Currently @ menneske.org  ::  Compendium  ::  Business blog  ::  Personal blog  ::  Gallery  ::  by Svein-Magnus Sørensen

August 31, 2003

River Festival

Party all Night

riverfestival.gifTonight was the start of the annual Brisbane River Festival, with the greatest fireworks of the year taking place. Susanne invited me and Tommy to the River Place Apartments where Bjørnar lives, and it was a totally awesome show. Best of all was the serial fireworks from Story Bridge and the military jetfighters coming right at our building and then using afterburners and barely clearing the top. All of us were amazed! Bjørnar lives in the 28th floor, so we had almost the best view available and were totally enojying the best fireworks show ever! I'm still amazed at how they managed to synchronize the fireworks with the music played at Triple-M FM radio....

Afterwards everyone partied around in the building, amongst others with some colombians at 24th floor, omg those girls were nice :DD Later everybody went downtown, mostly to the Down Under Bar and Exchange, for more drinking and a wonderful night out. I just love the River Festival! :)

August 30, 2003

Democracy and government conspiracies

Stuff On the Web

Today I ran across some very interesting texts through Dagbladets weblog.
The first one is about the Jonestown massacre, and tells about what really happened that day when 900 people were killed in Guyana. The other one is a summary of how to create a *real* democracy, with a presentation of important things that needs to change. I agree with lots of these ideas, and have even stated similar views on my own accord several times in the past.
Both are written by John Judge, and more texts on similar topics can be found on the site.

August 29, 2003

Thursday night out

Party all Night

In most of my classes there are 2 compulsary grade-counting assingnments in addition to the final exam, the first ones were due now during week 5 and 6 of school, and the others in week 11 and 12. Yesterday I finally completed the last of the assignments I had due around now, and that begs for celebration!
As it was a thursday night I expected the Port Office Hotel to be crowded, and headed there. They have 2 drinks for the price of 1 all night so its a very popular amongst norwegians in Brisbane. Strangely enough it wasn't all that many people there, so after meeting up with Courtney and Benedicte we ended up heading over to the Victory and Exchange. It wasn't really crowded any of those place either, which might be due to the Brisbane River Festival taking place this weekend resulting in everyone going out tonight and tomorrow instead. But we didn't really mind, and had a great time out in any case :) And as usual when having fun, time flies way too fast so Exchange closed long before we wanted to head home, so me and Courtney went on to Fridays to chill out and get a couple of yummy hot dogs.

August 23, 2003

NorSK Celebrity Party

Party all Night

LeeLoo from the Fifth Element
Woooo! Last night was one of the best parties I've been to since I got to australia! The theme was to dress-up as a celebrity, including characters from movies and the like, which turned out to be a great success!
We started out with a 3-course dinner at the irish pub Gilhooleys, with food and drinks of our choice from the menu, and a prize draw on the entry ticket where one could win a weekend-trip to Fraser Island. It was all really nice, with my date for the evening beeing Courtney, a lovely american girl I met at Monicas birthday party. After the dinner ended at 9p.m. and the prizedraw was over, everybody went over to the Port Office Hotel where a lot more people in costumes joined in on the fun!
People had been really imaginative in their choice of costumes, so attending were everything from the Hulk, Superman and SilverSurfer through Pippi-longstocking, Lara Croft, Marylin Monroe and Pochahontas to Micky and Minni Mouse, Zorro, Robin Hood and several Blues Brothers (of which I was one).
We partied until late and with wonderful people in stylish costumes this definatly became a night to remember! The prize for best costume went to a girl dressed as LeeLoo from "The Fifth Element", barely covered in a few small strips of white cloth.
Pictures will be released on the NorSK website shortly :)

August 22, 2003

Projectwork

Study all Day

The uni's down here are very oriented around project work, so in most units this is the main way we are evaluated. This last week I have been working lots and lots to complete the first part of the project in Web Applications. We are making a webshop for DVD-sales in ASP.NET, the unit naturally also requires formal specifications, mind-maps, site-maps, storyboards, and test-versions, so its quite a lot of work. Yesterday we gave a presentation of the site and the test-version, and today we have just turned in the project report with all the other data.
I'm awfully glad I've finished this one, even tho I still have left to complete a 3000 word assignment about Digital Libraries due on monday. But that will have to wait, for tonight NorSK is throwing a celebrity party!

August 17, 2003

International Student Ball

Party all Night

The meal we were servedThis friday the 2003 International Student Ball took place at Brisbane Convention Center. Us scandinavians have lots and lots of other parties to attend around the start of semester, so the Ball is primarily for the heaps of asian students here in Brisbane, but we decided to go anyway. Its always fun to party in a suit with all the girls dressed up in their best outfit :)

Read on...

August 16, 2003

Finally *real* ADSL.

Website Updates

After spending lots of money on extra downloads and having lots of troubles with the strange internet layout here at SCA, we finally recieved our DSL-modem yesterday. This means we are now on a somewhat slower connection (512k/128k) but it includes unlimited uploads and downloads!

As a result of us again having free usage, I have now uploaded all the latest edited movies from Trondheim. This includes some ISFiT-movies, the TTS-Ball, and the After-Åre party movie. So get over to the movie-page and check them out! The picture gallery will also be updated shortly :)

August 15, 2003

Birthday, Ekka and soon The 2003 International Ball

Brisbane Daily Life

I'm sitting here trying to think what I have done this week. It doesn't come to me easy today.
Let's start with tuesday then. First school, then BBQ/birthday party for Monica and John up in Roma Street Parklands. When we first arrived, there were a confirmation or something. At least there were many well dressed people eating, taking photographs and stuff. And then comes the Norwegians and Americans with heaps of cheap beer and burgers. I hope we didn't ruin their evening too much. On the other side of us there were heaps of crazy Japanese people, and amongst them one german guy. After some time a few of them had couriage enough to come over and ask if they could take a few pictures with us. I've learned some Japanese, and that is that a few means A LOT in Japan! Then Simen, Kim and I wanted to have some fun with them, and went over and asked them if we could take a picture of us amongst them. As a result of that I think there are a 100 pictures of us to be found in at least 30 Japanese photocollections. After that, our Japanese friends got a bit more couriage and came over to talk with us. "Yu Aussie? Yu teach mi inglish? You could see their hearts break when I told them I wasn't an Aussie.

Read on...

August 13, 2003

Monicas birthday!

Party all Night

Today (13th August) Monica had her 19th birthday!
We celebrated by having a BBQ with lots of norwegians and americans at the Roma Street Parklands, and afterwards we continued the party at Monica and Simens place. It was really fun, except that Monica tried to fulfil an american tradition of having as many shots as your age. And of course a girl really isnt' quite her self after 19 shots and a couple of beers... so we had to babysit her a bit. Afterwards we went to GPO and Belushis, but it wasn't really that much fun, despite it beeing a public holiday today (wednesday). It ended up with me and another norwegian going home to the american girls for a nachspiel. But as they didn't have anything at home I left quite early from there as well. But it was still a fun night! Lets just hope we can go parachuting tomorrow..

August 12, 2003

Yowie

Stuff On the Web

Have you seen a Yowie lately?
They are the Queensland edition of the more famous american BigFoot and himalayan Yeti. These mysterious primates have been seen all around the world for thousands of years. There have been sightings all over the world, on all continents, and in most larger cultures except the european ones, so personally I think it is kinda strange that they have not yet been scientifically found and categorized.

I HATE IIS!

Study all Day

IIS can go and die in someones backyard. I'm doing a unit called Web Applications where we *have* to use ASP.NET to create a webpage. We are also encouraged to make it in DreamWeaver MX. So far so good. But to use ASP.NET we are almost required to use MS-IIS as webserver... and IIS refuses to serve me any of the pages I make in DW and to connect to the database... aaargh... I'm just about ready to quit on this...

August 11, 2003

TelcontarCam

Website Updates

And now... a webcam for you viewing pleasure :)

Read on...

August 10, 2003

Do a got a lot to tell you?!?

Brisbane Daily Life

Hmm..
Let's start with thursday. Us at SCA went to see American Pie: The Wedding with about half of the swedish and norwegian society. The film was just as premature as the two previous ones, but good fun on a boring day.
Then we went to Port Office to have one or two beers. You know how it usually goes :P And to make it all a hole lot easier to just have that "one beer", it was "two-for-one" in the bar. I think I stopped on 5 and Thomas2 stopped after a few, but I don't think Svein ever stopped. Not until the bar closed. Give me a D! Give me an R! Give me an U! Give me a N! Give me a K! Do the spelling your self. But I guess we all reach that point once in a while.

Read on...

August 9, 2003

Beachfun and relaxation

Brisbane Daily Life

Monica, Simen and Thomas buried in the sand
Last night was spent relaxing after Thursday-night by going to another festival-film, namely a spanish one called Intacto. This was mostly due to us having planned a trip to a beach at the Sunshine Coast early today. As planned, we got up early and boarded a northbound train along with Simen and Monica.

Read on...

August 8, 2003

Partynights

Party all Night

This week have been kind of stressful. I've started work on my project unit as well as on the project in Web Applications. But tonight its thursday, and therefore 2 for 1 on the Port Office all night. We were 15 people going to American Pie 3 first, and then doing some drinking, and I got positively surprised. My expectations were below the floor, but the movie was quite alright. Tho not as good as Noï Albinöi which we saw at the Brisbane International Film Festival last ngiht, but nice enough :)
Afterwards we had a couple of beers and had some fun at the Port Office before returning to SouthBank... this weekend is going to rock! I hope... :)

August 4, 2003

Weekendfun

Brisbane Daily Life

So far we have been partying quite a bit in Brisbane, but we haven't been very much up in the Valley, so this friday we got together with the gang and went to Belushis. The place was nothing special, but somehow lots of other norwegians had found their way there this night as well, so it was quite fun even if it was somewhat eventless. Afterwards the three of us actually walked back to Southbank. It is a refreshing trip after a night partying, beeing at least a 45 minute hike through central Brisbane.

Read on...

Beach & Birthday

Brisbane Daily Life

Ok, yesterday (sunday), Flo, Thomas2 and I went to Surfers Paradise. It was a bit cold and windy at first, but it got better.
We lay inn the sun, played some ball and took a swim. As it is winter here now, there weren't too many people on the beach, and espesially not in the water. But we thought the water was quite warm. And damn there's much power in those waves. If you didn't watch out, they closed down over you and slammed you to the bottom, no chance at all too fight it then.

Read on...

August 3, 2003

Yet another day

Brisbane Daily Life

Ok, I'm back! And aren't you all very excited?
Hmm-m? Last time we had been deep into the Australian jungle, fighting off tigers, zebras, killerwhales and that god damn Skippy, right? We didn't find Mowgli though, too bad. What have we been up to after that then?

Read on...

August 1, 2003

Movienight at Susannes

Brisbane Daily Life

After my lectures ended last night I had been thinking about going to the Port Office as they have two drinks for the price of one all night on thursdays. But instead I went up to New Farm to visit Susanne (.no). We ended up just watching a bunch of movies along with Helene (her roomie), Grethe and some lazy oz-guy. First we saw The Gift, which is a thriller about a murder and some stuff. It was an ok movie, at least in comparison to the next one we watched: Anaconda. I frankly don't think I have ever seen anything more ridiculous or a worse excuse for a thriller. My expecations were low to start out, but it managed to be worse than I could ever have imagined. Despite this we still watched all of it.. didn't really have anything better to do. Afterwards we just lay in a couch talking and flipping tv-channels. As usual at nighttime there was nothing viewable on.. so it was mostly talking.
It was nice getting to know you Susanne :) *hugs*

All rights reserved, Svein-Magnus Sørensen ©2004