My name is Svein Engelsgjerd. I came to this world
December 1977 and I am currently living in the western regions of
Norway. I have a social security number, I pay my taxes and I even
carry out my own garbage from time to time! There is really not
much more to say about the subject
I am a person who generally find most things
interesting. However there are some things that obviously are more
interesting than others, and for me that boils down to astronomy,
computers, mechanics, electronics, composing music and like the
average pervert I do have a particular interest in women. I also
like motorcycles and cars, but unlike most I prefer to drive them
instead of polishing them.
When it comes to astronomy I am not the kind of guy
who sits down with catalogs and writes numbers all night.
Instead I enjoy learning new things about how space works as I
find this very interesting. I also get a kick out of simply just
talking a walk in the night and watching the faint band of the
Milkyway on the clear skies. When I look at this I sometimes get
a very special feeling of "awareness". It sort of feel like you
reach an alternate state of mind for a split second where you
realize the actual scale of what you can see. For some reason
realizing that you are basically almost nothing is actually a
very rewarding experience.
I have had a interest for computers since I first
watched a program on TV called 'datastart'. That was sent on the
only available TV station (NRK) at that time. Since datastart
was sent in 1984 I was about 7 years old and I can remember that
I found that program very interesting. This is probably what
sparked my interest in computers.
I have a good understanding of how computers work and I know
quite a bit about what is going on under the hood. These days
layers and layers of software hides more and more about what is
actually going on at the hardware level. It is a bit disturbing
to see todays programmers now having the slightest idea what
microcode, cpu instructions, assembly code and even interrupts
As a hobby coder I do have experience with programming in C,
PHP, MC680x0 assembly, AmigaE, Amos and various other basic
dialects. html is mostly just tag on / tag off so I hardly think
it is worth mentioning at all.
Since the most enjoyable years with computers were on
the Amiga I of course started composing music using the
legendary ProTracker and have now moved on to ModPlug (OpenMPT).
My music usually sounds quite different from just about anything
else you can imagine and I tend to like to mix electronic music
with traditional instruments like the willow flute and jaw harp.
As a self taught musician I try to play the willow flute, jaw
harp, guitar and keyboard. I would not consider myself good at
any of these, but I still enjoy playing them from time to time.
When it comes to my musical style I am quite biased towards funk
music. Now there is a lot of horrible music out there who claims
to be funk, but for me real funk will always be about the
hypnotic rhythms carried by a solid bass line. A good example
would be the song 'pick up the pieces by the average white
I am quite picky when it comes to music, but I am at the same
time very versatile. I like everything from folk music to
electronica, techno, acid, boogie woogie, classical music and
bluegrass. I have a great disgust for so called popular music
that is not really about music, but just replicating "what
worked" at some point. All about image and profit and not about
music. In many ways video really killed music.
For me 'music' such as hip hop or rap music is the most brain
dead and primitive music there is. The so called singers often
appear to imitate a bunch of chimpanzees let loose in a costume
shop (and no, this is not about race). If you actually take your
time to listen to such 'music' you will soon find that it is
just a loop in the background with some fairly standard beat
patterns repeating over and over again. In reality is is very
primitive - and even a diggeridoo have more variations than this
kind of 'music'.
This so called 'music' has not evolved since the 80's at all. I
actually think that in the 80's there was more variation to this
style than it is now over 30 years later. To me this style is
the proof that people really don't care about the music at all
or that they simply don't understand that there is a wealth of
great music out there. I am really looking forward to the day
that some rap artist will sue another rap artist for plagiarism.
This would probably be a never ending loop of lawsuits, quite
similar to the repeating loops in this style of 'music'.
Also for as long as I can remember I've been a fan of
old classic Donald comics and cartoons (1940-1950 style
timeline). I have quite a bunch of Donald comics that I have
saved since I was a little kid. I have to say that I am most
impressed by the drawing style of Carl Barks, Al Taliaferro and
of course Keno Don Rosa. When it comes to cartoons I tend to
enjoy Goofy, Roadrunner, Tom & Jerry and last but not least
Daffy Duck. As for modern cartoons I think The Simpsons and
Futurama is great fun. What I find so interesting by old
cartoons is that they in my opinion was made for both adult and
kids at the same time. If you watch some of those old cartoons
you will see that there is a lot of references to adult topics.
The adults pick up this and the kids tend to ignore this. This
has always worked and these days people are so concerned about
what is damaging to a child that I am having a hard time
understanding that the cartoonists can really have fun at all.
After quitting school in 1994 I started
working full time on my farm. In 1999 I decided it was about
time to do something else for a change so in March 1999 I
started working for Elmag Instrument A/S. For the most part I
worked with assembly of 21" industrial CRT monitors until the
product was discontinued. I also did a few other things
including assembly of 17" CRT industrial monitors, glasswork,
warehouse related stuff and a few handyman assignments.
Later Elmag Instrument A/S was acquired by The Hatteland Group
and renamed Hatteland Assembly. Eventually we moved to a
larger production facility and there my main job consisted of
preparing parts for the 23" industrial flat panel display and
assembly of a few minor variants of this.
After what seemed like ages I also got the "pleasure" of doing
some cleanup jobs for displays that was returned for
repair/service mostly due to dust particles entering the
display. This was a job that I found quite frustrating because
the facilities was far from good enough for the job and it was
near impossible to get the display free from dust particles.
It was easy enough to get the display back into working
condition, but giving away a picture perfect display was not
an easy task. This was without doubt the assignment I disliked
the most. On the other hand I was lucky enough to get some
'delivery boy' assignments to relieve me from the constant
frustration. I have always enjoyed driving so even if these
small transport missions was quickly completed I really
appreciated this since I find driving relaxing and because of
this I could basically take a break while doing something
useful at the same time.
I also stepped in at the warehouse ever now and then plus I
worked there for roughly six months to step in for someone who
was on sick leave. I was offered a permanent position at the
warehouse, but I declined since I mainly prefer to work with
other more technical things although I thrived at the
warehouse. I returned to display assembly, but to my surprise
(or maybe not) I was asked if I wanted to work with another
project that included the assembly and testing of some special
oil / fluid pressure alarm system for use in oil tankers and
whatnot... At the time it was the idea that this would be it's
own production line in parallel with the display production.
However due to complications the project was put on ice and
eventually canceled. I regardless think it was a very
rewarding experience and I am sure it could have been an
interesting project. Anyway it was back to display production
for me for a brief time.
I was barely (some might argue) able to start getting on my
coworkers nerves again before I was asked to work with another
project called AutoStore. I decided that since the previous
project sailed into oblivion I could try something new instead
of display production. I have always been a very independent
person and working more and less alone with the AutoStore
project was a nice change for me. Since I started working with
AutoStore in 2005 I have worked more or less independent with
various things including (but far from limited to) assembly,
repair, problem solving, warehouse management, software
testing and development, training of personnel, mechanics,
electronics and ...well you name it!. I am also happy to be
able to contribute to shaping the project to something better.
To see your ideas in practical use is some of the most
rewarding things you can experience.
In March 2007 the display and assembly section where I was
working was acquired by what was then known as Ferd (now
Hercules capital). This lead to another milestone for me and
in January 2008 Hatteland Computer who is responsible for the
AutoStore project hired me to work for them directly. This is
something I had been hoping for since I started working with
AutoStore and in many ways a dream became true. This change is
something I considered a important milestone since I found it
important to move on and distance myself from the display
production. To my great surprise it was not as easy for me as
I expected mostly due to one very skilled person that I always
admired and that had my greatest respect. Even if I honestly
felt it would be a relief to not having to deal with this
particular person on a daily basis anymore (and I was right to
some degree) I did learned an important lesson about myself on
a personal level and hopefully I have perhaps changed for the
better. I am not so sure anyone else agrees, but for me it was
a important lesson in life.
I also have a drivers license for just about anything that run
on wheels and I usually get used to new vehicles very quickly.
I have driven a quite impressive number of different cars and
also a few motorcyles, trucks, tractors and even a few
forklifts. My friends often describe me as a skilled driver
and "I'd argue if I could" is a phrase that comes to mind when
they say that...
I tend to be quite philosophical at times so just for
fun I'll throw out a few ideas:
- 'Now' does not exist. 'Now' is actually a reconstruction based
on the recent events presented in your memory.
- Those who die have lived in vain.
- History can't be changed - however it is always smart to explain
your version of history in case someone have distorted it.
- If you feel sorry for someone , are you not really trying to
make yourself feel better?
- Is the illusion of our own existence based on history or
- Why do we wonder why?
- Being nice is actually very egoistic. By doing something nice to
other you often feel better yourself.