This Saturday we got a little tipsy celebrating an aunt of Lady C, and when we got home our upstairs neighbor was having a party, playing mostly club music. "We can do better than this!" I said defiantly, much to C’s chagrin.
I started with some Pearl Jam to warm up, before proceeding to Tom Waits and Lou Reed.
Lou Reed passed away at the age of 71 from complications following a liver transplant. When I saw him live in 2005, he was showing a lot of signs of his early life, but he was honest and generous, almost humble to play for us; and he still rocked!
Lou Reed is a mentor and an inspiration to everyone in music. He changed popular music by always reinventing himself. From The Velvet Underground to The Raven, Reed kept us on our toes, and changed the boundaries of rock music. Rest in peace, my old friend.
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:
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!
I dunno if you’ve been watching the National Geographic Channel lately, but a couple of years back they decided they would turn around their public image, and as of now are among the top producers of contentless shit-tv. One of these so-called series or shows, is about preppers, viz. social expressions of despairing the human condition and the US political constitution in general. They come across as nutcases in their failure to provide any actual non-accidental facts for their despair, but in any case; they ARE PREPARED when [insert societal failure here] comes to pass.
We should add to her list that she’s currently growing potatoes in our bedroom.
Anyway. If she comes across as a little pervert, it’s because she insists that “Doing the jungle mambo” is not a sexual euphemism. Please don’t berate her for her lacking skill in English idioms, now. All that pleasure are belong to me.
Well, that was interesting! We spent 2 weeks in the North alone with the dog and the VW Golf this summer. Having spent the first few days cutting grass, I got really ill. Then it slowly cleared up, and the second week Lady C got ill. After the two weeks we had to return to Oslo to get back to work.
But I must say it was a relaxing vacation, for once. No hassle, we could go wherever we wanted to, we heard a lot of podcasts and had a few beers. Just what the doctor ordered. Except for the viral infection, of course.
I’m just writing this to announce that we’re both very much alive. It’s just been real hell working two weeks proper, then starting studies and volunteer work, two new clients on the side, and of course all the regular odd jobs that has to be done around here.
I was supposed to create a new theme for the website this summer, but instead I carried on one of my pet projects coded in BASH. Didn’t have the creative drive to visualize and experiment, so I ended up solving programmatic puzzles instead.
But I’m getting there! I promise.
Bollicks to this, we’re off to the North of Norway!
The Internet will have to wait while we pack our stuff and climb into Lady C’s VW Golf 1.6 TDI feat. Highline sports seats and the Game of Thrones audio books blaring from the ghettoblastahs… sort of like a perverse, sadistic KITT.. while we head North. Damn this bloody good weather, we want to see clouds, give us some rain goddammit! Nothing makes you feel so alive as weather depression and cold front frustrations in close quarters with your loved ones. Which is why we brought a tent. To get even closer to each other.
Two days ago we visited Lady C’s grandmother in the nursing home, and when we told her about the trip, she related her story of the summer she and her husband and Lady C’s father spent 7 weeks in the tent while it poured non-stop outside.. Her eyes glazed over and you can see that a piece of her soul was still there, trapped in the rain in the tent there. 7 weeks. She just kept repeating "It just wouldn’t stop raining", after which we just had to leave in order to let her rest.
Since we’re driving
our own Lady C’s car this year, we don’t have to cover that much ground each day, instead we’ll enjoy the Norwegian summer tradition of eeking around the countryside 20 Kph below the limit trailing German caravans. German tourists all like: «They zee us rollink, they hatink, ja?»
But it’s all good. I spent yesterday finding some thirty tracks for driving music, in addition to Game of Thrones audio, and when we finally get there we’ll have the HBO adaptations, 3 seasons of Arrested Development and lots more. I plan to get a little writing done, and then I have a lot of stuff that needs to be done with the website, first and foremost the themes; so I’ll be reading up on responsive design, HTML5 and brushing off my 1337 CSS skillZ. If that wasn’t enough there’s the novel still waiting to be finished, and Lady C is really enthusiastic about seeing as much of the North as humanly possible.
Since I am using WordPress I might find it tempting to find an Android app and do some posts while on the road. We will see. We have few plans for the tour, just a stop in Lillehammer and Lady C wants to see the Cathedral of Trondheim. Not that I think anyone is bothering with my blog atm, unless you’re trapped in the rain somewhere… 7 weeks! Anyway, I will have online access when we get to our base camp in the North, so if you get 500 Internal Error or 404 File Not Founds, it is probably me turning the wrong knobs. Cheers!
Today I noticed that all the videos were missing. It turns out that an import filter in WordPress 3.5 and newer skips all iframe and object embeds, and since manually going through 1500 posts finding their long forgotten youtube, vimeo or google video links is a major PITA I decided to clear out the database and re-install from scratch.
And now, finally, the videos are working again and we’re back to the same config I had a couple of hours ago. But I’d rather do that than lose all of that information. Especially since it turns out WordPress’ built-in youtube tags does NOT work.
Anyway, this is why the posts since the install have weird timestamps:)
Remind me to disable the annoying notification e-mails I’m sending to myself. Every time I change something I get two e-mails about it "from the Team @ Sigg3.net". It’s nice to have a team, though. We have identical T-shirts, a Nespresso coffee machine operated by George Clooney, a golden retriever that’s trained to fetch beer in the fridge and a midget that only works half-time. In fact, this post was brought to you by the Team @ Sigg3.net!
And the videos and stuff.
Better not mess with the Team @ Sigg3.net… rebel scum!
I found my home.no.net pages on a USB hard disk drive laying around here. That was a close call, since my former host had deleted their backups of my stuff. Anyway, these old pages include notably:
I’ll re-up the two KIM tracks when I finally get around to putting the Crescent recordings online. But now I have to let that sweet, tender BBQ meat Lady C made for us sink in first.
After a couple of hours pulling my hair out over some loops in my .htaccess file, I was able to restore old functionality to Sigg3.net again. This means that the following links should work:
Yes, they are horrible sites I KNOW, but I’ll keep ‘em around for legacy. Why not just keep em where they were? Because my web root directory was getting really cluttered. Now it’s all safe and sound in sigg3.net/site/legacy/. There might still be a loop somewhere, but for now I’m gonna need some breakfast!
I had to write a quick shell script to search and replace some PHP 4.0 coding with PHP 5 compatible alternatives. That old image script is rendered absolute by WordPress’ media uploader, but it has served me well since I wanted something quick and dirty (or quicker and dirtier than FTP) to up images back in 2010.
I also need to start using the tags. If you’ve got good eyes, you’ll see them at the bottom of this post.. If you don’t, here’s my TRAKTO.BMP from 1996:
I seriously need food. Almost time for dinner and still no breakfast.
EDIT: Since my previous host changed their systems during my stay, I’ve managed to drop some files from my backup, including the old Crescent site backup (available at archive.org). I am confident I have them in a backup somewhere, I just need to filter through them. Add it to my ever-growing TODO list.