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Nov
15

It’s happening again – work is affecting my blog should I complain to my boss?

Posted by on Monday, 15 November, 2010

Well, I did a re-launch of this site complete with new graphics, new engine, and a new refreshed spirit. However, as previous “re-launches” I failed to keep up the momentum… I just deleted a ton of spam comments, which my probably outdated spam filter (Spam Karma is not contiuosly maintained anymore is it) did not catch.

I really need advise on how to keep up the freshness and spirit to keep doing this and balancing it with work and other parts of life….

Jan
09

Doing a complete rework of this site soon!

Posted by on Saturday, 9 January, 2010

rusty machine
Dear All (if there are any readers still left after my almost complete absence)

I have decided to do a rather heavy rework of this site and restart it with a somewhat better focus…

I need to update the WordPress of the site (I’m running 2.1.3 here for God’s sake!) and also redesign the layout, because I’m awfully tired of it (and also, it’s always been a bit of a slow performer due to lots of graphics and bad HTML)

So, in a few days the site will be down a bit and/or unresponsive and/or just simply looking strange (depending on what order I do things)

Johan

Jun
22

The Dark Side of Dubai

Posted by on Monday, 22 June, 2009

Dubai - Burj al Arab

Six months hiatus and then I come back and make a post with no content, just a picture and a link to a text about Dubai:

The Dark side of Dubai

Well, the article was truly interesting since I’ve been a long “fan” of Dubai (from a distance, as I’ve never been there) and really wanted to go there, even possibly for work. But the article above contained lots of information that was new to me, and really made me question my opinions about the arabic wonderland.

Aug
24

All in all – a disastrous Olympics for the Swedes

Posted by on Sunday, 24 August, 2008

Ara Abrahamian - Swedish wrestler
Well, tomorrow is the last day of the 2008 Olympic Games and being a Swede, you got to think “Thank You, the disaster is finally over….Let’s forget about Beijing and concentrate on London!”

With one day left (without any hopes of more medals), Sweden ended up with five medals; four silvers and one bronze. That places us at 56th place in the country medal rankings. Sweden DID have one more bronze, but you all know that it was taken back by IOC due to Ara Abrahamian’s “unsportsmanship behavior” last week. There’s no denying that his behavior was child like and should go punished, but the fact remains that his actions were in part justifiable as the latest news reveal: “Ara Abrahamian was right” I guess it is a big comfort to him (and to his fellow Swedes) to know that he was unfairly treated in his semifinal match.

Anyway, back to the fiasco that is the Swedish Olympic performance of 2008. To get an idea of how bad it has been, here are the statistics from the last few Games:

Athens 2004: 4 gold, 5 silver, 1 bronze (19th place)
Sydney 2000: 4 gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze (18th place)
Atlanta 1996: 2 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze (29th place)
Barcelona 1992: 1 gold, 7 silver, 4 bronze (27th place)
Seoul 1988: no gold, 4 silver, 7 bronze (32nd place)
Los Angeles 1984: 2 gold, 11 silver, 6 bronze (16th place)
Moscow 1980: 3 gold, 3 silver, 6 bronze (11th place)

By this point, I got tired of writing each game’s medals, so I looked back and tried to find a worse games for the Swedes. Mexico City 1968 saw only four Swedish medals, but two of them were gold. In Rome 1960, Sweden took six medals, of which only one was gold, so you could say that Beijing 2008 was the worst Olympics games for the Swedes in at least 48 years…

However, in such times as these, you have to find happiness from somewhere, and living in Japan you have to join the Japanese in joy for their successful Olympic Games! Japan are in 8th place overall in Beijing; with a total of 25 medals (9 gold, 6 silver, 10 bronze) – which is pretty good, although not as impressive as in Athens were they managed to bring home 37 medals!

Mar
12

Korea – revisited

Posted by on Wednesday, 12 March, 2008

French Press
I’ m back in neigboring Korea for a speedy visit, and it has been nearly nine months since I was here last. Unfortunately not much spare time this visit, but I’m still enjoying the change of scenery. Also, my living situation here in Seoul is vastly better than last year. I was stuck at mediocre (but good value for money) Best Western Gangnam, whereas now I’m over at the COEX Inter-Continental, which is a world apart, I can tell you that! Just consider a simple thing as the complimentary coffee – at Best Western, it consisted of two sticks of instant freeze-dried; whereas here you get a french press and three bags of fine coffee! Got to be honest here, it’s the first time I ever used a French Press, and I actually had to look up on the Internet how to operate it!!! (It was easier than I first thought.)

Our Korean office has also relocated from Gangnam to COEX and ais a definite step up from the old locale. It even beats our own office in Tokyo as far as stylishness – I’m a bit jealous! Have to try to get sent here a bit more often, I see….