You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do.

Hollywood star Tom Cruise has clashed onscreen with US TV host Matt Lauer after he questioned the actor's stance against anti-depressant drugs.

"She [Brooke Shields] doesn't understand the history of psychiatry. She doesn't understand in the same way that you don't understand it, Matt."

Sure, Tom.

I love the last few lines of that piece: ...his public declarations of love for [Katie Homes] have been a feature of his work promoting War of the Worlds.


Tom Cruise, IMHO, has always been a massive holier-than-thou wanker.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 10:23 PM

Dear Sara

I rarely get spam on the specific account that this email was sent to, so I guess it's hatemail?? Although I do not know who this person is.

So I can't do a lot more than just wonder and laugh at the bad grammar. At first I was actually a bit lost as to what it said.

Really, if you want to send people hatemail, why not make sure you use correct spelling and grammar?? You have a much greater chance of getting your message across and be taken seriously.

Still, I'm wondering if this email was actually intended for me. Very strange...

Screenshot of one of the strangest emails I ever got.

posted by Wardi @ 11:14 AM

Geeking out...

You may have seen this already, but I'm kinda hoping you haven't: Tom Cruise Kills Oprah! UNLIMITED POWER!!!

What can I say? I want one!

The force is strong among a group of West Yorkshire parishioners who held a special service on Sunday to celebrate the release of Star Wars Episode III. What the..? What?!?

If you're into Star Wars AND into typography, then you must not miss this! The design of the Star Wars logo.

See, T should count himself lucky that such a conversation will never take place between us.

Apparently, Jedi are geeks.
Scientists and technologists have the same uneasy status in our society as the Jedi in the Galactic Republic. They are scorned by the cultural left and the cultural right, and young people avoid science and math classes in hordes. The tedious particulars of keeping ourselves alive, comfortable and free are being taken offline to countries where people are happy to sweat the details, as long as we have some foreign exchange left to send their way. Nothing is more seductive than to think that we, like the Jedi, could be masters of the most advanced technologies while living simple lives: to have a geek standard of living and spend our copious leisure time vegging out.
- Interesting, that would also pretty much sum up the ideal state of living for the old Romans. Funny, huh?

Monday, June 27, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 7:57 PM

Wanna play a game??

Click here and help me figure out what countries/cities this images are supposed to reflect.

I have an idea about some of them, but not all. And feel free to disagree with me. ;-)

Sunday, June 26, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 1:54 PM



I was supposed to have been at an REM concert tonight. But I sold the tickets because I was going to California. In a way I regret that...

So I instead I can sit and think back to the first concert I went to with them. It rained all day and evening, and we were absolutely soaked, and I'm surprised I didn't catch a cold. Yet, it was probably the best concert I've ever been to.

Nightswimming deserves a quiet night.
I'm not sure all these people understand.
It's not like years ago,
The fear of getting caught,
of recklessness and water.
They cannot see me naked.
These things, they go away,
replaced by everyday.

Saturday, June 25, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 9:29 PM

Falling in love all over again.

I don't know why, but recently I seem to have fallen in love with my watercolours all over again. It's many years since I...abandoned them, I guess you could say. But now... they're back!

I know why they appeal to me, because they are quick to work with (and they can take a long time, too, it depends on what you want to do). This is very different from using oils as I've been doing mostly for the past 5-7 years.

It feels like I'm back where I started. I'm picking up my pencils and watercolours again, but with much more determination to...make it work. Not just as a hobby. It's like it's something I have to do.

Watercolours are so diverse, they can be really, really delicate and transparent, but they can also be very colourful and vibrant. I like the versatility, cause my creative mood changes all the time. Sometimes I want contemplation, sometimes I want to almost punch people in the face with colour!

So, now I'm gonna make myself a mini-gallery of watercolours, there are already a few to look at.

Friday, June 24, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 10:42 PM

Claudia Shiffer emailed me!!

She really did. Look!!
Err...or not.

Claudia Shiffer email

posted by Wardi @ 7:59 PM

Happy Flower.

I hate flash sites. There's no reason to make one, unless you want to be seen as (oh well) flashy. And why would you want that?? Isn't it better to present information straight up??

You can't "deep-link" to a flash page. Most times you can't go back on a flash site. You can't copy text from a flash site. Neither can you save an image from a flash site (I know, images are copyright, but there are times when it's handy to save an image: Look, mum, this is the book I want for Christmas! You know?) And it's really not very accessibility friendly either (to beat that old horse again). Having a flash site pop up in a new window that fills the whole screen, how fucking annoying is that?? Especially when you're given no warning that this is about to happen.


I was all happy about spending the afternoon at the beach where I made drawings and watercolours. When I walked back home I felt completely serene. I guess I should do that sorta thing more often! Whether it was the creative stuff I was doing or simply the sound of the waves and the warmth of the sun, I don't know. But it felt good. It's like a high. I guess it's called being happy.

Thursday, June 23, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 11:03 PM

Hey, good thing I'm not obsessed about Star Wars, huh??

At the moment I can see the following Star Wars related items on my desk or in its immediate surroundings:

1 postcard with Vader and the Anakin-Obiwan fight.
1 Obi-wan bookmark.
1 badge- Yoda: "Look at me...Judge me by my size do you?"
1 bobblehead Yoda.
8 PEZ-dispensers: Yoda, Emperor, Death Star, Boba Fett, Gen. Grievous, Clone Trooper, Leia, Darth Vader.
1 metal Queen Amidala pencil case.
1 Clone Wars Yoda action figure.
2 lollipop figures: Chewie and Vader.
2 BurgerKing toys: Falcon and Chewie.
1 Kit Fisto (Ep. II) action figure.
1 giant PEZ Yoda dispenser.
1 MR Obi-wan scaled replica lightsaber.
1 fullsize Yoda cardboard figure.
3 Silver Anniversary figure sets: Swing to Freedom, Death Star Escape, Final Duel.
1 pile of SW books and magazines.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 11:10 PM

More reasons to love Firefox!

Like the built-in pop-up blocking, the integrated search bar (it defaults to Google), the tabbed browsing (love Love LOVE that!) and the vast number of extensions available for further customisation (especially digging ColorZilla which lets you get colour information from anywhere on a page!) wasn't enough, I have just found this out:

* Click on a link with the mouse scroll wheel to open that page in a new tab
* Click on an open tab with the mouse scroll wheel to close that tab
* Non-mouse scroll wheelers: Control-click (Command-click for Mac users) opens a link in a new tab
* Shift-click opens a link in a new window

{from Lifehacker}

I had something a lot more profound to say today, but I'm feeling rather ecstatic about this finding, so I'd rather plug Firefox. Really, I cannot recommend it enough. It'll change your browsing-experience - perhaps even your entire life!

Get Firefox
, people!

posted by Wardi @ 8:34 PM

On moving...

As you know, I'll be moving very shortly. First to my parents' (again) and then to England. And since I moved twice last year too, then that's 4 times in 18 months!

Anyway, I was just thinking about how everything is different when you move to a new place. The view, the location, the rooms. And the sounds. Even the sound of a teaspoon against a mug, although it's the same spoon and mug you've had forever. The sound of the fridge closing and opening a window.

It's all those little things that really makes it sink in that you have moved, because even the littlest thing is different. You do things differently too. And that's when you realise that you have moved.

Not just your physical belongings, but mentally as well.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 11:42 PM

Hey, it's Tuesday!

You know what? MSN really is a bitch. Fucking wankers.
Chinese bloggers are likely choosing their words a little more carefully this week after another American Internet behemoth gave in to Beijing's restrictions regarding certain politically sensitive words.

Lucas vs. Spielberg. The worst best friends in Hollywood.

the box doodle project. They're not just boxes!

So you want to send an attachment with your email, but it's too big? Try YouSendIt! is a disposable email account system. Use to avoid giving your personal email address to suspicious websites.

Since we flew with Air France to California, they showed French television. Which was incredibly boring. Save for one thing: this absolutely cool commercial for the Peugeot 1007. It is so great, so different!

Mushroom Life. I think it's a game..of sorts..

Some nice wallpapers

A Darth Wader flower! How about that??

posted by Wardi @ 5:32 PM

The attraction of weblogs!

I'm totally jetlagged, so here I am, at 4am and not a hint of sleep in sight.

So, what to do? Stay in bed, tossing and turning? No, get out of bed and go turn on the computer so I can sit here and ramble!

And the message I bring you today tonight, is why you should read weblogs! Like I'm some kinda expert! And maybe I am; I sure do spend my share of time and bandwidth reading weblogs!

Here we go. You should read weblogs because:

1. Weblogs are great!

2. Weblogs suck!

3. Some weblogs are about things you are interested in.

4. Some weblogs are about things you didn't know you could be interested in.

5. Some weblogs confirm your distaste of or lack of interest in whatever they are about!

6. Some weblogs make you feel like you don't know shit. Humility suits most people!

7. Some weblogs make you feel like you are one of the smartest people in the whole world. And we all need to feel like that sometimes!

8. You like the person who wrote the weblog.

9. You like the person who wrote the weblog and keep reading it even if it's crap, but you don't want to hurt the weblogger's feelings.

10. You agree with the person writing the blog.

11. You find the writing obnoxious, ridiculous and childish and you basivally want to punch the weblogger in the face if you were ever to meet in person.

12. You want to be kept up-to-date about topics of interest to you.

13. You want to be kept up-to-date about topics of interest to you, but you are too fucking lazy to find the info yourself, so you rely on webloggers to do the job for you. News and everything in bite size.

14. Because weblogs are hip.

15. Because weblogs are so hip they've become un-cool and you get a laugh out of reading the crap of people who think they're all that.

16. You are the parent of a teen who keeps everything from you, so this is the only way you can try and understand them; by reading their headache-inducing IM shorthand.

17. It's written words, it's meant to be read.

18. It's written on the Internet, so it MUST be good.

19. You are bored.

20. You have nothing else to do.

21. You write your own weblog, you feel obliged to keep up with what's going on in the weblogging world, a.k.a. the Blogosphere.

22. You hate the person who writes the weblog, but keep reading it just so you can find MORE reasons to dislike the person in question.

23. The weblog is written by someone who is FAMOUS!

24. It's about sex.

25. It's about famous people AND sex!

26. There are swearwords in it.

27. You ARE a whiney teenager and you read weblogs by your equally whiney friends.

28. You ARE a whiney teenager and you have no friends, so you read weblogs by people that you pretend are your friends.

29. You are a 28 year-old geek living in your parents' basement who never sees the light of day, so meeting people only happens online.

30. You are a 28 year-old geek living in your parents' basement who never sees the light of day, so the people you've met online are your only link to the real world.

31. If you're busy reading about "the news", you don't have time to do the dishes/paint the fence/insert obnoxious task.

32. You ARE famous and want to know that people are saying/thinking/fantasizing about you.

33. You really want to sleep, but because you're jetlagged and your sleeping patterns are fucked up, you can't, so you have no other option than read boring people's boring weblogs.

...I can't think of anything else at the moment. Feel free to add your thoughts.

Monday, June 20, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 3:06 AM

Is it a turtle I see before me??

Is it a turtle I see before me??
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Alright, kids. The pictures from California are on flickr. Well, some of them anyway - I took like 600 in a week!!

You can find them here.

While we've been gone, my dad has installed XP on my computer, so now I've finally joined 21th century OS technology. The RAM's got a boost too, so now my computer is running smoothly as a F1 car. You gotta love that.

Saturday, June 18, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 10:14 PM

America: not all it's cracked up to be

And that's a total generalisation, I know. But it is also the truth. From my point of view, anyway. Sure, it's pretty and the weather (in California) is lovely and warm. But the prettiness stems mostly from it being different and it actually gets kinda boring fast and the heat can get too much. So I really don't understand the attraction. And now that I'm done with my bitching about it, I can move on to the stuff we saw and did.

The first couple of days we spent in Monterey where we stayed with my sister and bro-in-law in their tiny, but cosy flat. She took us for a drive down the coast and we saw some lovely scenery, Carmel, an old church, pelicans and the Bixby Creek Bridge. Which is rather famous I understand, although I don't exactly know why.

We saw the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which we thought we could do in an hour, but it turned out to be really cool and interesting, so we were there for like 2 hours. I'm sure my animal-loving sister could have spent even longer time there.

On the way to Antioch where the in-laws live, we went to San Jose and saw the Winchester Mystery House. That was REALLY cool! If you ever get the chance to see that, do it, it really is amazing. We went on a guided tour and the guide was really cool and funny. The house is enormous and has staircases leading nowhere, cupboards leading to walls and staircases with tiny steps.

The first day in Antioch was the day of the reception for sister and bro-in-law. It was nothing like a Danish wedding party/reception. People were rather informally dressed and it was just people walking around talking, eating and drinking. Of course, we only knew the, very few, people who had been in Denmark for the wedding, so...I guess we felt a bit lost. But it was still nice. And the happy couple had to do the Danish wedding dance and the women got to rip my sister's veil. Which is customary in Denmark, each piece that you rip off the veil is a piece added to the happiness of the couple. But that was so funny, cause the best man's mum looked almost like she was going to cry when we started ripping the veil! "Your beautiful veil!!", she wailed!!

The day after the reception, the in-laws took us San Francisco, which we only drove through, although we did stop briefly in Chinatown and at the Presidio where George Lucas has taken over the Letterman Hospital and is turning it into the Letterman Digital Arts Center. Apparently there's a cafe there, that's open to the public, but as it was a Sunday, nothing was open. But still, we could walk right up to the gate, and since it's probably as close as I'll ever get to George, it's still pretty cool. ;-)

We had our lunch at Fort Point, a very lovely place to people watch and it has a view of the Golden Gate bridge, Alcatraz and parts of San Francisco. After lunch, we drove over Golden Gate bridge into Marin County and went to Muir Woods, to see redwoods. Not the wide kind, though, but tall ones, the coastal kind. And they were REALLY tall! It was a really beautiful place, so serene and quiet. The only sounds there was from the small creek running through it and the muffled sound of the people walking around. And I had to hug one of them big trees, didn't I? ;-)

Going back to Antioch, we passed San Quintin prison and we drove right up to it. I must say it felt odd to "go sightseeing" there, even if it was just fromt he parking lot. A prison and one where they use capital punishment as well. That sorta thing shouldn't be paraded as something to be proud of! Shame on you!

The next day we went to Sacramento, the state capital of California (I had no idea about that, I always assumed it was L.A.). We went there by ways of some very small roads and crossed the San Joaquin (atleast I think it was) river by a tiny little ferry. On the way there we were listening to the announcement of the verdict in the trail against Michael Jackson. That was kinda odd. And I didn't really care about the outcome. And I don't think the result was that much of a surprise, really. Oh well.

In Sacramento it was really hot, it felt like it was almost 40°C! We parked right by the Capitol and there were all these vans from tv networks there and then the father-in-law remembered that the governator was to make an announcement of some kind that day. So there were also some protestors around. We went inside to get a tour of the building, which was interesting, but not overly exciting. We tried to get to see the governor's office, but that wasn't possible, as he was there that day.

We went back outside and on the steps of the building there was a small group of people with "Go for it Arnold" t-shirts on. So my sister and her mother-in-law go to ask them if Arnold will be making an appearance by any chance, and before we knew what had happened, we were all wearing those t-shirts and had signs in our hands! See, these people were protesting for the thing that he was going to announce.

So, there I was, protesting FOR a republican. Me, the anti-republican, anti-american socialist flower!! WTF??! Well, I did turn my sign upside-down, as a silent protest. That'll learn 'em!! ANd I didn' join in the stupid yelling either. I did, however, video other people who did. Only with my small digital camera, so the quality isn't the best, I'm afraid, but you can get the feeling of it: Go for it Arnold!

Later on we went to Old Sacramento where we went into a shop where you could sample all the candy you wanted (shame it wasn't icecream on a hot day like that!) and we went into a souvenir shop where I got lost because they had so much SW stuff!! But I was good and only bought some PEZ dispensers. ;-)

Tuesday we went back to San Francisco and looked around Chinatown for a longer bit and got some souvenirs. And I got some really funky pink slippers. So soft and nice to wear. :-) We also went to Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill where you can get a really good view of the city and the bay, including Alcatraz and the bridge. I didn't go to the top of the tower, though. Instead I watching this funny lady who was walking around asking everyone if they needed their picture taken. She was a riot, she was from Alabama or something.

After seeing Chinatown, we went down to Fisherman's Wharf, but we just drove through it.. what a tourist trap! And then we got a tour of San Francisco. Don't remember all the names, but we went to Nob Hill and..some other places..yeah.

Tuesday we did nothing but go to a few shops and then it was off to the airport to go back home. And now we're home. So this is end of the California tale (for now).

Pictures to follow on Flickr soon...

Friday, June 17, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 7:43 PM

Beauty all around us

How truly in touch with God ,nature and the world around them were the early christian monks.
You just have to look at the places they chose to build their monasteries.Now I cant speak for other places in Europe but here in Ireland they always seemed to choose a place where God was present in nature and the beauty was there to constantly remind them of it.

Places like
Glendalough >
Clonmacnoise >
Skellig Michael >
Iona >
To name a few.

The reason I mention this is that to watch the sun rise over such vistas with the only sounds being the song of the birds and the ebb and flow of the tide is a very spiritual experience.Even in this day and age there are still places to do so even in the midst of modern towns and cities.

Go out search them out and find that little piece of calm and spirituality it can truly calm your troubled heart and soul.

KJ Out~

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 posted by KJ @ 12:59 PM

What have the Irish ever done for us?

This is a question that I dare say has been asked many's the time in many different places around the world. Well apart from showing the world how to party and for the likes of Guinness and St Paticks Day what ever have the Irish contributed?

Well as far back as the dark ages and the end of the roman empire the irish were the ones who saved christianity .The great books of the new testament were transcribed by Irish monks and they kept christianity alive while the barbarian hordes sacked Rome and the great european cities.

Some other notable contributions.

Mayonaisse:Yep its French but made for an Irishman.A general called Mahon.

The Submarine: Holland an Irishman designed and built the first modern Submarine.

Boyle's Laws:yep for you physics lovers Robert Boyle was an Irishman.

Literature: George Bernard Shaw,Oscar Wilde,Joyce,Yeats,Swift(Gullivers Travels) to name but a few.

Music:U2,Thin Lizzy, traditional music,Riverdance to name a few

The word Boycott.After Charles Boycott a landlord's agent.

Atomic energy:Ernest Walton was one of the pioneers in Nuclear power,hailed from Waterford.

Waterford Crystal Glass:Famous around the world,including the Times Square New year's globe.

In the world of film:Grace Kelly,Richard Harris,Peter O Toole,Liam Neeson Tyrone Power

First female Government minister:Countess Markovictz

First society with full sexual equality was the Irish Celtic nation where women carried the same rights and freedoms as their male counterparts.

I'm sure there are many more to add to the list but thats for another time.

Hope one or two of those listed there surprised you.See,we're so much more than singing and Drinking

Monday, June 13, 2005 posted by KJ @ 8:30 PM

Star Wars Fandom

I know a lot of you out there reading this are major Star wars fans so here are some links to some cool Star Wars sites.

This next one has some links to interviews by George Lucas

Anyhow as you can probably guess from all this I'm a fan too.

What makes Star Wars so great?
Well it could be the simple tale of Good and Evil ,where the bad guys are really bad and the good guys and Girls are plain good people,with no hint of the seedy nasty edge you get from so many films today.
Also it could be that it has a whole lived in feel to it.I mean you could picture yourself living there for real and it helps you to do so.
Star Wars also has that ability to get its message across to any generation and is good old fashioned family entertainment,with not a swear word,nudity or gratuitous violence in sight.
It has all the trappings of classical mythology that stands well with all the classic mythologies that are so popular in European folklore,the names Beowolf,Fionn Mac Cumhal,King Arthur and others could relate very easily to Luke Skywalker and their worlds have similar characters to this modern saga.

Whatever it is I'm sure you all have your own opinions on it.
Why not come on in and share them with us here.

KJ out;)

Sunday, June 12, 2005 posted by KJ @ 8:15 PM

I'll be sure to wear flowers in my hair..!

Hey there kids.

California is nce, lovely weather and cool stuff to look's nothing that special. ;-)

The jetlag wasn't too bad, but we were pretty tired on the first day. So far we've seen the Monterey Aquarium, the Winchester Mystery House and the Bixby Bridge and a lot of pretty scenery.

Sunday or Monday we should be going to San Fransisco and take a look at that...

Tomorrow is the reception for my sister and her hubby... some 60 people are coming.. Blimey.

Well, I'm out for now. Adios!

Saturday, June 11, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 7:05 AM

Swings and Roundabouts

Life sure can be strange and change so fast that its difficult to keep up with the pace at which it moves sometimes.

Its one of the things that never ceases to amaze me.I mean you are going through a very difficult time in your life when from out of nowhere BANG from out of nowhere everything can change so suddenly in the space of a few days or in some cases even hours.

I guess its one of the most amazing things about life .You never truly know whats coming next.
All you can do is sit there and hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

May the face of every good news and the back of every bad news be towards us.

The Wayfarer
by Padraic Pearse
The beauty of the world hath made me sad,
This beauty that will pass;
Sometimes my heart hath shaken with great joy
To see a leaping squirrel in a tree,
Or a red lady-bird upon a stalk,
Or little rabbits in a field at evening,
Lit by a slanting sun,
Or some green hill where shadows drifted by
Some quiet hill where mountainy man hath sown
And soon would reap; near to the gate of Heaven;
Or children with bare feet upon the sands
Of some ebbed sea, or playing on the streetsOf little towns in Connacht,
Things young and happy.
And then my heart hath told me:
These will pass,Will pass and change, will die and be no more,
Things bright and green, things young and happy;
And I have gone upon my waySorrowful.

Friday, June 10, 2005 posted by KJ @ 11:59 AM

Who am I?

Who am I ? What do I want in life?

Have you ever asked yourself those questions?

I have and and at different times in my life I've had different answers too.

As a kid growing up I was never very ambitious and all that I wanted in life was to have a job,settle down and get married and have a family. By the age of 22 I had achieved that and was happy with who I was and what I had.

But over time things change,you change and you grow.After several years I decided that I needed to be my own boss and make my own rules and managed to do that for several years.You learn so much about yourself as a person like that.I learned that I get more satisfaction from being creative an artist almost...(I'm an electrician by trade) Thnigs like a good job that works first time and is visually pleasing to the eye and neat was more important to me than finishing a job quicklyand under budget.I also learned that I'm not cut out for the hard life of a businessperson and that I dont have the ruthless streak associated with it.

Also in the last year in my personal life I've come to realise that I never truly knew the person I really was and it has been a great eye opening experience for me. Maybe its something to do with growing older ,you look for more and more from life and things like being happy with who you are and where youre at mean a lot more to you.I've found it to be a wonderful and fulfilling experience.

To anybody who has never experienced that I'd say take time out and see where you are and what you want and compare it with what you wanted in life as you first set out on your own.It will show you who you are and the journey its taken to get there.

It can be a wonderful and enlightening experience and can change your life forever.

And Kudos mate, thanks for the feedback but as the Flower's away And I'm KJ ,life's greatest Glory remains in rising whenever we fall and is not a Manc ,well not for this week anyway. ;)

"We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
-World-losers and world-forsakers,
on whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world for ever, it seems."

-- Arthur O'Shaughnessy

There are good ships,
and there are wood ships,
The ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships,
are friendships,
And may they always be.

Thursday, June 09, 2005 posted by KJ @ 12:04 PM

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

New day ,new experiences.

As we speak Wardi is jetting her way to sunny California and on what will be I'm sure a most interesting voyage of discovery.

I'm sure in the weeks ahead we will all be much the wiser to her thoughts on various things that happened and opinions of the holiday and the people and how her attitudes will change or get even stronger than they are right now.

Life is funny sometimes,all of a sudden you go from a situation of all being settled and having a routine through a period of change that turns your life completely on its head and makes you question everything about yourself.Its how we get through these times and examine ourselves and learn new things about ourselves that help us grow.

Life would be much the worse for having everything go smoothly for us always.Its in these dark times that we must look for the silver lining and take the positives from bad situations and find the humour in it.If we can manage to find that then we are on the way to being much stronger and better people and conquering our fears and doubts.

Now a few quotes to accompany these thoughts.

Some men see things as they are and ask why?Others dream things that never were and ask why not.

George Bernard Shaw

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,but in rising every time we fall.

Oliver Goldsmith

The tragedy of old age is not that one is old but that one is Young.

Oscar Wilde

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams

William Butler Yeats

And if I may I'll leave you with a little blessing for the day.

Dance as if no one were watching,
Sing as if no one were listening,
And live every day as if it were your last.

KJ out:)

Wednesday, June 08, 2005 posted by KJ @ 12:31 PM

Why do I feel like youre going to be the Death of Me.

Hello there Blurkers :)

Watch your feet while I sweep up all this popcorn dear Old Wardi left for me to sweep up.
You'd think at least she could have swept the place before heading off on her great Crusade.

I hope to be an adequate substitute in her absence and any feedback is greatly appreciated Ladies and Gents. Those are a mighty fine pair of boots I'm charged with filling though I'm not sure if the bright pink is my colour.

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish Wardi a safe journey and to acclimatise her to America I'll bid you HAVE A NICE DAY ;)

Just remember take it easy on them in California,they arent used to fiery Viking Women speaking their mind.Oh yeah and dont worry I wont tell anybody the true content of that OJ bottle youre carrying.

Talk soon People.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005 posted by KJ @ 8:34 PM

Hey there, blurker!

Yup, it's you I'm talking about! You come here with your drinks and popcorn and just let me blabber on and you never give me any feedback. And I know you are there!

Shirley, whatever nonsense I scribble around here, must start off atleast a few electronic impulses in your brain - why not participate?? It only gets better that way!

Blurker, we've been there before...

Anyway, tomorrow morning I'm off to the California place. But that doesn't mean the blog is going on holiday too. No, kids, there will be a substitute, so play nice! And do leave some feedback for the poor sucker (haha sorry!) I've enlisted to do my...job. ;-)

KJ, it's all yours!

PS. You may have noticed the white band at the top right. It's a link to Make Poverty History, and that's a very worthy cause. Click on it and do what you can.

posted by Wardi @ 12:01 PM

A delicious morse code for Google?

I feel like such a geek. I get excited because now has recommended tags. Less thinking for me!

Don't know what is?? It's an online bookmarks collection, where you tag your bookmarks and sort them that way. AND you can browse the booksmarks of other people with the same tag, like blogs or travel for example. Which is the reason why it's also called social bookmarks. Really handy, and your bookmarks are accessible from any computer with an internet connection. Here are my bookmarks.

It's quite interesting to look at the tags that the community uses: most of them have something to do, directly or indirectly, with the Internet or computing. That probably says a lot about the people who use, dunnit?

Something else the geek in me likes a lot, is that Google now is developing a portal style functionality {you need and ID and a pw to read the article: ireallyhatenyt3 and ireallyhatenyt respectively}. Like My Yahoo!, if you're familiar with that. It really makes sense to take this step for Google. They are the leading search engine, so why not do the portal thing? You can already use Google's other services, like Froogle, so why not put it all together on one handy page, which you can personalise??

Cause, really, people want to personalise things these days. They want to use the sites and servies on the 'net, but they want to make them their own too! So, of course, I had to go and set it up for myself, and here's what it looks like: click to view. {opens in new browser window}

So you think using your mobile phone to send messages is fast??

Ack, and here I just bought some of those and I felt like such a good person!

Monday, June 06, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 2:26 PM

Get the t-shirt!

The previous entry was posted through Flickr. I love Flickr, have I mentioned that?? I do. Love it. Go get some for yourself!

And speaking of getting some: now you can buy your very own t-shirt! Or what about a mug?? This goes through cafepress, so I really don't earn a lot from each t-shirt/mug. However, my evil plan is to make the t-shirts myself. So noone else earns anything from my work. But for now, go get some! can always buy the handmade tee later!

Sunday, June 05, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 9:36 AM

Travelling with diary.

Travel diary - pages
Originally uploaded by wardi.
For ten years, my trusty diary has followed me whenever I went abroad. And so, despite it being bulky and heavy (because of the numerous postcards, train tickets etc. pasted into its pages), after 10 years, it's coming with me to California as well.

So I can jot down my impressions, of the place my sister has chosen to call home, on the go.

Saturday, June 04, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 9:41 PM

What's your story?

Every day we tell other people stories about who we are. Or, if you don't tell other people who you are, I think there's a good chance you're telling yourself. Although you may not know it on a conscious level.

In earlier days this story-telling wasn't so widespread, I believe. Because back then, you knew who you were; a fireman, a nurse, a secretary, and so on. You were defined by your job and/or your family.

Today, people change jobs frequently, so that's not such a stable way of describing who you are anymore. Neither is your family. Not because there's something wrong with your family, but because a lot of people don't have the same feeling of being the product of this or that family. So it has less importance in your self-definition.

No, today we define ourselves by our interests, by our character-traits. Some people are able to fuse these with their job, for example, but you can easily define yourself as a writer or gardner, even if these are not your job, and do not give you any income whatsoever.

What's your story?

I've been wondering about these stories, because when you are a part of online communities, people tell stories about themselves too. And perhaps even more so than face-to-face. Because you are faceless, so your story becomes your face. You can elaborate on parts of your personality, and pretend others don't exist.

If you use screen names in different relations, that sreen name tells an awful lot about you. Do you use your own name? A name that's completely different, and made up perhaps? Does it reflect your taste in music? And so on...

Mine is Wardi. Which has a very specific meaning to me. Because it hails from my past
and it incorporates sides of me that I would like emphasized. Because I believe they define me, tell the story of who I am... In a sense.

It's Arabic, a dear friend of mine nicknamed me Wardi more than 10 years ago. It means flower. (If you know me just a little bit, chances are I've already told you this.) Obviously, I am not a flower, but I loke flowers and the idea Flower has connotations which I would like to be associated with me.

What those things are, exactly, you make that up, but the associations I have in mind are the positive ones...

Also, the fact that the name is Arabic reflects my love of languages, my (I hope) openness towards other cultures, places and people. The Arabicy-ness may also lend me some Eastern mystique, but that may only be in my mind.

Which of course, is the whole point: it is only in my mind. And yours too!

So what's on your mind? And what is the story you're telling other people??

If this made sense at all, I'd like to know what you think!

Friday, June 03, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 6:07 PM

I'm just a girl in a big hat

I'm very proud of T. Over the weekend he's learnt to count to 1,000 in Danish. He's so smart! And he's been driving in Denmark! All the way to the airport even. He's far braver than I am!

As promised: Pictures from my sister and hubby's wedding. Some of them turned out pretty darn good if I do say so myself!

Thursday, June 02, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 5:16 PM

Was it but a dream....?

T has returned to whence he came. He left last night, and when I woke up this morning it felt like I had dreamt it all, that he hadn't really been here... Eerie, saddening feeling..

Merrier things: my website host has, out of the blue, increased my webspace from 125MB to 300MB with NO EXTRA COST! So, now I may be able to do something about the photo-gallery I've been wanting to make... But for now you can look at some of my photos here. More to come, also of my sister's wedding.

I was the designated photographer, along with the groom's sister, and between us we should have some pretty good pictures. I haven't seen the photos yet, as they were taken with my parents' camera...

After the ceremony, the immediate family went to the very beautiful garden of some people who live close by, to take pictures. With lots of flowers (hortensias!), trees in bloom and a gazeebo in the background.

I feel kinda out of tune with what's been going on in the world the past week, because I've been so busy with the wedding and all. But I do know that the French voted no to the EU constitution, and that other EU countries with already slated referendums on it, are going ahead with them. Although it must be ratified by ALL the countries to be valid, so those referendums are now obsolete!

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 11:08 AM