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Year: 2008 (page 1 of 16)

2008

It’s the last day of the year again and time to sum it up. 2008 was the year that I…

  • had the lowest posting rate since I started this site. There are several reasons why, I guess, the rest of the summary might contain pointers.
  • exercised regularly (or at least as regularly as my unpredictable schedule would let me), both stamina and strength.
  • almost lost my father to a nasty case of cardiac arrest.
  • took a photography course and learned a lot of things I’ve never really used later.
  • played way too much EVE Online. When writing this summary, I’m browsing through the archives and there are too many entries mentioning the game.
  • discovered a few new bands, like Rise Against, Biffy Clyro and The Script.
  • went to quite a few weddings. Four, I think. Even crashed one.
  • moved with the company to some nice offices right in the middle of downtown Oslo.
  • finally converted the site to WordPress.
  • tried to sell my Xbox 360 without much luck.
  • turned 30. I probably should feel a hint of panic, but I’m not.
  • completed my surround sound setup after years of buying speaker whenever my budget allowed it.
  • enjoyed a lot of great Formula 1 and GP2 racing on the idiot box.
  • added a few more one liners.
  • quit my job. Yes, as of tomorrow, the first day of 2009, I’m unemployed. Probably the worst timing ever, but it had to be done.
  • was really sick for a week.
  • read through most of the Foundation-books by Isaac Asimov.
  • created a WordPress plugin.
  • developed a new theory for drinking alcohol: Switch to drinks and hard liquor after 2 or 3 beers and you’ll wake up fresh the day after. This has only failed once, but that was because people started to mix shots into the equation.
  • Gine and I broke up.

As I’m finishing this entry, there are only about 7 hours left of 2008. I can’t say that I will miss it, it’s been a year with some of the best and worst days of my life. I’m welcoming 2009 with open arms – it has huge potential.

Here are the wrap-ups from previous years: 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004.

Are You Scared Yet?

If you are a regular reader of my irregular, incoherent ramblings, you know that I like science fiction. You also probably know that I’m not that fond of the suspension horror genre. I’ve not yet been able to sit through The Shining, for instance, and thinking about The Exorcist and that freaking kid running down the stairs in reverse spider mode makes every hair on my body stand straight up.

So what happens when you take something I like and mix it with something I don’t like? Let’s say you take a science fiction game and add tons and tons of suspension horror. You get Dead Space. After having discussed various horror movies and genres with a friend on Monday, I, for some unknown reason, bought the game on Tuesday and I soon realized I could have spent my money far better by buying something else, like a The Adventures of Bambi DVD. Read more

QDB

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<karlmex> So a friend of mine got back from Amsterdam a few months back, after spending a stint there with a bunch of his mates. Told me quite possibly one of the funniest stories I’ve heard. They had picked up some shrooms and acid, and decided to take it in the wee hours of the morning, and spend the day exploring the city while they tripped…sure enough 20min into it, one of the group vanishes. So, after 7 or so hours of struggling to search for their lost friend, they decide it’d be best to head back to their hotel, sober up, regroup, and go looking when the gears worn off and they’d be of more use.
<tubs> lol k
<karlmex> Anyway, upon arrival at the hotel, surprise suprise they find their friend standing in the lobby, dazed and staring at the ceiling muttering to himself. Understandably they were all pissed off with him for making them worry and bringing their trip down as a result of their half assed search. However all the friend can reply with is “this fucking town is full of gremlins!”… They tried to calm him down and tell him that it was the acid making him hallucinate, to which he replied “I knew you’d say that so I captured one and locked it in the bathroom…”
<tubs> lol?
<karlmex> as you’d expect they thought he was losing the plot, but he insisted they come to his room and look for themselves. So, they head to the room, and sure enough, the bathroom door is baracaded shut with chairs, lamps, mattress and the bed…they’re getting a little worried now, so they cautiously move the furniture away and inch the door open…
<tubs> and??
<karlmex> …Laying on the floor is a 10 year old kid with Down syndrome grinning ear to ear.
<tubs> lol dude that’s fucked up
<karlmex> The mate had come across one of those outing groups or retarded kids – freaked out, balled up one of those poor little bastards carried him back to the room and locked him in the bathroom for proof…
<tubs> lol god man
<karlmex> anyway, luckily the kid had one of those ID cards saying “hi my name is Ted, I live at blah blah” lol so yea, took the poor kid to the lobby, called the cops and did a runner before they arrived lol.

Thoughts

The entries on this site have changed over the years. In the beginning they were short, note-like ramblings, and often hard to understand unless you knew me well. Then they started to get longer and a lot of emotional beans were spilled. This was in particular when I dated Stine, we were on and off a lot and I sorted to writing to vent my frustration. Probably not the most masculine thing to do, male frustration should historically be vented by starting a war, but writing worked for me.

After I moved to Oslo and Stine finally left my life for the last time – and directly into the arms of her new boyfriend, I have later learned – I started to find my dates on the internet. This was back in the days when internet dating was not yet kosher so it didn’t really attract the most well balanced individuals. In the end, most of the girls I met turned out to be the kind of people who should perhaps spend more time in therapy than on internet dating sites. Don’t get me wrong, some were very nice, not that interesting, but nice.

Over the span of the last three years, there is of course a lot of personal stuff I have not shared with the world. Some of you might argue that that’s probably for the best, the world could not care less and some things should be left unsaid and unwritten. I totally agree with you, still I feel it’s time to return to the old days of just letting it all out.

I think I’ll keep you hanging there for a while.

OMG! The Server is Downz!!!!!11!

People have a very strange relationship to technology. They expect it to work twenty four seven, three sixty five. I’ll let you in on a little secret. It doesn’t. Sometimes technology goes tits up for no apparent reason. In some cases, it can be disastrous, like when a hospital’s life support equipment stops working. That’s bad, of course, because people on life support tend to die when this happens.

Sometimes when technology start to misbehave, you would, based on how people react, think that hundreds of people are about to die because of it. It’s like entire countries are about to get wiped off the map unless technology starts working properly again right this minute! But that’s rarely the case. It almost happened once, though, back in 1983, when Stanislav Petrov positively identifying a missile attack warning as a false alarm. Technology fucked up and the world was almost destroyed. A human saved the day.

Right now the poor people at CCP are struggling with a network issues and EVE Online is unresponsive and offline from time to time. Of course, all the morons are ganging up and screaming at the top of their lungs that CCP fix the problems or it will be hell to pay. Have a look at the forum thread about the issue if you dare. It’s interesting to observe what the interweb anonymity does to some people.

Yes, I can understand that it can be annoying that you can’t play the game right now, and I know that you paid for access. But shut the fuck up and go for a walk instead.

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