June 13: New portfolio image
I added the image Crowgirl to the portfolio.

June 13: New portfolio image
I added the image Pig Robot to the portfolio.

September 28: New portfolio image
I added the image Bette Davis to the portfolio.

August 27: New portfolio image
I added the image Charlie Chaplin to the portfolio.

March 28: New portfolio image
I added the image Björk to the portfolio.

December 7: Nya recept!

Min chokladreceptsida innehåller numera även recept på saffranstryffel och Bounty.

November 4: The guestbook works again
It seems that the guestbook hasn't worked since the server move. Sorry about that! I think I've fixed the problem now.

August 22: New portfolio image
I added the image Stef Gaines portrait to the portfolio.

August 4: Updates are coming
Most of the content on my site is very outdated. I'll try to effect a major redesign/overhaul within a couple of months, but exactly when will depend on how fast I can work with my injured hands.

July 21: New portfolio image
I added the image Trädfällning och Trädgård to the portfolio.

April 18: AI Pengo works again!
AI Pengo works again, with improved music quality and a functioning highscore list.

April 17: AI Pengo is down
AI Pengo is down after a server move. Due to changing Java interpreters, the game plays and looks worse than it did 12 years ago, so I'm taking the opportunity to restore it to its original state (or better). I hope to have it back, with a working hiscore list, in a few days.

October 9: Guestbook now working!
It seems like my web host upgraded the PHP version, because I suddenly had to re-code some parts that used deprecated functions. In the process, I discovered a possible reason why I've gotten so few guestbook entries this year: In most cases, the CAPTCHA simply didn't show up, so people had to guess the code randomly. :P

The guestbook should now be working as intended again.

August 28: Chokladreceptsidan uppdaterad!
Chokladreceptsidan har uppdaterats med ett nytt chocolate chip cookie-recept, och kluffinsreceptet har justerats lite.

August 22: Quotation mark usage award
I've created an ironic award for people who think quotation marks should be used for emphasis.

July 25: New portfolio image
I added the image ELA suvekodu to the portfolio.

April 19: New portfolio image
I added the image Panda + panda to the portfolio.

April 12: New portfolio image
I added the image Orange to the portfolio.

April 4: Kluffins!
Min chokladreceptsida innehåller nu även recept på goda valnötskluffins.

April 3: New portfolio image
I added the image Two faces to the portfolio.

December 18: New portfolio image
I added the image Smakverket to the portfolio. I'm currently looking for web design/programming work. Check out the Web Design section of my portfolio to see examples of my designs!

November 30: Music diary update
I've updated my music diary page -- clicking a song now searches for the song on Youtube.

May 26: Bellas Beslut vinner pris!
Boken Bellas Beslut, som jag illustrerat, röstades nyligen fram av 42000 barn och ungdomar som den bästa boken från 2008 i 14 till 19-årskategorin!

May 16: Liten bröduppdatering
Jag har ändrat mitt recept för oknådat bröd och lagt till foton.

April 22: Hands still hurting
This site is still on hold while I'm waiting for my hands to get better (hopefully in a couple of months). The only thing I'm updating consistently is the link blog (which I can update by simply cutting and pasting links into a form). I'm sorry if you've emailed me and I haven't replied.

December 18: New portfolio image
I added the image Alice X-mas card 2008 to the portfolio.

December 12: New portfolio image
I added the image The aviator to the portfolio.

January 13: The world is even safer
I've added a few items to my page I feel safe now.

December 25: Merry Christmas!
Here's a Christmas card I made. ("God jul" means "Merry Christmas", although I suppose a more literal translation would be "Good Yule").

My hands actually seem to be healing, so expect a lot more updates in 2008. (Also, I might even start answering people who ask questions in my guestbook! Sorry if you've been waiting long.)

February 23: Vetenskapligt Utprovade Chocolate Chip Cookies
Nytt och bra chocolate chip cookie-recept här.

February 17: Robot Jesus online store
I've opened a tiny online store called Robot Jesus. Right now it only contains four prints, but expect more prints and t-shirts soon.

February 10: English signs
I'm going to add some weird/fun image galleries to my site. First out: English signs

February 9: Hannes i Kina
Jag har pysslat ihop en bloggsida till min lillebror Hannes, som envisas med att bo i Kina.

January 29: New web server
My home page has been slow and difficult to access for the past few weeks, so today, I moved to a new and faster web server. Please tell me if you find any glitches.

January 23: ICQ-konversation, 30 november 2000:

00:18 Martin: Vem är M?
00:19 amme: en vän som dog igår morse
00:19 amme: han dog i cancer alltså
00:20 Martin: Dumt. Vänner borde leva.
00:20 amme: jag håller med!

Amme är död.

January 19: New portfolio image
I added the image Teddy Tavern - scenario 4 to the portfolio.

January 16: Teddy Tavern released!
The game Teddy Tavern has been released! I drew backgrounds, sprites and the in-game comic for it (although the user interface and title screens were drawn by other people). I've added some screenshots to my portfolio.

Expect more frequent updates to my site from now on.

December 23: I Feel Safe Now
I've added a collection of news articles about the continuing efforts to make the world a safer place.

November 30: Nyheter på receptfronten
Jag har lagt till ett recept på oknådat bröd. Och mitt chokladkolarecept har börjat uppvisa en jobbigt självgod attityd sedan det fick vara med i SvD:s vinterfestbilaga (Hej Alice!)

November 21: Tjuvlyssnat!
Oj! Jag kom precis hem och upptäckte att jag vunnit Tjuvlyssnat.se:s serietävling. Tufft! Tack till alla som röstade på mig. (Fast själv så tyckte jag att Björn Öbergs bidrag var snyggast).

Om de som letat sig hit vill se fler saker jag tecknat, så har jag en illustrationsportfolio här och en seriesida här. De flesta serier på sidan är dock tyvärr rätt gamla och nonsensartade; jag har haft svårt att teckna i några år pga belastningsskador. Men nya serier är på väg -- här finns en miniförhandstitt på en längre serie jag jobbar på.

(Missa för övrigt inte min robot-tshirtdesignomröstning nedan! Det är samma robotar som på min portfoliosida, men de var faktiskt tänkta som t-shirttryck från början).

November 21: Evil robot t-shirt poll
I'm thinking of printing evil robot t-shirts. Click here to see four variants of my first design.

Assuming that you'd ever buy any kind of robot t-shirt, which version do you prefer?

Also - please tell me what you thought about the designs. I'm especially interested if you didn't like any of them, or if you have specific suggestions. (You don't have to fill out all fields in my e-mail form - just type a quick message and then enter "13" to bypass the spam protection.)

November 9: Logvinenko's illusion
A thread on Metafilter about optical illusions mentioned Logvinenko's illusion. Since the picture was very small and grainy, I made a new one.

September 15: New portfolio image
I added the image Bella's Band to the portfolio.

May 27: Link blog now searchable by subject
Click on "Search links by subject" at the bottom of the link blog to the right, and you'll be able to search for specific subjects. You can even search for combinations, like [weird AND religion], or [biology OR comics OR stupid].

April 6: New portfolio image
I added the image Gratislotteriet.se to the portfolio.

December 25: Merry Christmas!
I was surprised to get a call from the architects at Carlstedt Arkitekter i Linköping. Apparently, they've been performing my (and Jens Wall's) strange nativity play every year since 2001. (The page now also contains an English translation of the play).

The promised additions to my illustration portfolio have been delayed, but I'll upload something Any Day Now.

November 18: Large nonsensical update
Time for a large update to my site. I still have trouble typing due to RSI, so if you've e-mailed me and I haven't answered yet, I apologize. Here's what's new:

I've added six images to my illustration portfolio (and more are to come within a week). I got the book EXPOSÉ 3, by the way, and it's gorgeous (and contains my Bunnies with flamethrowers image).

Most other updates involve a heavy dose of nonsense; I write about my venture into the advertising business, and I have 2.5 new comics (scroll to the bottom of the page). I promise to make more serious comics soon.

I constantly update pages like my oneliners page, my links and my music diary without mentioning it on the front page.

The rest of the updates are in Swedish, so I'll switch to that language:

Jag har en ny sida med citat från boken Stilblommor och grodor,
jag har två nya Chokladbaserade recept, jag har fina Ingen Reklam, Tack!-skyltar man kan skriva ut och sätta på sin dörr, och jag lade till ett urklipp från GP som skrev om min elefantfestivalflagga.

November 18: New portfolio image
I added the image Mighty Rodent title screen to the portfolio.

November 18: New portfolio image
I added the image Mighty Rodent sprites to the portfolio.

November 18: New portfolio image
I added the image Asian cartoon stylee to the portfolio.

November 18: New portfolio image
I added the image Jam to the portfolio.

November 18: New portfolio image
I added the image MLi & MiRRE Produktion to the portfolio.

November 18: New portfolio image
I added the image Alien ship in turbulence to the portfolio.

May 27: Sleepless comic
There's a new comic I've made - "Sömnlös" ("Sleepless") - available in both Swedish and English on my comics page.

May 20: New portfolio image
I added the image Spreading rumors to the portfolio.

May 19: New portfolio image
I added the image My Pet to the portfolio. (Warning! Viewing this image may cause brain damage).

May 19: New portfolio image
I added the image Buildings to the portfolio.

May 13: More favorite illustrators
I added Alex Maleev and Dave Cooper to my favorite illustrators page.

May 5: EXPOSÉ 3 available for pre-order
EXPOSÉ 3, which contains my Bunnies with flamethrowers image, is now available for pre-order.

May 5: New portfolio image
I added the image Sci-fi concept sketch to the portfolio.

April 20: New comic
I added an old comic in Swedish - Tandfén - to my comics page.

April 13: New portfolio image
I added the image Weird kid + squid to the portfolio.

April 9: My art will be in EXPOSÉ 3
Wheee!! I was just informed that my image Bunnies with flamethrowers (see above) has been selected for inclusion in the digital art book EXPOSÉ 3.

April 5: New portfolio images
I've added several images to my illustration portfolio. (They're backdated, so they don't show up on the front page as new images).

March 31: More jokes!
My joke page has been updated.

March 30: New portfolio image
I added the image Faces to the portfolio.

March 27: New portfolio image
I added the image Random character design to the portfolio.

March 22: New illustration portfolio
I have a new illustration portfolio. Please visit it and vote on the pictures. New images will appear soon.

I've also changed the RSS generator for the site. My RSS feed will now contain information about the three latest site news items, the three latest portfolio images, and the three latest link blog updates. With an RSS reader (the Firefox browser has one built in), or with an RSS subscription service like Bloglines, you can be automatically notified whenever I update my site.

March 20: More oneliners
The oneliners page has been updated.

February 4: Total redesign
I moved my personal web site to rebas.se. Several new pages have been added, and most have been edited. Have a look around.

January 7: New portfolio image
I added the image Leeloo to the portfolio.

January 5: New portfolio image
I added the image Something Is Coming to the portfolio.

November 30: Guestbook now working!
It seems like my web host upgraded the PHP version, because I suddenly had to re-code some parts that used deprecated functions. In the process, I discovered a possible reason why I've gotten so few guestbook messages this year: In most cases, the CAPTCHA simply didn't show up, so people had to guess the code randomly. :P

The guestbook should now be working as intended again.

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Greatest Hits
Links to some of my most popular pages:
->   World domination
I've made an attempt at taking over the world. I didn't succeed very well.

->   Ingen reklam, tack!
In Swedish. Bisarra skyltar som man kan skriva ut och sätta på sin dörr

->   My comics
Some comics I've written and drawn.
->   AI Pengo
A Java game that you can play in your web browser.
Weird or interesting web pages that I've found.
October 22:

->  The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.
The car can’t travel a single inch without a map that describes the exact three-dimensional location of streetlights, stop signs, crosswalks, lane markings, and every other crucial aspect of a roadway. Google admitted that the process it currently uses to make the maps are too inefficient to work in the country as a whole. The company frequently says that its car has driven more than 700,000 miles safely, but those are the same few thousand mapped miles, driven over and over again.

It can’t currently find a space in a supermarket lot or multilevel garage. It can't consistently handle coned-off road construction sites, and its video cameras can sometimes be blinded by the sun when trying to detect the color of a traffic signal. Because it can't tell the difference between a big rock and a crumbled-up piece of newspaper, it will try to drive around both if it encounters either sitting in the middle of the road.

October 21:

->  When Women Stopped Coding
The share of women in computer science started falling at roughly the same moment when personal computers started showing up in U.S. homes in significant numbers. They were marketed almost entirely to men and boys.

Movies like Weird Science, Revenge of the Nerds, and War Games all came out in the '80s. And the plot summaries are almost interchangeable: awkward geek boy genius uses tech savvy to triumph over adversity and win the girl.

In the 1990s, a researcher named Jane Margolis interviewed hundreds of computers science students at Carnegie Mellon, which had one of the top programs in the country. She found that families were much more likely to buy computers for boys than for girls — even when their girls were really interested in computers.

->  Maybe Better If You Don’t Read This Story on Public WiFi
Wi-Fi security is terrible. If you've ever connected to a trusted wireless access point, then from that point on, your phone will ask random access points in your vicinity if they are that trusted access point, and all a malicious device needs to do to gain access to your communication (including seeing your passwords, or putting child porn on your phone) is to answer "yes".

October 20:

->  Study Reveals Discrimination Starts Before Grad School
"Across 10 different fields, professors are much more likely to respond to a student who sounds like a white male than to a student who sounds like a female or minority. Aside from the name, the words in the email were exactly the same.

Private universities, which charge more for tuition, saw the greatest difference. Names that sounded like white males were 29% more likely to receive a response than a female who sounded Asian. Professors of a higher stature are also more likely to have a bias.

If females and minorities cannot even get a response when trying to participate in undergraduate research, it diminishes their chances of getting the necessary experience to be a strong candidate for a doctoral program and succeed in a chosen field."

October 18:

->  What people get wrong about the Yes Means Yes law
This past week, a young writer named Sophia Katz wrote an essay accusing Stephen Tully Dierks, the editor of an online "alt-lit" literary magazine, of raping her multiple times.

And yet because Dierks claims to have been confused about whether Katz consented, an astonishing chorus of blame has been directed at Katz for not doing enough to fend off his assaults — or even inviting them. Elizabeth Ellen, the editor of literary journal Hobart Pulp, devoted a lengthy essay to criticizing Katz, at one point suggesting that it was "almost entrapment" for her to have stayed in Dierks's apartment. When Gawker covered the story, commenters criticized Katz for visiting Dierks in the first place, for returning to his apartment night after night (even though she had nowhere else to go in New York and no money for a hotel), and for failing to say "no" strongly enough, even though she said it many times, in many ways.

Which brings us to the ways in which these sorts of attitudes disadvantage all women. When our society treats consent as "everything other than sustained, active, uninterrupted resistance," that misclassifies a whole range of behavior as sexually inviting. That, in turn, pressures women to avoid such behavior in order to protect themselves from assault.

As a result, certain opportunities are left unavailable to women, while still others are subject to expensive safety precautions, such as not traveling for professional networking unless you can afford your own hotel room. It amounts, essentially, to a tax that is levied exclusively on women. And it sucks.

Ezra Klein: Every woman I spoke to talked about this tax in the same way: as utterly constant, completely unrelenting. It's so pervasive that it often goes unmentioned, like gravity. But it colors everything. What you wear. Who you have lunch with. When you can hug a friend. Whether you can invite someone back to your house. How you speak in meetings. Whether you can ask male colleagues out for a drink to talk about work. How long you can chat with someone at a party. Whether you can go on a date without having a friend who knows to be ready for a call in case things go wrong. Whether you can accept seemingly professional invitations from older men in your field. Whether you can say yes when someone wants to pick up the tab for drinks. For men, this is like ultraviolet light: it's everywhere, but we can't see it.

October 9:

->  Dogspotting group somehow turns into fascist regime
If the dog spots you spotting it, all points go to the dog. If the dog is acting violently, points are subtracted from your total.

If you think Dogspotting sounds like a pleasant and irreverent way to pass the time, think again. The world of Dogspotting has become polarized between two very different spotting methods: the "Boruffian Orthodox" and the "Free Point System."

The most controversial rule within the Boruffian orthodox method is the subtraction of points for small dogs. This anti-small dogs stance infuriates loyal spotters, who have voiced their discontent on social media.

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