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I like to talk. And write poetry. I paint a little too.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

TIME: 10 Things We Learned About Blogs

Bloggers are persons of the year too.

10 Things We Learned About Blogs

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Me as a Disney Attraction

Parking Lot Tram
The Parking Lot Tram:
The uncredited workhorse of
the Disneyland resort. You take visitors from
the largest parking lot on earth to the front
door of Disneyland and back again. You aren't
the picture of glamour and most wouldn't even
think you provide any sort of excitment, but
without you no fun could be had at all. You
don't mean to, but you seem often sour. You
get little respect and sometimes get losts of
scorn, but yet you are faithful and eager to
please. People need you and you need them.
Your simpleness is the perfect backdrop to
showcase the eager smiles of children riding
you for their first time to the Happiest Place
on Earth.

What Disneyland attraction are you?
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Now YOU try it...

A picture from my past

Don't even ask. But those are X-Wing Butterflies whistling Dixie. Ahab is looking for the white whale. A metaphor on the horns of a dilemma... and so on.
It was Atlantis, and it sank...under the weight of it all?

Dashboard Dash Yields Norwegian Blog

Either side of me, of all things, I found:
A Norwegian blog! No cheating, I swear.

In his latest post, Børge talks about a walk around downtown Oslo,
talking probably to the same beggar I discussed night-shelters with today. Getting colder here. And it's a small world.

Also a blog with press cuttings about Thailand, and either side of those, teen blogs. Cool for teens.
My first meme-- I found it via Børge.
Green Tea
Green Tea...
You are Green Tea!
Strong and very smart you prefer peace to violence
and very rarely take action if it involves
confrontation. But you make up for this with
your keen insight and understanding of the
world and people around you, you have a very
mysterious nature. Many people see you as laid
back and that may be true but you are very
intelligent and make good decisions.

What type of Tea are you? {-With Anime Pictures!-}
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And if you thought THAT silly, go Disney!

My Christmas Cards Done

To everyone,

Merry Christmas!

Love from Aisha

That was quick! Blogs are useful after all :)

Thursday, December 16, 2004

More Dashboard Dashing

As I posted that previous entry, I tried a spot of DD, my favourite extreme sport.

Result: My closest neighbours were

1) a blog about, of all things, Norwegian wooden skis and the old-fashioned way of skiing! (By a German speaker.)

2) a technical blog about "ideas and thoughts in regards to manufacturing, information technology, and the business processes". Lost on me.

Either side of those, one readable blog dealing with ice-fishing in Wisconsin and the wind-chill factor: An Amber-Colored Life

and a blog in Arabic, now sadly defunct, or so it seemed to say.

Misheard on the city tram

There I was, waiting for the promised "one-every-5-minutes" Oslo city tram to take me east of the Aker River, cold and depressed at 3. 30 pm this dark & rainy December evening.

Eventually, one comes by, we all squeeze on, shaking umbrellas & hair, when I hear this lady behind me on her cell phone (I swear!):

"So OK, darling, tonight let's fire up the barbeque..."

I laughed out loud.
As no one else did, I guess I misheard.

Wonder what she was really saying?

?? "Now stop that snarling, that's right, you're fired! Join the jobless queue!"

?? "Oh, don't cry, darling, tonight let's hire "It's a Good Life"...Oooh!"

Monday, December 06, 2004

Scanning your Moleskine sketchbook

Now there's an idea!

Le Moleskine à Beleg

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Why Europeans Consume Less Than Americans?

In the New York Times today:

"The United States is now engaged in its greatest age of consumer spending - longer and more intense than the splurge after World War II (...)

No other nation possesses the same huge network of retail outlets, whose productivity is rising faster than any other sector of the economy, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. No other people are as drenched in advertising and product promotion. No other country maintains so sophisticated a warehouse and distribution system, linked to consumers not only through malls but through the Internet and call centers.

"Once you get into a mall, you are confronted with a huge array of inexpensive goods, and you have driven to the mall, so you can bring a lot home in the car," said Stephen Brobeck, the Consumer Federation's executive director. "In European cities you walk to a mall, if there is one nearby, and walking, you can't carry as much home. We have more cars per capita than Japan or Europe."

I don't even HAVE a car, and believe me, carrying shopping bags walking or on a crowded subway train is no pleasure.

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Artificial writer

Text written by a machine!

Blog picked as word of the year

We bloggers are IT :)

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