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27. November 2003  
No oil output cut despite OPEC worry

Oil and Energy Minister Einar Steensnaes said on Thursday that Norway had no plans to curb output next year when the OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) cartel fears prices may falter due to rising world supplies, a winter rarity.

Steensnaes told an energy conference in Oslo that Norway planned to maintain production at maximum capacity of 2.9 million barrels a day in 2004.

Steensnaes said current prices and inventory levels, violence in the Middle East and delays in the recovery of Iraq's oil exports indicated there was no need to reduce output.

"All these indications put together say there is no need for production cuts," he said. Norway is the world's number three oil exporter behind OPEC powerhouse Saudi Arabia and non-OPEC Russia.

Via Aftenposten.

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23. November 2003  
The man who gave The Beatles away

Click to enlargeSaturday afternoon I was lucky enough to enjoy a couple of hours at Atlantis Pub here in Oslo listening to The Beatles' first manager Allan Williams. Allan Williams is also known as the man who gave The Beatles away (to Brian Epstein) and is also in the top 5 list of the worst business decisions ever made.

Allan was managing The Beatles from 1959 to 1961, when they were just a group begging to play at different venues in and around Liverpool. Later they left for Germany, where they played at the Star Club in Hamburg. The great Liverpool bands in those days were Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and Gerry and the Pacemakers. The Hurricanes drummer, Richard Starkey, (a.k.a. Ringo Starr) later left the Hurricanes and joined The Beatles and the rest we all know.

We all tend to think that it was Liverpool that shaped and formed The Beatles and their sound. Not at all, says Allan Williams. The Beatles became what they were because of their playing in Hamburg.

You'll find a few pictures from the happening here. And while you are at it, take a look at Rune Lund's collection of Beatles mementos.

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22. November 2003  
Retropixels

Retropixels was supposed to be on hiatus for a month. Unfortunately, it still is. I hope to reopen it on 1. december 2003, but no promises made.


19. November 2003  
Darwinism vs creationism

I thought it was accepted, at least here in well-informed, educated Norway, that evolution brought us here. But no, there are still well-educated people that deny this and really believe we were created, based on the biblical account.

Medical student John David Johannessen and the leader of the Christian Medical Students Circle have petitioned the medical faculty at the University of Oslo for lectures "that not only argue the cause for evolution, but also the evidence against", student newspaper Universitas reports.

"The theory of evolution doesn't stand up and does not present enough convincing facts. It is one theory among many, but in education it is discussed as if it is accepted by everyone," Johannessen said.

Johannessen is a believer in creationism, based on the biblical account.

"Of course one has to know the theory of evolution, it is after all part of the curriculum. But certain lecturers demand that one believe it as well. Then it becomes a question of faith and not subject," Johannessen said.

Johannessen told the newspaper that he and his fellows are often compared to American extremists. Besides not being taken seriously or being able to debate the topic relevantly, Johannessen said that 'evolutionists' practically harass those who do not agree with them.

Read the complete article in Aftenposten.

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Operational?

The PC's back! It was the power supply that had packed in. The cost? NOK 1.275,-! The power supply was only NOK 398,- The rest was work and VAT! Maybe I should have changed it myself.

So tonight I'll have to reconnect all the widgets I have accumulated: VDU, keyboard, mouse, two printers, scanner, camera, microphone, loudspeakers, USB HUB, Palm cradle, CF card reader, ADSL connection, ISDN connection (just in case!) and all the power cables. I actually didn't know that it was so much! (No wonder the power supply broke down - joke!) I'll try to lay all cables so that they won't look like part of a bird's nest, but I have my doubts.

So I'll do this before I watch the match tonight and hope and pray that it will work again.


13. November 2003  
What's the point?

Sometimes it feels good to donate money to a good cause, like Save The Children. But watch out! Read what Aftenposten's News in English writes today.
And also consider that the organizations themselves also take parts of the money you donate for their costs.

Fundraisers take 70 percent of donations

Professional fundraisers admit that up to 70 percent of money donated to a cause can end up in their account before the charity gets the rest. Nevertheless, the pros have no qualms about their cut, arguing that their work costs money and that they charities do better as well, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports.

Talk2me, which now owns successful fundraisers Viadial, makes no secrets about their earnings from charity work, and says humanitarian organizations are good clients.

"Fundraising is expensive and the costs are often difficult to communicate to donors," said Talk2me's managing director Arild Horsberg.

"Up to 70 percent of the donor's money stays with us. Ten percent is pure profit," Horsberg said, and argues that the system works because his company does a better job than the charitable organizations could do themselves.

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11. November 2003  
Reminder

Just a reminder:

My PC is still not repaired, so there will not be any Retropixels or Retrophotos until it's back. It will take at least another week. Sorry!


21 questions

Click to enlargeAnd if you do answer yes to all 21, you're probably a liar!

21 Things I Want in a Lover (Under Rug Swept - 2002)

do you derive joy when someone else succeeds?
do you not play dirty when engaged in competition?
do you have a big intellectual capacity but know
that it alone does not equate wisdom?
do you see everything as an illusion?
but enjoy it even though you are not of it?
are you both masculine and feminine? politically aware?
and don't believe in capital punishment?

these are 21 things that I want in a lover
not necessarily needs but qualities that I prefer

do you derive joy from diving in and seeing that
loving someone can actually feel like freedom? are you funny?
la self-deprecating? like adventure? and have many formed opinions?

these are 21 things that I want in a lover
not necessarily needs but qualities that I prefer
I figure I can describe it since I have a choice in the matter
these are 21 things I choose to choose in a lover

I'm in no hurry I could wait forever
I'm in no rush cuz I like being solo
there are no worries and certainly no pressure in the meantime
I'll live like there's no tomorrow

are you uninhibited in bed? more than three times a week?
up for being experimental? are you athletic?
are you thriving in a job that helps your brother? are you not addicted? ...curious and communicative...

Listen to Alanis Morissette's 21 Things I Want in a Lover (4,1MB).

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10. November 2003  
World Rally Championship

Petter SolbergNorway's Peter Solberg won the Wales Rally GB on Sunday, thereby clinching his first world rally championship.

With co-driver Phil Mills he won by 43.6 seconds over title challenger Sebasitan Loeb. Solberg is the first Norwegian ever to win a rally WC.

Solberg, driving for Subaru, won his first-ever world rally in Wales last year.

He controlled this year's race from the first morning. He won all eight stages on Saturday, and went into the final day with a comfortable lead.

(Via: The Norway Post).

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8. November 2003  
Yeah, sure!

cute but psycho
you are the cute but psycho happy bunny. You
adorable, but a little out there. It's alright,
you might not have it all, but there are worse

which happy bunny are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

There are a lot of these small tests out here on the internet, telling you who or what you are after a few questions. No need for psychologists any more! This one is "cute".

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7. November 2003  
Intelligence ages well

Kamato Hong (died at 116 - click to enlarge)There is no basis in the belief that one's brain power diminishes with age. A new Norwegian research project has charted the progress of 100 subjects for 70 years, and their findings are encouraging, newspaper Dagsavisen reports.

Age in itself is no obstacle to an active and intellectual life, with mental capacity holding up well towards the age of 80.

"Of course there are going to be individual variations, but largely age does not lead to changes that affect how one, for example functions mentally at work," said Per Kristian Haugen, specialist psychologist at the Norwegian Centre for Dementia Research.

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6. November 2003  
UDI smothering Norway's IT industry

Click to enlargeOne of Norway's most promising Information Technology companies, browser developer Opera Software, is in desperate need of foreign expertise to keep the firm competitive and innovative, but finds itself stymied by the UDI, Norway's Directorate of Immigration.

Opera has employees from about 20 countries, and many of them have to weather a blizzard of bureaucratic paperwork to work in Norway. Many key applicants wait for months before being denied permission to work in the country.

Other successful Norwegian IT companies, such as Trolltech, which has landed a contract with Motorola, report similar problems. Fast Search and Transfer has reacted by employing people abroad instead.

"We are developing cutting edge technology and constantly need people with very special skills. We often do not find them in Norway. But when we find people abroad we are stopped by an enormous bureaucracy. It is frustrating that it is so insanely difficult to employ the people we need," said Anne Stavnes, office and personnel manager at Opera.

(Via: Aftenposten - Photo: Jon Hauge)

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4. November 2003  
Modernizing Islam?

Click to enlargeMuslims living in Norway must accept that they're a minority in a progressive, egalitarian-oriented society, claims Cabinet Minister Erna Solberg. Islam must be modernized, she says, but local Muslims claim they don't understand her criticism.

Cabinet Minister Erna Solberg is calling on Muslims to better integrate into Norwegian society.

Solberg, the government minister who's charge of immigration and integration issues among other things, is making some controversial demands of Muslims who have moved to Norway or grown up in the country as first- or second-generation immigrants.

In doing so, she's taking a brave stand. Solberg earlier this year was the target of death threats by a disgruntled Muslim asylum-seeker, and she also has been at the center of the storm around Mullah Krekar, the suspected terrorist who remains in Norway despite a deportation order.

(Via: Aftenposten - Photo: Gorm Kallestad/Scanpix)

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Det perfekte hjemmekontor!

BED5.gifEt av problemene ved ha hjemmekontor er at man m gjre alt det man gjr en normal arbeidsdag uansett. St opp, dusje, kle seg og spise frokost. Og nr man har gjort alt det, kan man jo likevel g p jobben!

Derfor er denne lsningen den perfekte for oss som benytter hjemmekontoret som en unnskyldning til sove litt lenger. Ikke tenk p alt strevet du m igjennom fr du begynner jobbe. Kok kaffe, lag frokost og kryp tilbake under dyna igjen.

Det eneste problemet jeg kan se er at man risikerer falle i svn igjen hvis man har en treg forbindelse.

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3. November 2003  
Mandag igjen!
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Bare for å ha sagt det: Dette er ansiktet til mandag, 3.11.2003 som ønsker velkommen til en ny uke!

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Hjelp!

Av en eller annen grunn har hjemme-pc'en min gått til streik. Den virker overhodet ikke. Så innen jeg får fikset den eller orker å dra på jobb-pc'en fram og tilbake blir det ikke posteringer på Retrospekt annet enn i helgene.

Dette gjelder også Retropixels. Alle bildene mine ligger på denne maskinen og jeg får ikke lagt ut noen før den funker igjen.

Men vi får håpe at det ikke går for lang tid før den er i orden igjen.



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