Archive of 'General'

A Not-So-New Year’s Resolution

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

I’ve decided that I should really try to post more often to my blog this year (inspired partly by Shane).  Once again I find that when we talk to friends/family outside of Norway, there are some things we keep repeating, and I have gotten so out of the blogging habit that it doesn’t even register […]

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 […]

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way to my desktop recently, and since I love flags, I thought it only fair to pass them along, even if they’re slightly out of date.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 […]

Food Flags

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

I love food, and I love flags.  So imagine my delight when I came across this article about the Sydney International Food Festival:  National Flags Made Out of Food! The creators used regional foods to recreate the flags of the countries participating in the festival.  What a wonderful idea, and some of them were very […]

10 Years of MegDesk

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Despite a horrible case of writer’s block, I feel obligated to post something today.  For months I’ve been trying to decide what I should post today, and as the sun sets (which here in the north means it’s quite late) the answer has yet to come to me. Why the pressure?  Because today is the […]

Annual Eurovision WTF Awards

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

In response to Shane’s comment about Norway’s winning Eurovision song, I think I ought to show it in the proper light.  “Suck” is clearly a relative term.  “Fairytale” may not be the best song ever, but it’s not all that bad.  Especially when you see what it was up against! For a few examples of […]

I’m So Proud! Yay Rick!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

This is extremely late, but I want to post it anyway… While we were in Turkey, Rick’s episode of Criminal Minds aired!  We watched it when we got back, and I was so excited to see his name in the credits! The episode was very cool!  Rick, I’m so proud of you!  That’s awesome!!! And […]

Workplace Wildlife

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Yesterday, Shane blogged about a coyote incident at work in downtown Chicago.  While I’ve never experienced anything as odd as a wildlife work risk in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area, it got me reminiscing about some of the more unusual safety issues at our different offices. Our company puts a huge emphasis on […]

A Tribute to Hans Beck, Creator of Playmobil

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

I came into work this morning, and learned the sad news that German toymaker Hans Beck passed away earlier this week.  Before today, I didn’t know his name, but his creations were one of the backbones of my childhood memories. Playmobil was invented 35 years ago, and I don’t even know how old I was […]