WarwickBlogs was quite a hype when it was launched in 2004. However, I've painfully realised after almost seven months without new entries that blogging is not my cup of tea.
Please visit my website instead: fredrikfosse.com
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According to the BBC Online Personality Test:
My answers suggest that I am a Big Thinker
The four aspects that make up this personality type are:
Summary of Big-Thinkers
Take the test yourself on http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/surveys/whatamilike/index.shtml
I admit it. I'm one of them. I strongly dislike the new kid in town.
It was probably the limitations of Short Messaging Service (SMS) that inspired the new language of abbreviations. Its limit of some 160 characters and the difficulty of typing on mobile phones makes abbreviations an integral part of text messaging, but it has gone too far!
I'm sick of it. I despise it.
Now the trend has even moved to Instant Messaging (IM) and e-mail. It is, unfortunately, a natural path – just like how emoticons increasingly are used to display emotions in more areas of communications, such as post-it notes and formal e-mail communication.
Often, I spend more time pondering the meaning of terms such as WYGISWYPF (What You Get Is What You Pay For) and B4N (Bye for Now) than the person sending saved by shortening the message.
Anyway, I'm going to get a head start on an economics essay now. It is titled TNSTAAFL2 and I've already figured out how to introduce the topic: "TTBOMK3, a free lnch dsn't xist"
TTFN4, DLTBBB5 ;)
Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/3774715.stm
BBC News' Your perspective on the world has become My perspective on the world.
The picture was taken in rural Nepal, close to the Tibetan border, in April 2002. I travelled with some friends from high school as it was part of project week in grade 11: "You will spend at least five days doing community service in Asia, at a place of your choice, but on a budget of only some 300 pounds, excluding flights".
More pictures on my website
Norway's Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik (photo) appears as a character in the acclaimed daily comic strip Ernie/The Piranha Club. Bud Grace, the strip's creator, has a story centered around Sweden's Prime Minister Göran Persson that turns into an international food fight with Norway.
The story revolves around the traditional rivalry between the two countries and their deep-seated belief that the other is populated by idiots.
Persson appears in the strip because of Ernie's Swedish friend Sven, and complains about what a poor representative he is for the country. Persson argues that Sven is so stupid that he must be a Norwegian.
Norway's PM intervenes at this point and responds to a Swedish meatball in the head by launching a lutefisk attack.
Persson told Aftonbladet that he felt he came out quite well compared to the other characters. Norwegian newspaper VG said that Bondevik's office had not found the strip offensive.
The strip and its nuclear physicist creator are extremely popular in Scandinavia, where there are special magazines and albums devoted to collections of the comic.
Source: Aftenposten, a Norwegian broadsheet
Writing about web page http://www.danbrown.com/novels/davinci_code/plot.html
I wanted to read some fiction this summer, something completely unrelated to academics. After browsing a book store in my home town, the choice fell on The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. It was just what I needed: a book that didn't make me fall asleep within minutes (as opposed to many of my academic texts last year).
Although I'm not sure how much of the details about the protagonists' quest for the Holy Grail is true and accurate, I did learn a lot of interesting facts and stories.
If you're looking for an easy-read novel, exceedingly clever written and with a great many twists, give Brown's Da Vinci code a chance ;)
I'm currently at home in Norway, and whilst surfing the Warwick website I came across the new blogbuilder. I've considered blogging before, but it's too much of a hassle unless you use a publishing system like this one, and I refuse to sign up for one supported by dodgy pop-ups etc. :)
Anyway, I'll give this a try. When I return to Warwick, social life and academics will probably both distract me from blogging, but we'll see what happens.