Don’t expect to find the answer here! Meanwhile, these are a few “cue words” concerning what I enjoy as well as what I am not so fond of the obligatory plus-and-minus list:
• Women • Cyberspace • Music for dancing • Africa • The significance of music and art to society • Organic food • A huge and wide blue sky • Photographing textures
• Women • Know-it-all doctors • 'Schlager' music • Car pollution • Computer crashes • Pesticides and chemical food preservatives & additives • Star signs - except maybe the Chinese star signs, according to which I am a Water Tiger
And if it was up to me...
• the day would be extended with at least four hours.
• the "www" in all web addresses would go extinct.
• we'd find new ways to deal with the laws of copyright so that art and technology again can begin to flow more freely within mankind. Obviously, this involves finding new ways of ensuring that the artists, creators and inventors are still rewarded for their contributions, and not abused.
[More on this subject at Free software]
• all decent computers would be born with a minimum of TWO mirrored harddisks - which is how things ought to have been ever since computers were released at the private market in the 1980'ies. (Why are there no computer companies who promote themselves on 'safety' rather than 'speed' and 'gigabytes'?)
• a new traffic law would be enforced so that the inner city in all major cities will have much more one way streets, less parking spaces, and - in return - no one way restrictions for bicycles.
And by the way...
• the best two seats in a cinema hall are in front and not in back of the hall - which for instance in a hall with 18 rows means around the 6th row in the center. My favourite seat in Imperial is on 9th row in the middle. Go for nothing less!
• I still wonder why is it that lights are turned on and the audience is in such a rush to get out before the same second the film is over and the credits begin? Why is it such a crime to give a good movie a short moment of thought and 'digestion' before leaving the hall? >:-(
[More on this subject at Rulletext.dk]
Mottos and mantras?
• “Where there's a will there's a way.”
• “Having said A you must also say B.”
• “Don't tell it. Show it.”
• “The stupid clean up the wise control their disorder”
• “At least we can say we have tried.”
• “Everything's possible.”
Civil status? The big news in 2005 were that I am now married with the girl who I think is the most wonderful, gorgeous, truly amazing woman on the entire blue planet. She is from Australia, and her name is Deb.
She didn't know that I was just about to propose to her when she was playing with my camera and shot this little video on July 5th, 2004, in Lejre...
According to the "Myers-Briggs type indicator" - a personality test I went through at a course in August 2000 - I am an "INTP"-person. The letters INTP are abreviations for 'Introvert' - 'Intuition' - 'Thinking' - 'Perception'.
My interest in music covers a wide spectrum of genres and fusions between genres. It is easier to say what I don't like in music. Schlager songs, for instance. As a teenager it was albums of orchestras like Genesis, Pink Floyd and Tangerine Dream which were placed on the 'sacred shelves'. In the 1980'ies Peter Gabriel was the great guru. Together with Brian Eno.
My first meeting with the congolese soukous on a journey in Africa in 1985-1987 turned hot and wild, and since then my world of music was never the same.
The album which was most frequently in my CD-player in 2002-2004 was '1 Giant Leap'.
Since then I got busy with producing and listening to our own music.
Here is a page in Danish with more info about my taste and interests in the field of music...
The second 1 Giant Leap film ‘What About Me’ is watchable online:
Favourite films? There are films which have changed my life and there are films which are just brilliant little pearls I'll never forget.
In the late 1970s and beginning of the 1980s, it made a deep impression on me to see French movies such as 'Les Enfants du Paradis' and 'Moliere', and we freaked out over '2001 The Space Odyssey ', 'Koyaanisqatsi & Powaqqatsi' and 'Blade Runner' long before they got to be hype.
Oh, and 'The Passenger' (with Jack Nicholson), not to mention.
'Quest of Fire' also
made an impact in my life when I was in the early 20ies.
Later in life, I have become particularly fond of films which
skillfully recreate moments and conversations of love and everyday life of today, such as 'Four Weddings and a Funeral', 'Twogether',
'As Good As It Gets', 'Bitter Moon',
'Moonligt and Valentino',
'Truly Madly Deeply', 'Bagdad Café',
'American Beauty', 'Short Cuts', 'Do The Right Thing',
'Home For Holidays',
‘Two Weeks Notice’, ‘La leggenda del pianista sulloceano’,
‘High Fidelity’, ‘A Lot Like Love’, ‘Last Chance Harvey’, ‘Revolutionary Road’, ‘Beginners’, and ‘In America’
real life stories that move you, such as ‘Hurricane’, ‘The Impossible’, ‘A River Runs Through It’, and ‘Charlotte Gray’
humour such as in ‘He Was a Quiet Man’
- off-the-beaten-track stories such as ‘Meet Joe Black’ and ‘Another Earth’
well-told love stories and emotions-stirring epic movies of past times, such as 'Shadowlands',
‘84 Charing Cross Road’,
'The English Patient',
‘Nowhere in Africa’,
'Legends of the Fall', ‘Gandhi’,
'The Whole Wide World',
‘Creation’, ‘Mary Bryant' and
‘The New World’
- parents’-worst-nightmare movies like ‘Beautiful Boy’
anthropological movies such as 'In a savage land' romantic girl’s movies (in this case about life, and death) such as 'P.S. Iove you'. I was among those who had my center of emotions in a state of emergency for at least 24 hours after the premiere of 'Titanic'. Yes, I admit it. But then again, for some reason I couldn't bother to watch it just one more time when, lateron, it was shown on tv.
DiCaprio's later movie, 'The Beach', on the other hand, seems to me to get better and better every time I watch it.
As far as the obligatory 'Lord of the Rings' is concerned, I watched all its three episodes in one stretch and loved it.
A tv series I have enjoyed the first and second seaon of was ‘Six Feet Under’
The DVD '1 Giant Leap' from 2002 is among my absolute favourites as far as music productions are concerned.(You might as well just buy it straight away!).
They followed it up in 2008 with 'What about me' which I enjoy watching and showing to people just as well.
Favourite actors? Now, THIS is a very personal question: Who are the film actors who turn a film production into a magnificent experience and generally make the world of movies such an enriching and fascinating place?
Ioan Gruffudd ('Hornblower', 'Man and Boy'), Jeremy Irons ('Brideshead Revisited') Tim Roth, and Hugh Grant, definitely!
And Kevin Spacey ('American Beauty'), Harvey Keitel, Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Jack Nicholson - ...among the males. Oh, and Tom Hanks, not to mention.
Among women actors, hm... I can think of Emma Thomson, Sandra Bullock, Annabella Sciorra, Angelina Jolie, and Michelle Pheiffer, who all have great charisma and human quality as an actor.
Speaking of beauty, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jennifer Lopez are tops, if you ask me, but beauty was not what I was talking about as a criteria here.
Books? I love books, but I don't know why... I just never get down to reading any. Christmas gift books are piling up. 'The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy' by Douglas Adams, 'The High Price of Materialism' and You Shall Know Our Velocity are some of those I'd love to read,
when some day eventually I find myself on a sunny beach and with all the time in world.
Another one on the list is How To Be Idle
In the later years, I find myself becoming kind of religious about my weekly 1.5 kilometers of swimming. And about eating right avoiding sugar. That's about it.
The word "religion" comes from latin religiõ and means "to bind". Which is what it does: religion binds groups of people together.
I was brought up on Christianity, fell in love with Islam in my early years of travelling in Egypt and Sudan, and have learned a lot from Buddhism which I have found full of genuine life wisdom.
But basically, I find it absurd and sad the way people use religion to promote their own agendas which have nothing to do with anything devine but only with very-much-down-to-earth power struggles between groups of human beings, economic gain, prestige, and similar narrowminded issues.
I guess I feel about religion like I do about astrology and horoscopes: ‘Okay, fine, but... eh, should we move on with things now?”
800 years ago Rumi wrote a poem which I believe sums up these matters very well. It is entitled ‘Only breath’
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If I were to live my life over again, I would climb more mountains and swim across more rivers.
Travel with less luggage.
I would take things less serious.
I would take more chances.
I would dare to make more mistakes.
I would dance more.
Nadine Starr, 85 years
With a film crew in Ghana: Instructor Hanne Tofte
(left) and photographer Anders Helmer (right)
“Life is being on the wire.
The rest is just waiting.”