Category Archives: links

Bored and need some time in front of the computer?

Bored and need some time in front of the computer? Here’s a little something something for you. All the way from Adultswim, the infamous guys behind Robo Chicken, comes the entire catalog (season 1-4) of the Archeresque Sealab 2021!

Link of the day: Sealab 2021 Seasons 1-4

If you have a little time off and just want some wacky entertainment, I can really recommend this! Just beware that the autoplay does not play the episodes in chronological order (at least not for me), so I just clicked back to the page linked to when the episode was over. This is adult humor at its most childish.

Roundup of our Trip to Barcelona’s many parks, April 2014

I’ve carefully selected and uploaded 94 pictures from our Barcelona visit in April to Flickr. It was a really wonderful and much-needed vacation from the cold and grey pre-spring atmosphere of dread we were suffering from in Oslo at the time. Let me just say that Barcelona is beautiful and that it even rivals Rome as a favourite destination of ours. Here follows a recap of our days in this brilliant city, day by day..

Sunday: Got up at 3:30 a.m. or the equivalent in Oslo, to arrive in BCN at the middle of the day. By the time we got in to the city the heat was sweltering, so when we got our room at Hotel Chronos we caught up on some sleep and changed into more suitable clothes. Incidentally, this Sunday was also my birthday, so Lady C got the receptionist to cool down a bottle of champagne we’d brought with us. Then we headed out.

We walked through Gotico to Gloria, had a fantastically horrific and tasteless meal at one of the shabby places next to the cathedral, and made our woozy way down to Port Vell. Despite the terrible first meal, we were quickly charmed by the brilliant atmosphere, smiling people and impressive street performers. When we eventually moved on towards the fully erect Columbus monument in the distance, we also got to witness the spectacle of 4-5 urban police officers chasing down and eventually catching a pickpocket! Everyone applauded:)

We had some afternoon ice cream at Gracia, slept a little more, and later had dinner in a restaurant called 1932 in Gotico. This place served quite a few tourists at the time, but the service was good and the food even better!

Monday: This was our first of a few happy lazy days in this city of sun. I’d archived the brilliant BCN FAQ from the subreddit of /r/Barcelona on my phone, and everyone suggested we go see Parc del Laberint d’Horta. We bought a couple of baguettes at our local bakery and some ham, cheese and soft drinks at the hypermarket before hitting the subway. The park is beautiful, it is not a tourist trap and you get some peace and quiet in the heat. Eventually, having walked around the maze and the park itself, we found a nice spot to have lunch.

That evening we were supposed to eat at Catalana but since we were hungry the 50+ minute wait to be seated got the better of us. We ended up at Josephine somewhere in Eixample, nearer to our Hotel. I was not impressed, but suspect we were “hurried along” because we were foreigners. (We were dressed nicely though.)

Tuesday: This is the brilliant view from our Hotel room balcony:

Eixample

And I’m not being sarcastic. It was really fun to watch the local traffic flow, since it is so different than Norwegian traffic, and I observed enough of the common practices to be fairly confident I would totally suck in BCN traffic:) An important thing to notice in this picture, is that our balcony is on the side of the building, but facing a “diamond” in the intersection creating this social and light, open space. Instead of having each block make a rectangle with a narrow intersaction, as in most cities, the Art Nouveau thinking in Eixample shows how the small things can create living, breathing space which completely changes the experience of pedestrians, not to mention the social patterns, with more road-facing cafés made possible.

With the success of the Parc del Laberint fresh in our recollection, Lady C suggested we head off to another park to rekindle the tranquility of the day before, which we did. Here are some children playing on the parade walk leading up to the triumphal arch; finally arriving at the Parc de la Cituadella. There’s not much to say about it, other than it is beautiful. It had way more people innit than the one we visited the day before, innit? We found a woolly mammoth (sigg3 for scale) and stared intensely at the ducks.

We ended up outside the Zoo, and decided to check it out. Despite all the WWF information plaques the park sympathetically has put up, I found the animal enclosures too small for comfort. But it was nice to finally see the white rhino, dolphins, and a silverback gorilla up close. And this guy eating carrots:

Carrots!

Before we exited the Zoo we also got to see the lions having a quickie in front of a class of school children, which is always amusing. We took a lot of pictures and video of it, but that is reserved for our private collection… NOT!

We had the menu del dia in a small family-owned café near the Marina metro station. Later that evening, we took a cab to Palau de Musica and had dinner at Cafe de l’Academia. If I’m not mistaken, we were seated next to a couple of Americans (who can’t stop talking). We called it a night after beers at a vegetarian place on Place de Georg Orwell. Here’s some random advice. This is not as refreshing as you think it will be:

Damm's Lemon & Beer

Wednesday: The big day of Sagrada Familia — The Spaceship Cathedral. We bought tickets online the day before (always do this!) and skipped ahead of the queue stretched around the block in sweltering heat.

La Sagrada Familia

What can I say about this cathedral? The entrance is brilliantly detailed with many weird additions, but it still appears to be a church. However, upon entering the cathedral, we were struck by the feeling of having walked inside a 1990s alien space craft. The brilliance of Gaudí is unchallenged! But does this look more like being under the canopy of a forest than it does being inside the hull of a spaceship?

Pillars

I think that upon its completion, when you can have some 3000 people in the choir(s), it will actually function as a church. At the moment, though, it was more of a tourist trap. Don’t get me wrong, I’m impressed, but I’ll take Aya Sophia in Istanbul any day over this, if I had to pick one. Which is a weird situation. Why would I have to pick one, when we have both?! Leave it, just leave it.

Having seen the cathedral, we were hungry and hungry for another park adventure! So we decided to bring along our baguettes, cheese and ham to Park Guell. That picture is a little misleading, because we never actually entered the part of the park which requires a fee. Just walking further up the hill gives you a nice vantage point to look down into it and outwards to the city. Having climbed up the hill for a while, we found a nice spot in the shade to have our picnic. The hill has a brilliant view of the city, and like so many times before the skyline of Barcelona made me think I was in some steampunk retro-future. Have a look at these giant mechas walking in the distance.. It’s incredible!

Another futuristic skyline

We stopped by the Casa Museu Gaudí and was inspired by his organic furniture, nice little villa and beautiful garden.

That evening we had tapas somewhere in Gotico followed by beer at Café Babel by the Roman Wall. We returned to these outside local places each evening, even just for a bear and to take in l’ambience.

Thursday: We gathered lunch supplies and took the metro and what’sitsname up to the castle of Montjuïc, where I caught another futurist view of this beautiful city. We took the what’sitsname with a couple of American tourist who I suspect had recently received fat-reduction and wore very big clothing. They were also annoyed that we joined them in this public transportation. But the reason I’m talking about it now, is only because I would be seeing them everywhere we went for the reminder of the day. Totally weird.

Anyway, we left the castle (tourist trap) to find our way to the beautiful Montjuïc Botanical Garden.. or Gardens, really, since the entire area was spread out over several hills and paths. We had lunch by the side of these beautiful water plants, and stayed put until I discovered a big rat with a look of lust in its eyes, peeping at us from beneath nearby the bushes. Speaking of bushes, here’s a rather futurist tree, come to think of it.

We headed to the Miro gallery, and came across these three rugrats up to something, on the way there:
Rugrats!

The gallery was AWESOME, and that’s all I’m going to say about it, because I’m getting really hungry thinking about all the delicious food we had.. Skipping ahead (you can always find more info in the photo gallery), we had coffee and ice cream at the Two Cats just below the Miro gallery, walked down to the National Museum, and stumbled upon the Van Rohe building — which should be very familiar to any fan of Grand Designs. And Lady C took this not-awesome photo of yours truly in Tourist Disguise:

Who's a Tourist?

Thank you, I’ve lost a lot of weight.. at least until we found this butcher shop. We had a HUGE dinner on Plate de Tapas (contrary to popular belief, price did reflect quantity) and a regular late night beer at Fly Can, which is also next to the Roman Wall.

Friday: Our day of departure went really quickly. We had breakfast at our local café, stopped by the butcher to buy some presents (cheese and ham), and the bakery for some sandwiches (the girls working there were so sweet), and narrowly caught our airport bus at Place de Catalunia. The 50 minute ride out of the city was filled by one American girl’s need to announce her present status quo to all the passengers at regular intervals (“yeah, totally, right?”), and when we finally found our check-in counter, some 200 people were already in line. Needless to say, we’re all for automatic, electronic check-ins!

All in all this trip was absolutely brilliant, and we both fell in love with this characteristic Mediterranean city. We are positive we’ll return one day and see some of the stuff we postponed for later visits, not to mention some of the parks we missed! Be sure to check out the photo gallery, and have a good one!

Introducing Back in a minute blog!

Last year, having finished my CD-to-FLAC automation script called FLACRIPPER, I jumped head first into my next project: Create a fun game that is completely written in BASH. I started out with these ideas:

  • It must be quick
  • …but also vast, if you want it to be
  • It must be a full world (have a navigational map)
  • It must have monsters you can fight
  • It must be random

This was the start of forest.sh which later became Back in a minute.

I started coding while reading a lot of political philosophy, simply because I needed a break from books. Creating something that’s in your head on paper is pretty much my everyday life, but there is usually little feedback except when you receive a grade on a paper. Which is pretty arbitrary and not very constructive.

Coding, on the other hand, provides instant feedback! In addition, it does train the same ontological skills that I need in philosophy, so it isn’t a complete waste of time. One big difference is that an article can have spelling mistakes without affecting the content, whereas code simply breaks down in a pile of error messages..

Having coded on and off for half a year, I understood that while being a favourite pastime I couldn’t force my readers (what readers?) to read about it, so I played with the idea of creating a separate blog for the project. When I came to the point of having a working game, I was pretty much planning a sequel. This prompted me to create a separate blog:

I present to you the official Back in a minute homepage!

Please note, there is currently no code in the repositories, because there are 2 bugs I want to iron out first so the game is 100% playable from day one. Last night I watched a Kickstarter update from Tim Schafer‘s development of Broken Age, of which Act 1 was released to backers just yesterday. Anyway, he said that as a game developer at the end of creating a game, there are a hundred things you’d like to do; but there are only 10 things you _can do_, and those are the things you _have to do_.

Without any comparison to the inspiring genius of Tim Schafer, who gave us Monkey Island and Grim Fandango among others, it gave me a push in the right direction. ‘Cause I’ve been struggling with a «social media» feature of my game, which posts a row from the highscore list on Twitter etc. But it has created more problems than it solves, and yesterday I realized that it has nothing to do with the game. So I’m re-doing it in a more basic manner, by simply creating a copy-pastable message in the terminal using echo the player can post him or herself.

That leaves 2 (known) bugs for me to fix, commenting the code a bit more verbosely, and making it more readable (casing). I began writing it in gedit, which is okay for smaller projects, but as soon as I got more than 1500 lines of code it became too slow. I am now using geany, and considering learning emacs instead. That’s what Jesus would do. Anyway, you can follow the development on Back in a minute blog, which was created so those who don’t care don’t have to be bothered! :D

Happy Birthday Elvis!

It’s the little guy’s birthday today! Typing on a cell so this will be short and sweet; Happy Birthday, Elvis!

Why are you bothering me?

It’s hard to understand that we have had our Boston Terrier for two years. When I think of earlier days, it’s like he’s there with us.

He’s an annoying, little bastard; but just the same, full of love and joy. I’m visiting family in the west, and I miss his snoring already.

Latest Internet Relay Chat-logs (IRC)

#646776
Dr-Mambo: so yeah
Dr-Mambo: how about that <recent current event>
Dr-Mambo: did you catch that <local sporting event> last weekend?
Willuknight: no i missed <local sporting event> but i did manage to get to <recent current event> and it was pretty damm cool
Willuknight: i met <person we both know> there as well, they were with some friends
Dr-Mambo: oh thats just <emotive statement>
Willuknight: <unecessary agreement>
Dr-Mambo: well im going to go <masterbate furiously> to <lesbian pornogrophy>
Dr-Mambo: <parting statement>
Willuknight: <salutations>

#638700
[testic] Average number of times a man will ejaculate in his lifetime: 7,200
[sg1138_] 7200 seems pretty high
[testic] I think that includes wanking and wet dreams
[sg1138_] 7200 seems pretty low

#63811
<etoilet> i went into the D&D store cuz they had old capcom arcade booths for sale, and my girlfriend followed me in. All the guys were sitting at a table playing D&D, and this one long haired dude got up out of his seat, strode up to my gf, bowed and said "May I help you my lady?"
<crunchyfish> I don’t know, man. That’s pretty smooth. What was his charisma? 17? 18?

#54474
<Dreaded_Fist[using_AOL]> I’ve had the internet since I was 9
<Dreaded_Fist[using_AOL]> course back then, when I looked for porn, I’d type "pictures of men and woman having sex"
<rpliving> now u just type in "pictures of men"

#608100
<cassius_clay13> so I was with my friend bryan the other night in a bar
<cassius_clay13> well he got really drunk and said he was gonna puke
<cassius_clay13> so i helped him walk to the toilet
<cassius_clay13> all the stalls were occupied
<emoti_conartist> lol
<cassius_clay13> bryan is a rugby player… so a big guy
<cassius_clay13> so he fucking KICKS one of the stall doors open
<cassius_clay13> and there’s this guy in there taking a shit
<emoti_conartist> hahahahahaha
<cassius_clay13> and bryan throws up ALL OVER HIM
<cassius_clay13> then (this is genius) bryan thinks ‘oh shit… if i were taking a shit and someone came in and was sick all over me, i’d want to fuck him up… so i’d better hit him first’
<cassius_clay13> so he fucking SMACKS this guy in the face
<cassius_clay13> and runs away
<cassius_clay13> imagine being that guy… WORST NIGHT OUT EVER

#365072
<xxxGirlygirlxxx> Thank you for listening to me.
<xxxGirlygirlxxx> You know your a really good listener.
<xxxGirlygirlxxx> Sweety please say something.
<Sandaedar> Ok I’m back.

#597921
<dura> I really think I’m a moron.
<dura> I just now realised that Neo spelled backwards is one.

#834654
<lemonlimeskull> Keith dodged a serious bullet thanks to his massive stupidity.
<Opium> Hmm?
<lemonlimeskull> Well, as you may know he lost his license months ago
<lemonlimeskull> So he’s been biking everywhere, which has lead to him losing a bunch of weight
<lemonlimeskull> He bikes to Walmart today and as soon as he gets to the electronics department, realizes his wallet’s fallen out, probably somewhere along the highway.
<lemonlimeskull> So he takes the memory card he wanted, puts it up in his baggy sleeve, and goes to leave.
<killjay> Uh oh
<lemonlimeskull> Yeah.
<lemonlimeskull> Naturally, security stops him as he gets within 5 feet of the front doors. This huge obese woman who is obviously having a really bad day – or just hates her job.
<killjay> o shit
<lemonlimeskull> She stops him, GRABS his arm, RIPS up his sleeve, and WRENCHES the card out of his hand.
<lemonlimeskull> He knows he’s screwed so he starts crying in the middle of the fucking store. He cries all the way back to the security office, and everyone’s staring at him the whole way.
<Opium> So he’s sitting in jail right now
<lemonlimeskull> That’s the awesome part. The manager takes a look at him, notices the bike helmet, poorly fitting clothes, lack of any ID whatsoever, and the fact that he’s crying like a three year old.
<killjay> …. -_-
<lemonlimeskull> Yes. He was let go and the security woman got chewed out for hurting a "retarded kid".

#233651
<Chrisodeo> veni, veni, veni.
<CrazySteve> Pervert.

#315042
<sexor> I went shopping last night at like 1am. the place was empty, and this old woman, just making polite convertation, said to me: "where is everyone??".
<sexor> I replied: "In bed, same place you and I should be!"
<sexor> Took me ten minutes to figure out why she gave me a dirty look

Link

If you’ve ever stood in line at your local news stand waiting for a greasy bacon hotdog, you’ve seen the Linux Format magazine under the Technology header, you know, down to the left from the dirty adult mags. Linux Format is, like every other societal institution, defined by the people running it. Now, the people have gone. They quit. Introducing Linux Voice Magazine!

We were the first to cover the Raspberry Pi from the newsstand. We beat the C.I.A. before it was cool. We sent a comfort package to Edward Snowden, and taught the world how easy servers were to hack (er, sorry, crack). Our fortnightly TuxRadar podcast entertained thousands of insightful and generous listeners, and we loved every minute of it.
Last month we quit, and we quit because we wanted to do something different. We want to create an even better magazine; a bigger, more entertaining and more accountable magazine for the community we love to serve. The magazine we want to make is called Linux Voice.

In the first 24 hours, they’ve raised more than £10,000 of their £90,000 goal. Please support the indie go-go campaign @ Linux Voice campaign by clicking that link. You can also check out their website here.

From my empty pockets I’ve still managed to shell out £80 for a year’s subscription. If I can do it, so can you. And if you like Linux, you’re gonna love these guys!

Petition: Stand with Tibet!

Avaaz.org has launched a campaign to get 1,000,000 signatures in support of Tibetans living under harsh Chinese rule. I don’t normally share the campaigns that I do sign, but delivering a million signatures to the UN is sure to draw some media attention to the dire situation and to China’s UN delegates. Here’s what Avaaz writes:

Tibetans who refuse to fly the Chinese flag above their homes risk being beaten or shot in the latest attempt to break their spirits. But now is the best moment in ages to bring hope to Tibet’s proud, but desperate people.

China’s leaders are mounting an intense campaign to draw a veil over their rights abuses and persuade governments to vote them onto the UN Human Rights Council. So if enough of us shine a light on what’s going on in Tibet — squashing an ancient religion, banning journalists, dawn arrests –we can get China to back away from its hard-line policy to be sure of getting the 97 votes it needs.

Please sign the petition and share it with your friends! Thank you!

A late morning walk with Elvis
Nice autumn walk today
It’s terrible to realize that such a great display of nature, _still_ makes me think of Windows XP..

Hint, hint
Are you still watching TV?
So dude, are you still trying to watch TV?

PACMAN Sausages!
PACMAN Sausages!
PACMAN Sausages for my spaghetti n’ ketchup dish!

Razor gaming mouse
Razor Gaming Mouse
The mouse on my gaming rig is getting too laggy by wear, so I got this puppy on sale!
Now I just need some actual free time to game in…

Love those trees
Love those trees
‘Twas a beautiful day in autumn

Back to the hieroglyphs!

Some Australian restaurant owner has been trying to replace ‘the’ with the Ћ symbol, the same way ampersand & replaced ‘and’ and the at @ replaced ‘at’, in order to save space in tweets and SMS text messages. What a great idea!

As you know, I’m an educated philosopher, and for a very long time I’ve been working to replace the word ‘balls’ with ∞. That way, you save a lot of characters in your texts. E.g.

Ћ new Superman flick is Ћ dog’s ∞!

Or the simpler, more to the point:

Bieber:P∞

But why stop there? There are a lot of other words worthy of replacement. For instance, you could replace ‘if’, ‘of’ and ‘fuck’ with a simple ‘f’, and distinguish the semantics based on the context.

I’ll f u ↑

f u said fu I’d b sry cat:(

I’ll cu@ Ћ McD ↓ @ Main st. 2get Ћ $$ 4my dawg!

But some abbreviations just doesn’t work. Take “the N-Word” for instance. It’s actually longer than just saying ‘nigger’. But you wouldn’t really want to say ‘nigger’ because it is racist with undertones of social darwinism (which is scientifically false).

Saying ‘the N-word’, however, is both racist AND hypocritical. It’s not like there are people out there mystified by what ‘the N-word’ signifies.. Night? Neverland? Nachos? Nippy-weather? Not-’nigger’? Just stop trying to denote someone by the colour of their skin. We all know for a fact that colour doesn’t decide as much as economy, education and outlook. So if you need to use ‘the N-word’ in your parlance, just state without equivocation that you are a racist and a bigot.

And stop trying to hieroglyphize the language. People aren’t educated enough to use the language they already have! Now get off my lawn!