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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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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.

REST...

I’ve been appointed as short-term observer in the Republic of Albania, when the country is to cast ballots for the future parliament. A Needs Assessment Mission, undertaken by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) in the days 11-14 March 2013 concluded that there was a need to observe this democratic institution.

This will be my fourth mission as Short-Term Observer of the OSCE/ODIHR. My last mission was back in 2010 for the Majlis Parliamentary Elections in Tadjikistan on February 28.

There have been formed 15 Long-Term Observation (LTO) teams under the ODIHR Elections Observation Mission (EOM), each consisting of two members coming from two different OSCE member states. Of these, two are Danes. The USA, which used to account for 20% of all ODIHR observers, only make up 10% of the LTO this time, as does Sweden. This is probably to make more room to other members of the OSCE; there’s a tendency in Albania that the Western countries send 2-3 LTOs, whereas Eastern OSCE members send one LTO each. It can be quite expensive to keep a man abroad observing elections, especially to a poor country. However, it is a very efficient way to support peaceful relations to other countries of Europe, as well as develop their democracies and thereby assure more stability in the countries. In other words, it is foreign policy at its best: peaceful, diplomatic, and progressing steadily.

The number of Short-Term Observers requested for these elections are as high as 400. Never since my first mission in 2000 have I experienced so many observers to be summoned, but that was in Russia, the vastest of all OSCE members. Now, small Albania, will host 400 STOs. I can imagine how we might be stumbling over one another. According to Wikipedia’s article on Albania, the country has 2.8 million inhabitants (2011 census) living in 28,748 km2.

Joke aside. The ODIHR doesn’t invite people for fun. Its Needs Assessment Mission recommends the deployment of an election observation mission for the upcoming parliamentary elections. Among other issues, the mission would focus on the amended legal framework, the conduct of the election administration, the implementation of new election technologies, voter registration, media coverage, and the campaign. That’s more or less everything. Particularly the new election technologies are so instigating that STOs may have to stay for several days observing the count. Instead of the usual 5-6 days for an STO mission, the 2013 parliamentary elections observation mission lasts eight days, from Wednesday 19 till Thursday 27 of June.

I’m happy to go there. Albania and its language had a special focus during my undergraduate studies of Balkanistics in the 1980’s, and I haven’t been there since 1996, just before the climax of the pyramid games and the total collapse of the state. According to the Needs Assessment Mission of March 2013, much has improved, not the least on the economic and infrastructural level. Still, though, Albania consistently invites OSCE members to observe their elections. ODIHR has observed nine elections and one referendum in Albania since 1996, most recently the 2011 local elections. (the ODIHR page Observation of Parliamentary Elections in Albania, 23 June 2013)

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has appointed 12 people as STOs. I know at least one of them, just as I spent some time with one of the now appointed LTOs back in 2010. The LTO mailed me and asked me to bring him some brown bread. That’s a real Dane speaking out loud his yearning for the good old fatherland. And he’ll get what he asked for.

Authored by: Erik Thau-Knudsen on Jun 09, 13 | 9:09 pm | Profile

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