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Woo hoo!

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

2007celebrate41_300Can’t believe I almost missed it!! One year ago today, I wrote my first post. I started this blog to write about absolutely nothing in particular, and thus far I am very close to hitting my goal of being completely irrelevant on the web. I can’t say I’m quite there yet, since there have been instances occasionally where posts may have brushed on newsworthiness or even interestingness (if that’s a word). Honest mistakes, I’m sure, and I promise that won’t happen again, as my mission of mediocrity continues.

Well anyway, I just wanted to pat myself on the back a little as I’m still in shock that I actually made it this far.

Happy New Year everyone!

American socialist holiday

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Also known as Labor day, that we celebrated yesterday. Normally it really means nothing. No parades, no convoys of giant military trucks with missiles attached to them, just an excuse for a day off to barbecue. And below is a video that pretty much sums it up by Ze Frank.

Feeding the addiction

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

televisionWe hardly ever watch TV these days at home. The commercials just kill me. And in the US, they’re even more obnoxious and frequent than in Sweden. (that’s really the only other frame of reference I’ve got). I, like many others in these new and interesting times, prefer watching shows on my own terms. Or at least that’s what I tell myself anyway – that they are my own terms, and not dictated to me by some big media conglomerate high up in the sky. So the best way to rebel against this TV nonsense, is of course….. to watch TV. On DVD that is. Or the interwebbietubes.  Because, that’s like sticking it to the man, right?

Right now we’re hooked on the Wire. Previously it was Sopranos, Entourage, Dexter. The list goes on. There are just so many good shows out there and so little time. It’s a little like having an endless supply of cocaine, but not enough noses to snort it with. There ought to be a 12 step program for this somewhere, because I’m willing to at least admit addiction. And  promise to quit right after we finish the Wire. Only 4 more episodes to go.

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Walking into stuff

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

One thing I do not recommend doing right before going into a job interview is walking into a plate glass window. Very few things in life are more humbling than just that. Fortunately there were no eye witnesses (unless a security camera somewhere picked this up and gave someone a good laugh), so little harm was done, besides some non-visible facial bruising, a slightly bloodied lip and a damaged ego.

At this point I would like to congratulate the window washer for a remarkable job. If a video of the event did in fact exist I would allow it to be used as a testament to his impeccable craftsmanship. It could also be used in a compilation of other videos of me walking into stuff, such as: Me walking into screen door, lamp post or a street sign.

Apparently, thinking clouds my vision and impairs my ability to see immobile objects in front of me, no matter the size, often leading to events where a “ding” or “clonk” sound can be heard, and pain felt in the affected body parts. Usually the head part.

I’m amazed I still have teeth. I lost my pride and dignity long ago.

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

Monday, January 26th, 2009

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Who knew there was such a thing…. (?!)

Prop 8 the musical

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Thanks to Lisa for the link :)

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…

The Octobox

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Politics for me is something of a love/hate thing. I really want the election to be over, but at the same time, it’s fodder for so much bullshit, some of it occasionally amusing. Especially news. Most of the people don’t know what they’re talking about anyway, just repeating other people’s opinions and talking points (just like me actually), but somehow they end up on the news expressing those opinions, talking and shouting over each other.

That’s why I love shows like The Daily Show, that calls people out on their bullshit. Below is a clip where one of the news channels had eight people, in eight different boxes on the screen at the same time, hence the name Octobox (at least that’s what The Daily Show calls it). They have since aired a newscast with 10 people simultaneously. Where does it end and how is this useful to me as a viewer when all I hear is noise? Maybe I’m just particularly bad at multitasking, but I usually understand best when listening to one person talking at a time.

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