

Jeg er så glad...

2003-09-02 09:15:14 - 0 comments    |     Archives

...for at jeg ikke bor på hjemplassen min lenger. Sett alle kluter til, Lasse! Måtte helg og lykke osv....

Here comes the sun

2003-09-04 12:53:02 - 0 comments    |     Archives

Well, not really, the rain is pouring down here in Bergen at the moment, but a phone call just made me feel like the sun had entered the room. My mobile rang and I saw that the number belonged to the in-laws, so I rejected the call and rang back on my office phone while wondering what was going on.

I had to ring a few times before someone answered, and when someone did pick up the receiver I heard Håkons voice. He called me to tell me that he had found Wenche (Wendy), a character from Bob the Builder in his toy box at grandma and grandpa's place. Last time I was home we couldn't find her anywhere, even after searching the whole apartment. This had clearly stuck in his mind since he wanted to call me and tell me the happy news.

After telling me this we contiuned talking about his day, what he was doing, was planning to do, what we were going to do when I returned home on Saturyday and his day at the day care center. While talking to him I realised that this was the first real conversation we've had over the phone. Sheesh, when did he learn to talk so much? Seems like last week that we only understood half of what he was saying. Anway, it really made my day and lifted my mood. Some might see that as silly, but I'm sitting here smiling while working and feeling life isn't too bad after all.....

A look at the world

2003-09-05 10:45:59 - 1 comments    |     Archives

I received the most hilarious spam email today, and I found a link to it at theforce.net.

Via Neil Gaiman's blog I found this hilarious site about a creationists science fair. Read it, you'll be in stitches!

Finally one that will only be of interest to norwegians:

Anita Appelthun Sæle flyktet fra dildoer
melder norges største avis. Jeg skal ikke en gang gå innpå hvilke bilder som fyllte hodet mitt da jeg leste den overskriften, men jeg lo godt av følgende avsnitt: "Selv applauderte Apelthun Sæle debattinnlederen, filosof Nina Karin Monsen, som stort sett var imot det meste. Hun omtalte sex som et rusmiddel som fører til et dårlig kjærlighetsliv." Høres ut som ei som ikke spytter i glasset på fest, hva? Så husk det, kjærlighetslivet blir dårlig av sex, folkens.

Synes forøvrig det er festlig at Sæhle syntes det var merkelig at en av kirkens menn (hennes uttrykk) kritiserte henne for å være repsektløs og intolerant. Er det ikke trist å høre at du ikke har eneretten på sannheten fru Sæhle? Du er et fryktelig menneske, folk som deg er et godt argument for burka!

Friday Five and More

2003-09-06 12:15:18 - 2 comments    |     Archives

I just found this higly amusing article. Someone did a Voight Kampff Test on several of the governor candidates in Calfiornia. I mean, you can never be too sure that one of them isn't a replicant, can you?

George Bush caused alarm when he dropped his dog.

And I'm finally going home today! God, I can't wait. Just two more hours and the plane will take me home to my son, who I'm told misses me immensly and that's a mutual feeling, my so, Andreas and Ruby, the demon dog from heaven. Fuck, it's so hard to describe how much you miss your family when you're away. I feel tired after being at work for two weeks straight, and in addition I've worked out too hard this week, so I'm physically tired as well.

To pass the time I did the Friday 5. More -->

Leave your comments at the door

2003-09-08 20:45:30 - 1 comments    |     Archives

Well, I was wondering how my log could show increased traffic to my site, while at the same time the amount of comments went down. Well, thanks to Ellen I found the explanation today. When I moved over to a new ISP three weeks ago, I forgot to upload the file that allows you to save your comments. Bummer!

But now everything is back to normal, and you're free to bash whatever I write. You can do that while I repeat a mantra I've seemed to forgotten: "Always test everything, always test everything, always test everything......."

A personal interview

2003-09-10 00:59:22 - 0 comments    |     Archives

Anja have this very interesting and cool experiment going on. She makes five personal questions for you, and you answer them in your blog. So here are mine. More -->

Nerdy tests

2003-09-10 12:07:15 - 2 comments    |     Archives

I've taken a few tests again:

I should invite Death to dinner. Why? "She's cool, mellow, fun to talk to, and she'll teach you a thing or two about life. Remember though, she is Death, so if she shows up uninvited....well, it was nice knowing you."

They forgot to add that she's hot too.

I took the norwegian nerd test and was told that "I was some what of a nerd, but not quite there yet. I gathered 68 points. More online time was needed."

And my weblog owns owns 6.25 % of me.

Seems like my nerd image needs a make over......

What if they actually were clever and shrewd?

2003-09-11 12:08:59 - 0 comments    |     Archives

KrF, the christian people's party, is at it again. Not only have they decided that, as an adult, I'm not capable of not buying soft drinks with alcohol in the grocery store as long as they're available there, but also that I'm not able to judge for myself wether a computer game is good for me or not.

I'm all for a rating system for computer games, because I know how literally unconcious a lot of parents are when it comes to what they're kids are doing at the computer, or at all for that matter. Personally I'm up to date when it comes to the gaming world, so I have every opportunity to tell Andreas wether he's allowed to play a certain game or not, but he often comes home telling us about all these games his friends are playing, and I just know that there's no way in hell their parents know what those games are about. But to outlaw certain games? I thought we had left the dark ages a long time ago.

When asked why they want to do these things, they are giving reasons that makes it clear for me that in their eyes I'm not capable of thinking for myself. I know that being a devout christian sometimes requires you to loose that particular ability, but most people are capable of making those decisions without being forced to. Today it's liquored soft drinks and games, tomorrow it's homosexuality and abortion. It's scary!

They also claim that they have other people's health and well being in mind. Sorry, I don't believe that for a minute. There's no way in hell they want to diminish my opportunity to buy alcohol, games, sex and violence because they have my best interest in mind. It's their interest they have in mind. And they're interested in not having those things available, because it doesn't fit inside the frames of their picture of how the world should look like. The motto seems to be, "since we don't like and can't do it, you shouldn't be able to either." Talk about party poopers, eh?

I'll never understand this party's need to control certain aspects of other people's lives, not to mention their blind willingnes for self destruction, because that's where they're heading for. Do they really think they're going to get people to vote for them when they're doing this? Don't get me wrong, I don't mind this parcitular party loosing every vote in the country. In fact, I wish they would be eradicated from the entire planet. What scares me most isn't their open agenda, it's the thought of having a party like that being shrewd. Just think how clever they could have been, they are after all in power, by sneaking all of this quietly in to our society. In stead theyr'e ruining it all for themselves by going very public about it, and making complete asses of themselves in the process.

And I'm gratefull for that. Really, gratefull.

Burger life

2003-09-15 14:38:02 - 0 comments    |     Archives

He jumped off his stool in one movement and sprinted across the floor towards the bowl of small ketchup packets. He had to stand on his toes to get his hands in to it, and when he did he grabbed three packets of ketchup witch he triumphantly held in his hands while running towards me with a huge smile of pride on his face. He climbed back on his stool and said, 'here you go,' and I thanked him profoundly.

I had been a good parent (tm) and taken my kid to Burger King for a healthy and good meal wich covers the most imortant food groups (meat, vegetables, fish and bread). While sitting there, consuming my own monstrosity of a burger that I washed down with a vanilla shake, I watched him on the other side of the table. He was all smiles, eating his burger, pointing at various stuff at the mall, humming a tune and now and then he stopped to ask me if I enjoyed my food.

There and then I felt so relaxed and happy. My autumn depression lifted, the thoughts of going back to work tomorrow vanished and I felt moisture building up in my eyes for a moment. I guess I was all smiles too. And this magic moment happened at Burger King. It's a weird world.


2003-09-16 13:03:14 - 5 comments    |     Archives

Yep, that's how old I'll be in 10 days day time. 26th of Septebmer to be excact. I've pondered a bit and concluded that this is my wish list:

A few boxer shorts, the odd pair of socks and of course the classic gift of cash is also more than welcome.

Viernes Cinco

2003-09-19 23:21:36 - 0 comments    |     Archives

1. Who is your favorite singer/musician? Why?
Boy, it's hard to choose, but my favourite group is Yes and my favourite singer is their lead singer and task master, Jon Anderson. They've made some of the most challenging, adventurous and beautiful music that I've had the pleasure of owning, and I just love Jon's voice. It's very special but yet so fitting to the kind of music they make. I can understand that people don't like his voice, but I find it soothing.

Another voice I just love is Stina Nordenstam. An aquired taste to be sure, but amazingly strong yet fragile and pleasant.

And of course I still got a soft spot for good ol' Jarre.

2. What one singer/musician can you not stand? Why?
Hands down, Mariah Carey. She has the most boring voice imaginable, a typical schooled voice where every trick in the book should be used as often as possible, preferably in one and the same track. The way she's whining and moaning in every track gets on my nerves in such a way that I could be persuaded to kill someone because of it.

She also thinks she's sexy, but she just comes across as an ugly slut. No wonder she's popular among the hip hop crowd.

3. If your favorite singer wasn't in the music business, do you think you would still like him/her as a person?
I don't really care what they're like in person. It's the music that counts.

4. Have you been to any concerts? If yes, who put on the best show?
I've been to several concerts, but one of the best was the second concert that De Lillos performed at the students pub in Molde in February 1994. It was actually their second concert of the evening, and they played their hearts out. It was a divine experience.

5. What are your thoughts on downloading free music online vs. purchasing albums? Do you feel the RIAA is right in its pursuit to stop people from dowloading free music?
I don't buy copy protected albums. It's a violation of my rights as a consumer, and if an album I like is copy protected, I'l download it in stead of buying it.

RIAA is full of shit, they claim their record sales are declining because of downloading, but that just bullshit. The record sales are declining because the major companies only release crap and that cd sales are loosing in the competition with DVD's. RIAA is going to alienate record buyers with their actions, and the sales are going to decline even more.

I'm all for the protection of artists' rights, and I buy much more music than I download, but if they continue violating my rights, I'll violate theirs.

TVNorge er en forbrytelse mot menneskeheten

2003-09-20 13:19:01 - 1 comments    |     Archives

Konklusjonen i overskriften har jeg nevnt flere ganger før her i bloggen, og i dag bekrefter de nok en gang påstanden min. Kanalen burde fratas konsesjonen og eierne burde piskes offentlig. Jeg er klar over at det finnes mange folk med lav utdannelse og forstand i dette landet som lett lar seg lede av synske og andre med overnaturlige evner (les: svindlere), men det er ingen unnskyldning for at en tv-kanal skal kunne fortsette å spy ut slikt vissvass.

Harald Orderud uttaler at det er bemerkelsesverdig at Per og Veronica stiller seg negative til at synske mennesker skal kunne oppklare drapet og at det er mer mellom himmel og jord enn vi vet. Det er kanskje mer mellom himmel og jord enn du vet, Harald. Sunn fornuft og kritisk tankegang, for eksempel. Ta en kikk på forsvinnings- og mordsaker som synske har hatt befatning med opp gjennom det siste århundret. De kan ikke vise til noen som helst målbare resultater, annet enn enkelte lykketreff som vi på godt norsk kaller tilfeldigheter.

I tillegg til dette får kanskje Gamal Hossein bruke resultatene av en løgndetektortest i retten på mandag. Verden går til hundene!


2003-09-24 10:08:40 - 0 comments    |     Archives

Min tillit til rettsystemet i Norge har fått seg en solid oppstiver. At argumentene om menneskeretter ikke vant fram er helt vidunderlig. Hvis en åpnet for slike argumenter ville en vært nødt til å godta at folk la fram spåing i kaffegrut, synske, tarotkort og jeg vet ikke hva. Dette var en oppmuntrende start på nok en fridag.

Og denne artikkelen om katteregler var også en humørreiser. Passer fint for bikkjer også.

We're all predictable

2003-09-26 10:17:06 - 5 comments    |     Archives

Isn't it nice when you know someone so well that you can predict their moves? Or when someone knows you that well, and reads you like an open book?

First, my parents. It's my birthday today (31 and still down on five numbers) and my dad called from work, as usual, to congratulate me. He told me that my birthday present was already on my savings account. See, I knew that he would call me early in the morning from work and tell me just that, and he knew there was nothing I needed more right now than cash. Sometimes a relationship can work out beautifully.

Next, my sister. She calls me today to tell me that she can't afford to buy me a present right now, and that I will receive it later. I can't remember the last time that didn't happen, so I just smiled and said it was alright. Then she tells me to buy her cigarettes when I go abroad next month. So predictable.

I also knew the contents of the presents Line got me before I opened them: A new training suit, wich I really needed, and a new wallet, wich I also needed since my old one was hanging on a thread. Literally. It all gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Nice to see the world works like it always has.

Well, I'm off to prepare for the party tonight. We're going to have an american evening with real amercian food. Can't wait for those fudge cakes....

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