Writer's Block: Parlez-vous francais?

What other foreign languages do you know? Which one(s) do you want to learn?

Je parle un peu de francais, mais pas bien.

And I speak English, quite well if I may say so myself.

The non-foreign language I speak is, of course, Swedish.

I can order beer and ask for the bathroom in Spanish, and a few other random words and sentences.

I understand Norwegian and Danish decently well written, and spoken Norwegian. Danish is harder, but I can get by on a tourist level.

I know a few words of Finnish - and by few I mean three or four. I know the odd word of a bunch of other languages too - "fried chicken" in Greek, "good morning" in Japanese, "cheers" in Russian, that sort of thing - and can puzzle out a fair bit of written German and Dutch.

I would like to know all of them - as in every language on earth. Realisticially, I'd like to learn French properly. If I was ambitious I'd go for French, German and Spanish. If I was really ambitious I'd add Mandarin and Swahili, and arabic. If I was really _really_ ambitious I'd finish up by also adding Welsh.

Writer's Block: Get up

If you had to eat the same breakfast everyday for a year (and it would be prepared and served to you), what would you choose?
French toast with sliced bananas, strawberries and bacon and syrup, orange juice and tea. God, I could eat American breakfasts and brunches all the time, every day. Almost anyway.

Jag bloggar liksom inte längre...

Jag tänker ofta och mycket, och ofta på saker som jag känner att jag skulle vilja dela med mig av. Men sen kommer jag hem, och då känns det som att det är ett oöverstigligt hinder att orka formulera mig och kolla upp saker så att det jag säger är underbyggt och skriva på engelska och...det är för jobbigt bara. Så då blir det inget. Samma sak med kommentarer i andras bloggar - men jag läser, ofta, och uppskattar i tysthet.

Saker jag har tänkt på på sistone:

Det är en ofantlig skillnad på fotografer som ser sina motiv som subjekt och de som ser dem som objekt. Var på fashion på fotografiska och där var det plågsamt tydligt. Se tex i princip vad som helst av Richard Avedon kontra 90% av det övriga modefotograferandet.

I wants a Gadget

I want a thingy which is roughly mobile phone/ipod sized, has a calendar that can remind me of stuff with little bingely bingely beep remineders and which has a gps. If I can also watch movies on it that's a plus. Doesn't need to have a phone in it or a camera, but it is allowed to.

I thought what I wanted was an iPod Touch - but it turns out those only have a map function that requires a wifi hotspot to work and no real GPS, so I guess that's not it.

iPhone is one possibility - but it feels lazy to just go with that because it's well known without knowing what else is out there - especially as I don't _really_ require the phone-part of it.

Anyone got any ideas?

again with the updating

First of all - I apologize for being remiss in replying to things, commenting and generally staying in touch.

Since I moved to Stockholm I have been alternating between being crazy busy - at work - and dead sluggish - at home. First it was just the general exhaustion of starting a new job, getting into the rhythm of getting up in the mornings and so on. I think I've got a pretty decent handle on that part now :o) But then there's the feeling of being in limbo, not having a real home where I feel settled, and being bored and alone evenings and week-ends. Those week-ends when I'm not travelling crazily across the country that is...

I've never been much good at instigating things, but for most of my life that hasn't really been a huge problem. I've been at school and lived with my family - which provided plenty of social stimulance. Then I lived in a student hall, then I lived with Niklas. But here, and in Boston, I live alone [1] and am completely responsible for my own entertainment. Which, as it turns out, I suck at. I know a few people here, but they're mostly busy and have families of their own. I get bored just walking around by myself. There's a limit to how much I can hang out at cafés or go shopping. So I sit at home, veg around, and watch old Star Trek episodes. Slowly melting my brain. And that sluggishness is contagious - it makes me not want to do anything much of anything.

Tonight's been pretty good though. Started the day totally on the wrong foot - train was late, forgot my lunch - but after dinner I've managed to email about hotel reservations for easter[2], a singer about the wedding, the caterer and plan this week-end with my mum, oh, and help my aunt with a computer problem. Yesterday I did some tweaks of the invites and the website. Didn't go work out as planned today, but I did go yesterday, so it's not that bad.

I'm feeling good about stuff right now though, which is nice :o)

[2] don't know if anything's available yet though, I guess if I don't have a reply tomorrow or so I'll have to phone

[1] For certain values of alone. In both cases I have a flatmate, but no family, and it's not the same.

Writer's Block: News development

What's the first major news event that you remember hearing about as a child? Where did you learn about it? How did it impact your world view?

The first major news item I recall seeing on TV was the first JAS crasch, and the second the fall of the Berlin Wall - both in 1989. Can't say either affected my world view very much.

The third major news item I remember was Carl Bildt introducing the "krispaket" - which wikipedia tells me was in 1992. This I think did affect my world view - I have ever since had a fairly pessimistic view about the Swedish economy and I think I subconsciously always see us as being in a recession, even when we're not.