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What shook loose in a brain-wracking

I don’t think I have a boring life, but I have little to report because I’m not the sort of person who has some sort of activity to do every single day. Well, I do, like writing a daily blog post, but I guess nothing I consider interesting enough to write about. I doubt you […]

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How Norway creates a worry

OK, that title sounds worse than it is, and also sounds more serious than it is. I guess the real worry is that the arctic region so far this winter is warmer than southern Norway, and also so dry that a grass fire broke out (that’s a first!), but that’s not the subject of this […]

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Loud ‘n’ clear

It’s New Year’s Eve, December 31st, and all afternoon, some kids have been lighting firecrackers and simpler fireworks. It’s not legal; they need to be over 18, but not a single adult, not even me, has said a word to the 10 or so boys who have been happily lighting stuff, and diving for cover […]

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Culture collision from the past

I went a little nuts this December and bought me a bunch of DVDs. Among my purchases were a few in glorious black and white, including “12 Angry Men”, which I watched last night. I knew the plot, I knew the outcome, but what got my attention this time around, was the reaction of the […]

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I blame the media

I tripped over a Norwegian trivia and puzzle site (finally, I may win money with my sudoku addiction), and discovered that I know more about pop stars than I do Sweden. Twice I got the question “Who is Sweden’s prime minister?” and twice I gave the wrong answer. So why don’t I know his (or […]

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Painted black

It’s been stormy for the last couple of days. Tear-trees-up-and-close-roads-with-them stormy. I haven’t stuck my nose outside (as the Norwegians say) since I was with friends on Christmas Day, which was the one day we had some lovely weather. The temperature dipped to freezing, the skies cleared and a wane sun actually managed to make […]

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A New Year’s resolution of sorts

I have joined something called Blog 365, thanks to Paula. The idea is, for 2008, to blog every day. If the computer is not available, write something and post it later. (Leap Day is a day of rest.) Also, if you have more than one blog, then posting to one if not the other counts. […]

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Facebook: Crash and burn

“Please tell us why you are deactivating your account.” I selected, “I don’t find it useful”. Facebook then informed me that if I connected with more friends I probably would. No, Facebook. The few friends I had connected with were sending virtual drinks and teddy bears and graffiti and hugs and group messages all over […]

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I wrote a to-do list instead of a novel

That’s it for NaNoWriMo for this year. I got stuck – partly because I didn’t do an outline or anything, and partly because I, well, got bored with it. I don’t write the way the writers I like write. Anyway, I’ve rather suspected that my strength is not in fiction, but in non-fiction. And while […]

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Replacing Usenet

Ooh, there’s another group! What an interesting title! What are they talking about! Oh, I want to reply to that! My meandering around on Facebook tonight has been reminiscent of when I first got a computer at home with a modem and the world wide web waiting for me to dial, 10 years ago. I […]

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Facebook, part 2

Facebook is rather obscure. It could have answered my questions “why” and “why register” itself, if it had bothered to put this bit of text from its privacy policy on its main page somewhere: Facebook is about sharing information with others — friends and people in your networks — while providing you with privacy settings […]

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Facebook. I just don’t get it.

I already turned down one friend who invited me to befriend her on Facebook, and now here comes another. So why don’t I sign up so I can see what they’re up to? Because, honestly, after years of web use, there are so many places I’m registered with and ditto number of passwords to remember. […]

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Ack, trivial pursuit!

I’m supposed to be writing a novel. So what happens? My curiosity, as usual, gets the better of me and I end up delightedly poking around in this map and blogpost. So Rivendell was in Norway… That puts an interesting slant on things. And in other news: The Indians almost had a state. I didn’t […]

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It’s all in Japanese

I was surfing the worldwide web and my own bookshelves, looking something up for a friend. I therefore became reacquainted with the Japanese term “sanpaku”, which means “three whites”, i.e. the whites in your eyes show up on three sides, not just two. The third is either above or below the iris. Sanpaku shows imbalance, […]

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The pocket book must hold a pocket book

I came across this post in which a man boldly comments on the woman’s purse. He daringly stated that we women do not need such things. At most (because of his observation of his wife), we need just a tiny hand-held clutch (hence its name). Not one comment agreed with him (or was written by […]

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It’s home!!!

The goal was to bring the gold home. AND WE DID! Quietly, thanks to another team losing its chance at the gold in a soccer match last night. Because, you see, my claim of us winning the gold was a bit early. Even though our team, Brann, did not have a game last night, its […]

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Stagnating nations

I’ve been corresponding with a Norwegian-American friend on, among other things, the cheap electricity and clean water of Norway. During our correspondance, the news in Norway was able to tell me that a) the power companies don’t earn enough to fix leaks that could power a city of 500,000, and b) the pipelines in Norway […]

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Goal… goal… goal… GOLD!

My upstairs neighbor yelled and stomped his feet so loudly, I heard it from my kitchen and realized instantly that something had happened on tonight’s soccer match, so I left my dishes and turned on the TV. I discovered my neighbor had yelled as our team ended the 1-1 score with a 2nd goal, and […]

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Comics nerd follow-up and some, uh, whining

I went to hear one of my favorite Norwegian cartoonists, Mads Eriksen, speak, and took a picture of him working, but that didn’t come out, unfortunately. He was sketching what was to become this: Eriksen was pleasant and humble, and he did say something about Norwegians and their attitudes to the newspaper daily comics: Those […]

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Comics nerd

I scored rather highly on the sci-fi/comic part of the Nerd test I took. That has made me think about the cultural difference between the US and Norway (as I understand it) in comics: Norway has a number of monthly comic books – aimed at adults. They are not adult comics in the sense that […]