AHWT (After Haiyan Working Title) is the working title for my upcoming organization that will support independent journalism from Tacloban and other parts of Leyte in The Philippines.
The first commissioned article (written yesterday, December 8th) is now ready, and you can read it here.
The article deals with the different ways survivors of this typhoon dealt with their Displacement. You will read about Kristine, Julie, Louie, and Armando. Two of them left Leyte for Cebu, where they are starting a new life, while the other two chose to remain in Tacloban.
The organization will hire Local writers from Leyte who will write articles and later also take photos and record some videos from the aftermath of this catastrophy.
The focus is on The Individuals. The ones that so often get lost when we talk about the huge numbers of people who are affected by such calamities. We want to connect our readers and the stories in ways that aren’t normally done.
For the month of December, these articles will be made freely available online at this site.
De ser store muligheter i å analysere folks Twitter- og Facebook-meldinger, Google-søk og SMS-er til å fange opp hav de er opptatt av. For eksempel at mange i samme område er opptatt av at det går dårlig på jobben, at mange er syke eller at mange mangler mat.
- Slik kan kriser oppdages tidlig, og avverges tidlig, sier han, og viser til at befolkningen i Indonesia begynte å diskutere mangel på ris i sosiale medier og seg imellom på SMS-er, lenge før myndighetene fattet omfanget av sviktende avlinger.
David Lazer, professor ved Northeastern University i Boston sier det samme. Det som kan være big business for selskapene, kan også være en gullgruve for sosiologien og andre vitenskaper.
I remember when I was 10 (1988), and I received my first proper stereo equipment as a gift for my birthday. It had two tape decks, and I would record stuff from the radio onto my little casettes like this:
There were two tapes in particular that I had created over the course of the next couple of years. I think I lost them when I was 14 or 15. I would give a lot to have access to those tapes again. The tapes had two sides each with different kinds of music. Or rather, the music was mostly electronic, but the sides had different moods.
I created the sides as ‘mixes’ – I had often found that “this part of that song is boring, so I’ll record something else over it”. So I ended up with four mixes, each 45 minutes long, and I remember listening to those tapes. Over, and over, and over again. Dreaming, thinking, wanting to be elsewhere, wanting to dive into the music, wanting to create.
I still try to remember what tunes were on those tapes, but I haven’t found any songs that I can definitely say were on them. But I do remember that a lot of it was “Italian techno”, or something like that. Is there such a thing as end 80s/beginning 90s Italian Techno? I can clearly remember, however, that the radio DJ said the music was new, from Italy, and was very good.
This period lasted until I was 13 (1991) and we moved from Norway to Denmark, and I ended up living on a farm outside Ringsted on Seeland, and a year later to the village called Bjæverskov (beaver wood).
I then started buying my own casettes and later CD’s. First I went through the usual suspects of Michael Jackson (particularly the “Dangerous” album), Madonna, but moved into stuff like MC Skat Kat, Neneh Cherry and so on.
I had a friend who literally had hundreds of CDs, and I borrowed tons from him. A lot of the stuff was top 50s stuff. I remember crap like this:
When I became older, 15-16, I had collected so many CD’s on my own that I was asked to play music at a few parties in the area. Well, mostly they were for parties organized by the volleyball club I was playing at, and stuff like that.
Sinead O’Connor and her Nothing Compares to You had a huge influence on me. I was late in discovering this 1989 song, but when it hit me, it hit me in the guts.
Enigma. I guess we all remember that. In Particular, The Cross of Changes (1993) affected me.
So there we were. I had Dr. Alban and 2 Unlimited on the one side, and Sinead O’Connor, Enigma and then later classical music (Bach, Beethoven, Scriabin, Rachmaninov etc) on the other.
From 1996 (age 18), I took two turns, into psy trance (via The Prodigy), and deeper into classical. I went to raves, and I discussed philosophy with close friends. Hah, I remember this tiger-striped shirt I used that was illuminating in the dark. Now I shudder at the thought, lol.
My musical taste stayed at the same stage until the end of 1997, when I moved to Bergen in Norway to study, aged 19.
1998 saw me studying philosophy in Bergen. Over the next few years, Renaissance Records became a household name. Dave Seaman was my God. And along came Sasha, and all the others.
Bergen became a hotbed for music with the advent of Röyksopp, and Mikal Tellé created mayhem.
2000s continued like this. On the one hand I had my classics within classical (still Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Scriabin, primarily), and I also had my electro. Or trance, proghouse, EDM, whatever brand you want to give it.
Fast forward to 2013, and I decided a few months ago that I want to explore music a bit more, and have a more conscious relationship with it. We will see how that plays out. But I am digging into my past, and this blog entry is a part of that.