At the Museum

Anniken and I spent a couple of hours at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art today. The museum is privately owned museum and presents temporary exhibitions of international art. First opened in 1993, the museum has since established itself as an important institution for presentation of contemporary art. Or at least so I’m told. On 29 September 2012, the museum moved from downtown Oslo to brand new buildings at beautiful Tjuvholmen by the Oslo fjord.

The current exhibition is called To Be With Art Is All We Ask:

[…] an exhibition of selected works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection by some of the world’s most innovative contemporary artists. Amassed over the last thirty years, these more or less narrative works reveal the personal, social, and artistic engagement of artists who have broken new ground within the history of art.

As we all know, I don’t know art. When I’m looking at contemporary art I have no idea what I’m looking at. Or what I’m looking for. The current exhibition featured, among other things, a cow and a calf cut in half, a huge collection of paint cans, candy on the floor, a small city made out of pig skin, and penises. Tons and tons of penises, most of them half erect. Why, you ask? I don’t know.

How to Make Chocolate Mousse With Raspberry Gel

This new year’s eve Anniken and I went to her friend Christine’s apartment for the last party of the year. We were kindly asked to bring something for dessert and since Anniken had to work during the day, I was put in charge of coming up with something. After browsing through tons and tons of recipes, I decided to try to make chocolate mousse with raspberry gel. The end result wasn’t all that bad, and if it sounds like something you’d like to try yourself, here’s the recipe.

Before we start, here’s a bit of a warning, though: The end result will not look anything like in the picture above – the picture is of an entirely different dessert because I couldn’t find a high quality one of this particular dessert. Anyway, here’s what you need to do to make six servings:

A Picture a Day

It’s January 1st and when you’re reading this, a picture from today should be visible on the sidebar. You should also be able to visit the A Picture a Day section with the calendar and everything. There are a lot of “shoulds” here because I’m writing this on December 30 and scheduling the entry since I have no idea what state I’m in on January 1.

What is “A Picture a Day” anyway? It’s my attempt to take a new picture every day in 2013. We’ll see if I make it. This post, however, is a bit of information about the bits and bytes that make up the A Picture a Day feature. I started out with grand plans; to use a NoSQL database to store the data (since I will be focusing a little on NoSQL databases at work this year) and an Android app to upload the pictures.

In the end, though, I went with the good old relational database courtesy of MySQL and a simple HTML form for uploading the pictures. The reasoning behind all this was simple: I wanted to get everything ready during my Christmas vacation and not spend all my spare time working on it. So I decided to use technologies I know well. The result was that I managed to slap everything together and iron out most of the bugs in two days before Christmas. There are probably still bugs and the calendar doesn’t yet support displaying several pictures on a single day in the unlikely event that that would actually happen.