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A Bed Time Story

Once upon a time, there were a king and a princess, who lived in a castle. And one day, a dragon, who liked princesses, came to visit. And that was the end.

The 4-year-old

I predict great things for this one.

Time

I’m getting myself into a time problem, and I’m not sure how to solve it.

So, yeah, as you know I’ve got a wife. And we have kids. I’ve also got a job. I need to sleep. And I’ve got hobbies: Running, gaming, writing posts for this site, and reading books.

I’m terrible at multitasking, but I’ve managed to combine some of these hobbies to a certain degree. I placed an old television set in front of the treadmill, and hooked it up with a Chromecast dongle. So now I cover some of my gaming needs by watching other people play games on YouTube or Twitch while I’m running.

I’ve also tried to combine gaming and writing by putting together quite a lot of computer game reviews over the years. This isn’t ideal, though, because the reviews often feels a bit forced, probably because I played the game just to write a review. What’s the fun in that? Playing the game should lead to writing the review, not the other way around.

The third multitasking-esque thing I do is reading books while I’m commuting. This actually works out very well. I’ve had the A Book A Month project going for about three years now, and it’s been a raging success. I don’t think I’ve ever read as many books as I do these days.

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I, Doomsday Prepper

Has paranoia finally got the best of me, and turned me into an irrational Doomsday Prepper, or is it a legitimate, reasonable plan?

A couple of weeks ago, the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DBS) launched an emergency preparedness campaign. It advised every Norwegian household to prepare itself to stay self-sustained for three days. While we’re lucky enough to live in one of the most stable and safe countries in the world, major crisis events might still happen.

As a modern society, we’re heavily dependent on power, water supply, and the internet for our society to function. If these things stop working, we’re straight back to the Middle Ages. To prevent people from partying like it’s 1099, every household should prepare an emergency storage containing the items it needs to stay afloat for three days without power, water supply, and an internet connection.

Items you should have in your emergency storage.
Some of the items you should have in your emergency storage. Photo by Gaute Gjøl Dahle / DBS.
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Hiatus

It’s been 12 years since the last time I declared hiatus. Now it feels like it’s that time again.

I’ve been posting to this site semi-regularly for almost two decades. I’ve had a few breaks, though, and both in 2005 and 2006, I went on hiatus. I needed a good, long break from the site, and it needed one from me. Whenever I’ve gone on hiatus, the reason has been that the joy of writing hasn’t really been there. If I were a professional writer, I’d probably call it a writer’s block.

Now I’ve reached that point again. I’ve got a crapload of drafts laying around, but no need to finish any of them. Every time I sit down and give it a try, I’ve only written a sentence or two before I’ve saved the draft, and gone off to do something else instead. That “something else” has usually been playing a computer game, which is something I really enjoy at the moment. I recently finished Not Tonight – which I’ve tried to write a review of like five or six time now – and I’ve also rediscovered Endless Space 2.

So there you have it. I’m off for a while. But I’m not disappearing off the radar completely. A Picture A Day will still be updated daily-ish. I’ll still be reading books. And the one-liners collection will be updated on the first of every month. You can also look me up on Twitter and Mastodon, where I occasionally spread the good word.

If you get withdrawals because of the lack of new content, you can probably find something you’ve not read before among the 2234 posts in the archive. And before you know it, I’m back to posting my incoherent ramblings on this site again.

Catch you on the flip side.

Back To The Rat Race

After four months of parental leave, it’s time to start preparing mentally for work again.

It’s been four very pleasant months, I’ll tell you that. The toddler really likes to sleep, which has given me 2+ hours every day to use as I please. Anyone with kids know what kind of amazing luxury that is. I didn’t have any ambitious plans for the parental leave, but I did have a general idea of what we’d do. Did everything work out as expected? Well, the kid is still alive, so I’d definitely call the four months a personal success just because of that. I also managed to get some basic maintenance done around the house, and that’s always a good thing.

During me leave, I’ve had some personal quality time as well. I’ve spent an unhealthy amount of time playing Stellaris, Grand Theft Auto V, and a few other games. It’s not the most productive use of ones time, but personally, I think it’s worth it. On the creative side, I’ve managed to shove out more posts on this site than usual. So far this year, I’ve published 49 entries, 10 more than the total amount last year. That deserves a quiet golf clap. The number of readers have come down to a mere trickle, though, as my Facebook clicks have almost dried up.

I should probably write about more juicy stuff than I do now. Perhaps come up with a conspiracy theory, or some other lies, I hear that’s what the kids on the internet are into now.

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