Tuesday, September 30

My Little Quiz

I've just taken another quiz.

The KT Personality Quiz says...

KT Personality Quiz Results

Which Kimono's Townhouse character are you?

Monday, September 29

Do I like Twin Peaks?

I just got asked a random question by a friend. Do I like Twin Peaks? I have never really seen enough of the show to form an opinion, and that's what I answered.
My friend's reply?
He just wanted to know.

See, you can't just ask me a question like this and not follow up on it. Is it some sort of character defining question that I ought to know about? I suspect an agenda behind the question and it's driving me nuts.

My favourite tv-shows are cult shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Doctor Who, Red Dwarf and Mystery Science Theatre 3000. I'm a geek and proud of it.

Willow, Buffy and Xander never stop fighting. The Scoobies are still going strong as comics.

Another show that I followed religiously was Gilmore Girls. Loreli and Rory's relationship resembled the household I grew up in; fast talking, clothes-sharing, plenty of books and with an occasionally strained relationship with older generations.

Maybe it all boils down to the fact that I like shows that portray strong women, witty dialogue and kick-ass fights. Good looking male characters doesn't hurt either, especially if they are bad boys.

When Buffy's creator Joss Whedon was honored with an Equality Now Award in 2006 he told the audience why he writes these strong female characters. Joss Whedon is my master now.
(If you get that last sentence you're a geek too and I salute you.)

Sunday, September 28

These Boots Are Made For Walking

It's getting chilly outside so I have abandoned my trusty sneakers for cowboy boots. I think it's rather ironic that the boots that get me trough the winter are the ones I bought in Texas.
My Justin boots are made for riding and working so they are slightly sturdier and have thicker soles than most cowboy boots.

I bought my new winter jacket this August at an outlet mall in Ventura, California. Hmm. According to this logic I should look for swimwear and shorts somewhere around the arctic circle.

Saturday, September 27

Gone Roadtrippin'

Just got back from a road trip to the book fair in Göteborg. Spotted some of Sweden's most popular authors, most of whom were smaller in real life than they appear to be when they're on tv.
I also looked a a lot of books and heard a bunch of speeches. I only bought eight or nine books and some magazines. It doesn't sound like much but a bag of books gets heavy pretty quick when you're dragging it around a convention centre that keeps filling up with the general public.

I kicked off this intense day by getting up at silly o'clock and making sandwiches (hummus with roasted red peppers and fresh cheese with cucumber) and putting on my eyeliner. Time just seemes to fly in the mornings and my sister, the librarian, and her boyfriend Fredrik were punctual as ever and rang the doorbell at five past seven.
For some reason I'm always the last person to get in the car on most road trips. On the three hour drive to Göteborg we listened to trucker music, old school Smashing Pumpkins, Swedish punk and Bruce Springsteen. Fredrik is a DJ and has a diverse taste in music.

The Roadtrippin' Sisters at 7.30 am.

Once we got to Göteborg we found a decent place to park after some traffic-related confusion and outran a group of teachers to get to the front of the line. I don't know why, but teachers always seem to travel in packs.

After a few hours of pushing, shoving and looking at books we decided we'd had enough, so we went and got some fine Turkish food at a local restaurant. Fredrik had some trouble finding his way out of Göteborg, but solved it by making two (almost legal) u-turns.
Our collective craving for sugar kicked in around Falkenberg, so we stopped for sweets and coffee.

Road Trip Essentials. Water, Tom and Jerry cookies, pick and mix sweets and trucker music.

Now I am looking forward to a nice cup of tea and some quiet time with my brand new books. I thinks I will start with Russell Brand's autobiography or maybe "I Walked the Line" by Vivian Cash. Or maybe...

Friday, September 26

The real reason dinosaurs became extinct


By Stevyn Colgan of The Unbearable Oddness of Stevyn. If you don't read his blog, you should. Stevyn does a bunch of illustrations for various projects and is an author with a book that's coming out soon, called Joined-Up Thinking.

Thursday, September 25

Wishful texting

I keep hearing things that aren't really happening. I can swear that I hear the sound of a text message reaching my phone.
It's happened three times today; I think I hear the "click click" sound that indicates a text message and check my phone. But no. I think what I'm doing qualifies as wishful texting.

I'm beginning to feel like Andie in "Pretty In Pink", in the scene where she is getting stood up by Blane and hides in the bathroom in the back of the record store.

Iona: Andie, hon. Listen, it's after 7:00. Don't waste good lip gloss.
Andie: I don't know what I'm doing!
Iona: Wishful make-upping!

Doesn't anyone love me enough to distract me from my work? *Sigh followed by dramatic pause and gestures last seen in silent movies*
I think I need to get over myself. Maybe a John Huges marathon will help?

The phone that doesn't do what I want it to do.

Sunday, September 21

Timbuktu releases single thru The Pirate Bay

Swedish rapper Timbuktu (who happens to be from my hometown) has released "Tack för kaffet" (=Thanks for the coffee) the first single from his upcoming album via Swedish website The Pirate Bay, the world's largest BitTorrent tracker.

The video, which is posted on both The Pirate Bay and Youtube, features Dregen from Backyard Babies.


You can download both the single and the video here.

Friday, September 19

Feelgood Friday

Ahh... another day in the fast-paced world of online journalism. Today we've had demonstrations, activists and drunken ships rescued by tugboats. Those of you who don't understand Swedish can get a rough idea of what happened by reading the article translated by Google Translate.

Turns out that we have the third largest weapons manufacturer in the world right here in Helltown. You learn something new every day.

Time for some feel-good Friday music. Here's Curve with "Chinese Burn". And yes, I know they're not everyones cup of tea.

Wednesday, September 17

Color me in need of another vacation

I took the ColorQuiz I found on Persephone's blog. Apparently I want "to be valued as a desirable associate and admired for [my] personal qualities" and am "urgently in need of rest, relaxation, peace, and affectionate understanding".

Ok, I can see myself spending a week or three in the Caribbean, doing nothing but reading, drinking rum and sampling the local food.
But then again, who doesn't want to relax, be admired for their personal qualities and experience some affectionate understanding?
Color me sceptical.



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I should have gone back to bed

It's been one of those mornings. I dropped my toothbrush while brushing my teeth, couldn't find my keys, tripped over my bike and had to run like crazy to catch the train.

Music, I need music to save this day from disaster!

Monday, September 15

Nothing Nice To Say is back!

One of the best punk comics ever is back online. Check out Mitch Clem's "Nothing Nice To Say", now in color!

"Nothing Nice To Say" the comic book will be released by Dark Horse Comics in October.

Four birthdays and a horse


I'm hurting all over today. I spent Saturday morning on horseback with Mia and Johannes, followed by a game of laserdome (aka laser tag) and dinner. It was mine and Mia's birthday present to Johannes. A fun day, but a lot of hard work.
And then it was off to celebrate my mother's birthday and walk the dog. Because three hours of physical activity just wasn't enough for me...

With Feill


Johannes and Mia


You'd think I'd spend my Sunday relaxing at home, resting all those sore muscles I'd forgotten I had. But oh no, I had lunch with a friend and celebrated twins Alex and Philip's sixth birthday. No wonder I'm feeling drained today.

Friday, September 12

Gazing behind the scenes

Blomman and Jimmy having some fun.

I've taken a lot of photos at Saint 21 lately. We've gotten all the stuff from the fall collections and since HepCat Store is mainly a webshop that means we have to put everything up on the website before we can sell anything. That's when we need photos of all the t-shirts, jackets, shirts and jeans from every conceviable angle.

We couldn't shoot outside in the rain, so we built a makeshift studio in the store.

Since we mainly sell men's clothing I get to order a bunch of male models around. As a feminist (in this case I'm talking about radical feminist theory, not burning bras) I think it's funny how the traditional roles of onlooker and model are reversed. Three half naked men and a fully dressed woman with a camera is not what most people expect to find at a photo shoot.

Laura Mulvey introduced the concept of the male gaze in her essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”. Simply put, the woman is there to be looked at by a "male gaze". The gaze forces the onlooker or audience to see things from the perspective of a heterosexual man, often reducing women to objects "to be looked at". For more on the gaze click here.


Jimmy.

We have a lot of fun, but it's also hard work. We don't have a studio so we work outside with natural light. Everyone works for a living so it's hard to find a time when both models and photographer and good lighting conditions are avaliable.
It helps to have models with an exhibitionist streak, although by now I have seen more of the guys in their underwear than I care to think about. They don't even go inside to get changed anymore, which has startled more than one person who just happened to walk by Saint 21.

But I'm not always behind the camera. I'm just more comfortable there, because I know what I'm doing. This lovely photo was taken by Eddie.

Adjusting a price tag.

Sunday, September 7

You never forget your first Doctor


I just had to share these photos of my friend Nils as the Doctor. Photos by Tobias Bill.



Why isn't season 4 of Doctor Who out on dvd yet?

California Drivin'

I promised Maggie I'd share some stories and photos from my drive along the Pacific Coast Highway, and since I've now been home for more than two weeks I guess it's about time.

The trip started in San Francisco. We stayed in the tourist ghetto of Fisherman's Wharf, checked out the city on a bus tour and a boat tour of the bay. We didn't get to Alcatraz as all the tours were sold out, but at least I've seen it from the tour boat circling the island.







We cheked out downtown San Francisco and Haight before we headed north to Marin County and Muir Woods. After being in crowded areas for days it was great to head into the woods and look at the redwood trees.







The redwood trees were slightly bigger than the ones in my forest back home.

San Francisco was colder than expected, but fun. Our next stop was Santa Cruz, one of my favourite places on the trip. We stayed at a wonderful hotel by the beach, the Dream Inn. Pricey, but highly recommended.

Morning in Santa Cruz. The surfers are in the water before anyone else.

We found a great mexican place called Las Palmas Taco Bar (family owned and operated since 1955) with a huge selection of veggie items on the menue. You know you're at a good place when the local cops stop by for their lunch.



Highway 1, somewhere between Monterrey and Carmel.

Highway 1 twists its way along the coast, alternating between fog and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The farmland surrounding Santa Cruz gave way to pristine beach in Carmel where we watched the wealthy inhabitants walk their dogs. No sign of mayor Clint Eastwood though.
After a few hours we stopped in Big Sur, a few houses surrounded by the forest. I bought a book on 1940's dating advice from a small shop that sold tarot cards, scented candles, jewlery and some amazing photographs.

Made a quick stop at Hearts Castle and found an outlet mall near our hotel in Pismo Beach. Had a great dinner at The Cracked Crab.
In the morning we fought for a seat at the breakfast buffet before heading down to the beach to watch the surfers.



Surfers. Pismo Beach.

We detoured to Solvang, a Danish city in the California desert. It seemed like a popular tourist destination, but apart from the novelty factor it seemed overpriced and kinda like Disneyworld without the rides. They did however have a nice little museum.

But the best thing about Solvang was what we found when we left. I saw the sign "Flag Is Up Farms" and made Andy turn around so we could check it out. For those of you who don't know, Flag Is Up Farms is the home of horse trainer Monty Roberts.



At Flag Is Up Farms.

After a quick stop at Flag Is Up Farms we headed to Carpinteria, our last stop before reaching Los Angeles. We didn't know where to go for dinner, so we asked at the hotel and the receptionist recommended Clementine's, a purple house just three minutes down the road.
It was a great place, almost like having dinner in someones living room. I was so full I could barely walk back to the hotel after finishing my slice of peach pie.

Our next stop was the city of Angels. We stayed in Marina Del Rey, a fifteen minute walk from Venice Pier.


Venice Pier.

We did the tourist tour of LA, and saw Rodeo Drive (smaller than expected and rather boring), Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Mulholland Drive. I thought I'd enjoy checking out the stars on the boulevard and the hand- and footprints outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre, but it was way too crowded.

I shopped at My Baby Jo, met Jimmy Shine at the So-Cal Speed Shop in Pomona (if you're not into hot rods, you're not gonna be impressed by the fact that we toured the shop and saw the original belly tank, a race car).

Also checked out Chip Foose's shop, Retro Row and the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Retro Row was full of quirky little vintage and rock n roll shops. We also stopped by Skratch's garage in Sun Valley, checked out La Brea Tar Pits and went for a swim by Venice Pier. And I got to eat at Taco Bell, but not as often as I would have liked.

But I didn't realise how huge LA is. It took us more than an hour to drive from Pomona to Marina Del Rey, and we didn't even hit that much traffic.

Wednesday, September 3

RIP Jerry Reed

Country musician and actor Jerry Reed has moved on to a better place.

Reed was best known as Burt Reynolds' sidekick Cletus Snow aka Snowman in the "Smokey and the Bandit" movies.
He also sang the theme song "East Bound and Down".

Here's an old clip of Jerry on the Porter Wagoner Show.

Tuesday, September 2

I smell a rat

Few things makes a journalist excited like knowing that someone is trying to decieve you and having the facts to prove them wrong. I feel like a shark who's caught the smell of blood in the water, swims in to take a closer look and discovers a wounded seal.

I have very little respect for people who pretend to be something they are not.

Monday, September 1

Today's find on Youtube

I was looking for something completely different when I found this. An Irish traditional revamped as eurodisco, anyone?
I needed someting that would put a smile on my face on my first week back at work.

Not sure why Elvis is in the video though.



If you prefer the old school version, click here.