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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Most of the content on my site is very outdated.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.
Linkblog
Weird or interesting web pages that I've found.
August 1:

->  The Kids Who Beat Autism
"In the last 18 months, two research groups have released rigorous, systematic studies, providing the best evidence yet that in fact a small but reliable subset of children really do overcome autism. The first, led by Deborah Fein, a clinical neuropsychologist who teaches at the University of Connecticut, looked at 34 young people, including B. She confirmed that all had early medical records solidly documenting autism and that they now no longer met autism’s criteria. In May, another set of researchers published a study that tracked 85 children from their autism diagnosis (at age 2) for nearly two decades and found that about 9 percent of them no longer met the criteria for the disorder.

The research by Fein and Lord doesn’t try to determine what causes autism or what exactly makes it go away — only that it sometimes disappears. There do, however, seem to be some clues, like the role of I.Q.: The children in Lord’s study who had a nonverbal I.Q. of less than 70 at age 2 all remained autistic. But among those with a nonverbal I.Q. of at least 70, one-quarter eventually became nonautistic."

July 30:

->  Meditations On Moloch
Companies in an economic environment of sufficiently intense competition are forced to abandon all values except optimizing-for-profit or else be outcompeted by companies that optimized for profit better and so can sell the same service at a lower price.
(...)
This is the dream time. This is a rare confluence of circumstances where the we are unusually safe from multipolar traps, and as such weird things like art and science and philosophy and love can flourish. As technological advance increases, the rare confluence will come to an end. New opportunities to throw values under the bus for increased competitiveness will arise.
(...)
When it becomes possible to build architectures that could not be implemented well on biological neural networks, new design space opens up; and the global optima in this extended space need not resemble familiar types of mentality. Human-like cognitive organizations would then lack a niche in a competitive post-transition economy or ecosystem. We could thus imagine, as an extreme case, a technologically highly advanced society, containing many complex structures, some of them far more intricate and intelligent than anything that exists on the planet today – a society which nevertheless lacks any type of being that is conscious or whose welfare has moral significance. In a sense, this would be an uninhabited society.
(...)
The question everyone has after reading Ginsberg is: what is Moloch?

My answer is: Moloch is exactly what the history books say he is. He is the god of Carthage. He is the god of child sacrifice, the fiery furnace into which you can toss your babies in exchange for victory in war.

He always and everywhere offers the same deal: throw what you love most into the flames, and I will grant you power.

As long as the offer is open, it will be irresistable. So we need to close the offer. Only another god can kill Moloch. We have one on our side, but he needs our help. We should give it to him.

Moloch is the demon god of Carthage. And there is only one thing we say to Carthage: “Carthago delenda est.”

->  Nukes of Hazard
In 1960, the computer at the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) in Colorado Springs warned, with 99.9-per-cent certainty, that the Soviets had just launched a full-scale missile attack against North America. The warheads would land within minutes. When it was learned that Khrushchev was in New York City, at the United Nations, and when no missiles landed, officials concluded that the warning was a false alarm. They later discovered that the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System at Thule Airbase, in Greenland, had interpreted the moon rising over Norway as a missile attack from Siberia.

In 1979, NORAD’s computer again warned of an all-out Soviet attack. Bombers were manned, missiles were placed on alert, and air-traffic controllers notified commercial aircraft that they might soon be ordered to land. An investigation revealed that a technician had mistakenly put a war-games tape, intended as part of a training exercise, into the computer. A year later, it happened a third time: Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national-security adviser, was called at home at two-thirty in the morning and informed that two hundred and twenty missiles were on their way toward the United States. That false alarm was the fault of a defective computer chip that cost forty-six cents.
(...)
Because a nineteen-year-old airman performing regular maintenance accidentally let a socket slip out of his wrench, a Titan II missile became a time bomb, and there was no way to turn off the timer. And the missile was armed. Schlosser says that the explosive force of the warhead on a Titan II is nine megatons, which is three times the force of all the bombs dropped in the Second World War, including the atomic bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. If it had detonated, most of the state of Arkansas would have been wiped out.

July 15:

->  Dad Claims Kingdom So 7-Year-Old Can Be Real Princess
Jeremiah Heaton has claimed a patch of land between Egypt and Sudan — which due to land disputes isn't claimed by either party — as his "kingdom" so that his 7-year-old daughter, Emily, can be a real princess, the Associated Press reports.

Heaton trekked through the desert in June and planted the "Heaton kingdom" flag -- designed by his kids -- in the soil of Bir Tawil. When he got home, he requested that everyone address his 7-year-old daughter as "Princess Emily." He and his wife, Kelly, also got her a princess crown.

Egyptian and Sudanese embassy representatives did not return requests for comment from the Washington Post.

Princess Emily told the Bristol Herald-Courier that she is concerned about children in the region having enough food.

July 10:

->  Vänsterns goda, fina hat
Jag har intervjuat 20-årige André Frisk, förbundsombudsman i LUF som blev nedslagen bakifrån en lördagskväll för ett år sedan. Innan han blev nedslagen hörde han hur de skrek ”borgarsvin”. Slag och sparkar haglade över honom när han låg ned. Efter denna händelse är han mycket vaksam på sin omgivning.
(...)
Pavlina Ekdahl, aktiv i LUF, utsattes för systematiska trakasserier av den autonoma vänstern när hon i tjugoårsåldern flyttade till Lund för att studera genusvetenskap. En kväll fick hon besök av två män som kallade henne för ”liberalt svin” och gjorde klart för henne att det skulle gå illa för henne om hon inte flyttade.

– Det är många, även journalister, som inte tar tydlig ställning mot detta. Men vad får det för konsekvenser om man tillåter vissa att använda våld? Jag är socialliberal feminist och även jag har drabbats av hat och hot från den autonoma vänstern. Och om en sådan som jag utsätts, hur långt kan de då tänkas gå?
(...)
Även om flera av dem jag pratat med har gjort polisanmälningar har många av dåden varit av sådan art att utredningarna har lagts ned. Ibland på grund av bristande bevis, ibland för att brottet ansetts ringa. Anna-Lena Lodenius:

– Det är utmärkande för extremvänstern att begå många små brott. Då undgår man uppmärksamhet, och folk kan fortsätta att säga att extremhögern är värre. Men ur en demokratisynvinkel är extremvänsterns påverkan på människors möjlighet att uttrycka sina åsikter ett lika stort hot som extremhögerns enstaka, men fruktansvärda, mord.

June 30:

->  Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse
If a city had increased its road capacity by 10 percent between 1980 and 1990, then the amount of driving in that city went up by 10 percent. Why? New roads will create new drivers, resulting in the intensity of traffic staying the same.

If you expand people’s ability to travel, they will do it more, living farther away from where they work and therefore being forced to drive into town. Making driving easier also means that people take more trips in the car than they otherwise would. Finally, businesses that rely on roads will swoop into cities with many of them, bringing trucking and shipments. The problem is that all these things together erode any extra capacity you’ve built into your street network, meaning traffic levels stay pretty much constant.


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