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Most of the content on my site is very outdated.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.
September 17:

->  Zero-calorie sweeteners may trigger blood sugar risk by screwing with gut bacteria

September 10:

->  Years of Rape and ‘Utter Contempt’ in Britain
During a 16-year reign of terror in an English town, at least 1,400 children, some as young as 11, were groomed for sexual exploitation while the authorities looked the other way. One girl told investigators that gang rape was part of growing up in her neighborhood.

Some officers and local officials told the investigation that they did not act for fear of being accused of racism. But Ms. Jay said that for years there was an undeniable culture of institutional sexism. Her investigation heard that police referred to victims as “tarts” and to the girls’ abuse as a “lifestyle choice.”

In the minutes of a meeting about a girl who had been raped by five men, a police detective refused to put her into the sexual abuse category, saying he knew she had been “100 percent consensual.” She was 12.

emilyw at Metafilter comments:
"The young girls that we are talking about are often seen as low level criminals. They may have run away from home multiple times, have been involved in truancy, nuisance activity (drinking on the corner and swearing at passers by) or petty crime; they may have a very Bad Attitude when it comes to authority. If they aren't doing any of this, people may assume they are anyway.

The sexual activity of young girls who are lumped into this category is viewed as just another aspect of their Bad Behaviour. There's an assumption that they are hooking up with older men deliberately in return for money or drugs or a mobile phone (apparently how it often starts), and that the appropriate reaction is to punish the misbehaving kid in the same way as you would punish them for shoplifting."

->  A disturbing study of the link between incomes and criminal behaviour
In Sweden the age of criminal responsibility is 15, so Mr Sariaslan tracked his subjects from the dates of their 15th birthdays onwards, for an average of three-and-a-half years. He found, to no one’s surprise, that teenagers who had grown up in families whose earnings were among the bottom fifth were seven times more likely to be convicted of violent crimes, and twice as likely to be convicted of drug offences, as those whose family incomes were in the top fifth.

What did surprise him was that when he looked at families which had started poor and got richer, the younger children — those born into relative affluence — were just as likely to misbehave when they were teenagers as their elder siblings had been. Family income was not, per se, the determining factor.

That suggests two, not mutually exclusive, possibilities. One is that a family’s culture, once established, is “sticky”—that you can, to put it crudely, take the kid out of the neighbourhood, but not the neighbourhood out of the kid. The other possibility is that genes which predispose to criminal behaviour (several studies suggest such genes exist) are more common at the bottom of society than at the top, perhaps because the lack of impulse-control they engender also tends to reduce someone’s earning capacity.

September 5:

->  Mutant Giant Spider Dog Prank
Ok, this is evil... especially the last one (2:08+).

September 3:

->  The Dying Russians
"After several trips to Russia, I noticed something bizarre and disturbing: people kept dying. (...) People — men and women — were falling, or perhaps jumping, off trains and out of windows; asphyxiating in country houses with faulty wood stoves or in apartments with jammed front-door locks; getting hit by cars that sped through quiet courtyards or plowed down groups of people on a sidewalk; drowning as a result of diving drunk into a lake or ignoring sea-storm warnings or for no apparent reason; poisoning themselves with too much alcohol, counterfeit alcohol, alcohol substitutes, or drugs; and, finally, dropping dead at absurdly early ages from heart attacks and strokes.

Male life expectancy at age fifteen in Russia compares unfavorably to that in Ethiopia, Gambia, and Somalia. (...) So why do Russians have so many heart attacks, strokes, fatal injuries, and poisonings? (...) Suffice it to say we would never expect to find premature mortality on the Russian scale in a society with Russia’s present income and educational profiles and typically Western readings on trust, happiness, radius of voluntary association, and other factors adduced to represent social capital.

Another major clue to the psychological nature of the Russian disease is the fact that the two brief breaks in the downward spiral coincided not with periods of greater prosperity but with periods, for lack of a more data-driven description, of greater hope.

In The Origins of Totalitarianism Hannah Arendt argues that totalitarian rule is truly possible only in countries that are large enough to be able to afford depopulation. The Soviet Union proved itself to be just such a country on at least three occasions in the twentieth century—teaching its citizens in the process that their lives are worthless."

August 29:

->  The abrasiveness trap: High-achieving men and women are described differently in reviews
"This kind of negative personality criticism — watch your tone! step back! stop being so judgmental! — shows up twice in the 83 critical reviews received by men. It shows up in 71 of the 94 critical reviews received by women.

Words like bossy, abrasive, strident, and aggressive are used to describe women’s behaviors when they lead; words like emotional and irrational describe their behaviors when they object. All of these words show up at least twice in the women’s review text I reviewed, some much more often. Abrasive alone is used 17 times to describe 13 different women. Among these words, only aggressive shows up in men’s reviews at all. It shows up three times, twice with an exhortation to be more of it."

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