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Archive for December, 2007

Ahmed riding the Buffalo in Colorado

Here is Ahmed riding the buffalo in Denver:

The bull is standing outside Denver History Museum. A great place telling about the Utes (Native Americans) and how they were totally thrown out of Colorado, today their reservations are in the far southwest of Colorado, desert country between Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Country that holds gems like Monument Valley and Gran Canyon (where I’m heading of to these next days!), but also Silverton Mountain, where I must go (one lift, no trails, yes)

Ahmed is almost done with military school in Pennsylvania. This summer he is going home to Egypt, where he will join the Egyptian navy force.

That way Denver offers some very different acquaintances, last I stayed at the hostel I met Murphy, a completely different character.

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Kerouac & Kierkegaard

So I finally finished Kerouac’s On the road, oh that beat generation: high on life, lust and drugs. “Burn burn burn as spiders across the sky”, and even stars go black and beat. But dig it and kick it:

“Lucille would never understand me because I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till I drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.”

“At lilac evening I walked with every muscle aching among the lights of 27th and Welton in Denver colored section, wishing I were a Negro, feeling that the best the white world had offered me was not enough ecstasy for me, not enough life, joy, kicks, darkness, music, not enough night.”

(See, black people are cooler!)

“But they need to worry and betray time with urgencies false and otherwise, purely anxious and whiny, their souls really won’t be at peace unless they can latch on to an established and proven worry and having once found it they assume facial expressions to fit and to go with it, which is, you see, unhappiness, and all the time it all flies by them and they know it and that too worries them no end.”

Well, this roaring superficial rampage and consumption of life seems though to lack something in the end. There falls a melancholy or neglect of something when all is done. This beatness is not just tiredness.

Kerouac knows; the book’s last sentence unveils Dean, the rampager in excess, not finding his roots and values. There is no goal, no A to B reasoning, no stronghold, just reckless search with own lust as primus movens

Say, is it Kierkegaard roaming in the back of the head? Dean the Aestetic?

(Was it Andersen who said “to travel is to live”, but Kierkegaard never could understand pathetic Andersen, and Kierkegaard did certainly not travel much.)

Det ny DR – Politikens leder

Politikens leder fra 20. december:

“KONSEKVENSERNE AF, at man fra politisk side har behandlet DR, som var det en privat virksomhed og krævet nedskæringer i programmerne for at kunne betale for murstenene, får vi for alvor at se og høre fra det nye år, når besparelserne træder i kraft. Da er det så, at man i sin ophidselse foran apparaterne skal huske, at det ikke nødvendigvis er Danmarks Radio, der er noget galt med. Til gengæld kan man roligt rette sin ophidselse mod flere års politisk veltilrettelagt og professionelt styret undergravende arbejde.”

20 kommentarer i skrivende stund.

– aggregator-Niels

Ære være Birthe Rønn Hornbech

Vores kære kirkeminister har ganske vist kristne værdier, men disse, som hun har, kan jeg dog respektere fuldt ud.

Senest fremturende for religionsfrihed og -lighed i Jyllandsposten (som har det fra Information):

“Mit udgangspunkt er, at det er op til muslimerne selv. De skal have samme mulighed for at have bedehuse som alle andre. Men som hos alle andre trossamfund er det på deres eget initiativ,”

Hvis et saadant projekt skulle finde stoette hos statsmidler eller institutioner, saa er belaegget, at det paa sigt vil gavne det kulturelle Danmark, hvis demokratiske muslimer faar en mere fremtraedende position i samfundet (Jo flere fortolkere af sandheden jo bedre!).

Jeg ved ikke om der findes sadanne praemisser i Hornbechs lovbog, men hvor der er politisk vilje er der vej.

Hornbech har netop faerdiggjort en forelaesningsraekke om sit liv: Fra krigsbarn til folkevalgt. (feed)

The Wombats – Let's Dance to Joy Division

Recommended by Thomas Soerensen.

Facebook Identity Crisis and a round for the bar

This video is shoot a while ago, when Mattias and I where in Vail, and after skiing went to Pepis (Austrian Bar, Matthias the Bavarian was happy).

Matthias is checking his facebook, but suddenly everything feels eerie (uncanny, unheimlich or just read Heart of Darkness – the horror), he is not on his facebook account but mine, it is my laptop.

So he is confirming my friendship with Cecil, who works on the Barack Obama campaign and had the pleasure to meet him, when the presendential candidate was in Austin, Texas.

Later in the video the man playing George Thorogoods ‘One Bourbon, One Schotch, One Beer’ (John Lee Hooker with the original) is doing a neat and tight job, i love that, later he also played Roadhouse Blues with The Doors (“woke up this morning and got myself a beard”). Suddenly he stops though, to suggests an odd deal…

The waitress you might catch a glimpse of in the Austrian clothing was not from Bavaria, but still beautiful. (This note is mostly for my Aunt and Mum, they always asks if I meet any girls.)

Boulder, Rose Hill Drive, Tommy Seebach and Thomas Soerensen

I spend a day in Boulder yesterday. Beautiful city, walking down Pearl Street you see every kind of living, it’s hipsters, it’s students, it’s hobos. The city lies just beneath the Rocky Mountains and the Rocky Mountains National Park, that’s means endless fun of skiing in the winter and mountain biking / hiking in the summer.

To get their I went north of Denver and turned right on route 7, which goes straight west hitting Boulder just before the grand Rocky Mountains rises from the great planes.

I shoot a video, the road is just straight straight straight, with the Rocky Mountains rising behind, and then you pass a bicycling man, geeze!

To state the importance of Boulder cultural achievements I could mention Rose Hill Drive, which I discovered at ACL in Austin this September. This ‘American power rock trio’ with roots to Led Zeppelin and Cream according to wikipedia.

They play in hometown Boulder with the Meat Puppets on Dec 30 and Dec 31, oh man, when I discovered that, I was so ready to call up Jakob and rearrange our plans to go there instead of Las Vegas by New Years.

Rose Hill Drive – Reptilian Blues (live)
Rose Hill Drive – Cool Cody
Rose Hill Drive – Showdown

The Boulder visit reminded me of the band, but at the shop they were sold out of Rose Hill Drive cd’s, so going to the internet site to buy their songs, I tripped over Rose Hill Drive homage to Tommy Seebach, ‘the Danish king of pop’,(flash-site, so go to Music+Video, scroll down), and his song Apache.

The song Thomas Soerensen so kindly also paid homage to by spreading the youtube-videolink:

(This is not the original but a remix with AC/DC, lovely)

By the way, Thomas Soerensen stopped his blog (Have you let facebook take over all your online communications?)

German drinking

Matthias enjoying a Fat Tire in Breckenridge:

Look, my Nokia skis

About a week ago I bought these skis from Nordica (or Nokia…). It is Nordica’s test fatski from last years, Supercharger Enforcer, it measures 135mm, 98mm, 125mm. This years looks like this.

With only 98mm under foot, the ski has a lot of body and is easier to turn on slopes. (Nordicas real fatski is the Supercharger Blower (139-110-129) which really will make you float in that heavenly powder.)

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This is how they look when you hold them on your shoulder in the offpist

WordPress as social network service

In my class research in web 2.0 i’ve been propagandaing for WordPress being able to be a social network service (SNS) as facebook and myspace.

This ability came to my notice, when I heard about Buddypress, which is a project of Andy Peatling‘s.

Other projects are out there, gigaom.com describes DiSo and it’s abilities as a SNS based on a WordPress foundation:

“But those who already use WordPress probably want to build a strong and persistent online presence and identity. Plus they’re the geeky sort, with whom with the idea of a unified, distributed social network might resonate. And at least some of them are refocusing on blogging. The next hot social network might just be built out of blogs.”

Yes, I am one of them.

Other addressings in the article The next social network: WordPress:

Why blogs and not Facebook or MySpace
WordPress, why and how
WordPress, why and how (based on Danah Boyd’s thoughts)

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