October 2012


BookBike Storage furniture is thought by BYografia for people with a bike as they do not have the space to store it. Simple and practical, this object is to discover images in the future. (via Fubiz) Neat solution.

Markus Åkesson is a painter who is particularly interested in rites of passage, like between life and death or the passage from adolescence to adulthood. With visually stunning works, a selection of his creations are to discover in the future. (via Fubiz)

Maja Ivarsson, (born 2 October 1979) is a Swedish singer and lead vocalist of the Swedish indie rock band The Sounds.

The Sounds were formed in 1998 in Helsingborg, by childhood friends guitarist and vocalist Felix Rodriguez and bassist Johan Bengtsson, who later invited drummer Fredrik Nilsson on board. Maja Ivarsson’s striking presence and personality led to an invitation to be their lead singer. They met Jesper Anderberg during the Hultsfred Festival by chance and invited him to join their band. He plays piano, guitar, synthesizers and does back-up vocals.

The Sounds are active on the touring circuit, including the United States. Their first tour was in the wake of their 2003 smash “Living in America” (both the song and the album), although their touring conditions were a far cry from the sheen of the video for the song. They have been to the “Southern Finland triangle” (Turku, Tampere and Helsinki) many times, but their tour in the fall of 2006 showcased them in additional inland and coastal towns. After that they went on international tour and were in Portugal in 2007. In 2008 they began a tour of Europe and North America that ended at the end of summer 2009. The band opened for No Doubt alongside Paramore during a U.S. tour over the summer of 2009. These proved to be successful exposure for them as their popularity on myspace, Twitter and their Street Team has increased dramatically. Most of the shows on their tour involved opening for No Doubt, while some of their headlining shows featured opening act Hey Champ. The Sounds headlined a 2009 US tour with supporting acts Semi Precious Weapons and Foxy Shazam and a tour in Europe with supporting act Matt & Kim to promote their album, Crossing the Rubicon.

In 2002, Ivarsson collaborated with Andreas Mattson in the song “Free Free Free” which was released on the soundtrack for the German film Big Girls Don’t Cry. Ivarsson was featured in Cobra Starship’s single and music video “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)”, for the 2006 film Snakes on a Plane. The widely advertised film gave an enormous amount of publicity to Ivarsson and her band, especially in America. In March 2011, Ivarsson signed for a promotion campaign by American hair care company Sebastian Professional. Earlier fashion-related appearances included the Berlin Fashion Week in January 2011 where The Sounds played during the presentation of a German fashion label. Ivarsson is featured on the song “We Are Rebels” by Alice in Videoland from their 2008 album She’s A Machine! and on All Time Low’s song “Guts” on their 2011 album Dirty Work. She also collaborated with Felix Cartal on the song “Tonight” from his 2012 album Different Faces.

Ivarsson found Roxy Music and their song “Love Is the Drug” a big inspiration; references to this song and Bryan Ferry can be found in The Sounds’ single “Rock ‘n’ Roll”. Depeche Mode and Bruce Springsteen were popular when she was young and she found the Depeche Mode song “My Secret Garden” particularly mesmerizing until her brother translated the lyrics for her (she did not yet speak English), at which point she refused to listen to the rest of the translation. She has also admitted to having a crush on Billy Idol when she was a child. The band has been likened to Blondie. Ivarsson has an eclectic taste in music, having claimed to like electronica as well as Britney Spears’ “Toxic”, and music by Otis Redding, Dolly Parton, Slipknot and Simon & Garfunkel.

She began playing the French horn at the age of 8 and at 14 she took up the electric guitar. She is also a composer and lyricist, even though most of The Sounds’ songs are written by the other band members. Around the age of 8 she took up karate, Thai boxing and kickboxing. She has six tattoos: a tribal sun on the inside of her left forearm, Modesty Blaise (a 1960s-era British comic book character) on her right outer forearm, three dots between her right thumb and index finger, a sparrow on the right side of her neck, an anchor on her outer left arm, and lip prints on her inner right biceps. The three dot tattoo and anchor tattoo are in memory of her father, who was a sailor. The dots symbolize having traveled the seven seas.

When asked by an interviewer in Out Magazine, Ivarsson characterized herself as bisexual. When asked what kind of sexual partners she prefers, she replied, “I like very feminine girls. And very masculine boys. Kind of boring in a way. If I was dating a guy – I like it almost when you can’t make up your mind if they’re good looking or not. I don’t like pretty boys at all.”In previous interviews, she confirmed her status as “a member of the queer community.” She was in a 7 year relationship with a woman but in 2010 they broke up. She is now in a relationship with a man. (via Wikipedia)

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In the distant past, the spacecraft of an advanced humanoid alien race arrives on Earth. One of the aliens consumes a dark liquid, causing its body to disintegrate and fall into a nearby waterfall-seeding Earth with the building blocks of life. In 2089, archaeologist couple Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) discover a star map among the remnants of several otherwise unconnected cultures. They interpret this as evidence of humanity’s forerunners. Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), the elderly founder of the Weyland Corporation, funds the creation of the scientific vessel Prometheus to follow the map to the distant moon LV-223. The ship’s crew travels in stasis while the android David (Michael Fassbender) monitors their voyage. In 2093, the ship arrives, and its crew are informed of their mission to find the ancient aliens, called “Engineers”. Mission director Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) orders them to avoid any direct contact and return if the aliens are found. The Prometheus lands near an alien temple. A team including Shaw, Holloway and David explores the temple, while Vickers and Captain Janek monitor their progress onboard the ship. They find several ampoule-like artifacts, a monolithic statue of a humanoid head, and the corpse of a giant alien, thought to be one of the Engineers. Other bodies are later found and the species is presumed to be extinct. David secretly returns an ampoule to the ship, while the remaining ampoules begin leaking dark liquid. An approaching storm cuts the expedition short, and the crew is forced to return to Prometheus. Botanist Milburn and geologist Fifield are separated from the expedition and stranded in the temple. In the ship, Shaw and medic Ford analyze the Engineer’s head, and discover that its DNA is almost identical to that of the human species. Meanwhile, David investigates the ampoule and discovers a dark liquid substance. He intentionally infects Holloway with the substance. Later, Shaw and the infected Holloway have sex. In the temple, Fifield and Milburn are attacked by snake-like creatures. Milburn is killed, and a corrosive fluid from one of the creatures melts Fifield’s helmet, exposing him to the dark liquid leaking from the ampoules. The crew return to the temple and find Milburn’s corpse. David discovers an uncharted room containing a living Engineer in stasis and a star map highlighting Earth. Elsewhere, Holloway’s infection rapidly ravages his body, and he is rushed back to the ship. Vickers refuses to let him onboard, and burns him to death at his own request. A medical scan reveals Shaw is pregnant, despite being sterile. A desperate Shaw uses an automated surgery table to cut a squid-like creature from her abdomen. Weyland is found to have been in stasis aboard the ship, and explains to Shaw that he intends to ask the Engineers to help him avoid his impending death. A mutated Fifield attacks the hangar bay and kills several crew members before being killed himself. Janek suggests the planet was used by the Engineers as a military base until they lost control of their biological weapons; the ampoule. The remaining crew return to the temple and awaken the Engineer. David explains their situation to the Engineer, who responds by decapitating David and killing Weyland and Ford. Shaw escapes the alien ship as it is activated by the Engineer. The still-active David reveals it is going to Earth to unleash the ampoule on humanity. Vickers orders Janek to return to Earth, but Shaw convinces them to stop the Engineer ship by any means necessary. Janek crashes the Prometheus into the Engineer ship while Vickers uses an escape pod. The disabled Engineer ship crashes to the planet, killing Vickers. Shaw goes to the escape pod to retrieve supplies. Inside, she finds her squid-like offspring, which has grown to gigantic size. The Engineer survives the crash and attacks Shaw, who releases the tentacled monster. It subdues the Engineer by thrusting a tentacle down its throat. Shaw recovers David’s remains from the alien ship, and together they activate another Engineer ship to travel to the Engineer homeworld in an attempt to understand why they created humanity and attempted to destroy it…

Saw “Prometheus” at an advance screening and I had been looking forward to see this for quite some time. After a great trailer and some very intense and great virals I was ready to be blown away. Was I? Yes and no. As always Sir Ridley Scott does not save the powder to impress visually. The core of the story to “Prometheus” is quite intriguing. An attempt to understand our origins. But, when you do not expand the characters in a proper manner like in “Alien” or “Aliens” a story will easily flatline. I reckon Damon Lindelof, Ridley Scott etc who wrote the script did only manage to make one character really stand out and that is Fassbenders David. And Fassbender manages his David very well. The rest is backdrops more or less. This is flaw number one. Can not really get the hype over Noomi Rapace either. The CGI is a mix between greatness and the mundane. I particulary think they failed in the CGI portraying the “Engineers”. Not really convincing. What “Prometheus” is lacking as well is the claustrophobic horror that made “Alien” and “Aliens” such great movies. The gore and horror here is graphic, but not gripping in my mind. I found myself being boggled by the 3D as well, which I still have not come to terms with. And interesting enough they have changed the faith of the Spacejockey. He is found in the spacecraft in his chair with his chest burst open in “Alien” and suddenly here he makes it back to the spacepod to kill Shaw and gets killed by the squid and then the xenomorph breaks out in the spacepod. It is a bit confusing and storytaltering. One of my feelings is exactly the way I felt after I had seen the prequel to “The Thing”. The questions hanging in the air in “Alien” should maintain questions. I do not want answers to them. That is part of the mystique and core of the story. And of course we did get an ending that opens for yet another movie. I reckon the flat and partly soulless script and the one-dimensional characters makes this unfortunatley just a an average summer blockbuster. “Prometheus” kind of passed me internally and left me empty and partly disappointed. As someone else said, as much as I wanted to love this film, it failed to live up to the hype it had created. (3 and a half out of 5)

While in post-production on a low-budget exploitation film, Philadelphia sound effects technician Jack Terry (John Travolta) is told by his director that he needs more realistic sounding wind. After leaving the studio to record potential sound effects at a local park, he sees a car going off the road and plunge into a nearby lake. Jack dives into the water to help, discovering a dead man and a young woman, still alive, trapped inside the submerged car. He pulls her to safety and accompanies her to a local hospital. Jack learns that the driver of the car was the governor (and a presidential hopeful); the girl was a prostitute named Sally Bedina (Nancy Allen). Associates of the governor attempt to whitewash the incident by concealing that Sally was in the car, and they convince Jack to smuggle Sally out of the hospital with him. Jack listens to the audio tape he recorded of the accident, wherein he distinctly hears a gunshot just before the blow out that caused the accident. He sees a television report that, seemingly by coincidence, Manny Karp (Dennis Franz) was also in the park that night and filmed the accident with a motion picture camera. When Karp sells stills from his film to a local tabloid, Jack splices them together into a crude movie and syncs them with the audio he recorded, becoming even more suspicious that the accident was actually an assassination…

This is a classic Brian De Palma thriller and amongst his best. I rank “Dressed To Kill” and “Body Double” very high as well and there are similarities between these movies. The story is simple, but yet complex due to all the different layers. John Travolta does a great job as Jack. He is young, raw and intense in his performance. Great support from Allen, Lithgow and Franz. In “Blow Out” we get to see several of De Palmas trademark techniques: split-screen, the split diopter lens, and the elaborate tracking shot. Love those. Just the scene when Jack runs around in his studio with the camera panning in a circle is excellent. And I do love the ending.
(4 out of 5)

In 2001, Oakland A’s baseball team lost game 5 in the divisional playoffs to the big money team New York Yankees. After this incident A’s lost three of their star players and the economy of the team could not replace them. During the 2002 season their general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) attempts to assemble a competitive team together with the Yale graduate and assistant GM Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) through statistical data to analyze and place value on the players they pick for the team. Brand and Beane constructs an unorthodox and unconventional system which at the time was completely unheard of. Suddenly, players were valued not for home runs or batting average, but for walks and runs scored. Under this system, 3 players making 250,000 each were worth the same as one player making 7 million. And in doing so, Beane and Brand manages to field a winning team who sets an American League record for 20 consecutive wins.

“Moneyball” is maybe not that much of a sportmovie, despite the fact that the core of the film is baseball. It is more about thinking outside the box, belief and to dare taking a chance. It is wellmade, wellplayed, wellshot and quite intriguing despite the fact that it is more or less obvious how the movie will end. Brad Pitt is as always convincing and I reckon Jonah Hill is not too bad as Brand. And it is always a treat when a movie is based on a real life story, even if it has been Hollywoodized so to speak. (3 and a half out of 5)

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