Recently Mink Machine turned sixteen years old. In a way it doesn’t feel like a long time, but when one considers that 1994 saw the death of Cobain and the inauguration of Nelson Mandela, it’s really been a long road.
Entries of year 2010
Elliott Hester sold everything he owned in 2002 and has been travelling around the world ever since. This book tells the tale of his first year on the road, spanning six continents and a countless number of weird encounters.
About a year ago Google introduced a new collaboration technology called Wave. It was unlike anything we had seen so far, a strange mix between chat and bulletin board. As with most things by Google, there was a great hype but unlike previous products people had an unusual question: what should it be used for?
Ryszard Kapuscinski passed away some years ago but his legacy stays with us. He is perhaps better known for The Soccer War, an account of tensions in Central America. It is also a good read but in my opinion not as inspiring for travelling as Imperium.
I have been subscribing to Swedish travel magazine Vagabond for more than a decade and Johan Tell used to be one of my favorite regular writers. He often wrote in a funny way, describing hilarious issues on the road. I met him once but was disappointed since he was quite different in real life. In fact, I wouldn’t have guessed he was the same person as the author in a million years. But the writing is however quite entertaining.
Unfortunately the Arvika festival started without me this year, but that’s ok since I spent the weekend in Brussels. Even though it’s used as a curse in Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Belgium can be a nice place in the summertime.
Shantaram was one of the most hyped books a few years back. It tells the tale of former bank robber Gregory David Roberts, who escapes from a high-security prison in Australia. After a while he arrives in Mumbai and fall in love with the city. The whopping 900 pages initially describes his early encounters with the locals at infamous bar Leopold and how he fall in love with a mysterious woman at first sight.
The largest sports event of 2010 is without any doubt the Soccer World Championship in South Africa. Events like these make the world grind to a stop when it’s getting close to kickoff, as people are spellbound at the arena, at a pub or in the sofa. The audience stare at 22 men running around on a field of grass, chasing a round object made from the skin of an animal.
Google has just updated their indexing machine, calling the new system Caffeine. This has been in the works since last summer. To honor its name, the index is refreshed much faster than before. Or should I say more often, since the word fast is a bit relative when it comes to Google.
I’ve had the good fortune to try the new iPad on two separate occasions during the past week. One of these locations was a rooftop in Madrid, but I’ll put the stunning settings aside and mention the ups and downs of this hyped product in an almost objective way.