Thursday, November 30, 2006

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Zalman Kleinman, a Hasidic artist.

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Panzer Tiger 1
Belonging to the Großdeutschland Division it was abandoned during the fighting in East Prussia, early 1945.
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Not my people
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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

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Scarlett Johansson (can't help myself...)
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Panzer Tiger II, Ausf. B
One of the early Tiger II's with the so called "Porsche" turret (which was in fact NOT designed by the Porsche factory) Note that the outer road wheels are missing, most likely this was done by locals after the end of WWII since there was a severe shortage of metal in Europe and parts like wheels and tracks on wrecked panzers could be removed without the use of heavy machinery (legend has it that the early production runs of the famous Citroen 2CV were made from melted down German tanks)
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Not my people
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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

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Tony Blair visits Denmark, Britain's ally in the War On Oil Shortages
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Panzer Tiger II, Ausf B
Belonging to SPzAbt 505, their unit symbol, a charging knight on horseback, can be seen on the side of the turret.
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Monday, November 27, 2006

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Picked up Eisensteins classic Alexander Nevsky on low-price DVD

Despite the inevitable fact that the costumes, sets and acting in a seventy year old movie look a bit primitive by todays Lord of The Rings and Star Wars standards, it's still an awesome and emotionally gripping piece of filmmaking.
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Panzer Panzerjäger Tiger (p) "Elefant"
Photographed at a factory, and the scripples on the hull were probably done to commemorate something, maybe the last (or first) Elefant produced?
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Sunday, November 26, 2006

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The top 10 most bizarre and irrational phobias.

1. Arachibutyrophobia – The fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth
2. Octophobia – Fear of the number 8
3. Geniophobia – Fear of chins
4. Lachanophobia – Fear of vegetables
5. Peladophobia – Fear of bald people
6. Kathisophobia – Fear of sitting down
7. Phronemophobia – Fear of thinking
8. Phobophobia – Fear of fear
9. Logophobia – Fear of words
10. Nephophobia – Fear of clouds

From Quazen.com
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Retro babe
Panzer Flieger
No armour today, but instead this dramatic amateur photo of a Luftwaffe pilot escaping his downed Junkers Ju 52
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Not my people
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Friday, November 24, 2006

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Morten, man of Notes of a second rate poet digs into the latest news from Denmark's charming minister of immigration Rikke Hvilshøj, and the way that women is going, she'll make lots of new friends in low places:

Hell, 5.30 AM:

Himmler: Yo Dolf! have you checked out Denmark lately?

Hitler: "Denmark", that little blob of fat on the Noth coast? what could possibly be happening there?!?!

Himmler: Some of the politicians and civil servants are showing clear signs of "...the job needs doing and I'm here to get it done!.." - syndrome...

Hitler: - how about their empathy for the individuals concerned?

Himmler: I'm getting nothing but zero readings on that shit, homey!!

Hitler: Wunderbar! mein Gott, Heinrich, how could we possibly loose the war? - the world was ready for us!


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Retro babe
Panzer Crewman operating the gun inside a panzer or Sturmgeschütz, note that he is wearing a standard issue Army uniform and not the black panzer uniform.
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Not my people
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Thursday, November 23, 2006

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Rock n' Roll, part one.

If you listen to the radio, I'd say Rock is dead. If you're younger than me you don't listen to the radio but go out and listen to all the great new rock bands, and download mp3's with their music. So rock probably lives on.

Rock n' Roll has meant a lot to me, as a strong force that brought happiness and spirituality to my life, and it all began with two pillars of pop culture: Jerry Lee Lewis, and Television.

As I've mentioned in previous postings I grew up in a small town in a neighborhood dominated by summer cottages, which meant it was - quiet..
That's why I liked school, because going there meant I actually saw other people (I'm an only child), but let's get to the point:
One day when I was ten-eleven years old, I was NOT at school because I was sick and this gave me the rare opportunity to WATCH TV IN THE DAYTIME! Back then The Peoples Social-Democratic Kingdom of Denmark had only one Television channel (I'm not making this up...) and in the daytime there was of course NO television (who would watch, everybody was at work, right), except "Skole TV" which were special educational programs made for the 9'th and 10'th grades. Maybe my mom had turned on "Skole-Tv" for me or maybe it was Swedish television, something you could catch if you had a large antenna like most people did (cable didn't exist in Denmark back then, and I'm really not making this up)

Well: Sitting there in our chilly living room on some foggy winter's day, I witnessed something...it was a room full of young people - teenagers, most of them dressed in leather or plastic jackets and they were all dancing, jumping, shouting, and making a lot of noise, and right in the middle of them was the strangest thing I had ever seen.
It was a man, a thin white man with blond hair so long it would fall over his eyes all of the time, mainly because he was banging away at a piano, and shouting like a madman. And then there was that sound...A deep rhythmic sound that was really hard to describe... Somehow it made you feel "bad in a good way" (or good in a bad way)

Like many of the other early Rock icons, Jerry Lee Lewis (because that's who it was) was an entertainer, and his stage performances included playing with his feet (often clad in pointy red leather shoes) playing standing up, jumping onto the piano, and the thing I remember best from this show was the way he kept "Great balls of fire" going on, and on, and on, until at one point he stops, bends his head forward to let his sweaty hair completely cover his face, combs it back, and then returns to the piano to pick the song up exactly where he'd left it.

My life had changed, I just couldn't help thinking: I want to be in a place like that...

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Podcast, believe it or not, but you can actually watch a part of that Jerry Lee Lewis show on YouTube
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Retro babe
Panzer Pzkpfw IV, Ausf C
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Not my people
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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

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Why can't I be the man above - Erik Peitersen?
-Dancer
-Painter
-TV host
-Celebrity

And that blond forelock, and that smile!

I am a failure...

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Podcasting, another great product from Apple Computers™!
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Retro babe
Panzer Sturmgeschütz IV
In a harbour in East Prussia, early 1945.
The rounded corners of the "shürtzen" armourplates over the roadwheels were often see n on Stug's, this was done by the workshop company to prevent the shürtzens from beeing torn off when the Stug traveled over uneven ground.
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Not my people
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Monday, November 20, 2006

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Bill Mauldin

Scary monsters (and superfreaks)

Most "left wingers" you hear and see in the media have in my opinion resolved to becoming something like moldy spinster aunts who drop by occationally to tell scary stories to the kids ("Bush is the Anti-Christ...soon you can only listen to Robbie Williams on the radio...it's 1984 out there, we just don't realize it...") Like the type of auntie mentioned they will also hand out mentholated sweets nobody eats because they are too old and didn't taste good in the first place: Japanese noise-art made by retired businessmen wearing diapers, paintings done with shit and candy from the burgeoning new art scene in Bratislava, Heinrich Himmler's message pad doodles set to the music of Blind Boy Fuller, played by Garbage on hand made instruments from Ethiopia, remixed by Fat Boy Slim using a vintage 1970's faxmachine, etc, etc, etc,etc, etc....

I don't need that, I need entertainment!!!
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Panzer Sdkfz 251, Ausf. D
With some relaxing grenadiere, note that this 251 has no camouflage.
From spring 1943 all German Army vehicles, from bicycles to tanks, were delivered in the colour of "dunkelgelb" (dark yellow), a sandy yellow. The units receiving them were also supplied with tins of dark yellow, red brown and dark green colour and had to apply camouflage to the vehicles in the field, giving them the possibility to create patterns fitting the local terrain and colours. Shortages of time and paint often meant that only front line vehicles like tanks and assault guns were camouflaged while vehicles used for other purposes stayed plain dark yellow.
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Not my people
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Sunday, November 19, 2006

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Da skaters.
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Podcast Some skaters in Copenhagen
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Panzer Panther, Aust G
This is one of the very rare Panthers with a set of all-steel road wheels (only twenty four were made) this one was abandoned in the Belgian town La Gleize during the Battle of the Bulge.
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Saturday, November 18, 2006

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Why be an artist anyway?

you get to dress funny.

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Panzer Tiger I, Ausf H
In Africa.
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Friday, November 17, 2006

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"And right here, ladies and gentlemen, lay the city of Copenhagen!

Danish cartoonist Bo Bojesen has died, I always loved his clear line drawings and bitter-sweet comments on Denmark and the Danes.
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Panzer Panzerjäger Marder III
Yet another mounting of the PAK 40, 75 mm AT gun on the Pzkpfw 38(t) chassis.
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Thursday, November 16, 2006

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Goodbye Godard, todays young film directors make their movies within the computergame World of Warcraft
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Podcast The Internet is for Porn
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Retro babe
Panzer Sdkfz 251, Ausf C
A festive time for some grenadiere on the move, but I can't imagine a bottle of Schnaps and three glasses were standard fittings on a 251...
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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

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Reading J.G.Ballard: conversations a transcript of interviews with the visionary British writer displaying his interesting views on most contemporary issues like 9/11, the Christian right wing, gated communities, the new dark age, surveillance cameras, surrealism, etc, etc.

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Retro babe
Panzer Tiger II's
If Germany had produced 4.000 of these monsters instead of 400 I'm pretty sure we'd all be naming our kids Jochen and Hildegard and have a picture of a gentleman with a funny moustache hanging over the mantelpiece (and I don't mean this guy)
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Not my people
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

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On mondays I go to a studio to do some croquis drawing, I mainly do it to keep my drawing skills alive and if you've ever attended a croquis class you know you'll meet:

"Popcornhead" = The young girl who has no trace of talent, talks all of the time, and came with a group of fellow students from some hack private artschool.

"John the perv" = A gentleman in his forties, fifties, sixties who can't draw a cat on a fence but discovered that croquis drawing is the cheapest gig around if you want to look at naked women.

"Alistair" = An painter straight out of "How to do an abstract painting in five easy steps" who found out that around studios and croquis classes you meet a lot of women, so now he's considering picking up figurative painting, and someone who will do some modeling - for free.

"Laura Normal" = A former housewife turned artiste who enters the world of amateur art with the same panache, energy and positive spirit as she enters the family 4X4, the ski-resort, shopping-mall, etc, - Art has never been more fun!

"Troy Younger" = A School of Design student, drops by occasionally to brush up on the figure drawing stuff, then it's back to designing iPod skins and high-tech cutlery - "Be an artist? no, way - they're all nuts!"

"Elvis Asger Jorn-Peterson III" = An older artist who saw it all (twice) and knows that croquis drawing is the cheapest gig around if you want to look at naked women.

"Nobby O'Donald" = A young artist who wants to learn to paint like the great masters, next week it's grafitti, then it's photography, then DJ'ing, then spending six months designing his own computer game before giving it up to go backpacking, have his penis pierced and get hooked on heroin.

"Lennard Grahn" = A washed up has-been who wonders what happened to all that talent he had fifteen years ago because tonight his drawings suck.
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Retro babe
Panzer A vehicle dump
In France some time after the Normandy battles.
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Monday, November 13, 2006

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Judy Garland
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Podcasting , a bit like plaster casting but not the same at all.
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Retro babe
Panzer Sturmhaubitze "Hummel"
With a Waffen-SS crew.
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Sunday, November 12, 2006

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SANYOSHOW
- a screensaver work of art

17-26 November,
PIXEL, HC.Ørstedsvej, 66, st th
1879 Frb. C
Thursday & Friday 16-18
Saturday & Sunday 12-15
Opening Friday 17 November 17-20
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Podcast Ride hard, die free.
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Retro babe
Panzer Panther, Ausf A's
Destroyed in Normandy, 1944.
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Saturday, November 11, 2006

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Brian Eno creates 77 million light paintings.
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Podcast Portable Music Player
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Retro babe
Panzer Sdkfz 251, Ausf D
Abandoned in a Czech village, May 1945.
According to Tomas Jakl's book "May 1945 in The Czech Lands" this 251 was carrying a group of Waffen-SS soldiers trying to reach the American zone before it was knocked out by the Russians on May 12'th 1945, which means it could very well be the last German AFV to be destroyed in action in WWII.
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Not my people
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Friday, November 10, 2006

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Fucked up "beamer"
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Podcast, (a word not that much different from "diecast", but not the same at all)
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Panzer Tiger I, Ausf E
At a repair facility, most likely in Russia.
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Not my people
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Thursday, November 09, 2006

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Football (the European version) I was lousy at it but all my friends played and I once asked my dad, who had been very good a it, how to get better and he answered: "you'll have to practise, son - then you'll get better..."
so I went back to my room and read more comicbooks.
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Retro babe
Panzer Sdkfz 251´s
Taken over by a group of American GI's, Germany early 1945.
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Not my people
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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

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Light n' light.
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Retro babe
Panzer Panther, Ausf. G
This is a "Befehlspanther", a special version with extra radio equipment made for regimental and battalion commanders, note the star-shaped antenna on the rear deck and the extra antenna on the turret roof.
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Monday, November 06, 2006



Danish film company Nordisk Film, is the world's oldest film Company still in business, and today celebrates it's 100'th birthday.
Founded by Ole Olsen who began his carear showing "flicks" at village fairs, it was the company where Carl Th. Dreyer created his masterpieces of the early cinema.
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Retro babe
Panzer Jagdpanther
Photographed some time after WWII ended
Just below the gun-mantlet you can make out the letter "G" which is sometimes seen painted on the front of German tanks, the reason for this is still a bit of a mystery but one explanation has been that it marked the addition of glükol to the vehicle's fuel to prevent freezing during winter.
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Not my people
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Sunday, November 05, 2006

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The view from a window in my girlfriend's house, the suburbs are so nice and quiet...
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Retro babe
Panzer StuG IV, a battery of Sturmgeschütz IV's surrendering to Russian forces in May 1945.
The StuG IV was intended as an upgrade of the StuG III using the Pzkpfw IV chassis, but somehow it never really took off and only around 1400 were produced.
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Friday, November 03, 2006

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MTV Music awards came to Copenhagen.
I could be positive and join the crowd that says "- This is great for branding Copenhagen as a cool and exciting place, we should convert the entire inner city area to a permanent venue for internationally oriented media events, Tivoli could be moved to Christiania so we have space for a large parking house and more Hotels!"
Or I could be negative and join the crowd that says "- This is another complete sellout to commercialism and global capitalism - and what happened to that three week festival of lesbian electronica from Burundi we were planning?!!!"
Or I could just join my own crowd and say:

I feel indifferent.

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Retro babe
Panzer Panther Ausf G
A rare example of an early Panther G without the anti-magnetic "zimmerit" coating.
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Thursday, November 02, 2006

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Lennard Grahn, postal worker

To supplement my meagre income I've joined the proud ranks of the Danish Postal Services for some of that late-night mail sorting.

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Retro babe
Panzer Pzkpfw II, Ausf B
The turretnumber "I04" means the vehicle belonged to a member of the batallion or regimental staff of a Panzer division.
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