Friday, 25 February 2011


In the comments of the Antimatter post I revealed what I would do if I won bigtime in the lottery.

I did not mention that first I would spend a month in a nice place, like Hawaii.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

The many adventures of the brave blue fish

There has been too few pictures here lately.

I have some photos in the cameras which I have not emptied; among other things of more tatted items, a rat which had eaten rat poison in our warehouse, and other not so exciting things.

So, to the rescue, comes the blue fish hat!

Two out of four knitted items up for grabs have gone on to new homes and the blue fish hat is one of them.
I have received a photo of it before, but today I received more - apparently it has been in Paris...:

Monday, 21 February 2011

Morning Blend

Lemon marmelade, espresso, and toothpaste flavoured like stimorol original chewing gum. All mixing into a soothing, warm, roundish aftertaste when running through the snow.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Long day with work

Soon heading to work, just have to gulp down my tea and my pills first.
There, I will be working - then going out to dinner with the department - then bowling - then car racing simulators.

Looong day ahead but I am sure it will contain plenty of fun!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Morning Monsters

This morning, wise from yesterday’s cold knees, I checked outdoor temperatures before getting dressed. At that point it showed -19c so I dressed with a few extra layers of fabric between me and the world.


Walking to the bus, I found that I had to dart and dodge between two tractors equipped with snow plows, a digger, and three six-wheeled lorries there to bring away the surplus snow, all of them up on the sidewalk and scurrying around. They seemed abnormally huge when I had to be that close to them and they were moving!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Happy Friendship Day!

The Finns do it the sensible way – they celebrate their friends today.

Hyvää Ystävänpäivää! <3

Love you all. Even if I suck at keeping in touch.


A common hypothesis among people who know about these things, is that In The Beginning there was an anti-particle for every particle. These anti-particles and their matching particles were annihilated in the Big Bang, and the material universe we live in today is the leftover particles, a surplus so to say. Some small antimatter particles – positrons – buzz around all the time, and by much effort scientists have created anti-protons in the laboratory. Antimatter is basically the same particle with the opposite charge – a negative proton, a positive electron.

However, some people think that there might be pockets of antimatter left in the universe. This leads to a whole lot of speculation upon various subjects, including the possibility of using antimatter to fuel starships, but also if there might be things like anti-stars out there – a star made out of oppositely charged (to what we are used to) particles for instance.

Maybe there is an anti-Earth out there. Maybe an anti-Silme. I sincerely hope she is busy studying superconductivity and other important issues, because as the years pass I have to admit that the likelyhood of this version of Silme becoming an astronomer and physicist is dropping for every year.

But a girl can dream, eh?

Tuesday, 8 February 2011


I have a complicated relationship to shoes.

Or maybe I just have difficult feet.

Whichever, I have several bags full of shoes worn 0-10 times that I will never wear again. The past five years' shoe attempts mostly consist of variations over flat shoes - and alot of sneakers of various kinds. But they all hurt in different ways, and I cannot make myself wear shoes that hurts.

The pair of skate shoes which is what I wear most nowadays has taken four winters' wear - you can see the plastic skeleton of the shoe through the threadbare and holey inner lining, both in the sides and the soles. But I can wiggle my toes in them and I don't get too bad blisters. So I continue to wear them, with woollen socks.

Today we made a detour on my suggestion, to XXL - a Norwegian outlet type chain that recently opened here as well. After trying on an uncounted number of  shoes, finding dog food inside a shoe, and (H at least, not me actually) getting help from a rather knowledgeable salesman (that wound up recommending H to go to a named webshop - I do not recall the details), I wound up bringing two pairs with me home, one pair of skate shoes (surprise.) and one pair of hiking shoes. Going to testwear them at home and inside at work to see how they work out, so I can actually return them if they pinch or something. But I have my hopes up.

Now I just need someone to take away the bags of shoes stuck in my wardrobe... and we are all set.
(Yes, I am dead against throwing away perfectly serviceable items and no, there are no second hand shops or containers around here).

On the way to the bus we detoured to buy food for Nestor and Nemesis, and spent some time loitering around the salt water aquariums in the shop. It was nice, and fun, peeking in and trying to identify the different things. We never saw any turbo snails. But a fire shrimp was seen! And a long narrow (= eel shaped) spotted fish hiding under the corals and rocks. We couldn't see its head so it is unidentified, but I would guess some kind of eel.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Ancient history

In 1999/2000 I was doing some sort of art/traditional craft study at a school in Norway. My enthusiasm for the teachers was varying, and my diligence in studying was questionable. Nonetheless, there are items from that period which I still have and which are worth showing. Regrettably (yes, I really think so now) I gave away too much.

This is my first and only attempt at carving an image and printing from the block. The Norns.
Printing was tested at a short stint as an exchange student to Åland.

After I found it a few weeks back I have been considering buying equipment and doing more printing; it is certainly one of the things I have shown more aptitude for, and it is something which can be practiced in a two room city flat (unlike wood carving or metal moulding).

Today I finally got around to framing it. Luckily the thin paper has not been ruined in the passing years and moves.

Thanks to VK for buying me a frame (and, unlike me yesterday, not breaking the glass on the way home)!
Thanks Bro! Drop by soon again! 

Friday, 4 February 2011

The fish has a new friend

…or the other way around, perhaps.

I received an action shot of the fish hat being out of doors on someone’s head, presumably the new owner’s. Way cool – the best compliment I can get is the things I make being used!

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Au naturel

After the weird shots with the new glasses a few days back, I decided to take a photo of me with air-dried hair and no make-up. Which of the two is more "me" is of course highly debatable.

The next book

I finished Inda.

Now for Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration of the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation and Time Travel.