Best Album Of All Times – Number 5

© Pedro Hansson - The Reason - Own interpretation of the title - Gläntan, Piteå
© Pedro Hansson – The Reason – Own interpretation of the title – Gläntan, Piteå

Best Album Of All Times – Number 5: Hoobastank – The Reason

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Whenever I discuss music with friends and acquaintances about Best Album Ever, this comes up as one of those that should be on the list. With no big dips, and an album that shifts in tempo but still keeps it together as an album. Awesome.

The sound is on the more modern hard-rock style like Tool and Alice in Chains, but I think there’s also some similarities with Green Day, and even though I’m not a big fan of Green Day, I really like their sound. Easy Accessible Modern Hard Rock. This is not an album that will keep you occupied in analyzing the lyrics, and try to think about every single word, or note for that matter. But it’s really good in it’s simplicity and youthfulness.

So why the name Hoobastank and how did they end up together? I found this print-out from an interview where this was discussed:

Purcell: Let me start off with the obvious question, where did the name “Hoobastank” originate?

Lappalainen: Hoobastank was an inside joke between us and now we think there’s no real meaning of it. It’s like Jamiroqui. What is Jamiroqui? What does Jamiroqui mean? We have different interpretations of it. One definition is an ice-skating term for when you try to do a triple axle and fall on your butt. That’s Hoobastank. I heard a couple of kids on ESPN say that it’s two monkeys having sex. It’s up to your own interpretation.

Purcell: Why was the spelling of Hoobastank changed? I noticed it used to be HoobUstank and now it’s HoobAstank. What’s the deal with that?

Lappalainen: The whole thing with the “u” to the “a” was we just kept getting “Hoo-Boo-Stank” and there were totally different spellings of our name. It made it a whole lot easier with HoobAstank.

Purcell: That’s pretty interesting. Where’d you guys meet?

Lappalainen: Dan and I we met in ’92 and we used to be in a band called Idiosyncratic. Then Dan and I went our separate ways. When I left, Dan and Doug got together and started writing music. Then one day I saw Dan’s number in the paper and I called up and said “Hey Dan, what’s going on?” He was like “Ah nothing,” so they both came over to my house. Dan and Doug showed me some of their stuff. I thought “wow this is actually kind of cool.” I showed them my stuff and Dan and I just started clicking again. We found Chris a couple months later in a recycler (a newspaper for musicians). Three months later, Hoobastank was formed.


The band (at the year of this album):

Doug Robb – vocals

Dan Estrin – guitar

Markku Lappalainen – bass

Chris Hesse – drums

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1 TB free upload, and brand new design – Flickr’s on the move

Today Flickr announced that they are increasing free storage to 1 TB / user. This was previously limited to professional users, but now it’s available for all users.

It’s evident that Flickr are serious in getting up to speed with the competition from 500px, Instagram/Facebook and so on.

Read more about this here

© Pedro Hansson - Goodbye - Man in Sundbyberg
© Pedro Hansson – Goodbye – Man in Sundbyberg


Earlier today I posted the following text on mine, and my two co-writers new Swedish Blog After I’ve posted it I started to read about the history behind the text a little bit more, and found this English version.

Great story to keep in mind for the weekend.

Happy weekend!

© Pedro Hansson - Gläntan, Piteå
© Pedro Hansson – Gläntan, Piteå

Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy

Saarimner on Facebook

As an experiment I’ve set up a page on Facebook. The page will be a way to be noticed when there are new things published on this blog. It may also be a better way to share thoughts and ideas in a better way?

The link to the new page is

Welcome to visit

The woman at Norr Mälarstrand

© Pedro Hansson – Woman at Norr Mälarstrand – Close Crop

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
~George Washington Carver

Sometimes we pass those persons with a really strong character. It doesn’t matter if they stand up and shout, or as this woman, just sits at a bench, they have an aura.

Before I took this photo I exchanged some words with her, and I really got the impression that she was so calm and satisfied with her life, the way she had lived it, and I guess that gives an aura in itself.

At the end of our small conversation I asked for permission to take a photo, and she just said ok, and went back to her earlier calm, relaxed pose…

© Pedro Hansson – Woman at Norrmälarstrand – Original crop

Adobe releases beta for Photoshop CS6

Two hours ago Adobe released their beta for Photoshop CS6. The beta is free to download at, as long as you have an Adobe id.

This is a screenshot I took earlier this morning of the new workspace.

Screenshot from the new beta

Watch the Russell Brown’s 6 Favorite Features in Photoshop CS6 beta video

From Adobes homepage:

Photoshop CS6 Highlights

Content-Aware Patch — Patch images with greater control using the newest member of the Content-Aware family of technologies. Choose the sample area you want to use to create your patch, and then watch Content-Aware Patch magically blend pixels for a stunning result.

Blazingly fast performance and a modern UI — Experience unprecedented performance with the Mercury Graphics Engine, which gives you near-instant results when you edit with key tools such as Liquify, Puppet Warp, and Crop.* Plus, a refined, fresh, and elegant Photoshop interface features dark background options that make your images pop.

New and re-engineered design tools — Create superior designs fast. Get consistent formatting with type styles, create and apply custom strokes and dashed lines to shapes, quickly search layers, and much more.

The first impressions are really good.

Sunrise in Norrbotten – Sweden

This is a pic I took a few months ago (also in Piteå). The pic has just been lying around on my computer but I recently got some new inspiration in composition from a close friend of mine and the composition of this pic is actually a suggestion from my inspirer; and I think the result came out so much better than the original. It’s strange. Sometimes you just need that push to get out of the blocks.

In terms of other adjustments I’ve added some Noise reduction. Part from that the image is all natural.

Sunrise in Norrbotten
© Pedro Hansson - Sunrise in Norrbotten

All great wo-/men are dreamers

Sunday evening and I will soon hit the bed. Before I do that I thought I’d share a great and inspiring Quote I came across earlier today. The quote is by Woodrow Wilson.

Hope that it can inspire some to a great week start

We grow great by dreams. All great wo-/men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days til they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.

Sunrise in Piteå
(c) Pedro Hansson - Nikon D5000 - Sunrise in Piteå - Click to enlarge

Stockholm getting ready for Christmas – part 2

Last weekend I posted some pics with the title “Stockholm getting ready for Christmas”. This is my second post around that subject.

I really must say that the city council has done a remarkable job with dressing the whole town for Christmas. So amazing just to walk around the town and watching it all.

(note: Some of the pics are a bit blurry, due to a bad lens -> Long shutter time and no tripod, but I hope I submitted the atmosphere)

Hope you’ll have a great weekend /thanksgiving!

Link to the previous post:

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Short movie/time lapse – Sunrise in Piteå

As the readers of this blog already know, I’ve spent the last weekend in my home town, Piteå. A weekend that promised some, but delivered a lot. Met some old friends, spent time with my family, had a Palt-dinner (local course) and also had an amazing photo session on saturday.

Since we had cloudy weather on friday (and to be honest I also felt terrible due to my cold) I didn’t expect much for saturday, but what a day it turned out to be.

This is my first posting from that day.

Hope you enjoy!

(Please watch in full screen mode)

32 gb of new material

Currently i’m in Pitea, in the northern part of Sweden and today was all about photo. Started off early and headed out to Glantan (a beach close to, in Sweden famous Pitea havsbad).

And what a morning! The colors and the light were all there. During the morning I made a time-lapse of the sun rising with my D7000 and took stills with the Olympus, D5000 and my iPhone. I also tried out my new Sigma 70-300/macro.


Photo Tips – High ISO to create a dramatic atmosphere

Here’s a little pic I took a few hours ago just to show a little trick I sometimes use when I want to create a more dramatic atmosphere in my pics.

  • Adjust the ISO-level really high. This will create a more pixel-like effect. In this pic I used 3200 during shady day-light
  • Use the angle of the sun to create the dramatic lighting
  • If you have a less “good” camera it’s sometimes even easier. The new ones are sometimes just to good 🙂

Hope this can help you get more drama in some of your future pics (unless you already used this little trick)

This pic is unedited except for sizing and adding (c)-information. Shot taken in A-mode.

High-ISO picture
(c) Pedro Hansson - Nikon D5000