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BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin killed

Jeg græder for dem - jeg græder for dem - Candles for Steve IrwinBBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin killed

I’m truly saddened to hear about the death of Steve Irwin, aka. the “Crocodile Hunter”, and I offer my deepest condolences to his wife Terri and his two children.

Strangely enough I actually discussed Mr. Irwin, RIP, this Saturday with some friends, and my gut-feeling was that it was bound to happen, I felt that nothing short of paying the ultimate price could stop him, and I most likely share this view with a lot of his viewers.

But it was great TV, and Irwin has helped remove a lot of fears and misconceptions about alleged dangerous animals, making it even more tragic that he’s the first reported Australian casualty, as a result of being stung by a sting-ray, since 1945.

Wikipedia: Stephen Robert Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006) Rest In Peace, As-Sal’mu ‘Alaykum, alav ha-shalom, Guds fred være med dig.

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Oddly Enough News Article | | Official can’t ban Madonna mock-crucifixion

Oddly Enough News Article | | Official can’t ban Madonna mock-crucifixion

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Dutch justice minister has rejected a call by a Christian party to stop Madonna staging a mock-crucifixion in concerts in Amsterdam.

It’s amazing how easy it is to provoke, and it’s not like Madonna needs the extra publicity. Last week her concert in Denmark had an attendance of 85.000.

Some Christians took the bait, not too unlike some Muslims during the prophet Muhammad “Salla Allahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam” cartoon controversy.

I really can’t see any problem with Madonna performing a mock crucifixion – but: she’s a cleverly crafted product, but reinventing herself? Hardly! The return to 70ies Dance was basically lifted from Kylie Minouge, and the use of Swedish producers from Britney Spears.

I’m SO SO tired of these over hyped stars mega-stars, but enough said, I’d gone see Madonna in Horsens if I had tickets…You know me…I’m a complete sell-out!

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Review: Maâllem Mokhtar Gania & Gnawa Sufi group and Djamel Laroussi c’est n’etait pas soufit

Images of the Middle East: Maâllem Mokhtar Gania & Gnawa Sufi and Djamel LaroussiKØBENHAVNS INTERNATIONALE TEATER 2006: Images of the Middle East: Maâllem Mokhtar Gania & Gnawa Sufi group and Djamel Laroussi

Surprise: I keep attending Images of the Middle East music events, but after the disappointment yesterday, my hopes were rather low, when I showed up for the gig.

I arrived a little late, and I was greeted by the great news, that the venue was packed, and they had to turn people away – luckily I already had a ticket.

Djamel Laroussi were already well into their set, but it was easy to see that this was music for dance-floors, played by some highly (understatement) accomplished musicians. Djamel Laroussi plays middle-eastern pop-music, but with a twist, mixing it with different flavours from the musical traditions of the world.

I found it a bit too mainstream, and I doubt any of that their records will find their way to my music collection, but I’d love to see them live again, and I had a big smile on my lip when the gig ended.

But this event was a double header, and we were in for a special treat.

Maâllem Mokhtar Gania & Gnawa Sufi group is traditional music, with deep religious meaning, mixing the traditions of old Africa, with the Arab world, for a truly unique and true type of music, but also dancing.

The tradition is at least thousand years old, but most likely as old as humanity itself, but it’s still fresh. The dancers are more like break-dancers, and the only instruments used were the traditional percussion, drums and this strange Bo Diddley looking bass and, last but not least, the chanting voices.

There was immediately strong response from the audience, some being of North African descend, for instance shouting religious sentences being answered by the members of the group.

I got swept away, and ended dancing in a kind of trance, it was very much like attending a rave, as one of the organisers also pointed out.

The Islamic world is living in an age of awakening, where conservatism is on the march, and the mystic traditions of Islam is under pressure, and there are real fears that this old tradition could be lost.

Long live this important human heritage. It doesn’t get truer than this, music and the love of life in it’s purest, cleanest form. It was difficult to adjust to the rainy and “1st of the month drunk” Copenhagen, after this deep and profound experience.

Tonight there will be a traditional leela-ritual performed. It starts at 9pm, once again at Kulturhus Islands Brygge, and runs for a full 12 hours. I’ll try to get in, even though I can’t be there on time, since I’m attending the Babazula concert@Vega tonight.

Non c’est n’etait pas soufit.

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Images of the Middle East: Desert Lounge

Images of the Middle East: Desert LoungeKØBENHAVNS INTERNATIONALE TEATER 2006: Images of the Middle East: Desert Lounge

I went to the Desert Lounge event yesterday. It was part of the Images of the Middle East festival.

Unfortunately it was not very interesting, and I left after half an hour.

The problem was that I wasn’t in the mood for dancing, the music was too loud – albeit good – the crowd was…hmm…mostly absent!, and the room too sterile. What no Sisha? Come on?

Later I met two women that I recognised from the “Lounge”. They had stayed a little longer, and they said that the music had gotten worse, and the crowd still…absent…So they also left early.

I got to talk to them, because they were quite close becoming victims of a “donuting nutcase” near Langebro.

Well I told them that they should go check out Clotaire K. One of the women, who also had attended the Natacha Atlas concert, had considered attending the gig Wednesday, “but you know”, she said, “Stengade 30 – I might run into my 20 year old son”. LOL.

Once again go check out Clotaire K, you can still catch them here during “Images”:

  • Clotaire K and DAM: Roskilde, Gimle, September 2nd@9PM
  • Clotaire K: Elsinore (Helsingør), Toldkammeret, September 3rd@21.00

Well, tonight I’m checking this event out: DJAMEL LAROUSSI + MAÂLLEM MOKHTAR GANIA@Kulturhus Islands Brygge, hopefully that’ll be a better experience, even though it’s a the same venue as the disappointing Desert Lounge.

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Getting hyped up after being in serious Mac nerd mode

I’m having some success in terms of business, right now, but Thursday I got carried away and went into serious nerd mode, after visiting a potential client that had a sweet Mac set-up, an entire professional sound studio.

I connected my PowerBook to the network, and minutes later I was streaming my newly purchased Clotaire K album over iTunes to the studio monitors.

It’s so great to meet other dedicated Mac users, it’s more like a brotherhood.

I really want to go out and get my self a MIDI keyboard now.

The interesting thing was that I was lugging my Mac mini with me, wanting to suggest that my customer get one to use as a file server, I had no idea that they already had two Macs.

This customer is ripe for switching. The Macs are used in the music studios, but all the other pcs they have are Windows based, a classical example of the popular belief that Macs are only good for creative work. My strategy will be to start switching them away from using Outlook.

After showing the studio guy Chicken of the VNC and the VNC support build into Mac OS X Tiger, he went out and activated it on their other Mac and lo and behold it showed up in Bonjour.

Activating the VNC server in Mac OS X is really, really simple:
Systempreferences/Sharing/Apple Remote Desktop. Choose “Accesscontorl” and “Allow VNC clients to control the screen”. Remember to protect the VNC server with a password, and to activate the users that should be allowed to use VNC.

I also showed him our macwiki development site, and he was quite impressed, I even updated the site with some information, for instance he pointed me to the Danish communities for sound professionals Lydmaskinen and, and the free iCal hosting service iCalX.

But so far I’ve gotten two paying customers that use Macs this year, not bad.

Unfortunately being in “Mac nerd mode” like that can have some serious side-effects on me, check the categories for this post for hints…

You can get carried away by the love for the platform, and it actually resulted in “some fallout” later that night. Luckily I took a “chill-pill” (too late maybe – I’m so sorry that I might have hurt someone in the process – but I feel that I’m in control of my life, unlike last year).

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Hands-on with the Sony Mylo – Engadget

Sony mylo rave lightHands-on with the Sony Mylo – Engadget

Engadget has gotten their hands on a Sony mylo, and it looks quite cool.

But this feature is probably more annoying than useful…

Kirk to Enterprise, I’ve lost my rave light. Can you please beam down a Mylo? The purple-blue Wi-Fi light pulses when you’re connected to a hotspot.

However: KEWL! Where can I get one?