A fake world marked by fake news calls for a fake Christmas tree, methinks, and so be it, for the first time ever (decorated by one’s wife, as per usual). And in all honesty I’m hard pressed to see the difference.

Bilutleie-selskapet Hertz har i dag utstedt pressemelding om at selskapet ble valgt til å levere leiebilene ved innspillingen av Den 12. mann i Tromsø – og for produksjonsselskapets filmer de tre neste årene.

Vi venter i spenning på hvilke medier som velger å spre det glade budskapet.

Og husk:

Du skal ikke jage i hvileløs ring,
men lære deg elske de nære ting.

An embarrassing display of disgust

Norway’s prime minister Erna Solberg’s conduct during the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony yesterday agitated quite a few, clearly demonstrating her contempt, not only by abstaining from applauding a number of statements, but by clapping – and smiling – in a demonstratively condescending way. Yours truly not exempt:

Needless to say there’s been a lot of debate in the wake of the whole thing. The PM herself, and those sharing her view on nuclear weapons, keep trying to explain that applauding attitudes she does not share would be dishonest, and who am I to contradict that? Hell, I even agree.

Nevertheless the incident turned out to be a blatant show of the official Norway’s distaste for Nobel laureate ICAN, which surely cannot possibly have been the Nobel committee’s intention.

Better then to stay away, leaving the Norwegian parliament’s opposition, sharing ICAN’s views, to represent the official Norway.

That could have brought some dignity to the mockery we were forced to witness.

With all that said, I’m not at all sure that a unilateral disarmament is the way to go (in Norwegian), but this performance was nothing less than a blatant display of disgust. For which I’m deeply embarrassed.

Photo: Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg (Conservatives). Photographer: Tomas Moss – http://www.icu.no.

Han har jo rett, Carl I. Hagen. Det er ham, som person, som er problemet, ikke Stortingets regelverk.

Det han derimot ikke forstår, er at det fins så mange gode grunner for at det er slik.

This may be your last chance to get in touch with an old «buddy», as AOL’s Instant Messenger, launched in May 1997, shuts down for good next Friday, having served large portions of the Internet community for 20 years.

So in about a week’s time: Requiescat in pace, AIM.

Jeg har en jobb som innebærer en viss bejubling av «den digitale transformasjon», men skal jeg først være ærlig, får den meg i all hovedsak til å le.

Lenge og hjertelig.

Photo: Turkey’s dictator Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Photograph: Wikipedia.

Not a big fan of the self-absorption of our time, one can restrain one’s desire to share selfies at all hours, or actually all weeks, months or seasons (except perhaps every other year), but found oneself utterly unable to curb one’s impulse to publish this piece of vector graphics, indeed based on a rare selfie. For the mere fun of it, of course.

Posting a picture I shot of the below Michal Trpák umbrella man last year, I’m ashamed to admit that I completely ignored the above lady, hanging practically next to him – as well as the fly on the wall.

Unless, of course, she decided to join her fellow umbrella user, some time between last summer and two weeks ago. You never know.

Umbrella man, Michal Trpák.