Blood Works

Just finished reading Blood Work by Michael Connelly; translated to Swedish (“Blodspår”). This is something I usually try to avoid. When I can, I try to get my hands on the original-language edition (well, as long as it’s in a language I read that is).

It’s a good read; a nice plot that is not too easy to see through at first glance. (The translation is good too.)

The book is “quite old” (from the late 90’s), but I must have missed it somehow. I have also missed that they made a movie out of it (“Blood Works”, 2002), starring Clint Eastwood (!). So now I’ll have to try to get my hands on that somehow 🙂

Here’s the synopsis from Amazon:

“‘Blood Work’ – that’s what Terry McCaleb used to call his job at the FBI. Eight weeks ago he was a dead man, but now someone else’s heart is keeping him alive. Then a newspaper report of his brush with death brings him an unwanted visitor. Graciela Rivers reveals to McCaleb that the anonymous donor of his heart was her murdered sister. Knowing that he lives because of a cold-blooded killing, McCaleb takes the moribund investigation on. Nothing about the seemingly random killing makes sense but McCaleb is a tenacious man and little by little he realises that someone is watching his every move – someone who has killed before and will kill again…”

Feed Me Better!

I’m watching Jamie Oliver on TV as I’m typing this; it’s a program about his “Feed me better!” campaign, which is basically about trying to get British school children to eat better (and thus also about trying to get British schools to serve better food). He doesn’t screw around with fancy words; instead calling things for what they are.

Excellent!

Since I’m typing this from the TV sofa on a laptop using a wireless Internet connection, I checked on Jamie’s campaign “live” so to speak. The campaign has reached 271 000 signatures. Read about that particular newsflash here.

Why is it that we, time and time again, choose to spend so little on preventive measures and so much on treatment when it comes to healthcare? Although Swedish schools generally serve acceptable (or close to) food, I’d rather pay a little bit more for healthy and tasty food, than paying for overweight children.

Go Go Jamie, Go Go Jamie!

The HP6220 in Sweden

So HP is rolling out a new fleet of notebooks.

Wonderful.. or?

I’ve gotten used to, and quite fond of, the HP NC6000 notebook. It’s a “just enough”-type product with almost everything you need, except a fast harddisk and a Firewire connection. I’ve mostly been using the 1.8-512-60 model.

Set to replace the NC6000 is the new NC6220 (there’s also a more budget-like 6120 and a 6230). The specs look OK; there’s still no firewire in any of the models I’ve seen – but perhaps I haven’t been looking hard enough.
Continue reading The HP6220 in Sweden

Tyst Hjärta

“Tyst Hjärta”

Dina händer smeker mitt ansikte,
mina armar, min mage.

Vid varje kurva leker du med mina
sinnen, roar dem, stillar dem, kittlar
dem.

Jag reser mig, och du tror att vi är
hemma.

Men av det jag vill ha syns ej ett
spår. Ty det är ditt hjärtas
smekningar min själ skriker efter.

(joho)

Racing the 3400

I got a call from a customer this morning who wanted to give a Ferrari 3400 to his wife as an Easter gift; I wonder what the egg looked like 🙂 Needless to say, it had to be ready in time for easter, which gave us about four (4) hours to have everything set-up.

He wanted Windows XP, Office 2003, anti-virus software, and some basic configuration done. So after having a courier pick up the Acer notebook from the distributor, I finally got my hands on this beauty. Continue reading Racing the 3400

CSS Zen Garden

I just ran into this site: csszengarden.com

An excerpt from their mission statement:

“There is clearly a need for CSS to be taken seriously by graphic artists. The Zen Garden aims to excite, inspire, and encourage participation. To begin, view some of the existing designs in the list. Clicking on any one will load the style sheet into this very page. The code remains the same, the only thing that has changed is the external .css file. Yes, really.”