Don't trust those counters

After deleting all 2000 Direct Messages at my twitter account the inbox and sent box are really empty, but their counter is still stuck at 504... I really had hoped that this was an "eventual consistent" issue, but given that it has been like this for a week, I guess I'll have to live with the 504 being 0 :-)

Networked Embarrassment

Some time ago I purchased a "performance boost" from Comcast, but I found strange that I never saw any real performance improvement beyond 6-8 Mbs. Until a Eureka moment today that left me rather embarrassed: The "Internet" port on my firewall/router was only a 10 Mbs. Replacing it with a slightly more modern router with a 100Mbs / 1Gbs Internet port did the trick.

It now happily blasts past 35 Mbs, making downloading HD content from Amazon Video really fast. Below is the before and after evidence of the crime.

For punishment for this stupidity I'll put Madness on repeat for the rest of the evening.

Trailers: Millenium I - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Some of the absolute best fiction books I have read in the past year were the first two books of the Millenium series by Swedish writer Pier Larsson.  His main character, Lisbeth Salander, is absolutely fascinating and the books have a multi layered complexity that makes for a very interesting read. The first two books are 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "The Girl Who Played with Fire". The third one, "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest" still has to appear in English. Larsson died in 2004.

I didn't know the books were going to made into movies as I thought the complexity of the written story would be hard to translate into a 2 hour visual story line. Nalden blogged this morning about the trailer for the movie and I heard from people who attended Nalden's "Amongst Friends" screening of the movie that it is excellent. I can't wait for it to make it to the US. The first of the movies has as title "Män Som Hater Kvinnor" (men who hate women) and is the story of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

There are three versions of the movie trailer, with the final one reveal most details.

First teaser trailer (I could only find the spanish version):

Second trailer:

Final Trailer:

This is the trailer for "Flickan Som Lekte Med Elden" which is not released until the fall

Tough Guys Don't Dance

I picked up this old paperback today. I always liked the title very much, maybe as a good excuse for my lack of dancing skills :-). But I also felt that the title of the book was much, much better than the book itself. And the movie that Mailer directed based on the book was certainly horrible.

"Should you drink?"
"Six months ago, they told me to stop or I was dead. I stopped. Now the spirits circle around my bed and they tell me to dance. I tell 'em, "Tough guys don't dance." They answer me, "Keep Dancing".

Extreme construction in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is filled with ongoing construction, there is not a place around here where there are no cranes in your view. Much of the construction is just regular tower blocks, with some skyscrapers, but there is some of the extreme construction going on as well. One of those extreme constructions is going next to the hotel, at the end of Al Raha Beach.

The building is to become the headquarters of Aldar Properties, the developer who is managing about $72B worth of construction in Abu Dhabi. Its projects include Yas Island and the Ferrari World theme park.

The building is absolutely stunning. It is constructed out of two spheres of glass and aluminum and is approximately 110 meters high. It holds 25 stories and 51,000 square meters of office space.