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But wait!

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The tiger is still sleeping, and will continue to do so indefinitely.

However, I have resumed blogging on http://www.martinborchjensen.com, where I will be offering observations, recommendation and above all reflections on how this ‘life’ thing really works.

If you enjoyed my posts here you might want to check it out!

 

Martin Borch Jensen

 

 

 

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2014/07/10 at 14:52

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Goodbyes

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And so the time has come for me to leave Baltimore for good. It has been a good time all in all, definitely “an interesting place to live… for a while”. Probably my first view of ‘regular America’ (unless Florida counts, NYC and Alaska clearly don’t), and I suppose this blog will tell a better story about it than any last minute parting words.

I used to live in Latin America, now I’m in Gays.

The past week or two has been predictably intense. Lots and lots of experiments to get done of course, I also made a concerted effort to go out with a bang. Numerous goodbye dinners were arranged, gay clubs were visited (a blog-worthy story in itself), $1 oysters were consumed, tequila bottles were emptied and furniture-rearrangement/Britney singalong/blackouts ensued. I even managed to squeeze in a (business) trip to San Francisco right before leaving, resulting in three consecutive red-eyes and a 9-hour time difference to get back to Denmark. So the beat drops, and I’m tired now; but tomorrow it’ll kickstart and I’ll be back to TCB.

さようなら friends and strangers, much appreciate all the good times and I hope I puffed you up more than I fucked you up.

Jennifer told me to take some pics of her and other people in the lab. Not one to just give people what they want, here is instead one of her eating pie…

And one from the lab. Hammertime!

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2012/11/18 at 09:20

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Greg

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In the nick of time, Greg gets his own blog post. The reason I haven’t written about him isn’t his lack of impact (our endless discussions about principles alone should disprove that theory), but rather my inability to snag nice photos of him. I mean, this is pretty much what I had to work with:

So what changed now? Well, to use his own words: “My essence can only be captured when my head is pressed against a womans chest”

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2012/11/10 at 22:34

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Music I’ve recently discovered and enjoy listening to

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Sometimes I feel like sharing but don’t feel like writing a bunch. This is one of those times. Hope you enjoy it.
Ronald Jenkees

Alt-J

Grimes

Goldfrapp

Ghostland Observatory

Lana del Rey

Nero

Sneaker Pimps

Penguin Cafe Orchestra

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2012/11/07 at 11:47

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Meh

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Berger cookies are a Baltimore thing, or so I’ve been told. That’s one argument for me to try them before leaving, and another argument is “Why not?”. So try them I did, and was sorely disappointed. It’s a crummy little wafer with a ton of chocolate fudge frosting all over it. OK sure, chocolate fudge frosting isn’t the worst thing in the world, but what the heck?  Though coming from the land of sild, leverpostej and akvavit I suppose I should hold my tongue.

Needs more fudge frosting

In other news, today was terrible. Problems with a paper, experiments cancelled because of a missing password and absolutely couldn’t get in the zone for making a presentation. Bleh. But somehow it wasn’t quite as bad as it should have been, because I for some reason felt that it was only a short period of crap which would naturally be followed by a terrific day or two. I do find that the pendulum often swings like that, but to straight up expect it? I’m wondering whether it’s a byproduct of my intermittent fasting, where I’m so used to hardships lasting only until the next day (which is what makes it so doable). And perhaps also the fact that I get a shot of hunger-induced euphoria every other day, coupled with a total lack of food-induced drowsiness. Or it could just be psychosomatic truth that I’ll soon get better. I guess we’ll see tomorrow.

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2012/10/24 at 23:01

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鯉の絵 (Work in progress)

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Lots and lots of experiments to do, which is really much nicer than wanting to continue a story but being unable to work on it. But it does mean less (nigh zero) time for painting, and so my already unimpressive pace of progress has become downright glacial. I very much doubt that I’ll finish even my starter box of six, and my new target is to finish the two armored soldiers and leave the basic grunts for after I return. The large surface area of their armor as well as their greater significance on the battlefield mean that I spend more time making these guys look nice, and have more fun painting them to boot. I already showcased my Shàng Jí Invincible (who now has arms), heavy infantry from the main Chinese part of the army and in my scheme consequently painted as part of the Chinese zodiac. The lady shown below is a Domaru Butai, a proud samurai from the Japanese section of the army. I didn’t feel like Daoist iconography would be appropriate, and decided that the Japanese heavy infantry would instead have plain white armor which would then be used as a canvas for traditional paintings (metapaintings?).

For this girl I decided to do koi swimming around among lily pads. Still very much a work in progress, but you can see what I mean I think. The armor is getting there: white is nearly done and the grey and metallic bits just need a couple more layers of highlighting. It came out a lot grainier than I would have liked, which tends to be a problem with white. Oh well, practice practice, and fortunately this version has a less useful in-game profile than her male equivalent. You can see the outlines of where the fish and lily pads will be, and I’m crossing my fingers that they end up looking nice. After that there’s the gun and pistol, glowy red bits, Honda logo and various details to take care of… but I’ll finish before I leave dammit!

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2012/10/19 at 22:25

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Burning the midnight oil

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Hopefully this won’t happen.

I found that picture on Wikipedia and couldn’t resist sticking it in here (especially in light of my previous cooking incident). Anyway, the story is that George wants to deep fry some fries and pierogis, and to minimize waste of oil we’re making a deep frying party out of it. But what else to cook? I wanted to make an easy poll where y’all could put in your favorites, but sadly it will only let me put in predefined answers. Bleh. Anyway would love comments if anyone has suggestions!

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2012/10/17 at 08:45

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