Thursday, 30 June 2011

Current reading

In addition to slowly reading through "To Room Nineteen", mostly at meal times, I am listening to a book called "Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science" by a guy called David Lindley.

Garden report, today!

I found myself amused, glancing out and seeing this image of domesticity. Laundry drying on the balcony, curtains up (first time since december in any room!).

Now for the real garden report: 

I found this growing along the bottom of the little wilderness and poking out at one side. I don't know what it is - yet. 

Zinnia. Same as yesterday - it is gaining petals!

More zinnia.

And more zinnia...

Gooseberry bush looking healthier. No fruit from it this year :/

I rearranged the plants in an attempt to gain more usable floor space out there, the result can be seen from the random post I made earlier. I am fairly satisfied :)

Garden report: June 29th

The 4'o clock has a myriad of flowers and they all look different. I am mostly fascinated by the shape of the flower before it opens, the perfect symmetry. Also I find it interesting that they tend to be speckled.

The evening sun over Sthlm. 

Delayed garden report: June 19th-23rd. More flowers appear and I fence in the wilderness.

The cornflower especially was trying to take over the rest of the balcony too, so I made a string fence around it.

Random collections:

Been drinking beer. I am supposed to photo document what I drink, so I can remember what I like and what I hate. I mostly forget to do so, this was the third beer that day and the only one remembered.

Linus likes his tree, and has now moved in on the top shelf as well. The lower shelf is a place for resting and cuddling, the upper one is for playing and attacking. 

During day my balcony is a lush place to lounge in the heat in a baden-baden chair with a book or some knitting. In the evening a table and one or two chairs pop up and it becomes a room for the evening meal. When I am alone I read while I eat, I have been told it is a very bad habit, but I am not sure why.

Lap cat (June 18th)

Delayed garden report: June 18th. Other flowers are starting to make themselves noticed!

Monday, 27 June 2011

Another good link...

Unusual need to share today. Or maybe an influx of excellent links?

Translation tool for species! 
Just when the horizon was turning pink with the coming day, I was woken by loud babble in a Far Eastern, so far unidentified, language. It was like being in the same room as four people of mixed genders talking and laughing loudly. When I could orient myself, I realised it was the neighbours to the east, on their balcony. I struggled into my bathrobe and stumbled out onto the balcony, thinking to open the window and shout at them, but instead I just knocked on the plasterboard covering the hole in the concrete wall separating oss. "Solly", they shouted back. (Or actually, "ulsäkta"; this being Sweden.)

They did lower themselves enough so that if I had been asleep I wouldn't have noticed. Already being woken up by them the sound of their voices was a nuisance however. When I finally fell asleep again I dreamed action dreams, NCIS themed. Then I was going to a restaurant with some IRC friends from Seattle and they had booked, and we were a big bunch of people, whom I knew but cannot identify now (maybe coworkers, other IRC people, or, for all I know, the NCIS team in my former dream).

It is a sunny bright day, hopefully heralding the start of some nice summer weather.

PS: Some interesting reading. Fits me rather well, except possibly point 9, because I do love my adrenaline. Just without the crowds ;)

Sunday, 26 June 2011

A nice young man in an aeroplane

While waiting for my physics-audiobooks to 'arrive', I have been listening to Harry Potter. The first book and about half the second, so far. The voice reading them has a nice language; but his tendency to pronounce k's very sharply (black-k-k!) is beginning to get to me, and I really dislike and disagree with his interpretation of the tone of the characters. I doubt they all speak with whiny drawn out vowels ALL THE BLOODY TIME; it is highly improbable since it is a book about children. I did read the first few Potter books about a decade ago (jeez.), but I never became a fan. Not becoming so now either, listening to them. In fact: I have to take breaks from my knitting to read! To explain: I am way too restless to just sit still and knit, listening to my thoughts (wonder what a psychologist would make of that - no wait, I would rather not know), so I watch tv-series or, more frequently, listen to audio books while I knit. Now I can hardly wait for my popular-scientific audiobooks so I can relax with my knitting again.

On my breaks I have, today and yesterday, been reading "Room Nineteen" which is a short story collection by Doris Lessing. Sometimes I read one story, sometimes several in a row.

A short while ago I burst out laughing; as the following sentence somehow got to me:
"[...] a black bomb falling out of the sky, dropped by a nice young man in an aeroplane [...]"

Friday, 24 June 2011


Time for the start of four weeks off work. Hopefully that means I can get something done at home (like clearing out the closet).

If nothing else I plan to get a whole lot of knitting done! But first: Time for the first whojito (bastardised mojito with whisky) of the year.

Happy midsummer!