A Sad Day in Oslo

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

This was my immediate reaction to the bombing in Oslo, penned just a few hours after the attack. I’ve always loved the fact that Oslo was such a safe city.  You can walk right up to the royal palace.  You can drive past the building with the prime minister’s office.  It’s happy.  It’s neutral.  Things […]

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 […]

Crazy News Friday

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Today is Crazy News Friday! First up – The results are in!  We have a winner in the 2008 Olympics Doping Pool.  The first sport to have a medal taken away for a failed drug test is….. …..Shooting? Yes, the North Korean double medalist lost his silver medal in 50-meter air pistol and bronze medal in 10-meter […]

Doesn’t Say Much for the Dutch

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

I just saw this article after lunch, and I thought it was too funny not to share.  It sounds like a Darwin Award waiting to happen… Railway changes orange strip to avoid mixup In a MegDesk exclusive interview, a representative of the Dutch population responded to the incident saying, “I must say that this is not a representative […]

Our First Fifth Anniversary

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Friday was the first of our two 5-year wedding anniversaries, so we decided to mark the occasion in the same way we did the original event: 2003:   2008: We had to use the photobooth at the T-bane station, so we had to settle for four copies of the same pose. But we’ll take what we […]

Terrorism Prevention by Pricing

Monday, August 20th, 2007

This morning’s work was interrupted for about 10 minutes when the power suddenly shut off.  Since we had electrical problems all the time in Austin, this didn’t feel like anything new, but apparently the power went off in most of Oslo.  As Aftenposten sensationalized, there was chaos downtown as traffic lights went out, ATMs shut […]

The Black Meat Market

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

You know Norway is expensive when… Smugglers are caught trying to sneak meat over the border! According to Aftenposten, the record for the single largest meat smuggling bust was broken recently.  I don’t know which is more surprising:  that there are actually criminal rings smuggling meat from our neighbors next door, or that someone managed to load […]

Save the Shellfish!

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

…Or at least let them die in peace? There was an article in the English version of one of the Norwegian newspapers today.  Apparently their food editor was actually charged with animal cruelty for boiling crabs!  Granted, dropping shellfish into boiling water is not my cup of tea, but isn’t animal cruelty charges taking it […]

China’s Own Pirate Comedy

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

I wrote a post a few weeks ago about how I was glad to be watching the new Pirates of the Caribbean here in Norway, where it would be safe and untouched by the Chinese censors.  This came up again, as the film release just hit Chinese cinemas last week. In line with the release […]

The Importance of Layout Design

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

I was organizing some files today, and I found a small collection of amusing things that I saved from China and never got around to posting. For example, this was a page of China Daily that made me laugh when I first saw it.  This is a good example of why newspaper layout people are […]