Archive for October, 2008

Basement rockstars

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Back in the day, long time ago, I used to play in a band. Two bands actually. Both of which are the stuff of legend, but only one ever seen in public. This is not about that band.

Recently, fellow bandwagonjumper-friend Jonas made me aware of a new music sharing site called Soundcloud.com. I signed up. Did nothing for a while. Nothing yet again for another few weeks untill I got another nudge and hint to start using the service a few days ago. I finally broke down and dug through my mp3 collection of previously recorded material that hasn’t been listened to for ages and started uploading.

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Three celebs and a pile of wax

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

This image is on the front page of DN.se (swedish newspaper) today, and I’m wondering: Are pictures of Brad Pitt so hard to come by that you must resort to using a wax doll?!

Daily WTF

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

This lady is insane and out of touch. We don’t need another ignorant nut in the white house again. It seems like she’s giving us a choice of electing Kim Jong Il or John McCain. Wonderful! If this lady is ever president, I’m moving to the country and building myself a bunker in preparation for the nuclear winter.

The Christian gene

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

The scientist finally found it!

Ah. Now I know, I didn’t have a choice. I was born this way….. :)

Theology of a 5-year old

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Both the wife and I are really trying to get our kids to speak and understand all three languages we speak. So, we make the effort to at least try to read books in all of them each night. Normally, we only have time for one or two books, depending on how tired the kids are. Yesterday, I grabbed a children’s Bible that we have in Polish, trying to be the good Catholic father. It’s actually pretty good and the stories are super simplified so the kids can understand. They’re also easy enough for me to read without constantly getting stuck on harder words, as my polish reading isn’t what it should be.

Lately, our daughter has developed this habit of pulling random books off the shelf and walking around the house pretending to read. Sometimes she even sits down and “teaches” a class with her stuffed animals as the students. Yesterday she schooled her purple bear Gentleman on French existentialism.

So today, I heard she was talking about how Jesus is the son of God while “reading” Catcher in the Rye and the Communist Manifesto. I’m thinking the girl must have some things seriously confused. Isn’t talking about God while reading Marx the equivalent of shouting profanities in church?

I’m sure Marx is turning in his grave.

Elliot Smith and the Big Nothing

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Just ran across this article about Elliot Smith and it made me feel a little sad, yet again, that this talented guy left us way before his time. Gotta give it to the guy though, his way to go out was like something straight out of a Shakespeare play. Self inflicted knife wound to the chest. Tragic, but hardcore.

Five years ago today, on October 21, 2003, Elliott Smith died. The intentions behind his death still not been confirmed, but some time that day, Elliott met the Big Nothing.

Read the rest of the article here.

Credit crisis explained

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

… with drawings, so we regular folks can understand. I was picturing it more as an expedition to Middle-earth, but whatever works I guess.


The credit crisis as Antarctic expedition from Marketplace.

Kill all the trees

Monday, October 20th, 2008

I’m a little frustrated right now. Everyone is used to paying bills, but for some unexplained reason, bills in this country contain an ungodly amount of crap.  People not living in this country might not know what I’m talking about.

A normal, let’s say, phone bill, in Sweden contains: the phone bill. The end.

A normail phone bill in the US contains: the phone bill, 1 envelope (since a lot of people still use checks to pay bills, so they need an envelope to put the check and the bill in to send back to the phone company), some advertisement letting you know about how absolutely wonderful this phone company is and possibly some more advertisement about some other deal explaining how you can call your loved ones in Burundi for only $2 a minute.

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Obama to stop outsourcing

Monday, October 20th, 2008

It’s about time, we start keeping the shitty jobs from leaving the country…

TV junkies unite

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Remember how I previously wrote about how to watch Hulu from outside the US? Now I’d like to do a little follow-up post. This one isn’t about Hulu, but about a piece of software that has proven to be very useful to me.

The software I’m talking about is Miro. Miro is basically, a media player with a built in RSS feed reader. No big deal, right? Well, I guess, except that it’s really awesome. What it does, is that it turns your PC into a DVR. Kinda.  Miro comes with a bunch of already pre-installed free channels you can download and watch, but should you want to maybe explore other (wink wink) options, there’s a great website called tvRSS, has feeds of pretty any show out there. All you have to do is look up the feed, and subscribe to it in Miro. This way you will have new shows downloaded directly to your PC almost instantly after they air on TV over here the US. No more looking all over various torrent sites for it.

All of this is 100% illegal, so it goes without saying that you should probably never use it. Ever.