Record heat (so now I'm blogging because I cannot sleep)

It is now after midnight, Tuesday morning, and it is impossible to sleep because of the heat. So therefore I blog a bit. First about the weather and then a lot of small things, so I’ll  have something to do.


Today has been kinda decent, but yesterday, it was unbearably hot here! And now people in Sweden/Norway certainly think badly about me for that, because I know you had a frost and the fall has arrived there. But what does it help me?
Yesterday it was around 40 degrees C (90F) most of the day, and no wind. The little wind that was there was also hot, so it made it worse.

Americans were also complaining. Not even the most seasoned Californians could stand it.

In Los Angeles, they beat the heat record of 113 degrees Fahrenhei.
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/sep/27/local/la-me-hottest-ever-20100928

In the photo/Photoshop class Digital Imaging, we were to make an image of any work of Maggie Taylor, who makes photo illustrations. Here you can see what I accomplished with the help of Chris, who was the model.

The original:


My work:



I bought a girl magazine and a men's magazine today. For the mass communication class tomorrow, we will have to bring different ads, good and bad, and discuss them. I did not have any good papers here, and even worse ads. So I went down to the 7-Eleven and looked through a bunch of different magazines. The most fun and different ads, I found in the papers M and GQ. M is not as in Sweden, a magazine for 50 + women, but girls aged 9-17 years, and 99% is about Justin Bieber. It also included a poster of him. Yikes. GQ is just all about advertising, often very good looking ads. In some it was even with perfume, folded in some way in a sticky part of the hand, oh I cannot explain.


To sit and watch funny pictures on the web is fun when you're bored. Here comes the Iraqi Batman:




We have today discussed the Challenger accident in English 120. For today, we read about how Reagan's speechwriters were working that day, and we have read the speech. Today we saw footage from Reagan when he read it, and news. Very strong stuff. Also interesting debates in class.

I bought a big giant container with apple juice today. Just thought you wanted to know. For those of you who enjoy food blogs, I can also say that I ate tuna salad for dinner.

Tasted something really good today when me and Lauren were at Starbucks. Chocholate Chip Coffee-based Frappucino. OMG, how good it was. Cold and tasty, like milkshake, but it was coffee, but cold with pieces of chocolate. Yum! Those I will have a lot of in the future.

I have been stuck for a humor group on YouTube. The Key of Awesome gang from Barley Political. They do parodies of pop-culture phenomenon, and has done several parodies of music videos. There are three videos that I've looked at I don’t know how many times. There are parodies of:

Ke$ha's Tik Tok (here Tik Tok / Glitter Puke)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7n8GqewJ2M
Ke$ha is really my homegirl since the performance at Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, but this is really funny.

Katy Perry's California Gurls (the parody has the same name)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_stcgW8E4o
The song is a travesty of both Perry's song and how California girls can be (though I must say that most people have some of the sides from both songs. Sure, some to be superficial, but often they are very kind and nice and good looking)

Lady GaGa Bad Romance (Here, a duet between "Lady Gaga" and "Lord Gaga")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWxTGJ3TK1U
The song is not the same as the original song, just inspired by, but the parody is more about the video and Gaga's odd personality.


Now you've got a lot of nonsense written in this blog. What should I do now? After I put up this post and I will probably continue to check out YouTube. Fell yesterday for a bunch of old nostalgia. So in conclusion, you will here get a clip of the intro to the most frightening child program that was available when I was little: Ika on the screen. It's so psychedelic, scary, weird colors, mystical dances, strange creatures, a skeleton named Åke and a super fuzzy mime from Halmstad as a host. All of my generation says they were afraid of this when they were little, but all have as much fun to see it now. So. Enjoy!

 

Really nice birthday-party-week with amazing weather

After the last week with so much studying I thought “oh, the next week will be so nice since I don’t have that much to do and I can just relax and have fun”. And I did. Have had so much fun this week. But it wasn’t that calm…

 

There has been parties. Five days this week. Monday and Tuesday we celebrated Chris’ birthday at home. Thursday it was Steven’s birthday and I was both there and downtown.

Friday we had a small private party here, and yesterday it was two more birthday parties. A friend of Ola called him and told him to come and bring people, cause they had a beer keg.

We went there, a big cool house almost on the top of Carillo Hill with a spectacular view over the town and the ocean. Amazing. They had the beer, a keg containing 180 beers. We brought a bottle of tequila and gave them, and others had other drinks. A lot to drink, that is. Plus cake and pizza, and we had a great evening.

Then we went downtown. Went to a couple of places and ended up at Tonic. There we met up with Therese who had her 21st birthday and had her first club night in Santa Barbara. We had so much fun all of us.

 

Me and Ola with beers and the amazing view Saturday evening

 

The weather this week has been amazing. During the weekend it has almost been so hot that that you barely can be outside. Mostly trying to be indoors until sunset. I have been to the beach the last three days. So nice. A little bit embarrassing that I haven’t spent more time there, since it only takes two minutes to walk there. I have been swimming  too. At least one bath each day. Not that warm, but it’s cooling and nice in this heat. It’s good. It is very salt, though. Maybe not so strange since it’s the world’s largest ocean.

 

I have been looking at a car today that I might buy. It is Veronica’s car, and she’s selling it cause she is going back to Sweden after this semester. I tried driving it today, and it felt really good. It’s a Buick. Ola and Nima might also be in on it, and then it will only be 500 $ per person, and that is really nice.

 

New week now. Think there will be some follow-ups on the controversy we wrote about in The Channels Thursday night. Otherwise I think it will be a nice week again. Maybe without that much partying. Which might be good I think…

So many things happend, including a big political scoop

Wow, when I wrote the last post yesterday I did not know how much more that was to occur during the day. Everything isn’t here, but here are some of the events of yesterday, Thursday.


First, I can say I did my final exam in ENG120. This was not unexpected though, I just have not mentioned it. It was a test where one can only get Pass/No pass. I got 35 out of 40 correct answers = very good = the course is now completed. Really nice.



This is the kinda long, but if you like controversies and disclosure of politicians and authority figures, you will probably like it. Otherwise you may well skip down to the party section down below.


In November, there are elections in the U.S. for a lot of things, both local, statewise and national. One of the major local elections is to the Board of Trustees, the school board. This, we will of course write a lot about in the school newspaper, and the news editor has formed a team of four people who will work with this in the upcoming months, and I am part of the team! Yeah, really cool and an honor indeed. Yesterday, we were supposed to have our first meeting to go through some kind of strategy. But that did not happen.


When I came to the newsroom by 2.30pm  there was a lot going on for Kyle (news editor), Cody (opinion editor), James (editor in chief) and teacher Patricia and her assistant Palmer (Patricia and Palmer formally has nothing to do with the newspaper, but is only responsible for our grade school and the practical stuff there).

They had been told that several e-mails had been sent out on the school intranet to all employees about the candidates the authors believe that one should vote for in November. Those who had sent this was the Instructors' Association's executive board (who seemed to speak for all employees) and the dean of the entire School of Media Arts, the department to which we belong.

The problem is that this not allowed.

We talked to one of the responsible attorneys at the school, and she is sent over papers which clearly state that teachers and staff are not allowed to use school phones, e-mail system or other electronic ways of delivering political messages or requests on how to vote.

The dean of SOMA had also sent the same thing to all media in town, signed with his official title.

We all sat and began to call around and try to get hold of people. Do you think people wanted to talk to us? Of course not.

Doug Hersh, Dean of the School of Media Arts, one of the people involved in the scandal. Photo: James Sinclair


On top of this, the Board of Trustees would have its regular meeting. One of us always has to go there in any case, if they decide something interesting that th,e newspaper can write about. But since almost all of the people in this controversy would be present we thought we had to go all four of us.


The meeting itself was pretty boring. Nothing interesting was decided. And it took sooo long

Joe Dobbs, Kathryn Alexander and Desmond O'Neill during the meeting yesterday. They are the ones the e-mails says you should vote for. Photo taken by James during yesterday's meeting. (Btw, nice that the school's future is so young and vibrant ...)


But after the meeting, we had our big chance. Kyle ran after the dean, and the rest of us went over to the members of the board who were those who had support in some of the e-mails.

Talking to them was daunting. These are some of the biggest authorities, who have held office in about 20 years. They are lawyers and Ph.Ds and having an accusatory question is not easy. The man I spoke to seemed totally ignorant of what had happened, but that if it had happened would be illegal. The man who talked to Cody in contrast, knew about some of the e-mails.


From the dean came nothing. No comments. Almost a bit menacing said.


Then we went back to the neews room to write this. And it was not easy. There was a huge number of parts of this story (more than I have listed here). Then you have to get a good flow on this so that it feels good.

But it's also high profile men we are talking about here. They have large campaign team and lawyers behind them, so if something could be even a little bit doubtful, it could go pretty bad.

In addition, we wanted the story out before tomorrow (Friday) so that we would get this out before any other major media got wind of it.


We sat a long time. For a long, long time. Palmer arrived and brought food for us, and Patricia also came and gave us advice (she may not write or tell us how to write).


I think the story ended up being good, for being a sudden thing, with no actual quotes.


The story was published around midnight and this it is:


http://www.thechannelsonline.com/news/questionable-sbcc-trustee-endorsements-to-be-investigated-1.1645847


Follow-ups will come in the week. I can promise that we have not heard the last of this story. The once involved will probably soon contact The Channels ...


I had planned to go to Steve's birthday party. I came home around eleven in the evening, and Ola and Nima were home and studied. We decided to go over to Steven in anyway. It was very nice, because I have not seen Steven since the spring semester. I also met Lydia who was our neighbor and with the cheer team in the spring, and that I have not seen since spring.


Someone who I have not met in even a longer period of time is Brooke. She has lived in Oslo the last six months, and it was a pity I could not come and visit her this summer. The day before yesterday she came back to Santa Barbara for the fall and she had contacted me asking if we could meet soon. So I went downtown and we managed to take us into the VIP queue at Wildcat. Have not been there before, and neither had she.


So even though the partying started late, I got time for both birthday party, clubbing and dance floor.


Long days and long evening. And the weekend has only just begun. No studying either, so it looks promising indeed.


In addition, the Rangers won their pre-season game against the Devils with 4-3!

Rookie Derek Stepan did very good in his first game

Article and birthdays

The latest issue of the school newspaper is now out. It is so cool! For the first time I’ve got a whole front page of my own. So sweet. And the illustration was awesome. My idea, performed by the pro James.

 

At the front page the article started in the paper and then continued inside the paper. The story was about academic renewal, how to get rid of bad grades. More or less burning your old sins.

Yesterday I was once again at the Academic Senate meeting, and they liked to see the story made front page. Also my English teacher today showed it in class. Very cool.

 

Photo: James Sinclair

 

Here is the link for the article:

 

http://www.thechannelsonline.com/news/droppin-the-f-bomb-academic-renewal-modified-at-city-college-1.1639428

 

 

It is a birthday week. My roomie Christoffer had his birthday Tuesday. So already Monday night at midnight we started the celebrations. Tuesday was the big party.

Today it’s the birthday of my former roomie Steven. I will go down there tonight to celebrate. So, it is a really nice week right now.

 

 

Us who live together in this apartment: Christoffer, Lidia, me and Ola

 

Early in the evening we invented the best shit: floating beer!

 

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