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Putting myself back in class, as it were

I find myself hungry for knowledge, but unsure about what to read to get said knowledge. I surf blogs looking for someone who “speaks” to me, without much success. Now I’m surfing the podcasts at iTunes and am trying out iTunes U. I love listening to good speakers, people who present coherent thoughts in complete […]

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Yeah, this makes even me a sports nut

I do not pay much attention to sports. That includes the Olympic Games. I don’t pay attention to them, either. I did have my fingers crossed for a local boy, who went and won a silver medal in the men’s 100 m breaststroke. But earlier this week, I woke to my local radio station broadcasting […]

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The end of my roll in the universe?

My blog title is a bit more dramatic than the reality behind it, but it does echo the thought that ran through my mind as I read about the EU suggestion to register and quality-control bloggers. The member of the European parliament (MEP) who made the proposal, Estonian Marianne Mikko, sounds like she wants to […]

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Weight, the final frontier*

Comics are educational. Today’s User Friendly comic got me curious, and I ended up learning something new about the kilogram – or rather, how one keeps a standard of weight so we know whether or not we have a kilo (as we “locals” say). I got curious about the reference to the roundest objects in […]

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Where to, honey bee?

The US is facing a possible agricultural disaster. Honey bees are vital to fruit crops because they pollinate the flowers of fruits and vegetables. But in 2006, hives were suddenly being abandoned. The bees themselves disappeared without a trace, leaving no clues behind, and no other bees came to take over the hives. The phenomenon […]

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Bonfire preparations

Midsummer’s Eve is on a Monday this year, so it’ll be a short evening. But it’ll be a big bonfire. I walked by the spot where five neighboring co-ops build their bonfire and they’ve collected a heap of wire spools. Basically, it’s light a fire and eat a hot dog. As a kid, finding the […]

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Me and Macs

I rarely talk about the computer and operating system that make my life on the world wide web possible, but unless you’re brand spanking new to this blog, you know I use a Mac. I just don’t talk about it much. There are a couple of reasons for that: One is that there are plenty […]

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Failing the climate quiz

Yesterday, right after work, my division had a meeting about the climate. Some of the questions were about how we thought the climate changes would affect our work. I can’t really see any direct influence on my work as a graphics designer. Indirectly, there are heaps. The climate changes has made us aware of how […]

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Constitution Day and oystercatchers

I went digging through the archives and apparently, I’m more fascinated with oystercatchers having sex sitting on eggs than I am Norway’s Constitution Day. It’s a day of sack races, balloons, ice cream, hot dogs, throwing up in the bushes only to go right back for another ice cream, and forced to do all that […]

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Priorities

Norway’s largest labor organization, LO, has many member unions. Some of them organize airport employees. And some of those employees went on strike today at 8:00 am, closing five airports including ours in Bergen (BGO). It’s rather interesting to hear what sort of emergency solutions people and airlines come up with. The airlines did not […]

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Home-made card

I can’t remember when I last made a home-made Mother’s Day card, if ever. Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May in the US, so I made this card at home, 21st century style (Photoshop. layers, effects, more than one photo), showing Grandma and me, and sent it to my mother:

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6K of fun

Well, I don’t know if it will be 6K of fun, but how can it not be? Especially since we have the loveliest day for it, and the walk itself is along one of Bergen’s prettiest foot paths (Fjellveien) with a spectacular view of the city below. We have a pure Norwegian summer day today, […]

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Explosions and minerals and irony

I went to work today, yesterday being a national holiday in Norway, and the day before being a sick day. So since I last walked to work, the world has exploded into green. It is amazing how green the lawns are, a sharp green, an Irish green. The trees are dabbling in various shades of […]

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Snake and lobster and cat

It has been an exceptionally lovely day, warm enough to crowd the lawns of the parks with people in short-sleeved garments. I took this picture in our city park on my way to the Picasso exhibit. The Japanese cherry trees are starting to bud, and I like how the gardeners planted a yellow flower snake. […]

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Another slice of Norway

I went up to the co-op office earlier this evening, to complain about/replace a non-functioning laundry card, a plastic card with a chip that starts the washing machine and dryer in our communal laundry rooms, charging NOK 6 for each load. Last Thursday, I got one load of laundry washed, and went to dry it […]

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Bloggie Award winners have been announced

I’m not necessarily in touch with everyone else so I did not pick all the winners. I did pick some winners, though: best web application for weblogs Blogger. best canadian weblog – The Redneck Mommy I enjoy this blog so it’ll continue to be a regular read. best photography of a weblog – I Can […]

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I was one of the lucky ones

All that snow-drama I experienced yesterday turned out to be peanuts compared to what happened to some other people. Today’s newspapers could tell us that yesterday’s meteorological chaos was the worst since the 1970’s. Well, no wonder some busses never came, and some people were forced to walk home, and some parents never got to […]

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Green is just another way to make money

People who want to make a positive difference in the world try to do what they can to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. But they’re being made to pay for their choices. Literally. Currently, we in the west are being told all about global warming, carbon footprints and the need […]

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60 minutes of New Age Fair

One thing that has been is consistently popular since 1996, is the new age fair (or “alternative convention”, as it is actually called). Several major cities in Norway hold one each year, and this time of year is when Bergen’s has its fair. It is always popular. A former co-worker had a gift for sensing […]

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Fun with statistics

It’s leap day and by rights I can get the day off from blogging, according to Blog365. But it strikes me as so boring! I love daily updates on all the blogs I read so I can’t let my own readers miss out! The proposed law change in Norway to give gays marriage rights equal […]