Thursday, 21 February 2013


I am younger than thirty but older than twenty.

Why is this relevant?

Well, I went to visit a friend at his work. I was stunned to see so many super young people at an open office area, looking pretty much alike with their hair combed backwards [with few exceptions]. One of these young lads asked me who I was looking for, so I gave him the name. This made one of the bosses, L., come out from an adjacent room some seconds later [he is superyoung himself, average age at this place is 21], shaking my hand and letting me ask what I wanted [also forgetting that we met just one week ago, which made things awkwardly serious]. He then vanished and brought my friend. My friend was pretty worried:

"L. said that there was an elderly lady looking for me! I asked, how old is she? And he said: probably 25."

So I went and told this story to an 80 years old guy at my work.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Predjudices about Students

No. 1. Standard student dinners are frozen pizzas and pasta with ketchup.
[No, not only frozen pizzas - students also eat frozen fish. The pasta-ketchup theory comes from Sweden, I believe.]

No. 2. A normal evening sight in the common kitchen is as above. Note the beer per capita.
[Totally true, but depends on the community - some student neighbours never even say hi to each other and, unfortunately, steal each others food from the common fridge. Here you see day #2 of partying and there was a moment during day #1 when nobody used their phones because the party was so much fun, amazing. For my part, I was studying and people tried to drag me to the party so I came by to take some pictures.]

No. 3. People greet you on your birthday at 23.59 with sweet messages.
[Might depend on if you are a Facebook member or not. <3 Adriano, YES I kept your message!] 

No. 4. There are certain codes that break the ice between cultures.
[Oh yes there are, see the picture above. It is a separate story in itself, this onion that I got from Nick was such a conversation opener, for his part. True story. Nick is from Greece.]

No. 5. Students do not realize how lucky they are until after they have finished their studies and look back, or how beautiful some parts of their university are.
[Very likely, but till then - let them complain about writing home assignments in the middle of the night and on weekends as much as they please.]

No. 6. It is hard to find acommodation.
[It is indeed.]

No. 7. Students are the future generation.
[And some are aware of it.]

Monday, 18 February 2013

Unusual Sounds

This morning was very special: I have been listening to national anthems! The Ugandan anthem is 52 seconds and the shortest anthem in the world.

On the same webpage, one can find a DJ remix of all national anthems in the world. It sounds a bit odd - so much pride squeezed into five minutes, with so much history behind it!

Another unusual thing to listen to is the Finnish radio - in Latin. With a Finnish accent, of course. We can not know exactly how Latin was spoken since there are no sound records from that time, but there are ways to approach the truth. One of them is to look at the misspellings that were made in the old books and try to orientate from that.

Amazingly, the Finnish radio broadcasts news every week [it must be hard to interview people...] - the latest news being just perfect: Benedictus XVI ministerio renuntiavit. Luckily for beginners, the program is also available in written format, and perhaps even more luckily, not in this written format:


Sunday, 17 February 2013

Mission half possible: Saving the Flowers


How to make this beauty survive: cut the flower, put it into hot water, change the water daily, cut again every second day. To be kept pretty cold, preferrably near a drafty window. [Just quoting instructions from my Flower Supplier here in Stockholm! Exception: tulips are to be kept in cold water.]
If that works with one flower, why not proceed to a bouquet? I thought, and advanced things to seven Taigas:
They were absolutely lovely, but came with precisely opposite instructions on its package - to be put in one liter of cold water with the attached flower food added to it, nothing else needed to be done!..

They faced death quickly.

A coincidence, perhaps, but when even the bouquet I got for my birthday fainted the day after I got it even though I followed the the instructions on the package...

My birthday bouquet.

...I decided to conduct a survey: for how long can I actually make flowers survive? And I found out the following:

Flowers that you can find in any ordinary store are fast-grown. My Flower Supplier compared buying flowers from an ordinary store with buying a t-shirt at a cheap store: it WILL not last long, it is not MEANT to last long. And "flower food" is just to keep bacteria away! Changing the water every day and keeping the flowers out of any sun [because otherwise they open up and die] is the best way to show any flower care.

I agree with the care, but since my new Taigas from a very ordinary shop have been perfectly crisp fresh for seven days in a row [and counting], I am not yet convinced about which quality to go with. My Flower Supplier has clients that have made the flowers they bought from him survive for three (!) weeks though, so: SURVEY IS TO BE CONTINUED!

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Go girl! On Hatred against Women

The Norwegian Minister of Culture, Hadia Tajik, is not only the youngest Member of the Parliament in her country ever, but she also said the best thing ever on the Swedish TV-show "Skavlan" yesterday on how she deals with hatred on the internet. Most haters address gender and religion, she notices, and had this brilliant comment:

"When I have gotten e-mails [from haters], I have to admit that sometimes I have [answered them]. And when I have answered, I have just corrected the misspellings and said: 'Thank you for e-mail. You spelled these words wrong. Have a nice day!'"

Hadia Tajik, Norways youngest minister ever - and the first Muslim in the Parliament.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Happy (Scientific) Valentine's Day!

Suppose you will get, and eat, chocolate today - and increase your chances to get the Nobel prize!

The thing is, researcher Franz Messerli at Columbia University took the question of how good chocolate is for you as far as correlating chocolate consumption with Nobel laureates. Switzerland turned out to have the highest chocolate consumption per head AND the highest number of Nobel laureates per capita, while Sweden has a high number of Nobel laurates but consumes much less chocoalte in comparison. The possible outcomes are, Messerli states, is that either Swedes have a slightly patriotic bias, OR are so sensitive to chocolate that a very small dose is sufficient to stimulate their intelligence.

Other fun things about Valentine's day:

Die Hard no. 5 (or is it no. 6 now?) had its premiere. A very well-chosen day, can't think of anything more romantic.

IKEA had a special offer!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Nordic Light-mässan

Min kompis som jag lyckades rusa, ja rusa, igenom hela mässan på mindre än en timme med.

Älvsjömässan/La foire en Älvsjö/International Fair in Älvsjö hade inredningstema i lördags, och där hittade jag inte mindre än TRE lampor. ENA lampan var en sån där som man bara ville röra vid, den var ju så fin, och tur det - för det är en sån där lampa som tänds och släcks och skiftar ljusstyrka JUST när man petar på den. Underbart! Den ANDRA lampan är en ljusslinga med blommor som drivs med batteri som jag har tänkt att göra en födelsedagsbukett av. Den TREDJE lampan är som Voldemort, den får inte nämnas vid namn. Den är för dyr.