So, I was watching Trading Up today... And they were redecorating a house (which is what they do), and in the living room the designers commented on the fact that there was no "focal point". And by that they meant that there was no fireplace. So they had their carpenter guy make a fake one.

Why must a room have a fireplace in order to have a focal point? Why can't it be something else? A painting, a plant, the telly??

Is the fireplace so essential to English interior decorating that they will make fake ones just to make the room feel "right"?

Zombie Infection Simulation v2.3. Thanks to Glory for that link. :-)

No cows today. Instead you get something that's related. Featuring George W. Bush, Al Gore, and some other guys!

Tuesday, March 23, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 3:42 PM

Alright, apart from feeling sorry for myself because I'm alone again... I have been able to get something out of the day.

I've unpacked some of my stuff. Which is good. The room seems a little bit more like a home now. I'll miss my little flat with the view of the bay. And I'll greatly miss the independance...

Also, I've made a page with a list of all my DVDs; probably of no interest to anybody but me, but there's a link to it over there with the other links. Funny that, eh? ;-)

The blog and all the other pages floating around on my domain are in dire need of a makeover, but it'll just have to wait. So at the moment the site and the blog and some other pages look completely different.

Anyhoo.. We did go see Paycheck on Sunday. A first I didn't really want to go anywhere, but T convinced me, and I'm glad he did. I really liked it. Not the food-for-thought kind of movie, but it's a well done action movie. Like you would expect from John Woo, right? Paycheck reminds me of Minority Report, except there's no eye surgery, and no Tom Cruise (thank the Force!). So, if you have nothing else to do on a rainy day, go rent it/see it at your movie theatre of choice.

And it's back. Today's cow item: All I Need To Know About Life I Learned From A Cow.

Monday, March 22, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 8:20 PM

I hate when he leaves.
I hate sleeping alone at night.
I hate missing his arms around me.
I hate when I'm alone, trying to pretend that I'm OK.
I hate knowing that there are weeks till I see him again.
I hate waving goodbye and blowing him one final kiss before turning my back to him to walk out of the terminal building.
I hate thinking of seeing him again, cos that makes me miss him even more.
By Jove, I hate everything that stresses the fact that we are not together everyday.

posted by Wardi @ 4:32 PM

T is arriving in just about four hours! YAY! This weekend will be sooo busy. Tomorrow I still need to do some packing related stuff, but we'll probably manage to go see a film in the afternoon; Paycheck has been mentioned. Let's see what happens.

Saturday, the big moving day. Sunday..well, we can probably use a day of relaxation... Maybe go for a walk by the beach, or to see the deer.

I passed a field today and there was a huge flock of swans on it. And trees and bushes are starting to have lovely shades of green. Spring has started!!

Thursday, March 18, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 5:40 PM

9 semi-large boxes packed, a number of smaller boxes also packed, and five big plastic bags of stuff to throw away. I have too much stuff, for I still need more boxes. In case you are wondering.. I'm moving on Saturday; that's what all the packing and boxes are for...

The wonderous things you can find when going through all your belongings: poems written a long time ago, letters from old friends, pictures long forgotten and (behold!) my tickets from seeing OT at the cinema in '97. I still remember walking to the bus after seeing ESB and ROTJ, Janne and I. Me humming the title music very loudly, Janne pretending to not know me...

Another treasure, I've found, is a tape with Tolkien reading excerpts of The Hobbit and LOTR. There are some bits in Elvish, interesting to hear it read by the inventor himself. His Gollum is scary, and very much like Andy Serkis'. I wonder if he's listened to that recording...

I sometimes wonder why (so-called) grown-up people keep going on about the same puerile shit they have for years. It's sad, really. Superior intelligence apparently being measured by how many innuendos you can put in a sentence where you make fun of a poor unwitting monkey.

There's a brilliant show on the radio here on week nights, it's called Monkey Business and one of the things they do is make "Bastard Pop", where they take two unlikely songs and mix them together. Usually with really good and interesting results. Madonna and Depeche Mode, for example.

Too bad I was too tired to make an entry here yesterday, or there'd have been a rant about what a STUPID FUCKING BITCH my boss is. But people had to listen to that elsewhere.

I met with Lea yesterday, we bought tickets to go see an opera on the 30th. Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti. You probably don't know this opera, but if you've seen the Fifth Element, you have heard an aria from it. Namely what the Diva sings on Phloston Paradise. It'll be lovely to hear it live.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 7:42 PM

I'm tired. Yesterday was busy at work, because one of the others was sick. Today, there was a replacement, so it should have been alright. But, of course, it wasn't. See, the sewer was broken, so parts of the basement was flooded. Fun, huh? Atleast i didn't get to clean it, but because Sofie was removing the water and calling the janitors and stuff, we were, yet again, a (wo)man down. To boot it was bingo day, and today's menu was roast beef, so the old geezers flocked to the place. Damn you people!

After work I went round my uncle's mother's old flat with my parents. My cousin was there too. She's probably the cousin that I like the best (on my father's side). Except when she reminds me of how boring I think she is. She was telling me about some movies she'd been watching last night; Charlie's Angels 2, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days + About A Boy. Now, I haven't seen it, but I reckon that About A Boy would be decent, but the other two?? C'mon!!

The reason why we were there today, was that they wanted me to look at some books before they emptied the flat. But there was nowt of interest. Like I need more stuff now that I'm moving! ;-)
But it pisses me off that both my aunt and uncle seem to put little value on things unless they are worth a lot of dosh. That's so pathetic.

Ugh, that's my father's side of the family for ya, shallow, materialistic and uncultured.

T's been sick for three days now, poor thing. Wish I were there to keep him company and bring him tea and soup and stuff.

Today's cow item: Techno Cow. If you are British in some form or other, you might recognize it. ;-) Cos it's been on the telly.

Sunday, March 14, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 9:04 PM

Ok, let's see. Sent of two online applications today. Got two snail mail applications to send tomorrow. I REALLY hope I find a job soon. I so don't want to live with my parents. My dad is already getting on my nerves. Ugh.

Why does it have to be so hard, huh? Why can't I just find a nice job and move to England? That's not really asking a lot, is it?

The trouble with the applications is that most of them require that you know JavaScript and other programming languages. Which I don't. Or atleast only have the vaguest idea of. I'm just not very good at those things. Which totally sucks. Or they want you to know Flash. I've never tried that, but maybe now would be a good time to try and learn a bit of it.

I'm tired and I'm annoyed and I feel melancholic.


Sempre caro mi fu quest’ermo colle,
e questa siepe, che da tanta parte
dell’ultimo orizzonte il guardo esclude.
Ma sedendo e mirando, interminati
spazi di là da quella, e sovrumani
silenzi, e profondissima quiete
io nel pensier mi fingo; ove per poco
il cor non si spaura. E come il vento
odo stormir tra queste piante, io quello
infinito silenzio a questa voce
vo comparando: e mi sovvien l’eterno,
e le morte stagioni, e la presente
e viva, e il suon di lei. Così tra questa
immensità s’annega il pensier mio;
e il naufragar m’è dolce in questo mare.

(Giacomo Leopardi)

Saturday, March 13, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 9:14 PM

Ugh. A sappy love story on telly. Just what I didn't need! Damn you, sappy love story! :"(

And to boot, I watched a programme about Rome. That beautiful city where I haven't been for so long. Far too long.

It's a funny thing with "favourite places". Everybody has them and somehow, they are special and unique to all of us. We feel that the Rome, Paris or London, that we know, is the real place. The ultimate vision of the place.

And I definitely have a special connection with Rome. It was the first time I went on holiday by myself. I went by train and it takes 26 hours and it was an awful trainride, barely got any sleep, because I was afraid that someone was gonna nick my stuff, and people kept talking and chewing gum (I hate that!!). But then, arriving at 8 in the morning, at the Stazione Termini, so busy and with people from almost anywhere... Being there, all alone, taking it all in, that was so special. Walking out into the streets, which are like the streets of any other big city, yet not at all...I feel in love with that ancient city at once. I guess I'll have to drag T with me there sometime.

Bella Roma, ti promesso di ritornare al piú presto...

Friday, March 12, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 10:04 PM

It's already Friday the 12th of March in Sydney, Australia, so... ;-)

Thursday, March 11, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 2:21 PM

EDIT: I was going to post something that was making fun of Dubya, but it messed up the blog. I'm thinking: CONSPIRACY THEORY! But it could just be a glitch. Anyway, you can find that thing here: Bush's flip flops.

YAY! I got an application written today and it's pretty good. :-D Now I just have to write the other Danish one and then I've got two English ones that I need to write. Piece of cake. :-p

Yesterday and today my pal Leigh has been round the boards. Oh joy! Been too long since I chatted properly with him. Hopefully I'll get to see him when I move to England. :-)

For almost ten years I've had Robert Llewellyn's Man In The Rubber Mask standing on a shelf. For some reason I've just never got round to reading it. Untill now. And it's quite good. Kryten's got a lot of humour and it's very English. Gotta love that. So, if you have any kind of Red Dwarf obsession or just like the show, or even if you like Scrapheap Challenge, the book is a lovely piece to get some more insights to the man inside Kryten. Incidentially, the book is out of print, could it, per chance, one day become a collector's item and I'd have struck gold? It's entirely possible. I'm sure. Or not.

On with the show. Major packing's been going on. Ok, maybe not major, as such. But still. The boxes are starting to pile up.

Ok, today's cow item is really nice, if you ask me. I know you didn't, but there you go, you got my opinion anyway. And could we just try a little experiment? When you've clicked on that link (which I'm sure you are going to), could you please send me one of the postcards that appears? Use the address overthere to the left. Oh what the heck, here it is as well: Aren't I nice?

Wednesday, March 10, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 8:02 PM

I'm working on my website - will be very different than before. YAY! If only I could get it to work! :'-( Stupid thing! So, best to take a brake from it and something else.

But what? I have no TV at the moment (long and boring story, which I'll skip), so that's not an option. Oh well, I reckon I'll think of something. I could pack some more stuff I suppose.

Funny that. Considering all the stuff I've already sorted through, and thrown away a lot, it occurs to me that you (you as in me, I can't speak on the behalf on others) really don't need a lot of stuff. For example, I've got a lot of books, and quite a lot of them I really don't need. I guess at one time I did buy books like a maniac. Not so anymore. And well, it's a valuable lesson to learn, don't buy stuff unless you are 100% sure you need it and will need it in the future. And I guess that ties in beautifully with my shopping mantra: if in doubt, don't buy it.

Please support this very good cause if you haven't already. And link to them from your website/weblog. I don't know why I haven't added this to my links a long time ago. Shame on me!

Someone please feed me! I've gotten a terribly bad habit of forgetting all about lunch and when I realise I'm actually hungry, I resort to things that should not be considered lunch. Or I skip "lunch" all together and wait for dinner, which I make in a hurry and without much thought, so it ends up being the same old boring stuff as the day before, because I have no imagination, due to the lack of energy from not eating all day.

How does one tell somebody that they are invading your personal space? In a polite way, that's not offensive...

Today's cow item: I'm a cow. Interesting. And that's all there is to say about that. Heh!

Tuesday, March 09, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 3:30 PM

I think that sometimes I spend too much time on helping others. Not that I mind helping, I just seem to sometimes...forget that I have stuff to do myself. I'm not suffering from the "disease to please", I just have feel that I have to pitch in if people need help and I know I can help them. And it's both in practical matters as well as being a shoulder to lean on. I don't mind it. I just wish I were better at saying no, or at least doing it when I have taken care of myself first.

I'm just too nice. ;-)

My dad's the same way, I think - atleast when it comes to practical things... My mum is better at saying no, or not offering her help if she knows that she's got her own stuff to take care of.

Monday, March 08, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 1:15 PM

The past weekend I've spent packing some stuff; I now have boxes of books stacked in a corner of the flat. My flat is in a state of disarray with all the packing and all. *sigh*

I've also been writing an application for a webdesigner job in England. My gawd, I'd really like that job. It's also kinda ..frightening... Anyway, fingers crossed!

I really should give my website an overhaul, but that seems a rather daunting task. I pretty much know what I want to do. But it's just... ugh, all that work! I can't be arsed. But I know I have to. Today or tomorrow.. Today!!! No procrastinating, missy!!

I'm in a weird mood today, don't know why. Sucks.

Here's Mikey's beautiful view. Thanks for sharing that with me. :-) I guess it's not all bad being in the army. .oO{ugh! now I'll have that song stuck in my head again!!}

Anyway, in case you were wondering; the visit with the dentist went well, as usual. No cavaties or nowt. ;-)

Alright, today's cow item: cowparade. (seems like it turned into a trend after all... ;-) ) Those cows are absolutely gorgeous. If you want, feel f ree to send me one! :-D

posted by Wardi @ 10:54 AM

I've been looking at sites made by my (former) fellow students. And I must admit, apart from a couple, they all look pretty darn boring. They have no personality. I don't know. Maybe it's not such a bad thing that I'm somewhat technically challenged, 'cause I know that I can make stuff that look good! Even if it isn't all that intricate, technically..
Oh yeah, and a lot of them are grammatically challenged. Something I am not. ;-)

Related is my looking for a job. Now I'd prefer one in England, and that's what I'm applying for.. But it's a bit hard when I'm here and England is over there.. Meh. But, I've found a job in England that I am definitely going to apply for, although it isn't within my field, so to speak. The job is at the Danish YMCA in London, and it consists of booking rooms for the people coming to stay there + planning different events, and generally being able to answer any question the people staying there may have about London, working in London, tax-stuff... I think I'd like this kind of job. Although I don't see much webdesign in it. ;-)

44% of American Internet users have contributed online content

[The] study found that the most common form of content creation is posting photographs online. All told, 21 percent of Internet users said they had done so at least once.
Close behind were the 20 percent of users who allow "others to download music or video files from their computers" and 17 percent who have "posted written material on websites." Also, 10 percent had posted to newsgroups, 7 percent had contributed to the websites of organizations they belong to -- such as church or professional groups -- and 6 percent had posted artwork online.

Interesting, isn't it? No wonder the 'Net is so full of crap. :-p

Speaking of crap: Sept. 11 Families Disgusted by Bush Campaign Ads

President Bush's first ads of his re-election campaign [that] use images of the devastated World Trade Center to portray him as the right leader for tumultuous times.
Long time Bush adviser Karen Hughes defended the four commercials as "tastefully done."

Oh puhlease! Who are they trying to kid?? Oh wait, I know! The voters.

Yikes. I'm going to pay a visit to the dentist tomorrow. I don't mind going to the dentist. I just hope I don't have any cavaties. But what is it with dentists? Why do they always ask you questions when they have all their ten fingers + any number of instruments placed in your mouth?? "Yah-gahh hhuugaaahh"

Do parents have a default function that ensures that they make their children feel like crap at regular intervals?

Right, enough of my rambling. Here's today's item. Whether this is going to set the trend for the items to follow, we'll just have to see. For now, enjoy that funny little game. ;-)

Thursday, March 04, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 10:06 PM

Here's a project I've been working on for the last week or so: If you know me from, you might know that this is Hejira's band. Otherwise you do now. ;-) Ahh...the feeling of accomplishment.

One week without chocolate milk. I'm kinda proud of myself, especially because I was visiting my parents the other day and they had lovely cold chocolate milk in the fridge. But I did not give in to temptation!

I was going to round of the monkey item thingy with a fabulous monkey related, but ALAS! I seem to have lost the link. Instead here's something else with a monkey touch. And just as I had written that, lo and behold! I found it. So here is the fabulous monkey item of the week. And here's a bonus monkey. I do believe that's one of the cutest pics I've seen lately. :-)

All those monkeys.. But now it's time to do something else. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, March 03, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 1:26 PM