December is here!
As I wont be around much in the next few days, because my parental units are coming for a visit, I changed the header already.
And, you get a little early Christmas surprise: Click to see it!
Also, remember that December 1 is World AIDS Day. If you've got one, wear the red ribbon!!
Wednesday, November 30, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 11:37 PM
I like how our new forks are perfect for a proper mouthful of peas.
posted by Wardi @ 2:42 PM
Yesterday I did a virus scan of my computer.
It took 2 hours and 23 minutes.
Apparently there are 295,331 files and 4,749 folders on my computer.
Maybe I should delete some of the temporary internet files, eh??
posted by Wardi @ 11:50 AM
Do or do not
Today I read one of the most profound things I've ever come across.
And it's so simple and common sense you'd think I'd have figured it out long ago. But I haven't, cause although I am a pretty simple kinda gal, I am rather lacking in the common sense department, unfortunately.
So, are you ready for it?? This is it:
"The more you do, the more you get done".
Tuesday, November 29, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 11:54 AM
I haven't posted a nice bunch of links in a while, so without further ado:
This one's for Theresa. Just take a look at the last photo!
Here's something for all you MAD magazine lovers. ALL the MAD covers, presented in a rather nifty way, too!
Short stories. There's a category for kids stories, too, Glory!!
Their Circular Life. Pretty cool.
A PEZ collection to die for!!!
Play RISK using Google Maps!
Olivier Kugler's Portfolio. There's some really good drawings there. And some interesting stories in them too.
Beautycheck. On this homepage, you will find plenty of information on a large research project on 'facial attractiveness' that has been carried out at the universities of Regensburg and Rostock in Germany.
What a waste...
Etymologic. Apparently the toughest word game on the Web!
Pencil Revolution. A weblog all about pencils!
Where did the Time go??
Ben Nevis Webcam. Home of the Scottish Mist!
Need a film location in England?? Look no further!
Monday, November 28, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 6:50 PM
What are you looking for??
People end up here looking for the strangest things..
Men wearing pink bra sets, anyone??
"snowball fight" bikinis ...
posted by Wardi @ 6:43 PM
A good workout
I was getting a bit fed up with the gym. But since I've started doing some weights as well as the cardio, that I did at the beginning, it's become a bit more interesting.
Cause using the cross trainer and the threadmill was getting really boring.
Sunday, November 27, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 10:04 PM
If you're able to watch BBC2 and you're not watching Rome on Wednesday nights, tell me why not??
It's bloody brilliant!
It's got everything you could possibly wish for; drama, violence, sex, intrigue, ROMANS, Rome, history, politics, oh did I mention scantily clad men AND women?? ;-b
posted by Wardi @ 9:06 PM
The boss sent me a Flickr link, so i could set up an account and what better first use for it than this: Here's a couple of my Vegas pictures...
Me, outside the Mirage wearing my Stormtrooper Tshirt!!
Bloody proper Star Wars fan on tour i am! :)
Me, again, stood in front of the Bellagio, a real Ocean's eleven moment.
Two of the other Stephens are stood off to the right...
The picture every Sw fan who ever goes to Vegas must take!
(Note to the boss: i'm wearing the Tshirt you made for me especially in this picture)
More pictures later, you lucky people...
In fact, there's plenty more on my Flickr site, go look :)
Friday, November 25, 2005 posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 9:43 PM
A visit from Homer!
I just thought this was funny!
posted by Wardi @ 7:26 PM
Howdy y'all, i'm back from my wonderful trip to Las Vegas (what a mad, mad, mad place that is)and i see the boss has been busy with the blogging in my absence.
So how are you all? Did you miss me? I missed you lot. :)
Still, leaving the warm sun and coming back to freezing fog was not a nice experience...
I will tell you some stories about my trip over the next few days and hey, i may even show you some of my pictures, if you're all very, very good ;)
By the way, did you see the new logo at the top of my entry?? The boss made it for me!! Can you tell she missed me while i was gone?? :)
posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 5:31 PM
Brunkager - ready for eating!
They are traditional Danish Christmas cookies called 'brunkager', which means "brown cakes". Because they turn brown once baked.
The reason they do that, is that there's sirup in them. Along with some spices that for me are inextricably linked to Christmas: cloves, cardamom and cinnamon.
I wasn't entirely sure how they'd turn out because we don't have any scales, so I couldn't measure things correctly.
And the recipe calls for ground cardamom, but I could only find the seeds/pods/whatever they are called. So I didn't know exactly how much I had to use.
But they turned out alright. T sure seems to be happy to gobble them down, and his parents like them too!
Even his co-workers liked them, so much that his boss has asked for the recipe!
Edit 10/12/05: I see that quite a few people end up here by searching for a recipe for brunkager, well look no further: recipe for brunkager (in English, the measurements are metric).
posted by Wardi @ 4:29 PM
I was watching some news about the passing of famous British footballer, George Best, and I'm wondering a bit about the outpour of feelings for this man.
I mean, yeah, he was famous and all that, but why do people get so worked up about a man they didn't know? It's like what happened when Princess Diana died. All those candles, teddy bears and mountains of flowers. And showing grief for someone you've never met.
It's very odd. It's almost like people need a public figure like that to release emotions, that they might not otherwise show.
I prefer crying for people I know, not some stranger off the telly, football icon or not.
posted by Wardi @ 4:02 PM
Who's the more foolish..?
Sometimes I find it so difficult to not judge people. I don't like that.
Thursday, November 24, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 8:28 AM
Gromit mug - EDM #4
the drawing I've done of a Gromit mug.
I thought I'd give myself a challenge and not just draw any mug. Cause the gromit mug has some intereting angles and such because it's moulded.
Maybe I should have made the nose red, cause it turns red when you put hot liquid in it. :-)
Wednesday, November 23, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 8:30 PM
Mobile phone - EDM #13
Just a bit difficult with the colour, cause the damn thing is all grey, but to draw it completely grey would make the drawing look kinda muggy.
posted by Wardi @ 8:28 PM
Eye - EDM #33
It's my eye, but I'm not entirely happy with it. Just doesn't look..right!
It actually looks more like my eye in the blurred version.
But then, I guess it's not so much about how much it looks like the 'real thing', but just about doing it.. :-)
posted by Wardi @ 8:26 PM
Moon people for Christmas!
A unique opportunity to own a piece of real estate that truly is out of this world, own an acre of land on The Moon.
If you are looking for a truly original gift for the person who already has all their earthly needs catered for then this is what you are looking for.... their own piece of the heavens!
The gift pack includes:
It's available at W H Smith for the measily price of £19.99. What a bargain!
I especially like the "purchaser's Mineral Rights to their land". What the hell are you supposed do with that??
posted by Wardi @ 9:37 AM
I need a genious!
I've long thought about using Wordpress instead of Blogger, especially because Wordpress has categories! But I am hindered in doing so because installing Wordpress requires knowledge I do not have. Knowledge about such (to me) elusive subjects as PHP and mySQL and databases.
Though any thorough knowledge doesn't seem to be required, I would like to know what I'm doing. See, I can read the instructions for installing it and that makes perfect sense. Except for the part about setting up a database for the thing. Cause my php admin thing doesn't seem to willing to do what the Wordpress instructions say it should be doing.
So, if anyone could give me a hand, I'd be ever so grateful.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 1:54 PM
T has this annoying ability to fall asleep almost before his head hits the pillow.
I am very jealous.
posted by Wardi @ 12:01 AM
You're an artist!
Today I was thinking about all this crafty/creative/arty stuff that I do. I take it completely for granted. I cannot imagine not tinkering with something or other.
I'm mainly self-taught, but I've always been surrounded with people who made stuff, so it's never occurred to me not to do stuff. My mum used to do all sorts of things: cross stitching, knirring, sewing, weaving, she could even draw; why did she ever stop doing that??
My dad's mum crocheted, did pearl embroidery; I did that with her too, she made lace (oh how I regret that she didn't teach me to do that!) and lots of other things.
Even my dad does things. They may not seem very creative, but, really, they are! Over time he's fixed countless computers, several cars and moved just about every wall in their house.
If you define art as what you can't do (and I do), then those things, by definition, are art as well. It's just a matter of looking at the handy work of other people and discovering the art of it.
In my opinion, you don't have to do something that some people might put in a museum to be an artistic. If you make a fab chocolate cake, write personal birthday cards to all your friends and family (and not just an email) or raise your kids to not be complete monsters (oh there's something a lot of people seem unable to do!), there is a creative streak in you!
That said, most people are indeed capable of making "art". Problem is that they when they were growing up, they were told by "well meaning" grown ups that is was a waste of time. There were better things to do, like math or spelling, whatever.
We've all got the capability to create. If we can pick up a pencil and write our own name, we can make art. Try it! Write your name, as you would if you were to sign something: your signature is unique.
There's noone else in the whole world who has a signature like it. They can't make a signature like yours (except if they are of the signature faking type of people..). And if we use my parameter for what art is; something that you cannot do, then your signature is a piece of art because only you can make it!
Monday, November 21, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 8:07 PM
Oh that smell...
Bigger than the old one, which is good, cause next week my parents are coming over and we were a bit worried about how we'd fit all four of us plus my parents' luggage in the old car!
The girl who we dealt with at Vauxhall had the limpest handshake I've ever encountered. It was like she just handed us a sock! Wouldn't you expect someone who frequently shakes people's hands to have a firm handshake??
posted by Wardi @ 1:12 PM
Illustration Friday Free
I like balloons. They are so colourful and seem so happy, despite almost always being tied to something.
Though, maybe they like being tied, and that's why they are so happy??
Anyway, I thought I'd set the balloon free, so it could fly up to the clouds and the birds...
Drawing done in Illustrator and text added in Photoshop. There are a couple of other versions of the illustration, they can be seen here.
As per usual, my other Illustration Friday entries are here.
posted by Wardi @ 10:27 AM
Note to self: always bring camera
We were driving by Lakeside to go to a Tesco overthere. As we were approaching a large roundabout, we could see what looked like fog, which was odd, cause it hasn't been fog elsewhere in any way.
As we got closer, we noticed that there was a bus pulled to one side. Suddenly I noticed something orange; the bus was ON FIRE!!
And to think, for once I hadn't brought my camera! Though I realise that it's a somewhat morbid thing to photograph, but still!! Anyway, there was noone in the bus, so...
Friday, November 18, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 11:15 PM
Drawing of bag - EDM#3
Isn't it interesting what drawings you've got lying around when you go hunting for them??
I really like this drawing. Imagine me saying that! It actually captures the essence of the bag really well. Right chuffed about that!
posted by Wardi @ 10:27 PM
EDM #41 - Tower Bridge
Everyday Matters group. Cause I need to draw more! So for this week's challenge (Draw a landmark of your city), it's the Tower Bridge. Now if that isn't a landmark, I don't know what is! ;-)
Though it's not actually in our town, well.. it's close enough.
What is Everyday Matters, you might ask??
Well, it's a bunch of people who draw an everyday thing each week. Though, it's not important that you do them only that week, you can do them whenever. It's all about looking at the world around you...
It's inspired by this book, by a chap called Danny Gregory. He has a weblog; which is where I first encountered the group.
All good fun and I do more drawing. A win-win situation.
posted by Wardi @ 3:27 PM
Red box with bird
It's another "wee painting", which is what I call the smallish paintings I do of objects I find around the house, or from pictures I've taken.
I particularly like this one, because my grandma gave me this and it's pretty and lovely.
posted by Wardi @ 3:19 PM
You know what?? I really like the comments people leave here. That is, when they do... ;-)
Comments are like little surprises; you don't know who they are from, or what they say, until you "unwrap" them.
posted by Wardi @ 11:19 AM
Red and cake
I actually wasn't goiing to post about these. Atleast not yet, Christmas is a while away still!
Anyway, I'm posting it because someone posted it to their blog via flickr. That makes me feel all fuzzy-like inside. ;-)
Funny thing about this site, is that they've got a picture on there, of a cup cake with a flag in it. It's black and white, so I don't know if it's Danish, or Swedish perhaps, but it DOES look Danish.
Thursday, November 17, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 5:15 PM
I'm watching Ep. III with the audio commentary and it occurs to me that Lucas has achieved something (that I think) he's mentioned wanting to achieve: that it is like a silent movie. You don't need the sound to get what's going on.
Of course, it could just be because I've seen it several times.. ;-)
posted by Wardi @ 1:36 PM
Only remotely in control
I've been thinking about this before, but something happened today that made me wonder more about it.
They more or less do the same things, have the same buttons etc. But that's as far as it goes when it comes to likeness. Every make and every model is different, both in the colours and design, but also, and most importantly, in the way the buttons are placed.
Now, I don't really care what a remote control looks like, what I do care about is how it balances in my hand. And I tend to like the controls best where the main buttons (channel and volume up and down) are in the middle of the control. cause that way I can hold most of the control in my hand, but at the same time comfortably reach the main buttons.
I don't like when those buttons are at the end nearest to me, cause then I can't hold it properly and operate the buttons. If the buttons are at the far end, that's also annoying, because the back end seems to 'dip' and that makes it uncomfortable to hold and operate with one hand.
Am I the only one?? Surely not!
posted by Wardi @ 1:08 PM
SW Burgerking toys
Though, at 99p a piece, Tony wouldn't let me get all 21 of them. I felt right pouty!
But I got eight, and that's cool too - I only wish I had got R2-D2... I'll make a swap with you if you got that one.. ;-)
They are bigger than you might think, so they were a nice big pile on the counter at BK. When one of the other chaps at BK saw them, he totally shaked his head at us. Or maybe just at me... Hehe.
More pictures of the toys are here.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 11:14 PM
Just let me be lazy!
On Sunday it was my first time back at the gym for two weeks. I was in Denmark for a week and then I had to not do too much because of the tooth pulling. And then I tried to kinda get out of going and then other stuff happened (the result of one of them we're getting on Saturday), so we didn't get to go till Sunday.
But it was nice. I like the feeling of having been to the gym and the thought of having been to the gym. The thing I don't like about it, is having to go there, or the actual being there.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 4:58 PM
Illustration Friday Strength
I can think of a lot of things that illustrate "strength" better than this.
But I sure can't think of any that are as fun to make for a SW lover like yours truely.
Who'd've thunk that the mighty Death Star (moon, really..) could be taken out by a tiny X-wing??
The Force is strong with this one...
Pencil drawings, put together in Photoshop.
My previous Illustration Friday entries can be seen here.
Monday, November 14, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 7:43 PM
Earrings - a detail
As I was painting them, I re-realised something that I've thought of a few times before.
Conscerning when I'm painting, making collages in Photoshop or indeed writing entries for this blog.
If I pause from whatever activity I am engaged in, I will sometimes wonder about that lovely story I was just reading.
And then I realise that I wasn't reading anything, I was creating something and that feels like reading a wonderful story. But it is all in my head.
I suspect this is the reason why I need to do creative things, to keep capturing that feeling of being part of something magic.
Sunday, November 13, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 4:58 PM
I guess my life ain't all that bad
Got the idea from Saul. ;-)
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Saturday, November 12, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 4:42 PM
If you're not English there might be a good chance that you're wondering what that's all about.
Well, it's Armistice Day here in England today. This day commemorates all the fallen soldiers of the wars since the WWI.
The reason it's the poppy that synbolizes this day, is that the fields where the fallen (err) fell, were full of poppies.
Most people wear the paper poppy from the beginning of November till the 11th, and sometimes longer than that. It's actually quite amazing to see how many people actually wear them. Old people, young people, women and men alike.
The money you pay for the poppies go to The Royal British Legion, a charity that provides financial, social and emotional support to people who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependants.
Friday, November 11, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 8:06 PM
Toilet paper makes art
Well, yesterday I bought some cheap kids' markers, just to have fun with.
As I was contemplating what kind of fun I'd have with them, I remembered something I used to love to do as a kid.
You simply draw with the markers on coffee filters and then stick a bit of them into a glass of water and then MAGIC happens!
As the water soaks into the filter, it draws the ink from the marker with it and creates these beautiful splashes of colour.
It's always interesting what colours make up the different ones. I think especially the browns and the greys hold many more colours than one would think.
I had no coffee filters, but toilet papers works just as fine.
Not sure if I can find a use for these, other than their prettiness... who knows...
Thursday, November 10, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 3:53 PM
Hello people of the mighty Blog.
Well, the Boss has given me ten days off for my holidays (she would not, unfortunatly give me an advance on my meager wage, so i sold a few minor organs to fund the trip!!) and in the morning i fly off to (hopefully) sunny Las Vegas.
So, i want you all to promise to be good little boys and girls while i'm away and not give your aunty Wardi a hard time, she always tries to do her best for you.
[YODA] "do or do not, there is no try" [/YODA] Hehe ;)
See you all in ten days and remember: Stay safe out there...
Somebody remember to feed the cat and please leave the bin out for me on Monday morning, ta.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005 posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 8:50 PM
TV blah blahs
I was flipping through the channels to see if there was anything interesting on (yeah, that's an oxymoron if there ever was one), and I saw a 'teaser' for something about Tommy Lee going to college or whatever that crap was. Coincidentially there some programme with Pamela Anderson on right after that, how did they plan that??
Anyway. I'm so sick of all these "celebrities" doing "reality tv" shows. Recently they were showing something called Rock School where Gene Simmons from Kiss was teaching a bunch of kids from a classical music boarding school to be rock stars.
It was even MORE boring than it sounds!! Those kids had no personality and Simmons is just another has-been rocker who is too pathetic to even realise that! Who fucking cares about how many women he's slept with?? What a lovely legacy!
And I'm not even going to get into what I think about the socalled Simple Life of Paris Hilton & co. Though, now her mother is having her own show as well, How to be a Hilton; what's the matter, don't want to be outdone by your own daughter?? I wonder if she's as slutty as her off-spring. After all, they must have learnt it somewhere...
I saw somewhere that Jerry Hall has a show too; another has-been! And what was she when she was something??
It's like every tv station on the planet saw the success MTV had with the Osbournes and they just HAD to have a reality-celebrity flagship of their own. Don't they realise that it is some of the most boring tv ever created??
But of course, I shouldn't complain, I'm not in their target group. Atleast, I hope I'm not.
posted by Wardi @ 7:01 PM
Illustration Friday Night
I see too much of the night sometimes. And this time of year there's way too much of it for my liking.
I love the Danish summer nights. It only gets dark for a few hours, the rest of the night has tones that are similar to the ones in this week's entry.
Collage of my own photos and words. Put together in Photoshop. No drawing this time, despite my promise to myself to do that each time. But there you go.
My previous Illustration Friday entries can be seen here.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 10:29 PM
But, although they are a very lovely brown colour, they were a bit plain.
So I prettyfied them with some stitching. Easy! And now they are one-of-a-kind gloves!
I was going to add some beads to them as well, but when I was done with the stitching, I decided to leave them like that. :-)
posted by Wardi @ 12:29 PM
A knitting first
But look at it, it's nice and even and there's only a few 'holes' (I don't know proper knitting lingo...yet) in the pink bit.
This may become a scarf at some point. Or a blanket for a doll. Anyoone have a doll that needs a blanket??
posted by Wardi @ 12:26 PM
Tragedy strikes again...
Hello BlogWorld :)
As you can probably tell from the title tragedy has struck again!
(Hmmmm, with the words Tragedy and Again being in the title it's bit of a give away really...)
My cool Yoda keyring has lost another leg, he now has no legs left, none, he's all out of legs, he is a Yoda without legs!!
As if he isn't short enough already!
Some Jedi Master he turned out to be... How's he going to defend my keys with his stunning mastery of the Force without legs?? Look what happened to Vader!
Unless this is some cunning plot to slowly smuggle him out of the country piece by piece, maybe as part of a fiendish Denmarkian plot???
Friday, November 04, 2005 posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 7:45 PM
I've spent the afternoon knitting. Well, learning to knit again. It's going rather well, but it'll be quite a while before I can even think of attempting to do anything more complicated than a scarf.
It's fun, though. And I learnt it straight away, because I used to know how to knit. Although I think the most I ever did was a woolly hat for myself.
I look forward to getting on with this new hobby. I hope soon I'll be able to knit more interesting things, like mittens. Mittens! That's a nice word, isn't it?!!
posted by Wardi @ 6:07 PM
To CGI or Not to CGI
Howdy Blogland :)
I have been so busy lately that i just haven't had time to bring my view to Wardi world. The boss seems to be doing fine without me though...
As most of you here know this week saw the release of Star Wars Episode III, something which a lot of us have been eagerly awaiting.
Having watched it with and without the commentary (very good indeed :)) and viewed all the extra features i noticed something which made me stare.
In the Chosen One documentary on disk 2 there is a clip of Yoda doing his "Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate lead to suffering..." line.
But it's a CG Yoda!!!! The clip is from a scene in from Episode I and Yoda wasn't CGI in Episode I, Yoda was a new improved puppet in Episode I(and a crappy looking one at that) which means the scene has been redone...
Hmmm, George just can't not tinker can he??
Do i smell a newly CGIed re-release on the horizon???
Thursday, November 03, 2005 posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 7:15 PM
The wisdom pulling wasn't as bad as I feared.
The jab for the anasthetic hurt more than the actual pulling. But the sound of dentist poking around with the tooth was very unpleasant. Despite my efforts to drown it out with some REM!
At some point she put some large metallic instrument into my mouth and that kinda made me panic; was it so stuck that she had to use some big ol' thing to get it out???
During the procedure I gripped the arms of the chair so hard that when it was over, my arms were shaking!!
So, I survived. Now I'm just waiting for it to heal, so I can have some proper food again. ;-)
posted by Wardi @ 6:23 PM
Today I bought some felt. I'm going to use it to make an alternative version of some very traditional Christmas decorations. A wee bit early you might say, but when you're of the do-it-yourself persuasion, you need to start all the Christmas stuff early!
I've already started making cards, and will do more as soon as I get home. I also got some supplies for a Christmas-y get-together with my parents and T's parents. I'm gonna force them to do arty/crafty things!!
posted by Wardi @ 6:01 PM
Illustration Friday Broken
This wasn't my original idea, but since I'm on the move, I can't do the thing I wanted to do.
I like cookies. But sometimes they break. Too often I think... Can't they make cookies that don't break?? But I like my cookies whatever their nature.
I guess it's like that with people too...
Watercolour and pencil in my notebook. Text added in Photoshop.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 10:24 AM
Socalled Denmarkian Invasion Postponed or the Tale of the Vagabond
I'm in Denmark for a few days, and it is thoroughly weird. On so many levels!
Going through streets that i've known all my life and now they feel strange somehow. Watching Danish telly; they have subtitles!! It's so weird to watch those and listen to it at the same time. I'm so used to watcing English telly with no subtitles, and reading the subtitles kinda throws me! Cause although the meaning is the same, they words used to convey the meaning are different.
I had a dentist appointment today and it appeared that one of my wisdom teeth has a cavity. On m dentist's recommendation, I'm having it pulled tomorrow. SO not looking forward to that!!
This afternoon I did a bit of shopping. Highly unusual for me, as shopping is something I don't like much. But I had a list and knew where I had to go; that takes the stress out of the shopping experience!
And I had to go to a craft shop, and that's so not like shopping, it's a paradise for someone like me. If only I could afford to buy all the stuff in there!!
I specifically had to buy some shoes, cause so far I haven't seen any winter-y shoees in England that I like. And I found some shoes today, and a pair f boots. From my favourite bootmaker, Vagabond. And they were on sale too. Yay!
Actually, I was surprised that I've never seen this make in England, but since it's a Swedish company.. that might explain it... They are absolutely lovely boots, black suede with lamb wool lining. Comfy and cosy, they feel like walking on cotton.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 7:51 PM