The other side

mánudagur, júní 12, 2006

þriðjudagur, febrúar 21, 2006

Amazingly accurate!

Your Personality Profile

You are elegant, withdrawn, and brilliant.
Your mind is a weapon, able to solve any puzzle.
You are also great at poking holes in arguments and common beliefs.

For you, comfort and calm are very important.
You tend to thrive on your own and shrug off most affection.
You prefer to protect your emotions and stay strong.

föstudagur, febrúar 10, 2006

Will the Eurovision-victory be ours?

Preparation for the renowned Eurovison Song Contest is reaching its peak in Iceland and preliminary rounds have been on TV (RÚV) for the past 3 Saturday nights. The sad thing is, that the 24 songs passing the first elimination, to the preliminary rounds, were chosen from around 200 songs admitted. And of those 24 songs, I find maybe 5 to be any good. The rest is more or less something that I wouldn't want to hear for the 2nd or 3rd time. That kind of makes you think; if those were the best of 200, how bad was the rest?

One of the rules regarding the icelandic competition (pre-rounds) is that none of the songs may have been played in public before the finals. Unfortunately, the song performed by Silvía Nótt accidentally (or not) found it's way on the internet, starting a great debate whether or not it should be allowed to enter the competition. In my opinion, her song is near to our only chance of getting any attention from other countries, or at least one of few songs making it possible to leave with our heads up high, regardless of the number of votes we get. The melody may not be that special, but Silvía's performance on stage (and the lyrics are funny, though only in Icelandic as it is) is extremely amusing.

Someone else's [short] writings on the subject can be found here.
The song in question can be found here.

þriðjudagur, febrúar 07, 2006

the stolen hour

This picture shows the
Greenwich Meridian Line, and as one can see, Iceland is not on this famous line but approx. one hour later. But we go nevertheless by GMT-time. The reason: We are constantly on summer time. A friend told me yesterday that the Icelandic Government voted for the decision of not changing the clock between seasons late in the 1940's (after the WW II and after our full independence). It was done with the good of icelandic cows in mind; they would have to be milked at the same time every morning, and how would they know whether they were on summer- or winterhours? This decision must have been made after the clock had been changed for the summer, but this means that the government has deprived us of a whole hour of sleep each morning during the winter, for 60 years!! I'm in no position to make a claim for the lost hours 60 years back in time, but 25 years back and we're good. I'd even settle for 10.

This is an old post from my old blog, one I liked too much to just throw it out with the now deleted blog.

mánudagur, febrúar 06, 2006

Once there was...

Once, there was a kingdom. It was the old kingdom of Norm, deserted and empty as its inhabitants had long fled in search of Difference, and no ruler would have anything to do with it. Until one day, someone came along to claim this unwanted kingdom. She is now ... the Queen of Norm.