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Stop it!

Everybody’s talking about it. Everybody. But to tell the truth, hearing about it is getting as tiring as that other piece of “news”. And when Joy of Tech does three jokes in a row about it, I’ve had enough. There is no where to turn where it’s not mentioned. Even iTunes is out in a […]

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1987

Making the rounds of some Norwegian blogs is a meme about what you remember from 1987 (a 20th anniversary). I can’t tell you anything about popular culture, fashion, top 40 hits, news items, or the year’s best movies without looking it up, because I can’t remember. I do remember 1987, though, because that was the […]

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Cannibalism, cranks, and celestial stuff

The above quote is from Matthew Erwin’s blogpost on one of three most pivotal discoveries of our time. The Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy (Sag DEG) was discovered in 1994, replacing the Large Magellanic Cloud as the closest galaxy to ours. The Sagittarius DEG is currently circling the Milky Way in a dissolving loop. If we […]

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Comment policy

Elsewhere in Blogland (Blogdom, Blogovia, Blogostan, etc., take your pick) or at least that part of the Country of Blog I visit, the debate of freedom of speech and how far can you go in saying mean or threatening things to someone in a comments war has resurfaced. I’ve already given my opinion on the […]

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More yr

Sravana and I have been having a discussion about using the new Norwegian weather website, yr.no, mentioned in my last post. She noted some oddnesses and I’ve noted them, too, but it is hard to tell if this is intentional or a bug. The site is still in beta. So for those of you who […]

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Cloud and Sun, meet Moon

Norway’s main broadcasting company (wholly government operated) and Norway’s meteorological institute have joined forces and produced a new website, with animated maps and stuff. It’s still in beta, but I’m finding it a rather fascinating alternative to the institute’s own pages. I can search for my own little neck of the woods, Fyllingsdalen. I am […]

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Thinks I like about Safari

No, not the swahili word, but the Mac OS (now also for Windows) web browser: I’m testing the version 3 beta, and I like that I can re-open a tab in a new window, move tabs around in an existing window, and that Safari will warn me before closing a window I’ve typed some text […]

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What’s in a name?

A good laugh. That’s what. Spurred by the Webmiztris’ comment on naming your kid Imola or Werdna (do read that one), I went looking for Imola. It’s a town in Northern Italy. But that lead me to this blogger’s category of bad baby names, and from that I laughed myself silly at this: Qwuincey – […]

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Oh, so that’s why the Bible

I like archaeology (can’t spell it, but I like it). I like stuff about religion. I am fortunate enough to belong to a culture where the two get combined all the time, thanks to a book that’s actually a collection of books, called The Bible. Fact or fiction, God’s actual words, or just men’s. This […]

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Heia Brann!

“Heia” is an encouraging shout in Norwegian, and “Heia Brann!” is of course what any decent citizen of Bergen shouts at a home football (soccer, to you leftpondians) match. Bergen’s pride and joy and disappointment (a team for all eventualities) has just added a whole new section to their aging stadium, and it has turned […]

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1978, the hits of

Paula was tagged to do a piece on the pop music of the year she turned 18. I turned 18 the year before her, in 1978. Luckily, 1978 wasn’t a bad year for music. However, very little really stands out in my mind. Some of these songs I associate with driving to and from work […]

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500th post!

This is supposed to be another slacker report, but I’m not really slacking. It’s just that I’m not blogging. So what am I doing that’s not blogging? Here’s a list: Mulling this “tag” from another blogger over in my mind, looking for some way to respond, because I think it’s worth responding to. Downloading podcasts […]

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People who take pictures

Many people have photo blogs or publish photos to their blogs. Some are happy amateurs and will forever remain so (like yours truly), while some happy amateurs have the makings of going pro. My good friend Alice is one. She has the “eye” for photography, and captures birds and other critters especially well. Another natural […]

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Modern nostalgia

June days are perfect for gathering people for almost anything. My trip to the city today to get my hair cut, had me getting off the bus one stop sooner than planned because I saw all this color on our “festival square” – Festplassen. It turned out to be a huge collection of Corvettes, handled […]

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Feeding time

Some of my favorite reads don’t update daily. I don’t, either. I don’t mind the daily checking of blogs that update maybe every 2 or 3 days, but thanks to you guys who let it go a week or more before finally remembering you have a blog and a reader, I have taken the dive […]

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To-dos done Friday June 8

Complained to employee ombudsman about Norwegians’ propensity to fire up the barbecue at the first sign of hot weather because co-workers chose to do right outside my office window today and the lighter fluid fumes actually made their way indoors. My sinuses hurt for several minutes after just a minute of exposure to that. Other […]

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We’re having a heatwave!

Except nobody calls it that here. A record 26.6 C (79.9 F) in the shade during the first week of June in Bergen (60N23 latitude) is not a heatwave; it’s SUMMER and is to be celebrated, enjoyed, marvelled at and hoped to last. It is nice compensation for last winter’s three months straight of overcast […]

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Explaining bad luck

An insurance company in Norway has interviewed people about bad luck. Is it your own fault when you trip or when you spill or break something? When that happens, how do you explain it? You’re clumsy? You’re stressed or distracted? Or it’s just one of those things? There’s a fourth explanation they don’t list: It’s […]

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Blogrolls and such

I do like blogrolls. During more bored moments, I will surf the entire menu of links on someone’s blog and sometimes discover a few gems. But I did like Paula‘s idea about not having a blogroll for two reasons: 1) It’s no longer a list of who’s in and who’s out (for those folks saddled […]

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Slacker report

I’m a slacker, apparantly. I don’t update daily. (Actually, I’m considerate. I don’t want to bore my readers.) Life is so not-worth-writing about that what I really need is some stupid blog test but my sources (other slackers) have not provided me with any inspiration lately. Therefore I offer random thoughts from this week past: […]