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January 24, 2005

The *best* sunglasses!

serengetivedi.jpgAfter my operation my eyes got very light-sensitive, and as the doctor recommended that I be careful around direct sunlight the first couple of months and hence would be using sunglasses quite a lot I decided to invest in a decent and comfortable pair. Thanks to online shopping I was able to go for the best of the best, namely Serengeti.
After careful consideration I decided to go with the "Vedi" model, combinded with Strata Green/Gray polarized 555nm glasses. At my local optician they would have cost me 3000 NOK (about $465 USD), but from Sunglasses Cheaper the total only added up to 1100 NOK (about $170 USD), including norwegian sales tax and customs fees.
Even more impressive I recieved my sunglasses by USPS Global Express just 6 days after ordering, which is extremely good service! And at such unbeatable prices there is no longer any reason to buy medium quality sunglasses in stores when you can get top quality ones for just a little bit more.
I'm for one is very happy with my new glasses, and I will recommend buying Serengeti for anyone, as they are without doubt the most comfortable glasses I have tried.

June 22, 2004

Gold Class - Cinema with Style

Last night Carina and me went to Indooroopilly Megaplex to see "Harry Potter and the Prisoner from Azkhaban" at Gold Class. Despite a hefty pricetag the experience was definitively worth it! Not to mention that the movie was quite entertaining as well. My judgement of the movie would be well on the good side with a 7/10 score.

Unfortunatly the night ended with me loosing my mobile phone somewhere on the way home. It might show up from the lost and found at the taxi-company, but I highly doubt that. For anyone who needs to know this means my australian number is now permamently unavailable, and I'm back to using my norwegian number. And while I'm at it, does anyone have suggestions for which new phone to get when I return to Norway?

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June 14, 2004

The Day After Tomorrow

Today Carina and me were downtown shopping and suddenly decided to stop by the cinemas to watch "The Day After Tomorrow". Despite its obvious flaws, like a thin plot and undeveloped characters I really enjoyed this movie. Especially because of its relevant theme about enviromental damage, global heating and polar melting and the effect they might have on our world in the future.

It's relevance is obvious, and for some people more than others. Just recently I read an article about the small island state of Tuvalu in the pacific, which stated "For Tuvalu, there is no day after tomorrow". The islands are slowly beeing flooded by the rising oceans, and are expected to disappear below the waves in just a few years time. The government have already made arrangements to move the population to a new permanent home on New Zealand, and everyone is just waiting for time to run out... these people will be the first permanent refugees of climate, and they will never be able to return to their homeland.

May 16, 2004

Assignment work, parties and some movies

Work, work, and more work. There seems to be no end to it, but now I've at least completed most of my assignments, and gotten well underway with both my job and my project. I do however fear I don't have enough time to complete the latter, but I'll just have to keep at it and hope it all works out in the end.

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October 27, 2003

Jeremiah - A Generation Lost

jeremiah.jpgBefore I left Trondheim I got hooked on the latest production from J. Micheal Straczinsky, namely the television series Jeremiah. The series is about the world 15 years after a bioweapon got loose and killed everyone above the age of puberty. It left the kids to fend for themselves and create a new world on the ruins of the former United States. However, in a world filled with lunatics, neo-nazis and remains of the U.S. Military, this is not an easy job. I have just downloaded the first two episodes of the second season of the show, and I really like what I see!

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October 26, 2003

The Years of Rice and Salt

ksr-yoras.jpgAfter the masterpiece Kim Stanley Robinson did with the Mars Trilogy, I expected his next work to be another awesome journey to a foreign world. So when I found his newest book, The Years of Rice and Salt, on sale I started reading it with great expectations from the description given on the back cover. Imagine a world where all the european civilizations were completely wiped out by the big plauge raging in the 14th century. Imagine a history where the armies of the east find Europe as an empty land with only scattered ruins to tell that it had ever been inhabited. The book gives us the alternate story of the next 700 years in a world where the Muslim hordes and the Chinese Empire remain as the major powers to determine the course of history.

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September 19, 2003

Cinematic bliss

Pirates skullLately I have been working a lot on my assignments to have them ready before departing on my springbreak adventure, but in between one needs to relax and as this fall have had an abdunance of great movie releases I can't find a better way than watching them on the big screen :)

On tuesday I discovered that the last showing of "Finding Nemo" was coming up, so I scrambeled to catch it while I could. And I'm glad I did, for it was quite amazing. For with a good story and even humourous for adults it stands among all the great Disney movies that have been made lately (of which "The Emperors New Groove" is a definite number 1).

Then today Are tried to get a group along with him to see "Pirates of the Caribbean", and as ignoring a good chance when it comes is a bad thing, I gladly joined in on the fun. The movie was great! Lots of swashbuckling action and I really got the urge to play "Sea Dogs II" (aka. "Pirates of the Caribbean".. go figure). Thats not to say there weren't a couple of boring scenes in between, but overall I had a good time with lots of laughs!

Coming up next is a wide range of adventurous action movies, including: "Bad Boys II", "Tomb Raider II: The Cradle of Life", "S.W.A.T.", "Underworld", "Kill Bill", "Desperado 3: Once upon a time in Mexico", "The Last Samurai", "Matrix Revolutions" and last, but likely to be the grandest of them all, the final installment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy: "The Return of the King".

Cinematic bliss

Pirates skullLately I have been working a lot on my assignments to have them ready before departing on my springbreak adventure, but in between one needs to relax and as this fall have had an abdunance of great movie releases I can't find a better way than watching them on the big screen :)

On tuesday I discovered that the last showing of "Finding Nemo" was coming up, so I scrambeled to catch it while I could. And I'm glad I did, for it was quite amazing. For with a good story and even humourous for adults it stands among all the great Disney movies that have been made lately (of which "The Emperors New Groove" is a definite number 1).

Then today Are tried to get a group along with him to see "Pirates of the Caribbean", and as ignoring a good chance when it comes is a bad thing, I gladly joined in on the fun. The movie was great! Lots of swashbuckling action and I really got the urge to play "Sea Dogs II" (aka. "Pirates of the Caribbean".. go figure). Thats not to say there weren't a couple of boring scenes in between, but overall I had a good time with lots of laughs!

Coming up next is a wide range of adventurous action movies, including: "Bad Boys II", "Tomb Raider II: The Cradle of Life", "S.W.A.T.", "Underworld", "Kill Bill", "Desperado 3: Once upon a time in Mexico", "The Last Samurai", "Matrix Revolutions" and last, but likely to be the grandest of them all, the final installment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy: "The Return of the King".

July 22, 2003

Getting ADSL

It seems I have totally underestimated how difficult it can be to get in touch with the right person at customer services. As the internet packages offered by the apartment complex here just ridiculus, we wanted to order our own unlimited adsl connection. To get this we first needed a phone number from SCA, and then we sent in an application for ADSL from Web-Ace.

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July 21, 2003

American Football?

Today I played american football along with some people, it was really cool! And afterwards I... ehh.. woke up in my bed ?!? Hmm. It appears that it was just a dream. Now that is really strange, I could almost have sworn that it really happened. Memories are a funny thing. How do you know that what you remember actually are real and not make-believe memories like my football-match? If anything, it must have been a glitch in the Matrix.

Quantum Mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of.

July 8, 2003

Its *idnight and the *oon is up

moon.jpgA couple of nights ago we were sitting around and having some beers when we suddenly noticed that there was something strange with the moon.
When beeing its usual self watched from northern europe it should be standing upright while beeing eaten by the Earth-shadow from one side. But here, it was lying down with the shadow eating it top-down. Its these little things that constantly reminds us that we now live on the other side of the world, and of course something that is vital to commit to memory with a photography. Enjoy :)

July 5, 2003

Strange people

On the technical side Australia is almost a non-developed country. ISDN is still the big thing in internet connections while ADSL adoption is still in its early stages, and on the trainstations there is still a person standing at the door collecting tickets. This applies to several areas of Australian life, but in some other areas they are far ahead of most contries, for example in localization services. Your current suburb is continiously displayed on your cellphone based on data from the radiotowers, and when ordering a taxi from a landline you don't have to talk to anyone or press anything. Dial the number and they send a taxi directly to your house based on your landline phone-number.
Strange people these australians.

June 30, 2003

Getting a package through customs

For once I slept late today, which I really needed after many long days of travelling and new experiences. But when I got up I had buisness to attend to, a box of clothes and stuff was waiting for me at the airport. I believed that getting this box through customs were an easy task performed in half an hour. Boy were I wrong.

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