If you want to wish somebody a happy birthday and their web site is currently down, all you have to do is to re-run the same video you ran last year. Handy!
Have another nice year, Geirsan!
Tags: holidays, xmas
Santa-elect’s seasonal address
Tags: father's day
While Germany celebrates both the 80th anniversary of the notorious Kristallnacht and the 19th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the second Sunday of November is being celebrated as Father’s day here. For ten years my father has spent the second Sunday of November and every other day here:
A couple of more pictures of my father here.
Young age is the only medical condition which cures by itself. Thomas is celebrating his birthday today. Since I have no access to my video editing tools right now, all I can bring in as a greeting is this birthday song.
Happy birthday, Thomas!
Tags: alzheimer's, dementia, margaret thatcher
Carol Thatcher describes how she detected that her mother, former British PM Margaret Thatcher has a dementia. I have a very personal reason to express my sympathy to Ms Thatcher: my mother, who is just three years younger than Margaret Thatcher, had similar symptoms approximately at the same time and was eventually diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s decease is the most common reason for dementia.
As a comfort to Carol Thatcher, as well as for myself, I can say that while watching our beloved ones suffer dementia is a very painful experience, the patients themselves tend to feel happy about their general condition. Although it will not help Mrs. Thatcher or my mother, I hope that stem cell research and other medical research are eventually going to discover a cure for dementia. Taking in consideration that a large part of the World’s population is aging rapidly, a breakthrough would bring releaf for billions of people allover the World.
I would have made a video to congratulate Andre on his birthday but my webcam is temporarily out of business and I have a limited access to other media tools. Which is why I am just saying happy birthday, Andre.
I spent most of today in court, sued by the City of Helsinki, also counter suing the city. The issue as such is of little substantial importance but principles sometimes cost as well. Once in a while somebody needs to stand up and defend their rights in the interest of the general public.
My first choice lawyer was unable to attend due to a considerable geographical distance which is why I did not even ask him. I hope he still considers himself as my first choice in German jurisdiction and geographical locations convenient for himself. Not that I would expect to be sued or sue in Germany or nearby.
My local lawyer made a splendid performance. He displayed an outstanding ability to make difference between relevant and irrelevant without failing to point out the most essential arguments of my case. I am glad to say that we had a very good mutual understanding in and outside the courtroom. Half a word or even an unspoken gesture prompted an adequate response in our mutual performance.
The court is expected to issue a ruling within two weeks. Should it be against me, I am very likely to appeal. I presume the same goes for the counterpart.
Apart from the actual court room drama, I suffered a significant loss. My laptop worked fine until near the lunch break. There was a wifi network which allowed me to reply a couple of e-mails and consult my notes during the proceedings. But just before the lunch I detected that the battery was dead although I thought I was using the AC.
I was unable to charge the battery during the break and I just had to make it without my computer during the afternoon. The judge was understanding about the unfortunate fact that I had no access to my preliminary notes when I was in the witness box myself. This might have been a blessing in disguise, though, because the cross examination might have gotten some unnecessary fuel if I had testified everything that was recorded in the memo on my hard drive.
At home I discovered that not only is the battery empty, in addition to that the laptop is unable to get any cord power. I hope the only reason for this is that the wire looks somewhat suffered. I need to take a trip to computer junkey yard ASAP and hope it is just he cord. Meanwhile I am unable to post screen capture pictures from the Euro 2008 matches as my desktop lacks some of the essential software.
As for the case per say, I prefer to wait out the court ruling before commenting it. I wonder, however, how come a witness managed to produce a third person onto an meeting where I remember that only the witness and myself
were present. And could her testimony have something to do with her unsolicited statement that she would not have been legally entitled to fire me without presence of her boss? Which was not even an issue at the trial.
Due to a mishap at one of the sites hosting my videos, some of them are temporarily down. Nothing has been permanently lost, though. I have backup copies of every single track but it takes time to locate all effected posts all around my several blogs.
I am in the slow process of search and recover. Some of the effected videos have already been re-uploaded but I have no idea when I am going to find the time to systematically go through all posts in all my blogs that could have been effected. If you discover a broken video in any of my posts at any of my blogs, I would appreciate if you let me know about it. Posting a comment right here is a good option if you have no other contact address of mine.
While this is certainly regrettable, it is just something that goes with the territory of life. No permanent damage has happened and we are certainly going to survive. Just bare with me and I am going to return things as they were AND upload some new footage on the road.
Today I am raising my toast for Declan. Happy birthday!
This is the 1000th post in this blog. I posted the first entry on 7th January 2006, i.e. two years, two months and 23 days ago. That makes an average of 1,23 posts a day but the frequency has steadily increased which is why I suspect that another 1000 is not going to take as long to write.
These 1000 posts have collected 1937 comments, hence an average of 1,94 per post. Akismet has caught the amazing number of 121.191 spam comments, averaging to 121,19 per post! I am glad that they were caught and blocked by Akismet as it would have been a huge pain in the bottom to delete all of them manually. Goes to show that if nobody else, at least spam bots appreciate the existence of this blog.
I am not going to link to the most read or commented posts as those are not necessarily what I consider to be the best. As the case often is, many entries that I consider to be of some value have not attracted much interest of the general surfing public. What can I say? Blogging is not a popularity contest but a personal experience.
The number of categories I have blogged is 103 and there are 457 tags. That is a promise I can easily make and keep: I am going to cover a wide range of topics also in the next 1000 posts.
I wish to thank everybody who has – regularly or occasionally – read and/or commented my posts. That said, spam bots are kindly requested not to renew their visits. Everybody else is welcome back.
Just for today:
It is not that I wouldn’t have had anything more important to do but I just did not have the energy to get anything useful done. Which is why I decided to make myself look busy by hustling with petty little details of my web presence. It is a close to useless activity but still better than just lying on your back and spitting to the ceiling.
To start with, I changed my avatar picture in a number of communities. Then I changed the header of my WordPress blogs. They now display another version of my face which may become handy in frightening away children and elderly ladies.
Since all of above is just mechanical uploading I decided to renew my “visit card” at Larko.org. At least I got to write some simple HTML which helped me stay awake. The result looks almost acceptable in my laptop screen and less than acceptable in the larger desktop screen.
All of this pointless hustling with appearances gave gave me a perfect excuse to write this pointless blog post. Now I am too tired to do anything useful but not tired enough to take a nap. Which is why I probably have to find something even more pointless to do.
Geir in Stavanger, Norway has a birthday today. Congrats!
Right at this moment at 18.16 this blog celebrates the two year anniversary of its birth. The first post was made on January 7th 2006 at 18.16 local time. The current post is number 913 to be published so I guess I have gotten used to the WordPress platform by now.
I never expected this blog to be a “best seller” in the international blogosphere and that did indeed not happen. The total number of page views at the minute of the exact anniversary is just slightly above 77.000. The best day ever was May 11, 2007 with 1576 views which is the same as more popular blogs may have within less than an hour. Nevertheless, this blog has somehow managed to gain some authority in Technorati.
The most read single topic is connected to the German TV comedian Atze Schröder a.k.a. Hubertus Albers. On a more serious note, my posts about the German blogger Moni being intimidated by Transparency International Deutschland still get quite a lot of hits, much thanks to TI-D’s disputed lawyer and ethical council Jürgen Marten who appears as a frequent search argument googled to land at this site. The most recent top post is from January 1st this year: Bhutto: Osama bin Laden murdered. As I was wondering why this particular post was so popular I found the explanation in the high Google ranking of the post.
While the blog as a whole is far from being a top hit, it has brought me lots of contacts allover the World. My posts have been more or less regularly read and occasionally referred to in all continents of the Globe, possibly with the exception of Antarctica. The number of good people my paths have crossed with thanks to this blog is too large to post names but I guess they know who they are. Thank you all!
The blog has been a channel for me to post uncensored about loads of topics that the traditional media is either uninterested in or would not publish without major editing. It has also brought me motivation to keep in touch with a larger scope of issues and events than I may otherwise have had my eye on. That brings me closest to a New Year resolution I would ever announce: this blog is never going to be a single issue blog.
My sincere thanks to all readers, be they regular, irregular or one time visitors. Special thanks to everybody who has bothered to write a comment. And a very special thank you to Akismet for having cleaned off 108.168 spam comments.