I've not posted anything here for a week. How's that for stating the obvious?? ;-) I've not really been doing anything. Then again, I've been doing some work on my website, which is all but ready..only needs the final tweaks and then it's ready to launch. There was a temporary webpage there, but I took it down, so all you'll get right now is a 403 Forbidden error.

Those tweaks have been left for now, since T has been here this weekend, which was so nice. He makes me happy, and very giggly. Hehe, monkey. O;-)
It snowed on Saturday and the snow is still on the ground. I like snow, but I've never seen anybody being that silly about it as T, making footprints wherever we went. Strange that he didn't make any snow angels!

A year ago I made a website for an artist I know. It was never exactly how I wanted it to look, and certainly always needed to be cleaned up a bit. So now the time has come to make a redesign of it. Especially since I know so much more now and, frankly, the old site looks like crap. ;-) So I'm looking forward to working on that, although I wont get paid for it, not a lot anyway. But it's work experience, and I definitely need that! She may also have a friend who'd like me to design a site for her..so, more stuff to do. :-)

My sister's going back to California tomorrow morning. Have a safe trip, wee one.

Microsoft settled with Mike Rowe

Rowe has given Microsoft control of the Web site, said Microsoft spokesman Jim Desler. In return, Microsoft will help him get a new site, direct his Web traffic there and fly him and his family to Redmond in March to attend the company's annual research Tech Fest.

The company also will pay for Rowe's Microsoft certification training, which teaches him about Microsoft technologies, and give him a subscription to a Web site for Microsoft developers. It also will pay for the costs Rowe has incurred in the matter.

And last — but certainly not least to a 17-year-old — Microsoft will give Rowe an Xbox video-game console and let him choose some games from the company store.

I don't know, maybe he should have gone to court over it. After all, how can it be violating their copyright (or whatever), when it's his name?? Oh well. It seems like a happy end, and all's well that ends well.

Aaaand, it would appear that I'm..Britain.. ;-)


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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 1:44 PM

An update on the www.mikerowesoft.com thing.

"Microsoft says it may have overaggressive in threatening Web entrepreneur Mike Rowe over the name of his Web site, Mikerowesoft.com.
'We appreciate that Mike Rowe is a young entrepreneur who came up with a creative domain name. We take our trademark seriously, but maybe a little too seriously in this case
We are currently in the process of resolving this matter in a way that will be fair to him and satisfy our obligations under trademark law' "

Interesting, isn't it?

Tuesday, January 20, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 8:05 PM

It's been snowing today, a wee bit. :-)

So, I'm at my parents', and I have a letter to drop off at the mailbox. I go on my merry way, and suddenly I meet an old friend. (I use the term loosely, since I haven't seen her in almost 3½ years, and I'm not entirely sure that we are, indeed, friends.) So she offers me a lift to the mailbox and we chat a bit, so I suggest that she come with me back to my parents' and she does and we chat some more.

Now, to me it seems that she's pretty much the same person as she was before. She was always very "I'm creative and different from everyone else" and "establishment, bah!!", yet she always had a thing about celebs and glamorous people and being cool. And you'd have thought she'd grown away from that. She hasn't. It did get awfully tiresome to listen to her talking about the famous or semi-famous people she's met. I don't give a shit.

Neither of us has had any contact with the people we went to school with (elementary school) for years and I don't give a hoot. To me that is an era that's best forgotten, but she seems to be very interested in hearing whatever gossip I might know about these people. So she could find out if she had become more cool (or whatever) than them. I don't know any gossip about these people, I don't care about them. Whatever they are doing in their lives, I hope they are happy and content. But I don't care one bit. Grow up, missy!

Heh.. Me, telling someone to grow up. But I don't know..I just.. I have no need to be "hip" or "cool". I just want to be me and do things that make me happy. Maybe that is boring to other people. But I don't care. I have nothing to prove to anybody. I am who I am, and that's all good. Being grown up is not bad, and certainly not as boring as it seemed 10 years ago. I can still be silly and have weird interests... I just..don't care what people think now. Their opinion makes no difference, because I do what i want, what I like.

Well, we do share common interests and we might be able to help each other out, so now she's got me email addy. Let's see if she does anything to maintain contact, she hasn't previously. It's not like it would have been that hard to pop round my parents and ask for my phone number or something. Oh well, she'll get the benefit of doubt. Aren't I nice? ;-)

Frozen in Carbonite a la Brick - that is both kinda cool and really, really geeky! :-D I love it! And there's one of the second Death Star as well. {via Boing Boing}

posted by Wardi @ 5:07 PM

Monday, and it's not raining. That's a good thing. Snow we may get this weekend, that's even better.

Today's news snippet:

Microsoft is threatening teenage software writer Mike Rowe with legal action for registering and using the domain name mikerowesoft.com


..Microsoft's customers could get confused between his site and their site. Source article

I can see that when you say those two names out loud, they sound similar. But isn't Microsoft that much of a household name that people would know how to spell it?
Microsoft apparently think their (could/would be) customers are stupid. So stupid that they wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the business of a teenager and one of the biggest companies in the world.

C'mon, Mr Gates! What kind of business could he take a way from you?? Haven't you got enough dosh already?? Please!

Try typing in www.mikerowsoft.com in your browser? Cannot be found. Because.. *TADAA* This has boosted the traffic on that site, so it can't keep up. Ironic, isn't it?

Completely unrelated, but still funny.

Do we have to "google" everything? How about trying a new search engine? Like objectssearch.com, for example.

Monday, January 19, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 8:15 PM

Wouldn't you like to watch TV on your windows?? Now you can! (If you got that kind of cash, anyway!) This article on wired.com tells about a house which has this feature and others too. Apparently it's pretty much made of glass entirely. But not your regular glass, no no. These windows are fitted with a microfiber LCD screen, which can make them opaque or display light from a television projector. The computer monitor is fully integrated into the window, allowing it to receive and display information without projection. It can even handle touch-screen commands. Nifty, isn't it? The windows are not on sale just yet, because it's still only a research project... But they will be, I have no doubt about that.

Related is Future Home Full of Web Wonders .

Apparently John Ashcroft likens himself to Jesus.... Scroll down to "Let Us Pray".

Going to Germany tomorrow. To get a stash of beer, wine and soda. Well, my parents are. I'm just tacking along for the heck of it. Beer and alcohol in general is cheaper in Germany than in Denmark. This goes for a lot of other things as well, therefore Danes flock to Germany to buy these things.

Since David is coming with us too, we are also going to see a couple of sights, Frøslev-lejren - an internment camp used by the Germans during WWII to keep Danish police and military officers locked up (my dad's father among them) . And Dybbøl Mølle - a mill, whose claim to fame is that it was a part of the Danish line of defense against the Austrian/Preussian army in 1864. The reasons for this war is..boring, so I'll not get into that.. ;-)

Friday, January 16, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 4:50 PM

Ok, the big news on the radio here today has been about Dell. Dell ask their customers about whether the products they buy from Dell online, are to be used "...in activities related to weapons of mass destruction, including without limitation, activities related to the design, development, production or use of nuclear weapons, materials, or facilities, missiles or the support of missile projects, and chemical or biological weapons." (Dell's Online Policies) The Danish radio news has made this into a huge story, that it's outrageous that people have to answer this kind of questions. I too think that it is outrageous, and, as a spokesperson from the Danish Consumer Agency pointed out, people can just lie. And of course they can. But apparently the radio news are not giving the whole story, which is that this has been Dell's policy for several years, so it's not prompted by say, the war in Iraq.. Further, the question is not only to comply with U.S. law, that says that they can't export to restricted countries (like N. Korea, Libya or Iraq), it is also to cover Dell's own arses:

"You agree not to provide any written regulatory certifications or notifications on behalf of Dell. Dell has not tested Products for use in high-risk activities including but not limited to any life sustaining, chemical, or mission critical use. DELL WILL NOT HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY DAMAGES ARISING FROM THE USE OF THE PRODUCTS IN ANY HIGH RISK ACTIVITY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE OPERATION OF NUCLEAR FACILITIES, AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION OR COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, MEDICAL SYSTEMS, LIFE SUPPORT, OR WEAPONS SYSTEMS."

Anyway, apparently all this has caused so much stirr that the Danish department of Dell has made a webpage about it. Only in Danish, but it can be found here.

I watched Trainspotting today. It's a great film. If you remember the opening with Renton running down a street while his voice over "Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family..." plays. Well, I've been there, it's Princes' Street in Edinburgh. Great, yes? I want to go back to Edinburgh. *sigh* So beautiful there.

Well, that's an awful lot of words.. Not idle chat all of it... ;-)

An absolutely terrific Happy Birthday to Mike, you little pumpkin! ;-)

Thursday, January 15, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 7:43 PM

This webcam showing an ultraviolet view of the Sun is very cool in a green and sunny kind of way. It doesn't update automatically, though. There are links to other webcams as well, the Panama Canal for example.

My eye is twitching, it's kinda annoying. *twitch twirch*

Hehehe.. I remember watching this series every Monday (I think it was Monday..) when I got home from school.. For some reason my friend Nancy and I were the only ones watching this. And I always identified myself with Angela... I had a crush on a guy who was into all this philosophy stuff and he was a bit of a bad boy too and he read obscure poetry... *ahem* :-$

Which My So-Called Life Character Are You? Find out @ She's Crafty

Wednesday, January 14, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 7:39 PM

Yay! The fabulous monkeys at blogger.com have set the archiving straight! :-D Which is absolutely great because that means that those many many hours that I have spent chattering away here are not lost. Hehe!

Thanks, for your trying to help, Ben. The thing that caused it was in the code actually.. But something I was unaware of. Anyway, it's fixed now. :-)

And as previously mentioned... Now there's only two sections on the blog..

posted by Wardi @ 12:55 PM

I was watching a brilliant documentary about Brit Pop last night. Excellent! All the music I was listening to way back then... It probably has a somewhat different meaning to British people.. according to the docu Brit Pop symbolizes people freeing themselves from all things Thatcher.. And I guess it is possible to tell that it is..very creative..very spirited. That does come across. Of course there were interviews with Damon Albarn and the Gallagher lads.. I must say that, well, as much as I do like (some of) their music, I still think the Gallaghers are wankers. :-p
All that crap about them being working class and therefore having a purer soul than, say, Blur... Oh puhlease!

Spitting on the street is disgusting and should be illegal. There was this guy who was waiting for the same bus as me today and he kept spitting on the street.. and he kept pacing back and forth, and all the time passing close by me.. I was worried he'd spit on me!

Ok, I know this isn't the best picture of the old boy, but he's one of my heroes.

He's a Danish scientist, astro-physicist, heavily involved with the European Mars project. Sadly there's been no life signs from Beagle yet. If I had followed one of my childhood passions I'd have become an astronomer, maybe, and if I had, Jens Martin Knudsen up there would have been a inspiration for me. In a way he is anyway, because of his enthusiasm in his field. I hope I can have the same in mine.

Today we had more snow, but it will probably have melted before tomorrow.. Oh well.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 7:44 PM

Rain, rain, rain. Wont it ever stop? And I have to go out into it. Brrrr!

Work was busy. And boring.

YAY! Submitted something to a competition at flipflopflyin.com. Mine is #58. Here's to winning! ;-)

Well, I'll brave the elements!

Sunday, January 11, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 5:56 PM

Work was boring..as usual.

I still haven't been able to figure out why the archives aren't working.

I might dispense with the multicoloured background and limit myself to two sections on the blog. Maybe I shall even become..minimalist! Bah.

I'm tired.

How to Google - if you didn't know already. {via iloveeverything}
The Movie Insult Generator - from Empire Online. {via as above}

Saturday, January 10, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 8:57 PM

It's snowing! YAY! But sadly, it seems like it isn't cold enough for it to stay.. Although, at the moment it seems to be covering the ground nicely.. Oh well.

I watched a very moving film last night, Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Martin Clunes (of Men Behaving Badly fame) plays the leading character of Mr. Chipping, a Latin teacher at an English public school, is a passionate teacher who does not tolerate bullying or prejudice. He is particularly supportive of those pupils on scholarships, knows each boy by name and is, in turn, respected by them. It follows Chips, as he is called, from the 1880's until the 1920's when he dies as the headmaster of the school. Ahhh, anyone should see this gem if they have the opportunity. Martin Clunes is absolutely fantastic.

I think I've said it before, but I love Scotland, and I particularly love Edinburgh. Even more so now, when I've discovered there's a Wardie Square. Not very glamorous looking, but it's there, non? ;-) There's a Wardie Crescent and Wardie Steps as well... Hehe!

Do you know where LEGO comes from? Wouldn't you like to know? It's very well done. Not the LEGO I mean. Well, they are well done too, despite the fact that they've lost money in the last year.... Oh will you just go look at the damn thing! - and go buy some LEGO! But only till you've seen this thing! Go. Now!

There was a period of time when I seemed to do nothing but sit at the computer. Not so anymore. Sometimes I don't really want to be at the computer, but I am anyway, cos that's the cheapest way to talk to T. Why does it have to be so darn expensive to call each other???
But it seemed like it was somewhat of an addiction. And that certainly wasn't good, so I'm glad I can now be away from the computer, basically for days, and I'm doing just fine. And really, it's just a..a thing that can bring words and images to you... and yes, you can develop some kind of friendship with people, via the computer, with people you have never met. But it's no substitute for the real thing. Atleast it shouldn't be. If I've been at the computer too much during a day..I try to ask myself: what did I get from that? How did all those hours improve my life? - If I can't answer that in a proper way, then.. I've wasted time, instead of invested it..
And that's when you know that you need to get out more.
So if you'll excuse me, I'll go do something else now.

Friday, January 09, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 10:02 AM

I'm pissed off! For some reason my archives refuse to appear in the right place, although I've tried anything imaginable to make it work. I'm all out of ideas.. and just about to give up. What to do? Ben, where are you when I need your help*??! :-)

My neck hurts. Been in front of the computer too much the past couple of days. Oh well, at least I've now got all my bookmarks neat and tidy. Watch me glow in the light of that accomplishment. :-p

Good news for the Irvingophile (that's John Irving, to you infidels!). A new movie, Door in the Floor, based on Widow for one Year is in production. I like this book, in my humble opinion, it's one of his best. So I'm looking forward to seeing this on celluloid in a theatre near me.

I was watching this show tonight, called "Bridezillas". It's about these (NYC) women planning their weddings and spending ridiculous/obscene amounts of money on "the perfect wedding". How about spending $100 000 on a wedding? You can buy a house with that kind of money. Or a couple of cars. Travel around the world a few times, if you are not too high maintenance. I just don't get this kind of behaviour. That's the women. They make the decisons, it's their day. Their husbands (to be) have virtually no say in the whole planning. I just ..don't get it. Spending all this money, but they barely get to make any of the decisions. Is a huge (perfect) synonymous with a perfect marriage? I think not. So why go through all that stress and spend all that money on one day??

Those men, they should just put their foot down and stop this folly. Oh well. Women tend to want to control everything. And change their partner so he becomes perfect. Now why is that? Can't we look at our man and think "that guy's not perfect, but I like him the way he is. He's perfect for me". Why this need to change them? They don't try to change us. Do they?

I hope I respect who my sweetheart is and don't try to change him. I like him just the way he is. He's adorable. (cue the violins, hehe!)

Speaking of which... ;-)

Your ideal husband is Sean Astin! I hereby label
you loyal,
sweet and caring, and a lover of cute goofy guys
who love everybody

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*If anybody has any clue as to how I can make my archives work properly, I'd be ever so grateful! :-)

Thursday, January 08, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 12:08 AM

Saying goodbye to him at the airport was as terrible as it always is. I hate that. If all goes well we'll see each other again in three weeks, but that doesn't make it any easier.. Having him in my life is positively the best thing that's ever happened to me.

So, here it is, a new year just begun and what have I done? Not a lot..nothing important at least. Except to me. People always use this time of year to either look back on the year that's just passed, or look forward to the one just begun. I don't know if there's a point in doing either. The past year is a mix of good and bad calls and you can't change any of it. Looking ahead..well, you don't know what's in the future. You may have a rough idea, bu that's netirely in your own head. Noone knows what cards they will be given. And a good thing that is, I think.

I don't have a New Year's resolution as such. i wont keep it anyway. I know myself well enough to have abandoned any hope of keeping a resolution - ever! That said, I do hope to be able to live more in the moment, whatever that means. Just, maybe not take things so seriously.. be less scared.. I don't know. "Get busy living, or get busy dying"

There are a few people who have meant a lot to me in the past year and well.. Their friendship means that I dare trust myself more and be me. And believe in my own abilities.. I hope I'm as good a friend to them as they are to me. And I hope they know who they are. I love you dearly.

Anyway, it's not all going to be semi-philosophical or me baring my soul for all to see. ;-)
I've found some funny li'l old links:
domo-kun - a funny little Japanese monster fella.
Robert Mann Gallery - since the LOTR movies, all women seem to be obsessed with this man: Viggo Mortensen. And this link is to the gallery that represents his work, photographs that is. Nice too!
We all want to save the internet..don't we? Here's 101 ways to save the Internet.
I don't know if I was a nerd when I was a kid. A bit weird maybe. Why nerds are unpopular.
For all the winter and snow lovers - like me - Snowflake and snow crystal photos. That's just beautiful.

Snow crystals are like people, I guess. Everyone is different, and there's not a single only among them. I'll try to keep that in mind.

Tuesday, January 06, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 11:14 PM

Yesterday we went to this fenced of part of a forest close to the sea where there are deer and boars. It was nice, snowing a little bit. The boars were in an enclosure by themselves, but the deer you could just walk right up to. There both very young ones and ones with big antlers. It was a nice, but cold and windy, day.

The last few days have been flying by and now his stay here draws to a close.. I hate that. Hate taking him to the airport..Hate watching him walk through security..away from me..

Monday, January 05, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 9:22 AM