Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Media: Neverending Toilet Paper

Once in 2009 I saw an advertisement on Swedish TV. I saw it again a couple of days ago. It was one of not so many ads that got my attention. Even though it's just a toilet paper advertisement, in my opinion it has a great idea to it. In addition, the soundtrack is the best cover (by Cookie Sweetheart) of Neverending Story soundtrack I have heard so far. I think it's a nice twist to say that toilet paper will last like a never-ending story. I have been listening to this song for the whole day today. Also, when watching this advertisement for several times, you can guess what type of people are shown there. Just like with Babylon Zoo Spaceman song, first, the advertisement was released, and, after some time, the full version of the song. Unlike Cookie Sweetheard, Babylon Zoo went high up in the charts back in 1995.


Sunday, November 06, 2011

Life: Back to Work, Roxette Concert

On the 1st of November I went back to my job after 4 months of parental leave. It takes some time to get back on track but I enjoy it. Marie’s mom is now taking care of Alexander at home and we all get along pretty well.

On Thursday, November 3, Marie and I went to Roxette concert. We had “floor” tickets so we came an hour earlier to get a better place in front of the scene. It was a nice feeling to sing along with some 9600 people in Globe Arena that evening. Pretty much all of Roxette’s greatest hits were played there. The evening would be perfect if there were no group of drunk Swedes trying to get through the crowd to the very front in the middle of the show. In addition, there were two drunk teenage girls near us who were jumping around and stepping on the feet of the people around, really asking for trouble. It’s so hard to deal with people like that. Otherwise, the show was great. It wasn’t Roxette from 90’s but was totally worth going! I really liked that this time the keyboards were back in the songs and not just guitars. I can not name the song that I liked the most but it was kinda touchy when they all gatherer for the last (almost acoustic) song Church of Your Heart. Perfect Day was nearly perfect as well.

Here are the songs that were played:

Dressed For Success
Sleeping in My Car
The Big L.
Wish I Could Fly
Only When I Dream
She’s Got Nothing on (But the Radio)
Soul Deep
Perfect Day
Things Will Never Be the Same
It Must Have Been Love
Opportunity Nox
Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)
Crash! Boom! Bang!
How Do You Do!
Watercolors in the Rain
Spending My Time
The Look
Listen to Your Heart
Church of Your Heart


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Technology: Microwaves and Wi-Fi

We have a computer in the kitchen which we are using as TV and communicator from time to time. Recently we started using it a bit more often, especially when feeding Alexander. The problem is that it uses Wi-Fi, and when microwave is on, the Wi-Fi signal gets interrupted. I did a small research online trying to figure out what's the problem. Multiple articles state that the microwave could be leaking and the way to check it is to put one cell phone into a microwave and call from another phone. If there is no leak, the signal will not reach the phone. I tried that and the signal went through. That surprised me, since the microwave is not that old to allow leaks. Last weekend we went to the store and experimented on multiple new microwaves. Surprisingly, all the time the call went through. So, the conclusion is that checking microwaves with the help of mobile phones does not work. I came back home and continued research. I got some clues about changing Wi-Fi channels, and started experimenting with that. With the first change to Wi-Fi Channel 1 the problem got solved. Now my Wi-Fi became Microwave-Friendly. Apparently, there is quite a lot of electronic noise being produced by the microwave that is interrupting the Wi-Fi signal on certain channels. I do not think that our microwave is leaking but still prefer to stand at least a meter away when it's on.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Life: June and July 2011

In the middle of June we went to Klaipeda, hoping for some good weather to test our new sunscreen solutions. Well, the weather did not happen but we had some good time with our friends. We also celebrated the first birthday of our son. We’ve spent there almost 2 weeks and learned that one should not rely on the summer weather in Lithuania much. Well, it’s the same story in Sweden now, actually, since it mostly cloudy. It rains from time to time and hardly gets to 25 degrees. Well, what can we do? Here are some pictures from the windy Klaipeda:

From the beginning of July I am on the parental leave that will last until the end of October. So, currently I am learning all the tough lessons of being a father with the child at home alone. That goes quite good, actually, and I am starting to enjoy it. It does occupy most of the free time, so there is no way to take any computer free-time project seriously. But I have a chance to listen to audio books during the day. I hope Alex does not mind listening to the strange background voices while we are at home.


Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Lifestyle: Sunscreens

I have been into healthy products for a long time now. We have replaced shampoos, conditioners, soaps and toothpaste at home with the organic products. Before the summer I have researched information about the sunscreens, and without a surprise, there were famous ones that are pretty bad and not so famous that are pretty good. One of the most famoust Nivea sunscreens can be even dangerous.
(health hazard  0 - lowest hazard ; 10 highest hazard)

My choice for this summer is Aubrey Organics sunscreen that has really low health concerns compared to Nivea, for example. Aubrey Organics even though it is made in the USA, it can be purchased in Sweden as well.

If you are interested in the general guide for the sunscreens here is the guide:

Here is the list of best sunscreens for 2011 summer season:

And here are the safety tips for staying in the sun:

Enjoy the summer sun :)


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Music: Swedish Pop to the Maximum

Here is the latest single from Helena Josefsson called Nån annanstans, nån annan gång. She has been behind several Per Gessle (of Roxette) pojects and has her own solo projects and a band. A really catchy pop track.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Green IT: Fujitsu ECO Mouse and Keyboard

Fujitsu is the first company that I know of that produced something (keyboard and mouse)that is Green IT, meaning it is made from 100% bio material with PVC free cable. I hope that more companies will start producing such products, especially in IT industry.