Sunday, July 31, 2005

Movie: The Island



WARNING: Several cars were hurt during the making of this movie. (Virtual cars, anyway.) Not to mention houses, industrial structures and whatnot.

It's a silly movie, of course. Part "Clockwork Orange", part "Brave new world", but most things are so overdone that it's just to sit back and laugh. Most of the time.

Ewan McGregor plays his role as Pretty Hero pretty well, while Scarlett Johansson does her corresponding part as Pretty Heroine correspondingly well - looking pretty in almost every shot. Moreover, the villains are villaineous. And cars explode as they only do in the movies with a vast pyrotechnic budget.

The product placement is silly, as always. The poor chaps still play Xbox in 2017 (or something like that), and there are still phone booths (now powered by Msn search - probably Bill Gates' newest wet dream).

But as the little round thing on the top of this posting suggests, I did actually enjoy myself. The story is not too stupid, the actors play well and the car chases are entertaining. What more can you ask from an American action movie?

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Art: The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

Two years ago, I was visiting a friend in Dunedin, New Zealand. She had been to Oslo a year before, and naturally I wanted to know what she considered to be the highlights of her visit (except from seeing her son, of course - that's why she was here). The answer was not what I expected: she mentioned two museums - The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design and the Norway's Resistance Museum - none of which I had ever visited in the eight years I had lived in Oslo (or the other 23 years I had lived in other parts of Norway).

Well, today I finally improved my dismal record by visiting The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design with a friend. The museum had several exhibitions:

The ground floor had a little exhibition on Norwegian architecture consisting of mostly text and pictures (with a few models, too). That was ok.

The first floor had the "Design and Craft 1905-2005" exhibition. It gave a nice overview of modernism and postmodernism in Norwegian (and some foreign) design. There was the usual ambiguous feeling of seeing things I grew up with in a museum - but only in the newest parts...

The second floor had the "Style 1100-1905" exhibition. This showed a lot of silverware, glassware, furniture and so on, from different periods. The museum's finest piece is the Baldishol tapestry, from before 1200. This was really interesting - I think I got a bit better grasp of some of the differences between the different periods...



The third floor is dedicated to dresses. Not my cup of tea, really, but my friend seemed to like it... :-)

All in all, it was a nice museum - I can see why my Dunedin friend enjoyed it. And it is even FREE (just like The Museum of Contemporary Art and The National Gallery).

Movie: The Aviator



So that's my way of spending a Saturday night - watching The Aviator on my tv... Well, well, I've had worse Saturday nights (even though I should not go into details on that...)

The Aviator is a HUGE movie, of course. No holds barred. I tend to think that movies should normally not be more than two hours long, however, and I don't think this movie disproves it. But it is wonderful. The actors are first-class, of course, especially Leonardo diCaprio (who has proved his skills all since "What's eating Gilbert Grape?", of course). In addition I loved the photography, which at times reminded me of "Citizen Kane". (A lot of other things reminded me of that movie, too, of course.) And the decorations were wonderful - there were some beautiful Art Deco offices in this movie...

Yes, I did like this movie. But I wonder if it was even better for people who know the story of Howard Hughes a bit better than I do. With all the Oscars and all, I get a feeling that may be the case...

Aker Kværner cowards?



Amnesty Nytt 2/2005 writes about their efforts to get comments from Aker Kværner on Aker Kværner's involvement in the alleged torture and the other human rights abuses going on in Guantánamo.

Amnesty International has presented Aker Kværner with four questions that Aker Kværner refuses to answer:
1) Norwegian authorities, Amnesty International, International Committee of the Red Cross, Human Rights Watch and others have all said that there is going on grave human rights violations in the prison camp at Guantánamo. Does Aker Kværner it is unproblematic to earn money on contracts that involve (...) at such a place?
2) Why doesn't Aker Kværner withdraw from Guantánamo?
3) What is needed for Aker Kværner to withdraw from such work on their own initiative?
4) If you did such (...) work in prison cells in Iran, and prisoners in the prison were regularily hanged in prison, would you have withdrawn?

(Sorry for the translation - I did it on my own...)

Apparently these questions are unpleasant for Aker Kværner. They should be. Aker Kværner should stop doing work for human rights abusers of any nationality.

(The picture abowe is manipulated. As far as I know, Kjell Inge Røkke has not made a presentation on Aker Kværner's involvement in Guantánamo showing the human rights abuses going on there.)

Friday, July 29, 2005

New Bislett Stadium

After years of quarreling, at last the new Bislett Stadium was ready for the Bislett Games today. As I'm working in the building closest to the stadium, I made sure to have a look. Nice stadium!





Andreas Thorkildsen, Norwegian gold medalist in the previous olympic games, didn't manage better than a third place today - but with a new personal best and national record (87.66), it wasn't bad. (Tero Pitkämäki won with 90.54.)

Andreas has been on posters all around town for a few days now, and I thought I'd give you all a chance to see what that looks like:



Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Why I love The Economist

Which other news magazine would start a report on drought in parts of Spain with the sentence: "The rain in Spain falls so rarely in the plain nowadays that the might of the church has been called in."? (An allusion to My Fair Lady, of course.) While The Economist is a very good magazine, covering several topics far better than for instance Newsweek or Time (for instance African politics and literature, to mention just two), the dry humour is an important additional bonus.

Which means that I will probably continue subscribing, even though I often feel I don't have the time for an entire issue every week...

Movie: Ocean's Twelve



I really liked Ocean's Eleven - I thought it was thoroughly charming and funny. Therefore, my expectations were a bit high when I sat down to watch Ocean's Twelve (even though the reviewers hadn't been too kind to it). I was a bit disappointed, I must say. It was not as charming as the first one. It was also a bit overlong, with some passages that should have been scrapped (a loooong "dance" between the laserbeams - what was that all about?)

But I don't say that it's a bad movie. It almost couldn't, with all the great actors, could it? From time to time, the charm is back. And there are enough twists and turns to keep me mildly interested. It is perhaps unfair to expect more from a sequel.

Ljungberg strips off again

According to Dagbladet, Arsenal player Fredrik Ljungberg will be the object of yet another campaign for Calvin Klein. He will receive more than four million Swedish crowns (about half a million US dollars, I guess) for showing a bit of skin.





Well, I don't mind. I don't mind at all, actually.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Book: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince



Yes, I've finally finished the sixth Harry Potter book (or eighth, if you count the two Comic Relief books). It is a thrill to be back at Hogwarts every time. I have heard that some people get tired of all the repetition in the beginning of all the Harry Potter books, but I just enjoy getting back to this world. Moreover, as it has been a couple of years since the last book, I do need some time to get back in the story.

There are of course many good things to be said about these books. I think part of the genius is that it combines fantasy and reality in such a nice way. Everything in the real world is in the world of Harry Potter - but the fantasy and the magic is added as an additional layer. I like that.

This sixth book is darker than the previous ones. J. K. Rowling let it be known before the book was published that someone would be killed in this book. Knowing that made a difference (I will not, of course, say anything here about who dies - read the book yourself!) However, I think the book delicately balances humour and suspense - as usual.

However, I do get the same sort of feeling as when I saw the second Lord of the Rings movie - it is a bit strange to read a book with no beginning and no ending - knowing that there will be a seventh book, of course.

I should add that I am one of those who have not seen the movies. I do feel that my images of Hogwarts are sufficient - I do not want Hollywood to change them, at least not until I've had the chance to read all seven books. Then I may see them - perhaps.

I am looking forward to the next book! And I must admit that I have considered reading the six existing ones once more while waiting for the new one...

Googling Google

Dagbladet (in an article by Diana Badi) makes fun of internet users today, under the headline "Forsøker å google opp Google" (Trying to google Google). Dagbladet has found that the word "google" is at the moment on 10th place in a list of the most used search words on the net.

"People search for search engines," the newspaper writes. And quotes Danny Sulivan, the editor of Search Engine Watch: "Some times you wonder how people cannot know what they are doing. These are people who simply don't know the difference between a search boxes and a navigation menu," he says.

Well, looking into the matter for a few minutes, at least part of the explanation is found: people google for "google" simply because google asks them to. When trying to learn how to use google, many will go to the "Basics of Search" page, which in Norwegian at least looks like this:


(this is only a part of the page, of course)

Which shows that people are not necessarily as stupid as Dagbladet thinks - they simply press the button when google asks them to. The whole story also shows that it's still summer, so there are not enough real news to fill the newspapers.

Eric Rudolph sentenced

As I'm not reading American newspapers, it was The Economist that told me that Christian terrorist Eric Rudolph has been sentenced "to life imprisonment for bombing an Alabama abortion clinic in 1998, which killed a police officer". He made a plea bargain, also concerning other bombings, among them the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing, which killed one person and injured 100 others.



It is sobering to see this "guy-next-door" face in a time when people are suspicious of muslim-looking people on the subway. Terrorists come in all forms and shapes, unfortunately.

Round Manhole Covers

I'm preparing a workshop at a small conference for maths teachers, so I spend all day thinking about circles, especially why round objects are round. The classic question "Why are manholes round?" has turned up from time to time, so I enjoyed the following story which I found here:


"Why are manhole covers round" is one of the eternal questions in job interviews, and so it seems to be at Microsoft. The desired and politically correct answer to the question is: "Manhole covers are round because round is the only shape that can never fall into the manhole and hurt someone (with the hole of the same shape, but slightly smaller size than the cover)". And the answer is wrong.

Let's ask Mr Feynman:

"Interviewer: Now comes the part of the interview where we ask a question to test your creative thinking ability. Don't think too hard about it, just apply everyday common sense, and describe your reasoning process. Here's the question: Why are manhole covers round?

Feynman: They're not. Some manhole covers are square. It's true that there are SOME round ones, but I've seen square ones, and rectangular ones.

Interviewer: But just considering the round ones, why are they round?

Feynman: If we are just considering the round ones, then they are round by definition. That statement is a tautology.

Interviewer: I mean, why are there round ones at all? Is there some particular value to having round ones?

Feynman: Yes. Round covers are used when the hole they are covering up is also round. It's simplest to cover a round hole with a round cover.

Interviewer: Can you think of a property of round covers that gives them an advantage over square ones?

Feynman: We have to look at what is under the cover to answer that question. The hole below the cover is round because a cylinder is the strongest shape against the compression of the earth around it. Also, the term "manhole" implies a passage big enough for a man, and a human being climbing down a ladder is roughly circular in cross-section. So a cylindrical pipe is the natural shape for manholes. The covers are simply the shape needed to cover up a cylinder.

Interviewer: Do you believe there is a safety issue? I mean, couldn't square covers fall into the hole and hurt someone?

Feynman: Not likely. Square covers are sometimes used on prefabricated vaults where the access passage is also square. The cover is larger than the passage, and sits on a ledge that supports it along the entire perimeter. The covers are usually made of solid metal and are very heavy. Let's assume a two-foot square opening and a ledge width of 1-1/2 inches. In order to get it to fall in, you would have to lift one side of the cover, then rotate it 30 degrees so that the cover would clear the ledge, and then tilt the cover up nearly 45 degrees from horizontal before the center of gravity would shift enough for it to fall in. Yes, it's possible, but very unlikely. The people authorized to open manhole covers could easily be trained to do it safely. Applying common engineering sense, the shape of a manhole cover is entirely determined by the shape of the opening it is intended to cover.

Interviewer (troubled): Excuse me a moment; I have to discuss something with my management team. (Leaves room.)

(Interviewer returns after 10 minutes)

Interviewer: We are going to recommend you for immediate hiring into the marketing department."

Monday, July 25, 2005

Razorlight

I read in vg that the band Razorlight, that I had never heard of before, will play before U2 in U2's concert in Oslo this week. Carl Dalemo tells VG that he is a Paul McCartney fan. Which is enough to get me running to iTunes and listen to a little of their music, whereafter I download "Golden Touch" which is a good song...

It's strange to think that only a few months ago, I wouldn't have any way of easily listen to their music, and therefore wouldn't be buying any of it...

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Art: The Museum of Contemporary Art

Today, I've had the first visit to Oslo's Museum of Contemporary Art since their new permanent exhibition opened.

Let me start by saying that my relationship to contemporary art is problematic. I know far too little about the context of the artworks, and I often experience the following: I see a piece of art that I find totally uninteresting. Then I am told something about it from a guide or something, and I suddenly find the work fascinating. As the exhibition in The Museum of Contemporary Art do not have any "explanations" (not even in the catalogue), I have probably passed by quite a lot of interesting works.

Another problem I have, is to keep faith. When I see a work of a well-known artist, I tend to spend some time on the work, having faith that the artwork has some kind of quality that I will see if I spend some time on it. When, on the other hand, I see a work of art by a completely unknown Norwegian, I tend to lose faith, and just walk on.

Given these two serious problems, I'll still say a little about this exhibition. It is (roughly) divided into parts according to the medium. These are:
- abstract painting
- geometrical and kinetic abstraction
- conseptual art
- political art
- photography
- film, video and digital art
- installations
- serial works.
I think this division works well. For a novice such as me, it makes a kind of order...

As usual, I will mention a few of my favorites:
- Karl Johan Flaathe: Box Sculpture
This is a colourful box with two holes to look into. And the inside is surprisingly complex compared to the outside. I'm afraid I can say no more about why I like it...

- Vibeke Tandberg: Undo #7 and Undo #4
These manipulated photos show a pregnant Vibeke Tandberg. Looked at quickly, they perhaps seem quite normal, but looking closer, you notice that not everything is like it should be...



- Ilya Kabakov: The Garbage Man
This is a huge installation, showing the apartment of a person who has never thrown away anything, instead collecting and organizing every single small thing - because of an idea that every little thing triggers recollections of your life, so that throwing things away is like dying a little. The installation is funny and cool, and it questions the relationship we have to our belongings...

There were some other exhibitions going on as well, by the way: One called "Populism" and another with works by children and students. Both had interesting pieces which I will not mention here...

Death in London

Terrorism has claimed another victim in London, as an innocent man was killed by police on Friday, at Stockwell station. It is too early to decide who is to blame, but it is a terrible reminder that we have to fight two fights: a fight against the terrorists and a fight against fear. If we lose the fight against fear, we will easily overreact and the terrorists will have won another battle.

Thor won the Tour's green jersey



Finally, the Tour de France is over, and Thor Hushovd became the first Norwegian ever to win the green jersey. Today, he was in full control of his main opponents, McEwen and O'Grady. Congratulations!

Saturday, July 23, 2005

I am 26 years old





You Are 26 Years Old



26





Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.




(Thanks to Whateva Sista!)

Movie: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown



Oslo's Cinemateket is a provider of good movies all through the year - even in the best of summer evenings. Therefore, I headed there to have another date with Pedro Almodóvar, who has lately directed the masterpieces All About My Mother and Talk To Her, to mention just two. The 1988 movie Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, however, I haven't seen since it was quite new. Luckily, it stands the comparison with the newer movies quite well.

Carmen Maura plays Pepa, the all-important character in the movie - a woman who has been left by her lover and is therefore (as the title suggests) on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Her lover's ex-lover also suffer the same fate, while a friend of Pepa is breaking down for totally different reasons. Antonio Banderas, however, doesn't seem to mind that all the women around him are breaking down - instead, he treats it as a welcome opportunity.

The movie should not be taken to seriously - it is mostly just tremendously funny, with beautiful acting by Carmen Maura.

Concert: Sondre Lerche and Julian Berntzen



Usually, Sondre is far less pop and far more rock'n'roll on stage than in recordings, but not so this time. With only Sondre and Julian on stage, the sound was stripped down. Sondre has also become a bit less spastic than he used to be - but the fun (if not grace) of his movements are replaced by more talk - in his charming, informal way.



The music tonight consisted of highlights from the four records (Sondre's Faces Down and Two Way Monologue and Julian's Waffy Town and Pictures From the House Where She Lives). The versions of Sondre's songs were perhaps more interesting than really great, although I did like Modern Nature, where the female voice was replaced by Julian's violin. Julian's songs, however, were closer to the recorded versions. I have previously found that they are a bit too similar to each other, but today I enjoyed them.

In addition a few cover versions of other songs were included. "We are the world" should perhaps have been left alone, but "Sweet Georgia Brown" (with Julian on violin again) was great fun.

It's always a good thing to know the music well before going to a concert. I think that was even more important here than usual. I had a great time, though.

(The concert was held at Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo, July 22nd, 2005.)

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Movie: Ken Park



I've spent the evening seeing Ken Park (by Larry Clark). It is supposed to be a frank portrayal of youth in America today (or, rather, in 2002). The movie is quite explicit, never pleasant and at times fairly painful. However, to me the characters in the film are not fully believeable, partly because of overly grotesque happenings - and this has terrible consequences for how much I liked the movie.

It is tempting (but maybe unfair) to suggest that Larry Clark payed too much attention to having enough sex in the film to get it publicity, than on working on the characters. Anyway - too much happens to too many people in too little time for me to really care...


(Oh, I forgot to mention that Stephen Jasso is quite good-looking. And that there's a lot of skin in this movie. Well, I may have remembered to mention that, actually...)





Saturday, July 16, 2005

- Gays shouldn't write on gays

The editor of the Christian newspaper "Vårt land" ("Our country"), Helge Simonnes, says that "Gay journalists shouldn't write on gay issues, as they have a special interest in the issue," according to Norwegian gay magazine Blikk.

This surprising opinion was given at a meeting held during EuroPride in Oslo. Luckily, the other people in the panel disagreed: "Shouldn't I as a father of small children write about policies regarding kindergartens?" asked VG's Anders Giæver, "This is so stupid that I almost suspect you of not meaning what you're saying."

Helge Simonnes' view is especially strange as he is the editor of a newspaper where Christian journalists routinely write on Christian issues. However, a strict interpretation of his "rule" would have interesting consequences and create great job-opportunities for gays, as every issue having to do with straights would have to be covered by gay journalists...

Mood swings

The Moodgrapher is an interesting little project, showing graphs of the moods of LiveJournal users. As an example, here's the number of people being "angry" between July 5th and July 15th:


(Solid red line: rate of change. dashed black line: absolute counts)

Obviously, we see a surge in anger connected with the terror attacks in London. Other than that, I don't want to interpret this graph... However, there is plenty of material to look into for interested people!

(I found this link at the Freakonomics blog.)

Thursday, July 14, 2005

The End Is Near

I've just had the pleasure of reading "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson. In less than 500 pages, he tells the story of the geological development of the world, the birth of the universe, the origin of species and a whole lot of other things. Simply: What any human being should know about the world.



Of course, it's a depressing book. The dangers for humanity are many: the question is not if we will be extinct, but whether it's a giant earthquake, a meteor or a new ice age that will do us in. And whether we will manage to kill most of our fellow species before our time is out.

On the other hand, we are exceedingly lucky - we are experiencing one of the (relatively) few planets in the universe where life is possible, and live in one of the few moments (relatively speaking) where the situation is pretty stable. And, I would like to add, I was also lucky enough to be born in a place where resources are plentiful.

Bill Bryson is never boring. He has managed to understand and to pass on lots of interesting information, while also letting the experts speak. And all the while we also get glimpses of how the information is obtained - and of the controversies in science. These glimpses make the book far more entertaining than the average textbook.

This book should be obligatory for humans.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

An expensive city...

The Economist published a list of 27 cities on July 9th, giving a "cost-of-living" index. I'm happy to say that Oslo is NOT the most expensive city in the world. That "honor" goes to Tokyo, which is more than 45 % more expensive than New York. Oslo is only 2nd in the list, followed by Paris, London and Geneva. The cheapest cities in the world were Mumbai and Manila, where living costs less than half of what it does in New York.

On the other hand, even in Oslo you get some things for free. Such as the joys of the National Gallery...

Art: More Munch and more National Gallery

I went to the National Gallery again today - with a friend. There were no surprises, as it was the same exhibition as last time. However, I did enjoy a couple of pictures more than last time:

- Per Berntsen: Utsikt nr. 4, Eggedal (View no. 4, Eggedal)
This photo intrigues me, because at first look I was sure it was drawn (coal on paper). An everyday landscape in Norway (in winter), but still beautiful.



- George Morgenstern: Bjerkeskog (Birch forest)
This "forest", consisting of the same tree in different sizes, reminds of Japanese art and is simply beautiful in my opinion.

A lovely surprise today was that the Aula in the University was open for the public today - which meant that I for the first time in my life got to see Edvard Munch's main decoration for a public space. (The university should really put a little more effort into getting the opening hours of this aula known - it seems that they are only open a few hours a day a few weeks in summer, but I haven't found information on that online.)

Even though the decoration at the university are not my favourite Munch paintings, it was great to get to see them. As Munch has said, "The Frieze of Life is the particular human being's sorrows and joys seen up close - the decorations at the university are the great, eternal forces". The three main paintings are the "Sun", the "Alma Mater" and the "History", each representing one single, simple idea.





Random sports news

In sport news today, ice hockey player Espen Shampo Knudsen is interviewed about his neck, which he injured during a match in October. He tells us that if he is not to get back on the ice, he will still get pay for the next seven years. That's seems like an ok deal - especially if the injury doesn't keep him from doing other jobs.



Per Ciljan Skjelbred (18) og Jesper Mathisen (18), however, are at a very different point of their careers. They are worried that Norwegian soccer teams buy too many foreign players, and that there will not be enough room for Norwegian talents (such as them) to evolve.



As you see, nothing much happens in the world of sports in Norway these days. All eyes are on the Tour de France, where Thor Hushovd is trying to get hold of the green jersey, being just a few points behind Tom Boonen.


(Florent Brard & Thor Hushovd)

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Art: Munch Museum

After losing two of its main attractions (Scream and Madonna) in an armed robbery, the Munch Museum in Oslo has beefed up its security to the level of the Uffizi, for instance. The museum now has metal detectors and other devices to make sure that people will not anymore be able to run into the museum, pick a few paintings and run off with them. It's sad that this wasn't done earlier.

The exhibition at the moment is "Munch by himself", focusing on his self portraits - although a number of paintings from the permanent collection is also on display.

I rented an audio-guide, which was cheap (NOK 25) and quite all right. I would have preferred a map to go with the guide, to get an idea of in which order the paintings should be seen, but you can't get everything. For many of the paintings, a knowledge of Munch's life is needed for understanding, and I doubt that the audio guide alone gives the necessary information. On the other hand, it's good at giving explanations on part of the symbolism which is also important. There were a few technical problems with the audioguide, but all in all, I was satisfied...

Here are a number of my favorites:
- The Yellow Log
A cool perspective on a forest.



- Self-portrait with Cigarette
The portrait seems like an attempt to look mysterious and eternal/timeless - emerging from the mist and darkness. And he is mysterious and eternal, after all...



- Self-portrait with Skeleton Arm
A usual theme in the art of Munch: life and death.



- Red Virginia Creeper
The house seems to be burning and the man in front seems frightened, although in reality the fright is probably as usual in the eye of the beholder.



- Self-portrait in Hell
Munch said that the camera will never replace the painter, as the camera doesn't work in heaven or in hell. In this painting, Munch seems quite content (even proud) with his place in hell - and in some way, the usually fateful shadow no longer seems unpleasant - it almost seems to provide comforting coolness instead...



- The Night Wanderer
Lonely and deserted...



What do I like about the art of Munch? Well, I love his use of colours, and I love the attempts - in every painting - at saying something essential about life, death, love, woman and man. Munch is not afraid to be too obvious or pathetic in his exaggerations.

Conclusion: I'm delighted to have this museum in my own hometown, and I'll certainly visit it more often in the future than I have in the past...

Internet changed my sex life

Internet has changed my life. Before getting on the internet, I almost never had sex. Now, I'm acutely aware of how many sex-crazy and beautiful men are approachable on the net - while I still almost never have sex. Which is an altogether different and more frustrating situation.

Sondre Lerche married

According to Dagbladet, cutie Sondre Lerche has married Mona Fastvold. In New York, of all places.



By the way, I'm going to his concert with Julian Bertzen on Rockefeller July 22nd, but still apparently all alone. Anyone else who will be going? (I believe there are still tickets left...)

Great blogger advise

I have decided on handing out the first prestigious Best Blogger Advise Site Award to ...



... Whateva Sista!.

He has given an easy ten-step program to improve your blog, including
2. Keep your posts nice and short, we don't have time to read your life story.
6. Make up some kind of pointless award and give it to one of us.

Read the rest of the program in its natural habitat: Whateva Sista! (I can't include more of it here, I fear that this post may get to long...)

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Nike Endorses Homosexual Civil Unions

According to the American Family Association, "Nike has become the first major corporation in America to publicly endorse homosexual "civil unions," a back door move to legalize homosexual marriage."

Keep up the good work, Nike!

Friday, July 08, 2005

Sex in the park

In the series of important news that hit the Norwegian newspapers this summer, I noted this one: According to Bladet Tromsø, two heterosexuals had sex in public near the cathedral church in Tromsø in the middle of the day. Which only goes to prove that heterosexuals are thinking about sex all the time and are totally unstoppable.

The news item is accompagnied by the following photo, which is supposed to show the couple having sex (in the centre of the photo):