celamity: (Default)
Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 08:14 am
Today is our sixth wedding anniversary. And just like that sunday, the sun is shining from a lightly clouded sky.

There shall be pancakes.
celamity: (text)
Sunday, May 15th, 2011 08:14 pm
Contrary to my beliefs, frangipane is not some weird exotic fruit, but instead a substance I already know (and love) but could only name in Norwegian...
celamity: (eowyn)
Sunday, May 1st, 2011 08:10 am
The first thing I heard about the movie adaptation of comic-book Thor was that omg Heimdall was played by a quite un-vikingly black guy?!1!!one!!

I recently read a review of the movie in a Norwegian paper. The reviewer seemed to regard the movie as a quaint view of the old Norse mythology, expressed surprise that Asgard was now a gaudy planet and that Loki had the villain's role he had(in short, didn't seem aware that it was based on a comic book and not quite so much the actual mythology), and considered the whole thing a silly, entertaining romp.
And with all the racefail kerfuffle I have seen so far, I was very amused to see the reviewer list as a plus that Heimdall was played by 'the smoking hot Idris Elba' - with no mention of colour :)
celamity: (sunset)
Thursday, April 28th, 2011 08:54 am
I have developed a theorem that states that whenever the two largest 'national' newspapers wax enthusiastic about anything pertaining to the weather that supposedly applies to the entire country, this place will be experiencing the opposite.

Case in point: for the past two days, the newspapers have been going on about the heat wave we all are apparently enjoying, and talking about how this hot spring weather is going to last a while.
Here, it snowed on those same two days.

(I must admit, though, that I didn't mind when we had a mild spell this winter while the newspapers were bemoaning the cold snap we all were being crushed by)
celamity: (text)
Thursday, April 21st, 2011 06:48 am
I don't believe in universal grammar. I find there's something very unsatisfying in the whole idea that our grammar features should be something imprinted in our brains the same way the blueprint for our eyes or skin are; I prefer the notion that we acquire language from our peers and parents, and that the reason we struggle to learn new languages past our formative years is due to the lessened plasticity of the brain (blindfold a child from birth until seven or eight, and its eyes will never learn to see). Why should humans have genetic grammar constructs if apes and birds do not?

I read an article in the Economist today about a recently published paper (link to summary) that concludes that it is nuture and ancestry that dictates how we speak, not nature. We do not genetically inherit our 'universal grammar' elements, but learn them from family and peers.

I always enjoy it when a scientific theory I support gets a good solid boost :)
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celamity: (eowyn)
Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 07:40 am
Got about four inches of snow yesterday, halting the progress of the snowmelt (only two feet to go at the official measuring point, down from five feet three weeks ago)
Hopefully the past three days have been winter's last hurrah, as the sky seems to be looking like spring again today...
celamity: (house)
Thursday, March 24th, 2011 07:34 am
We are past the vernal equinox, and up here we therefore have More Daylight Than You.

We also have the blizzard that hit yesterday and made everything look like the day after tomorrow.

It is now -7C and it looks like the snow levels are back up to about 1 meter, if not more. And the tiny budding colt's foot that I saw in the narrow strip of dirt between the outer wall and the snow banks on Monday is quite buried. (Sorry, flower, but you should have known better. Try again in a month or so.)
celamity: (rose)
Saturday, March 12th, 2011 07:35 am
And anywhere else on the planet, it would have been.

Japan’s Strict Building Codes Saved Lives

The thing I can't get over is the video of a flood of wood and debris and burning buildings, inexorably flowing over a larger and larger area of farmland, and the cars that were trying to flee from it.
celamity: (rose)
Friday, December 24th, 2010 08:16 am
We got about 5 inches of snow overnight to cover up the hard icy stuff we've been carefully walking across for much of the month. The clear sky is gone, of course, but one cannot have everything :)

My christmas is otherwise well stocked with tree, cookies made last night (due to first batch being prematurely devoured), loving husband, and peaceful feeling in the heart. This year has not been the best, but I have high hopes of it going out on a good note :)

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Saturday, October 30th, 2010 07:23 am
Happy birthday to me, I live in a tree, and shout out with glee, happy birthday to me.

(Yes, my brain is weird. Carry on.)

I've been wanting a day with clear skies for so long that I can't recall how long it's been, and other than a thin haze, it looks like I might get one today. It's cold, though; -3C in downtown, and it's usually colder here.

The day will be spent visiting the state archives and learning stuff about genealogy :)
celamity: (rose)
Thursday, October 14th, 2010 08:42 am
After 70 days, all 33 trapped Chilean miners are rescued

Here's hoping they won't have too many problems as they restart their lives!
celamity: (sunset)
Monday, October 11th, 2010 08:23 pm
It is just past 8 pm.

There's a couple of inches of snow outside, and it is currently snowing/hailing/sleeting.

I need to make more weather icons.
celamity: (sunset)
Sunday, October 10th, 2010 09:28 am
We had a warm spell a week ago, with temperatures approaching 15 C and nice weather. Then, starting thursday afternoon, we got wind and pouring rain. Around midnight last night, temperatures suddenly dropped about 5 C.

This morning at 9 am as seen from the university

There's been snow twice already but only on the highest peak. Today, there's a bit of sleet lingering in the front yard.
celamity: (lizzie)
Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 05:18 pm
The board where I've posted all my Baldur's Gate fanfiction disintegrated in early June, due to it running on a jury rigged, antiquated set of board software; a server update of some sort wrecked the whole thing.

It was restored recently, ported to a different type of board software.

The new software scorns my computer.

I just spent an hour solely creating 2 new posts, editing an old one (all of which I did by pasting already-done text files), commenting on the edit (as I couldn't edit the topic heading to show what I'd done) and then posting that posting anything at all took 5-20 minutes of sitting and waiting for the board software and my computer to negotiate an unstable truce. Going back into the text I'd entered to change a word or a format tag took at least a minute (and many cusswords) extra every time. I was sitting here with a book, and got through 20 pages while this was going on - I kept rereading the same pages by accident, otherwise it would have been more.

Why the hell does even the simplest looking interface have to have underpinnings of laggy scripted stupidity these days?!
celamity: (house)
Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 09:04 am
«Først formedelst du Bjørn Marvik for noen tid forleden på en onsdag etter predikken ved Jelse kirke beskadiget den dannemann Ole Aserøen med et knivsting under hans hjerte, da han sat ved sjøen i selskap med andre godtfolk og visste ingen fare av førend du således ham imot ringeste given årsak overfalt, så hans liv derover sto a høyeste fare. Og formener han du på hannem har begået slemmere enn nidingsverk. Og etterdi du ei dig derfor endnu med dine bøter etter loven har innstillet, eller den som skaden fikk tilfredstillet, forårsakes han dig derfor å søke til skipredetinget.»
-Lensherre Henrik Below, 1670

Rough translation:

Bjørn Marvik (one of my ancestors) sought the opportunity on a recent wednesday, after the sermon at Jelsa church, to injure Ole Åserøen (another of my ancestors) with a knife wound under his heart, while he was sitting by the sea in the company of other good people and knew no harm until when Bjørn assaulted him for no good reason, thus endangering his life. This act was meaner than villainy, and because Bjørn hasn't payed the fines he was issued or made amends to Ole, Henrik Below is informing Bjørn that Ole is going to take him to court.

I especially love the language in that note, all mixture of archaic turns of phrase, a different politeness mode that what is the norm now, and Danishesque spelling :)
celamity: (sunset)
Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 10:02 pm
It's a clear night (first frost at low altitudes was last night) and I went outside to look at the sky. Didn't see any aurora, but I did discover that my little handheld binoculars are powerful enough to glimpse the moons of Jupiter :)

I want a little telescope. And somewhere to put it.