Thursday, February 28, 2008

Let's have a look at some of your options

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Midnight on the course from Iolcus

Whispered Argus the shipbuilder to Atalanta the huntress one starry night, standing at the helm of the Argo, as the languid waves of the Aegean lifted them away, away from the port of Iolcus: Yes, my dear, he may be an arrogant man, and reckless, but a useful captain nevertheless.

The plan is madness, surely, but strategy is for chess players… Straightforward invasions are often the most effective. Shiny columns of spearmen embark the galley, they cross the ford, they disembark. What else is there? War comes down to making the ships sail on time. This expedition is no different.

Whispered Atalanta the huntress in reply: Did you know that I was a princess by birth? As a child I was abandoned by my father, the king. That man left me to die deep in the Boeotian woods, simply for being born a girl, and I should rightly hate him for it. And yet it is my mother I hate. What do you say to that?

Answered Argus the shipbuilder: The hatred between mother and daughter is older than warfare, and older than shipbuilding.

They stood in silence, and the beams and boards of the Argo creaked under their feet: All except one plank, for it had been cut from the sacred grove at Dodona, and it knew how to be silent. The constellations turned silently above their heads, some with names like Perseus and Orion, and others nameless yet.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Today I want to talk about Jesus

Jesus said: No man can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Saying thus, Jesus went to the temple, and verily, he started some drama: For he drove out those who bought and sold, and overturned the tables of the moneychangers. He said: It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations, but you have made it a den of thieves. The moneychangers just laughed, and moved all their funds to secret accounts in Liechtenstein. Shortly thereafter Jesus was crucified. Since that day, all Christians have been staunch supporters of the market economy, which makes a lot of sense when you think about it. If you can’t beat them, join them.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Two songs I can't get out of my head

"The people are the heroes now", a chorus from the 1987 opera Nixon in China by John C. Adams, and "Vampire of Düsseldorf" from the 1993 album Sinister Slaughter by Chicago murder metal band Macabre. I hope I'm not having one of my telepathic brain waves.

Friday, February 22, 2008

My doctrine is not a doctrine but just a vision

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Færre flyktninger til Bergen

Hvis byrådet i Bergen får viljen sin i bystyremøtet kommende mandag, blir opp til 75 færre flyktninger bosatt i Bergen i 2008 enn det IMDI har bedt Bergen Kommune om. Det betyr at minst 50 flyktninger blir sittende på asylmottak og råtne på 6 kvadratmeters rom på ubestemt tid, uten meningsfylte aktiviteter og uten særlig gode fremtidsutsikter. EDIT: Derfor burde alle som kan og vil, utføre litt sivil ulydighet og huse noen flyktninger hjemme på ubestemt tid. Dere andre kan stille dere i kø utenfor gamle rådhus på mandag og lynsje byråder i tur og orden. Jeg mener lønsje.


Self portrait by I.C. Dahl mural

Taken with a Nokia 5500 camera phone in the interior salon of an esoteric nine pin skittles lodge.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Our old neighbourhood

Has become a something like a regular police state.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Know your popes




Later that day Traudl sold her soul to Satan

Class, power, gender (collage)

Monday, February 18, 2008

We're back online

This week we will be looking at the questions surrounding using your credit or debit card to order goods and services online. What are the pros & cons of online schools? There are many distinct differences between online education and traditional learning. Online appraisals for antiques and collectibles - you either love them or hate them. At least that's how many antiques experts feel. In some ways online gambling is better and in some ways it is worse than playing in a physical casino. Is online casino gambling for you? I could go on and on, and I will.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

SHÄDY ÄCRES acknowledges Kosovo

This just in: SHÄDY ÄCRES formally acknowledges the sovereign nation of Kosovo. 

Welcome to the dysfunctional European family! Here´s your accordion. 

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Who do I know in Poland?

Happy V-day, everyone. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The bookshelves of the future

I shall never forget the first time I insulted an elephant. It was one of those chance encounters you read about. He was an old bull; I was a greenhorn explorer and host of my own hit Tv travel show. The both of us sought shelter from the monsoon under a freestanding steel construction built by uranium miners deep in the jungles of Africa. This must be what the bookshelves of the future will look like, I remarked. That elephant has been trying to kill me ever since. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

This is just to tell you...

...I found a little trickle of internet in the corner of our bed room.