Geek Mythology

April 26, 2007

Stekare

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April 25, 2007

Shop till you drop

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So theres this huge debate thats going on in Sweden right now called “Väskdebatten”(the bag debate) about an author who wrote a book where she was crtisising the fact that we as western citizens in the first world shop too mutch. Or that we shop as a way to create our identities. Without the shopping who would we be? I think that this author has a point. To me the media has become more and more filled with advertisements. Not really giving anyone a chance to escape it. Product placement has become very common in movies, music videos and tv shows. And everywhere someone is trying to sell something to you. The logotypes are almost on every possible surface that they can be on. From the handels of shopping carts to the wallpaper in the background of glossy party photos. Every time theres a party these days there seems to be a corporate sponsor. Listen to Baile funk and wear Reebok. What the fuck do these two things have to do with one another? The problem is that many of these companies are loading their commercial imagery with numinous qualities. If you buy this you will feel so awesome, you will no longer be an outsider, you will be beautiful for the first time, etc etc. The rhetoric in advertisement enforces negative self images most of the time. We are not who we are supposed to be UNTIL we purchase this certain product. We will never be happy UNLESS we have this certain thing. This constant bombardment of these types of messages are in my opinion harmfull to the human soul. It creates a constant longing, a perpetual state of incompleteness. Nobody like to be alone, and this what I think lies behind the whole idea of advertisment: Ultimatley people think that they will be more popular, likeable and attractive in others eyes if they own certain products. But in my eyes the constant shopping hasn´t made people happier. On the contrary never have people had so much and at the same time been missing so much. This is the paradox of our time, the boss sums it up pretty well in his lyrics:”like a river that dont know where its flowin´, I took a wrong turn and I just kept goin´”

April 24, 2007

Urban legend

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An urban legend has arisen around the song “In the Air Tonight.” According to the legend, the lyrics are based on a tragic event Phil Collins witnessed, usually a drowning (as in the song’s lyrics), in which a man who could have helped the victim, but did not do so. A common ending is that Collins invites this man to a show and sings the song to him, often with a spotlight pointed at him. Afterward, the man is arrested or, in some versions, is wracked with guilt and commits suicide. Some popular variations are:
Collins saw a man drowning but was too far away to do anything, but a man nearby who could have saved him did nothing. (Other versions of this rumor claim that the drowning was not an accident, but murder.)
While vacationing together, Collins’ best friend went for a swim. He began to struggle in the water but Collins, having never learned to swim, could not help. Collins stopped and asked a passing jogger for help; the man refused and Collins’ friend died.
While at camp as a child, Collins awoke to find his counselor missing. Looking outside, he saw the counselor standing by the lake doing nothing to help a drowning boy. (In some versions, the counselor is intentionally letting the boy drown.) [3]
Collins witnessed the rape of his wife and, years later, saw the man drowning but refused to help him.
A young Collins and his best friend were at a lake when a man asked them if they wanted to go sailing. Collins had to eat dinner but promised to come back; when he did, his friend was missing and was never seen again.
Collins, while on a pier with his wife, went down the pier for a brief moment, leaving his wife at the other end. When he returned, he saw that his wife was drowning, but before he could do anything, his wife had died. Collins realized next that there was a man that had stood at the end of the pier and watched the woman drown.
When Phil was younger, he and friend had been playing by a water basin when his friend fell in. Phil, who hadn’t learned to swim, ran to a neighbor’s house for help. When the neighbor answered, he dismissed Phil’s cries for help, as Phil had “cried wolf” in the past. When Phil returned to the basin, he found his friend had drowned in the meantime.
Years later, Collins commented on the legends about the song in a BBC World Service interview:
“ I don’t know what this song is about. When I was writing this I was going through a divorce. And the only thing I can say about it is that it’s obviously in anger. It’s the angry side, or the bitter side of a separation. So what makes it even more comical is when I hear these stories which started many years ago, particularly in America, of someone come up to me and say, ‘Did you really see someone drowning?’ I said, ‘No, wrong’. And then every time I go back to America the story gets Chinese whispers, it gets more and more elaborate. It’s so frustrating, ‘cos this is one song out of all the songs probably that I’ve ever written that I really don’t know what it’s about, you know. ”
The urban legend is referenced in the song Stan by Eminem in the following lyrics:
You know the song by Phil Collins, “In the Air of the Night” [sic]
About that guy who coulda saved that other guy from drowning
But didn’t, then Phil saw it all, then at a show he found him?
Putting the rumors to rest once and for all, Collins stated on VH1 Classic’s “Classic Albums” series that he came up with “99%” of the lyrics on the spot, based on what he felt the vibe was of the dark chords he had improvised over the ominous drum beat. He was “just messing around for fun,” completely unaware that what he was creating would ultimately be the staple song from his next album.

-from Wikipedia

Friendly fascism part 2 or the death coach

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I read an article today in a magazine about a lifestyle coach. She said that most Swedes are afraid of success. That we try to stop ourselves from being more successfull because we are afraid of loosing our old identity. Her example of a successfull humanbeing was a woman who owned her own advertising agency that had competed in two speed races in an african desert in a racing car and won. There was a big picture of her holding up her medals saying that anything was possible. The whole idea of the coach is pretty weird to me. having someone behind you pushing you to always do better. Where you are is never enough, you gotta be number one. Its symptomatic of our society really. The things that count or on the outside. The workaholic becomes a hero in the workplace. He or she can show proof that she is worth something. Being as we are is not something worthwhile, we have to change. We must improve, be better at what we do, gain more success, more money, more respectability in others eyes. Maybe its the nature of the human heart to always want more. But at the same time I think we have a free will to not enter into that competetive world where we need lifestyle coaches to help us achieve great success. Beacuse ultimatley more often than not its all about an individual trip. To make it better for yourself. Very seldom is it a collective trip where the wholeness is taken into consideration. Half the world is starving to death but I have to go climb another mountain or race another dune buggy through the sahara to prove to yalll that Im worth something. Its really the height of egotism. Trips, pets, jobs, and partners all become accessories to decorate the facade or the persona that we choose to show off to the rest of the world. Check out this song and video that I think sums this up pretty well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d-jxkzZbRo

April 23, 2007

Friendly fascism

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So I was over at a friends house who showed me an old movie by German filmmaker Leni Reifenstahl. The movie was called Olympia and it was made as a promotional film for the Olympics that where held in germany in the late 30s. Leni who made this movie had already at the time produced the now infamous film “The triumph of the will” which was al about showing the national socialist party in all its blazing glory. The shots are seductive in Olympia. The pictures of naked and semi naked men with perfectly tuned bodies cross cut between shots of nature and animals at one with the natural environment. But yet there is something that dosent feel quite right. The propaganda is not at all as blatant in Olympia as it is in The triumph of the will, but the fascist unertones are there al the same. Leni Riefenstahl was never intrested in the average looking person, she was obssessed by beauty. And this was her pretext and defense all along. And this is what we again and again are served in the Olympia film. The bodies are not only beautiful but they are displaying perfection. Perfection in how the in slowmotion perform the different sporting events like diving and the roman rings. The bodies are under perfect controll never making one singel false move. This is fascinating, just like the mass rallies in the film Triumph of the Will. Here we see the masses moving like one perfectly synchronized organism. Chanting and showing their devotion to the god like leader. The men are tall and strong, the children are all beautiful and healthy. The estethique of Leni Reifenstahl is dangerous just because of this. Becasue it brings out the longing for these fascist ideals in the viewer. The fact that she is so good at working with the medium makes it even worse.
In a way this very esthetique is and has been developed very much by modern advertising. Here we are all too often presented by perfect looking men and women reminding us that we need to improve ourselves if we are to be accepted by todays standards. You cant be fat short lazy or have bad teeth. The extreme makeover ideal is all over the place and it to has its fascist undertones. The call for perfection lures behind the glossy magazine covers. Not only do our bodies need to be perfect but so do our homes, our children, our lifestyles. This in the long run creates an inhuman and unbearable environment that breeds a kind of mentality that despises weakness and worships strength.

April 21, 2007

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My friend Maria makes kick ass paintings. You can see her work together with Per Stenborgs awesome drawings at Galleri mejan. Starting today at Moderna Museets annex between 4 till 9 at Skeppsholmen. The show goes till the 2nd of May and is open everyday between 12 and 6. Check it!

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Ive had alot of different cultures thrown in my face but theres something about a certain aspect of the swedish entertainment machine that really gives me he creeps. Yesterday an old friend of mine performed with his clown troop on a show called TALANG 2007. It was the classic GONG SHOW scenario with three pseudo celebrities getting to vote people out if they didnt like em. They consisted of two random people and one real famous one. A man namned Bert Karlsson(formerly known as the leader of Ny Demokrati). This man has been around since I moved back home in 1992. hes incredibly popular amomgst alot of swedes and for some mysterious reason he gets alot of airtime on tv. Anyway they all voted my friends out and instead they kept giving high scores to little breakdancing kids and fifteen year old female acrobats. This Bert Karlsson guy has brought us some of the worst music I have ever heard. He has his own record company that pumps out generic pop music that is here today and gone tomorrow. But Swedes eat this stuff up. Music for the masses. And nobody really complains or does anything about it because dudes like him keep coming back like bad breath in the morning. Every night on Swedish public television you can see fools dancing and clapping and singing in shows like Fame Factory, Idol 2007, Talang 2007, Lets Dance, SÃ¥ ska det lÃ¥ta, Melodifestivalen, AllsÃ¥ng pÃ¥ Skansen, Bingolotto, etc, etc. The horror…the horror!

April 20, 2007

Hehe

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070420/wl_nm/hongkong_tycoon_will_dc

April 18, 2007

The original wall that we made for Carin Wester

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The original wall that we made for Carin Wester

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