So long, pepper

Hey! Back from USA. Reading online publicly noted police missions from the last month up until now. Trying to find if I can get a direct answer to a really eerie gut feeling I caught today while I was riding my bike over dark canals in the evening. Some not so well lit bike paths I crossed, and steep, dark stone steps ahead to which I finally said “no thanks.”

I feel a bit like the feeling I got from watching Nightcrawler. I noticed such random things today! Like there is this site that sells pepper spray, but then I went to compare prices and learned that the pepper spray is counted in as a weapon in Sweden and goes under the “weapon-law” or alike over here… but the pepper ingredient it’s what’s causing the ban like… so then this other site highlights that sites who are indeed selling the pepper spray aren’t legal and if you’d get it and use it on someone then you could be taken in for an assault charge… “heavy” assault even, or what the proper definition is in English. Intense assault… don’t want that.

Actually, as a kid we’d say the “bad guy” pepprade (peppered) down “his” victims… so why is that? Because non ground pepper look like bullets?

And I searched for Pepper + military because wasn’t there a military cadence about a famous veteran called Pepper? Found in Military & Gov-related instead that it is an abbrev. of “Police Enforcement Policy and Programmes on European Roads (EU)” ha! So much meaning… I guess I also read somewhere on google now that to join the MP in the U.S. you have to first have been pepper-sprayed in the face. Ouch.

So, on the Swedish site (2nd one) there was this volunteer in the video that was testing out this other legal version that also marks the perpetrator with red paint. And I thought of buying the whole set of a holster and the spray only so I could safely ride my bike places in the dark.

Going back in time to just before last New Years I remember hearing fireworks that sounded sort of like gun shots. As I checked the police updates I found that they’d had some 30 reports on a day leading up to New Year’s Eve. “Strangely, no one got hurt.” One police had reported…
Sounds to me like an episode of Twin Peaks or something.
When is that new version coming out anyway?

You know what I’m in the mood for? A steak so rare you could sell it at Tiffany’s!

– Gordon

Reading this too: 5 Gut Instincts You Shouldn’t Ignore 

And I of course applied for a job as a Black Jack-dealer, but heck – can you answer 20 math questions like the following (in 3 minutes): 174/2 x3 +129. If so the job is is yours – you can have it OK?! It’s fine! I’m good at other things. I did a nice melting cheese today before bed for instance. Could make that a yoga move… I’m creative like that. Ps. Watch Absolutely Fabulous – the movie… great 1. Watched it on the plane outbound.

Goodnight folks! Sleep soundly and well! *Hidden Fences* premiers in yer dreams only tonight, check it out. Imaginative producer: M. Keaton… ✨ 😉
– Bebe

A Kafkaesque Westworld

Is Westworld based on Kafkaesque ideas? Isn’t it very Kafkaesque!? Even the bureaucracy of the organization under Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) itself. Also isn’t he a “prisoner of his own ego”? And his characters’ “struggles that come from within”
And characters waking up, not as bugs but, as someone they don’t recognize as being themselves.

 

“By fine-tuning our attention to the absurd… Kafka also reflects our shortcomings back at ourselves. In doing so, he reminds us that the world we live in is one we create, and have the power to change for the better.”

 

Ps. Compare the piano-tunes in Westworld with the Kafka (1991) soundtrack. Ds.

 

References:

 

Kafka. (1991). [film] USA: Steven Soderbergh.

 

TED-Ed, (2016). What makes something “Kafkaesque”? – Noah Tavlin. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkPR4Rcf4ww [Accessed 8 Dec. 2016].

Crime victim support staff needed

Hey, it’s been a while. Didn’t forget you! I’m finishing off a UX-design course right now, learning some cool things and am to spruce up this site a bit – make it into my online portfolio, with the blog as well. I soon have to get back to creating more wireframes in Balsamiq. And I booked a much longed-for trip to New York in the new year! Much excited about that!

I was reading an article on stuff to do if you’re alone on the holidays (or at least on xmas day). It seems the train tickets are a mess around this time of the year… expensive, and 4-5 changes instead of 1 (train to bus changes that are normally just train), and I have a class in coding over the holidays as well that I need to finish another portfolio for before I fly out.

So, one of the first thing on the list of to-dos that one could do when alone was to volunteer, the article let me know. I thought, hey that’s a great idea – I’ve volunteered before, it’s badass and good for people so why not, I can do that. However, I don’t believe in the “lord”, you know, more like; hard work, motivational strategies, whatever-works-for-yous-all, and the law of attraction!? So, it doesn’t really make sense to me to be participating in a church ceremony and serve food… the “advertisement” said nothing about homeless people, immigrants, or veterans, which may have convinced me more? If you’re in Sweden and want to check for volunteer events yourselves, here is a page I found that posts a lot of volunteer work, incl. what I just mentioned: Volontärbyrån  – you can search by city or anything like. I have volunteer worked at SPCA in Tel Aviv before, and I know for a fact that there is a kitty shelter on the upper east side in New York so definitely check that out. I believe ASPCA of NYC need their volunteers to come in pretty regularly as well (or perhaps just with dog walkers) but I’d encourage you to read up on it.  In Tel Aviv, I helped bring in a malnourished kitty that my friend had found alone and lost on the street – brought it across town in a cardboard box with holes via bus. If you had access to a car there you could help in more “advanced” rescue missions as well, maybe that goes for NYC, too, I’m not sure?

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Well, also I did watch Before The Flood and I’ve had more vegetarian food of late. But when I have time I shall make American Pancakes… I did buy some eggs and milk the other day. Most of my food have been organic of late as well. Dunno, environment has been increasingly on my mind. But it’s caused me to think more now that I’m aware. For example, I thought I’d buy tofu ice cream and I leaned into the “ice cream” ice  box in the store to grab the one I’ve seen so many times when I was younger at kids’ parties where someone was lactose-intolerant… the TofuLine one like. Has an octagon shape, black color like UFC-inspired perhaps. Love the UFC, so it felt cool, right!? Well – PALM OIL. Dammit. What’s better now? Locally produced ice-cream, or who-knows-wherefrom-derived vegan/vegetarian brand incl. palm-oil?

To my point with this post however, I found something in my style in regards to volunteer work… only it wouldn’t do it for just the holidays, I’d have to commit for a longer time. But that may just be what I want to do for this next year… this ! (It’s a crime victim support service) You learn some stuff… call people, help ’em in court… I think it’s awesome. But there’s a lower limit to your monthly involvement. I think something like 6-8 hours, 3 cases (supports) like? Either way, I was in the military and studied some crime stuff and it struck me that there sure is a lack of bravery and lack of staff for these kinda professions. I mean bravery and knowledge about such as what you’re allowed to do when someone attacks you and tries to steal your laptop or something. Can you hit them back? For instance, I learned that if I saw someone do that to you (military or not) I could step in and help ya – with some force, too (matching the level of the criminal) – it’s called “Hjälparens rätt” in Sweden. *Helper’s rights* or something.

How many people knew that? Or what if someone starts a fight in a club or at a bar and goes ballistic, starting to punch on an innocent… it shouldn’t be so that people don’t dare to step in to stop it just because they don’t want to get involved in court later (perhaps they’d think they might be mixed up as being the perpetrator). That’s why I think crime victims should always have someone to talk to and teach them about their rights, and let them know how they may stand up for themselves – at least later on if they couldn’t do it earlier because either they didn’t know of their rights or they were simply outed by the criminal. A lot of people are needed for this I read. I’m considering it. Also because I think it would be a life-experience, and I like law – I noticed however that it takes many years of studying which is costly even in Sweden, and furthermore that it’s bound by country (since national laws differ from place to place)… if I had the money and was born in America I may have at least become a paralegal though. I saw a great award-winning short film last year that I found out about through the course I was taking in Digital Movie Making at the time. It was fantastic! You can read about it on IndieWire. The Phone Call.

Also here is a trailer for it:

Will you be a volunteer this holiday season? Or are you a regular volunteer at some place?

Let me know in the comments below, or tweet me!

Take care, and wherever you are, whoever with – happy holidays

-Bebe