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January 12th, 2009

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Swedish, sry

December 15th, 2008

I got a web-blog-challange-thingie from a fellow human being. Since I’m lazy I did it in Swedish. Read it and weap!

1, Tre namn du lyssnar till: Efter som jag jobbar I ett annat land än Sverige finns det ingen närvarande förutom några enstaka exilsvenskar som klara av att saga vare sig Jocke eller Joakim, så tre namn blir Jokah-im, Jo-kim och Joaquin.

2, Tre saker som skrämmer dig: Svensk nutida integritetspolitik, att misslyckas med livet (i det här ingår mest att bli som mina morbröder, som jag tycker är två misslyckade småskurkar, inklusive rent fysiska tillstånd da de båda har psoriasis och jag tydligen har anlag för det) och avslutningsvis parasiter, det obehagligaste naturen har att erbjuda särskilt all form av inälvsmask.

3, Tre saker du har på dig: Glasögon, chip-knip (det är som cash kortet om ni mins det och Holländarna är som galna I dem), ett par numera nedgångna Nike pjuck.

4, Tre av dina favoritlåtar just nu: P3 Dokumentär podcasten, Spanarna podcasten och radioserien Den allvarliga leken (P1).

5, Tre sanningar: 1. Jag har näst intill autistiska kunskaper om populärkultur och kan t.ex. komma på varifrån filmcitat är, förklarar hur såna där medium som talar med de döda gör när de talar med de döda, berätta om alla numer av Spindelmannen som Todd McFarlane tecknade och recitera texten i signaturmelodin till Bröderna Olsson. Jag har även gjort såna där Internettest för att se om jag ligger i riskzonen för någon slags autism (en ide jag fick av att läsa jPod), det gjorde jag inte.
2. Jag tycker att E-prime (googla) verkar vara en bra ide och tror att många missförstånd skulle kunna undvikas om vi inte slentrianmässigt sa att en sak är en helt annan sak. Jag lever inte som jag lär på den här punkten.
3. Min favorit konspirationsteori är den helt fantastiskt wacked out teorin om att någon slags reptilmänniskor styr världen, men de ser ut precis som vanligt folk. Konspirationsteorin får syre på youtube av klipp där folk som inte är ur fokus är ur fokus (mycket misstänkt beteende) och klipp där folk som får strålkastarljus-reflektioner i ögonen får strålkastarljus-reflektioner i ögonen (Häxkonst!).

6, Tre hobbys: De flesta skulle nog tycka att jag borde lista serietidningar som en hobby, men då blir böcker, film, musik, iPod:ande, laser, tv serier, bloggar och radio också hobbys och det kan vi ju inte riktigt gå med på. Heldagsfika är en klar hobby, Läsa kvasi- och pseudovetenskap är en annan; jag är skeptiker i själ och hjärta, men det blir mycket bättre böcker om författaren typ förfalskar bevis för att människan uppstod på den nu förlorade kontinenten Mu eller ägnade sin fritid åt att köra bil genom USA och ge kids LSD. Min sista hobby är roll- och konfliktspel och det har jag knappt ägnat mig åt på ett och ett halvt år, sen jag började plugga på hemlig ort.

7, Tre saker du vill ha: Pengar på riktigt. Så mycket att jag hamnar på Forbes lista över folk med tjock plånbok och får ett eget finansimperium att leka med, alternativt en egen oljestat att styra över.
Självdisciplin, jag skriver den här listan på jobbet i stället för att jobba med en grej som borde vart klar i torsdags, absolut senast och som fortfarande är långt ifrån klar.
Avslutningsvis skulle jag vilja var bäst på någon slags förmåga typ spela gittar, skriva böcker, karate, fiskodling, heikopterbygge eller ögonmått. En ren och oförfalskad skryt-skill alltså.

8 Tre personer du utmanar: Jag vet inte om någon bloggen regelbundet, och om den personen i så fall kan Svenska, och sen chansar jag på att Simon aldrig skulle anta utmaningen och att jag inte får tillbaka-kaka Sofia. Jag drar till med Carl ”Tjabo” Bergman, Yvonne ”Lu” Lu och Anna ”Kungen av Danmark” Thomsen.

A new film post

December 9th, 2008

I’ve seen some flicks lately. Here comes the rundown:

Blindness: the first half is great and shot in a cool way, especialy before everyone goes blind. The second half lacks greatness but is still good.

Changeling: Somehing is missing from this film. And I cant figure out what. Good script, good actors, good job from Clint as director, cool wardrobe and scenerey. But still its a weak four or a strong three.

Burn After Reading: Nothing special. Ocationy funny. Cool.

Quatum Of Solace: I cant recall this film at all… The hotel in the dessert in the end is cool. Then they blow it up.

Låt Den Rätte Komma In: Good, but a bit simpler then I imagined

Resident Evil 3: This is my kind of  hangover movie. Not that great as a film per say (or is it per se refering to something different… Oh my english is lacking again) , but by far the best postapocalyptic film I’ve seen i a long time.

Saw 3: Crap. I wish I had a time machine so I could travel back in time and live before the Saw movies and Twisted Pictures existed.

Step Brothers: I was suprised to find myself liking this Will-Farell-say-random-words-film a lot. You should stop reading now and watch it

Can you spell IPRED?

December 4th, 2008

Background for non Swedish: The Swedish government is made of seven parties, two of them are large and the other five are small.
The two large parties are Socialdemokraterna (S) , originally the socialist party, who has held power for most of the time post WWII. In school I was thought that they built the Swedish welfare, and that all good came from these guys. They oppose the liberal party Moderaterna (M). Once in a while (M) with help from a few of the more random parties win an election, as they did 2006. I was thought that (M) stood for conservative opinions, the end of welfare and a world where the rich got richer and the poor worked as slaves.

So why did the evil guys win the election?

Well lets just say that political parties change over time. (S) turned more and more into a creature of profit, youth unemployment grew to its largest numbers ever and they gabled away our retirement funds. At the same time (M) made strong points of how the everyman worker would profit from having them in government, how they liked immigrants and gay people where (S) only tolerated them and so on. They gave themselves a likeable persona while (S) became te symbol of everything that was wrong, very wrong in Sweden.

But that was not all. (M) struck an alliance with the other three parties who are considered being on the right side of the political scale.
These two strategic moves made them seem like the reasonable choice in the 2006 election.

I say reasonable because they didn’t win any kind of landslide victory. And also because I didn’t vote for their side. What did I have against the good guy who cared for people of different colours and religion and also wanted to give the everyman more cash in his pocket?
I didn’t like his friends. The other parties who now govern Sweden are: Kristdemokraterna, the Christian democratic party, and its my opinion that religion should be kept as far from politics as possible. Centerpartiet, the centre party, who I never really got. I think they like farms and farmers, but I might be way out of hand here. And finally Folkpartiet, the liberal peoples party who are like a French radical rightwing party disguised as a kitten with a diabolical grin.

Now for a while things looked bright and we all (even I) thought: Hey, we might make it trough these four years and actually come out better on the other side!

But now things have been happening, and I feel that citizens of Sweden are becoming trapped in something horrible.

It started with the FRA-law, a law tailor-made to keep the Swedish neutrality and not getting NATO pissed of at us.
This law allows the Swedish military to wiretap the entire Swedish internet traffic and all cell-phones (and ip-phones and so on).
All the time.
And also all traffic that for one reason or another moves trough Sweden. The Swedish military unit that are meant to deal with this information already have the worlds 18 (or something like that) largest supercomputer, and now they are buying another one the same size.

There are two things that are dreadful with this law.
1. Our privacy is being invaded, by the military that should have nothing at all to do with Swedish citizens, or any citizens at all in fact. Freedom and power has been taken from the people by the government and handed away, out of the democratic process (Yes, since the military can overthrow the government and declare martial law they are outside the democratic system).
2. This technology is not future proof. That you as a citizen have nothing to hide today doesn’t mean you have nothing to hide tomorrow. Lets say the Nazis take over Sweden; they have information of not only who right now is talking to whom. They also know what people are connected to each other, and where a resistance is likely to form. To take another more down to earth scenario, lets say you hid some guys that the CIA wanted to fly down to Egypt and torture for a bit, like (S) used to let them do, the CIA will know not only that you hid them, they will also know exactly where and who everyone you care about are and use that information to put pressure on you.

And now, today IPRED is the new deal.
It’s a law meant to fight internet piracy. And that might be a good or bad thing, that’s up to you and your opinions. The important thing is that Fredrik Reinfeldt, the prime minister stated back in late 2006 or if it was early 2007 that no such laws should be made, nor passed.
“We have more important issues than criminalizing a whole generation”
Anyway here it is, and of course as a friend of the public I have to point it out. He not only broke a promise, he did exactly the opposite of what he promised.
But wait, there’s more!
The thing IPRED does, to cut it short, is that it allows companies to investigate what IP number who copies their copyrighted products, get consumer data from the ISP, and file a big fat lawsuit to the consumer.
In essence, you steal some internet from your neighbour to download The Dark Knight and BAM! Warner Bros. sues your neighbour for a couple of buckets of gold, if your neighbours don’t agree to pay the case will be taken to court.

What’s so bad about this then?

Well it’s once again power leaving the democracy and going elsewhere. Global multimillion corporations should not do police work; that should be done by the police. Once again the government we elected don’t trust us and more of our freedom is taken away.

That’s what this post really is about.
Democracy is based on freedom and the Swedish government is taking this freedom away from us, undermining the whole democratic system. They are tearing down the system and replacing it with a militaristic capitalistic system and that might not be reparable damage.

Over and out.

Tru Blood

November 26th, 2008

Since S1 of True Blood is done I thought it was time to give it a go. After about 17 minutes of the first episode I just burst out laughing. I couldn’t take it serious anymore, and I don’t think I’ll be able to. As other people have pointed out the best part is the theme sequence by Digital Kitchen.

So, you wanted to read about my internship

November 25th, 2008

So, you wanted to read about my internship

Here we go: I spend my days as a conceptual intern at Tribal DDB nl. So far I’ve been involved in a few projects, one went live today and the site that is only in Dutch can be viewed at www.cheech.nl, other clients have been Philips (two projects,) and Unilever’s sub brand HeartBrand (It’s the ice cream, GB in Sweden, Walls in England and so on).
And how does this work? What do I do in my projects?
I draw stuff on A3 paper.
Me and Keith, who is a design intern work as a intern creative team and try to think of BIG IDEAS. Once every few days we show stuff to the creative director. In the beginning he shot everything we made down, but he always took the time to explain why. This has given us the possibility to grow and create, maybe not better ideas. But more presentable ideas. Eventually there is a client presentation.
Now two things can happen Either the project is run from Amsterdam in witch case our CD picks stuff from the creative teams (usually two teams and us as an intern team) and takes it with him to the client OR the project is run from London and have about ten creative teams assigned to it. In that case a more big shot CD with a cushier title like European Creative Master of Everything or something like that takes a look of what our CD has chosen to present and then takes his pick.
This gives us quite a few sticking points to struggle with but so far we have had one idea living to be presented to the client and then had the privilege to be shot down by the client.

Now this might seem depressing but remember, we have gone from being shot down by our CD for obvious reasons (like not being on brief) to being beaten by another team’s idea at the client presentation.

I might not leave with any of my ideas being produced, and to have production as a goal might be unrealistic and focusing on the wrong thing. My goal is to have less and less ideas turned down within the Tribal structure. The client is a bit out of my control.
At other times there is no brief to work on for us, then Keith turns in to a designer who draw stuff and I assist the strategy guys.

Unfulfilling end – Jocke spoils movies

November 17th, 2008

How come the end of movies is such a hard ting to do right?

I saw Burn After Reading this weekend and there was one scene missing in the end, or at least I felt like I wanted to see Ozzy Cox one last time before the credits.
This made the film feel a bit less in my eyes. It was still cool and all that. But I keep feeling like I was tricked in someway.

Just like in Pirates 3 when Kiara doesn’t turn into Calypso (witch would have made sense to the end and finish of the trilogy in a good old epic tragedy way). Or when out of the blue it’s a dream or someone was dead the entire time (Boxing Helena, Jacobs ladder and Alice in wonderland pull the dream thing. Sixth sense and The Others do the dead deal).

The only thing that’s worse is when you see the “complex” end coming miles away. I have no problem with films where you can figure out who the killer is, or who is scamming whom, but when it’s meant to be a twist and the writer/director cant hide it I get disappointed. Sleepy Hollow tells you who the killer is when the characters are still being introduced and The Others became obvious to me within the first 30 min or so. However both films are good, Sleepy Hollow being a masterpiece in its genre and the others being a non-Japanese ghost story. The very crapy teenage slasher Urban Legends (staring the lovely Alicia Wit, who was my first television crush when she was Zoey in Cybill) has a great advantage over… oh lets say I still know what you did last summer. In Urban Legends you can figure out who the killer is, there are a few clues and its not impossible to figure it out during your first viewing of the film (and why would you watch it mote then once? its still crap) while in I still Know… its just no way of knowing.

Then there is the third kind of mystery, the one who claim that you can solve it, while you actually cant. A perfect example is Saw, where you think that jigsaws identity is someone you could guess while in reality it’s one of the extras who is the killer. How crappy is that? “Oh, it was the guy in the videostore where I rented E.T who raped my kids and killed my dog and eventually made me saw my own leg off. I should have guessed. ”
Another thing with the Saw movies: the guys who made them didn’t get why the first one was quite good. Saw has a cool and mysterious set. The abandoned room, a room filled with secrets. The guys in the room also have their secrets. Once in a while we see a gory sadistic killing, to explain why this setting can be and to unsettle the audience. In Saw 2all the smarts and mysteries are gone. Only the death traps remain and in saw 3 we are expected to care for Jigsaw and his apprentice, we don’t. Is a bit like caring for a can of pop or a can of Hitler flavoured pop.

Also I saw Resident Evil 3 this weekend. It was good at being what it was. The post apocalypse was post apocalyptic, the zombies where zombies and dust and explosions and umbrella corporation and strange clones and… It was by far the best of the Resident Evil films and also one of the best post apocalyptic movies I’ve seen in ages. This doesn’t make it as good as The Crow or anything, but sill its a few steps on the right side of OK.

Things I would do if I had unlimited time

November 13th, 2008

*finish up all my half drafted stories, scripts and that kind of stuff. Just for closure.

*do a casemod or two. Well, lets say there wouldn’t be about blue LED’s for now. But I have neither the tools or know-how.

*write good and substantial blogposts, like the ones I used to do.

*watch all that TV that’s taking up valuable hard disk space, and all the other series I want to see.

*go home from work at 17:30

London, Laptops and Love

November 10th, 2008

I went to london and got more then a T-shirt. I got a T-shirt from Superdry, some comics, a book of Hunter S Thompson letters, Bottle Rocket and the hopfully good cult-film Alterd States. I also got to hang out with my friends, east curry on Brick lane and sit next to Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal while eating brakefeast. It was great.
The day before I left I spilld some beer on my precious laptop. I performed computer CPR on it and it pulled trough. But the space key is broken. I’m gonna haxx it open and clean it with industrial alcohol toningt. It will be interesting and a bit outside my confert zone.
Lastly there is a alpha footage trailer out for LOVE, one of the coolest independet games ever to be made. If you dont know anything about LOVE, take a look at rock-paper-shotgun.

SNL

October 27th, 2008

Usualy SNL is a quite boring comedy show, I don’t know why with all those talanted people on it the show sould be exelent. But I sort of liked this clip. I’ve been wondering exactly what did McCain think when he seceleted a running mate that looks like Tina Fay? Lets make it easy for SNL? all publicty is good? Also, there is a pre-air out for 30 Rock s3e1. Watch it when you can it’s great.