Posts of year 2012
I spent the weekend in Köln, attending the 8th Amphi Festival. 16 000 visitors dressed in black invaded the German town for an overdose of electronic music. Some of the favorite concerts were DAF, Project Pitchfork, Combichrist, SITD, Seabound and Spetsnaz.
I spent the weekend in Oslo. Before arriving, I wondered if I would notice any changes due to the terrorist attack last summer and the ongoing trial. I noticed banners saying “The city remembers” already at the central station, and the site where the bombing took place felt like a silent beacon.
Just as the EPiServer CMS version numbers are a bit tough to remember, the corresponding database versions are even worse. Typically you don’t really need to bother, since this stuff is taken care of by the Deployment Center. But if something goes wrong you may need to apply database upgrade scripts by hand, and then you really need to know the correct numbers.
It feels like there is some sort of creative revolution that has been taking place these last ten years. People are writing blogs, uploading film clips on YouTube, sharing music on SoundCloud and connecting on various social media. And all of this is made on a global scale.
Wayne Gretzky differentiated a great hockey player from a merely good one by the ability to “skate where the puck’s going, not where it’s been”. And that is true of many areas.
Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel Prize in 2006. He has lived in Istanbul for almost his entire life and this book is the tale of him growing up there, as well as an attempt to describe the mentality of the citizens in the ever-changing city.
I am currently sitting in a room in Sultanahmet, the old part of Istanbul. The Bosporus strait is within sight and the air is filled with the competing sounds of hungry seagulls and shouting minarets.
Welcome to part 3 of my quest for finding movie locations around the world! Featured: Lost in Translation, French Connection, Lord of the Rings, Highlander, Talented Mr Ripley, Mission Impossible, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Interview with the Vampire, The Beach, Rendition, Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, La Dolce Vita, Moulin Rouge.
I see people with headphones everywhere and I often wonder what they listen to. On the street, in the office, at the tram… I had an idea to make something out of this, but as usual someone else had already done it. So here you are.