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Henri Prestes’ Haunting, Dark World

There are no rainbows and unicorns in Henri Prestes’ universe. “Stuff of nightmares” is a way more apt description.

If you’ve been following this site for a while, you know that I’m a big fan of the Swedish painter Simon Stålenhag. His dystopian, alternative science fiction universes, the one set in 1980’s Sweden in particular, appeals to me in a way no other art do.

Recently I also discovered the works of Portuguese photographer Henri Prestes. From my perspective, I’d describe his style as Stålenhag sans the science fiction, but with a considerable addition of creepiness. Like Stålenhag, Prestes also use lighting to set the mood. But unlike Stålenhag, Prestes does all his work out in the field, with a camera.

Working mostly at night, the photographer roams Portuguese villages with his camera and his 35mm lens. Prestes only goes out in certain weather conditions, and fog and rain is his favorite working environment.

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The Other Vegards on The Internet

I used to be the most popular Vegard on the internet. But times sure have changed.

Back in the days, the internet was a beautiful, innocent place. People were (mostly) friendly to each other. No one was manipulating elections. People didn’t deliberately spread lies and misinformation – they were just stupid. And president weren’t threatening nuclear war on Twitter.

It surely was a fine time to be alive. But best of all? I was the most popular Vegard on the internet. If you typed my name into any of the many search engines that was around at the time before the Googleopoly, I’d pop up as the number one search result. Lycos, Yahoo! Search, AltaVista, and WebCrawler, they all said the same: “You, Vegard, you are the most popular Vegard on the Internet!”

It felt good, I’ll tell you that. Even the King of Winter at the time, the Norwegian skier Vegard Ulvang, had nothing on me. But that has changed. Other Vegards have made a name for themselves on the internet. Social media profiles like Vegard Harm, and entertainers like Vegard Ylvisåker, have pushed me from my number one spot. These days I’m lucky if I appear on the first page.

Another reason for my fall from fame is that the internet has become saturated with other Vegards who have launched their own personal websites. And that made me curious! Who are these other non-famous Vegards who have found their way to the wast internet? Do they live as exciting and memorable lives as I do1?

It’s time for some good, old-fashioned internet, everyone!

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American Truck Simulator – Utah Review

Here is my American Truck Simulator – Utah review.

SCS Software has just – as in two hours ago – released the fifth map expansion for their critically acclaimed trucking simulator, American Truck Simulator. But is it as good as the previous four expansions?

With both Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator, SCS Software has released a steady stream of high quality map expansions. The latest expansion for American Truck Simulator, Utah, adds, as the name implies, the great state of Utah to the game. Here are some of the main features of the new map expansion:

  • 3.500 miles of road network
  • 10 major cities, like Salt Lake City, St. George, and Moab
  • New quarries and mines including the largest open excavation Kennecott Copper Mine
  • Expanded oil industry (oil mining sites, oil storage sites)
  • Improved agriculture production chain (country stores, feedmills)
  • Famous landmark sites: Great Salt Lake, Monument Valley, and the Virgin River Canyon
  • Over 260 recognizable natural and man-made landmarks
  • 12 well-known truck stops
  • New and improved process of landscape creation
  • Utah in-game achievements to unlock.
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November One-Liners

It’s the first of the month, which means there’s time to add some more one-liners to the ever-growing collection. The majority of the one-liners this month is lifted form Mr. One-Liner.

  • The best exercise is to reach down and pull somebody up.
  • The safest place during an earthquake would be in a stationary store.
  • “Money can’t buy happiness. It just helps you look for it in more places.” — Milton Berle
  • Sterility is not hereditary.
  • Rugby is a game played by gentlemen with odd shaped balls.
  • “A mistake is simply another way of doing things.” — Katharine Graham
  • You know you’re into middle age when you realize that caution is the only thing you exercise.
  • There’s a big difference between good sound reasons, and reasons that sound good.
  • “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” — Bill Cosby
  • I never turn my back on my friends, I don’t trust them that much.
  • “Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.” — John Wooden
  • “Tell me what you need and I’ll tell you how to get along without it.” — Scott Adams
  • “A fool and his money are soon elected.” — Will Rogers
  • “To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.” — Hubert H. Humphrey
  • You can tell the quality of a person by how they treat people they don’t need.
  • If money won’t make you happy, you won’t like poverty either.
  • “Don’t compromise yourself, you’re all you’ve got.” — Janis Joplin
  • When it comes to giving, some people stop at nothing.
  • “Medical insurance is what allows people to be ill at ease.” — Alfred E. Neuman
  • “If opera is entertainment, then falling off a roof is transportation.” — Alfred E. Neuman

Podcasts: What I’m Listening to Now – 2019 Edition

My podcast playlist is continuously evolving. Here are three of the shows I’m listening to right now.

Since I last published a post about my podcast habits back in 2018, quite a few shows have been shuffled off my playlist. It’s not that they were bad – though some were – but it’s always good to try some new material. The time I can use to actually listen to podcasts has decreased as well, and I have to be a bit picky about what I’m listening to.

As I wrote in the post The Challenge of Time, I have to prioritize hard to be able to do everything I want to do in a day. My daily boat commute is now mostly used for reading books, and the podcast time is limited to when I go to and from the boat.

Here are three of the podcasts I’m listening to right now.

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