Click Online tune

I seem to be getting a fair amount of people finding their way here when looking for something about the BBC programme Click Online. Especially about the music that plays during it.

Well, I certainly don't want people to be all lost like and coming here in vain, so I can tell you that it is a song called Eple from the album Melody A.M., by Norwegian band Royksopp. Eple means apple in Norwegian.

Bottom of this page, tells you that, too. ;-)

Hey there. Why not send me an email if you found what you were looking for?? :-)

Sunday, July 31, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 8:19 PM




Press F5!

I just had a thought, wouldn't it be great if you could refresh your TV?? Like press F5?!

Sometimes I think that would be incredibly handy!

The fact that I thought of this really underlines the need for such a feature, as it shows you how immensely boring telly is most of the time!

posted by Wardi @ 7:59 PM




Geeky enough??

I'm kinda tempted to join this: London Girl Geek Dinner.
The girls are having a geek party at the Octave in London on the 16th August 2005 at 7:30.
This is a great opportunity for the girls of the industry to get to know each other and maybe help each other out with any techie issues etc. We are not excluding the men, instead we ask that each male that attends brings a girl with them. Marketing bods and bloggers welcome!


I don't know if I'm geeky enough. But I'd sure like to meet some people in the vicinity of London! Especially people who blog. ;-)

Friday, July 29, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 11:47 PM




Sisssster!


Bottle
Originally uploaded by wardi.
I was feeling rather parched as I was doing some window shopping this afternoon, so I popped into a shop to buy some water.

It came in this very lovely bottle. It just looks so elegant, unlike most bottles!

Apparently my sister finds her way to this blog with some kind of frequency. Now if only she had a blog too, I could keep tabs on her as well.

But I guess that's a bit much to ask from the girl who only rarely replies to email!!

(Hmmmm...I'm guilty of that too...) ;-)

Thursday, July 28, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 10:39 PM




Wardi the Comedian

(39% dark, 30% spontaneous, 44% vulgar)
your humor style:
VULGAR | COMPLEX | LIGHT


Yours is the most versatile and also the most popular kind of humor. On the one hand, you'll crack a joke about just about anything, but you're not mean-spirited or intimidating, so you can get away with it--even when, for example, you bust on Mexicans. Even though you appreciate a good dirty joke as much as anybody, over all, you've got a cerebral approach to humor. In fact, you appreciate all well-crafted humor. Now just go out there and write up a routine; it's likely you'd be good at it.

You can take the quiz here to find out what kinda funny you are! {via}

posted by Wardi @ 10:30 PM




Scatterbrain

How about a scatterwriter??

I am one.

I never seem to have the same journal at hand, so I end up writing in whatever journal/notebook I've got lying around (and there is a few in several different places, believe you me!), or I write on any old scrap of paper I happen to have at hand.

Atleast that means that whatever important (or not-so-important thought I have, doesn't get away. But it does mean that there's not really any coherence in the different journals. It's scattered all over the place!

Some thoughts end up here where they find themselves in the company of other thoughts or ideas which also don't belong together.

I prefer to think that this is what makes it intersting. ;-)

posted by Wardi @ 9:49 PM




Of chocolate and metalness

Now might be the time to invest in Cadbury's!

Metal heads, anyone?? Christopher Lee lover?? Maybe you should go to the Earth Shaker Festival in Germany, cause he will be performing with both Manovar and Rhapsody.

The man is 82 years old. I can't even describe how odd this seems. But you know, maybe he's deaf, so he can't hear the music anyway. ;-b

Ok, I just did some more research into the matter, and it turns out that Lee has been involved with a Rhapsody album, The Magic Of The Wizard`s Dream. Fancy that!
{Thanks for turning my attention to this, Kalos!}

Well, who would ever have thought I'd mention metal bands here...

Driving back from my flat this afternoon I took kind of a scenic detour, passing some familiar places. I wonder when I will see them again??

It's strange the connection I feel with this flat land. It's almost like that is what I'll miss the most.

Sentimentality.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 9:27 PM




Design and science fiction

Some things make me wonder about what the designers behiind them thought when they designed it. With not so frequent frequency I'll pick up an item in a shop, or wherever, and wonder: what the frell is this?? How does it work?? Do I really need this? Does ANYONE??

And that brings me to science fiction. Especially the kind that takes place on Earth in the future. I'm often puzzled at how different it's made to be. And in many cases it seems so.. unfriendly and entirely unfot for humans to live in (atleast emotionally and psychologically), although it may be practical on many levels.

The thing that annoys me, is that writers seem to forget just how conservative humans are. In general we do not accept change easily. Especially not to our own way of life. It's like Sci-fi writers are so enraptured by thinking of how humans would have evolved technologically that they forget to think about how people would react to these technological advances! In so far as people accept change, and adapt to it, they also make it adapt to their needs, their wants.

So it bugs me to see how Sci-fi makes people the "victims" of their own technology, I doubt that will ever happen. And I doubt that the way humans live will ever change hugely compared to what it is today. Because people are conservative, they want to keep to their way of life. And then technology have to adapt to that way of life. Not the other way around!

And that goes for design too! You can't design how people are going to use things. You can, but the one intended use, for whatever you've designed, will not be the only one! It will be used by people who are different, and each of them will adapt the thing to their way of life.

I guess in a way you could say that design is Sci-fi. Design is an illusion, cause you can't know for sure how people will use the things you've designed.

Monday, July 25, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 10:14 AM




Illustration Friday: Tranquility


Tranquility
Originally uploaded by wardi.
A.k.a. "This Is What My Feet Call Tranquility". It's a drawing of my beloved flipflops, which are all I wear during the summer, whenever I can get away with it. Shoes suck!

This is my first entry to Illustration Friday. I've been kinda following this for a while now, but then I was wondering to myself: why not just join in the fun?? So here I go. I hope I can keep it up - even with the big move and all!

What is Illustration Friday, you ask??

Illustration Friday is meant to challenge participants creatively. We believe that every person has a little creative bone in their body. Illustration Friday just gives a no-pressure, fun excuse to use it.

Lovely, non? Why don't you give a whirl too??

Sunday, July 24, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 10:29 PM




Clicks from Wardi

Be your own hotspot!

Pac-man, Space Invaders, Tetris... Go play some games from days of yore!

How It Works... The Computer. Comparative gallery of the 1971 and 1979 editions of this book. How mych we take for granted now, huh??

RETROBASE.NET features the greatest and most complete databases for classic videogames with screenshots and release details that can be found on the Internet. Many individuals spent large amounts of their time to preserve this part of videogame history from being lost forever. We are trying to cover all platforms as accurate as possible.

Age-Maps. Two photographs of the same person at different times (child and adult) spliced together. Some of them do not look much different as child and adult, and others look very different. Fascinating.

Declaration of Revocation by John Cleese

To the citizens of the United States of America, in the light of your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective today.

Remember Karate Kid?? Ever wonder if you could catch flies with chopsticks??

Crazy Rabbit. It thinks the cursor is a carrot. And it wants to catch it. Which is all about what there is to this...

Fabulous origame art! I can barely make a paper ship!

Jedi Mickey! And from the other side. Thanks, Kalos!

Coldplay X&Y Album Art Generator. Type in some text and then see stuff happen!

Take 100 grams and call me in the morning. Oh did ever taste such sweet medicine?!

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go hunt down some chocolate.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 6:57 PM




Talk to the hand

Bombs, attempted bomb attacks, people getting shot on the tube. These are altogether scary facts of life now. My life too. And there is nothing one can do...

I get the feeling that the English, and Londoners in particular, are quite resilient; they wont let a few bombs destroy their way of life. They'll go on with their life almost as they always have.

I hope I can do the same. I don't want to feel afraid when I get on the tube or a bus. But I can't help but feel that maybe I wont be in any rush to go to London. And getting a job outside London doesn't seem like a bad idea at all.

That said, I have to tell myself this as well: I am not afraid. Being afraid accomplishes nothing. Vary, yes, but not afraid. Not ever.

Friday, July 22, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 6:38 PM




Don't dream and drive

I had an odd dream last night. I was in England, and we were driving down some country road on the way from the airport I think. As this was a dream, some of it doesn't make sense in hindsight, although it did at the time; so in the dream it made perfect sense that suddenly T was outside of the car which was still moving. Then he called me on the mobile, but of course I then realised that there was noone controlling the vehicle, so I scrambled to the driver's seat, throwing the mobile in the back of the car.

The seat of course wasn't adjusted to fit me, so I had great trouble reaching the accelerator etc. But I did manage to take control of the car and get it to the side of the road. I then adjusted the seat and set out to go back to get T. I did have some trouble getting across the road, though. But when I finally did, the driving went easily enough.

But T was nowhere in sight! I even passed the place where he had left the car so unceremoniously. And then I think I decided to drive back to his parents' house, but the memory of the dream gets kinda hazy at this point.

What makes the dream interesting, for me atleast, is that I suddenly seemed to be able to drive effortlessly on the wrong side of the road, as they do in England. ;-)

posted by Wardi @ 8:51 AM




Guy at cinema


Guy at cinema
Originally uploaded by wardi.
A drawing of the guy at the cinema.

I'm not usually very good at drawing faces, and even worse at doing it on the quick. But this one turned out rather good.

And there are some fresh watercolours on Flickr as well (click to see the watercolour set). I do feel like a kid who's been given some watercolours! I barely know how to stop.

And that, my friends, makes this girl very happy.


And now for something completely different: I did a search on google.co.uk for "tony" and this was the first result.
I find that rather amusing. ;-)

Thursday, July 21, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 10:13 PM




Waiting for thunder


Waiting for thunder
Originally uploaded by wardi.
I took this out the car window, I'm actually surprised how nice it turned out.

Tell me about the skies that takes your breath away!

xxx

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 10:31 PM




Go on, you know you want to click it!

If you don't have access to a proper flight simulator, this is for you.

You wont often find me linking to anything Christian related, but the Brick Testament was too good to pass. Holy LEGO!

Terrorready.net. Don't say we didn't warn you!

I park like an idiot. Well, I don't, but I see plenty of people who do. This would come in handy.. ;-)

Bump and Rind - another spoof of the Citroen commercial that I so like.

A musical version of the War of the Worlds. (Thanks Glory!) Not terribly familiar with this, but the artwork on the site is great and I'd much rather see this than horrible Tom Cruise! Pah! I spit on him!

An Academy Award nominated short, More, by Mark Osborne. It's very moving.

Futurama Taglines. I recommend you watch them as a slideshow! Featuring Gratuitous Alien Nudity.

Quiz: Art or crap?? I got 15 out of 16. Beat that! ;-b {via}

posted by Wardi @ 9:58 AM




Corona Extra


Corona Extra
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Based on yet another photo. This one from California too.

I try to avoid painting glass. Or atleast I used to. Now I'm starting to think that since it's difficult..that's the reason to do it! To develop!

That's what it's all about. I'm quite happy with the wee paintings I've done this week. I feel there's been lessons in all of them. Although I'm not entirely sure what they are yet.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 10:39 PM




Winnie the Clone Trooper

I went to see ROTS today. I thought there was something funny about the commercials and the trailers: toys and animated films.

Film starts and we all look at the screen in disbelief: it IS Winnie the Pooh up there! And not a fricking driod or lightsaber in sight!

So the guy sitting in front of me goes out to ask if they've made a mistake or something. And comes back saying that the Winnie film had been on earlier and they just forgot to change the film!

So they changed the film and atleast we didn't have to sit through another round of commercials and trailers. But really, they should have given us vouchers to go see a film for free!! Cheeky monkeys!

It was odd to see the film again, cause it will probably be the last time I get to see it. And that means that it was the last time I see a Star Wars film at the cinema!!

Monday, July 18, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 5:42 PM




My sister's shoes


My sister's shoes
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Look! It's another wee painting. It's not done yet and I'm not quite happy with it either. But what is satisfactory is that it looks like this after less than 2 hours work on it.

Perhaps the wee paintings are the way to go to get the creative juices flowing!

Doing the wee paintings kinda reminds of doing watercolours, cause I tend to work fast on them. Not lingering too much on this or that detail.

I just concentrate on throwing paint on the canvas. Less thinking is the way forwards!

Sunday, July 17, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 10:04 PM




My no understand...

I like to think I speak/write fairly good English. And other people I interact with in English do too. Which sometimes makes speaking it difficult for me.

Because then other people (and to some extenct, I do too) expect that I will understand everything. And usually I do, but there are cases where I still go "huh?" when talking to some people.

Especially frustrating is wanting to use the correct expression in the right situation. Like a proverb or just "the most commonly used expression" (am I making myself clear at all?).

Sometimes I'm fairly sure I know the expression in question but still have doubts and while thinking too long about it, the moment passes! This is even more the case in writing; I might know how to say a word, but in writing I can't use it because I have no idea how to spell it. And as the spelling perfectionist that I am, then I'd rather use a different word or phrase altogether.

So, I've been learning (both 'forced' and voluntarily) English for more than 15 years, and I can still improve, still get better. Isn't that a wonderful thing??

Can never stop learning. :-)

posted by Wardi @ 4:57 PM




Chairs


Chairs
Originally uploaded by wardi.
I've been working on this wee painting for the past couple of days. It's based on this photo which I took in Sacramento.

I had a handful of little canvases, and I thought instead of throwing them away, I'd use them! And make some paintings before moving to England. Nothing fuels the imagination as a bit of pressure! ;-)

The quality of the photo leaves a lot to be desired, but hey... :-b

Saturday, July 16, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 9:21 PM




Why?

Why are women so calculating? So devious??

Always scheming.

Sometimes I don't understand my own gender.

Friday, July 15, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 8:20 PM




For your clicking pleasure.

Like Celine Dion being herself isn't bad enough...

This one is for T. As the quintessential Englishman he is, he loves his tea. (I love my T, too)

Egg Bacon Chips and Beans
. More English fare. I wouldn't touch that, though.

WOW! Y'all!! This is fricking scary. Not one of them look like they are happy, like they are enjoying themselves. Why do people do this?!?!

Let's do the 69 thing, honey... How's that for viral marketing??

And staying on topic..? I believe this was an actual IKEA commercial...

This one is for you, Dexy.

More art: Etched in Time. This guy makes art on Etch-a-Sketches!!

Elvis made with Post-It notes!


You may recall that I posted about this, and now I found out that someone's made a spoof of it. And it's so cool!

Das Virtuelle Computermuseum. We had one of these, but then, who didn't??

You can call me a missionary all you like, but sign this thing while you do!

And if you didn't watch it live.. you can catch Live8 performances here.

I love my del.icio.us bookmarks. But that's all for now. :-)

Wednesday, July 13, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 12:00 AM




Da Vinci and Angels

Well, I was going to post a bucket-load of links, but the otherwise lovely de.icio.us seems to not want to play at this particular instant in time. So no link for them either, that'll learn them!

So, instead, I'll regale you with my thoughts of Dan Brown's The Da Vinc Code and Angels and Demons.

It kinda feels like I'm the last person to read these books. The Code in particular. It's like all the cool kids have read it and I'm really slow to pick up.. ;-)
And it's not so much a review as a....few random thoughts about the books... There may be spoilers, though, so you are warned.

Anyway, on the whole, I like the books. I think I prefer Angels, but that may be because it's mainly set in Rome. So I'm familiar with most of the surroundings. And as you might know, I totally love and adore Rome!

The premise for the books is interesting, they both deal with secret societies that are more or less mythical. And what is more intriguing than secret societies?? Especially when some of the members in the past were famous people! Which is the case in both books.

The thing I like the least about the books (when seen in comparison), is that they seem so similar. To name but a few things: {more here}

* The male protagonist, Robert Langdon, unravels a trail of mystical, ancient clues which leads to his discovering the truth about a legendary, secret society and its relationship to the Vatican.

* A prologue depicts the assassination of a murder victim, which results in Langdon having to be awakened by a telephone call by the relevant authorities, asking him to offer his assistance in symbology.

* Events take place during the course of not much more than one day, where Langdon is teamed with a beautiful, highly intelligent woman who is closely related to the murder victim.

* The prominent assassin of the book (i.e. the Hassassin in Angels and Demons and Silas in The Da Vinci Code) commits the murders under the impression that he is doing so for an organisation which is apparently involved in but actually framed for the murders (i.e. the Illuminati in Angels and Demons and Opus Dei in The Da Vinci Code).

* At one point along the way, Langdon makes a mistake whilst following the trail of clues and is directed to the wrong place.

It kinda rubs me the wrong way that he's sorta taken the formula from Angels and then
just replaced the places and the names. It seems a bit lazy. Maybe that's why Angels feels like a better book...

Now, I won't go into the whole "what is correct and what is wrong" in this book. Other people have done so already. And I really don't think it's relevant. Cause these are works of fiction and as such you cannot trust them. Even if the books claim to be telling the truth, they will diverge from it. So..yeah..

Another thing that makes the Code slightly less interesting to me, is that I knew what it was about before I started reading it. And not just the book itself, but the whole thing about what "the grail" is supposed to be (or not to be, as the case may be). I knew far less about the Illuminati.

It's interesting that these books, and the Code in particular, have created such a stirr. I can only assume that it's because of their "having a go" at some strongly held beliefs in Christianity. And of course that means, to some extent, most of the people living in the Western world who live under the influence of Christianity. Which we do, whether it be by choice or not.

I look forward to reading more of Brown's work, but keeping in mind that it is fiction. And when T and I go to Rome (next year, hopefully), I might take him sightseeing to the places in Angels.. ;-)

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 10:58 PM




I am the monkey

Right now I'm sat on the floor in my (soon-to-be) old flat, which is empty but for a few bits and bobs, cleaning materials, sacks of things to be thrown away and my computer.

The computer I left here so I can email T while I go to and from the cleaning. Also, the computer is a very handy tool for skiving while (not) cleaning.

The flat feels very empty. There's even a slight echo when I type!

Well, I guess I can't procrastinate any longer...

Monday, July 11, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 8:42 AM




*phew*

Moved all my stuff to my parents today. It was sunny and very, very hot. Atleast I had less things to move this time than last.

Tired. That is all. ;-)

Saturday, July 09, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 9:31 PM




So they're blowing up London...


The Flood Gate
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Right as I'm about to go live there. Well, atleast it isn't where we'll be living. Thank goodness for that... It really is very saddening and shocking to see the news about those bombs...

This photo shows the building we'll be living in, thepub across the street, the flood gate by the river Thames, and the river itself.

If we lean out far enough, we actually have a river view. How about that?? ;-)

Thursday, July 07, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 6:54 PM




Happy Weekend!

Alright chaps, I'm off to see my new home in London town.

Be good. ;-)

Friday, July 01, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 7:50 PM




Dear Sara luvmelongtime@hotmail.com - part deux

I got another email from you but I've ever never heard about you before. It's just as eloquent as the first one, although a bit shorter.

I'm starting to wonder why I get these. Dear Sara, why do you send me these irate emails?

And wondering what I should do about it. Ignore it? Reply? Report it to hotmail or something??

another very strange email

posted by Wardi @ 11:31 AM