I can see my house from here!

You know how you have to have your seatbelt fastened on an airplane during take-off and landing (and for your safety and comfort you should keep it fastened for the duration of the flight...), you shouldn't walk in front of the engines, and you really should pay attention to the flight attendants when they're going through the safety instructions (you should do this even if' you've flown before...).

These are things that are more or less unwritten rules of being an airplane passenger.

But I would like some more things added to those rules, and I think it might be a good idea to have those rules IN WRITING!

See, when I was flying to London on Friday evening, there was a couple sitting right behind me and I'm telling ya, by the time we landed at Stansted, I felt like punching the guy in the gut!

Now, I'm not afraid of flying, but I do have a very active imagination (which is why I always jump into my bed instead of walking the last couple of feet, but I digress), so any mentioning of plane crashes during the flight IS A BIG NO-NO!
First, during take-off, this guy was talking about how plane crashes are most likely to happen during landing and, indeed, take-off.

Later, when the sound of the engines changed (which they do once in a while and that's no big deal), he was commenting on that too. And a patch of tubulence made him almost shriek. WTF??

When we were approaching Stansted, the pilot was making turns, which is what a pilot is meant to be doing when he's approaching an airfield to put down the plane. But the guy was complaining about this "Oh I'm not comfotable about him doing this! Why is he doing this?? Is he supposed to do this??"

And he was also worried about the fact that the plane was flying so low over a residential area. But HELLO!! For miles and miles all around London almost everything is a build-up area!! And HELLO!! again, you have to fly low when you want to land!

Ok, so he may be afraid of flying. That's fair enough. But, how does it help him to keep yapping on about it?? Won't that magnify the problem??

AND WHY THE FUCK DID HE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT IT SO THAT I COULD HEAR IT WHEN I'M SUSCEPTIBLE TO IMAGES OF PLANES CRASHING???

So, the rule should be: bloody keep your fear of flying to yourself!!


PS. When flying back this morning, I could indeed see my house from the plane. That was very surreal.

Monday, January 31, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 8:13 PM




New chapter is about to start...

...we've got the go-ahead to start looking for a flat to buy. So, within too long, hopefully, I'll be living in England. Hooray!!

I went for the Red Pulse colour - and, boy, does it pulsate! Heh! The picture, of course, doesn't do the colour proper justice, but hey...

Pulsating red Wardi

Thursday, January 27, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 8:56 PM




Ohrwurm.

That is a German expression which means "ear worm", that's a song that you cannot get out of your head, nomatter what you do!

Right now I'm plagued by a tiny snippet of a piece of music that is used in the TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". It goes abit like this: dadaDA dadaDA dadaDA... I can best describe it as a sound space filler. Now, I would REALLY like to know where it comes from. Cause it's bugging me that I don't know! If someone knows, please do let me know!

The other 'wurm' is the new J-Lo song, Get Right. Oh I can't believe I just wrote that: J-Lo. Anyway, that song has a great rhythm, I totally wanna dance when I hear it.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 9:02 PM




Where is Fokker Sopwith now??

A few years ago, I felt I needed a change in my hairstyle, so off I went to the stylist. Although in this case the term "hair quack" is an understatement. She didn't listen to me at all, she cut it in a way that would need a lot of maintenance to have it stick to the style. And I specifically asked her to make it low maitenance. Low maintenance does not require x amount of hair gel and 20 minutes of hair drying!

Well, the hair was way too short and looked odd on me. I hated it and I cried over it for 2 days.

Needless to say, I haven't let anyone touch my hair since. Apart from my mother and sister on the rare occasion where my hair, after it grew back out, needed to get the ends trimmed. Neither have I gone to a stylist to have my hair dyed. I can do that myself, and at a fraction of the cost, thank you very much.

I did go back to complain about the awful haircut, and I did get the money back. Unfortunately only for the cut and not for the dye job, which of course was the biggest expense. But it still felt like VICTORY! You stupid bloody cow, who should never have been handed a pair of scissors!

Anyway. I'm currently considering trying out a colour I've been wanting for some time. If only because it would be a bit crazy. ;-) Click. The colour I'm considering is the one called Red Pulse.


No, you're right, the title has got nothing to do with anything else. But if you're in the know, you'll know. ;-)

Monday, January 24, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 9:34 PM




Inevitability?

"...in history nothing is inevitable until it has actually happened."

{From the introduction in this book}.

I now have curtains in every room and yesterday I unpacked the last 2 boxes. I'm now officially completely moved in to this flat.

An approximation of what I look like:
Whar Wardi looks like as a doll
Make your own: Candybar Doll Maker. {via}

Sunday, January 23, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 7:50 PM




Spooning.

And forks and knives. I need to find some nice dining cutlery with green handles. Do you know if such a thing exists?? I seem to recall seeing it somewhere, pretty sleek green handles. But I don't remember where!!

Can you help me??

Saturday, January 22, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 8:13 PM




Oh those girls!

I have a new addiction. Well, not so much an addiction as a...a... well, I dunno what to call it. Anyway, this is it*.

Now, I don't watch a lot of television. By 'watch' I mean "I sit down and watch this programme without changing channel with 5-minute intervals, and I ignore all other activities as well". This series, however, is capable of widening my attention span beyond 5 minutes.

And I'll be damned if I know why!! Definitely a guilty pleasure. It's a silly thing, really. Mother-daughter relationships on telly? What?? No! Maybe it's the snappy dialogue. The frequent references to popular culture?? Or maybe the use of irony?? Oh the irony is virtually dripping of the walls. Love. The. Irony.

So I watch this every evening. Because it's on here every evening. So I have to watch it every night. Which, I guess, makes it an addiction. Of sorts.

Anyway, that and this** and this*** (which I've mentioned before, and I'm less luke warm towards it now!) are about the only things that I actually watch.


I wish I could figure out how to make a finger wave hairstyle. It just looks so funky, so Jazz Age like!


*The Gilmore Girls
** The West Wing
*** Sex and the City

Friday, January 21, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 6:13 PM




Did you find it ok?

If you're reading it, I assume you did. ;-)

I'm quite delighted with the new design. Damn good too, considering the many hours I've spent putting it together!

Please let me know what you think! Oh and, yeah, it's best viewed in Internet Explorer. Yeah, yeah, I know. But I'm an idiot and don't know how to fix the bugs that makes it look all wonky in other browsers.

And now I'll go to bed and try not to think about meta tags and css code and default and .html and blah blah....zzzZzzZZzZzzz....

Thursday, January 20, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 10:19 PM




I wonder where Glory is..?

Hooha!

I've been working on a brand-spanking new design for this place. But it's also for the entire wardi.dk website (which should finally, FINALLY, come alive within the next week).

I'm very excited about it, I hope you will be too!

And that's about it for me today, cause although I've had my head stuck into the computer (no, not literally..) all day, I've not had time to look at anything...

Well, if you've got nothing better to do, you could go find out how rich you are. That's definitely food for thought:

You are in the top 11.92% richest people in the world. There are 5,284,501,940 people poorer than you. How do you feel about that? A bit richer we hope. Please consider donating just a small amount to help some of the poorest people in the world. Many of their lives could be improved dramatically or even saved if you donate just one hour's salary (approx €9.37)

I'm the 715,498,060 richest person on earth!


Discover how rich you are! >>


Tuesday, January 18, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 9:27 PM




Today's colour is green.

And that has got nothing to do with yesterday's topic. No, it's merely because I've got 2 pictures for you today and they both happen to be green.

Firstly, I want to show off a bit. I am a member of the REM fanclub and as such you get a holiday pack every year around Christmas. This year it was a cd (with a couple of songs on it), a calendar, and an iron-on 'sticker'. This holiday pack is exclusive to members, so I think this is pretty cool. The cover, which I really like, for the cd, looks like this:

REM 2004 holiday pack cd.

Next is a very lovely (and I do use this term oh-so-very loosely) cake. It really is a cake. In the shape of a frog, made of green marcipan with some pink filling. The cake is altogether horrible. Sickingly sweet, and I'll never eat one again. Maybe the horrendous taste is the reason why people, mainly students, have taken up using this particular type of cake as "ammunition" in throwing competitions. Simply known as "frog cake throwing".

Green marcipan frog cake.

PS. In case you're wondering, in Denmark a danish is not called a "danish", but wienerbrød, which translates as "viennese bread". ;-b

Monday, January 17, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 9:43 PM




The colour of sexy??

This may be more information about me than you'd like to know (or maybe it's exactly the kind of information you want about me? You sick pervert!): I have a set of matching underwear (i.e. bra and panties) in hot pink.

Now why would I tell you this? Well, because it pertains to something I've been pondering over.

I like wearing that hot pink set. But I'm not sure why. It is comfortable, yes, but that's not really what I'm curious about. No, the curious thing is why I like wearing that colour.

I don't know. Maybe because it's a bit ...suggesting? After all, hot pink is related to red, which is the colour of passion, romance, power, and provocation. Hot pink being sensual, brightening spirits and stimulating. {*}

Thinking about why I like the hot pink so much, got me to wondering, what colour of underwear do men prefer?

Although I couldn't find anything specifically about hot pink, the general concensus seems to be that black, red and, indeed, hot pink are the preferred colours. Where as white, brown and nude colours are turn-offs. Which one do you prefer of these fairly similar items of lingerie? This one? Or this? (If you can abstract from the fact that both pictures are of girls in bras, that is...)

According to this article, Red underwear works as an aphrodisiac, it has its special energy. If a woman wears red underwear, then it means that she is hungry for animal sex. Violet and pink colours show that a woman feels sexual and passionate.

So if the colour is basically perceived as telling the male "I am passionate and comfortable with who I am, come and get me", that is attractive? But why don't blue or green send the same signals?

"Most men choose a deep red colour, which obviously appeals to them. But women think differently and prefer something less intense. In winter their preference is definitely for black." {link}

But why this preference for red and pink? Maybe this gives gives a hint: Pink, as well as red, can be warm and stimulating. It is perceived as romantic and sensual, that's why it is often used for underwear - particularly its bright hue. Pink can be also considered as frivolous and cheerful.

Keep in mind, however, that all these shades of meanings are very vague and individual. The researches show that about 27 per cent from 5 thousand recipients declared that they associate pink with fragility.
{link}

The red being associated with passion and the pink, in its paler versions, being a fragile colour (probably because it's partially white), calls upon 2 different instincts? Red is a strong colour, and thus seeing his partner in red/pink is arousing because he wants to be the dominant person in the relationship so it stimulates his aggrssive side? And the fragile pink calls for his more protective side? Could that be the reason?


Yet, for many men, buying lingerie can still be an intimidating task. "It's like laying your sexual preferences out in the open."


Related subject: Underwear: could it be a personality barometer? This is about the man's eternal choice: boxers or briefs?

Sunday, January 16, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 5:25 PM




A world of morons.

They are everywhere. Oh yes. I'm sure you've noticed them too.

A few of the morons in today's society...

On busses you are not allowed to smoke. The passengers are not allowed to smoke, and neither are the bus drivers. But do they care??
Obviously not! So many times, I've entered a bus where a bus driver has spent his break in the bus, smoking! Bus drivers, take note: having the window open while you smoke, doesn't hide the fact that, yes, YOU WERE SMOKING WHERE NO SMOKING IS ALLOWED!!

People with shopping trolleys, why, oh why, do you always push your trolley around like you are the ONLY PERSON SHOPPING IN THE SHOP?? Things to remember when operating a trolley, people:
1. look around before changing direction. There's likely to be someone behind you, who, (since trolleys don't have indicators, and few people are mind readers,) have every right to ram into your trolley (or you), because HOW WERE THEY TO KNOW YOU WERE GOING TO CHANGE DIRECTION??
2. when stopping to look at items on the shelves, push your trolley to the side, so it DOESN'T OBSTRUCT THE PASSAGE OF OTHER SHOPPERS!
3. if you leave your trolley, and it's in the way of other shoppers, DON'T BE RUDE TO PEOPLE if they move it aside so they CAN GET THROUGH!
4. some of your fellow shoppers have 'lumps' on their backs, these are called backpacks and they are NOT MEANT TO BE RAMMED INTO WITH YOUR TROLLEY!
5. if, inadvertently, you take the wrong trolley, say in the green grocery section, upon realising your mistake, PUT THE TROLLEY BACK WHERE YOU TOOK IT! Don't just leave it in, say, the wine section. Someone in the green grocery section IS MISSING THEIR TROLLEY!

Saturday, January 15, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 6:21 PM




Bloody SAY something!!

Hello!

I'm in a crazy mood right now! But it's happy crazy, so all is good!

Now, let me introduce you to a person: the blurker. That person is you! Because a blurker is a b(log) lurker. Defined as:
1. One who reads many blogs but leaves no evidence of themselves such as comments behind; a silent observer of blogs.
2. One who reads many blogs but has no blog of their own; a blog-watcher or blog voyeur.


Please, do make yourself heard! I'd love to know what you think about the stuff I scribble here! Would it kill ya to POST A COMMENT??

Let me know if there are some interesting blogs out there on the cyberweb that I should read. Maybe your own?? I like a good read!

Anyway, should I even mention this? Nah, can't be bothered. Although, let me say this: spoiled, good-for-nothing pratt with no sense of what's proper behaviour. He should be put over his father's, ok maybe his grandfather's knees and get a good slapping. Sheesh.

Thursday, January 13, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 9:19 PM




Voyager.

Recently I've seen the socalled Golden Record of the Voyager spacecraft mentioned several times. So, to humour my inner space buff, I decided to look it up.

You don't know what the Golden Record is???

The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record-a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. It also includes images (in analog form), sounds of Earth, greetings in 55 languages, and music.

I think that it's incredibly fascinating that approx. 14.1 million kilometres from the Earth there's a teeny tiny spacecraft carrying an even smaller gold disk with sounds and images of the Earth as humans perceive it.

Even more fascinating is it that, if we have any luck with our current behaviour, one day, that disk, on that spacecraft, will be the only things remaining of the Earth. :-/ We really should take better care of our home. And of each other.

Some of the images:
Diagram of male and female, Jon Lomberg
Birth, Wayne Miller
Diagram of family ages, Jon Lomberg
Family portrait, Nina Leen, Time, Inc.
Diagram of continental drift, Jon Lomberg
Structure of Earth, Jon Lomberg
Heron Island (Great Barrier Reef of Australia), Dr. Jay M. Pasachoff
Seashore, Dick Smith
Snake River and Grand Tetons, Ansel Adams
Sand dunes, George Mobley


And some of the music:
Bulgaria, "Izlel je Delyo Hagdutin," sung by Valya Balkanska.
Navajo Indians, Night Chant, recorded by Willard Rhodes.
Holborne, Paueans, Galliards, Almains and Other Short Aeirs, "The Fairie Round," performed by David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London.
Solomon Islands, panpipes, collected by the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service.
Peru, wedding song, recorded by John Cohen.
China, ch'in, "Flowing Streams," performed by Kuan P'ing-hu.
India, raga, "Jaat Kahan Ho," sung by Surshri Kesar Bai Kerkar.
"Dark Was the Night," written and performed by Blind Willie Johnson.
Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in B flat, Opus 130, Cavatina, performed by Budapest String Quartet.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 8:40 PM




I need your help!

Hello.

I'm rather ecstatic right now. I'm trying to stay calm. Really, I am. But it's very hard.

CAUSE I JUST GOT THE REM FANCLUB HOLIDAY PACK!!

Ahhhhh, I've been waiting for this for a month now! Finally, finally it's here! :-D It has a calendar, a iron-on sticker and a single cd with tracks you WON'T FIND ANYWHERE ELSE! Unless you buy it off those "fans" that sell it on ebay!! :-o

I just realised that the 'special guests' for the REM concert in February, will be The Thrills. I'm errr thrilled about that!! They've got some excellent songs. Looks like it's going to be an excellent evening! Just hope T doesn't get too fed up with my being ecstatic days in advance. I'm gonna be such a pain! ;-D

On a...calmer note, I'm once again in the process of redesigning my website. Or rather, making a website proper, a part of which will be this here blog that you are reading. Now, I've got the structure behind it planned and mapped out on paper. But I'm really unsure what direction I want the design to take. Cause I have so many ideas! So, dear reader, please make your suggestions on colours, fonts, and imagery!

Tuesday, January 11, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 4:35 PM




Is helping the same as exploiting??

I can't help but feel slightly annoyed by the constant coverage, in the media, of the aftermath of the tsunami in Asia. I know, it's a terrible disaster and it definitely deserves the attention of the world.

But... there are other terrible things happening too. For example, the people in Iran who are still suffering the consequences of the earthquake in Bam about a year ago (26 December 2004: 30,000 lives lost, some 80,000 people homeless). But that seems all but forgotten. And I don't remember there being such a "fuss" about that, and no mass-collecting of money.

The fact that there are so many people willing to give money to relieve the suffering in the striken areas is absolutely amazing. Shows that people aren't selfish muppets, but are capable of caring for people they don't know.

But why does it take something of this magnitude for that willingness to fork out to appear?

Same goes for the media. Here in Denmark the past week the 2 major national TV channels have put a great effort into collecting money. Notably one of them who held an all-day telethon on Saturday, with celebrities donating time and artefacts to be auctioned off (of course they've also put together the mandatory single to help raise money). The TV channel say that they are doing it with the noblest intentions, but I can't help but feel that there's also, well, another agenda there. Exploiting the disaster to get viewers... And also this channel does like to make everything into a show. It sickens me.

I hope that people, and companies too, would have contributed the same amount of money even if there hadn't been a show on television telling them to do so. But in a way I doubt it. Atleast in some cases. All day they had a streamer at the bottom of the screen saying how much money this or that company had donated. I'm sure some companies donated money only to be seen in a positive light by the consumers.

I wonder if the same companies donate money in other cases where's there's not such a big focus on it? I hope so. It just seems so random. Considering that there are also people in need in Denmark. But noone hosts a telethon for their benefit!!

Maybe it's something to do with the fact that the places affected, to Europeans atleast, seem like paradise. Places many people have been to on holiday. And it's the sheer familiarity of the places that make people want to reach out? The above example with Bam; not your typical idea of a holiday hotspot, is it? Iran! And they are all backwards Muslims, so who cares??

Am I being too cynical?

One thing I thought was very beautiful, though, was that even the Russian town of Beslan (where 350 people died after Chechen terrorists raided a school) donated £20,000 to the victims of the tsunami. {link}

Monday, January 10, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 7:35 PM




Long live the King!

A 'text' version of Andy Warhol's Elvis

If Elvis had still been alive, he would have turned 70 today. I think there can be no doubt about the influence he's had on modern music. And on nodern culture as well: license plates, sunglasses, rhinestone studded jumpsuits, t-shirts, stamps etc, etc.

Considering the booty shaking you can see on MTV, and the like, it's hard to imagine that Elvis' dancing caused such a stirr as it did. Today it seems more comical than provocative...

Even if he died in a state less than fit for a King, I think that when he was young, he was probably one of the most beautiful men that's ever lived. Those lips, those eyes, OH BABY!

Elvis Presley. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Elvis.com, the official site. Notice the GracelandCam!!

Elvis-A-Rama. Looks kinda tacky. But hey, sometimes kitsch is good. And the King wasn't exactly beyond such, so I guess it's fitting...

Girls Guide to Elvis. "A girl's guide to Elvis Presley, featuring not only movie and record reviews but sex gossip, Graceland photos, pictures of Elvis clothes and the truth about Elvis's hair."

When Elvis met Nixon!! What the...

Tickle me Elvis. Umm.. ok.

List of Elvis songs. Looks fairly extensive.

A curious little thing: The Elvis Text Editor.

The First Church of Jesus Christ, Elvis. Something tells me that this is a joke. Atleast I hope it is. But then again, in France there's a chapel dedicated to rugby.

i'm 50's elvis!


Take the Which Elvis Are You? quiz, made by .


Saturday, January 08, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 9:48 AM




Oh sweet electronic innocence!

Recently, I mentioned the ancient computer game of Pitfall, which I used to play on the family Commodore 64, and just moments ago, T brought some interesting news to my attention.

The Commodore might be resurrected!

The once-famous Commodore computer brand could be resurrected after being bought by a US-based digital music distributor.
New owner Yeahronimo Media Ventures has not ruled out the possibility of a new breed of Commodore computers.


Because I'm somewhat of a 80's nostalgic (minus the clothes. Oh the clothes! the HORROR!), I think this is excellent news. I want one! Just because it would hurl me back in time to a place when the world was innocent in my eyes, Chernobyl still hadn't blown up and orange was still my favourite colour!

A bit of history:

The Commodore 64, launched in 1982, was one of the first affordable home PCs. It was followed a few years later by the Amiga. The Commodore 64 sold more than any other single computer system, even to this day. The brand languished somewhat in the 1990s. Commodore International filed for bankruptcy in 1994 and was sold to Dutch firm Tulip Computers. {article link}

Friday, January 07, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 9:37 PM




Your very own IKEA house!

IKEA has started building houses! Sadly I've not been able to dig up some proper sites with a lot of info, but I did manage to find a few.

IKEA building houses in Norway (in Norwegian) and in Denmark (in Danish).

The houses are manufactured in Sweden, then shipped to the respective countries where they can be assembled, by Skanska, in just one day! However, it does take some 6 weeks to get it completely ready, electricity, sanitation etc. The houses are very popular, undoubtedly because they are quite cheap.

While searching for info about these IKEA houses, I came across this amusing assembly instruction for the houses. Certainly looks easier than the desk I bought last year!

Today I went to the dentist to have cavaties filled. The good news was that it turned out that, after having examined the x-rays more carefully, my dentist had decided that there was only one. So that saved me some money, although it still set me back quite a lot. Why must dentistry be so expensive in Denmark?? :-( The local anasthetic alone was 1/4 of the bill. :-o

Thursday, January 06, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 5:53 PM




Happy New Year!

T went back to England this morning and, needless to say, I miss him lots. But I'm very happy that we were able to spend both Christmas and New Year's together. And it has been a beautiful week and a half that we've spent together, which I'm very grateful for.

Still, it's sad when he leaves.

But, considering the situation in Asia, I really don't feel I have any right to complain. Cause it's very much on my mind and it makes me upset. T has effectively told me to not watch the news these days. So I don't. Cause he's right.

And I wont complain about missing him. For the time being atleast.

I hope you started the new year in a way that made you happy, with people you love.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 3:11 PM