Archive for September, 2008

Winter on hold

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Since my last post, I guess Winter decided to hide a little longer. I can’t really complain about winter being here when it’s 35 degrees C outside.

Well, we took the opportunity and went up the hill into the Sierra’s to go Apple Picking with the kids. We went to a place called Apple Hill where we’ve been a few times before. It has become somewhat of a family tradition at this point. The kids love it and it’s great for us adults as well as we get to get out of the house and hang out a little bit outside, away from the computer. And this time, we could show up in shorts and T-shirt as it was over 30 C up there as well.

I really hope it stays like this for another few weeks, I’m not ready for winter just yet.

Top 10 lists

Monday, September 29th, 2008

What’s so compelling about Top 10, Top 3, Top whatever lists, really? After reading a top 3 list by my friend Jonas, it got me thinking…

They always catch my attention, and I always feel used after reading them. Another 3 minutes of my life wasted or however long it took to click through to get to No 1. Do I really need to know the top 10 signs my dog is gay, or 7 ridiculous ways to die while golfing?

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Election rambles

Friday, September 26th, 2008

It’s hard not being sucked into this when you live in the US. It’s everywhere. TV, internet, sings, phone calls. You name it. I’m of course talking about the presidential race. Ideally, I would like to go to sleep and wake up when everything’s over. Let me know who won, and that’s it.

For us living in this country, we’ve been exposed to this circus for over a year now. I’m tired of it. If someone could make it stop, that would be great. Right now, if possible.

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Winter is upon us…

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

It feels weird to say this, especially when the weather has been great lately. Around 30 C during the day. But you can feel the winter creeping up. The mornings are getting cooler and since our house practically has no insulation, we’re on the verge of having to switch on the heater in the mornings. Still not there quite yet though, thankfully.

I had a company dinner tonight and had to put on slacks and shoes. Must say that it felt a little weird after having walked around in shorts and sandals for about 5 months straight. I’ve been working from home since spring and sometimes you’ll be lucky to catch me wearing pants. I’m afraid I won’t be able to enjoy this luxuary once I start going back into the office. Remember to call before coming over. Consider yourself warned.

Sweden, heaven and hell

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Not sure what to make of this, but I’m thinking I must have missed this growing up. Either that or I was just a decade or so late to the scene….

Sweden – land of enchantment, land of freedom, where you are about to see things you just don’t see at home. In America you don’t see beautiful girls bouncing boldly out of the sauna into the snow. In America you don’t see public pornography shops where erotic books are displayed – for both sexes, with government approval. In America you won’t see meter maids who wear uniforms by day and nothing by night….

No wonder Americans have a slightly skewed view of what Sweden’s like……

R.I.P. iPod Mini

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Dear iPod Mini,

You have been a loyal servant of mine for over 3 years now and we have been through a lot. Especially you. You have the scars to prove it. I used to change your batteries when you were little and it pains me to say goodbye to you like this, although I’m doing it after having tried everything in my power to save you.

Even last night at the E.R., as you were fighting for your life, you bravely managed to play back one song, giving me that last bit of hope that our days together were not yet over. Even as your clickwheel was acting funny and you were randomly rebooting, I could feel your struggle and determination to please. I managed to bring you home from the hospital, and there, you once more called out in vain for Apple support before shutting down and going peacefully into the night.

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The Daily WTF

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Seriously. Microsoft has fallen off the rocker. At least the Jerry Seinfeld ads were somewhat funny, this on the other hand, is just stupid and sad.

Two cartoons in the morning…

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Just found this organizational chart. Works for most companies, small or large.

…and remember to chanage your password every now and then…

The Daily WTF

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Seriously. Where is the supervising adult here?!

The Project

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

The image below describes what most, if not all, projects look like. Including the one I’m on right now. (Click to make bigger)