May 22nd, 2008 | mobilesignals

At the pub, fuelliing up with Red Bull. Car service picks me up in a couple of hours. With a bit of luck, I should be setting up Mission Control in a hotel room about nine hours from now. Air travel has gotten fucking ridiculous, really. Oslo’s only a couple of hours away by air.

Travel kit is now reduced successfully to the laptop (an ultralight Thinkpad X61), this phone, a Nokia N95 8GB, and the bluetoothed keyboard I’m writing this on. The phone is now armed with things like Worldmate, keeping me abreast of local weather (rain, what a surprise) and adjusted world times, and Joikuspot in case I have to turn the phone into a wifi hotspot in order to get work sent off the laptop. The phone’s music player is loaded up with the new Paavoharju records, Burial, Philip Jeck and Nurse With Wound, and I think I’m all set.

All I’m missing is the presentation I have to give tomorrow, which I haven’t written yet…!
See you on the other side.

Sometimes I Understand The Whole “Manifest Destiny” Thing

May 21st, 2008 | researchmaterial

Eleven women accused of being witches have been burned to death by a mob in the west of Kenya, police say.

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Kenyans burn alive 11 ’witches’


May 21st, 2008 | mobilesignals

I’m outside the pub, soaking in some heat, because I’m off to Oslo tomorrow and it is probably not hot in Oslo. It also occurs to me that I’m going to be too early for strawberry season in Oslo. They sell them in big barrows, and the scent fills the street.

I still haven’t written my presentation for the Norwegian Film Institute. Had no time. God only knows what I’m going to do. The time I’d blocked to think about it got eaten by a minor work crisis. I may just have to wing it for an hour and hope for the best.

They got me a smoking room in the hotel. I foresee a Thursday night spent bent over a notebook, fuelled by cigarettes and coffee. And I won’t reach the hotel until midnight.

Still, after the doomed presentation, I get to look at a new, Lovecraftian MMO game that’s being created in Oslo, which I’m looking forward to immensely.

Time for lunch.