The weblog of a traveller

Archive for the 'Murmle' Category

   Mar 12

Announcing Yirdfast – the steadfast craft marmot

Murmeldyr has been crafty lately. I got these woven labels so now I can tag my stuff in real life too! “Handmade by Yirdfast”   Yirdfast is a Scots word meaning “earthbound” – in a “both feet on the ground” kind of sense. This has become my trademark in the crafting world. I have googled […]

Read the rest of this entry »

   Jan 10

Candy the collie was very protective of her favorite tree

I scored a trillion grown-up-points when I commissioned artwork. Here it is on the wall in my home office:  Whenever I get lost in thought, my eyes move from the screen and over to my perfect tree. I can’t seem to get enough of this picture, tracing the lines over and over again. Never mind […]

Read the rest of this entry »

   Jan 02

Murmeldyr’s skiing trip

My new year’s wish for 2011 is doing one thing every day just because it makes me feel good. This may seem like a selfish wish, but is really a matter of changing my mental habits. It’s a matter of thinking “how can I improve this situation” rather than ignoring the problem until it goes […]

Read the rest of this entry »

   Dec 10

UK Students: A token of solidarity

Wow, lots of updates. Marmot is scribbling away! When education is moving out of reach for people in a place I hold dear, it is not possible to keep it shut. A huge cut in UK University budgets was passed yesterday, with the corresponding doubling of student payments. The UK has a blueish government at […]

Read the rest of this entry »

   Dec 10

Change we can believe in?

Reading, reading, reading for nights on end. There are so many important things going on in the world right now,  it’s hard to keep up. The most fascinating thing being how  things that I would have disregarded as conspiracy theorist crazy talk only few days ago are actually happening. Like the US and China collaborating […]

Read the rest of this entry »

   Dec 07

Leaky Freedom

As you have probably too, Murmeldyr has been following the Wikileaks releases closely in the last weeks. Not as eager for the actual documents as for the reactions of the international society. And reactions there have been, in a magnitude that reminds me more of totalitarian regimes than the free Western world. Like the re-opening […]

Read the rest of this entry »

   Nov 08


Murmeldyr has moved to a brand new eco-friendly vm-ware server (or am I confusing things, dear sysadmin?), upgraded its core facilities and refurbished the looks. You can almost smell the moist, fresh grass. A good time to add an “about”-section, we like to know what we are dealing with, after all. New is also the […]

Read the rest of this entry »

   Nov 02

Nation of Norden

Countries are just SO pre-Internet. For various historical reasons*, the world is split into tiny fractions called nations. Since, the world has only gotten smaller, but the number of borders is not decreasing to scale. We no longer need to fear the neighboring tribe, we communicate and trade across the globe as easily as with […]

Read the rest of this entry »

   Sep 30

The Battle of Symbols

During the past few days, a series of articles regarding use of Norse symbolics among the troops in Afghanistan. This has invariably been linked to “unhealthy values” and possible nazism by media, a link which military officials have dismissed categorically. Still it keeps showing up, as though the media itself wants it to be true. […]

Read the rest of this entry »

   Jun 18

Summer is on

I’d just like to remind you that those exotic animal travel gifts tend to be made from threatened species. You wouldn’t buy a tiger fang, but what about a coral necklace? You can’t assume it’s a fake and the seller will say what you want to hear. Those pretty bugs in crystals are probs real […]

Read the rest of this entry »