I just saw the movie Sällskapsresan aka The Charter Trip. This is one of the best Swedish movies ever made but if you are not a Swede you would probably not get the humor 🙂 If you haven’t seen it, see it, if you have see it again! I must have seen it at least 10 times and it only gets better each time 🙂 Plot summary from IMDB:
”Stig-Helmer Olsson isn’t the fashionable, jet-set type, but for the first time in his life, he’s gonna travel abroad. He takes a trip to the Canary Islands over the christmas. Before leaving, his doctor asks him to bring a package to a friend of his. Without Stig-Helmer knowing it, the package contains 50,000 SEK, which of course is illegal to take out of the country. However, Stig-Helmer’s bag with the package disappears at the airport. Dr. Levander’s friend believes that Stig-Helmer has stolen the money and is anxious to get them back.”
Last week I finally found a HMD solution for our PDA Cyborg wearable project. Interactive Imaging Systems have produced a a CF-card that connects directly to a small (40 gram) head mounted display!! Finally! It should be ship on Monday or Tuesday and I will keep all eager readers informed after some testing! Below are images of the display as well as an image of one of my graduate students (Mikael Drugge) as a cyborg. The price was ”only” 999 USD plus shipping.
Ps. Click Drugge to the left for a larger view.
We have some new projects going together with Umeå University and the Interactive Institute in Umeå, so I will be traveling to Umeå quite a few times in the future and my first trip between Luleå and Umeå was last Tuesday. I took the bus down and I took the chance to try out their new business class. They had transformed the last 5 (?) rows on the second floor into 3 three rows with 3 larger chairs (very comfortable), a 220V power outlet for your laptop, free headphones for the movie, free coffee/the, free sandwich and very good service. The price for the upgrade was 80 SEK, about 9 USD. I was all alone in this section which added for extra peace (the rest of the bus was almost full). The extra money was well worth it (as if it was I personally paying anyhow 😉 The business class is available on bus 100 Luleå – Sundsvall. More info on Länstrafiken Norrbotten.
Going to Umeå and need a hotel? I can very highly recommend Comfort Hotel Uman on Storgatan 52. I have traveled quite a lot in my life (that makes sound really old 😉 and I have to say that this is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at. The welcoming I got from the lady in the reception was really overwhelming and I felt ”at home” immediately.
The hotel is rather small with 89 rooms but it offers large nice rooms, sauna with free beer, free dinner buffee (simple but very tasty, salads, ”sill”, bread, pasta and meat sauce) server until 22.00, normal size breakfast buffee with fresh waffles. On Mondays the manager offers a free glass of wine. And if you enjoy movies, I know I do, then ”Filmstaden” is just 100 meters away.
Earlier this week I saw the movie Catch me if you can. Highly recommended. I gave it a 9/10 on IMDB.
”An FBI agent tracks down and catches a young con artist who successfully impersonated an airline pilot, doctor, assistant attorney general and history professor, cashing more than $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in 26 countries.”
Have you seen any good movies lately? Tell me by commenting this blog note.
Yesterday I got the SIP – PSTN connection to work! Woohoo, now I can phone people from my computer and include their voice in my favorite E-Meeting software. The SIP-stack used is the NIST-SIP and the PSTN gateway is DigiSip.
Between 16.00 yesterday and 14.00 today I lost my wedding ring 🙁 🙁 I might be in the snow outside as we had a spring barbeque (yes we still have about 1 meter of snow here), in the house or somewhere on the campus as we went for a night walk before going to bed yesterday. HELP! 🙁
There is tons of information about Walt Disney World on the net (somebody wrote that the two travel sites in the world with the most information is Walt Disney World and Las Vegas) and a couple of days ago I got a tip to check out Waltopia. It contains among many other things Walt’s last movie where he presents his vision of the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow – EPCOT. The movie is very interesting to watch even if you aren’t interested in details about Disney as it presents a real vision (not too many of those around these days) of how people might live. It is 24 minutes long. After watching the movie head over to the EPCOT survival page for a view of what parts of the vision exists today.
During February 2003, we spent two weeks in Hurghada, Egypt on vacation and I finally put my travel report online. We also have 379 photos from the vacation online as well the rest of our photo album. Unfortunately, this wasn’t out best vacation and I cannot really recommend Hurghada to anybody!
The Blog wave finally caught up with me and I have started yet another journal type service over. The first I ever started was actually a service I called ”news” where I reviewed ALL new websites that appeared on the WWW. How did I manage to do that you might ask? Well, this was back in 1993-94, before Internet was invented ;-). Back then everybody that created a new site (or modified it heavily) posted a message on a Usenet news group (also known as Google groups) and I checked it out and wrote a short review. I kept this up for about 1 year (updating it daily) but after mid 1994 it just became to much work (to many sites to review). Unfortunately, I don’t have any copy of these news pages anymore but if anybody out there that was around on the WWW 1993-94, and have a copy of this pages I would REALLY appreciate an email!
My family and I will be adding ”interesting” blogs about what is happening in our lifes in Luleå!
WELCOME to a new brave blog!!!