The story behind the wallpaper we’ll never forget

Here’s the story about the picture we’ve all have seen and probably never will forget. Even if you’re a Mac-guy like me you’ve probably seen and used a XP-machine over and over again in your school- or work environment and seen this picture. Quite an amazing little story about it – Enjoy!

From today on (April 8 2014) Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. The one thing everybody will always remember of Windows XP is desktop image ‘Bliss’, with it’s green rolling hills and bluer than blue sky. Doesn’t the most viewed picture of all times asks for a worthy goodbye? We certainly think so! That’s why we hopped on a plane to Los Angeles and went to visit the photographer Charles O’Rear.

He told us the incredible story behind the famous desktop image of Windows XP.

Video Friday – Oleg The Hunter

This is a short story about Oleg Timofejevich Odnolko, who spends a lot of time in Taiga (Evenkia region, central Russia) woods to hunt there.

Hunting in the remote Taiga has become less profitable and much more difficult than it was some time ago. But all hard challenges that make others to step away do not scare him. Oleg is absolutely dependent on the nature and it seems that he even became a part of it – he is not an intruder, he belongs here, and he is not going to change his way of living as this is his home, his work, his wilderness.

Almost like “The Last of the Mohicans” Oleg lives in Taiga wilderness, 130km away from closest village. It’s been 30 years, since he started to live and hunt by the Diupkun lake. Sometimes few men who come to help him on hunting matters stay there too.

Cabin is heated by the little furnace, called “burzuika”. The word originates from “bourgeoisie”, and ironically connotes a warm and wealthy life. It is also used for cooking food. Always precisely clean and orderly, Oleg puts on his white gloves while frying meat cakes and is giving orders to his helpers like a head chief of a fancy restaurant.

The huntsman’s day begins at 5 a.m. At daybreak, it’s always worth checking around the hut to see if there’s any easy prey walking within a bullet’s distance. If there’re no plans to hunt that day—shortly after breakfast the preparation for dinner begins. Soon after, the host Oleg and his helpers gather by the dinner table as if they were one family.

“I’m not killing, I’m producing”, – with smile on his face Oleg explains his take on hunting.
“It would not be easy, if possible at all to find him out there. He knows perfectly how to survive in Taiga. Trying to help him would be the same as trying to help deer or wolf”,- says Konstantin, a fellow hunter living in the closest village to Oleg’s cabin.

Diupkun Lake is a place that “civilized” humans would find hard to survive. It is surrounded by woods and mountains – The Putorana Plateau, which covers the majority of Evenkia’s territory. In the local language “Putorana” means “flat like a table”.

Frozen rivers and lakes are Oleg’s highways, when he is traveling with his snowmobile to and from his hut.

Average temperature while filming was around -40°C.

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This weeks video

And once again I’ve failed to post this on a Friday 🙂 This time we had a Christmas party at work with some good Swedish Christmas buffet or smorgasbord if you wish and my brother has been visiting this weekend.

Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, was an exceptionally powerful tropical cyclone that devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, in early November 2013. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 5,796 people in that country alone. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall, and unofficially the fourth strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of wind speed.

The cyclone caused catastrophic destruction in the Visayas, particularly on Samar and Leyte. According to UN officials, about 11 million people have been affected and many have been left homeless.


Video Friday

This Friday I offer you an adventurous video about Kyle Dempster who took off on his bike across Kyrgyzstan…

I also had my own small adventure this evening. Naturkompaniet a Swedish outdoor retail store had their annual treasure hunt called “Skattjakt 365”. They hide Nalgene-size bottles out in the woods with a gift certificate worth 1 000 SEK each. Here in my region there were four treasures hidden. The first one we went to we were there first but had some technical problems so we gave up on that one and went to another one… This time we were first loser. The finders of that one were just there a few minutes before us. We actually talked about going there first and if we would have we would have been there like half an hour before them… Bad luck 🙂 But we had a great time. Beats the hell out of sitting at home and watching TV on a Friday evening!

skattjakt 365

Video Friday

Video Friday on repeat you might think? Well, I’ve been kind of busy lately buying a new house and sorting out with selling our current one so you’ll just have to deal with the fact that I don’t post anything else right now 🙂

Anyway, here’s this Fridays video.

This short profile film on Nicholas DiChiara is the second of a series of three mini-documentaries that I took as a personal project. Nicholas is a talented metal artist from Philadelphia, from his small shop in Fishtown he makes beautiful custom made furniture, sculptures and stylish lighting fixtures designed and built with a modern industrial look.