Friday, December 31, 2004

Nine in ten Satanists considered "creepy" ;-)

New polls released today reveal that over 90 percent of Satanists are considered 'creepy' by the broader community. "It's discrimination is what it is," says chairman of the Washington D.C. Centre for the Advancement of the Very Obtuse Concern for All Things Evil (ADVOCATE).
"In May, Brainsnap reported that the 'I worship Satan and I vote Republican' t-shirts were selling like souls in a casino, according to Walter Durmstrung of Boston's local ADVOCATE Chapter. Owing to what they described as 'inside knowledge', the Satanic group also predicted a "sure win for Bush in November."

Via an article in "Brainsnap"

PLaces I´ve been :-)

create your own visited countries map
Although the States thing is slightly misrepresented, seeing as I´ve only been to west Virgina, Washington Dc and Boston... but oh well ;-)

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

There we have it ;-)

Your Dominant Intelligence is Spatial Intelligence
You've got a good sense of space and how the world around you looks. You can close your eyes and "see" images. You have innate artistic talent. An eye for color and shapes, you're also a natural designer. Since you think in pictures, visual aids and demonstartions help you learn best.

You would make a good navigator, sculptor, visual artist, inventor, architect, interior designer, or engineer.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

O.k. linkorama ;-)

As usual I "should" be studying but I came accross these and Just "had" to share them with you :-D

Billy Joels "We didn´t start the fire" set to photos with intermittent messages, I laughed repeatedly so...I´m pretty sure you will too :-D (or perhaps you´ll merely finally realise just how weird I am ....)

Edible Rasberry Gummi shot glasses anyone ? , make all the evidence dissappear ;-)

Ski masks for the fetishist family who has everything ;-) A sixties ad...

Some old Santa ads to regain the old innocence ;-P What says Christmas like Santa smoking behind the chimney?

And last but not least "The Hand Collector" pretty amazing collection of hands as well as imagination from around the globe...

Make your own snowflake ;-)

Can you find my snowflake ;-P ?

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Christmas party

We had a great time last night ;-) were invited to a Christmas party at Arnots house :-D Arnot being the librarian at the School of Scottish studies ;-) Excellent fun, sweets, presents, fire, marshmallows, loads of food and musical flutes ;-) What more could one ask for...
An excellent night with excellent company

Merry Christmas :->

Merry Christmas Everyone :-D

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Christmas Eve in Edinburgh

Thursday, December 23, 2004


We're in London at the mo, handed the kids over to some french sounding bloke last night.... whom Elena immediately began to dazzle with her life story (eg MY life story) and the very best of hyper cuteness, picture blond, picture blinking, picture the smile of death ;-).... After a looooong night on a hard bench at Heathrow (somehow I don't think theyr're meant for sleeping on ;-) I checked with Bjarni and apparently they made it to Iceland safe...Just being my normal paranoid self..

Am currently just hanging about waiting for shops and more importantly pubs here in London centre to open...and then it's off to Edinburgh we go tonight.

... strange not having to break up a fight every five minutes ;-)

The kids were becoming mad with anticipation ;-P Wondering what their new "brother" was like, what their new "mother" is like and so on.... heavy for the little ones...

... Anyways ... Tallyho, whatever that means ;-D naughty thoughts.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Japans new old craze

The Japanese believe a person's blood type foretells a lot about his personality, and Japan is having a "blood type boom" right now, with variety shows on TV that report on what characteristics each blood type group share. In one recent show, they placed hidden cameras and watched a group of people eating all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue, in which you cook your food together on a big grill in the center of the table. A type people tend to be organized and neat, and the A types took just enough food and cooked it in a small corner of the grill. Type B people, who are "going my way" (a word the Japanese use for anyone who is in their own little world, like me), took too much food and hoarded it from everyone else. AB types, known for doing things differently from others, chose things like vegetables when everyone else was eating meat.

In another experiment, they showed the last episode of one of the most moving anime shows of all time, A Dog of Flanders, based on a famous Belgian children's story, to rooms full of people separated by blood type. In the last minutes of the show, as young Mello goes into the St. James's Church to see the three famous Rubens aintings uncovered, allowing him to gaze at them for the first time, he finally knows happiness. As angels come to take him and his faithful dog Patrache up to heaven, the camera cuts back to the roomful of people who were watching the scene. 7 out of 8 of the type O people were bawling over the touching scene, while only 2 out of 8 of the type A and type AB people were in tears.

For most of my life I didn't know my own blood type, something which is unthinkable in Japan, where the address book functions on cell phones have a place to record the blood type of the people you're calling.

p.s. I'm O and u?

Via The most excellent J-list ;-)
For a more indepth description of the various characteristics possessed by each bloodtype you can browse on by here (note! better highlight the text to be able to read it, light pink on white doesn't make for easy reading)

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Already Number One

The sixth book in the Harry Potter series is already number one in sales - even though it won't be released until July 16. Just a day after the announcement that Harry Potter And The Half- Blood Prince will hit bookstores in both America and Britain in the summer, the latest installment in the teen wizard series is already at the top spot on the list in both the USA and the UK.

To date, the Harry Potter titles have sold 250 million copies worldwide.

Saturday, December 18, 2004

I love this, the waiting, the anticipation

I love this time period here, the waiting, the anticipation, the calm. At the moment we´re in the living room, the kids happily working on the books I gave them, Elena a book with number pussles and colouring and Ragnar, believe it or not, a book on multiplication... ;-) (no getting rid of the teacher instinct)
Icelandic Christmas music on, courtesy of Jón Kjartan, the smell of candles and the aroma of hangikjöt (smoked lamb) coming from the kitchen. Both the kids have just had their Christmas baths and even Elena is clam and relaxed :-D

The presents are all under tree, that has already been lit and decorated. We just had cookies Halldór baked for us yesterday as well as some baked by his mum and sent over.

So now all that remains is to wait for the meat to cook, then start on the potatoes and white sauce (traditional Icelandic celebratory fare) Then at 6 sharp dinner will commence, starting with some pate, then the lamb, potatoes in white sauce and believe it or not imported tinned Icelandic peas and red cabbage ;-) courtesy of my aunt Dúdda. After that creamy rice pudding with berry sauce, rasberry jello and chockolate minty cake for afters :-D

And finally, after all has been cleared the kids will hand out all the presents which will then be opened one at a time :-D Following that the best bit of the evening, cookies, sweets, playing, reading, listening to christmas music and generally just enjoying each others company :-D

For those of you wondering about the date, well normally this would all take place on the 24th of December but seeing as the kids will be leaving the Uk to spend Christmas holidays with their father in Iceland on tuesday, we decided to celebrate Christmas a week early ;-) Can´t imagine doing this without the children!!!

Friday, December 17, 2004

The answer is in...

New Gadget ;-)

Yay I got me a brand new gadget for Christmas !! Using the camera loss as an excuse I went and bought myself a Nokia 6230 phone. I do think though even this is great for snapping that I´ll have to get myself a good proper camera sooner than later, these are even granier than on my old camera :-(

So ......New years resolution to save up for a fairly good digital camera

This here is the first batch of photos, trying to catch the christmas spirit around the house ;->

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

A danish Cookie baking gettogether...

It was a long weekend, albeit a nice one. On Sunday the Icelandic community here in Scotland held its Christmas ball. Excellent fun, primarily for the kids though. There were the cakes, and the Tree, and the dancing around the tree and then Santa showing up with presents consisting of Icelandic sweets ;-) The kids were just so thunderstruck that everybody spoke Icelandic :-D It was held at the home of one of the local Icelanders, a great big manor house on the outskirts of Edinburgh, impressive is an understatement in itself. Unfortunately due to my ongoing flu/chest infection together with a great big soaring fireplace and a dog or two I spent most of the time outside trying to catch some oxygen :-( Getting tired of this already. Alas seeing as my camera was shot I didn´t get any pictures either :-(

Then on Monday we were invited round to a friends house for cookie baking ;-) A first for me! But it was excellent fun, admittedly I left the cookie making to Halldór, the kids and the others whilst I contemplated the intricate art of mulled wine and fine conversation ;-)
The cookies were good and the company delightful... I´m definitely starting to get into the Christmas spirit of things ;-P

The pictures here are all courtesy of Chris (centre picture)

Monday, December 13, 2004

My camera´s shot :-(

All my pictures came out like this, not one of them in focus :-( Am at the moment looking into the possibility of a mobile phone with a good camera.... At least it would be something.

Not very promicing...

Got this in my weekly horoscope today, doesn´t bode well especially seeing as Tuesdays are my going to Sheffield day.. ;-)

Tuesday, by contrast, is not the best day to arrange important meetings or to plan schedules, and trips may be better put off if you can help it. Mercury is still retrograde and sextiles Neptune, so rather than get where you are supposed to, you may get nowhere at all. Be prepared!

Guess I´ll just have to keep my fingers crossed.. The electricity metre is off again, by off I mean giving out high pitched beeping sounds announcing imminenet cutoff of power. Weird system here, one has a card which one takes down to the post office and tops up by handing over money (of course) and is given in return cards which one then has to insert into the metre itself to top it up.....
Any others out there know of this system in use? This is my first encounter with it. ;-)

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Weird and interesting linkage extravaganza !! (not to mention scary at times ;-)

Well here goes, ready for the weirdest, funniest and the strangest links I found today browsing ;-) ?

Well here you can find out what exactly your perfect man should look like, seeing as apparently the chinese have been aware of the fact for eaons that certain social characteristics come with a certain look... that´s all good and well I suppose, I tried it and the description of the man was pretty much as I´d like it but ... BUT... well he looked like an emancipated malnutritioned chinese guy..!

The Bible man movie !! Finally now on DVD ;-) It´s a must have...
"For the past decade, "The Bibleman Adventure" video series has thrilled millions and set the standard for action packed family home entertainment."

Then when I become silly rich may I please have one of these? A Castle of my very own!! It would be so incredibly cool ;-) altough it would have to have proper central heating!! A tower in which to have my study and a great big library downstairs, along with mahogany bookshelves, a rolling satircase or better yet a sill for the second row of books, big ornate stained glass windows with great big windowsills filled with comfy pillows for reading ... not getting too far ahead of myself here am I ;-P

The foot in mouth award, truly inspired. This award, which was first awarded in 1993, is for a truly baffling comment by a notiary.
This year's winner is Boris Johnson MP for a comment on the 12 December 2003 edition of Have I Got News For You?
"I could not fail to disagree with you less."

Other good ones include 1998: Cardiff MP Rhodri Morgan. In an interview with BBC Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman he was asked if he would like to be the labour leader of the new Welsh Assembly. Rhodri replied 'Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?'. After a long puzzled pause Jeremy asked Rhodri if that was Welsh for yes!

Ugly Christmas lights dot com - This site is here to show those houses where the residents have no sense of decency in how they choose to celebrate. We will show the garish, the ugly, the weird. For your own sake, and the sake of your neighbors, do not try this at home.

An amazing character study of the skeletal systems of 22 present and past cartoon characters. Awesome Art ;-)

For the age old question, "should the toilet paper hang inwards or outwards"...seems silly to me but have actually had people gotten angry with me for doing it the "wrong way" .. Well here´s the solution Argue no more! The Tilt-A-Roll lets each user decide "over" or "under."

Then for some views of New York,
The link to the left is a collection of photographs from the 1930s being compaired to photographs taken at the exact same spot fifty years later.
The link on the right however is to a site containing photographs taken during the building of the Emprie state building. Amazing the conditions unde which the men worked....

Here are a few very contradictory road signs, some quite amusing ;-)

And then the ultimate collection of "the Blue Screen of Death" can´t miss it, the Microsoft screen that irritates in the home is just plain funny on big major billboard ;-P

All you ever wanted to know, or didn´t really, about the number of the beast :-D or about the strangest deaths ever ...

Ever fancied an ant farm? well now´s your chance..or at real loss for a Christmas present for that special someone ;-P
I love the footnotes:
ANTS ARE NOT INCLUDED! However, there is a form included where you can order some ants for delivery via mail. But why bother? Just set out some potato chips in the kitchen and voila! Instant ant colony!

Sanity not included when you choose to knowingly bring Ants into your home. However, observing them in a natural habitat should bring you closer to nature than playing Doom 3.

Enough...? o.k. e couple more ;-)

Here´s one I REALLY loved ;-) A collection of photos of major rock stars from when they were young, babies even.. To my credit I recognized Freddy Mercury as a bouncing baby, Ozzy Osbourn at around 2, Sir Paul MacCartney at around 5, as well as the strapping young man on the left ;-) How many can you recognize????? please share ;-P

Then there is this here, it´s just plain SCARY!!! Karate Kid, the musical!! JUst what we´ve been waiting for ;-) They even have downloads and I listened to "wax on wax off" :-D just one minor question on my behalf......

O.k. if that didn´t scare/scar you then this should do the trick....Picture William Shatner.....Picture the seventies......Picture Elton John.....Picture three William Shatners doing a rendition of Elton Johns Rocket man, whilst smoking....Think you´re up for it? then trot on down here to view the video of a lifetime, nearly beats out Spock singing about hobbits ;-)

I think that should do for now? What do you think ;-)
Anything you liked ? ;-P

Monday, December 06, 2004

The road is loooong, with many a windy......

How often I have faced that view, under so many different weather conditions ;-) Me in my little green skoda daring the forces of nature to drive this lonely road back and forth just for a weekend in Reykjavík, meeting up with friends, when I lived up in Blönduós. Enjoying the fun of driving in darkenss, no lights anywhere, no human habitations for miles, in the midst of a snow blissard just trusting there won´t be anything up ahead and that you remember the lay of the road....

This seems miles away now, actually a lifetime away as I gaze out of my window in my victorian apartment in Edinburgh. Elena is off to the movies with her boyfriend (or so she claims anyway) whose mother remarked how amazingly Elena and her "dad" looked alike ;-).. left poor Halldór to deal with telling her that he was actually a mere step dad :-D I just love how my life has changed in the past year and a half...
scratching sounds akin to a record needle being pulled sideways.....a loud voice booooms.... get ye back to work you procrastinator par excellence...

Well it seems either my split personalities are getting more intense and opinionated by the minute or old mans Vladimir Propps ghost is making sure I finish this blasted essay on time ;-)

Can´t argue with the voices so ... ta da luvs..

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Bush arrested in Canada for war crimes

OTTAWA, CANADA (AP) -- On the first of his two-day planned visit to Canada, George W. Bush was taken into custody by Canadian authorities citing war crime charges. Under Canadian law, even a non-citizen can be charged for crimes committed outside of Canada once that individual enters the country.

What´s up with this? Is it a true story or did someone manage to infiltrate and "adjust" the cnn website ;-) ? You can read the whole article yourself by clicking the picture ..... I tried looking up other big news sites and found nuthin, it´s not April 1st and the following day the post this news thoughts anyone :-P ?

An update, this is obviously a spoof page ... ;-) Surpriced anyone ? Both and Boffo have posted some views on the article, the best comment so far I think belongs to Patrick ;

"They served Alberta beef; he served Texas bull.
As usual, our decent northern neighbors got the worst of it."

Well, don´t worry, as of today it´s only 23 months until the next American elections, 2006!

p.s. on this selfsame thought...the various pronounciations of "nuclear" in a number of movies has irritated me endlessly as many of you know... now there´s a t-shirt.. based on Bushes version :-D I likes, mesa wants! They also have a number of fun political t-shirts....