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   Nov 28

Update

Generic update: I’m quarreling with my computers, this is why my blogging has been less than great lately. So today I was at PC World (the shop, not the magazine) to update things – mine are over four years now and both are being bad-tempered, so I believe it can be justified. But for Miss Irresolute the choice is overwhelming and I have a really hard time narrowing it down: The cheapest and easiest would be to get one of the handy webbooks, specifically this cutie.

acus eee 900

acus eee 900

More useful still would be to get a powerful tabletop, but what’s up with the wobbly hipster machines bloated with useless multimedia stuff, totally dominating the market? It’s as though I needed a tractor and was offered a Vespa. I’ve looked at a few business models but as I prefer staying below the kilo£ the only one I’ve found yet is this.

HP Compaq 6715b

HP Compaq 6715b

I don’t even have a very good impression of HP stuff but that may be because my experience is from cheap models (which sound like squeaky toys when you touch them) and this is said to be solid. Any suggestions folks?

Also, as much as I hate buying new stuff (inner environmentalist weeps) I realise I’m going to need a new phone in a few weeks too, as I don’t believe Vodafone will unlock mine for use on foreign latitudes any time soon. What does Murmeldyr think of released-yesterday SE W902?

SE W902

SE W902

It’s kind of crap to pay for a cybershot when I’d prefer no cam at all, but I’ve more/less given up that part as only the grandma range of phones come without it and when it has to be there why not make it a decent one…

Tech stuff aside, I’ve been blessed with visits by two of the most shining people I know: Babysis, who is soaring through uni and really challenging my position as the smarter sister 😛 (So proud of you!) and Balanse, the most inspiring person who I wish I could spend more time with (why did you have to move so far away!). Way too short of course, but we had a good time walking on the beach, having a good laugh of a guy who was not friends with his sailboard at all, seeing a bit of the city and my pretty campus and having dinner at an old church that has been totally refurbished into an impressive Dracula atmosphere which would have been very complete if they had dared cut the chart music.

Some guy who had tremendous troubles with his sailboard-thing

Some guy who had tremendous troubles with his sailboard-thing

On Friday I saw The four seasons by candlelight. Finding it was really an adventure, none of us had done the map research beforehand so we went to town at random and asked people. The third venue was the right one, and we arrived just on time to the show! It was really awesome, the candle light was fake but the powdered wigs, velvet knickers and brocade coats were real as can be. Meanwhile, Bolt was watching his fav comedian , which I detest as much as he despises classical music so both were quite happy to be some hundred miles apart just that evening. Win-win!

sneak-shot of "summer"

sneak-shot of Summer.

Tuesday was the 10 year anniversary of the Shared Planet society, the one with the awesome atmosphere. Held at the Tunnels downtown, it was a fun night with killer music and we stayed much longer than planned. I’d give you a link but Google only gives me resources on tunnel vision… This time too we did quite a bit of walking up and down the street before finally finding it. Good thing I was not allowed in the scouts back in the days, how could I find my way in a forest when I can’t in a town with one high street?

There are some pretty artistic people in this bunch

There are some pretty artistic people in this bunch

I suspect Jodie to be the artist behind this.

Also, I’ve been to my first real American thanksgiving party tonight. With baby turkey (erm, chicken), three kinds of haggis and sushi! I learnt that mincemeat pies contain neither mince nor meat, but rather Christmas pudding. Weirdness… The thought of a day dedicated to being thankful is both appealing and appalling: it’s nice to have a timeslot when you really have to count your blessings, but if that means you’ve been thankful for the rest of the year… What I’m trying to say is, can you force thankfulness or will the forcing part destroy the spontanity? Also it’s interesting to note there’s no harvest feast in Norway anymore. Shouldn’t that be a very natural tradition in any society? I mean, sure most people don’t farm anymore, but we do celebrate the Christian holidays even though Christians seem to be a crumbling minority up there. The relevance may be smaller than before but the tradition stays.

Weirdest beer ever

Weirdest beer ever

Badger beer – golden glory. Erm, does anyone else find that NOT appealing? Note the foam still coming out after having poured good half pint. This is why beer is not to be stored in the freezer.

So, it’s been a very social week but my courses are mostly closing and I feel ahead of the rest so it’s fine mum.

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2 Comments

  1. Balanse says:

    Looks who´s talking about moving long distances :p

    Thanx a bunch for your kind words, sweetie. I had a great, but hectic weekend with you. Managed to cram in some good memories there as well. Hope to come back to Aberdeeeeeeen some other time, with lots of time and money to spend.

    BTW: your most used tags in your tag cloud is reflects a kinda stereotypical Scotland life, ay? Aberdeen, Nessie and Alcohol *lol*

  2. aggy says:

    ERM! At this point the BIG types means the tag is used twice. It looks better with a bigger tag pool.

    AND I’m coming back, which you don’t seem to be any time soon 😉

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