OK, this one closes...

Blogger is dropping it's FTP publishing - so I either have to jump through some hoops to fix that or do something else completely.

As this place has been somewhat dormant *idly brushes away some cobwebs*, since I had this idea from the very beginning that this blog was a temporary practice zone and since I do have some ideas up in the back of my brain to do the writing and photo blog I have dreamt of for a while anyway ...


I'll close up shop here.

Someday a new shop will open :)

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Testing new blogging tool

Found a link to Zoundry Raven - a quite possible contender to be my next favourite blogging tool :)

Taking it for a spin over the next few days weeks - or however long it takes with my current blogging frequency..

Looks good, though.

No pictures in this one - let's keep it simple from the start (and yet he adds tags - go figure).

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OK, clean slate

Everything below the line is going away

Why? It needn't be there anymore

It was just a fleeting handshake, a nod of the head, a look from eye to eye

And now we know each other

And can truly start


PS: stuff below the line on my main blog (this one!) remains - cleaning the dishes only happens on posteruos :)


Posted by email from Ole's posterous

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This could very well be addictive!


Even for those of us who actually like Clippy… ;)

(and yes, I have realised that it misses an 's'... Or, for that matter, an 'a ')

Found at ImageGenerator via The Blogess.

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Now, why is it I blog?

A very relevant question, asked be Aphra - and I shall hurry firstly with my apologies by the rather late answer. Mostly caused by being in the deep of Southern Sweden with my Scouts for the last week.

The original and fundamental reason, I believe, is that I'm sometimes something of a nerd. There, out it came. So I like trying out these new things and such a lot of them have happened on computers in our lifetime, hasn't it? I started nerding for real at around 15 with programming in Comal and Basic and have had a good time with computers ever since. So when weblogging came around, of course I had to try.

Having a presence on H2G2 for soon-to-be 8 years have made it clear to me that whatever, I must write. So I praise my luck for living in a time where writing and putting it out for someone to read - many or precious few - is so much easier than when you had to do battle to find someone willing to master Gutenberg's innovation with lead, ink and paper for you.

I might be rationalising here, but the next reason is that I always also has had a wish to "show off" my photographies. At least I can claim honestly that around the age of 15-16 (gee, much happened then, huh?) I had several pictures accepted for a local exhibition - some black & white work including a rather strange dark room experimental one. At least with digital, you're through with getting chemical stains on your fingers and blocking off access to the spare bathroom.

When I started this blog, I had in mind to take all three of the above and combine it with wrestling with webdesign. Which is why I wrote:

"Lets see how it goes. Once this blog finds its feet and stands on less shaky ground, it may be made obsolete and cast aside to make room for The Real One. Or it may not."

I honestly must say that I haven't got around to do that one yet... I have a name for it I like and sketches of the graphical layout I want - but quite simply haven't taken the time actually do it. Partly because I have had our scouting group's website to immerse myself in. Recently made it into a - non-public - wiki for ease of updates. More nerdiness :) Link, if you should be interested to have a wee look (it's all in Danish).

That was four. The fifth? I guess, quite simply, that it's become something in the continuum from a nice habit to an addiction. At least, it's a more socially acceptable one than a lot of other addiction I can think of ;) Although it does raise the question of why I don't do it all the time but somewhat sporadically, I guess.

I'd like - have liked - to take the tagging business with this one out of the rather closely knit group of people I hang out with on the 'net . But I haven't yet found the candidates. Will update if I do.

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8 random things about me

Reed apparently has found me to be tagged - I have been a little too busy enjoying Rome with the family to notice. Sorry.

And after reading Aphra's as well as The Singing Librarian's and the good FtMDoctor's, here goes:

  1. I am an only child.
    You choose whether my dear parents gave up because they possibly couldn't repeat the good work or because they got scared ;) Clue: An Aunt said when she first laid eyes on me "Oh poor little you, you look like your father!"
  2. I only have one mobile phone.
    On the other hand, it's used very much!
  3. Both backpacks I have for hiking are red.
    I actually haven't used the newest one, bought in Argentina for a very decent price, yet. Look forward to doing so this summer!
  4. I drive a French car.
  5. The walls of our house are decorated with all sorts of things - from Corto Maltese and Moebius (the cartoon/Bande Dessinée one) drawings over Vaserely and own photos to Korean masks, Dutch porcelain and Australian boomerangs.
    There is still space left. Or so the Mrs say...
  6. I've been to all continents apart from Antartica.
    Mostly on business trips, sadly, so I surely have not seen what's worth seeing. But I do do what I can to get some good impressions, sights and smells wherever I go. Honestly!
  7. I like almost all food - major exception is chewy-bwadr things like squid, mussels, snails and the like. Mostly due to the texture.
  8. I like wearing a hat - but don't do it quite as mush as I would. Go figure.
    One reason is that my beloved Stetson felt hat is too warm for summer use, even in Denmark. And I haven't found a summer-compatible hat I like yet.

And I seem to have run out of tagging possibilities. Must go and persuade friends to start blogging, I think ;)

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I knew that my head sometimes may seem a bit up in the sky - or at least not connected to earth - but from there to ruling a planet?

You Should Rule Venus

Venus is a mysterious, stormy planet - shrouded in a thick layer of clouds.

You are perfect to rule Venus, because you are quite emotional and volatile yourself.

Your emotions change as rapidly as the weather on Venus, and both you and the planet are incomprehensible to others.

While you are not a logical thinker, you are quite empathetic.

You can care for and understand others, but your emotions swirl too quickly to truly understand yourself.

"Stolen" from over at az's - who seems to get these things quicker than I do... :)

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That'll teach the spammers!

From 's blog, apparently plaqued by the ubiquitous rats of electronic communications (no insult intended - to the rats!):

I propose that all spammers — e-mail spammers, comment spammers, any spammer at all — be subjected to the three Bs: Beaten with a baseball bat, Buggered ... go read the rest!

I usually suggest a remedy proposed by a friend from university - at a time where Spam was still in cans and lauded in song by Monty Python: Tie them up in bundles of six and roll them into the harbour (more precisely, in Gasværkshavnen - but you have to be a Dane to know where that is ;)



A meme

Got to look up the exact Danish meaning of that some day. But they seem to be all the rage, so why not? Got this one from over at Aphra Behn...

1. Explain what ended your last relationship

My last relationship could be said to be the current one - still on and has been for umpteen years. So nothing did, and I'd like to keep it that way!

2. When was the last time you shaved?

This morning. As every morning on weekdays. Being a man and having a family that complaints of stubble itching explains it...

3. What were you doing at 8am today?

Waiting for the dog to "do his thing" in the garden as he stubbornly refused to do so up in the woods.

4. What were you doing 15 minutes ago?

Catching up on morning E-mails and news RSSs (?) at work.

5. Are you any good at maths?

Yep. Though I always was to careless to get the top grades - always a wee silly mistake in there somewhere. Something - both things, actually - my daugther seems to have inherited.

6. Your prom night?

Non-existent as such in Denmark. Though we had an annual galla party at the high school - which obviusly is a bit special in your 3rd and last year. Les Lanciers - mandatory at all the parties at the high schol - danced with some more flourish than usual. Alcohol of a little higher quality than usual.

And, ermm, quite a bit of confusion with high school girlfriends and girl friends - some of the former thought that some of the latter were of the former variety. And, out of the blue, one of the latter did a move towards the former category - but nothing really came out of it.
Which actually ties the bow on #1, sort of.

7. Do you have any famous ancestors?

No. I did go to the same school as a quite famous writer, now posthumously honured with a theatre play. Does that count?

8. Did you have to take out a loan for university?

Luckily, I didn't have to - my parents lived only 5-6 km from the Technical University. And I was too comfortable (some would say lazy) not to take advantage of that.

9. Do you know the words to the song on your Myspace profile?

If I had a MySpace profile and if it had a song (do they always?), I'd know the words. Believe me - I know the words to lots of 70s-80s songs! (today's shopping list, on the other hand, is rather uncharted territory)

10. Last thing received in the mail?

A bill or a pension fund summary. Isn't life exiting?

11. What beverages have you had today?

Tea. Coffee.

12. Do you leave messages on people’s answering machines.

Whan I have to. Never quite got around to liking them...

13. Whom did you lose your CONCERT virginity to?

I *think* it was Styx. It could have been a three-band concert night where 10CC was the big(gest) name, though.

14. Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach?

"On a day like today..." No, actually I don't think I've ever done names in the sand. Lots of footprints, washed away by the ever-rolling waves.

15. What is the most painful dental procedure you have ever had?

A simple filling where the local anaesthetics wasn't quite enough. Doesn't hold a light to Marathon Man, though.

16. What is out your back door?

The back garden.

17. Any plans for Friday night?

You know, I don't think so. But it'll start with a G&T.

18. Do you like what the ocean does to your hair?

Nothing much, so I don't mind. Quite often, I don't stick my hair in it - ever since bathing in the Bay of Guinea, the local sea has seemed rather cold.

19. Have you ever received one of those big tins with three different kinds of popcorn?

What are they?

20. Have you ever been to a planetarium?

We have one in Copenhagen - but actually I don't think I have.... Oops.

21. Do you re-use towels after you shower?

Of course. What a waste of water and energy not to and what an abundance of detergents to throw at nature if you don't.

22. Some things you are excited about

The outdoors, scouting, laughing, good presentations (a rare thing, indeed), languages words, writing. And much more. Oh, and marvelling about how big kids become so quickly and how we can enjoy it all together.

23. Your favourite Jello flavour


24. Describe your key chain

Ring with car-remote-key, house key, key to my mother's, two keys I right now don't know what are for (??), a small bottle opener that used to be blue and a shopping-trolley "coin". No fancy decorations.

25. Where do you keep your change?

Mostly in my wallet.

26. What winter coat do you own?

A few... Thick brown leather jacket with an optional Thinsulate (™, probably) lining, a Timberland 3/4 long coat that's good over a suit for when that's necessary, three fleece jackets - one of them windproof (did any one say 'outdoors'), two cottoncoats, and a largely rain-proof shell jacket. What I still miss is that Goretex XCR one...

27. What was the weather like on your graduation day?

From the Technical University, the most is festivities was the red jacket of the postman who brought the exam papers. So I don't really know. From high school I seem to remember through a alcoholic haze (Danes will know the tradition of going round to all the households of the class by preferably a horse drawn carriage - these days as often some truck - and having a drink at each place) that it was quite fair.

28. Do you sleep with your bedroom door open or closed?

Open. Cats and such - and the upstairs bathroom through our bedroom.

Over to you, now...

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