Oppskrift for persisk mat: Gheymeh

En av de mest vanlige matrettene i Iran er kombinasjonen av ris og stew. Stew som (Khoresh på persisk) kanskje heter stuinger på norsk, er en kombinasjon av bønner, erter, grønnsaker, kjøtt, og krydder kokt i vann i lang tid. Det er veldig forkjellige typer av “stew”ene i persisk mat og nå skal jeg beskrive en av dem som heter Gehymeh:

Maten er laget av Malene Heidenstrøm Hauge.

Gheymeh stew:

Ingredienser: (for 6 porsjoner)

  • lam eller biff, 750 gram
  • erter, 250 gram (en spesiell type erter som heter split pea)
  • 2-3 løk
  • poteter, 500 gram
  • ½ kopp matolje
  • tomatpure, 2-3 teskjeer
  • 4-5 tørkete lime
  • salt og pepper
  • gurkemeie og paprika, 1 teskje


  • Før koking, legg split-ertene i varmt vann i 2 eller 3 timer, etterpå tøm ut vannet.
  • Kutt løkene i småbiter og stek i matolje i en kasserolle til den blir gylden.
  • Vask og skjær kjøttet og stek dem i den samme kasserollen som løken i 10-15 minutter.
  • Tilsett 3 glass vann og la det koket langsomt i en time.
  • Da Tilsett erter, salt, pepper, krydder, tomatpure og tørkete limene. Fortsett å koke alt på svak varme.  Tilsett mer vann om nødvendig.
  • Vask potetene og skjær i småbiter og stek dem i en stekepanne med olje i 20-30 minutter.
  • Server denne deilige maten i Ildfast form og legg potetene over.
  • Spis med hvit persisk ris:

Persisk ris:

Persisk ris bør ikke være klebrig!

Ingredienser: (for 6 porsjoner)

  • 500 g langkornet ris eller basmati
  • 6 spiseskjeer matolje
  • 1 spiseskje salt


  • Kok risen i varmt kokt vann i 15 minutter med salt og olje.
  • Etterpå tøm ut vannet og vask risen med kaldt van.
  • Hell tre spiseskje matolje i en kasserolle. Ta i risen uten vann og etterpå hell tre spiseskje olje over risen.
  • Før du serverer risen, legg 10-20 spiseskjeer av persisk safran i varmt vann, slik at det blir gult.
  • Server hvitris og legg gul ris over.

Vel bekomme!

Liar, liar, burns on fire

Before the stolen election Mirhossein Mousavi, the Iranian president of elect warned the society:

We have now faced an incredibly bizarre new phenomenon able to look right into the camera and to say self confidently that up is down and black is white!

Some days after, the same phenomenon  (Ahmadinejad) claimed electoral victory while in absence of any other witness, his own men of the previous cabinet were the only persons in charge of counting the votes.

Now after his interviews in NYC the world may understand us better. No one (even Larry King) can avoid playing his game.

p.s. It’s not always that bad. Watch this one:

AN suddenly became surprised that westerns know about the second enrichment facilities and was not sure to make a lie or not! He roughly denied that and postponed the answer to see if Obama really knows or not…. Eventually the American real president happened to know. And just some hours later, Iran’s representative confessed this in a letter to IEAE to keep pretending that everything is clear.

Ahmadinejad is not Iran’s elected president!

Thanks to all of our contributors in the Green Scroll in Bodø, Trondheim, Hamar and Løten (Norway).

This is our famous Green Scroll exhibited in Paris. 1700 meters, hundreds of thousands of signatures gathered in a couple of weeks from the Iranians living in 200 cities all across the world. Seconds 0:43 to 0:52 belong to us! 🙂

And the same Scroll in NYC more than a month later. Our part comes around 1:58′ to 2:05′, The only part cut off from the sticks:

Roozbeh Pournader‘s comment on this:

Lots of pieces came out, including every holder in my group except mine. The wind was very strong. I like to believe I kept it intact by thinking about the physics of it, applying the force where it would minimize the pressure on attachment points.

Parviz Meshkatian (1955-2009)

Today afternoon, Parviz Meshkatian, Iranian composer, musical researcher and santur (cimbalom) player passed away due to cardiac arrest while he was just 54. In the past few years he had become artistically isolated, being very unsatisfied with the censorship and other troubles in the Iranian art scene.

I’ll never forget that once I had an epileptic seizure (when I was 14) as a result of listening to one of his pieces over and over and over… Its scale called “Bidaad” (can be translated in to something between injustice and catastrophe!) is very close to the harmonic minor but the tonic is two semitones higher.

To me introducing the Persian flute (Nei) with a syncopation or a back-beat is one of his signatures. This old song of unity (…0:07″ and 0:16″) which once more after thirty years has become widely spread around again (now in the Iranian green movement) is a good example . The epic lyrics are also written by him:

Jordi and Nima @ Q2S Colloquium

E-228 presents:

Implementing computer clapper as a tool for subjective rhythmic experiment (+)

In this presentation, Jordi will show some of his last works as a developer in the field of audio visual interactivity. Furthermore, the Computer-Clapper software will be presented, an application developed for Nima Darabi which is a programmable sequencer and impulse response detector to achieve rhythm performance metrics. Jordi will introduce MAX/MSP as an interface to develop subjective auditory and visual tests. This interface not only is used to implement human-computer subjective tests, but also will later on be used to implement the computer-clapper as a serious game.

At the end Nima Darabi will finalize Jordi’s talk to show how the observed step responses gathered from the clapper software is used to model human reaction to the tempo change by e second order damped harmonic oscillator like a damped mass spring system. Some objective quality assessment metrics will also be discussed specifically for musical interaction.

An asymmetric challenge

Andrew Perkis has posted to all:

Here is a challenge! A friend of mines daughter took this picture of herself lying next to a mirror. As you see her eyes are open, however, in the mirror they are closed. How can this be explained? All comments appreciated!

Together with Jordi we tried to examine our theory and ended up with these two results. We tried, not so patiently though. So eventually that worked out, but not as good as the original one:

Another day we gave it a try with the newcomer colleague:

Here is another try, it still doesn’t look as extreme as the the girl on the photo. But it seems it goes into the right direction. 🙂

Said Dirk:

Jordi mentioned that it might be also an issue with the release time of the camera, which sounds quite reasonable. If the CCD sensor is quite slow (old cameras had this issue) and writes the data from left to right, the girl might have started with closed eyes and opened them fast while taking the picture. So maybe it is a mixture of both, perspective and crappy camera.

Jordi found some links supporting the possibility that more complicated stuff than static optics might contribute:

I guess the strange camera issue it is somehow related to the known “slow scan” or “photon gating” behavior in phone cameras. Here you have some links talking about this issue or new feature.

  • Photon gating makes for interesting cameraphone pictures
  • Take Distorted and Psychedelic iPhone Photos
  • Just beat it!

    In this video, Muslim Reverie says about Mousavi:

    The western media has been giving many non-Iranians the impression that he’s a secular reformist who is going to bring an American-style democracy to Iran. This is misinformation and untrue. Mousavi’s supporters are shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) on rooftops and they have mullahs and religious clerics supporting them

    I disagree. Unfortunately, some right-wing western media and fairly so many middle eastern voices have sometimes given some other vague visions that the nominees of the main rivals of the Iranian presidential election, Mousavi and Ahmadinejad, are the same and Mousavi just knows how not to say wrong things in a wrong place. We Iranians know that like many other politicians inside Islamic Republic, Mousavi has changed a lot since 20 years ago. The world out there doesn’t realize it that much though.

    Those analysts didn’t wanna believe that Iranians have voted for the reformist side and as soon as many were convinced that the election was rigged and Iranians “might” have voted for a reform, they started to say that: Well, Mousavi must be the same shit.

    Mousavi was accepted by the guardian council being underestimated to be able to attract Iranian seculars’ support. Given the enormous turnout it should have been proven by now that he as a classic leader in Islamic Republic was even backed by the opposition to the whole regime; Those who used to boycott the election before as it is a procedure governed by IR.

    Such a claim that there’s not a meaningful difference between Mousavi and Ahmadinejad is unfortunately accepted all over the place and has tendency not to update the old-fashioned exotic viewpoint towards Iran. A better effort is needed to enlighten.

    Pixels per head

    – How can you capture 3 million heads in a single shot with few mega-pixels?

    This is what I’ve been asking myself nowadays.

    After the Iranian disputed election and while Ahmadinejad was trying to compete with Mousavi to bring as many people as he can to celebrate his “victory”, millions of Mousavi’s supporters covered streets of Tehran. Before foreign journalists were kicked out of the land, they could cover both rallies and mentioned tens of thousands of supporters for each. That was a great job, however bringing a wrong impression abroad: There are two equally strong crowds in Iran, each claiming its side as the winner and both are “many”.

    The point is that while based on some street capacity calculations Tehran’s mayor estimated hugest Mousavi’s rally as having 3 million attendants, Ahmadinejad was able to gather dozens of thousands around Vali-Asr square, including all bribed folk brought from the countryside.

    I believe that the traditional shoe leather photojournalistic methods of capturing the crowd have shown their intrinsic inability to reflect a sound comparison. It’s impossible to cover millions of heads distributed over dozens of kilometers just in few digital shots or some high definition video-reports taken from the surface of the town.

    While govermental militia is the only one who has access to helicopters over Tehran, for us the satellite photos are the only way to resolve this problem: We are much more and we should be able to prove that! Now given such an introduction does anyone have access to almost-live satellite photos taken of the earth. I remember that NASA had a public service which was used by fire extinguishers and was able to provide shots of the globe every – let’s say – second hour. I can’t find that service anymore.

    Update: Marius F.’s email in this regard:

    Hey dude!

    I’ve been looking around and speaking to my #1 computer wizard about finding real time satelite photos from Iran where you get to see the rally, but i don’t seem to find anything like that. Probobly some of the pay-services got something like that, so I post some links for you that looks interesting.


    I think that it would be easiest to get in touch with someone inside NASA that has interest in the Iranian government and the election, and that is willing to get hold of satellite photos from Iran on that date and time where it all took place. Maybe you know someone, who knows someone, who know an Iranian guy who works there? 😉

    Here’s some interesting sites for getting in touch with different satelite holding companies around the world and the people on top in NASA: Org.map of NASA, Other agencies around Europe and so on. It’s not as much as you would hope for, but its a start. Taking a couple of phone calls and start pulling strings would probobly get you somewhere.. Hopefully 🙂

    p.s. Later update (18th of September): Finally Google maps updated Iran and now it at least shows the different locations that green supporters were stationed with the videos. 🙂

    Planlegger Demonstrasjon i Trondheim

    Intervjuet mitt med adressa av Mia Kristin Midtbø:

    Iranere over hele verden samler seg under mottoet «Where is my vote?» Alireza Ashrafian (t.v.) og Nima Darabi ønsker å arrangere en egen demonstrasjon i Trondheim. Foto: LENA KNUTLI

    De mener at valget i Iran ikke har gått riktig for seg. Nå ønsker iranere i Trondheim å protestere mot valgresultatet.

    Nima Darabi, Mohammad Tavakoli og Alireza Ashrafian har samlet seg på en hybel for å planlegge en markering. Darabi og Tavakoli er doktorgradsstudenter ved NTNU, mens Ashrafian har gjort ferdig sin doktorgrad.

    De siste dagene har de sett bilder av opptøyer og vold, og protester mot valgresultatet som førte til at president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fikk beholde makten. Flere av tilhengerne til opposisjonens hovedkandidat, Mir Hossein Mousavi, har blitt arrestert. De er urolige og spente over opptøyene i hjemlandet.
    – Tror det er valgfusk

    – Vi er sikre på at stemmene er endret. Derfor ønsker vi å samle folk til en markering. Dette er ikke en Mousavi-kampanje. Vi er imot det vi opplever som et fabrikkert valgresultat, sier Alireza.

    Dette er også grunnen til opptøyene i Iran. Iranere over hele verden samler seg under mottoet «Where is my vote?»

    De mener at stemmene ikke har blitt talt opp skikkelig. Det har heller ikke vært nøytrale valgobservatører til stede ved valget.

    – Jeg og mange med meg tror at valgjukset var forberedt på forhånd. Noen aviser som støtter Ahmadinejad kunngjorde til og med valgresultatet før valget var gjennomført, sier Nima Darabi.

    – Vi ønsker en markering fordi vi er imot valgfusk. Ikke fordi vi er skuffet for at vår kandidat ikke vant – det hadde vi ikke hatt noen problemer med. Det vi synes er farlig, er om valgresultatet blir manipulert og feilaktig presentert til regjeringens fordel, sier Alireza Ashrafian.

    De har alle stemt i valget via forhåndsstemming her i Trondheim.

    – 92 iranere avga stemme i Trondheim. Av dem var 86 stemmer for Mousavi, to for Ahmadinejad, og de resterende sju for andre kandidater, forteller Alireza Ashrafian.

    Ønsker fredelig demonstrasjon

    Nå ønsker iranerne i Trondheim å gjennomføre en demonstrasjon i Trondheim.

    – Vi ønsker en rolig og fredelig demonstrasjon, sier Alireza til adressa.no.

    De planlegger å samles foran realfagsbygget på NTNU Gløshaugen, der de vil gå rolig ned til sentrum. På Torvet vil de samles til en kort appell. De holder på å samle folk, og vet ennå ikke hvor mange som kommer til å stille opp.

    Avhengig av når de får tillatelse fra politiet, kommer de til å ha markeringen i løpet av denne uken.

    Nima sitter ved macen og sender ut informasjon og invitasjoner via Facebook og epost.

    De har så langt ikke hatt kontakt med andre iranere i andre norske byer, men i løpet av intervjuet får de kontakt med kjente som planlegger lignende fredelige markeringer i Oslo og Bergen.

    Vold og opptøyer

    De har hyppig kontakt med familie og venner i Iran, som har vært vitner til demonstrasjoner, bruk av vold og tåregass fra politiet.

    De forteller historier. Om internetthastighet som plutselig minker så det blir vanskelig å få kontakt med omverdenen, om folk som får kameraene sine ødelagt på gaten.

    – Myndighetene har kontroll på alt.

    – Det er demonstrasjoner i flere iranske byer. I dag snakket jeg med en venn. Det hadde vært en feiring for Ahmadinejad, og etterpå kom opposisjonen for å protestere. Politiet spredde mengden ved hjelp av tåregass, og brukte vold, sier Nima Darabi.

    Nima snakker med en venninne på telefonen. Hun forteller om hvordan hun var ute på hovedgaten i Teheran under en valgappell dagen før valget, og noen i mengden tok fra henne kameraet og kastet det i bakken slik at det ble knust.

    Litt senere får Nima enda verre nyheter. Venninnen Behnaz som er student i Teheran har sett en person bli drept på gaten.

    Studentene er opprørte over volden og kaoset.

    – Ahmadinejad har tusenvis av tilhengere, og de fleste er fredelige. Dessverre er det er et mindretall som står for det vi nå ser, sier studentene.

    Senere NRK-1 sendt en rapport om protest vår (+):