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A somewhat political post

I know, I know. I said I don’t do politics on this blog and really, I haven’t changed my mind. But some things have been getting my attention lately, and they are politics-related, so here goes. First off, Gerald Ford. The only president I genuinely liked besides Ronald Reagan. I moved back to California the […]

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I have high self-esteem

Popular psychology has a number of tidbits on what can reveal your true self. Over at Whitley Strieber’s Unknown Country I have now discovered that I have high self-esteem because I like murder mysteries with a surprise ending. Not that I feel smart when I read mysteries (I never solve them), but that’s OK. The […]

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The simple life is not lazy

Simplifying our lives does not mean sinking into idleness, but on the contrary, getting rid of the most subtle aspect of laziness: the one which makes us take on thousands of less important activities. —MATTHIEU RICARD Ah, yes, distractions. I can attest to that, that having myriad of things and choices tends to distract a […]

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Nothing in particular meme

It’s the second day of Christmas, which is a holiday in Norway, so I have nothing better to do than this (for now): Do you sleep with the door to your room open or closed?Open. Unless I have guests. What was the weather like on your graduation day?Sunny and warm. I was living in Southern […]

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From Mercury to the Garnet Star

The above animation of planets and stars to scale starts with our own planet Mercury and ends with the red supergiant Mu Cephei, also known as the Garnet Star – a very pretty name given it in honor of Sir William Herschel.

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Warm and wet

Today Bergen is warmer than Rome, reports our local newspaper, and tells us also that 2006 will be a year where Bergen breaks a number of old weather records: Never before have we not had a frost before Christmas; previous annual average temperature was 8,8C (47.8F), while 2006 can boast 9,3C (48.7F); we have had […]

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Dragon Lady

Via Sravana: You Are a Dragon You are very charismatic and incredibly popular. People are drawn to your energy, but you are a very difficult person to get to know. You are very active – you are usually hard at work or play. You enjoy drama, and you enjoy anything unusual or eccentric. What Mythological […]

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Roy’s meme

Lifted via Paula: Pick up the nearest book, go to page 123, and post the sixth, seventh, and eighth sentences. I’ve seen this meme before but have never had a book besides my Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style” close at hand, until now. “If you want it to be air, act as if […]

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A good reason to be brought into the world?

Norway’s approach to technology involving embryos is cautious and conservative. Norway bans in vitro fertilization for anyone except married heterosexual couples, for example. Now, after a debate involving a family that wanted a second child so they could get bone marrow to help a sick existing child, Norway has now decided to allow for genetic […]

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Koselig dugnad

I can tell I’m well again. I’m stir-crazy and bored. I no longer want to rest up; I want to do something! Right now, I do have something to do: A task I must do every 6 weeks (it’s actually 5 since I swapped with the neighbor, thinking I wouldn’t be here during my week). […]

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Revamped

I was told about RapidWeaver and decided to give it a try. I had fun figuring out how to customize an existing template and making photos to use for it. So my website is updated in appearance, if not in content.

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Te-Shan says

Just have no mind on things and no things on mind, and you will naturally be empty and spiritual, tranquil and sublime. —TE-SHAN The above is wonderfully self-explanatory, though the word “empty” may confuse Western readers. Don’t worry about that word. It may (or may not) become a bit clearer if you read about Te-Shan’s […]

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My body is boss

Not sure what I did, but apparantly, my body is not happy with me getting all ready to be busy again. It therefore pulled a muscle or something in my ribs on Tuesday afternoon. Hah, says my body, that’ll keep you from doing whatever with wild abandon! Fine. I apparantly need a longer rest than […]

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10 songs I’m embarrassed I like

I’ve been tagged by Hanne, a fellow Mac-user here in Norway, to admit to ten songs I’d rather the world didn’t know I like. Thing is, I either don’t have songs like that, or I’ve already admitted to them. Uhm, but if I dig a bit deeper, then I have to admit to liking so-called […]

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Marsha’s moving out

Yep, she’s a virus, just a virus, a real bitch of a virus, but today my doctor caught her gathering boxes to pack stuff in. I’m on sick-leave till Friday, and that should do it. I’m looking forward to getting well again. I always say that when I get sick: Oh, boy, am I going […]

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All this time to write and no brain

I’ve been home from work for a week now, with a virus named Marsha making me cough and ache. I’ve had plenty of time to be at the computer, to write, but the downside of being sick is that it shuts the brain down. My apologies to my readers. I need to get rid of […]

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Stupid is as stupid does?

This could be an infinitely long post, because there is no shortage of stupidity. But I can’t help but wonder if the world isn’t in fact dumber now than it used to be. This is what I’ve come across recently in forehead-slapping idiocy (the last three just today). I read this as a factual practical […]

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Proustian meme

(A Vanity Fair Proust questionnaire I got via Paula, who answered far more tongue-in-cheek than I. No, I don’t know what this has to do with Proust.) What is your idea of perfect happiness? – Believing it will remain perfect. What is your greatest fear? – Besides spiders, heights and cramped places? Not being missed. […]

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Types of misery

Misery 1: Fever, sore throat, constant cough, and home from work since Monday (and staying home tomorrow, too). Also trying to get a hold of a doctor without having to take a bus or taxi someplace. I need a doctor’s notice for work. Misery 2: Royal League match tonight here in town, on a soggy […]

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This was easy

…but had that Brazilian tarantula done anything else besides walk across my palms, I would have freaked. As it was, her feet felt like tiny catpaws. So, how do you celebrate your birthday?