I just came home from watching Lost In Translation - it's a must-see! It's such a good film. Really low-key, but so...amazing. Sofia Coppola really is turning into a very good director. I hope the film gets at least a wee something at the Oscars, it deserves it.

Speaking of which, here are Chris' and my predictions for the Academy Awards on Sunday. If you want to join in the fun.. here's where you can get your own ballot.
Edit: Mara's ballot.

Ok, 2 days without chocolatemilk, and I feel fine. This is the exact chocolate milk I'm talking about. You even get to see a picture, how great is that? ;-)




Today's monkey item: hi monkey!

Friday, February 27, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 4:47 PM




I went to my uncle's mother's funeral today. I've spent many a Christmas, and some vacations, with her. Yet, while we were sitting in the church, I couldn't remember what she looked like. Weird that. May she rest in peace.

Alright, I love chocolate milk, I can drink it whenever. But that can't be good for me, I know it isn't. So I've given it up (for Lent, har-har). I did a bit of calculating today and looky here:


1 litre costs approx. 9 Dkr (about $1.5/£0.81)
an average of 3.5 litres of chocolate milk per week
52 weeks in a year
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1638 Dkr ($273.54/£146.9)



That's a lot of money! So...I'll be saving money and cutting back on a bad habit. ;-)

Have you seen Lost In Translation? I haven't. Yet. But here's something that might come in handy if you go see it. {via iloveeverything}

Today's monkey item: Monkey Fun!

Thursday, February 26, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 8:40 PM




I want this t-shirt. {from 80stees.com}



It just looks so cool, and it reminds me of when I was a kid and Muppets were on telly frequently and all was good. ;-)

Ugh. I especially hate the first 3-4 days after T has been here. Everything seems so empty because he isn't here. Always takes a while to get used to it, because the smell of his deodorant is still lingering in the bathroom, the bed is still made for two...

So, today is Ash Wednesday - what are you giving up for Lent?

If you have nothing else to do, why not pull out those crayons and have some fun with these colouring pictures?

When will people learn that socks and sandals are just so....ugly?

Experts answer what they know. The Non-Expert answers anything. They'll even tell you how to survive the five treacherous worlds of IKEA. Not that that's necessary. ;-)

Today's monkey item: Primate Fact Sheets.


Wednesday, February 25, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 9:35 AM




"What's up with the colours?", you might ask. Well, I thought I'd join in the


online protest to offer free downloads of a critically acclaimed album that is being censored by a lawsuit threat from EMI Records. The action is an act of civil disobedience against a copyright regime that routinely suppresses musical innovation. The Grey Album, which remixes Jay-Z's Black Album and the Beatles' White Album, has been hailed as a innovative hip-hop triumph, but EMI sent cease-and-desist letters to any record store that stocked it. This Tuesday ("Grey Tuesday") the coalition of sites will offer free downloads of the Grey Album, and turn their pages grey, to take a stand against a copyright regime that serves neither musicians nor the public interest.



{greytuesday.org ~ the people behind the protest}


Tuesday, February 24, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 12:31 PM




I don't remember if I put this here before, (and I'm too lazy to check) but here's a photo from my city. It's the cathedral you see there in the background.



I love that cathedral. It's old and big; in fact it's the longest in Northern Europe (I think). You can see it from a lot of places in the city. I love it when you turn a corner and suddenly you see the green roof of the cathedral over the rooftops. Or when going from where I live to downtown and you can see the spire rising high above the other buildings. Funny how it's still taller than most things, just imagine how huge it must have seemed when they built it!

And from the cathedral to something completely different. ;-) Online orgasmic simulation. {via iloveeverything}. It's funny. Press my buttons, darling! ;-)

Don't you just hate those "404 Error Page Not Found" pages? Well, here are some folks that have collected a bunch of the 404 pages that people have made themselves, instead of the default one.

The Lizard Man - That just ain't right! :-|

You'd almost think that thing were related to this one: Mr. Picassohead.

Today's monkey related item: Monkey Cliff Diving.

Friday, February 20, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 10:13 AM




Well, well, well.. whaddya know! Here are some new pictures of Puppy! I've actually accomplished something today. Woohooo! ;-)

The painting is almost done and lo! I've started a new one as well!

I stumbled upon this wacky thing today. The Postcard Project. It's this guy who via this website is asking people to send postcards (and other things) to his mum. How weird is that? And kinda cool too.

Alright, for some time I've been thinking of looking up something about an animated series that I used to watch when I was but a wee lass. So, I finally did. The Monkey King - Sun Wu Kong - which is adapted from the ancient Chinese fantasy novel "Journey to the West" that tells the tales of Tang Xuanzang (a senior priest) in his mission to India for fetching Buddhist scriptures. The story outstandingly describes a resourceful, brave, and humorous Monkey who beat the demons and monsters who wanted to eat Tang Priest. The Monkey became the real hero of the fantasy tales that pass on from generation to generation in China and the East Asia. {source}

The Monkey King looks like this:



Now, (thus far) I've been unable to locate further (satisfactory) information about this series. So if any of the two people reading this, remember this series and has some information, please let me know.

I hate when my friends are down. Especially when there's nothing I can do to help or cheer them up. All I can do is be there.. I guess that's good too..

Thursday, February 19, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 11:20 AM




Alright, the blog has a new title - it's from an REM song, Animal. If you think the title somewhat suggestive..you're right. But the song isn't. I think.

I've started a new painting a few weeks ago, and it's progressing nicely. Look out for that in the arty wardi sometime in the future.

Ack, I know I keep promising to put new pictures of puppy on the site, and the pictures from Scotland. Well, for technical reasons.. that hasn't happened yet. Nowt will happen in that department over the weekend, since T is coming..but maybe next week..

The sun is shinig today. Which is lovely. And sucks too, because then I can really tell that my windows are in dire need of cleaning. However, I can' be bothered to do that. After all, I'm moving out in just over a month.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 12:04 PM




Interesting discussion over at forums.starwars.com.

The essence is should you teach children to abstain from sex (untill they are married or the cows come home, as Princess put it, heh!), or should you teach them that abstinency is the way to avoid any diseases or unwanted pregnancies, but if they chose to have sex, there are ways to have safer sex? I favour the last option. Educate children/people to be responsible and they will make good choices. The American are so uptight and so busy with telling other people what is the right way of life. It's the Puritan heritage rearing its ugly head. As so many times before. Some Americans are alright, but as a nation..they're a bunch of uptight wankers. And that may sound like a contradiction in terms, but IMO, it isn't. Bah.

I've scanned in some of my photos from Scotland and they'll be online (on the website) in the near future.

Friday, February 13, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 9:38 PM




I've been going through more stuff tonight. Old letters. Someof them up to 12 years old. Time to let those go. Going through them brought on another trip down memory lane.. Oh well.

Look at this little gem: the snow show in Rovaniemi in Finland.
This first-of-a-kind exhibition of contemporary environmental art replaces the familiar, permanent materials of art and architecture with the unusual, ephemeral element of water in its frozen forms.
That sounds very interesting. Shame I can't go see it.

And here's a bunch of links for webcams in Scotland. Not all of them live image though. But still nice.

Thursday, February 12, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 8:43 PM




~ Dido: Life for Rent
I’ve always thought that I would love to live by the sea
To travel the world alone and live my life more simply
I have no idea what’s happened to that dream
Cos there’s really nothing left here to stop me


This song haunts me. I think sometimes we forget what are the most important things to us. Forget that the things that we hold dear, are what drive us. Or ought to drive us. I know, I forgot that. I thought that the things I loved most, could never be the basis..of my life. So I sought elsewhere, tried different things, that never worked out as I thought they would. And the thing I loved most became a hobby, then it became neglected..and finally I thought I had lost my ability to do it. But I'm trying to stop myself from thinking like that. I'm trying to teach myself that I'm allowed to ..essentially do what makes me happy. People, we are allowed to be happy! Even if it's only for an hour a day. We shouldn't let people tell us that we aren't allowed to dream.
Think of those rare times when you wake up after a beautiful dream. You don't really remember it, the only thing you know is, that you have this unbelievable feeling inside you and that feeling lingers all through the day. What if..we could remember our dreams? What if we could remember the dreams we have when we are awake as well?
Here's to keep dreaming!

I know it's probably pathetic, but when i was playing around with the Visual Thesaurus, I got completely overwhelmed. It's just so..beautiful! {via I love everything}

posted by Wardi @ 9:34 AM




My boyfriend has suggested that we go to Glasgow for my birthday. How perfectly sweet is that, when he knows I love Scotland and can barely wait to go back there? So we are going, maybe for a whole week. I can't wait! But..he's forbidden me to look up things about glasgow. I'm not allowed to plan anything!!

And that actually touches on something that I'm increasingly aware of. I want to plan everything! And control everything. Like if T is doing the dishes, he's a grown man, and I know perfectly well that he can perform that task without me hovering over him. Yet, somehow..I can't help but tell him "remember to do the glasses first".. or some such nonsense. Now, why do I do this? I try, but can't come up with even a halfway decent explanation. I think I've always done this, planned things, made to-do lists, and been the one who was in (took) charge of parties or whatever. Maybe..maybe it's a way of making sure that everything is the way I want it? I don't know.. It's not like I feel that I don't listen to what other people want. I just think know that my way is the best way. Blimey! I can't believe I just said that!
I also imagine scenarios for things that haven't happened yet, and may not even happen. I imagine how I might react to that given situation. And it's silly, I know. But..I do try to..not be like that. I do try to..let go..let other people worry about the details. Especially in relation to T do I feel that that is important. But he's quite good at telling me to cut it out, when I worry too much, or try to get my way. Bless him.

So, I'm not planning anything, I've satisfied myself with a handful of books about Britain.. Although I guess that's in the same ball park. Getting to know my "new country", before I go there. But I'm an Anglophile, yeah, that's my excuse in this case. ;-)

Tuesday, February 10, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 9:44 PM




I've been sorting through some of my books today and among them I found a notebook. When we finished "highschool", I had everyone from my class write little messages to me and well... it's really strange to read them again. I'm not getting all misty-eyed because of it, but it certainly does take me back. To a time where everything lay ahead of me (us) and we had so much optimism. I wonder if we still do. I know I don't..not to the same extent anyway.
One thing almost all of them comment on, is my "special" laugh and my artistic abilities. I still got the laugh and the abilities as well. But sadly I don't use the latter on a daily basis. As I would like. Maybe it's time to really do something to change that.

I love to paint, so why have I stopped doing it? Or almost stopped, as it is..

Here's a funny little thing: SWEDISH ROYALS CHOOSE RYANAIR’S LOW FARES. The Ryanair news pages are actually pretty humouristic, especially their jabs at easyjet. Heehee.

Saturday, February 07, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 3:38 PM




The last time (quite a while ago, sadly) I was in London, there was a sticker attached to my bag when I came back to Denmark. Apparently my bag was the last to go on the plane. Which is kinda funny because I was one of the first to check in. And this is what the sticker looked like:



Something else that's been left unfinished for a (very) long time, are my photos from Scotland, or rather, the third roll of film. But now, at last, the film's been developed and by doing the clicky thing, here you can see a panoramic view of Edinburgh as seen from Edinburgh Castle.

This site, about the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park in Scotland, has a nice intro. The site's not bad either. ;-)

A link to a nice looking arty site, artnode.org - and it's Danish, even! :-D

I think I mentioned that I bought a blanket when I was in Scotland. It's in the tartan known as Macgregor Hunting Tartan. Macgregor.... :-) And here are some lovely ladies wearing the tartan.

Thursday, February 05, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 8:15 PM




Why, oh why, must the American bush man be such an idiot? It continually surprises me how stupid he is. Now he wants to change the constitution to make same sex marriages illegal. Why? Why aren't homosexuals allowed the same rights and privileges as heterosexuals? I'm sure they have the same duties.

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

Today's ruling of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is deeply troubling. Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman. If activist judges insist on re-defining marriage by court order, the only alternative will be the constitutional process. We must do what is legally necessary to defend the sanctity of marriage.


Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman... That's what it says in the Bible, maybe not in those words.. But the Bible is old, ancient, written by people living in a completely different world than modern day people. In many countries (western, anyway) the legislation is based on the Bible in some form or other, but... maybe it's time to move away from that? The ties between church/religion and government needs to be severed. Completely! That way you can avoid this kind of discriminating idiocy by closedminded fools like said president.

I'm sure that a lot of Americans will approve of that statement, but I'm also quite convinced that a lot of people wont. And, by Jove, I hope that's the majority.

posted by Wardi @ 8:25 AM




Alrighty, this is becoming quite the habit. Maybe I should change the title: Tuesday's words...
Nah. :-p

So, a number of changes to the place, they are quite obvious. Right?

My sister has now been back in California for about a week. I don't really miss her. Think I may have had enough of the little bugger. ;-)
The parents are going to visit them in May. Good for them. Apart from a few things that I'd really like to see in the US, I'm soo not bothered about going there. It seems to me that to a lot of people, going to the US is the most awesome thing they can imagine. I just don't get it. It's certainly not the culturally most developed country in the world - rather the opposite. And as for spectacular scenery, well judging from the LOTR movies, I'd rather go to New Zealand to get a kick out of nature..

Anyway, my time in this flat is quickly coming to an end; April 1st I have to be out. It's kinda sad, I've really enjoyed living here. I'm going to miss the view of the bay and I'm going to miss having my own place. 'Cause I'll be moving back with the parents..and..umm.. that won't be without tension, I'm sure. But oh well, it's only temporary, and then I'm moving to England to be with T.
So I've started going through my stuff: what to put in storage, what to take with me to my parents (not a lot, obviously), and what to sell. There's a lot to go through, especially books. I have too many books, especially books that I've not even read... :-$

Tuesday, February 03, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 1:48 PM




Ok, blogouts aren't working anymore, because the place hosting it, can't host it anymore. So I replaced it with a similar thing from haloscan. So you can still "talk" to me. Great, huh? ;-)

Monday, February 02, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 4:06 PM