Happy 4th of July you imperialist bastards!

There’s a comfort in watching crappy movies, because you can always assume that it’s bad and you can concentrate on finding the gems. And then there’s the campy stuff that you can’t help but love. The silent agreement that “this is what the audience wants” and the response from the audience that “yes, this is in fact what I imagine that someone thinks that I want.” Or maybe I’m just getting old and have had a change of standards.

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Pretty man, pretty man, show me the pretty things!

I have a weak spot for stuff that looks pretty, and my work at the museum of architecture gives me an opportunity to browse architecture and design sites without feeling too guilty about it. I thought I’d share a few pretty things I’ve stumbled upon.

Letman has a lot of typographic work up on display at his website: www.letman.com

If you have three hours idle time and wish to browse slightly pretentious but very neat graphic design: catalogtree.net

Cheap-o hosting and HDV cameras allows you, yes you, to be the host of your own show. I’ve found that this everyday cinema is a good way to look at architecture and street-life; much like as Ian commented a while back, that my videos often are of a verité quality, there’s something inspiring about a guy who walks around with a video camera shooting landmarks in London.

Trucker Tom is taking his HDV camera on the road to show you the parts of north America that he’s travelling: hdv.mevio.com

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And here’s a list of inspirational images of robots: psdtuts.com

Japanese high society; getting there

I imagine that designing sex toys gets old – how many different ways of stimulating someone can you come up with? Is there an elbow-orgasmatron somewhere out there? Or a nipple-exploder? It’s all about applying the friction and pression to the same old areas, which is why someone in Japan designed this, a pink blowjob machine:


And even though it might be like shooting paralysed fish in a barrel bucket, here’s some Japaneese TV. Try do discern where in the social hierarchy this show and its’ contenders fit:

Tunsia and back, day 7

And on the seventh day they rested, and they saw that it was ok.

The last day was packing day. We were leaving at noon, and so we’re packed and out of the room with time enough to buy five litres of olive oil and cigarettes. I walk to the medina alone at first, hoping to score some cheap smokes, but my face is not one that invites haggling, and either way I don’t know where to start, and I can’t get the price below 25 dinars per carton.

Somewhat depressed I return to the hotel with the oil and ask Christoffer to come along and hold the business end of the shopping stick. With an air of gorgeous nonchalance he leads the way and within a few minutes we exit the medina with three cartons at 18 dinars each. He’s a God of nonchalance. If there ever is a war he might be that guy who will sell you a can of pork in exchange for gasoline that magically will appear because he knows a guy, but even in peacetime talents such as his are handy as hell.

On our way back we run into a man who sells cigarettes from a plastic bag. He asked what we paid for the ones I’m carrying, and I brazenly (and out of character) answer “fifteen”. He is willing to sell us a carton for 13 dinars, and Christoffer immediately jumps on him and offers ten. I end up buying a carton, and we’re soon back at the hotel.

I walk away and get two cans of harisha, the ubiquitous paprika paste, and we file into the bus. We will be at the airport three hours before departure, not counting delays, and as usual everyone is looking out at the cityscape wondering what this was all about and if there isn’t something that we might have overlooked.

Of course there is. During our week in Tunisia we got to know the country only a little, and what we learned was as superficial as doing more harm than good.

Here are a few advice on going to Tunisia:

* If you don’t like tourist traps, be sure to have read up on the country and have an actual interest in historic sites. Staying with the tour guides will leave you discontented and with an acidic fecal aftertaste.

* Tunisia has no food worth mentioning. This was a huge disappointment as we were all looking forward to something interesting. What we got was a bun with egg and tuna; in my case lots of salad. I have never visited a country with such lack of food tradition, and I imagine that Tunisia has simply picked up the food traditions of it’s conquerors, trying not to offend any-ones palate by aiming for the lowest common denominator: You gotta eat something.

* You might as well be wearing a tattoo spelling out “TOURIST” on your forehead for all the good any camouflage will do. Be prepared to get hassled by a lot of people looking to befriend your money – imagine that “ordinary” Tunisians are a rock band that you would like to get to know, but you can’t get close enough because of the guards and bouncers surrounding them. You will mostly run into guards that are annoying assholes because they are making a living off of you. You will become distant and bitter if you don’t remind yourself of the role that you are playing.

* Make notes of your trip. This will make it easier to blog afterwards, and you won’t forget things like the colosseum you visited.

* Consider going to Egypt instead. I hear Kairo is really cool, and they’re bound to have better food. Or, y’know, don’t fly half way around the earth because you’re conscious of the green-house emissions you’re the financial incentive for.

It was good to get away from Gothenburg for a week, and it was wonderful to travel Tunisia with three friendly people. I don’t know if I’m going on a charter again, but it’s a comparatively cheap way to travel (vaccinations not accounted for) and it would have helped to be better prepared. Being able to smoke anywhere is awesome, I just wish that the coughing would let up soon. I’ve halved my consumption to one pack a day, so I should be able to breath normally any day now.

Also, I ran out of hair wax on the last day and would appreciate it if you would buy me another one for christmas:


Categories & Quicktime

One good thing, one bad thing:

I’m tired of hosting the videos somewhere else, dealing with flash compression and only standard video formats. In order to put my bandwidth to good use I’ll try hosting the videos myself. Let me know if it works/doesn’t.

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The bad thing is that I am braindead and managed to erase all the categories from the posts, transforming them into tags that this layout doesn’t support anyway. Bleh! I guess I’ll do my own layout as soon as the main homepage is finished (insert ironic snort).


Anna along with three others were chosen by curator Power Ekroth to exhibit at HFF for two semesters. I’ve been painting, drilling, masking, and waiting for stuff the past week, and on saturday there was a humble opening. It went well enough, and the exhibition is nice. Simon Fagéus has an excellent video piece up that will be playing a western ditty non-stop, and this will hopefully drive a good percentage of people insane.

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Other than that, I’m not being all that productive, and both my fanclub and carnal relations leave a lot to be desired.