Friday, 26 August 2016

Thursday, 25 August 2016

the boy that loved to draw

"kari - motiv fra sunde" (nikolai astrup)

back in 1918 the norwegian painter nikolai johannes astrup completed his painting named "kari (motiv fra sunde i jølster)", or "... ved jølstervandet", or in english "kari (theme from sunde in jølster)" (more info here).

back in the 1980s a replica of this picture was put on a wall in an apartment, by a woman that lived there with her two daughters and her son. one day, this woman saw her young son looking up at the picture. she said: "i will tell you a secret. there are many faces hiding in this painting. there are faces among the stones, in the grass, in the mountains, all over the place. if you look carefully, you will find them. but if you don't take your time to study the picture, you will see nothing but the girl's face". the little boy was fascinated with the fact that a seemingly normal painting had so many secrets. for many hours he would search for the hidden faces. and he found quite a few.

the little boy loved to draw himself. it was his most beloved activity. he did draw day after day. however, as he grew older and started school, he started comparing himself with other children that also liked to draw. when he saw how wonderful and realistic some of the kids' drawings were, he started to believe that he could not draw. so he stopped.

the little boy grew up, and became a man. more than 30 years did pass since the boy was introduced to the painting with the hidden faces. he had forgotten all about his childhood passion, and had not made a single drawing since he was a little boy. however, one dark winter night something very special did happened to this man. the man did dream that he once again was drawing. but it was not a normal drawing he was making. the drawing became alive as the man did draw. and the man could draw whatever he thought of. there were no limits to his skills, nor his ideas. and this dream did feel so real, that when the man woke up he actually thought he had been drawing instead of sleeping.

the man could not forget his lively surreal dream. he remembered all the details. so one day he decided to sit down, and to try to make the drawing from his dream. a drawing that at first glimpse looked like nothing but a paper full of messy lines. however, that with a closer look revealed a lot of secrets. so for the first time, in almost 30 years, the man made a new drawing. and the man thought this was so fun, that he kept drawing. sheet after sheet was filled with lines. and as he did, his memories of the painting with the hidden faces came back to him. he realised that to hide secrets in his drawings was his style as well. because then his art would become fun. just like a game.

since that day the man has kept drawing.





Tuesday, 23 August 2016

the father of foreneNo - part two


mr me
hiya, mr klevstul. it's been a while! how is life?
mr klevstul
isn't it the one and only mr me. i never expected seeing you again. at least not in this situation. i understand you did not follow my advice on finding another line of occupation. because, i assume you are here for another interview.
mr me
you are not wrong.
mr klevstul
i never am.
mr me
so, you've got a few minutes?
mr klevstul
for you?
mr me
ehh… yes.
mr klevstul
of course!
mr me
thank you.
mr klevstul
before we start, want anything to drink, in case you are thirsty like last?
mr me
thanks, mr klevstul. you have good memory. a cup of coffee would be nice.
mr klevstul
try again.
mr me
what?

silence...
mr me
coffee?
mr klevstul
in case you were thirsty, i stated. do you reckon coffee is an efficient thirst-quencher? or, maybe you just want to waste my precious time on making you coffee? i almost had forgotten that i have to be utterly clear when communicating with you. thanks for reminding me.

mr klevstul walks over and gets himself a glass of cold water. mr me looks at him, and says nothing.

klevstul walks back to his chair, sits down, takes a sip, while looking at mr me.
mr me
ok. i guess we might as well just start with the interview.
mr klevstul
bright idea, mr smartypants. shoot!

mr me looks down at his notepad, seemingly slightly worried on what to say.
mr klevstul
you know, it feels like our last interview were a few weeks back. but looking at you, well, it seems like a century.
mr me
looking at me?
mr klevstul
ok. listen, mr me. i am not trying to be mean, or anything. i'm just stating some facts. time has not treated you well. you look…, well..., like shit. no, sorry. i didn't mean that. you do not look like shit, you look like very old shit.

mr me turns signal red.
mr klevstul
don't worry, you didn't exactly look like a model last time either.

klevstul leans back in his chair and laughs loudly.
mr klevstul
so, what about some questions? shall we start the interview?

mr me looks down in his notebook. breaths heavily several times. he swallows a few time, trying to ignore mr klevstul's remark. then asks his first question.
mr me
so, you have launched a new site, running on the foreneNo engine. congratulations!
mr klevstul
thank you. being congratulated by you means a lot to me.
mr me
er, uh, ahem. you're welcome.

an awkward silence occurs. at least to mr me. mr klevstul seems to enjoying himself, as he observes the interviewer.
mr me
"jernvilje", the name of your new site, or service. another norwegian name. how does it translates to english?
mr klevstul
not surprised you would ask this question. "jernvilje" can be translated with "will of iron", or "iron will". something obviously being the complete opposite to what your will is made out of, and hence difficult for you to grasp.

mr me starts shaking, as if he going to explode with anger, or cry, or both.
mr klevstul
you must love your job, mr me. getting an opportunity to meeting interesting and switched on people, like myself.

silence...
mr klevstul
maybe you should try another question?

mr me suddenly stands up from his chair. his legs shaking, as his clenches his fist towards mr klevstul, and starts yelling.
mr me
i would appreciate you trying to be just a bit nice. here i come, to make an interview. doing you a service. giving you free pr. and in return, what do i get? i get a sarcastic, grumpy anal code nerd. "nice" seems to be a fucking non existing word in your dictionary. i should leave you alone, to rot in front of your fucking pc.

mr klevstul, looking relaxed as always, starts smiling. something which pisses of mr me even more.
mr me
what the fuck is wrong with you? you're fucking insane!

mr klevstul just looks at mr me. then starts answering very calmly.
mr klevstul
human psycology sure is an interesting subject. isn't it fascinating how you can, with simple words, affect another person? those not in balance, they lose control. right now, i assume, that you're starting to realise what just happened. your rage will soon be passing, and the embarrassment will come creeping, slowly but steadily. this loss of control become a loss of face. you will remember this incident tonight, when you're trying to fall asleep. and tomorrow. and the day after. for a very long time this less intelligent and unnecessary episode will stay with you. you will try to justify your action, by telling yourself that you had the right to be mad. you will try to trick yourself to believe that i was the mean one, and you the helpless victim. and that you just stood up for yourself. strategies like that can be helpful when you want to live with lies. however, retrospectively, you will always know that you lost a bit of yourself in the moment you lost control. this loss will follow you, wherever you go, whatever you do. it is a weakness in your character. like small cracks, that will turn into big holes. unless you do something. soon. it might already be too late though. but my advice to you, and this time you should take it very serious, is to go and see a psychologist. not a mediocre one. you do need the best psychologist there is. and after that, once again do consider finding yourself another job. maybe a job where do don't have to cooperate that much with other people. you are just not the people person. it is the way it is. it is the way this universe is aligned. you are not good at your job at all. you know it. i know it. and everyone else sees it. however, please, do sit down, and pick up your notebook again.

mr me slowly sinks back down into his chair, with an apathetic look on his face.
mr klevstul
since i am a nice guy, i will give you a little gift. something you need to be able to look at yourself in the mirror, in the coming days and weeks. this gift is the chance to complete this interview. so you can go back to work and at least have achieved something. so, please, mr me, next question.

mr me, uncertain as ever before, flips through his notebook, without saying a word.
mr klevstul
ok. i will help you. since you are unable to ask questions right now, i will ask myself a question. a question that is relevant, for your readers. the only thing you have to do is to take notes. can you do that?

mr me nods
mr klevstul
so, why the name "jernvilje"?

klevstul waits answering his own question until he sees mr me is finished writing.
mr klevstul
this service, running on on the domain jernvilje.no, is presenting news related great athletes. athletes with a will of iron. athletes that are among the best in the word in what they do. and since we are following norwegian athletes we use the norwegian word for "iron will", namely "jernvilje". hence the domain "jernvilje.no". it is all logical. nothing is done by accident in my world, mr me. never forget that.

mr klevstul makes a pause, for mr me to complete his note taking.
mr klevstul
right now we are focusing on athletics, or "track and field", as they say over in the us. later we might add other sports to our service. the opportunities are endless. the service is flexible. however, it is still an early version. that means there are currently some limitations to the system.

mr me keeps writing
mr klevstul
ok, mr me. now it is your turn. next question, please.

mr me looks up, and finally speaks once again.
mr me
eh.. when do you hope to go out of beta?
mr klevstul
do you never do your homework? we are no longer in beta. earlier in august the release of foreneNo 0.9, stable version, was done. both jernvilje.no and runners.no are running on version 0.9. but it is with version 1.0 of foreneNo that things will get really interesting. then we will have a full working "engine", with all the features i want. i hope to release this version later this year, or early next year. however, i do not want to promise anything. hundreds of lines of code are to be written, and tested.
mr me
can you elaborate on what features that will come in version 1?
mr klevstul
of course. the main change will be a brand new back end. with version 0.9 the front end is completely re-written. we have moved from angular 1 to angular 2. as many developers do know, this is a massive change. alongside this move, a ton of new features has been introduced. features that makes the service a lot more flexible, and scalable. speed and history are two keywords for version 1. we do need to completely remake the back end. or, make a new version of the system that parses selected parts of the internet for interesting content. this job, a bigger task, is the main task for moving foreneNo from 0.9 to version 1.0. it is hard to set a certain date for when such a feature is complete. i do not rush. i spend my time on making things perfect.
mr me
what language will you use for the back end?
mr klevstul
most likely i will go with python. it is a brilliant language, easy to write and maintain. not anything like heavy ass languages, like java. i use a pragmatic approach, instead of a narrow minded religious-software approach as so many developers use. however, most people have got quite limited resources, when it comes to brain capacity, so we should not blame them for making stupid decisions.
mr me
ok. thank you. i believe i have got all i need.
mr klevstul
wonderful, mr me. you did it.
mr me
just a couple of things though...
mr klevstul
contradicting yourself again, are we? if you've got all you need then there is no need for a couple of "more things". however, since i'm in a good mood, let's ignore this for now. so, give me your last questions.
mr me
er, uhm.. ok. you also have some other projects running. you did write a book since last, "the soul sailor". you have your chrome extension, "ncr" or "nocountryredirect". you have launched the site "steamchamber.com". and by following your github account we can see that a lot of stuff is happening. and last, but not least, you have started drawing. so, my final questions, how many projects are you working on right now, and what are your future plans?
mr klevstul
ah, good final questions. not bad, mr me. you are correct. i have many great projects running. i have so many things i want to achieve in my life, compared with the average person. it must be strange being average. would be interesting trying that, for a day. being great can be tiresome, when trying to communicating with everyone around you, or below you, i should say. people without ambitions and potential. ok, the question, well, i love building stuff. it being a website, some piece of software, a wooden shelf, a book or a drawing. you name it. because i use the term "to build a drawing". this due to me as a child using this expression. a very intelligent expression, if i were to judge it myself. just bought a new domain named "ilovetobuild.com", maybe one day there will be an overview of all my wonderful and great achievements there. only history will show. so, to your questions. i like to focus on one project at a time. more or less, that is. because there is no limit to my capacity, so i could run everything in parallel. but people would not appreciate this as much. i better give the world one gift at a time. not long ago i just released a new version of the ncr extension. however, right now i focus fully on foreneNo during the day. and at night i do draw. i am also eager to write some more fantastic stories, but that have to wait a bit. when it comes to "steamchamber.com", i have decided to close down that service. nothing was wrong with the idea, and execution, of course. but the world was not ready for it. hence i will spend no more time on that. because i have a lot more ideas than i have mentioned now. i constantly evaluates current and future plans. changes do happen. some things are put on the shelf. other things are created. i love to build, so that is what i'll keep doing.
mr me
ok, mr klevstul. thank you for the interview.
mr klevstul
you are welcome, mr me. always interesting catching up with you. i do wonder if there will be a third time. maybe you have to potential in you to become a better person, after all.
mr me
to use your expression, only time will show.
mr klevstul
but, hey! don't forget that seeing that psychologist!

as mr me leaves mr klevstul's apartment, and the door get's closed behind him, he whispers one final word.
mr me
psycho

while mr me walks down the hallway, away from mr klevstul's apartment, he continue talking to himself, a bit louder now, as he feels safer.

don't you realise that none of your stupid projects never travel anywhere? narcissistic social misfit!

part one of the interview is found here.