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  • Go to Tumblr!
    on Aug 29, 2013
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  • We are Moving!
    on Aug 26, 2013
    Close to three years, 458 posts, 41,674 page views. When I was sitting in the dark on the first night in San Francisco, bored and insanely awake at 4am with jet lag, I never expected that this blog would still be around today. I am sure glad that it...
  • Beware; Parents With Camera
    on Aug 19, 2013 in video
    What is it with parents and the need to communicate when their kids do things that millions of other kids have done, and will do in the future? A parade of photos and videos of burping, eating, sitting, walking and talking kids with hysterically prou...
  • Flipping It
    on Aug 18, 2013 in video
    I have always had a bad back now that I sit and stare into a computer monitor all day long. However with two children, my back now look back at this with a fond memory of what can only be considered a slight discomfort compared to what it has to endu...
  • Vocal Bears
    on Aug 16, 2013
    I was dubbed by the nurses as the hospital where I was born as 'Gnölis', which would translate freely into something like 'the one that makes a lot of noises'. They even used this on charts; 'Gnölis' was washed this morning. Because that was what I...
  • Viva Las Vegas, Baby
    on Aug 9, 2013
    Life has different stages. When you are a child it is all about playing, and then you start liking girls and your life is ruined for ever trying to get their attention. Then you are off to university where you master in the art of jelly shots, and th...
  • Character Building Love
    on Aug 6, 2013
    Having a sibling is a never ending source of material for 'build your character' help books. My case is obviously not any different. My dear sister introduced me to fun around the clock with games such as 'who can give most candy to the other' (I won...
  • The Joy of a Street Corner
    on Aug 4, 2013 in Best of
    There are many ways to define the benefits of a new job; more pay, a promotion, the corner office or a fancy title. For people living in San Francisco and commuting down to the South Bay each and every day, putting up with a lot of traffic, crazy amo...
  • Up! Up! And away!
    on Aug 3, 2013 in Yahoo
    There are some benefits working for a large Silicon Valley company like Yahoo!, and interestingly sometimes these benefits become mortal enemies. Let me explain, last August the food became free on campus. This means breakfast, lunch and even dinner...
  • How Technology Makes You Old
    on Jul 17, 2013
    Technology profoundly changes our lives and they way we communicate, which is probably why each generation will remind the upcoming one of the time before this incredible change when we lived in a cave with a rock to play with. My parents for exam...
  • Happiness is a Box of Bear
    on Jul 14, 2013
    Having children is by many considered a life changing event, and they are talking about it in a positive way. Not the 'lack-of-sleep-always-covered-in-bodily-fluids-I'm-getting-wrinkles' kind of way. And to me the impact of parenthood on our lives is...
  • Look-Alikes
    on Jul 12, 2013
    First a quick warning that the complaining in this blog post might be based on the simple lack of a perception skill on my part. My last eye exam showed no obvious signs of deterioration in eye sight, but who knows. Or maybe it is just me taking yet...
  • Part Two
    on Jul 10, 2013
    Being the sequel to a successful blockbuster is quite the challenge. Applying the same plot with the twist that worked wonders in the first movie will be a yawn and a quiet 'seen that already' comment in the sequel. I am a sequel myself, with an olde...
  • DJ Bear
    on Jul 8, 2013 in video
    To be honest, my one goal with my kids is for them to be good people. Honest, kind, compassionate and loving people that take decisions based on what they believe in, and not what their surrounding pressures them into. I don't really care about what...
  • Search Engine Optimization
    on Jul 6, 2013 in video Yahoo
    Being on the same page is essential to be able to have meaningful communication. If this is not achieved, misunderstandings are very likely. An example you say? Lately at my place you hear frequently comments like 'how cute he is', or 'he looks so ha...
  • No Place Like Home
    on Jun 20, 2013
    Our European tour has concluded with sold-out venues, stellar ratings and fans stalking the hotels for days to get a glimpse of their idols. Or if you wish, countless encounters with friends and family (or as we like to call them; babysitters), all k...
  • Real-Time Translation
    on Jun 4, 2013
    I happen to speak three languages; Swedish, English and Spanish. Conclusion one; the brain is only made to manage one language. I find myself frequently knowing the perfect word in all languages except for the one that I need to use in that very mome...
  • Planning Not to Plan
    on May 31, 2013
    The best advice around planning is to not do any of it. Planning is giving life a reason to disagree. I have always motivated my wife with the great plans for when we go back to 'Oh Me You; including bike rides along the river, picnics with stunning...
  • Oh My God 'Oh Me You'
    on May 30, 2013
    It is impossible not to compare. Whenever you meet someone you haven't seen in ages you don't ask how they are doing because you care, but obviously to compare who has been doing better. So when I am back in my hometown of 'Oh Me You', the first thin...
  • The Practie Run
    on May 12, 2013
    I obviously love my children very dearly, however I do not particularly enjoy traveling with them. Airports and planes are stressing enough without having to keep a three year old entertained (and restrained to her seat). With practice comes perfecti...