Mr. Spudtrooper!


Isn't that a cool birthday present?? I think so! It's from my dear Mr. T - the potato lover extraordinaire.

I had a really nice birthday, lovely presents and yummy food. Tonight a few friends are coming and we'll be eating more yummy food and hopefully there'll be a couple more prezzies as well!

Thank you all for your birthday wishes! Posted by Picasa

Friday, April 28, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 4:41 PM




Birthday baby


Aww, the cuteness! Me, 29 and a bit years ago. It seems almost like it were yesterday. ;-)

Happy birthday to me tomorrow.

In Denmark. Yay.

Can't wait.

Au revoir!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 2:22 PM




30 things I'd like to learn

Arabic ~ Crocheting properly ~ Lace making ~ Fly a plane ~ Flower arranging ~ Calligraphy ~ Japanese ~ Gaelic ~ Photography, you know more technically... ~ Ceramics ~ Make perfect bread each time ~ Write poetry like the ancient Romans ~ Draw/paint waves and clouds ~ Dancing - any kind ~ Grow vegetables and herbs ~ Not to kill flowers ~ Play Monopoly and win ~ Be less hard on myself ~ Play an instrument; the cello or piano ~ Antropology/etnography ~ Bookbinding ~ Cross-hatching ~ Make balloon animals ~

So there's not quite 30 things there. I hope you don't think it's because I think I have nothing more to learn. Cause surely it's not. I want to keep learning stuff.

So what else should I have a go at???

Monday, April 24, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 8:15 PM




Early birthday


The big 30
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Yesterday we went round T's parents' for dinner. Well, at noon-ish, and it was supposed to be a BBQ, but then it rained, so it wasn't.

But! They had put up banners and there were ballons and after we ate, there was a cake with lights.

I got a couple of presents, but I only opened one: a new camera, yay!!

How sweet of them to do that and I got all embarrassed like. They totally surprised me!

posted by Wardi @ 7:49 PM




Illustration Friday Robot


Illustration Friday Robot
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Some vanguard.

The robots are inspired by vintage Japanese toy robots. Handdrawn and coloured with watercolour. Background and text are added in Photoshop.

While I was drawing the robots I asked T to draw a robot for me, but he declined (ha! refused!).

I wanted him to draw a robot, cause I've never really thought about robots and I figured that he must have since he's a guy and all that.

And then he said that he had, but only in terms of them having lots of guns so they could be used to take over the world.

Which is what inspired the text for the illustration.

I'm quite pleased with the robots and even more pleased that I managed to get the illustration done this early!

posted by Wardi @ 7:31 PM




A question


She with the wonky star
Originally uploaded by wardi.
If my softies were for sale, would you buy them??

Are they cute/funny/weird/whatever enough to want them??

Friday, April 21, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 2:22 PM




Are giraffes funny?


Sketchbook pages
Originally uploaded by wardi.
I think I had forgotten how much fun it can be to just slab some colour on a page and see what happens.

But I did just that last night and it was FUN!

There's a new flickr set with pictures of some of those pages. I'm going to do this in my sketchbook from now on; fill it with silly drawings and happy colours. :-)

I like this page, the giraffe is kinda silly, but I really like the big tree under the text...

Hooray for giraffes!

Thursday, April 20, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 9:18 PM




Illustration Friday Spotted


Illustration Friday Spotted
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Lenny the leopard always thought he blended in so well with the background.

Can you spot him? ;-)

I'm so happy how this one turned out - it's better than the image I had in my head just before falling asleep last night. Don't you just love that??

There's another version, and I wasn't sure which one I preferred, but I think I like this one the most.

Drawing (and spots!) done in Illustrator , background added in Photoshop.

posted by Wardi @ 9:01 PM




Foxy extensions

Nope, ain't got nuttin' to do with my hair.

Nay, I just want to ask myself whether I have enough Firefox extensions already??

Just take a look at this list! Those in red are the ones I use everyday.

Gmail Manager - useful if you have more than one Gmail account; it lets you keep track of them all at the same time, so you don't have to log in and out.
Gmail Notifier - More sophisticated version of the above, although it only works with one account at a time.
Google Toolbar - search the interwebbynet and stuff.
Calendar - self-explanatory.
Download Statusbar - shows the status of downloads in a widget in the browser instead of a new prompt.
Dictionary Tooltip - word definitions are just a right-click away!
del.icio.us post - adding links to del.icio.us.
del.icio.us - same as above, but different.
StumbleUpon - toolbar for stumbling upon websites.
Reminderfox - reminds you of stuff, has a to-do function as well.
BugMeNot - BugMeNot helps you bypass logins of websites that require you to register to get access to content (such as NYTimes).
SessionSaver - saves sessions.
Smiley Xtra - when you need a smiley for whatever reason.
Copy Plain Text - exactly what it says on the tin. Very useful!
ColorZilla - lets you see colour values on web pages by hovering over them. Very, very useful.
Duplicate Tabs - I haven't really used this. But I guess I must have thought it sounded useful...
Colorful Tabs - makes the tabs different colours. Really good if you have a lot of tabs open at the same time. I usually do!
Forecastfox - this is really neat. It's a little weather widget that lets you see the current and coming weather. You can set up different profiles so you can follow the weather in different places.

So, are there any extensions you think I need?? ;-)

posted by Wardi @ 5:57 PM




Crap for brains



Originally uploaded by wardi.
Look at that. Isn't that a jolly sight??

People here just have no idea how to fill a garbage bin. Big boxes go in without being flattened, so they take up too much room in the bins. Which then makes the bins overflow.

And then people just throw their bin bags right inside the door instead of to the side.

Now, it's been Easter, and the pick up day is different, so I guess it's no wonder that the bins are extra overflowing this week. But that's still no excuse to leave your crap so it's blocking the door!

And what kind of a moronic idiot puts a fucking armchair in the bin room?? Do they really expect that if they put it there it will magically disappear along with their other crap??

Of course, they've put it right by the door making it impossible to take bins further in, so because of this, the bin bags are really piling up by the door.

T thinks that the garbage collectors can refuse to collect the bins if they can't get to them. I can totally understand that.

Which makes me really pissed off at whoever the wankers are that can't get their act together! Can you imagine what will happen if they stop picking up the garbage??

posted by Wardi @ 4:40 PM




Bus Bike

In Brazil you can now do you exercise onboard a bus which drives you around: Bus Bike. {via}

I suppose it's a good idea, but I'm wondering why these people don't just go for a ride on their bikes. Surely it will give you the same result and be less harmful to the environment...

posted by Wardi @ 2:03 PM




Tick tock

OMG! I can't believe I'll be 30 in one week! :-o

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 3:50 PM




Fancy that


Vain trooper
Originally uploaded by wardi.
A clone trooper checking himself out in the mirror.

You can almost hear him going "Smokin'!" to himself inside the helmet.

posted by Wardi @ 3:35 PM




Eclectica vinculorum

Cleaning Hunk. That one's for you Theresa. ;-)

I/O Brush. I want one! More about it here.

The guinea pig ads from Egg Money. What I'd like to know is why the voice-over has a sort of Russian accent...

Birds can't swim - can they??

Star Wars Rocks. OK?!

Pre-pixelated clothes for Reality TV shows. I want one. I mean, if I were to be on a reality TV show. But I wont, so err...yes.

Custom printed toilet paper. We all need that. Don't we??

Eurobad '74. Really bad 70's interiors. Although I kinda like this one...

Cone shaped pizzas. What will they think of next??

Eye Candy Caddies. For all you golfers.

Monty Python sings the LEGO. Or errr...

Creepy but creative. Don't click on that link if you are squeamish about animals. Or, um, fruit.

The Smoldering Ruins of Centralia. The ground under this town has been burning for decades. Freaky.

Very strange picture...

Bushisms. "I'm The Master Of Low Expectations."

Flashbag. A USB flash drive that changes size depending on the amount of data.

To-do list. WANTED: YOUR TO-DO LISTS Everything from garden-variety daily to-do lists to lifelong goals, pros and cons lists, wish lists, work lists, honeymoon ideas, cliches to avoid, boys/girls you have kissed, vocab lists, shit lists, movies to see, lists of any kind.

Monday, April 17, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 9:50 PM




30 places - another list

30 places I'd love to go. Some of them I've already been to and would like to go again (those I've italicised). The ones in red are where I'd really like to go.

I wonder if I'll ever see them all - and how long it's going to take! And you know what? I can probably think of another 30 places I'd like to go as well!

Rome - Greece - Japan - Tunisia - Prague - Mumbai - Beijing - Stockholm - Greenland - Madrid - New York - Mexico - Barcelona - Sardinia - Lebanon - St Petersburg - Wales - The Scottish Highlands - Heck, just take me to Scotland - Ravenna - Morocco - Iceland - The Easter Island - New Zealand - Tibet - The Great Wall of China - Tahiti - Uluru - Stonehenge - Yemen

Saturday, April 15, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 10:21 PM




Oh chav-tastic!

I feel that I should comment on the occasion of the first episode of a new series of Doctor Who. It aired tonight and although I'm not particularly keen on the show, it had its funny moments. Which is what the title refers to.

You'll only get it if you've seen it. Ha ha.

I'm happy that the effects seem to have improved, although some of it is still rather cheesy. I still don't like Billie Piper, but the new guy playing the Doctor, David Tennant, is rather more easy on the eye than Christopher Eccleston. ;-)

posted by Wardi @ 9:58 PM




Softy softy softy


She with the wonky star
Originally uploaded by wardi.
I've been making some more softies and I absolutely love them - I just want to hug them all the time!

Still, I've decided to start selling my softies, so if you want to buy one just send me an email and we can figure something out.

More softies here.

Dunno what to call their "species" yet. They are not robots, but they are not quite animals and neither are they particularly human.

But very, very cute.

posted by Wardi @ 9:20 PM




Props

I just thought I'd tell you all how proud I am of Mr. T.

Because he is getting really quite good at Danish. For some reason he doesn't like it when I say that. But so it is. At times we have an entire conversation (a simple everyday one, but still!) in Danish.

Also, he has told me that some things he would now (almost) automatically say in Danish. Yipee!!

He has made this much progress in the last 6-8 months, without us sitting down and me being the teacher, imagine where he'll be in another 6 months! And he calls himself bad at languages. Yeah right!

Also, it is very cute when he speaks Danish. ^_^

Friday, April 14, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 9:57 PM




3 decades - 30 films

Right, since my fourth decade is starting in just a few days, I thought I'd look back to the ones I've already seen. First is a list of films, from the 70s, 80s and 90s, that I like, err, or just remember for some reason.

Other things worth exploring in a list?? Gimme some suggestions if you feel like it. ;-)

The list, in no particular order.

Shawshank Redemption
My favourite film ever.
Annie
I vividly remember seeing this film with my aunt at the Palads cinema in Århus. I loved it, and I even had an Annie paper doll.
E.T.
As far as I remember, the first film I saw at the cinema. I loved all things E.T. - I had a t-shirt that I would have worn all the time if my mum would have let me!
Life of Brian
Always look on the bright side of life!
The Usual Suspects
Pure genius.
Fifht Element
I saw this at the cinema...5 or 6 times. Love the imagery and that aria from Lucia di Lammermoor is just so beautiful!
Space Balls
We stop for noone.
Star Wars OT
Well, d'uh!
The Phantom Menace
Ok, it has its flaws, but it IS Star Wars.
Pulp Fiction
Actually not completely sure why...
Schindler's List
I don't normally cry over movies, but you know...
Saturday Night Fever
It has disco, what other reason do you need?
Superman
It's Superman!
Clerks
Just get on with Clerks 2 already, how long do we have wait??
Indiana Jones
It's Harrison Ford...
Bugsy Malone
I thought this film was so cool. And I remember watching a making-of about this film. So great.
Toy Story
What's not to love?
Blues Brothers
Great music, great car chase.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
A mountain made of mashed potatoes. Genius.
Il Postino
This film almost made me cry too. And they speak Italian and it's set in a beautiful location.
Good Will Hunting
I like smart people in films. Excellent performance by Robin Williams.
Labyrinth
I loved this film so much. The girl Sarah seemed so brave and David Bowie was fucking scary! Those teeth!
Dead Poet's Society
Another one with Robin Williams being brilliant.
Taxi
French and fast cars.
The Muppet Movie
Muppets!!
War Games
One of those 'teenagers save the day' films. And with Matthew Broderick. I think I thought he was cute back then...
The Abyss
When I saw this the first time I was completely awed by the water snake coming into the underwater rig...
Man on the Moon
Jim Carey in a serious, but funny, role. And it has music by REM. Instant hit with me.
The Mosquito Coast
This is kinda frightening, but Harrison Ford is excellent.
Neverending Story
That big flying animal/dragon type thing that looks like a dog...

posted by Wardi @ 8:29 PM




Incontinence

I was using the 'facilities' at the gym the other day, and suddenly I hear talking in the cubicle next to mine.

The other person was talking on her mobile phone. Obviously, 'cause there's no way you can get more than one person in there (unless you're taking part in an episode of Braniac, but that's got nothing to do with this whatsoever).

So, this conversation was going on while I, err, did my business. While I was washing my hands I suddenly heard the following:

"I'm at the gym.
I'm in the toilet.
That's RIGHT, I'm talking to you in the toilet!!"

What is it with people not being able to wait a few minutes till they're done?? I have no desire to listen to people's conversations. Let alone while I'm doing MY business where I can't AVOID it!

And why do these people inform the other person that they are talking to them while on the toilet??

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 10:36 PM




I just had to share

I'm watching something pretty boring on telly, simply because they are speaking Italian.

Edit 10:48pm
I actually find myself becoming quite emotional while listening to those Italians arguing about whatever it is. *sigh*

posted by Wardi @ 10:31 PM




Belonging


Fishing line
Originally uploaded by wardi.
When I was walking along the river today I was pondering my sense (or lack thereof) of belonging to this place.

At times I do feel like I belong here, but at other times it feels like I'm still very much a stranger.

I think I've realised that I need to feel connected to the landscape surrounding me. But here the landscape is different. There's no... I dunno..instinctive familiarity with it. If that makes any sense.

But today, when I was taking that stroll, I felt like I knew the river. There is a familiarity in the big bend of the river that we live by. And in the sight of the big ships, and the traffic on the arc of the QE2 bridge.

I think I'm rambling a bit here...

Anyway, I saw these bits of fishing line tied to the rail along the water. Must be the anglers leaving it behind. I wonder why... In any case, it looked very sculptural and just begged to be photographed.

Monday, April 10, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 10:26 PM




Don't be evil...

Ever tried to find Tibet on Google Earth? It's listed as a province of China, but actually it's just occupied by the Chinese army.

Have a look. {via}

Or try it yourself on your Google Earth - I haven't got it on my computer, so I'd be interested to know if this is really so...

posted by Wardi @ 9:46 PM




Green day


Green leaves
Originally uploaded by wardi.
I went for a walk today and took a load of pictures of flowers and other growing things. Like these bushes.

Such a fabulous green. Nature has the best colours!

I love this fresh green colour. Almost as much as pink. ;-)

posted by Wardi @ 8:25 PM




So who's next?

It seems like everyone are having kids at the moment. One of my friends is having a boy in July, another friend has a baby coming in October and just now I got an email from my mum telling me that my cousin's girlfriend is pregnant too!

posted by Wardi @ 10:59 AM




Rejected

Thanks for crossing your fingers (toes, etc) for me the other day. Didn't help, but I suspect it's not your fault.

I took part in an assessment/job interview with a Danish furniture shop opening here in a few months. I thought it went ok, but I guess not well enough, cause this morning I got a letter saying I wasn't successful in getting a job with them.

And I really wanted to work there too, because it IS Danish.

Bummer.

Saturday, April 08, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 4:24 PM




It's getting closer each day

Friday, April 07, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 10:41 AM




What colour are you?

insightsworld.com colour wheel

Screenshot from Insightsworld.com.

Well, here's a wee bit of fun. Either click on the picture or the link to each of the colours: Cool Blue, Fiery Red, Sunshine Yellow and Earth Green. Read about the different colours and see which one(s) are most like you.

No, it's not a test. ;-)

I can tell you that I am very much blue, with almost as much green and bit of yellow. I think people who know me would agree on that. Yes? No?

So what colour are you??

posted by Wardi @ 10:13 AM




Murder is scary

Even more so when it happens virtually on your doorstep!

You English folks may have heard of the nurse who's been murdered at the St George's hospital in Essex.

It's where T works!!! So the whole place was closed off yesterday and the police was getting everyone's details. He was saying this morning how weird it is when something like this happens in such close proximity. No wonder.

I hope they catch whoever did it soon. Imagine if there's some crazy killer on the loose! :-o

posted by Wardi @ 9:57 AM




Illustration Friday Spring


Illustration Friday Spring
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Woop! I actually got this week's illustration done.

To me sping is heralded by the appearance of the snowdrops. They are some of my favourite flowers, so delicate and pretty.

So, snowdrops it is.

Drawing done with Illustrator, text and texture added in Photoshop.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 10:04 PM




But it's the reason I bought new shoes

We're having some problems with our ISP (hey, that sounds familiar!), so posts will be somewhat sporadic. Fingers crossed that this is a temporary thing. Possibly because we're being upgraded to 8MB...

Speaking of crossing fingers, kindly do so tomorrow between 10am and 2pm (UK time). If you're asleep at that time, please make sure you do it in your sleep.

Not going to say why...I don't want to jinx it. ;-)

posted by Wardi @ 7:53 PM




Gmail is cruel!

gmail mocks me

Yeah, it only makes sense if you understand Danish. ;-b

posted by Wardi @ 7:32 PM




They almost make me cry

I'm sitting here trying to write some emails to my friends in Denmark... and I don't know what to write.

When T and I were last in Denmark, I told them that I was going to have a birthday dinner while we're in Denmark in April, and could they please keep that evening open, I'd give them details later. Well, about 2-3 weeks ago I sent emails to them with details and so far I've had 2 responses, both can't make it.

One of them is excused, I guess. They are moving a few days later, so I understand how hectic that can be (although if it had been one of my friends who was turning 30 AND living in a different country, so we didn't see each other often, I would have made it work so I could go anyway).

The other has a thing with some old work mates, which of course is much more important than a friend's birthday.

Sometimes I feel like I'm fooling myself. That I'm the only one who thinks we're friends. Do they just put up with me and thank god that they don't have to see me all the time?? Is there something wrong with me??

What else can I think when I never hear from them - except for one - and now they can't even be bothered coming to my birthday...

I feel like sending them an email telling them that since they can't be bothered keeping in touch or anything, they can just fuck off to hell, like I give a fuck. Of course I do. If I didn't, it wouldn't be hurting me so much. But I'd rather know that I have no friends than think I do and it was lie.

I don't know what to do. T keeps telling me not to let it get to me. But how can I not? I feel forgotten, abandoned, hurt... And I have no idea how to communicate these feelings to my 'friends' without coming off...I don't know...

So maybe we really aren't friends. Cause friends are supposed to be able to honest with each other, no?

Tuesday, April 04, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 11:06 AM




A first!


Apron
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Well, most of the things I'm making at the moment are firsts...

Anyway, this is my first apron. And I'm mighty proud of it. Not only because it's a first and it turned out pretty good (heck, even my mum thought so!), but especially because it is the apron I've always wanted!

See, the bottom part is made from a towel. Which is great because it's very handy (pardon the pun) for drying my hands.

Monday, April 03, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 7:54 PM




My favourite colours

colours: pink, green, blue and orange

At the moment anyway.

What are yours?

Sunday, April 02, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 9:47 PM




Beads and mosaics

This post was inspired by a post on this blog.

The picture there is made with Ministecks which are mosaics made of plastic. Isn't it cool?? Click here to see a larger version.

Here are some more images made with the Ministecks. I so want to try this! But I'm not sure where to get hold of them. Maybe I'll have to make do with the round plastic perls - I'm sure most people have tried those as kids. You know, you put some perls on a spiky board and then you iron it...

I bet you thought that was just for kids, eh? Well, think again. Here are some pretty awesome works of art:
Gegganoja.
Bynson 2000.
Pärlplatteklubben (The Perl Board Club).

But I don't have any perls, so I think I'll just have a play with this cool Perl Palette.

posted by Wardi @ 6:35 PM




Tell me this

Is it better to ask questions or to know all the answers??

posted by Wardi @ 6:29 PM




Too creepy for comfort?

Have you seen the tv advert for Comfort Pure?? It has a little bearded blue man in it and he's just so creepy. Not very comforting at all and what does he have to do with fabric softener anyway?? Apart from the fact that he seems to look like he's made from some kinda cloth...

Another example of an advert that has the opposite effect to its intention: puts me off buying that stuff. Yuck. But then, I guess I'm not the target for it, cause that would be people (women??) with small children.

Watch it here. If you dare. ;-)

posted by Wardi @ 12:36 PM




Blooming


Frozen lake
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Yesterday was such a beautiful start of this month of April. The weather was nice; sunny and warm. And although there was the odd shower, it didn't seem to make the day less...perfect.

We went to have lunch with T's parents and driving there I realised how much the growing things have changed in the week I was in Denmark. Most things have little buds, just waiting for a bit more heat, and in many places the bloom is already there: pinks and whites on trees, yellows and greens on bushes.

To think, a week ago in Denmark, I took this photo - and I suspect the ice hasn't melted yet.

Certainly, I miss some things about Denmark, and definitely a proper winter with snow and such, but to have an earlier spring... that I am not complaining about.

posted by Wardi @ 10:15 AM