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Michael Jackson Memorial Tickets are not cheap

Tomorrow at Staples Center in Los Angeles, a Memorial Service for Michael Jackson will be held. Only 17.500 tickets was made available to the public, but they do expect over 700.000 poeple to attend. I’ve seen that some of the tickets are available on eBay.com at ridicously high prices.

The service will be broadcasted Worldwide, and I guess it will be seen by a lot of people around the Globe.

In the memorial show “Inside Neverland” here the other day with Larry King, they filmed inside Neverland. And in the background you can see a shadow of something. A lot of fans do belive that it is the ghost of Micheal Jackson. I don’t think so, but I do see something.

News of the World have released a previously unseen videoclip with Michael Jackson when he was interviewed about the accusations against him in the mid 90′s. You can see the clip bellow.

The King of Pop is dead

Michael JacksonThe King of Pop – is dead at 50. He died from cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009. He started his professional career with The Jackson 5 in 1969 when he was 11. He released several studio album and Thriller in 1982 which is the most selling album of all time. He won eight Grammy awards in 1984 whith that album, including three different genres – pop, R&B and rock.

His music videos like Beat It, Billie Jean and Thriller will be remembered. So will his famous Moonwalk. From the early 90s his career started to fall with concerns of his health, marriedges, reports of financial problems and accusation of sexual child abuse. All this harmed his public image.

But even if he had a lot of problems the last 15 years or so, you can’t deny that he was one of the mest musicians ever. His 13 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, nearly 65 million Thriller ablum sold and a total of aroun 750 million album. And not to say that he made an impact in the pop-culture in the 80s.

Michael Jackson was and for ever will be The King of Pop.

Check Wikipedia for a deeper history of Michael Jackson.


Video from NBC with a recap of Michael Jackson life.

CNN news report about Michael Jackson death.

TV2 HD over the air from June 25 in Norway

Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) was launched in some parts of Norway in September 2007 and the whole country was covered in November 2008. Unlike US which killed the analogue switch in the whole country on June 12, Norway have taken an other approach. Norway have been devited in regions. Each region have had simulcast for 6 -12 months before the shutdown of the analogue signals which took place in the first part of Norway in March last year. On December 1st, 2009, there will be no more analogue signals.

In opposite to many other countries who started their DTT with MPEG-2, Norway chose MPEG-4 from the start, which is a much better compression technology. Norway, as rest of Europe, use the DVB-T standard. There are 25 TV channels available and 16 radio channels. Only the three TV channels from NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Coopration) are free-to-air, unencrypted. The rest of the channels are available from the commercial pay-tv operator RikstTV.

It was said that because of the simulcast in the transition from analogue to digital, only three multiplexes would be available from the start, which wouldn’t give enough room for HD TV. In an ectually big surprise for me, TV2 (the biggest commersial broadcaster in Norway) announced that they will start to broadcast in HD from June 25, 2009 over the air. At first TV2 HD will only be available  on digital terrestrial television. But other providers like Get, ViaSat and Canal Digital will probably get a deal to broadcast TV2 HD through cable and satellite TV later this year.

TVNorge HD was the first homegrown HD channel in Norway and launched in October 2008, and is only available from Canal Digital. TV2 HD will be the second homegrown HD channel. And NRK are planning to start HD transmition next year with the Vancouver Olympics. TV2 HD will broadcast in 1080i.

TV2 HD will start to broadcast some shows in HD, and then expand on that. The first show is Allsang på grensen (best described as a sing-a-long-show) then Tour de France. They will broadcast movies on Friday and Saturday in HD, main match in Norwegian Soccer on Sundays, TV shows like Greys Anatomy/ Cleaners/ Scrubs/ Brothers & Sisters/ Criminal Minds / Life on Mars/ X-list, Nordic TV shows, Varg Veum (Norwegian crime show), Jakten på kjærligheten (love show), Da damene dro (When the Ladies left) and Skal vi danse (Shall We Dance)

I’m very excited over this and think I will be watching a lot more TV, just beacuse it’s in HD.

Source: NTV.no and RiksTV.no (Google-translated version)

UPDATE: The first HD show have been aired on TV2 HD, I watched in and have written about it in a new blogpost.

a-ha signing in Oslo

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a-ha released their new album – Foot of the Mountain – today, and they was in Oslo to sign some CDs. A lot of people showed up, and I had to wait around 40 minutes to I got my CD signed by Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy. It was worth the wait.

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The new a-ha album – Foot of the Mountain – have a total of 10 songs. I’ve only had time to listened to it once before posting this, but so far, so good. I like it.

  1. The Bandstand
  2. Riding The Crest
  3. What There Is
  4. Foot Of The Mountain
  5. Real Meaning
  6. Shadowside
  7. Nothing Is Keeping You Here
  8. Mother Nature Goes To Heaven
  9. Sunny Mystery
  10. Start The Simulator

I also made a small video which I’ve posted on YouTube.

 

Here are some more pictures. All pictures on this post have a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported lisence.

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Added three new pictures on June 16.

WordPress 2.8 Baker – available for download

The new version of WordPress 2.8 Baker is now available for download. The new version have 180 new features, changes and upgrades, and over 790 bugfix.

Here is a video from WordPress.org, showing some of the highlights of the new version.

Here is the highlights of the new version, check out WordPress.org for a full rundown of all the new features.

  • New drag-and-drop widgets admin interface and new widgets API
  • Syntax highlighting and function lookup built into plugin and theme editors
  • Browse the theme directory and install themes from the admin
  • Allow the dashboard widgets to be arranged in up to four columns
  • Allow configuring the number of items to show on management pages with an option in Screen Options
  • Support timezones and automatic daylight savings time adjustment
  • Support IIS 7.0 URL Rewrite Module
  • Faster loading of admin pages via script compression and concatenation

Pre-E3: Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing trailer

Sega have announced Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS. The game will be out next year. The trailer looks cool, and I think this can become a great game. (Source: Joystiq.com)

I found the pressrelease on Kombo.com:

Race into Pole Position with Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (May 28th, 2009) – SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® America, Inc., today announced Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, a fast and furious battle to the finish line in this supercharged racer. Developed for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, the home video game system, Wii™ and the Nintendo DS™ system, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing will speed into stores in early 2010.

In a frantic battle to the chequered flag, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing sees Sonic and friends speed around tracks set in mediaeval castle ramparts, lush rainforests and bustling cities, all taken from the visually rich and varied universes of Sonic and SEGA. Fan favourites such as Dr. Eggman, Tails, AiAi, Amigo and many more will join Sonic in their custom built vehicles, revving their engines and jostling to stay ahead of the pack. Each character will race around the track in cars, planes, motorbikes, and in AiAi’s case – a banana mobile! Secret short cuts, swift handling and avoiding strategically placed obstacles are certainly the best way to get to the top of the podium.

“Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is no ordinary racing game. Its huge variety of characters and vehicles, plus the ability to play both online and off set it apart from other games of this type” commented Gary Knight European Marketing Director, SEGA Europe Ltd. “The team have pushed the boundaries on what you would normally expect and created a different and unique party racing title whereby you really can’t take anything for granted!”

And winning is only part of the fun in Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing! Each character has a specific All Star move such as Super Sonic, Banana Blitz and Tails Tornado, allowing a quick way for competitors to get back into the race! Power ups and weapons can also be collected around the tracks and used against the opposition to ensure they don’t become a threat to that number one position… Players can battle it out in single or multiplayer mode, allowing up to four friends to race in frantic split-screen action, or up to eight players to compete online in the ultimate racing showdown.

Can Amigo scramble Dr. Eggman? Will AiAi say bye-bye to Tails? Are you gonna be faster than Sonic? The race will start in 2010… For more information please visit: www.sega.com/sonicracing.

Zune HD – coming later this year!

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Later this year, Microsoft will release a new version of their Zune player, the Zune HD. Here are some fact about the new Zune HD taken from On10.net:

  • HD radio
  • HD video with the use of dockingstation
  • OLED screen, widescreen 480×272
  • multitouch capabilities
  • Integrates with Xbox Live Marketplace

To play HD video you have to use a dockstation. That is plain stupid if you ask me. You should be able to just connect an HDMI cable from the Zune to a HDTV.

According to Joystiq.com, the combined Zune Marketplace and  Xbox Live Video Marketplace is coming to Europe, but no Zune HD yet. I do hope the we who lives in small countries also will be able to download videoes and not only big countries like United Kingdom and Germany.