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The Dark Reality of Generation Alpha

I watched an interesting YouTube video called The Dark Reality of Generation Alpha.

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Snow, snow everywhere

We've had a lot of snow lately. I captured this moment while leaving work and making my way home. Enjoy the winter wonderland!

The Sculpure Park in Billund, Denmark
The Sculpture Park, Billund.

Bezmenov and ideological subversion

Recently, I watched an extremely important video, an interview with a former Soviet diplomat and journalist, Yuri Alexandrovich Bezmenov. He was a Soviet journalist for Novosti Press Agency (APN) and a former PGU KGB informant who defected to Canada. The PGU KGB (The First Main Directorate) was in charge of handling foreign operations and intelligence for the Soviet Union. This included training and managing undercover agents, overseeing intelligence collection, and gathering information on politics, science, and technology from both abroad and within the country.

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Yuri Bezmenov in the interview.

After being assigned to a post in India, Bezmenov developed a fondness for the people and culture there. However, he grew disenchanted with the KGB's support for suppressing Soviet dissidents and intellectuals who disagreed with Moscow's policies. This led him to defect to the West. Bezmenov is primarily known for his lectures and books opposing Marxism and Atheism, published during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

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Films and books in 2023

I have watched 84 films in 2023 which is a fairly large number, considering that I don’t always have a lot of leisure time to spend. I read 21 books.

The best movies I watched in 2023 are:

  • Into The Wild. This one is truly a great film. I use it in my teaching at the school, so I watch it at least once a year.
  • Husbands and Wives. Woody Allen’s take on marriage, and how it is hard to maintain a successful marriage, whatever that means.
  • Another Woman. Another Allen movie, that belongs to his serious works, dealing with psychology of human mind.
  • The Banshees of Inisherin. What an unusual film, that contains many unseen and hidden elements. I will have to watch it again.
  • The Father. I like how viewers can experience the father’s health deterioration and understanding of “reality”.

Abandoned bus in Alaska's wilderness
Into the Wild

I read only 21 books in 2023, but it is okay. Anyway, I hope I can read more next year. You can see my reading list here.

Here's my 2023 book list:

  • The Awesome Department - Adam Montandon (work)* - Jan
  • Historien om alting - Ken Wilber (phil.) - Jan
  • Me'med, crvena bandana i pahuljica - Semezdin Mehmedinović (novel)* - Feb
  • Educated: A Memoir - Tara Westover (memoir)* - Mar
  • Second-hand time - Svetlana Alexievich (reportage)* - Jul
  • Lov na divlju ovcu - Haruki Murakami (novel)* - Jul
  • Četrdeset pravila ljubavi - Elif Šafak (novel) - Jul
  • Dagpengeland - Lau Aaen (satire)k - Aug
  • Det kreative samfund - Lars Tvede (society)* - Aug
  • Dubravske priče - Almir Kaplan (sh. stories) - Aug
  • The Lessons of History - Will & Ariel Durant (history)* - Sep
  • Nordbanen - Amra Avdibegović (poetry)* - Sep
  • Genocide - A World History- Norman M. Naimark (history)* - Sep
  • Dani zaborava - Elena Ferrante (novel)k - Sep
  • The Loser - Thomas Bernhard (novel)* - Oct
  • The Intelligent Investor - Benjamin Graham (finance) - Nov
  • Think Before You Speak - Bent Hougaard (psychology)* - Nov
  • Breve fra en au-pair - Kathrine Møgelbjerg Jørgensen
  • Psykologi og eksistens - Viktor E. Frankl (psychology)* - Nov
  • Putovanje po Hercegovini, Bosni i staroj Srbiji - Aleksandar Giljferding (travelogue) - Dec.
  • The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry - Wendell Berry (environment)k - Dec.

The year in cities, 2023

This year was a nice travelling year. I visited and stayed in these places:

My 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 lists.

In Paris with the girls

In October of this year, my daughters persuaded me to embark on a trip to the illustrious city of Paris. You see, I've never truly connected with Paris. Amra and I had previously visited the city during the Christmas and New Year of 2002. At that time, Paris felt somewhat detached and cold to me. While I always enjoyed the Latin Quarter and Montmartre, the grand boulevards and squares like Place de la Concorde and Avenue des Champs-Élysées never resonated with me. They lacked a certain human touch, seemingly designed for the state rather than its people. Hence, my relationship with the City of Light has always been somewhat ambivalent.

Fast-forward twenty-one years, and here I am in Paris with my three delightful girls. We boarded an Air France flight from Billund on a chilly Christmas noon—a delightful experience with almost deserted airports and a flight just a tad over an hour. Upon landing and retrieving our luggage, I hailed a taxi, and in a couple of few minutes we were on our way to the central part of Paris and our hotel Opéra Faubourg. However, due to Lafayette Street's one-way direction, the driver had trouble finding our hotel. I told him to drop us off nearby, and we walked a mere 100 meters to reach our destination.

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Our room at Opéra Faubourg Hotel.

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Leave the World Behind

Når skæbnen kradser på samfundets dør og apokalypsen kaster sine lange, dystre skygger, vil vi være klar og forberedte til nye udfordringer? Hvordan former vi vores handlinger i lyset af en pludselig og ubekendt fare? Hvordan ville vi handle, hvis verden omkring os kollapser fuldstændigt? Filmen "Leave the World Behind" kaster os ind i dette dystopiske landskab, hvor en families idylliske ferie bliver den kritiske prøve på overlevelse og tillid.

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Avdibeg Mixtape 007

It's time for a new Avdibeg Mixtape, and it is a seventh in the series. This time, metal doesn't dominate the list for once, but there are some really nice songs. Journey's Don't Stop Believing always reminds me of that epic ending of The Sopranos, one of the best TV shows ever. There are a few songs from the 1980s and 1990s.

I really like dark songs from Depeche Mode, and Halo is one of them. Fun fact: Jenna Elfman is one of the dancers in the video.

The final song on this tape is Weezer's The Christmas Song, which I guess is appropriate, given that the holidays are approaching. I've heard it in the TV show The Bear in its amazing episode “Fishes”. I mean, look at this scene from the episode.

You can see all the songs in the Avdibeg Mixtape 007 here.

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Dashcam

Gledao sam horor Dashcam (2021) sinoć. To je potpuno ludilo od filma. Glavna protagonistkinja je totalno luda i narcisoidna, i apsolutno lišena razuma i samoumjerenosti.

Ne znam šta tačno da mislim o filmu. Film je u neku ruku poprilično fascinantan i htio sam ovaj film odgledati do kraja, iako je priča također luda. Pretpostavljam da je jedan od onih filmova koje ili tolerišete ili potpuno mrzite. Definitivno ne mrzim ovaj film, ali razumijem da stvara antagonizam i različito mišljenje, pogotovo zbog luckastog i opičenog lika glavne glumice.

Dashcam se definitivno mnogima neće svidjeti, što vidim po mnogim lošim ocjenama na Letterbox-u i IMDb-u. Meni ima nešto interesantno, pa i komičnih scena, jer je teško povjerovati da se neko može ponašati u opasnim situacijama kao ova ženska.

Od mene neka luda 6/10.

Dashcam

Snow in da ghetto

I made this photo exactly eleven years ago, on December 2, 2012. I took it when we lived in a building in Moldeparken in Vejle, where many citizens from non-Western countries lived. Hence, the title that followed the photo on Facebook: "Snow in da ghetto".

I really like those warm colors.

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Psykologi og eksistens

Viktor Frankl er kendt for sin banebrydende bog "Psykologi og Eksistens," der på unik vis beskriver sin eksistentiel rejse gennem livet i koncentrationslejrene under Anden Verdenskrig.

Frankl beskriver kz-lejrene som en barsk verden, hvor mennesker konfronteres med overlevelse i skyggen af død og barbari. Han skildrer lejren som en skueplads, hvor menneskelig adfærd i ekstreme situationer udspiller sig på en grænse mellem det yderste ondskab og det sublimt gode.

Bogens omdrejningspunkt er Frankls egne oplevelser i kz-lejrene, inklusive hans egen nummerering '119.104' og det liv, han levede i de mest barske betingelser. Han beskriver forskellige typer af fanger – fra de brutale kapoer til dem, der klarede sig ved at undgå konfrontationer.

Frankls udsagn om, at mennesket bevarer sin frihed til at vælge sin holdning over for livets omstændigheder, skinner klart igennem. Han pointerer, at selv i det værste scenario bevarer mennesket sin frihed til at finde mening.

En af andre bogens hovedpointer er betydningen af at finde mening. Frankl beskriver, hvordan mennesker, der mistede følelsen af formål, udviskede og til sidst døde i lejrene. Han introducerer logoterapi, hvor søgen efter mening er den primære drivkraft. Logoterapien adskiller sig fra andre former for terapi ved at fokusere på fremtiden og patienternes opgaver og hensigter.

Frankl illustrerer også begreber som 'noogene neuroser', der opstår som følge af konflikter mellem moralske værdier, og 'paradoksal intention', en teknik brugt i terapi til at udfordre frygt ved at skabe et paradoksalt ønske.

Bogen afspejler ikke blot grusomhederne i lejrene, men også menneskets evne til at finde mening og handle på trods af ekstreme vilkår. Frankls arbejde viser, hvordan mening kan findes gennem handling, oplevelse og endda lidelse.

"Psykologi og Eksistens" skubber os til at reflektere over, hvad det virkelig vil sige at være menneske, og fremhæver den utrolige evne, vi har til at bestemme vores eget liv. Derfor en klar anbefaling herfra.

Breeze of Delight

I’ve heard for the first time of Mirza Redžepagić, a Bosnian composer and guitarist, and his song "Breeze of Delight". It is a fusion of jazz, flamenco, and saudade. Pretty good, and I like it.

I will include it in my next mixtape.