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November 3rd, 2009

08:32 pm - Spacing Out
I've been pretty busy with exams, some new courses, and games these last couple of weeks, so I haven't felt much for updating the blog. Curiously, Wordpress ATE the draft of the last entry I was working on a couple of weeks ago, though it might have been for the best. Still, it did put me off writing for a bit. I do get most of my blogging fix from Twitter, and it's hard to justify filling out those microblog entries to post them here. Still, some of the autumn photos I've been tweeting these last couple of days might deserve a post of their own.
I'm listening a lot to Yellow Magic Orchestra, Gorillaz, the Deltron 3030 album, and Mr Scruff at the moment, and I'm definitely starting to feel inspired to write some mammoth music posts. That is, if I can tear myself away from studies and Red Faction Guerrilla, which I got extremely cheap from Impulse, Stardock's equivalent to the Steam store. I hear that store is less restrictive than Steam when it comes to DRM, so by all means, give it a look if gaming is your thing.

Read the rest over at Electrophotonic.com

Oh, and I got into the student rocket experiment team at KTH! YES! More info behind the link.

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October 19th, 2009

06:54 pm - My thoughts on geekiness, now I want yours
There is no other concievable image for this postA thought struck me while compiling a list of my favorite Lego sets from my childhood; While displaying a certain level of geekiness has become much more socially accepted in later years, the rise of the Internet and the prevalence of tech in daily life almost certainly being a major contributing factor, how much is too much?

I know I'm asking this question to a group consisting of mainly of comic artists and furries, but here goes:

Is any level of displayed geekiness, as in having lots of special interests and hobbies and not hiding them socially acceptable as long as you also display a good set of social skills (I think we can all agree that trying to steer every coffee table conversation to your topics of interest is an instant disqualification here) and never loose the ability to laugh at yourself, or can there be too much of it regardless?

I've never made any attempts to hide my geeky hobbies (which to date, include astronomy, Linux systems, model airplanes, comics, board games, vintage synths, toy camera photography, and motherfucking Lego), as these are part of what defines me as a person. My personal website/blog indulges completely in all these special interests, but if people are reading it then they most likely are interested in me and my thoughts and opinions, so I just go full blast (probably at the cost of readership).

So what are your thoughts on this matter?

(I'd post a geeky pic of myself but I still haven't managed to make my external drive with all photos work with this computer. But really, could I have used any other image for this post?)

Current Music: La Roux

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October 18th, 2009

12:15 am - G'damn it
Wordpress at my draft. I had been working on it for a couple of hours. I saved it, screen refreshed, and suddenly it was all gone. I had a partial version of it in another browser window, but srsly wtf. Maybe this crap isn't all it's cranked up to be.

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October 17th, 2009

09:58 pm - The Moog Minimoog - Demonstration Video
Crossposted from Electrophotonic.com

I’ve spent a lot of time raving about the wonderful Moog Minimoog, but I think this Youtube video demonstrates better than anything in writing just how neat it is.

As mentioned earlier, if you have a USB keyboard and want to have a go yourself, there's a demo of the emulated version available. I'd play around with it more myself if it wasn't for the input lag I'm experiencing. I'll get around to sorting that out sooner or later...

Oh, and if you were wondering about the sporadic updates, I've got LOADS of posts in the pipeline, but so little time to finish any of them!

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October 8th, 2009

08:59 pm - Ridge Racer Type 4. Ten years old but still fresh, and awesome music to boot!
This is a game I’ve wanted to write about for a long time. Not so much for its gameplay, but for its presentation and above all music, both of which I think have stood the test of time remarkably well. Warning, opinionated author!

Don't miss the music! It's a streaming player so you don't have to download anything.

Read the rest over at Electrophotonic.com

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12:35 am - Obligatory autumn photo stroll
Yesterday I headed off to Nikon HQ in Solna to have my D40 DSLR Checked & Cleaned. On the way I got sucked into one of my Photo Strolls, this time around Hagalund. The weather was great and everything had suddenly turned very autumny (been holed up inside playing video games and working on this blog too much the last week, I guess). The whole service took 15 minutes instead of the expected two or three days, so I left with my camera ready for more shooting! I decided to take a stroll through Haga Norra cemetary on the way back. It's ginormous and has some very impressive family graves.

Read the rest over at Electrophotonic.com

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October 3rd, 2009

04:10 pm - Causeries of a hungover geek

Yesterday at work, as I was exchanging my 20 krona note for two 10 krona coins in the changing machine, in order to buy a 17 krona ice cream from the vending machine for my sore throat, the following occurred to me.

Since I can only use the coins in the machine, they are actually more valuable to me than the note. Following this line of thought, two ten krona coins should NOT equal one twenty krona note, but instead, say, 22 kronas in note-money. It’s obvious a system like this must be implemented immediately! So what will happen? I Am Not an Economist, but I gave it some thought over a couple of beers, and here’s my take on it.

Continue reading at Electrophotonic.com

Btw, tell me if you find it annoying that I don't post the whole thing here directly. It's mostly to due with laziness; there's some formatting in the Wordpress posts that would have to be changed in order to display properly in LJ, and I just can't be arsed to go through it all.

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September 28th, 2009

10:22 pm - Snel råbott
Crossposted from Electrophotonic.com

Sony might be a bitch of a company at times, designing their own proprietary standards as soon as they get a chance and filling everything with DRM. On the other hand, they never seem afraid of innovating, and seem (or, well, at least seemed) eager to pour money into crazy new ideas.

I've seen this little gadget in the window of the Sony Store in Stockholm, but it was always powered down and I had no idea what it did.


Amazing how expressive a gizmo like that can be, even though it doesn't have a face and is limited to just a few degrees of freedom. I guess that says something about how easy we humans anthropomorphize things. At least this particular robot is about as far from the uncanny valley you can get.

Of course it has no practical use and at $399 is just an expensive toy. According to Wikipedia, production has been discontinued. Too bad Sony's amazing QRIO humanoid robot met the same fate, even long before the economic crisis.

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September 27th, 2009

07:26 pm - A bit of summer in the middle of September
A couple of weeks ago me and Stina started talking about going on a road trip together over a weekend, and last week we decided to go for it. On Thursday the 17th I met up with her in a café in Jönköping, and together we headed out to the island of Visingsö in lake Vättern, for a weekend away from city life.

Read the rest over at Electrophotonic.com!

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September 26th, 2009

10:38 pm - With pompa and ståt!

My new blog/homepage
electrophotonic.com is open!

This is also the reason I've hardly touched any social media the last weeks. I've been messing with my home server, setting up this self-hosted blog.

We'll see where this goes. I'll be writing primarily about (electronic) music and (analog) photography, but also about pirates, gaming, computers, and just old fashioned blogging in general. It's also a place to archive writings in general, and in the future I hope to incorporate a gallery and some other stuff.

Comments will be public after approval (just an anti-spam measure), and if you have a Gravatar it should show up (check that service out, it's neat). Oh, and the background image rotates every hour, see if you can catch 'em all!!1

Mind you, this journal isn't dead. I'll be cross-posting most of the stuff from electrophotonic.com here, and of course, you won't find those rare friends-only posts in that public space.

Oh right, please tell me if the site feels sluggish. I should be set bandwidth-wise, but the server hosting this isn't exactly the speediest. 800MHz PowerPC G4. \o/ Thank god for the Debian project.
Current Mood: accomplished

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