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"Oh people, know that you have committed great sins. If you ask me what proof I have for these words, I say it is because I am the punishment of God. If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you!"
-- Genghis Khan, Bukhara 1220
name: pål d. ekran
nationality norwegian
ph. home: n/a
ph. work: n/a
born: 12. july 1970
height: 196cm / 6'5"
eyecolour: emerald green

image of me

It all began in a little town called Mo i Rana,, located just below the arctic circle in Norway. From what I recall I immediately became a vicious prankster who often ran away when my parents were to embark upon a journey. They did however mostly find me later, giggling, sitting under the stairs without saying a word. I believe that I have a lot of memories from the 70-ties, but it is hard to tell if they are real memories or if they are just pure reflections of images or stories told by my parents or relatives.

image of a vic 20 In some aspects my adult life started to shape when I at 13 years old and got myself my first computer. It was a VIC-20, which I soon learned to program. After about half a year I got myself a Commodore 64, which I used to learn myself the 6510 assembly language. After Ungdomsskolen [7-15 years old] I went through 3 years of education at Trade and Office, naturally I choose Computer and Information systems as my major class. And by the end of this period I bought myself a Commodore Amiga.

After serving a year in the Norwegian Royal Navy, I spent some time working full time while taking a preparation class at a private school. A while later I decided to go to Tromsø to study at the Computer Science Department of The University of Tromsø.

sports: bicycling/bujinkan
i drive: a smart roadster
prefered software: vim, tin, gimp, mutt and firefox

NOTE: I am naturally too lazy to update this list.

At preset I am working full time at the computer centre of the University, where I am a part of a project that aims to give the students access to computers and the Internet.

linux, gnu c/java,perl, no gui
pizza, buritos, swedish meatballs
front 242, ministry, røyksopp, hungry lucy
blå rock, asian food, taco bell
ice tea, juice, chocolate milk
the matrix, star wars, aliens
microsoft, visual c/basic, bells'n'whistles, frames
sheep in cabbage, lutefisk, mashed lungs
aqua, spice girls, sputnik, brittany spears
university cantina, mcdonald
any cola, coffee, alcohol
the andromeda strain, titanic, man who fell to earth

Tromsø is really a beautiful place, i.e. if you like nature. It's a bit arctic here, although it rarely goes below -10'C [14'F] due to a stream coming out of the gulf of Mexico. During summer we enjoy 24 hour daylight, and if it ain't cloudy, then the sun shines all night also. Winters are the opposite with near darkness both day and night. On clear winter nights you might also see the northern light. Check out our University weather-cam if you like. Here are some images from my surroundings, click on the images to get the full sized versions.

"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."
-- T.S. Eliot
my old car seagulls
sea, sky and mountain
ishavskatedralen kvaløybrua on the road

Sometimes I wake up in the morning and all I want to do is to go back to sleep... but those days are rare.

don't imitate, irritate.

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