Archive for 2009

Blog it, and it will Be!

Monday, December 7th, 2009

In the Weird Coincidences department… The day after I published my last blog post, a new series of ads went up in the Oslo subway system, featuring money origami!  I think I did a double-take the first time I saw one of the signs at the station, but unfortunately my camera battery needed to be […]

Foreign Currency Origami

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

There is a very bizarre mix of things that interest me, and I’m always excited when two of those interests overlap (for example, last month’s mash-up of Halloween and Geek culture). Today’s strange bedfellows are travel and origami.  More specifically, foreign currency and origami.  Along with the rest of my family, I’ve been doing origami […]

Weathering the Winter Blues

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

I’ve noticed that for the past month or so, my Twitter updates have been predominantly weather-focused.  There have been some exciting things going on at work, but I guess I assume most people don’t really care about the goings-on of our office.  If you are interested:  The summary is that our manager is moving to […]

Rema 1000: “Fruity” Licorice Ropes

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

For months (probably years now) I’ve been meaning to start a regular feature about some of the random products I pick up at the grocery next door to the office.  We often head over to buy snacks and soda in the afternoon, and since the shop regularly changes part of their inventory, I’m often tempted […]

Geeky Halloween Pumpkins

Friday, October 30th, 2009

In honor of Halloween (my favorite-because-it’s-so-ridiculous holiday), I’ve been saving a few links for completely geeky jack-o-lanterns. Cool Gaming Themed Pumpkin Carvings for a Geeky Halloween Aside from the usual assortment of Pacman pumpkins and game console logos, these two rather stood out for me: A sackboy from Little Big Planet!  How adorable! (Explanation for […]

Snakes in Norway

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Earlier this year, when Lucas and I were out in Bærum visiting some friends, we all went for a walk in the woods.  I wasn’t watching my feet and ended up stepping on a snake, which startled me more than anything else, and made me feel extraordinarily bad for the tiny snake.  Our friends were […]

Norway Tops National Geographic Destination Ratings

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

A year ago, when we received the “Destinations Rated” issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine, I was surprised to see that the top-ranked destination in the US was Columbus, Indiana.  This year, the highset-scoring destination is once again close to “home,” as the honor went to the Norwegian fjords. The scores are calculated based on […]

Flag Rankings and Ratings

Monday, October 12th, 2009

A few flag links found their way to my desktop recently, and since I love flags, I thought it only fair to pass them along, even if they’re slightly out of date. The first is an extremely thorough grading system that assigns each country’s a numerical score and corresponding letter grade, based on a complicated […]

Obama’s coming to visit!

Friday, October 9th, 2009

So I had a random post scheduled to go up this evening (it was about flags; I love flags), but I have to bump it to next week, because they just announced the Nobel Peace Prize!  And Obama won it?! I love Obama just as much as the next American ex-pat, and I am extremely […]

A Crafty Case Mod

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

I have to admit that I love cool computer cases.  In the same way I loved Swatch’s old-school transparent watches back in the day, I really appreciate the plexiglass cases that I can see inside.  So it’s not a big surprise that I encouraged Lucas to drop quite a bit on a pricey Antec Lanboy […]