Shortie

April 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm (Personal Blog, Uncategorized, When in South Africa, Wisdom for Tomorrow) (, , , , , , )

I just saw a bit of a program on E! about people that buy desserts for 25 000 $ American, take baths in Evian water and have diamonds rubbed on them. It made me frustrated. I also became frustrated when a classmate of mine casually spent money on buying the Microsoft office package alongside his new mac book.

I don’t have much money, i couldn’t afford to do what my classmate did. And yet i can’t find ways to spend it. When i do spend my money, i want it to be meaningful.

I do pirate things, but then i buy everything that i actually like or need, when i can afford it. Every now and then i make an attempt to stop pirating but bad experiences prevent that from happening. I would buy something without the possibility of properly previewing it and end up being disappointed.

I used the Open Office package because i found it better than the popular microsoft alternative up until the 2007 version. Now it actually offers something which Open Office doesn’t, like a better layout and a pleasant usability (i haven’t thought what it is that does it exactly, i should), but i’m not convinced yet it justifies the 2000kr price tag as opposed to the Open Office alternative.

Spending money in a meaningful way is hard in a capitalist society, where a lot of commerce is based on accidental buys and the power of marketing which encourages you to spend your money on things that you don’t really want or need.

With all this enforced on me by media and my co-dependent personality, it is hard for me to know what it is that I really want.

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Photography

February 15, 2009 at 8:19 am (Design, Personal Blog, When in South Africa) (, , , )

Hi all This week we had a photography class in school, and you can see some of the pictures i liked at the end of this post. Those pictures aren’t the ones i’ve submitted, as the task was to photograph specific subjects in specific, premeditated ways, which proved to be very hard for me as i come from a street photography background. But thanks to that, i earned a lot.

In other news, i finaly got a scooter πŸ™‚ It’s a Vuka, believe that’s a local brand. I don’t have a picture of it, but i will. To be honest, i don’t like the way it looks at all but it gets me places and it was cheap. It’s still a bit scary to be out in the traffic on it, but i’m getting used to it very rapidly.

When i get back home i think i will set getting a yellow Vespa as one of my goals in life. But first i need to check out the traffic laws, as in what kind of vehicle does the Vespa count as, do i need a special licence for it, can it be taken on the highway and so on and so fort. If anyone knows, i would really appreciate a little comment here with some info, so i at least know where to start looking.

The day before yesterday was also the first time i attended a CouchSurfing meet. I loved it a lot, the people were wonderful and i got a couple of new contacts, even to a pair living just across the street from me! I can literally see their windows from my balcony. How cool is that. Also a girl called Mandy, with the cutest facial expressions, asked for the address to my blog so she can check out my projects πŸ™‚ Unfortunately, after a couple of drinks my face problems started acting up again , but i hope ppl didn’t mind. I really need to do something about that…

Anyway, here come the pics.

Tall Metropolitan Building

Jellies in the grass

Jelly-o-rite

Mountain cloud

Stop, sit, roll, relax

Smirk

Rose

A corn

Back to the roots

Vibrant

Sweet composition

Skewed Metropolitan Building

Ps. I tried changing the way this blog shows my pictures… what do you think?

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Bag and Shoe of happiness

January 31, 2009 at 1:33 pm (Personal Blog, School, When in South Africa)

So the first week of school is over. My class is nice, they’ve accepted me after the first day. I still haven’t got any contacts tho, so this weekend will be spent alone, again. But i get a feeling this is the last time.

I desperately need a means of transport to become more independent. I was hoping to get a scooter this weekend, but the guy i’m buying from seems to be away just this weekend so i will most likely get on on monday, i hope. Otherwise there is a girl in class who is selling her old one, but the resell value on that one isn’t as high, so i aiming for the other one. It’s a Yamaha BWS 100. The BWS stands for Big Wheel Scooter, which apparently makes it an off road scooter. Ever heard of anything like that? 100 stands for 100cc, which is the size of the engine, but even despite that Johan assures me it’s the best possible scooter to get, and since i don’t know squat about those and i can’t get a vespa, i’ll trust him.

The first week of school was pretty intense. I worked from 9 to 20 every day, and was done by Thursday afternoon with only printing left for friday. Unfortunately everything took a lot more time as usual, and i help out Suzanna with her project a bit too, so i ended up at home around 15, just before the heavy traffic hit. I really need my own transport.

The result of my first week at CPUT and a small miniature showing the backside.

The result of my first week at CPUT and a small miniature showing the backside.

In other news, my favourite sneakers broke. It’s a pair i bought when i was last in Vienna, since i couldn’t find a pair i like at home. I exchanged the shoelaces from the original black ones to red before i came here, so its a very personal pair of sneakers to me. All the more annoying that they broke.

Original Shoe

But, very unusually for me i decided to fix them myself. This course of action is probably inspired by the book Bohemian Manifesto which i am (still) reading. I could have given them to a shoemaker for repairs, or even worse thrown them out and gotten and new pair. But they weren’t all that badly broken, all that happened was that one seam broke on the outer side of the shoe, so it wasn’t really a hole, just a minor cosmetically rip.

With some determination i took a sewers kit and a red thread, and i sow up the rip myself. I’m actually pretty proud of myself. The new seam is very visible, and adds another nuance of red to the shoe, and a whole lot of personality. It feels incredibly good to do something practical with your hands, without any prior knowledge or training or help.

The new seam in my shoes

The new seam in my shoes

It’s incredible how good a rip in your shoe can make you feel.

PS. sorry for the crappy quality of the pictures recently, i’ve been using my new camera -.-

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Living away from home

January 24, 2009 at 2:04 pm (Design, Personal Blog, School, When in South Africa) (, , , )

Heja

So things have been happening at the University. Next week is the first week of school for normal South African students. The first years have an orientation week, but everyone else just continues their education as normal. Not sure how this is going to work out for me, as it’s becoming more and more obvious that the university here hasn’t really got a plan for receiving Masters students. So people are unsure how it is supposed to work and preferably it would be nice if someone else took care of that problem for them. I’ll be there Monday morning, but i ‘m still not sure what will happen. I would love to do my own projects, got at least 2 proposals.

This is a picture specialy for Ahrens. Check description.

This is a picture specialy for Ahrens. Check description.

I have started moving my blog to my private domain. You can look at its start here, but it’s just an empty page now. Depending on what happens in school, i will be working on creating my own CSS and some custom features. I hope it’s easier than i think it is, but understanding someone else’s code is never simple. My goal is to have a couple custom made CSS you can choose from and exploring the blog in terms of usability.

Since i moved here, the cultural differences have been creeping up on me slowly. I really love how the generally mentality of the people is. They are all really friendly and eager to meet a new face. One major difference i’ve noticed is eating at home. Not many people do it. There’s no point. It takes time and effort, and is likely to be more expensive than eating out. So very few people cook at home, and they do it mostly for pleasure. It made me realize, the the way of life i had been taught at home, doesn’t have to apply. ‘The proper way’ of doing things is just a way i’ve been taught because of local reason, cultural or habitual. Interesting.

If you peel all of that away from me, i wonder what would be left?

*lick*

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Postponing

January 20, 2009 at 8:25 pm (Personal Blog, School, When in South Africa) (, , , , , , , )

Heya

I’m working on a bigger post expaining the majority of my move here, but it’s so big it’s taking time and effort. For now i have a little treat for you.

I’m finaly moved and settled in with Johan, one of the professors at my school. I got my very own room here, and it’s a totaly awsome appartment. Johan is an amazing and intrigueging guy (avoiding the word interesting here), and i hope to learn more about him and from him during my stay here.

I’ve also found out more about how school works. Apparently masters student are much more valued here. I don’t really have the same possition as most students. I’m even able to propose a project which i can do as part of my education. I think i will do the GVC website that way, it’s a wonderfull opportunity to work with a user group that needs my work.

Oh and about the appartment again. It’s got really good internet, by a wireless modem! And i don’t mean that it sends a WLAN around, it acctually gets the internet via 3G. Amazingly good speed. Johan chose to do it this way because heΒ  refuses to use land lines, that are owned by Evil Corporation. That means i have decent internet.

So here’s a treat for you.Β  I would edit it but for some reason i don’t have Movie Maker 😦 Does any one know a good alternative?

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Semi Success

August 10, 2008 at 11:35 am (Design, Personal Blog, When In Poland)

Ok, i realize now that adding a RSS feed to my blog is in fact very easy and having had difficulty with it for so long is slightly embarrassing. I was not aware of the existence of widgets at all you see πŸ™‚ Never the less i have managed to add a RSS feed from my GiantBomb account, but it’s a a semi success only. I wanted to add a feed of all my activities from that site, but unfortunately it seems to be broken right now. So i have to be content with adding the feed from my blog there.

Other then that I’ve spent all too much time at home this weekend. I didn’t feel like going out on Friday so i guess i’ll have to sit and wait until the next occasion arises, which is kindof boring. I’m using my extra time on thinking about how to make my portfolio, as it is indeed about time πŸ˜‰ I’ve also spruced up this page a little bit, adding things like recent comments and stats to my sidebar. I’m thinking about exchanging the layout, but we will see.

Hear from me soon ^^

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Two News

July 22, 2008 at 3:58 pm (Computer Games, Personal Blog, When In Poland) (, , )

Hello all!

It’s been a while, and by now you are probably all expecting an explanation to why i have not been writing. That’s too bad, because i don’t really have one. I just got out of touch. One thing i can come think of writing about the past month is that i didn’t get into my masters education because of a technical error in the database. It’s all fixed now so no biggie.

I wanted to write about two things to you. I will try to keep it short.

The first thing is a site called Giant Bomb. It’s a community/wiki about gaming, games and gamers; run by a bunch of people who got fired or quit GameSpot for different reason, the most known of them being Jeff Gerstmann. I want to support the site as much as i can, because i love the concept. So no i officialy announce that all my gamer-relater topics will be moved there. I will try to fix some sort of cross-posting so that everything i write there pops up here, or at least to have notices. Maybe somethings with RSS feeds? Does anyone know how to do it? Also, i’ve put an extensive bio of me as a gamer up on that site which might be worth your while. Read it!

The second thing i wanted to write about is that i’m going to Poland today πŸ™‚ Yepp, it’s that time of the year. This time i will stay longer than usual, a whole 3 weeks, then i’m off to Austrial as usual. But to brake my pattern, i will land in Krakow to visit my old friend Lukasz Halastra aka Lucas D’Hala. Also i will be hopefuly recieving visitors from Sweden, Tomek, Kalle and Christina have expressed interest in coming down and traveling with me. It’s something i want to do, visit more of Poland than just my home town, get to know more people and see more sights. I’m trying to challange myself as much as possible and break my bubble of comfort to develop more as a person. I will be comming to Lodz on tha 24th, and after that it’s very vague up untill around the 16th of August when i plan to travel to Austria, and where i take my return flight to Sweden from. As per tradition i will try to write in this blog about anything i experiance, which usualy is a lot, so expect extra updates πŸ™‚ Even daily ones.

I’m not sure of an internet connection up untill i’m in Poland, so i might take a little brake untill then, but in that case i will write my posts in notepad and post them at a later notice.

Hope to see you here again soon πŸ™‚

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I’ve had just about enough

May 24, 2008 at 11:01 pm (Personal Blog)

This has been one crapy week. It’s like everything just aligned perfectly to make me miserable. Even my ******* game breaks and now i have to wait for a gm, 380 in front of me in que. Good luck with that…

So it started with my Xbox breaking. Not so serious, but still ticked me off. Then we got extra work from school, which forced me to cancel all the plans i had for the week. I don’t even remember most of the small thing but there was constantly something the entire week. A store was out of something i wanted, i just missed a bus, and something went not as I planed it… And i hate when my plans fail. Really hate.

So i thought maybe the weekend will make up for it but no-o. In total, 4 of my … friend back out of previous arrangements at two occasions, all of them less than 8 hours before we were supposed to meet… The first one was ok, kind of had a valid reason, but all of this crap is just PILING UP! I’m seriously trying to sound pissed off here, I’m not sure I’m any good at it.

Oh yeah, and i have school on Sunday at 10.30, then i have to go buy flowers for my, so i hope i will make it in time… that’s the last and only thing i still can look forwards to in this week.

The Gay Crusader

People ditching me happen uncomfortably often. This irks me probably more than other people, because of the things in life i don’t like, having my plans ruined is in the top 3, if not the thing i hate the most. I was discussing this with a friend over a pizza, kind of saying that since it happens to me all the time i should be used to it… Lack of self respect? But otherwise i’d probably lose many friends if i’d get angry every time they bail… His point was if people don’t respect the time and effort i put into meeting them, are they really friends worth having? I’m seriously going to give this some thought.

*curses a lot* Seriously.

Just not to talk about negative things all the time, i’ve started playing Age of Conan, which i like very much so far, and the outlook is that i will like it even more with time. Other positive things…. ****, beats me.

I’m going back to work…

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RROD

May 20, 2008 at 9:22 pm (Personal Blog)

Hal 360

So guess what i got the other day. I came home pretty late from school, and one of my roommates comes up to me and says: “Oh btw i tried putting your Xbox on and a weird red blinking light appeared”…. FUCK!

Acctualy it’s not that bad. I found myself not caring all that much, and decided to put up a little bit of an act to get people weary of using my stuff, and seem at least a bit human πŸ˜› The next morning i called up the support, instead of contacting Michel like i should have. It’s a 3 weeks repair time. I guess i’ll live.

The biggest bummer is that i can’t play GTA4 right now, even if i don’t feel like it all that much. Only problem is, i’ve gotten quite into listening to the soundtrack of the game, and that peps me for playing more… But i can’t. Well, whatever.

Today i met up with Helena in town. It was really sweet, we went out to eat sushi and had coffe, also went shopping a little bit. Helena is really cool, i enjoyed spending time with her imensly. She’s very easy going, i like that. She is also my favorite asian. I’ll explain that some day. She’s still not better than a cheetah, though. Also, this is a picture of her ear.

Helenas Ear

I guess this isn’t directly one of my ‘quality posts’, but i just wanted to ventilate some things. Thanks for reading again ^^

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Time lapse

May 1, 2008 at 4:01 pm (Computer Games, Personal Blog)

Finaly i have a little bit of free time. Me and Cia finished earlier today, and besides that i decided to sleep over at the office again, kindof to escape from everything for a while. This gives me several hoursΒ  this day to do whatever i want with.

So this week has been rather bad for me. It started with me getting rejected for the job at Massive, realizing i’m very unhappy with some aspects of my life, and some other stuff i don’t think are apropriate to bring up here. On top of that it’s the last week before the first draft of my work is due, so i didn’t really have time to deal with it all.

Thankfully, today i’ve reached the point where i feel in total controll over those parts of my life i want to change. I’m not woried over what the future holds. I’m interested in the possibilities it will bring, instead. Also i’ve realized how much i like working with my school stuff. Right now i can totaly see myself doing something like this full time and not only not beeing bothered by it, but enjoying it greatly. This has probably something to do with how well this workday went ^^

So about GTA4… I’ve played it two afternoons this week, and to be absolutely honest i don’t see what everybody is so excited about. It’s still the same old GTA like Vice City was, with better graphics and more believable character, but a horrible driving system instead. Or i’m just not used to it yet, not sure. I really can’t see why so many gaming sites give it top scores. Maybe i’m still too early on in the game, or maybe my bad mood has affected my judgement. However that is unlikely as a close friend of mine shared my opinions when we played the game together yesterday.

Anyway, this will be all for today, this post contains what i wanted to tell and right now i don’t want to spend more time writing anyway. So, thank you for reading, and see you soon ^^

PS. This post was brought to you without spellcheck.

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