Saturday, September 30, 2006

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

B'day boy

I believe I once promised someone a blue balloon for his birthday.

Monday, September 25, 2006

The Ambassador Says...

Israel's ambassador to Norway, Miryam Shomrat, critisizes the king and queen of Norway for not showing Israel their support. She says the monarch should have shown sympathy towards the Jews after shots were fired at a synagoge in Oslo a week or two ago. Four men were arrested, it is claimed they were planning, among other things, to attack Israel's ambassador.

"Some sort of statement in connection with the celebration of the Jewish new year last Friday would in any circumstance have been in its place" Shomrat argues.

She also critisizes Norwegian citizens, among them writer Jostein Gaarder, for recently having said and written negative things about Israel, leading Norwegians to have the wrong idea about and hostile attitudes towards Israel and Jews. - There's no wonder criminal activities like these are planned when articles like these are written, Shomrat says.

Norway's Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre reacts to the ambassador's critisizm of the king and queen, and caracterizes the statement as 'inapropriate'.

He says the Israeli embassy should know the Norwegian monarch can never argue a political case such as this or reply to the critisizm. He also reminds the ambassador that in Norway, it's the government who represents the country's political views.

Are the Jewish/Israeli leaders starting to go where the Muslim leaders already have? Demanding respect from everyone and appologies for everything - no matter who did something wrong and what that 'wrong' was.

This is what happens when we're jumping between faith and religion on one side and countries and political systems on the other. A king will talk to a king. A president argues with a president. Goverments send representatives to each other. A religious leader discusses with another.

How are we supposed to relate to it when an ambassador (a political figure) demands a king (a royal) say sorry to Jews (religious figures) for something terrorists (a legal term?) were planning on doing?

The first thing you gotta do is know who to talk to, just yelling at everyone and everything won't work in a country like ours where you should be polite, quiet and respect each other's space. You're just seen as a silly little person. Just like Miryam Shomrat.

How friggin adorable is this thing??

What Color Green Are You?

You Are Teal Green

You are a one of a kind, original person. There's no one even close to being like you.
Expressive and creative, you have a knack for making the impossible possible.
While you are a bit offbeat, you don't scare people away with your quirks.
Your warm personality nicely counteracts and strange habits you may have.

What Color Green Are You?

I don't think I agree with any of this...

Wanna buy me?

Your Life Is Worth...


What Age Do You Act?

You Are 26 Years Old

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have
an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Brann Stadium

Bergen's football club is called Brann, meaning fire, and possible something else I have no idea what is, due to the fact that I am not a 'Bergenser' and never will be. The team's been pretty good this year though, they won the cup last year and now they've almost won the series, they're 4 points ahead with 6 matches to go - even I would get patriotic (so to speak) for less.

Trying to find the address to their stadium (yeah I've been messing around with Google Earth again..) I go digging through their pages.

At the bottom I find these words:

"No material from these pages should be copied or linked to without permisson."

Naturally I resent that so here's the link.

Anyways, what I was getting to, was the address, or, more specifically, how to get there. Not that I'm planning on going but I walked past a while ago and wondered where, exactly, it was.

Getting there's easy enough. They recommend going by bus since traffic can be a nightmare and you don't wanna cause a traffic jam when you'd rather be watching a football game. It says the local bus company has extra buses going to the stadium on the days of the matches. (They really do, there's "Brann Stadium" written on them and a little football player (I think) and sometimes flags).

But then comes the part I really liked:

"If you choose to go by foot, it'll take you about 30-60 minutes, depending on where you are and how much you've had to drink."

Don't you just love it when they're blunt?

Paris says...

"Like … I really … I don't remember. I'm not, like … that smart. I like … forget stuff all the time."

Ms. Hilton in a police interview.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Rune has a worm in his foot - and it bites!

During a vacation in Kenya this summer, a worm crawled inside an open wound in Rune Myra's right foot. Now it's been crawling around there for severals weeks.

15 year old Rune Myra from Kristiansand, Norway was in Africa with his family this summer. During a diving trip Rune recieved a most unexpected guest. A small worm crawled inside his foot, like taken right out of the X-files. It's been there for a month and a half.

"It's eating it's way through the foot and lives off my flesh and blood" Rune tells TV Sør.

He and his family believe the worm is a parasite of the type strongloides

Rune didn't notice anything at first, but after a few days he noticed something unusual. First he and his family thought it was only a rash. But after they came back to Norway the 'rash' had changed into a 5cm (2 inches) long line. Rune went to see an expert of tropical diseases.

"He said it wasn't dangerous as long as it didn't go into my blood stream, which was unlikely it would do. The doctor wouldn't operate on the foot and instead gave Rune medication which will kill the worm. When that has happened, it will dry out, and fall off.

"I think it's pretty dead now, really. At least I can't feel it much any more." But it hasn't been like this the past weeks.

At first it crawled around on the upper side of the foot, then it worked its way down the under side of the foot so Rune has had to step on it.

"I think it got a little annoyed. I didn't feel it much in the beginning but when it came under my foot I noticed it was a little mad and it bit me. So I had to use crutches for a while."

"But isn't it a little creepy to have a wandering worm in your foot?"

"Hehe... No, not really. I think it's kinda cool" the 15 year old tells VG Nett.

Monday, September 11, 2006


They keep making these documentaries... It's like they need to get the story of every single person on tape. When they see it over and over again, the pain from five years ago, they get sad. Then they get angry. And that's how they justify what their government does. To make sure it never happens again.

The US goverment has managed to scare Americans shitless. Then it spread across the pond and Europeans got scared shitless too. There's no easier way to control people than to scare them. And that's what they did.

Some Americans say they need this annual reminder of what happened five years ago. Once I told a guy it's the past, it's time to move on and learn from what happened and not live it over and over. He said it's not the past, it's the present, it will never be the past.

Others feel the pain over and over because they are never allowed to let go. Every year they are reminded of this day and they can't get away from it.

What was America's tragedy has become the day when they portray their pain for the world to see. Tomorrow they'll find a new country to bomb and what can we do - after all, they're still suffering the loss of the 2,997 people who disappeared that day.

How many more have died because of that day? The number doubles just by counting the American and coalition soldiers alone.

I hurts. Of course it does. But a present without a past will never be a future. If you can't move forward, the pain will never go away.

It's not a bad thing to remember. But scratching a wound before it's healed, over and over, will only make it worse. Either way, the memories will never go away. The future will be faced with scars. But even they fade. If you let them.

Is this Autumn?

Wait a minute...

It's 9pm.

It's dark outside.

It's dark. At 9pm.

What?!? Why?? When did this happen? When did autumn sneak up on me like this? Where have I been at 9pm the past weeks?

I've seen the yellow leaves, and the orange ones falling from the trees, but this...

This is disastrous. I'm going to track down whoever is responsible and demand an explanation!

...or at the very least a flashlight...

Madrid Fashion Week



...will they ever learn?

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

I'm gonna need some help...

You know those people who walk up to you on the street, wanting you to donate money to a cause, or join something, or just listen to them talk for half an hour? Usually you see them approach the person in front of you and you're able to dodge them. Other times you don't see them until it's too late and you act all rude and just walk past. Or you stop. Sometimes.

As soon as they look at you, you know you don't want anything to do with them.

The thing is.. I've joined Amnesty International's U. of Bergen group. On Wednesday we're going to have a stand at the Uni, getting people to sign letters to be sent to someone in Iran. Basically the case is a woman in her late 30s is accused of having cheated on her husband with her neighbour. She wanted to divorce the husband but was not allowed to because they had children. The husband died and naturally she must have killed him.

For the 'murder' she will get 15 years in prison. For the cheating she's going to be stoned to death (the fact that she has children no longer matters). She's going to be burried up until her breasts and people will be throwing stones at her - not so small they don't hurt her, not so big she dies or is knocked unconcious right away. She was supposed to serve the 15 years before being stoned, that's how it usually works, but someone decided to change that, and it was supposed to happen in July, then got delayed, but it won't be long until they put it on the schedule again. I'm not going to go further into the details of the case, you can read about that here.

Basically... Amnesty International doesn't like those kinds of things. And now they (we) are going to have a stand, giving people cake and asking them to sign their name on a letter to be sent to Iran, basically saying "nonono you can't do this!!" (in a rather more polite way).

Now my problem is this... I'm not a protesting kind of person. I don't walk in parades and demonstrate and shout slogans and bother people until they do what I want. That's not me. So I need to know how not to talk, act, dress.. so as not to seem like someone who just wants you to donate money or join something or basically just bug you.

The way I see it, the problem will get people to actually just... stop. That's where the more 'experienced' protesters said we'll be having cake. That usually gets people to stop. But even so... You're hurrying through the hallway, going to a lecture, leaving a seminar, whatever. Then someone comes up to you and want to start talking to you. You'd just want to tell them to bugger off, wouldn't you?

I imagine it wouldn't be hard if people would just sign their names but usually they want to know what they're signing... And for them to want to know, they have to be interested, and for them to be interested I have to get them interested.

What do I wear so as not to seem like the protester I'll never be? What do I say so they'll think I'm not just trying to bug them with all the problems in the world?

How do you get them interested during the two seconds it takes them to decide if they want to talk to you?

And more importantly... who's gonna try my chocolate chip cookies and tell me when they're delicious enough?!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Still Crush'ed

Come on, come on, baby...

It's crazy, I'm thinking
Just as long as you're around
And here I'll be dancing on the ground
Am I right side up or upside down?
To each other we'll be facing
My love, my love,
We'll beat back the pain we've found
You know I mean to tell you
All the things I've been thinking
Deep inside, my friend.
Each moment the more I love you.

Crush me, come on, baby...

I miss this. And I miss you.
More than you could ever know.

Crush me, come on, baby...

So much you have given up
That I would give you back, again and again.
Oh, my love, many now hold you,
But please, please, just let me, always.
From Crush by Dave Matthews Band

Saturday, September 02, 2006

W : fuck buddy

fuck buddy

A person who is not your boyfriend or girlfriend (or farmyard animal), with whom you have sexual relations, on the mutual understanding that you both want sex and nothing more.

Strictly, for the term 'fuck buddy' to apply, both people involved have to be single.

"I ain't had any dick in weeks! I'll give Mike a call. He's my fuck-buddy."