Marina details

May 10, 2009

I spend this weekend with my family in the family’s holiday cottage in Virksund, Denmark. We had a wonderful weekend and I got to try out my new digial camera. I took a number of detail pictures in the marina. I wanted to share them with you.

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Looking out the window

January 20, 2009

Right now I am trying to put my analysis of Socialist People’s Party’s behaviour around the Maastricht-treaty and the Edinburgh agreement referendums. The question is whether or not their policy changed from one referendum to the other referendum… pretty interesting actuarially. Well we are trying to see if Kaare Strom’s theory about political party behaviour fits the case. What I have found or perhaps rediscovered is the therapeutic influence of looking out the window – how words come much easier then you look away from the screen and out on the world. Isn’t that an interesting fact that it is easier to word something then you look at something that has nothing to do with what I am writing about?

I have turned in the other paper I was working on – I seriously hope that it is good enough but I am not sure – I am not sure the finds were interesting enough. I had the felling that it ended up being rather thin. Well I will know in a month’s time. Until then I can’t do anything but to focus on what I am doing and try to stop worrying about it

I am reading more newspapers for my BA-project – I don’t seem to be able to get though my sources for this project, but well at least I seem to get a lot wise on the subject. A few things stroke me as interesting while I was reading…

First of all how overwhelmingly important it was to everyone in Europa that Germany did take up it’s seat. That is not really something that is self-evident then you read history books about the era – you normally get the impression that the league wasn’t really important even at the time. It is my impression that people of the time felt quite the opposite about it. Germany’s admission was a world shadowing event. It toke up all space on the front page on every Danish newspaper in 10 days – and I am pretty sure it wasn’t just the Danish newspapers that gave everything else less priority in that period. That Germany got admitted was important enough to get all kinds of drama going in Genèva and to make all kinds of countries try to claim a seat in the consul as well.

The other thing that stroke me as interesting while I was reading was; that part of the reason the league never worked as well as people wanted it to, was that it was really a European party. A party to witch someone had invited the rest of the world and had given them veto-rights. At least the European countries clearly sew the league as a European league – somewhere to ensure peace in Europa – not somewhere to settle all of the World’s problems. People has talked a lot about why the league didn’t for-fill it’s purpose and preserved the peace (in Europe), and they often talk about this or that the law of the league. I think the real crucial problem was that the European stats sew the league as their club, but at the same time they had invited the rest of the world inside as equal members. But they didn’t treat the rest of the world as equal members! Europa was in shock then Brazil (the biggest country in South America) “dares” to try to claim a seat in the counsul along with the other Great powers… They where astonished by it to tell the truth – the Danish newspapers where chocked – even offended by it. “How dare Brazil intervene in European affairs?!”

Ok now I can think again without this trying to get out of my head – I better get back to my newspapers and my paper.

“Interesting…

January 2, 2009

… that actureally sounds really interesting.” That was the comment I got from someone at a family party I was attenting a few days ago, then we were talking about my BA project. I think it is a bit funny comments because the woman I was talking to realisted while she was talking that my subject actureally did sound pretty interesting, so she didn’t have to pretent to be interested. To me that tells me that it isn’t a too stupid subject I picked.

Ritz coffee substitution

December 9, 2008

In the research for my BA project I have been looking at a lot of micro-films (totally James Bond – though not as sexy) of old Danish newspapers from 1926. With my background in the graphic business I couldn’t help goggling the ads while I was looking for the articles I needed for the paper. One thing that hit me, other then the amount of fun ads, was how extreamly many ads there was fro Ritz – witch was a Coffee substitution and supplementation back in the days. I mean Coca Cola has nothing on them today. There as a huge advertisements for Ritz in every single newspaper I looked at. So fare I have looked at 4 different newspapers for a period of around twenty days – and in every single one of them there as at least ¼ page ad for the product – more often the ads were a lot bigger. There you can talk about serious marketing and branding!

Another interesting thing I came across then I looked for a picture for this post was that I couldn’t find a picture of even the logo of Ritz – the only thing that shows up is the hotel. Isn’t that interesting that, something that holds about the same place in the minds of our grand parents as Coca Cola does for us today has totally drifted out of our common consciousness? I can’t even find a picture! I mean I can find pictures of people’s grandparents then they were 2 from 1933 – no problem but a picture of a huge brand that has gone out of production is – perhaps not impossible, but very hard to find. I will hunt down one of the funny ads for you – it must be possible to find a scanner so I can scan one of the old funny ads for you.

Opsession with an era

November 21, 2008

Tonight I have been searching pictures and sims contest from the Art Deco and Art Nouveau era and it is just sucking me in. What is so amazing about this area is how contemporary a lot of the furniture and architecture looks, but at the same time the people in the photographs do look truly old fashion – especially the servants, who look like they walked out of the Victorian age even then the pictures are 30 years later. A lot of design today still draws inspiration from this era – how the most cutting edge buildings today have elements from art deco and how “modern” furniture truly are modern in the sense that they take their inspiration from the modern period.

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To the left: a danish “funkis” house from the period and to the right a contemporary danish house

This remind me of one of the points Dan Carlin is making on of his Hardcore History shows – that the 20th century was really just the postlude of the first world war or the Great War (so great that Microsoft Word insists that it is spelled with double capitals) as they called it before the second world war came, so the first could become the first world war. The world transformed under the Great War in every single part of life, from fashion to military structures to housing to the way the international system works today. A lot of the things we take for granted today really was born under the Great War or in the years just after. Of course new things has been added and things has evolved since the Great War, but in many areas many things are basicly the same as they were almost 100 years before. In journalism not much new has been added other then new channels – the two main types or articles and news casts are still the report and the interview – both invented in the start of the 20th century. What I am trying to say is that then we are stock we turn to the inter-war period for inspiration and a lot of the things we talk about today has a deep root in this era.