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Computer hardware

2013-01-16 | 10:42 am
MacBook Pro Mid-2012

MacBook Pro
Pupils and customers raise demands to my hardware, so I upgraded my computer to a MacBook Pro. Here are its data.

Internet browsers

2012-11-07 | 8:32 pm
Do a barrel roll tested on MacOS X.7.5 Lion

Do a barrel roll, using SeaMonkey. Photo: Erik Thau-Knudsen, 2012
Do a barrel roll, the easter egg that Google made to impress its users, is not an available feature in all browsers, and probably there are platform differences. Here are results for Mac OS X.7 Lion.

Mobiltelefoni

2012-06-08 | 6:08 am
Hvis iPhone gløder på motorvejen

Lokalitetstjenesterne kan tømme mobiltelefonerne for al kraft, når man har for megen fart på. Slå dem fra, hvis du vil skåne dit batteri.


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International carreer

Sep 12, 13 | 9:14 am
All that security

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I passed an EU test for representatives of the European Union working outside the union. This is yet another of the requirements for me if I want to pursue an international carreer.

ODIHR

Jun 09, 13 | 9:09 pm
Elections Observation Mission to Albania

File photo: The Albanian parliament in a plenary sitting. (LSA)
File photo: The Albanian parliament in a plenary sitting. (LSA)

The Danish government seconds me as observer of parliamentary elections in Albania on June 23, 2013. I’m looking forwards.

Death in the household

Apr 16, 12 | 8:57 pm
Mars buried

Mars grav på Odden, Silkeborg. Foto: Erik Thau-Knudsen, 2012-04-16
Our beloved guinea-pig deceased yesterday evening in the arms of the whole family. The funeral took place today in the nature about 1 km from his old home.

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Death in the household

Apr 16, 12 | 8:57 pm

Mars buried

Mars grav på Odden, Silkeborg. Foto: Erik Thau-Knudsen, 2012-04-16
Our beloved guinea-pig deceased yesterday evening in the arms of the whole family. The funeral took place today in the nature about 1 km from his old home.

REST...

The guinea-pig Mars is no longer. He died yesterday after 2-3 days of illness. I’ve never dealt with a sick guinea-pig before, so I couldn’t have told that he was death-marked. First he lost energy for anything than eating and sleeping (Friday), then he gave up eating fresh food and preferred only the dry fodder (Saturday), then on Sunday he could barely move to his food bowl and didn’t defecate the whole day. Looking up various illnesses of his species on the Internet didn’t solve the questions we had; the combination of high blood pressure, wet eyes, apathy and finally loss of appetite were not a part of the descriptions, and veterinarians were not available in the weekend, we guessed. Then he passed away. I’ve been crying for a big part of the time ever since.

We buried his remains in the forest of Silkeborg; we hadn’t taken him often to the forest because we’re usually on the move, so we couldn’t pick a favorite spot loaded with memories about him, but my daughter at 12, who was able to maintain the closest contact to Mars, picked a beautiful spot with the songs of birds most time of the year. While still alive, Mars loved the bird sounds and would sometimes sing to recordings we had of those feathered beings.

My children had invited a friend, so we were the four of us burying the animal. I prayed a prayor I’d thought of in advance. Then Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. And tears, tears, tears.

Mars spiser aftensmad til sin farfars fødselsdag. Foto: Erik Thau-Knudsen, 2012-03-01
Mars only turned 2½ years old, much below the expected 4 years for a normal guinea-pig and 8 years as the maximum. I’m still searching my mind to find an explanation for his unbecoming death; could it be the change of diet — grass in big amounts now that spring has come and we wouldn’t have to share our lettuce with our guinea pig? Could it be an inflammation stemming from some unknown source, but maybe from my handpicked dendelions and grass? Could it be because my daughter and son shared much less love and care with him after Christmas, when they upgraded their mobile phones to unreasonible heights and thereby lost interest in a daily nursing and care for Mars? I loved our guinea-pig, but my contact to the animal was always regarded with reluctance or even suspicion from his side, at least in the beginning of every contact. Maybe it is because I’m the tallest and biggest member of our household (= his adoptive family), maybe it is because of my deep voice. I would always have to ask a child to pick him out of the cage for me when I wanted to caress him.

Yet he probably experienced much more than normal guinea-pigs. I would always think of a way to bring our beloved fifth member of the family with us whenever we would go on vacations. In fact, it was always a fight between me and my wife whether we should take him or not. When we would be away for more than one night, bringing the animal with us was more frequent than the opposite. Mars has been to the holiday resort Løkken a dozen times or more, to Copenhagen, taken to forests to listen to wild birds and have genuine food from the nature, and even been to Germany with me.

I still have a dream of spending a night in a guinea-pig cage. Imagine — hearing their little sounds of satisfaction, their noises from jumping and running, sensing their little bodies crawling around me… wow!
But all I get, apart from bursts of tears every now and then these days, are doors opening at odd, desolated times, just like in the old days (1980’s and 1990’s) when I lived in ghost haunted houses. And that’s not enough to cover the loss.

I shall keep a 40 days mourning.

Authored by: Erik Thau-Knudsen on Apr 16, 12 | 8:57 pm | Profile

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