Posted April 3rd, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

If you thought Timecube and Gene Ray were weird, then this will simply stun you. Because dividing by zero is simply done in the wrong way. We live and learn… and then we find the person in queston’s web. Kookiness rules

Posted April 3rd, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

I know I didn’t sleep my usual long hours, but the shattered feeling I’ve had all day is not good. Tax returns need to be done.

Posted April 2nd, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

That really was a very nice, if slightly uneventful, birthday. Many thanks to Eyvindur and Elfa for inviting me to a birthday dinner at theirs. Next time things should be the other way ’round.

Posted April 1st, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

Have decided to post the Copenhagen story in bits. it’s shaping up to be a long one… Not much today. Work was a bit nutty due to April Fools’. Which is good. Because that means tomorrow’s tomorrow *grin*. Now for some of that travel story:

Copenhagen March 21-24. Flew to Copenhagen in the morning, landing at 11.40 local time, and thanks to only having a carry-on bag, was at the Hovedbanegård (train station) in the city centre at 12. My very good friend and host, Þórmundur met me there a little later and we took off into the city. We had booked ‘frokost’, a Danish lunch at Huusmanns Vinstue at 1.30 and used the time until then to walk around and see some houses important to Icelandic history, the house where Jónas Hallgrímsson lived for the last year of his life, breaking his leg coming home from the pub one night and dying 4 days later. Also the house where Baldvin Einarsson, a caller for independence in the 1820s died in ’32 after a candle set fire to his bed. The latter was in the same street as Husmanns, so it was a short way to some very nice herring, oxmeat and beer.

After lunch we continued along Icelanders’ footsteps, seeing the university and university campus, the Rundetårn and ending out on Kongens Nytorv plaza. From then it was time to take the train out to the suburbs and relax a bit before a late dinner and some quality catching up with my friends.

Friday was a bit chilly, but Saturday was downright freezing. We made our way into the city centre early, this time it was time to walk the main shopping street, Strøget. We had vague plans to watch the United-Fulham match if we found a pub showing it. After a couple of failed attempts we found one and welcomed the diversion from the cold. United winning 3-0 didn’t hurt either. Then it was off home to get ready for going out to dinner at the Restaurant Gråbrødretorv 21. Fantastic food in a traditional Danish way. Another late night at home talking.

Posted April 1st, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

hm. Despite umpteen post-and-publish and edits, the previous entry is still not updated with my correction. Will a new entry fix this?

Posted April 1st, 2003. Filed under Uncategorized

Usually I don’t want to blog at this time of day, even though it’s fairly usual for me to be awake. Having the laptop in bed certainly means that it is a bit warmer and more relaxing to be ‘netting this early. Also makes it a bit easier to read and keep an eye on IRC.

Finished Jón’s bio and have picked up The Great Settler, 1st volume of the biography of Stephan G. Stephanson, probably Iceland’s greatest poet of the late 19th and early 20th century, a poor farmer in Canada and the U.S. who emigrated young with his parents in the great exodus of late-mid 19th century which gave rise to those called then and their decendants still now the West-Icelanders. A few years ago I even met some of my relatives from Canada when they visited here. It is quite revealing how they have managed to live in a multicultural society yet never forgotten who their great-grandparents were, where they were from and how that affects who they are today.

Following Morgunblaðið’s editorial yesterday about how they did defend and support free speech, but that they did not want to publish overly insulting articles and that namecalling was not they way to support your argument, I was yet again reminded of the “Agnosticism destroys society” speech by the bishop of Iceland (see my blog from January 9th for my reaction then. I’m still astounded that the good bishop in his zeal to sell Christianity is allowed to confuse agnosticism (the Icelandic word being literally ‘lack of faith’) with ‘lack of morals’ which is what he is really attacking, but since he’s in marketing, he takes what wields better in an attempt to browbeat folks into thinking that good morals must derive from faith, God, and believing Death Is Not The End.

On a much lighter note, I Love My WLAN. Streaming mp3s from my main server wirelessly into my bedroom rocks. Especially since my collection got a little boost from my collegue Svenni and then the extra disk space I have and the power of the new desktop means that ripping the rest of my CD collection is just so much easier.

Oh. Now I remember. Saturday. mmmm… much alcohol, food, dancing, fun people, great music, good conversation and the inevitable finding of people who know people you knew years ago. One of the beautiful things about living in the tiny village that is Iceland. In short Saturday was fabulous, and not even having a useless, clueless coach in charge of the national football team will dampen that.

(this is turning out long??)Many many congrats to my Italian teacher, Paolo Turchi, who grabbed 1st prize on the Icelandic ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ on Sunday.

Never mind that it’s only 5 million ISK, about 65 thousand USD and the good old government grabs 38%, still something to enjoy. Going to class tonight will be fun!

‘nuf for now, take care y’all.