Life, the universe and ... oh, whatever ...

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Word verification

After discovering today that I've obviously received a lot of "comment spam" to my postings I've now turned on the word verification hoping to avoid this in the future. I hate advertising, whether I get it in my postbox, on my doorstep, on my mobile phone, on email or now on my blogspot! I DON'T want it! If there's any sort of product I'm looking for I'll do the research and find it myself!!

So, if you've been wondering what was in the 4 comments that I've deleted in my previous posting, it was just spam, and as I said, I don't want that and don't accept it on my blogspot!

It's a good life

As I wrote in a previouse posting most of the time I think I do have a good life. I was especially thinking this yesterday:

I had to get up in the morning at 0515 to get go a meeting at 8 in the middle of nowhere (Nord-Kisa) outside Oslo. THIS was of course not a good start on a Monday since I consider getting up before 10 n the morning is always in the middle of the night, and 5 at night is just stupidly early. Anyway - I spent the rest of the day yawning - I was so bloody tired. When I got back from work I had some cornflakes and then went to bed for a couple of hours. And when I was taking off my clothes and getting into bed I was thinking what if I had done the husband and children thing - this surely wouldn't be possible. Then there would be people expecting something else than cornflakes for dinner, and after that there would surely be people expecting you to drive them somewhere or at least stay awake to watch them do whatever it is that people do. THIS really is the good thing about the life I live, I get to do whatever I feel like doing whenever, like going to bed at half past 4 in the afternoon and sleeping for a couple of hours when I'm dead tired!

Yeah - this is a good life!


Since I got up this morning at 0630 I have been trying to read my email at Chello. This has so far not been possible. For God's sake how hard can it be to fix a mail server? I tried calling Chello/UPC and got an automatic message saying they're aware of the problem and working on it. It's soon been 4 hours - this is just TO bad work! Luckily I will change my email to somewhere else around Christmas when I leave Oslo and will no longer get my internet/email from UPC/Chello.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

A couple of poems

I spent some time the other day trying to translate some of my Norwegian poems to English. It really isn't that easy to do because even though I can find the words that sort of have the same meaning directly translated it's like some of the rhythm gets lost and some of the hidden meaning disappears when I try to translate the full and total meaning of my Norwegian poems. I think perhaps it is better when I write to decide whether I want the poem to be in English or Norwegian when I put them on paper, and just leave them like that. With that said, here are a couple of the poems I think didn't translate just as badly as the others:

The clock is ticking
but is time really passing?

I stand between
two seconds
A void in time
where everybody else

But I
- I stand still
in time
the humans

On the moon
From the moon
the world is small
and the humans like ants

I see
and wonder
will I ever be
like them?

I have also been meaning to publish a couple of short stories, but from what I gather, to do that I'll need a homepage somewhere to upload the documents to, and I still haven't gotten as far as to fix that, but some day soon......


I watched "Constantine" on dvd last night. Now there's two hours of my life I'll never get back! Why oh why didn't anyone warn me???

Thursday, August 25, 2005

The dark tower

Yesterday I finally managed to buy a copy of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower", the 7th and last in the Dark Tower series. I have been looking forward to this for so long, but could only find time to read about 50 pages last night - but what I read did look promising! Can't wait to read the rest, hopefully sometime during the weekend. Even though I am also planning on doing so heavy partying on Saturday night when good friend of mine, Nina (whom I got to know when I was in trade union school last year), is coming to Oslo.

Sunday will probably be the kind of day best spent in a chair reading a book....

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Elections for a new Parliament in Norway are on the 12th of September. The "fight" between the different parties has been going on for ever and ever... I am both excited and anxious about this election because I strongly feel that Norway need a new goverment, based on the red-green alternative (Labour, Socialist Left and Centre party), but I am already getting a bit fed up with hearing and seeing and reading about the elections every way I turn. No wonder so many people choose not to use their right to vote, I mean, if I, who am actually quite interested in politics and like to be involved in it is already fed up with it, how then are the average people who don't have an special interest in politics going to keep their interest up till electionday?

I'm not really sure how it could be done differently all I know that right now it's just too much! I get emails from my local labour party in Oslo EVERY day asking me to participate in either attending the stand that they've got on Karl Johan, or knocking on people's doors handing out roses and telling them about the labour party. Even though I think that this election is perhaps one of the most important in Norwegian history ever, since it will be so determing for what sort of a society Norway will be in the future, I still don't participate like that. I have never liked missionaries, whether they try to sell me their religion or their politics, and I certainly don't want to be one myself! Besides I'm strogly convinced that people will decide what to do based partly on what they see on TV or read in the papers, but also by what friends and family vote, so strangers knocking on your door in the middle of your dinner - nahh I don't think so....

I am of course wearing the wrist band in support of a new "Red-green" governement.

All the best plans...

As I told in a previous post a couple of weeks ago, I had all the plans ready for the next 3 years of study, starting January 2006. Well, now I realize that even though I have all my big plans, the world might suddely decide to change the setting so that my big plans no longer fit!

First of all, I was planning on doing a 15 credit distance learning course in Nordic literature at the university of Bergen. For years now they have started new 15 credit courses in this subject every term, guess what, the spring term of 2006 they won't! They've suddenly decided that they'll just continue on the same subject as they started on this autumn term - too bad they didn't let anyone know before the deadline for applying which was 1st of June! So, after doing some research on the internet I'm now planning on doing a 20 credit distance learning course from the University of Lancaster, "Writing your novel, getting started via the internet". It does seem relevant since what I'm planning to do in the next 3 years is focusing on my writing, I'll just have to ask the Defence if I'm allowed to change my plan - don't really think that'll be a problem.

Next: My first choice of place for doing my Master's degree in Creative writing, starting next autumn, was University college Chichester, my second choice was the university of Winchester and the third was Trinity college in Dublin. The reason for choosing these 3 first was that they all offered taught modules in fantastic literature. After having visited Chichester in April and doing lots of research about the place and the college, I was pretty much settled on that this was going to be the place for me to do my Master. Oh well, now I've found that they're changing their Master's programme, and even though they still offer a Master's programme in Creative writing, from the information I get on the net, it seems like they no longer offer a taught module in fantasy literature. I will of course write them an email and ask if this is correct, but provided it is, I now have to decide whether I'd stil like to go to Chichester or rather choose one of the other places.

I just don't get it, when I've made all this good plans why can't the world just stop changing... or something like that???

Sunday, August 21, 2005


While on vacation and since I got back from vacation I have been able to do a bit of reading, besides Harry Potter.

When I left Norway to go on my vacation I brought two books, one was Harry Potter that I have written about here previously - the other was a Norwegian book called "Hemmeligheter" (English: "secrets"). It is the first in a new series called "Nattöyne" (English: "Nighteyes"), the story I guess is kind of ok, it's about a young girl who is 22 years old, and she's been having these weired premenitions all her life - and now a grandmother that she hasn't met since she was a child contacts her and tells her that she's got some psycic powers of some sort - and that the grandmother is a witch. She then goes on to learn the granddaughter everything she knows - in like 2 or 3 days!!! - because apparently there's a big fight with evil coming soon. Alright, as I said, the story is kind of ok - but it is so badly written - all I could think was that if Bladkompaniet can publish this trash they should surely be wanting to publish my book as well - because mine is a lot more entertaining than this. I still haven't heard from Bladkompaniet since I sent them my novel about 2 months ago - well, except for the standard letter that told me they would read my book and get back to me in 2 to 3 months time. I'm really not very optimistic.

Anyway, the other books I've been reading lately:
Stephen King - "The girl who loved Tom Gordon"
I thought it was entertaining, but not as scary as King's book usually are - but there was a hint of something scary in it - and since it wasn't a very long book I just couldn't put it down till I'd finished with it.

I bought the King book and 2 other books at a store in Kulmbach that sells secondhand books. I have found that in smaller places in Germany it can be hard to find literature in English, and so I sort of had to buy whatever they got. So, besides King I also ended up with:

J Neil Schulman - "The rainbow cadenza"
Set sometime in the future - a really strange book. Couldn't really decide if I liked it or not. In this future, because they've found out how to make sure that the child that is born is of the wanted sex, the men now outnumber women 7 to 1. The reason for this is that the world government feels that in order to secure peace with the Earth people that have moved to other planets, they need lot of men to be ready to fight wars - and because of this all families that gives birth to boys are rewarded for this. But since there are so many men and so few women this causes a lot of sexual frustration among the men which ends in violence, because of this the world governement has decided that all women from the age of 18 and 3 years onwards has to serve in the "peace corps" which acually mean that they have to go bed with 6 to 8 men every day for 3 years to make sure that men are kept peacefull. Those who refuse are sentenced to be "touchables" which means that they loose all their civil rights, and are treated worse than animals, and they're hunted by the ruling class for fun - and sex. The title refers to the ultimate compostition that is to be played on a new kind of light-instrument that is very popular and which the maincharacter of the book is playing. Anyway - as I said - the book is interesting in some ways, but mostly weired.

Last week I finished reading Terry Goodkind - Sword of Truth no 9 "Chainfire" - and as usual - this was a great experience. Even though I do see that there are so many similarities between Robert Jordan's "Wheel of time" and "The Sword of Truth" series, I still very much enjoy them both. In "Chainfire" Richard Rahl is searching for his wife, Kahlan, whom everybody seems to have forgot excists, and all traces of her is even deleted from the books of prophecy. As I said, this too is a good one.

This weekend I've been reading Dan Brown - "Digital Fortress". I liked it, but not much more than that. I have read "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angles and Demons" earlier, and I love those two books, they're masterpieces. "Digital Fortress" is also entertaining, but it hasn't got the same touch of mystery and mystic that the two other books have got. It's just another action book, and I was a bit dissapointed in it - having read the two other books I was expecting more from it.

My next project now is of course Stephen King's last book in the Dark Tower series. The reason why I haven't read it so far is because every bookstore I've been to in Oslo have been sold out. Now I think I'll just go ahead and order it on the internet - I'm tired of looking for it - now I just want to buy it so that I can finally get to read it! After all, I want to make sure that I am finished with it when the next book of The Wheel of time comes in October or November.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Star Wars Episode III

I saw Star Wars Episode III last night, and rather enjoyed it. Even though I do love good sci-fi movies, I've never been that much of a Star Wars fan really. I was however curious about how they were going to do Anakin's transition from good guy to evil guy and make me belive it. They managed, I totally belived it - and it actually made me wanna see episode IV again, which I think I haven't seen in years. I think all the next three episodes will be seen in quite a different light now that I know more about who's behind the mask of Darth Vader.

There were also trailers from both the upcoming "King Kong" and "Narnia" - I can hardly wait! "Narnia" actually kind of gave me a little of that "Lord of the Rings"-feeling again, gave me gooze bumps on my arms, it's been way to long since I felt that way about a movie.

Vacation music

When I was on vacation I did bring with me some cd's, never really got around to listening to any of them, but still, here's what I brought, what I thought would put me in the right mood for Bierfest:

  • Raga Rockers - Forbudte følelser
  • Songs from Dawson's creek
  • Absolute hits 2004
  • Postgirobygget - melis
  • DumDumBoys Schlägers
  • Die grössten wies'n hits
  • Katie Melua - call off the search
  • Otis wiesn hits
  • P4 bil favoritter
  • Kent - Vapen och ammunition
  • Abba - Super trouper

As I said, I really never got around to listening to any of it that much, a few songs from Postgirobygget, one afternoon while drinking beer was all...

Harry Potter

When on vacation I read the last of the Harry Potter books - and it was just so great! I think the Potter books have become better with each book. When I read the first one I thought, hey, this is kind of cool - but I still sort of recognized that it was a children's book in that it was scary but not to scary. Now I'm not so sure I would call it a children's book any more. This last one is so dark and gloomy, and actually kind of scary too. I even cried some. It makes me both fear and look forward to the next and last one. Because, seeing what Rowling has done with this book, I can only fear that she will in her final book about Harry Potter actually kill him, like she's been threatening to do. And I must admit - I always hate bad endings - I always want the happy ones.

For this very reason "Twin Peaks" still botters me! I loved it, but the ending really got to me, and I'm still not happy about it!

So, Rowlings, if your are suddenly passing by this blogspot, or anyone who knows her, please, please don't destroy Harry Potter for me the way Twin Peaks was once destroyed for me!!!

Monday, August 15, 2005

The translator at work

I did promise to write more about my holiday just before the weekend - and didn't find time to do so. I don't really have the time to do so right now either.

I'm working on a German to Norwegian translation of some technical documents about caravans. This I'm doing for my cousin who owns a caravan dealership. The problem is that even though I am actually quite good at speaking German, I'd have to admit that my knowledge of technical German isn't neccessarily the best - and my knowledge about all the technical stuff on and in caravans isn't great either. This is taking a little bit longer than I thought. But, I have promised to finish it this evening, so, I'd better get to work again....

Wednesday, August 10, 2005


I haven't had time to sit down and watch a movie for weeks. Last ones I saw were "Sin City" and "Sky Captain and the world of tomorrow". Now I find that there are so many movies that I'd really like to see, both in the cinema and on dvds. So in the next weeks these are the movies I'm planning to see:

  • Batman Begins
  • Fantastic Four
  • Hitchhicker's guide to the galaxy
  • War of the worlds
  • Starwars episode III
  • The Island
  • White noise
  • Constantine
  • The forgotten

My vacation

This summer’s vacation has come to an end.

It was as planned, spent 3 days in Denmark and then a week in Untersteinach/Kulmbach.

I went to the bierfest in Kulmbach 4 out of the 7 nights I was in the area. Earlier years bierfest has seemed somewhat hysterically fun – this year I suddenly realized that it seemed just hysterical – a bit chaotic – loud! Drinking beer with 5 – 6000 strangers was for some reason not as much fun this year as it has been previous year. I still had a really nice time on my vacation, but I came to the conclusion that perhaps next year I’ll visit the area when there’s no bierfest. Maybe I will finally also be able to do some sightseeing in the area, and see more than just Untersteinach and Kulmbach.

I talked this over with my friend Lone, who lives there, and he agreed – he’s not that into bierfest anymore either. We did decide that next year he and his girlfriend Jana will show me some of the places worth seeing that I haven’t been to in the last 10 years that I have visited Bayern.

So, the big conclusion drawn from this year’s vacation is that I’m also getting a bit older. Now I rather prefer to go out with good friends to a local, more quiet pub, to talk and just hangout, rather than going to an enormous party to drink beer with mostly strangers, hardly talking about anything at all!

The weather was really bad all week. That might also to some degree influence what I thought of bierfest this year. The previous 9 times that I have attended bierfest, it’s been about 30°C both day and night, and lots of sun. This year it was about 15°, an icy wind and lots of rain – last night at bierfest I actually wished that I’d brought mittens and my winter coat from Norway!!!So that was my vacation in general – I’ll try to get a couple of posts written later about what I’ve read, the music I’ve been listening to – and what I’ve bought!

You can leave your hat on

… and you’d better remember to bring your brain as well!!

Last Thursday, when on my vacation in Germany, I decided to get on the train to Kulmbach to do some shopping. When in Germany I stay in my aunt and uncle’s flat in Untersteinach, this is about 6 km outside Kulmbach. It’s one stop with the train, and the trip lasts about 3 – 4 minutes.

There are trains leaving every hour, and also buses, about one every hour.
I got on the train in the morning, and went to Kulmbach as planned. Went to a book store and bought a couple of second-hand English books (I’ll write more about my holiday reading in another posting), bought some new clothes (of course I did, I’m a woman am I not, it is both physically and mentally impossible for me to go shopping when on vacation and not buy clothes!!) and then decided it was time to head back to Untersteinach. My watch said 1315 that meant that the train for Untersteinach that leaves a few minutes past every hour had just been missed. I walked over to the bus station, and the monitor said there would be a bus for Untersteinach at 1430 – great I thought, that’s only about 10 minutes – I’ll wait. 10 minutes later I was wondering: where’s the stupid bus? Checked the bus times and my watch again, and of course realized my mistake, I was there an hour to early.

Alright I thought, I’ll go to the grocery store, pick up a couple of beers and some other items for the evening, then head over to the railway station to get the next train that leaves a few minutes past the hour. I got to the railway station at 1350, checked the train times, and found out that I would go by the 1307 train, that would leave from platform 1. I sat down to read my book and to wait for the train. About 15 minutes later I noticed a train leaving from platform 4, in the direction of Untersteinach, and thought; hey, that’s weird! So, I looked at my watch and checked the times again – and for the second time that day realized my mistake. What I had seen was the 1404 train leaving for Untersteinach, now there was another hour till the next train! At this point I actually considered grabbing a cab to get back home, but as I had already now bought a train-ticket that I wouldn’t be able to use – that seemed like a rather costly solution – just because I’m an idiot!

Well, now I was quite sure that there would be a bus leaving from the bus station at 1430, so I went back there – finally managed to be in the right place at the right time – and was back home at the flat at about 1445 – only about 1 ½ our later than I could’ve been!Some days I think I really shouldn’t be allowed to go outside because I might end up not only forgetting where I live or where I’m going to – but also who I am!!!

Physics or chemistry?

Not often, but at least a few times I have replied to profiles that people publish on different dating sites on the internet. One of the reasons I haven’t replied to many is that I’m very “picky” in what I search for.

A profile that I reply to must be well written with a long textual description of the person. I always look for those who are in some ways artistic or at least like to read a lot. I also prefer those with higher education, but it’s not a “must”. There are lots of intelligent people who don’t have or don’t need an education to prove that.

Anyway, just before I went on my vacation I replied to another profile: an Englishman living in Oslo. Of course, as I am very interested in the English he does seem interesting to me.

When I got back from my vacation I had got an answer from him, he sent me a photo and asked for mine. From what he wrote he does seem nice, but then again, what can you really tell from a short email? He did however state that he wanted us to exchange photos because he thinks that the physicalities are important when two people meet.

That got me thinking!

I would say that yes, when you meet people in real life, physics are important – it gives you the first impression. This has always been a problem for me, because I’m more interested in what’s on the inside of people, not how they look. I must admit I have met a lot of beautiful people in my life who turned out to be rather shallow and mostly very occupied with their own or other people’s appearances. It seems that if people are not typically attractive by “the normal standards” they enhance other features about themselves, and so if often seems to me that people who don’t fulfil the “normal beauty standards” are more interesting than those who do.

If I walk into a room of men and is asked to pick out whom I’d like to get to know better, in 99% of the cases I’ll probably avoid the typically beautiful men. I’ll look for men with glasses (I need intelligent people around me – and I guess my sub-conscience connects glasses with intelligence!!) – if they look a bit “nerdy” those are the ones I’d like to get to know better.
I think people who chose other people according to how beautiful they are are shallow, BUT who am I to talk – because, obviously I also choose and judge people by their physical appearances! And I really shouldn’t think beautiful people shallow just because they look good!

Having then established that yes I do think physical appearances are to some extent important when meeting new people – it is certainly not so on the Internet!! For me that is the whole point of using the Internet to get to know new people; I can learn what’s on the inside and not be “confused” by what people look like. If you exchange a few emails, you’ll soon learn if you’ve got enough in common to create chemistry – and if that’s right – who cares what people look like? In most cases your looks will probably been gone long before your brain does.

I do find however, on the Internet, that men are still very occupied with looks, they always ask for a photo in the first email. Why is that? If all you’re interested in is dating a supermodel, you might as well go out in the real world and approach any good-looking woman you meet!
You might be thinking that I’ve got issues about the way I look myself and that this is why I am so annoyed by this. Most people usually have some issues about their looks – as do I – but luckily, with growing older I have also grown to like myself. I am quite confident with the way I look, some people think I’m attractive others don’t – and so? My friends like me for who I am, all of me, what do I care what strangers think of me? So, that is truly not why I’m annoyed. It’s just irritating when you’ve got the perfect tool of getting to know people without “clouding your eyes” with what they look like – people are still very occupied with the wrapping and not what’s on the inside!

I am a bit sceptical of this guy as I always am when people immediately ask for my photo, it does seem a bit shallow, doesn’t it?

Usually when guys offer to send me their photo and ask for mine I’ll just say NO! and explain that I want us to exchange at least a few emails to see if there’s anything there before we get to the photos. If there’s nothing in common, no chemistry, why would I want to know what someone looks like? This guy then has already sent me his photo, and I have thought I’ll give him one more chance, so I have sent him a couple of photos, but I have also said in the email that I think chemistry is far more important than physics.

I might tell you more later on how it goes!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

I'm back!!

I guess you've been concerned since I haven't posted anything since I got back from my holliday at 1am Monday morning, but I haven't quite been able to find the time. Ended up going out for beers last night, and that lasted till 3 am Tuesday morning, so I dragged myself out of bed about 30 minutes ago - and think it's about time to start considering work...

I'll try to find some time and energy to tell more about my vacation and other things this evening.