Suggestions for geological bandnames

Deccan Traps – an indie rock band

Eyjafjalljökull – a metal band (obviously)

Caldera –  a prog rock band

Columbia River Basalt Group – presumably some kind of country or western band

Pyroclastic Flow – another prog rock band

Large Igneous Province – not sure, sounds like a bad joke

Agrominerals – probably a power metal band

Battlefield cream cheese cake

This weekend I got the good idea of making cheese cake. The recipe is quite easy. Mix stuff with jelly and put it in the fridge.

While mixing stuff I accidentally lost control of the bowl and I splashed whipped cream all over my pants, computer, floor, table, unfinished cake(!) etc.

I naturally lost some self control at that point and shouted “FAEN!” which helped a bit. Later on, after helping me clean things up my girlfriend said she had a good name for my cheese cake: “Battlefield cream cheese cake”

Holga

I finally got around to scanning those holga-negatives and the results came out pretty nice!

You can see the set here (it’s not very big).

Fransk Sjokoladeterte

200 g sjokolade
150 g smør
2 dl sukker
4 egg
1,5 dl mel

– Skill plommer fra hviten.
– Rør smør og sukker hvitt og bland inn eggeplommene.
– Rør inn mel, ikke lag klumper!
– Smelt sjokoladen og bland den i røren
– Stivpisk eggehviten og vend den forsiktig inn i røren

Stekes på 175 grader i ca 30 minutt. Den skal være litt rå innerst. Bruk en 24 cm form.

Glasur:

Smelt 100 g sjokolade og 50 g smør og hell det over (den avkjølte) kaken.

Lykke til og bli feit!

Amsterdam (again)

I’m in Amsterdam (again!) and the cats are fighting in the backyard.

My girlfriend just bought me a holga for my birthday 1.5 months ago and the camera thanked her by falling apart while we were putting the film in. The black tape that came with it was put to good use immediately to keep the camera together.

My plan is to finish my first film tomorrow and hopefully get it developed before I have to go back to Bergen on Sunday. I love this little toy.

It’s also nice to see the economy falling apart like that, the whole thing is surreal, at least I get my revenge on investment bankers who think they know it all and should be paid ten times as much as everyone else.

Five underrated albums from the eighties

I was listening to my ipod earlier and I realized that there is music from my childhood that deals with much heavier stuff than the rest of the fluff from that age. I found five albums from five artists that wrote about much more mature subjects than their listeners were able to comprehend.

Nik KershawHuman Racing

Nik Kershaw got famous for his summer hit “I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” and the lots more depressing “Wouldn’t It Be Good”. I’ve slowly come to realize that the album is quite underrated. On different songs he deals with complex and mature subjects like career chasing, shyness, loss of love etc. It’s a pity that this artist is only remembered for a handful of hits that were above average, but on the whole rather forgettable for all others than eighties fanatics.

Recommended tracks: Faces, Shame On You, Human Racing.

Howard JonesHuman’s Lib

Howard Jones’s debut album is also an interesting listen due to its’ subject matter. The opening song “Conditioning” deals with how we are conditioned into roles at a very young age. Listening to it at the age of twelve, it meant little or nothing to me, but at twentyfive, I realized what a difficult subject he had made the theme of a rather upbeat synthpop-tune. His big hit “What Is Love?” deals with how we often feel insecurity in love and how natural this is. The whole album deals with themes like equality, liberation and self fulfilment, ideas I had little knowledge about in my early teens.

Recommended tracks: Conditioning, What is love?, Hunt The Self

Tears For FearsThe Hurting

Everyone remembers “Shout”, the only pop song about primal scream therapy to reach hit lists. The debut album of Tears For Fears mostly deals with mental disease and therapy and it’s a rather dark affair. In addition, it has a rather sparse production making it sound outdated already in 1985. Listening to it ten years later (someone gave me the record on vinyl) revealed a rather sincere album with a rather mature subject matter.

Recommended tracks: Mad World, Pale Shelter, Change

The TheInfected

This album was never underrated, but has been largely forgotten. Matt Johnson (who for all practical purposes is The The) sings about war with the islamic world, lost love and the americanization of Britain under Thatcher. If you’ve never heard this one, you should. It was considered one of the best albums of 1986 and it hasn’t faded much.

Recommended tracks: Infected, Out Of The Blue (Into The Fire), Sweet Bird Of Truth

AlphavilleForever Young

Back in 1999, I was a DJ at a vernissage, and one of the gallery owners said it was nice that I played Kraftwerk but I should have kept off the other stuff (I played Alphaville). Alphaville easily attracts criticism, partly for the song that gave the album its’ name (it’s quite horrible) and the other hits that it spawned. The problem with this album is that in addition to several catchy hits, and a song about divided Germany, is that it also contain some rather bad fillers at the end. I can never bring myself to listen through it all.

Recommended tracks: A Victory Of Love, Summer In Berlin, To Germany With Love

Auf Deutsch

1. Weißt Du, wie man die BH-Größe misst?
Nein

2. Was ist Deine Lieblingseissorte?
Sorbet-eis!

3. Welche 3 Dinge hast Du immer bei Dir, wenn Du unterwegs bist?
Schlüssel, telefon und uhhm… taschenbuch(?)

4. Rechts- oder Linkshänder?
Links.

5. Welche Zeitungen und/oder Magazine hast Du abonniert?
Die Morgenblatt

6. Redest Du mit Deinen Blumen?
Nein, sie sind alle tod.

7. Kennst Du die richtigen Namen Deiner Email-Freunde?
Ja, oder… ich habe keine email-freunde.

8. Hattest Du mal ein pinkfarbenes Kleidungsstück?
Nöh

9. Beißt Du Dir in die Lippe, wenn Du nervös bist?
Nein.

10. Frühaufsteher oder Nachteule?
Nachteufel.

11. Kannst Du einen BH mit nur einer Hand öffnen?
Ja, natürlich!

12. Loft, Villa, Bauernhaus oder einfach nur Wohnung?
Loft

13. Wie trinkst Du Deinen Kaffee?
Ganz schwarz

14. Weißt Du das Alter Deiner Eltern?
Mais oui.

15. Schau nach rechts, was siehst Du?
Meine küche

16. Kaust Du auf Bleistiften oder Kulis rum?
Ik versteh nix

17. Wenn auf einer Tür steht ‘ziehen’, drückst Du trotzdem?
Natürlich

18. Riechst Du an anderen Menschen?
Manchmal

19. Spielst Du ein Instrument?
Als Kid hab’ ich das Piano gelernt.

Til utbygger fra Helvete

Notat fra befaring i Strangebakken 12.08.2008

På oppfordring av eier er vi blitt bedt om å komme med en uavhengig uttalelse angående mulige feil eller mangler vedrørende leilighet i 1etg. i Stangebakken 6.

Vi besiktiget bad, vindu på soverom, vindu på stue og kjeller bod.

Konklusjon er som følger:
1. Bad – Hele gulvet må utføres på nytt.

Årsak til dette er at membran, påstøp/tykt lag med flise lim er løsnet fra underlaget. Vi tok opp en løs flis på badegulvet og under flisen var gulvet helt i oppløsning, vi plukket opp løse biter med avrettings masse / fliselim som knapt hang sammen med en råtnende membran duk. Det er ingen annen løsning enn å fjerne hele gulvet, for så og bygge opp ett nytt underlag for membran og fliser.

2. Vindu på soverom – hengsler må skiftes ut. Dersom dette ikke er mulig så bør hele vinduet skiftes.

3. Vindu på stue – dette er punktert og her må glass skiftes. Gjelder vindu lengst mot øst.
4. Kjeller bod – det ledes vann langs gulv og inn i bod. Vannet kommer fra ytterdør som er på utsiden av boden. Dette medfører fuktproblemer, på sikt også råteskader på bod vegger og inventar i bod. Løsning er og enten flytte bod til ett tørt sted i kjeller eller å utbedre inntrenging av vann. Det siste vil være det beste for fukt i denne del av kjeller vil forringe hele kjelleren.

Vår anbefaling er at selger av hus bringes på banen og det avtales tid for utbedring så snart som mulig. Spesielt baderom må utføres før konsekvenser blir enda større. Det må være klart for selger at alle kostnader vedrørende utbedring skal belastes selger.
Dersom ønskelig kan vi bistå med oppfølging av saken.

Til opplysing så kan vi også utføre analyser av lyd tekniske forhold, luft tekniske forhold, brann tekniske forhold og andre byggetekniske forhold vedrørende leilighet dersom dette er ett ønske fra din side. Eventuelle mangler og feil vil da kunne påberopes hos selger ettersom leiligheten er så godt som ny.

Når det nå har tatt fyren to måneder å få fingeren ut, så må han forvente slike eposter.

Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia

I’m a little more than one week into my trip and it seems like I have been travelling for a month. I guess it’s all the impressions that I have to process that makes it so, but it still feels weird. A little more than a week ago I was in rainy Bergen (which from the weather forecast I have seen isn’t so rainy anymore) and now I’m on Borneo.

Yesterday, I was on a hiking trip to a big cave-system, the Niah caves near Miri (where I am right now) and it was completely wonderful to see. It was pitch black in the caves and suddenly the sun shone through a hole in the cave ceiling and it looked like a laser beam shooting down.

As I am in the tropics, it wasn’t particularily pleasant to walk 8 km, I was soaked with sweat and on the last part of the trip it started raining. My shorts are barely dry 18 hours later, and the idea of bringing a spare pair of shorts never occured to me. What an idiot I can be.

Today, I’m going back to KL and we’re off to Perhentian islands on wednesday morning. We return to KL on friday night and then I’m off to Singapore for the last leg of my trip on saturday morning. I return to Europe on Monday night.