Down time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The weekend that just ended was very lovely.

T and I went to see The Incredibles and it's very good. If you haven't seen it yet, WHY THE FRICKING HELL NOT??
Gotta love animated films.

Between 0100 and 0600 hours CET on November 30th my webhost is upgrading some software thinga-majig on their servers, so if you cruise by here at that time and see nothing but an error message of sorts, don't be alarmed. will be back shortly. I hope. Unless they fuck up and delete everything. In which case I will be back shortly with steam coming out my ears. A sight to behold I'm sure...


Monday, November 29, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 9:09 PM

It's bloody cold today. Brrr!

Trek Earth - Learning about the world through photography. How cool is that?

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

niggahosting dawt com. NWA, anyone? Hehe.

24 Hour Museum. If you like museums. I know I do...

Aren't you just dying to send something to the Moon?? Well, NOW YOU CAN!

Guerrilla Girls -reinventing the "f" word.

Book-A-Minute - Classics. When you just don't have the time to read all the classics, but don't want to sound you don't read!

Urban Legends Reference Page.

WordCount. Fascinating!

Strongman's Steel Bending Page. He enjoys bending steel! Well....obviously..

Grammatical Guidelines Guidelines for use in authoring and proof-reading related to website design. I love words and grammar. I'm a geek like that.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 5:35 PM


*phew* after yet again redesigning the site, I really need to clean my mouse.

Maybe I should get a new hobby? If I were so inclined, I'd consider sprouting a couch.

If you were of the video game playing age in the 80's you may have played this lovely game. Pitfall. I know I spent many hours playing it. I don't remember if I ever completed it...

More 80's stuff. That brings sooo many memories back.

Buy Nothing Day is on Saturday (in Europe. In North America it's on Friday).

Indecent Images. Not what you might think. There are nudes, though, if that's what you were thinking. Hehe.

Search before you forward. Please! And whatever you do, don't send me those goddamn forwarded messages! I delete them WITHOUT even opening them!

Binary - it's digitalicious. I'm not sure exactly why the world needs this. I'll let you be the judge of that...

instant coffee. And not a coffee bean in sight! I love it!

Tuesday, November 23, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 7:58 PM

Something to pass the time with. Thanks to Chris.


01. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula.
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said 'I love you' and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Done a striptease
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long, and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Touched an iceberg
20. Slept under the stars
21. Changed a baby's diaper
22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
23. Watched a meteor shower
24. Gotten drunk on champagne
25. Given more than you can afford to charity
26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
28. Had a food fight
29. Bet on a winning horse
30. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
31. Asked out a stranger
32. Had a snowball fight
33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier
34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
35. Held a lamb
36. Enacted a favorite fantasy
37. Taken a midnight skinny dip
38. Taken an ice cold bath
39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
40. Seen a total eclipse
41. Ridden a roller coaster
42. Hit a home run
43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days
44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
45. Adopted an accent for an entire day
46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
48. Had two hard drives for your computer
49. Visited all 50 states
50. Loved your job for all accounts
51. Taken care of someone who was shit faced
52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
53. Had amazing friends
54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
55. Watched wild whales
56. Stolen a sign
57. Backpacked in Europe
58. Taken a road-trip with friends
59. Rock climbing
60. Lied to foreign government's official in that country to avoid notice
61. Midnight walk on the beach
62. Sky diving
63. Visited Ireland
64. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
66. Visited Japan
67. Benchpressed your own weight
68. Milked a cow
69. Alphabetized your records/CDs/DVDs
70. Pretended to be a superhero
71. Sung karaoke
72. Lounged around in bed all day
73. Posed nude in front of strangers
74. Scuba diving
75. Got it on to "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye
76. Kissed in the rain
77. Played in the mud
78. Played in the rain
79. Gone to a drive-in theater
80. Done something you should regret, but don't regret it
81. Visited the Great Wall of China
82. Discovered that someone who's not supposed to have known about your lj has discovered your lj
83. Dropped Windows in favor of something better
84. Started a business
85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
86. Toured ancient sites
87. Taken a martial arts class
88. Swordfought for the honor of a woman
89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
90. Gotten married
91. Been in a movie
92. Crashed a party
93. Loved someone you shouldn't have
94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy
95. Gotten divorced
96. Had sex at the office
97. Gone without food for 5 days
98. Made cookies from scratch
99. Won first prize in a costume contest
100. Ridden a gondola in Venice
101. Gotten a tattoo
102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on
103. Rafted the Snake River
104. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
105. Got flowers for no reason
106. Masturbated in a public place
107. Got so drunk you don't remember anything
108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
109. Performed on stage
110. Been to Las Vegas
111. Recorded music
112. Eaten shark
113. Had a one-night stand
114. Gone to Thailand
115. Seen Siouxsie live
116. Bought a house
117. Been in a combat zone
118. Buried one/both of your parents
119. Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off
120. Been on a cruise ship
121. Spoken more than one language fluently
122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
123. Bounced a check
124. Performed in Rocky Horror
125. Read - and understood - your credit report
126. Raised children
127. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
128. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
129. Created and named your own constellation of stars
130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
132. Called or written your Congress person
133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
134. ...more than once? - More than thrice?
135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
137. Had an abortion or your female partner did
138. Had plastic surgery
139. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived.
140. Wrote articles for a large publication
141. Lost over 100 pounds
142. Held someone while they were having a flashback
143. Piloted an airplane
144. Petted a stingray
145. Broken someone's heart
146. Helped an animal give birth
147. Been fired or laid off from a job
148. Won money on a T.V. game show
149. Broken a bone
150. Killed a human being
151. Gone on an African photo safari
152. Ridden a motorcycle
153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100mph
154. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
155. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
157. Ridden a horse
158. Had major surgery
159. Had sex on a moving train
160. Had a snake as a pet
161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
162. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
164. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
165. Visited all 7 continents
166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
167. Eaten kangaroo meat
168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground
169. Been a sperm or egg donor
170. Eaten sushi
171. Had your picture in the newspaper
172. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime
173. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
174. Gotten someone fired for their actions
175. Gone back to school
176. Parasailed
177. Changed your name
178. Petted a cockroach
179. Eaten fried green tomatoes
180. Read The Iliad
181. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them
183. ...and gotten 86'ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you
184. Taught yourself an art from scratch
185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
186. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
187. Skipped all your school reunions
188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
189. Been elected to public office
190. Written your own computer language
191. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
192. Had to put someone you love into hospital care
193. Built your own PC from parts
194. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
195. Had a booth at a street fair
196: Dyed your hair
197: Been a DJ
198: Found out someone was going to dump you via lj
199: Written your own role playing game
200: Been arrested

Saturday, November 20, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 8:26 PM

My feet are icy freezing cold!

For the past month I've not really been in the mood to paint, but yesterday the mood came back to me! Hoorah! So I've been painting last night and this afternoon. That makes me very happy.

They're saying that we'll be getting the first snow this weekend. Which is great. I love snow. As long as it's new. But snow gets old too soon, and then it's no fun anymore. Cause snow is accompanied with cold and I don't like that. In fact, I hate freezing. I just want to snuggle up inside, with hot chocolate, a good book or a film and T. When T isn't at hand, MacGregor will have to do. My blanket that is. Ewan MacGregor is never at hand. Odd..

One week and then T will be here. He'll be 'home'. Awww.... :-)

The Indian snake creature known as the naga was
believed to reside in groups apart from normal
humans, and many legends tell of their secret
citites hidden deep in the jungle, underground,
or underwater. In many tales, the naga is often
of royal lineage, or sometimes even divinity.
Nagas are often associated with water, and it
is said that they can control the weather.

As a naga, you possess strong leadership abilities,
you are highly intelligent, and you can also be
a bit intimidating. You also enjoy the finer
things in life and like to be pampered, and
you're not too keen on mixing and mingling with
the unwashed masses.

Who is your inner Shapeshifter?
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Friday, November 19, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 6:42 PM

Oh how I tried not to blush!

This week our tutor has been evaluating the course and what we've achieved and what we think of the course etc. This is done by talking to us individually.

She had nothing but praise for me. I really was at a loss for words. She said I was talented. Creative, structured, hardworking*, organised, sociable, able to think up my own projects when I felt the others were being a bit slow.. ;-) So yeah, that was awesome. One heck of a confidence boost.

So if you'll excuse me, I'll go continue my high. ;-D

*apparently I've been able to hide my procrastinator tendencies from her!

Thursday, November 18, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 8:21 PM

Not quite like Leia's bikini...

Fancy a dress made of chain mail?? Steel Couture has it. And matching bikinis!

Fritz Hansen produces some of the most famous furniture from Denmark. For example by such designers as Arne Jacobsen
The Egg chair by Arne Jacobsen
and Poul Kjærholm.
PK80 couch by Poul Kjærholm
MOMA in New York has been renovated and expanded, and Danish designers play a key role in this. Namely in the furniture in the public spaces in the museum.
I think this is really great. A small country like Denmark can have such an impact on design that one of the most influential art museums on the world choose Danish furniture.
A few years ago an exhibition called The Danish Wave toured the world. The site features some articles about this socalled wave and what makes Danish design unique.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 7:40 PM

I wish I could read Chinese... Or maybe not...

This week we're doing a Japan themed project and I've pretty much got the design down. For which I needed some Japanese print. As in newspaper print. But there is no market for Japanese newspapers in this city, so I figured I'd have to settle for Chinese. - who can tell the difference anyway? ;-)

I went to a shop which sells all kinds of things that people from Asia eat, I reckoned that would be a good place to look for a paper in Chinese.

They didn't have any.

But they pointed out another shop which sells all kinds of things that people from Asia eat, and they had one! A Chinese newspaper!

So I go to pay for the paper and the guy in the shop looks at it, then says "no no, it's a free paper *pauses* *grins* it's kinda like the Jehova Witnesses' Watchtower!".


I hope it made his day, cause I felt rather foolish and I'd hate to feel foolish all for nothing! ;-)

Atleast I got a free newspaper... I wonder what it says in the paper now...

Tuesday, November 16, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 4:49 PM

I give you: the Girl

Isn't she pretty? ;-) And the design got an overhaul too. Which I'm happy with.

I'm quite into design, in all kinds of shapes and from all kinds of places. And in Denmark we have quite a lot of design going on. Bang&Olufsen most people will recognize. And the Sydney Opera House by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. But there's more to it than that, so I thought why not tell y'all about that?

First up, a Danish jewelry company called Pilgrim. They make some really funky jewelry, at reasonable prices, with lots of shiny things! Swarowski crystals... And they've got Helena Christensen to appear in their advertising.

Helena Christensen and closeup of PILGRIM necklace

When the family was here on Friday, my sister brought with her the wedding dress she had bought the same day. Lovely dress. But when she put on the veil I couldn't help but double over in laughter. There's just something incredibly odd about wearing a veil these days. It's not like the groom hasn't seen his future wife... Under no circumstances will I wear a veil when I get married. Flowers are my more style. ;-)

Sunday, November 14, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 6:48 PM

Now With Fashion

So from today you can go to your local H&M shop and pick up some Karl Lagerfeld for H&M gear. (only in selected stores, though). Is this the start of some sort of brave new world in fashion? Top designers doing clothing lines for brands that aren't haute couture?

But why they are using Karl Lagerfeld in the ads, I don't know. Well, I do know why. But I dunno...I guess there's just something about old whitehaired guys with pony tails and super tight black jeans... There's something icky about it. And certainly nothing new. Compare Lagerfeld with Andy Warhol below. Lagerfelds collar is bigger and it's probably his own hair (which Warhol's possibly isn't, he wore a wig for most of his life).

Karl Lagerfeld
Andy Warhol

It turns out that my father reads this blog, so y'all please wave at him. Or give him the thumbs up or whatever. ;-)

Friday, November 12, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 8:30 PM

This Post Has Not Been Tested On Animals

The thought of these amazing markers makes me drool. Santa, please bring me some for Xmas!

I've gone craft crazy! I'm working on several different projects right now. 2 Xmas related projects. One that involves dying and cutting up newspapers and..... If I get the technique down, I may be able to make t-shirts (or other items) with prints made from my own art work!

I love making stuff with my hands! I talked to my mum earlier and she's going to teach me to knit. Again!

My parents + my sister & her boyfriend fiance are coming to dinner tomorrow. That's the first time they've all been here for dinner. At the old flat that couldn't have happened - there was simply not enough room for 5 people having together at the same time!

I don't know how practical this is, but I do know that I'd like to have one! The Heliodisplay (TM) projects TV, streaming video and computer images into free space (i.e. mid-air).

As you may have noticed in yesterday's post, the text goes all Times Roman after an image. If anyone can tell me why this happens, I'll be eternally grateful!

Something neat.

Thursday, November 11, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 8:19 PM

Links And Something Pretty To Look At.

The House of the Orange Monkey. You know you love monkeys. :-)

Fancy staying at the hotel used for Luke Skywalker's home in Ep. IV?

Sorry Everybody. So you should be! I hope you do your best to change it, first chance you get!

The Rasterbator. No, that's not naughty in any way. ;-)

Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets from the BBC. This looks interesting. I promise I'll watch it if I get the chance.

The Yes Men. They posed as members of the WTO, and proposed ludicrious (I can't spell that word), i.e. satirical, policies from the WTO. For example: "that to solve global hunger, the poor should have to eat hamburgers—and then recycle them up to ten times".

Posting and you...

I would absolutely LOVE these salt&pepper shakers. They're from Royal Copenhagen; a part of the Blue Flute Mega series.

I think I've said this before, but: I'm considering taking up knitting. I'm not really sure why. Just seems like a ..lovely thing to do. I used to knit when I was younger. Ok, so I only ever finished one hat, as far as I remember, but..who's to say I wouldn't knit gorgeous, lovely, pretty knitted things now??

Speaking of pretty things. I saw something in a magazine and I thought that was pretty cool, so tried if I could do the same thing. Turned out: of course I could. And I've used the technique for making this lovely ..thing.

Today is a happy day, cause T's got a new job. I'm so happy for him and very proud of him. You rock, honey! :-)

Wednesday, November 10, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 6:32 PM

Will I Go To Hell For This??

On Saturday I bought two items at a shop downtown. But when I came home, I found out that one of them weren't in the bag. When I had left the shop I had this..feeling that I hadn't seen the guy in the shop put both things in the carrier bag; but I didn't check it, cause I thought: hey, of course he did.

He didn't. So I called the shop, telling them: "I was in your store an hour ago and bought so and so, but now I noticed.." - "Yeah, you forgot one of the things", the person from the shop said, interrrupting me.

Anyway, yesterday I went to get the thing "I forgot". No problem.

Then I decide not to keep the other item that I bought, so I take it back. But to another branch of the same chain of shops, no reason to look more like a silly muppet than I already felt I did.

I exchange the thing, get my money back and go on my merry way. Later on I discover that the girl in the shop gave me back too much money: namely the full amount for both items on the receipot, although I only took one back.

It's only a very small amount, but in a way I feel guilty about not running back to the shop/calling them to say that YOU GAVE ME SOME MONEY I'M NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE!

Then again, if it had been the other way around, would the shop have gone out of its way to return this, small amount of, money to me? I doubt it.

Shops don't go to Hell, do they?

Tuesday, November 09, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 7:18 PM

I Love Public Transportation

But, OH MY GAWD! I absolutely loathe some of the public being transported on it!
~ pick their noses
~ cut their nails
~ polish their nails
~ paint their nails - in fact they do just about anything you possibly can with your nails when travelling on public transportation!
~ including biting them!
~ chew gum too loudly - in fact chewing gum shouldn't have any sound!
~ make odd noises that I don't even know what stem from
~ talk too loudly on their mobiles
~ talk too loudly on their mobiles about things that are definitely too private to be heard in public!
~ enter public transportation smelling like they haven't a) brushed their teeth for a week b) showered since before this millenium
~ bump into other people's backpacks like the backpack is FUCKING INVISIBLE!
~ fight with their significant other
~ yell at their children
~ step on other people's feet

Oh Lord, wont you buy me a Mercedes Benz??

Monday, November 08, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 3:38 PM


Now, I usually don't post twice in a day, but obviously the exception to that "rule". See, some people annoy me to no end. And I must say it out loud, or I shall go mad.

Maybe you have low self-esteem, I'm sorry if you do, it sucks monkey's arse. I know. But why do you insist on trying to mask that by showing off?? You're not really that smart; I can see right through you. Most other people can too. And don't try to be smart with me: in all likelyhood I'm smarter than you are, I have more life experience, and I live in the real world where I deal with real people.

You need to go take a good look at yourself, and tell yourself that you are good enough as you are. You don't have to show off to anyone. There's no need to fake experiences you don't have. People see through that too. Just be yourself.

But what you really need to do is stop correcting people who actually do know what they are talking about. Me, for example. If I want someone else's opinion or advice, I'll ask them. Smart ass comments just makes me want to claw your eyes out. So shut up.

Most importantly: GROW UP!

Thank you.

Sunday, November 07, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 5:42 PM

The Trouble With A Classicist

Words and music: Lou Reed & John Cale
from Songs for Drella

The trouble with a classicist he looks at a tree
That's all he sees, he paints a tree
The trouble with a classicist he looks at the sky
He doesn't ask why, he just paints a sky

The trouble with an impressionist, he looks at a log
And he doesn't know who he is, standing, staring, at this log
And surrealist memories are too amorphous and proud
While those downtown macho painters are just alcoholic
The trouble with impressionist is
The trouble with impressionist is

The trouble with personalities, they're too wrapped up in style
It's too personal, they're in love with their own guile
They're like illegal aliens trying to make a buck
They're driving gypsy cabs but they're thinking like a truck
The trouble with personalities is
The trouble with personalities is

I like the druggy downtown kids who spray paint walls and trains
I like their lack of training, their primitive technique
I think sometimes it hurts you when you stay too long in school
I think sometimes it hurts you when you're afraid to be called a fool
The trouble with classicists is
The trouble with classicists is

Considering how old that song is, just goes to prove what a brilliant man Lou Reed is: nothing much has changed in art since he wrote that!!

posted by Wardi @ 8:38 AM

Blue Is A Nice Colour...

I actually had some stuff I wanted to say, but I forgot what it was. Probably because it's Saturday.

I'm considering doing yet another redesign of this thing. Again, yes. Stop shaking your head at me. But that wasn't what I wanted to say that I forgot what was.

Anyway, have a look at a pretty picture I took last week. It's clickable, in case you'd like to see a bigger version of it.

A shop at night - look at the pretty light!

Saturday, November 06, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 8:38 PM

Adios Amigo.

Next week we'll be doing some magazine design at the course. 1 cover design, and 2 spreads. The theme of the magazine is travel. No title has been decided yet. Any suggestions? I like "Eo" which means 'I travel' in Latin. Short and mysterious (unless you know Latin, heh)...

Travel is a pretty broad subject and we can choose whatever we want. I'm thinking of doing something about Beirut. That would allow me to have fun with some Arabic fonts and patterns and such... but then, Rome would be nice too, especially since I've been there several times and love it dearly!

I believe in the speedom of freech errr freedom of speech, but sometimes... Should you censur stupid? Sometimes I think so. It would be very convenient. Yet, it goes against what I believe in. So I guess I just have to ignore it. Stupid is as stupid does.

So this morning I went to the bus station with my Mexican visitor, to say a proper goodbye. Which was sad. But that's the way with good things; they have to end, and that's sad, but the memory remains and it's all good. This has been a great week. Who would've known some 2 years ago that one day we would actually meet? Hopefully we will meet again, even if we are on different continents. And I'll drag T with me there as well!

Have a great time, wherever you go, J! Y que la fuerza te acompañe!

Yesterday we went to the Poster Museum to see an exhibition with posters by Danish artist Sven Brasch. His posters were made mainly in the years between the First and Second World Wars. After the II WW, his style was deemed oldfashioned, so he wasn't used much. A pity, for his work is really amazing.

Sven Brasch poster

Friday, November 05, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 5:43 PM


Do I need to say how sad I am about the result of the election in the US? Thought so.

I hope the Americans, who voted for Bush, will fry in Hell - whatever shape or form they may believe it to take on.

You are despicable excuses for human beings and I'm sorry to share this precious planet with you.

Ironic that, come next year, my extended family will include Americans. Thanks to my sister. :-|

Something weird is going on with Blogger.. doesn't post right.. ah well.

There's a fire in a Danish fireworks factory. 1 person has reportedly been killed, 10 or more are injured, and 15-20 residential homes are on fire. So, it's not just a pretty thing, it's very dangerous. Let that be a warning to you who are approaching Guy Fawkes night. ;-)

Fire in Danish fireworks factory
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Wednesday, November 03, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 7:12 PM

The Mexican.

You may, or may not, know that I have a friend from Mexico who is travelling in Europe at the moment. Well, he has made his way as far north as HERE! So that's really cool.

Tonight is Dia de muertos, so he has made some very nice tacos with chicken and nachos with guacamole. Very yummy. ;-)

2 days ago it was finally decided that I'M GOING TO ENGLAND FOR CHRISTMAS! I'm sooo happy about this. Not because this means having to meet T's extended family.. but because it mens that T and I will be spending almost 2 weeks together in one go. AND we get to be together for the holidays, which is really nice. :-)

So, it's the big election day in the US...for the sake of the planet, I hope the majority of Americans have enough sense to not vote for Bush.

You get the leaders that you deserve, please vote responsibly. Don't vote Bush.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 3:35 PM