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Mostly good news.

Good News #1: In my never-ending hunt for a more secure job, I’m through to the second round after my interview on Wednesday. The second round includes a psychology test, an extended personality test, an IQ-test and a two hour interview. This sound pretty much like the stuff I had to go through before I was forced to join the army – Norway has mandatory military service – and I ended up in the infantry a.k.a. as a moving target. So I’m not sure if this is going the right way.

Good News #2: On Thursday, after about three weeks of struggling and hair pulling, I finally managed to get something to work at NRK. We’re working at the bleeding edge of technology (actually quoting someone at RealNetworks on that one), going where few have gone before – none really successfully as far as I know. I’m not sure how much I can tell you about the project, but Norwegians might take advantage of a new service in the not-so-distant-future. When actually depends a little on whether or not I get the job mentioned in Good News #1.

And now for something completely different.

The observant visitor might have noticed that I’ve removed the disclaimer link on the bottom of each page. It’s been replaced with a Statement of Audience taken from the "Why I Fucking Hate Weblogs" essay by Bones. It’s a good read, at least if your a weblog reader or writer or both. Check out the SOA for a link.

Ian was challenging me a few entries ago to post a full nude shot of a woman. I took the challenge, refined it a bit, and posted a picture of myself in the About section. No full nudes. Yet. And relax, it won’t be a picture of me.

Website mixmaster is a tool that mix the layout of one site with the content of another site. Taking my own site and CNN for a spin, I ended up with a lot of strange junk. And this:

George W. Bush, former bass player in Disturbed

Now we know what happened to their bass player.

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  1. Bah. I resent your statement that I “challenged” you to do such a thing. I just wondered if you’d do it eventually, given that your pinched photos from Cali es Cali were getting more and more raunchy. Note that speculation upon whether or not you have “the nerve” is not a dare in itself. “The nerve” can be seen as a bad thing, i.e. “You’ve got some nerve, doing that!”

    That said, I don’t know why I bothered to speculate… it says so right there in the About section, this site was originally about posting naughty photos of that Korean model lady… :P

  2. Whoops. Forgot to menion the Statement of Audience. I haven’t read the entire essay, but certain chapters, and at first I found I was quite aggrivated by his piece. I know he didn’t get off on the right foot with me by being so crude and rude about webloggers. I can see where he’s coming from, but I don’t see the necessity in his insulting manner, and furthermore I don’t know why he has allowed himself to get so worked up about it.

    He doesn’t like weblogs, so it should really be easy enough for him to avoid them. He even says that he does avoid them. So the exact reason as to why he felt inclined to write an entire essay about it? I’m not sure. I know that whenever I hear talkback radio, I get really grumpy, as just about every caller will do something to annoy me. But I don’t listen to it when it can be avoided (I’ll ignore it if I can’t do anything else), and I certainly don’t amplify my anger by focussing upon it for any longer than necessary. Like, the extra time needed to write such an essay about why it sucks.

    I have to stop myself there. I’ve said plenty already. I could say much more about this if I wanted to. However, I’d be guilty of the same thing I’m criticising here, getting too worked up about something that angers me. I mean, everyone gets annoyed by freedom of speech from time to time, I reckon.

    That’s been the most positive thing about that essay. It reminded me of my inner rage, and reiterated that I must continually aim to keep it in check. I know what this guy’s complaint is, I just find it sad that

    a) He just had to express his complaint like that instead of just ignoring it, and

    b) He couldn’t do that without being an asshole.

    I will modify his Statement of Audience and put it on my site, though. He is right to a degree, as I said.

    And for the record, I don’t think this site is a good example of what he’d call a bad weblog. I hope the same can be said of mine.

  3. Vegard: congrats with the interviews! you’ll probably do just fine. you might even get the job. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

    Its sunday and I am vountary getting out of bed at eight o’ clock in the morning. why? because I’m going to exercise my new harpoon in the fjord. the fish better not be sleeping.. he he…
    :-)

  4. I know, I know, that’s what I’ve been trying to do. I just find that I sometimes have rather extreme reactions, and I direct my efforts towards moderating them. Usually just takes a little time, is all.

    Nah, “resent” isn’t too strong. At least, if you ask me. Which you did. :P