Posted April 16th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

Waiting for Arsenal – Manchester United to start. Am a bundle of nerves…

Posted April 15th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

Húsfundur búinn, reikningar staðfestir og megnið af húsfélagsbókhaldi síðustu 10 ár komið í hendur ‘nýja’ gjaldkerans sem var kosinn fyrir ári, en við komumst aldrei í að hann tæki við heftinu

Posted April 15th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

In a fit of boredom, tiredness and general apathy, I added a comment system. I expect massive use,

Posted April 15th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

Skoðandi reikninga húsfélagsins var að fara út, og er búin að undirrita reikningana. Nú styttist í að ég losni.

Posted April 13th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

Have been reading Theresa Nielsen Hayden’s weblog after the previous entry explained how I found. It’s just wonderful. Exhibit B:

If you’re a person from the future, reading this perhaps-historically-interesting old weblog post, please understand that we are in equal measure delighted and terrified by the frequency with which the most accurate news reporting in the United States is done by The Onion.

Of course it helps agreeing with her general political stance (so far at least) but the writing is great and the comments are darn good too. All in all a delight.

And to cap my Sunday, I’ve noticed Diane Duane has added me to her very long list of weblogs. Given the lenght of the list I doubt she’s a regular visitor. But, *neat* and *grin*

Posted April 13th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

I should’ve said something about this before, but when I’ve remembered I’ve basically been lost for words. In Neil Gaiman’s journal I found a link. Theresa Nielsen Hayden says basically what I would like to say.

I just posted this link on irc, and a friend said “That’s from before they set fire to the library, I take it?” He heard it on Dutch radio. It makes me want to cry. Apparantly the library in q. is the Iraqi National Library and National Archives according to a Dutch newspaper website. Cheers Dubya, by ineffective warfare you’re enabling the Iraqis to destroy what little there is left of culture there. You rock man. You rock.

*laugh* ok something to cheer me up. Some poor girl (12-13 year old i’d guess) on TV is choosing between Ararat and Narodnaja as the resting place for Noah’s Ark. And she needs a phone call. And her friend says Narodnaja. You just *have* to laugh.

Posted April 13th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

I’m now watching kids playing on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Some of the things they don’t know is shocking. 30% of the audience thinks that the statue on Austurvöllur is of Snorri Sturluson. Note for foreigners: This is like London kids thinking that the statue on Trafalgar Square might be of Shakespeare.

Maybe it was just as bad back when, so I won’t say ‘Kids today, eh?’

Posted April 13th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

The weekend is nearing its end and as usual there’s quite a lot of stuff I was going to do that I haven’t done yet. Flat is looking a bit tidier though and there are still a few hours left. FA Cup Semi-finals went according to League positions. Boring.

Harry Potter is on TV next Saturday. On the RÚV open state channel no less. Stöð 2, the pay TV channel seems really to be losing it…

I’ve actually been to Eric Meyer’s css/edge before but I really think I’ll do something about it now. The Lair‘s due a redesign anyway.

Finally. Damn You Abacus. Iain (M.) Banks’ publisher has changed the format of his books. Dead Air is very different from the format I have all his books in (b/w for ‘real’ fiction, colour for SF). *grr* I hate it when publishers do that. Sue Grafton’s publishers did that with her last. *snf* I love having a series on my shelves that add to the look of the shelf and are a whole, rather than a jumble.

Posted April 12th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

I’ve seen this around, but only now with a link to the actual page where the questions are set:

Friday Five

1. What was the first band you saw in concert?

Europe. They were rockier than their album at the time suggested. I seldom go to concerts

2. Who is your favorite artist/band now?


3. What’s your favorite song?

you’re joking, right? Pick one?? I have 130 tracks (all from CDs I own) on my Favourites CD. I could probably whittle it down to 10. Teo Torriatte, Karma Police, Tell Me How, Fairytale of New York, Everybody Knows (but you) Nightswimming, Love Of My Life, Lemon Tree. I’m probably forgetting a few.

4. If you could play any instrument, what would it be?


5. If you could meet any musical icon (past or present), who would it be and why?

Freddie Mercury. Since it would probably be at a very fun party. And, no, I wouldn’t want to preach to him to take care so he lived longer. He was who he was.

Posted April 12th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

Kná snilld. Vinna Newcastle 6-2.

Skrapp á mótmælin, þar var fátt. en veðrið gott og gönguferðin ekki til einskis.

Nú er búið að samþykkja að leggja samrunann fyrir hluthafafundi, þannig að það styttist í að ég fari að vinna fyrir Kaupþing Búnaðarbanka hf, og ég sé nú að það er stefnt að að fyrsti starfsdagur verði 30. maí. Áhugaverðir tímar framundan.

Posted April 12th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

Fínt kvöld í gær, fínt djamm, þökk sé öllum sem skemmtu mér! Senn dregur til tíðinda í boltanum, United gegn United eftir einn og hálfan tíma.

Það er auðvitað vitað mál að ég er andstæður stríðsrekstri (er ekki fundur á eftir? Jú,Frið staðfestir) en það verður að hafa húmorinn í lagi og það er varla hægt annað en að hafa svolítið gaman af Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf. Þetta er líklega maðurinn með vonlausasta PR jobb síðustu ára, og samt er sannfæringin engu lík….

Posted April 10th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

Frekar bissí dagur í gær, ferðalög í vinnu og fundur í frítíma. Lítur út fyrir að ég sé búinn að ráðstafa megni míns frítíma næsta árið.

Posted April 8th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

Match about to end, will United pull a 2nd goal back, naw, no luck. Oh well, we’ll need a miracle in the second leg.

Posted April 8th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

Ok. Very odd. I pasted the last entry from TextPad, and it screwed up the link at the end royally. so here’re the last lines that should’ve been there:

It’s certainly one of the best holidays I’ve taken, the mixture of friends, relaxation and history in a very nice city providing an overall sense of contentment. It was maybe slightly too cold the first two days, and Tivoli wasn’t open but this is in fact a good thing since it provides a cast iron excuse for visiting again either this summer or the next. Thank you so much, Þórmundur, Sóley and Sigurveig for a wonderful time.

(ah. it was missing a ” from the href)

Posted April 8th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

A huge match about to start, so here’s the last bit of the Copenhagen story to take our minds off it for a moment

On Monday I packed my small overnight bag and said goodbye to Voldumvej earlyish and went downtown with Þórmundur, he went to meet his parents, but I took on the task of finding the few side streets of the small city centre that I hadn’t already walked, and I’m not sure I didn’t actually manage that. I went to lunch in a small but very nice restaurant in Christianshavn, another Danish frokost, but didn’t go over to nearby Christiania. Christianshavn was very pretty in the spring sunshine, as the day was nice and warm.I’d thought about going to some museums, but in the end I didn’t go to any. By the time on Sunday I fancied looking in on Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek it was almost four o’clock, closing time, and on Monday I was just very happy wandering around the shops. I bought a couple of Kim Larsen CDs, very nice, but didn’t find a good CD shop until I went to Magasin late in the afternoon, about ten minutes before I was supposed to meet Þórmundur in the Rådhustorv plaza. I met up with my kind host at 5pm and we spent a pleasant hour talking and going to Politiken’s bookshop which looking back I should’ve visited earlier. But all good things must come to an end and shortly after six we said our goodbyes in the train station. I went off to Kastrup Airport, met my cousin’s husband Árni there and spent the waiting time in good company. And finally my plane took my home in about three hours.

It’s certainly one of the best holidays I’ve taken, the mixture of friends, relaxation and history in a very nice city providing an overall sense of contentment. It was maybe slightly too cold the first two days, and Tivoli wasn’t open but this is in fact a good thing since it provides a cast iron excuse for visiting again either this summer or the next. Thank you so much, Þórmundur, Sóley and Sigurveig for a wonderful time.

Posted April 6th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

Sé núna að Nikolaj og Julie er í sjónvarpinu í kvöld. Þórmundur minntist á þennan þátt þegar ég var úti enda er þetta vinsælasti þátturinn á Voldumvej sem og annarsstaðar í Danmörku. Þá helgina bárust fréttir um að þetta væri að byrja hér heima, enda er núna 3. þáttur. Ég held ég verði að reyna að sjá þetta, nema bíó kalli.

Posted April 6th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

Nice as sleeping late is, it sort of puts me into a coma for the rest of the day. This time I did something about it, and went for a long walk downtown. Very nice. Picked up Lady Slings The Booze by Spider Robinson. I have the complete Callahan series but still missing one or two featuring his wife. It’s very seldom that you see his books in shops here. I saw that they had books three and four of Ken McLeod’s ‘previous series’ ie. The Cassini Division and The Sky Road but since I’ve read only book 2, I now want book 1, The Star Fraction. So when I got home I decided to do somehting about the state of my Wish List, and picked up all the books from it where I’m not waiting for the paperback, and ordered them. There’s something mildly orgasmic about ordering 11 books off amazon. Unfortunately, the Ken McLeods (I ordered all the three mentioned above) are on ‘dispatched after 3 days’ so it won’t get here this week. Ah well. It gives me a few days to attack those books in my to-read pile that I ‘really should’ read.

And on final note. Kolo Toure. *snigger*

Posted April 5th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

Manchester United – Liverpool 4-0.

Þessi einfalda setning, þessi mikla gleði.

Posted April 5th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

Denmark travelogue, pt 2: We left our travelling hero late on a Saturday evening. The Sunday started early since Þórmundur had to get back home at 2pm when his wife was playing (handball). We got downtown in much warmer weather and decided some more nationalist fervour was in order so we went direct out to Østerport, and walking past old soldier houses from the 17th century (very few original tho) and to Øster Voldgade 12, or Jónshús, Iceland’s Culture House, where Jón Sigurðsson lived the last 27 years of his life. Again we pondered the Independence Fight of the 19th century. From there it was natural to head back to town through the very pretty park. We went down to Strøget again and out to Nyhavn again which understandably much more crowded than on the Saturday. From there we went back street ways a bit, and amused ourselves watching the traffic jam resulting from a few police cars parked on the Nyhavn bridge. Again we got out on Kongens Nytorv and this time we headed towards the Royal Palace, Amalienborg. Walking along Bredgade, Broad Street, going there I was reminded that this was where the childrens’ author Nonni lived for a year back in 1870 which he later wrote about. I devoured his books as a kid, and used them as guide books when I was in Copenhagen in 1980. At Amalienborg Þórmundur left for home, but I continued eastwards to Langelinje and Den Lille Havfrue, The Little Mermaid. It’s not “little”, it’s Huge. More than lifesize. Fooled by preconceptions, not for the first time. The very old and by all acounts pretty soldier camp there was closed to tourists due to the war, so I walked around the encircling moat, and ende up again near Østerport, but this time I went straight down to Bredgade again so I could walk the stretch back to Amalienborg and cover the whole street. From Amalienborg I went down to the harbour and thence back up to, surprise, surprise, Kongens Nytorv. The afternoon was spent wandering the side streets of the centre, until at 5pm when i was exactly tired enough for the idea of sitting in a pub watching Everton-Arsenal to appeal a lot. This was very nice, apart from the result. A funny thing, in the second half the guy who’d been sitting in front of me turned around and asked something I didn’t hear, He then asked in English “Are you Danish” I said “No, Icelandic” and he goes “Ég hélt það” (I thought so). You can never get away from Icelanders *g* Then I went off to the airport to dine with Þórmundur and his wife and Þórmundur’s parents who were stopping by in the airport Hilton on their way to Italy. This is now long enough, so Monday comes later.

Posted April 4th, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

Friday evening and the place is rocking. Well as rocking as it can from a small tinny speaker on a laptop. Filed my taxes, a day late. Still haven’t done mum’s but her deadline’s Monday. Should be a nice quiet weekend for the first time a few weeks, only big thing is turning over the bin-dipping, granny-stabbing Scousers when they come hubcap-a-stealing down the M62. Saint Michael of Much Diving may be out. Poor lad.

Anyway after the lunchtime match is over all that remains to do over to do is to do some cleaning and tidying in the flat, and drop into work for some weekend-tidy-up-loose-ends.

Blogger doesn’t know how to publish the right time. On this entry page i see the previous entries with the right time stamp, but haven’t yet figured out which time option in settings to choose, since the GMT-London one (quite rightly) moves it over to BST. Which means my EOB (end of birthday) entry is moved to the third. Diiiiisaster.

I promise I’ll get the photos from Denmark on the web this weekend. And finish the travelogue.