Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Another year over and a new one just begun

It’s been a combination of work, new hobbies and to little free time that kept me away from blogging. But I plan to end my year with a post and will make a wish tonight when 2008 becomes 2009 (not a promise) that more post will follow during next year.

2008 started with an internship in Oslo at a digital agency. One thing lead to another and when I graduated from Hyper Island in May I was employed as a project manager. A hectic period followed with a lot of projects. A strong will to always learn more and do better kept me busy and made me work both long and hard. I spend my two summer vacation weeks on a small island without internet and enjoyed food, sun, reading and swimming. Autumn started with me receiving a MacBook for work. I fell in love with this tiny machine and can’t imagine a life with PC again. Oslo finally started to feel like my home and with this feeling came a strong homesickness. I miss family, friends and my dog like crazy. The last months of 2008 I spend playing Halo 3 and L4D, crocheting amigurumi and cooking food while my biggest project went live. Christmas holiday started early this year because I treated myself with another trip to Japan. New Years eve is currently taking place in a tiny hotel room in Hatagaya, but give me another hour and I’ll be clubbing in Shibuya.

This post actually made me think a bit more about 2009. Guess I have to do some thinking about next year and set up some goals to work against. But for tonight I wish nothing but champagne, good food, music, fire crackers and dancing.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Smart enough for wisdom teeth

Between playing DS and thinking about going to bed I couldn’t resist finding out how much my blog is worth. Some calculators says $0.00 and some says 3108 SEK. I like to think it’s the later value, because it’s the same sum as it will cost me to remove one wisdom tooth tomorrow. While I’m taking a deep breath I’ll be thinking of my blog. Too bad that blood and some tears wont increase the value… At least not if I waste them at my dentists chair.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Walk the talk

Ever since I got my idea about the day and night toothpaste I can’t stop thinking about how it seems as companies don’t want to interact with their clients. Trying to give away an idea is way harder then getting famous on You Tube.

Why don’t companies encourage costumers and users to contribute with new ideas, tips and their point of view? Sometimes the greatest things come from people outside a company.

What if a company totally opened up for input from others? I guess they would end up with a lot of new products, innovative ways to advertise, meaningful feedback and costumers who feel that they aren’t just buyers but also a part of the company. So the question is – how does your company open up in a good way, and when will it?

Monday, May 26, 2008

I'm Not There

My blogger skills aren’t what they used to be but I’m still alive. Se proof on Hyper Islands blog.

Monday, May 12, 2008

2 years of education

Today we summoned all the models we have learned during our time at Hyper Island. It turned out to be more then 50 models about group dynamic, feedback, increased self knowledge, ways to communicate better and a lot more. After working side by side with them for a long time they are really a part of my everyday life and in some way the have changed me as a person.

I’m doing my best to work distance with my projects from work during these last days in school while I also am packing all my belongings to live in Norway fulltime. Right now I’m just doing my best to keep my head over water until it will be full of champagne on graduation day.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

I feel fine

I've been to an inspiring day filled with lectures. My favorite lecture was Jonathan Harris who talked about peoples stories and how he enjoyed to collect them. I really liked the how he combined simple thing to make something grand. I recomend to take a closer look at his project We Feel Fine. It's sort of an bank of feelings collected from blogs with the phrases "I feel fine" or "I am feeling" written in them.

I feel amazed over how small simple ideas often are the best. And there I finished my phrase that will publish me on We Feel Fine. Jonathan also turned out to be very nice and fun to talk to. Keep up the good work!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Be there or be square

I'm proud to announce that I'm an employed project manager at Apt since two weeks ago. Guess Norway will be my home for a little bit longer that just my internship period. I'm returning to Hyper Island for a two week long wrap up before ending my education with a big party!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

If I made TV's

I've got a picture in my head of the perfect TV. When turned off the screen is all white instead of black. Because I would like my TV to blend in among my other furnitures and not be a "black hole" on the wall.

Yes, off course there is a reason why the screen is black but I think that there must be some way to produce all white TV's. If not, I'm going to use nano technology colour, in that way something can look like it's in a totally different colour then it really is.

Monday, March 24, 2008

If I made shoes

After looking at white sneakers in cotton I realised they are not made to wear. As soon as the smallest amount of dirt stains them you can just put them in your wardrobe next to the other "not clean enough to wear" pairs and buy new ones. Beacuse white sneakers are not meant to be nothing but white.

If I made white sneakers I would make a pair with a white logo or symbol on them. The logo/symbol would be made of "dirt proof" material and you can't see the mark as long as the shoe stays withe and new. The more dirt, stains and soil on the shoe the more the more would the white logo appear. Then you got a pair of shoes that are ment to be worn for a long time until the label are visible.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

9 weeks of internship

My internship at Apt is continuing to be fun, challenging and very educating. I really ended up at the right place and it feels like my head are full of new knowledge. I learn new things all the time and I’m starting to ask myself if it’s room for more information. What I first noticed as new project manager at Apt was my lack of knowledge regarding technology but I’m doing my best to increase by asking thousands of questions. I’m proud to announce that I know more about stuff like CMS, backend, W3C and the process of building a website.

I just started a new project were we are going to make an online advertising film. Just when I began to understand project management of websites and other thing online I get thrown into something totally new for me. This is what I love about my internship!

(For those who validate my site just because I was talking about W3C: Yes, I know there are some errors. But if Apple has 10 of them I guess it’s ok with my three. And who knows, I might just end up fixing them myself some day.)

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Help, my brain is turning digital

No, it’s not the grass beginning to grow in the park or the birds returning from wherever they go during cold winter that’s giving me feelings of spring. It’s the automatic background on my Nintendo DS R4 Revolution card. During the past months it’s been a snowy background but now it has changed to a green leaf, which I discovered this morning. For me this was the first sign of spring. Seems as my R4 card is thinking for me.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Work is a four letter word

I know the secret behind living a well balanced life. I also know it’s almost impossible to achieve it. It sounds very simple. Divide your day into three. You get eight hours sleep, eight hours to work and eight hours for free time.

Great! Except that it is a lot of boring things to do that is eating time from your eight hours of leisure. Transport between home and work, buy food, cleaning and doing other chores. Those things might are not be your hobbies but still they are stealing time from your eight hours of fun.

So could the person who invented this key to happiness please explain how it’s suppose to work? Or does anyone have a better idea?

Friday, February 15, 2008

Playing around with Google Analytics

I spent my last days teaching myself Google Analytics. Once you get started it’s really fun to discover how visitors get to your site, what they do, how long time they spend and so on. I just keep discovering more and more ways to find new information. It’s a useful tool to understand what visitors do on your site.

Since I just finished my first project I made an experiment by tracking the banners by unique URLs. That way I can see exactly which banner, divided into size and ad place that brings most visits.

I’m not going to spend time on explaining how to use Analytics, instead I’m just sharing the links that I used to get started. Have fun!

Measure online advertising with Google Analytics
Google Analytics Goals
Ad Tracking with Google Analytics

Friday, February 8, 2008

A small step for mankind, one giant leap for me

I did my first gif animation today, 24 years old and soon to be 25. I always thought it was hard but after finishing my first one today I felt so good about it. I thought myself by reading a guide that I found on Google. It is fun to learn new things!

There are always new things to learn but not always as easy to find them. To see what you can learn you have to ask yourself what you don’t understand yet. About things in you daily life, technique, hobbies or what ever comes you way. I bet you will find a lot of new thing to learn that you didn’t knew about. Basically, find out what is left to learn to fully understand something.

Go horsie, go!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Working long vs. Working hard

Ever since I read Seth Godin’s book “Small Is the New Big” I’ve been thinking a lot of the difference between working long and working hard. For me working long is just a way to get your pay check. Working hard means you accomplish new things, make brave decisions and take steps forward instead of standing on the same spot. Every day I keep thinking of this and try to work hard as much as possible. I tend to valuate my day on the way home to find out what’s been long work and what’s been hard work.

Is this an obsession?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

This is not a blog

I may not write as often as a blogger should, but I do not see myself as a blogger either. This is more like a glimpse of my thoughts, opinions and ideas. I write when something cross my mind, I see or hear something that gets me thinking or when it has been far too long since my last post here.

I don’t want to earn money by this blog. I don’t feel like reading another “10 ways to get more readers to your blog” post. I don’t always feel like be on top of myself and spend hours of writing posts and thinking of new ones. Apparently this thinking stuff doesn’t happen to me as often as other bloggers who blogs three times a day?

Sometimes what you think about and what you write isn’t as important as what you do.

Oh shit, this is a blog? Isn’t it?

Monday, January 14, 2008

A fan is a fan

I haven’t bought a record for years. Many of my friends don’t own a CD player. When I listen to music it’s on my iPod or my iTunes. Young people today are growing up with downloading music from day one. And we see it as our right to download music. It is going to be tough for the music industry to change our point of view and what has become a part of our life. Today record companies are an analog fossil in I digital world.

Since music can be downloaded from anonymous users it doesn’t feels like steeling directly from the artist. It’s more like spreading music. And the music is going to spread even if the artist doesn’t want to. Musicians should take advantage of this instead. A good example is Radiohead who released their album on their website for free downloading and if you liked it you could donate money. Today they made good money this way and I read that the average price each downloader paid was 6 $. Thom Yorke says:
In terms of digital income, we’ve made more money out of this record than out of all the other Radiohead albums put together, forever — in terms of anything on the Net. And that’s nuts. It’s partly due to the fact that EMI wasn’t giving us any money for digital sales. All the contracts signed in a certain era have none of that stuff.

So why pick a fight with your fans and listeners? Why just don’t see them as consumers who want music in a new way? And an unsatisfied costumer will please their needs elsewhere if you can’t please them. A fan is a fan no matter how they get the music.

Payment today isn’t just money, it is also attention.

Monday, January 7, 2008

First day of my internship

I packed all my things and moved to Oslo two days ago. A little bit nervous and very excited I walked along Oslo’s pedestrian street this morning. I got a very warm welcome from my new workplace and now I have 17 weeks of adventure ahead of me. My first day was all about trying to understand as much as possible about the company, their routines and introduce myself to my new co-workers. But I also managed to do some research and tag along on a brief about a digital agency competition. I can’t wait for tomorrow, that must be a good sign?

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

If I worked at Apple

I would make iPods that would upload their own batteries by body heat. We can generate electric energy from heat and this is nothing new. I’ve read that scientists are working hard to develop a good working system on how to make body heat to energy. And these scientists have made a good progress in their research. When reading a couple of articles about it I started to think on combine this function with an iPod. Wouldn’t it be great to walk around with your iPod in your pocket and always have fully uploaded batteries?